New Orleans Saints
Nov 17, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) rolls out to pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
If you were counting on Breesus for a win now that fantasy playoffs are almost here you are probably really upset right now. On the bright side Carolina’s secondary isn’t exactly booming (see what I did there?) so Drew Brees will presumably get back to his normal fantasy stats.
Panthers’ front-seven is really really good. Does that means you don’t play neither Pierre Thomas nor Darren Sproles? Basically, yes. A case could be made for Sproles but in the last few games he isn’t getting involved as much as he was earlier in the season so start him at your own risk.
Pierre Thomas – Week 14
Nfl.com: 11.60 (?)
Over the last three weeks Saints receivers have struggled big time. Colston went from 16 points in week 10 to 8 in week 11, to 4 in week 12, to 2 against Seattle. I believe this trend will be interrupted since Carolina’s secondary isn’t very good, as I said before, so Colston should be a pretty safe start; last year he had 101 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the two games against Carolina. Other than Colston, I don’t see any other fantasy-reliable wide receiver. Sorry Kenny. Lance are you alive?
Despite an overall nauseating offensive performance against the Seahawks Jimmy Graham survived and scored the only Saints touchdown of the game, along with 42 receiving yards. This week he’ll be facing Luke Kuechly, who allowed 11.90 fantasy points to Rob Gronkowski in week 11. Carolina allows the third-fewest fantasy points to tight ends but we know Graham is no standard TE and is too good of a weapon in the red zone.
New Orleans’ inability to move the chains terribly hurt Hartley who kicked only one extra point against the ‘Hawks last week. The matchup against Carolina is good (Panthers are allowing the 7th-most fantasy points to kickers over the last four weeks) so Hartley definitely gets the start this week.
Garrett Hartley – Week 14
Last week Rob Ryan had no answer for Russell Wilson and Cam Newton has a similar skill set. Hopefully he comes up with something to stop him, meanwhile do not start the Saints defense this week.
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(All stats are from Nfl.com, if not specified otherwise)