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New Orleans Saints top players tiered

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CARSON, CA - AUGUST 25: Austin Carr #80 and Michael Thomas #13 celebrate after a touchdown by Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints in the second quarter of the pre-season game against the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center on August 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - AUGUST 25: Austin Carr #80 and Michael Thomas #13 celebrate after a touchdown by Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints in the second quarter of the pre-season game against the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center on August 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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Today we offer an analysis of the top players on the New Orleans Saints roster based on a system of tiers as we head into the 2018 Season.

In today’s NFL, many games are won or lost based on a team’s elite players changing the game. I’ve decided to take a look at the New Orleans Saints roster and evaluate where the Saints’ best player at each position ranks against the rest of the NFL based on a system of tiers.

*Thanks are necessary for the amazing work Bleacher Report has done on their 2017 NFL1000 series. These scouting reports and evaluations made much of this work possible.

The evaluation criteria is easy. My main point of emphasis in this piece is not to specifically place a New Orleans Saints player between two players in a ranking. I will create tiers of players based on impact and place each player in the tier that best fits their impact on the game.

Below are the tiers I’ve created to evaluate performance:

Tier 1 – Elite, game changer

Tier 2 – High Quality Starter

Tier 3 – Solid Starter

Tier 4 – Rotation Player, Can Spot Start

Tier 5 – End of the bench, Special Teams Contributor

Tier 6 – Unplayable, practice squad

This tiered system will give us a general idea of where players are all across the NFL. The more higher-tier players on a team, the better that team will obviously be. With a great coaching staff, teams are able to use their higher-tier players in ways that create advantages each and every week.

Here is my evaluation of each position on the New Orleans Saints roster and where they stack up versus all other NFL teams and players.

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