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Three Saints players find themselves on ESPN Insiders’ underrated/overrated list.

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A panel of ESPN NFL Insiders were recently polled on a few things related to the upcoming season, and it’s today’s column that may raise a few eyebrows for New Orleans Saints fans.

The column, which requires ESPN NFL Insider access to view, has two Saints players on the underrated list and one player on the overrated list. Offensive tackle Terron Armstead and wide receiver Brandin Cooks were tabbed as players that no one is talking about.

John Clayton, senior NFL writer: Brandin Cooks, WR, Saints. Remember: Cooks plays in an offense that can gain 5,000 yards through the air. He will easily exceed his 1,138 receiving yards from last season.

Mike Sando, senior NFL writer: Terron Armstead, LT, Saints. Armstead is one of the more talented left tackles, but ESPN had him as only the 21st-rated offensive lineman in its recent #NFLRank project. Armstead did not crack the top 100 overall. He's better than that already and should emerge as a top-tier left tackle (health permitting) in 2016.

As for the bad side of things, the insiders aren’t particularly high on tight end Coby Fleener, as they labeled him as a player that won’t live up to the hype.

Bowen: Coby Fleener, TE, Saints. Fleener looks like a fit for Sean Payton's offense, but I question whether he can really produce monster numbers, given his inconsistent tape with the Colts.

Yates: Coby Fleener, TE, Saints. He has all the physical tools, and the offense in New Orleans has been prolific for tight ends. He needs to put it all together after an underwhelming tenure in Indianapolis.

Rookie wide receiver Michael Thomas was pegged by two insiders as a must-own fantasy player for the upcoming season in Monday’s column.