New Orleans Saints
Aug 25, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; New Orleans Saints guard Tim Lelito (68) and center Brian de la Punte (60) listen to an audible by quarterback Drew Brees (9) against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
I know you might be upset with Brees but that’s simply because he set the bar too high: he had 32.62 fantasy points over the last two weeks but you would expect that number from a single game. Anyway, 16.31 isn’t really bad if you think of all that weeks he led your fantasy team to victory. Don’t overthink this, Brees starts as usual.
Darren Sproles is not anymore a good fantasy running back, not even Flex-worthy: 16 rushing yards and 19 receiving yards in the last two games. Mark Ingram has better stats in that span, this says it all. Unlike Sproles, Pierre Thomas has become a precious fantasy scorer and even if Seattle is allowing the 7th-fewest fantasy points to running backs he should not sit on your bench.
If we take a look at the top-25 wide receivers list of the past four weeks it doesn’t feature one Saint. Lance Moore hasn’t done much since he’s back from the injury and Kenny Stills (20.30 fantasy points), despite the great potential, scored the same points as Robert Meachem (20.60 fantasy points) in the last month. We know Colston favors big game for showing up big so I don’t think you can sit him this week.
Marques Colston – Week 13
I know you’re not thinking about starting or sitting Graham so I’ll just give you some facts: Seattle isn’t exactly bad against opposing tight ends (10th in the league) but Pete Carroll and his staff may use a similar approach to that used by Bill Belichick, i.e. putting your best cover man on Graham. Anyway I seriously doubt they will be able to shut him down, he’s too much of a beast. Ben Watson and Josh Hill had some good moments but they don’t have any fantasy value.
Jimmy Graham – Week 13
Hartley’s number was called only once against the Falcons but it’s important to notice that the one field goal he made was from 40-49, a distance that caused him four of his six miss this year. That being said Hartley isn’t a safe bet this week, especially if he’s not helped by the weather. My suggestion? Pick up Dan Carpenter (v. Atlanta – 11 projected fantasy points) or Shaun Suisham (@ Baltimore – 10 projected fantasy points) and sit Hartley this week.
Last week they did a decent job if you started the Saints D/ST you got about 10-12 fantasy points (depending on your league’s rules, of course) and this week they may be up to the task since I don’t see neither team put up 40+ points. So, as I said earlier, there some other valid options like Miami or Buffalo.
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(All stats are from Nfl.com, if not specified otherwise)