Dallas Cowboys versus New Orleans Saints
Sunday Night Fantasy Football Picks 10-4-2015
The New Orleans Saints are hosting the Dallas Cowboys from Sunday Night Football. NFL fantasy league GMs can tune to NBC TV at 8:30PM Eastern Time on October 4th to follow the results of their roster picks.
The Dallas Cowboys suffered their first loss of the season last week to fall to 2-1. They could not hold a 28-17 halftime lead as they lose 39-28 to the Atlanta Falcons. Dallas was shutout in the second half. The team is trying to navigate through the first half of the season without two injured impact players on their offense. Tony Romo remains sidelined for another seven weeks with a broken collar bone while wide receiver Dez Bryant still will miss several weeks with a broken bone in his foot. Dallas had been playing outstanding defense until the Falcons came into town and lit up the scoreboard as well by producing 158 rushing yards and 280 yards from their passing attack. The Cowboys allowed Atlanta to covert touchdowns in 4 of 5 red zone tries. A positive from the loss is the Cowboys showed improvement from their running game with four rushing touchdowns coming from their running backs. Dallas has dropped to 20th in the league in points allowed by giving up 25 per game.
The New Orleans Saints are a desperate team sitting at 0-3 on the campaign. They have suffered a bad home loss in week two to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and have road losses at Arizona in week one and last week lost a 27-22 road decision at Carolina. The Saints had posted an early 10-0 lead on the Panthers but it didn’t hold up as the score was 10-10 at the half. The Panthers held a five point lead late with the Saints on the move in Carolina territory. But an interception thrown by Saints backup quarterback Luke McCown foiled the comeback bid and sent New Orleans to their third consecutive loss of the season. In relief of an injured Drew Brees, McCown went 31 of 38 for 310 yards and a pick. The running game for New Orleans like so much in the past few years did very little to support their passing attack as they ran for 70 yards on 24 carries. On defense New Orleans surrendered 440 yards to the Carolina offense with 312 yards passing. The Saints are 29th and fourth last in the NFL in yards allowed this year at 397 per game. They rank near the bottom of the league in several key defensive categories this year like passing and rushing yards allowed as well as points allowed by giving up 28 a game. Drew Brees has been listed as probable for Sunday’s game.
Dallas Cowboys QB:
The backup for the Cowboys has completed 87% of his passes this year for 305 yards with a touchdown and pick. Weeden does get the benefit of passing against a bad defense in the Saints.
Dallas Cowboys RB:
The Dallas third year back had his best game of the season last week by rushing for 87 yards on 14 carries against the Falcons with three touchdowns and 6.2 yards per carry average.
Dallas Cowboys WR:
Williams leads the wide receivers with nine catches for 144 yards and a touchdown. He was no factor in week three with no catches. He is no Dez Bryant by a longshot.
Dallas Cowboys TE:
The veteran tight end has six catches last week for 65 yards. Look for Witten to get targeted heavily on Sunday.
New Orleans Saints QB:
The Saints usually get fired up at home for prime time games. Brees on the year is hitting on 62% of his throws for 610 yards with two touchdowns and two picks. He has had a touchdown pass and interception in each of his two games.
New Orleans Saints RB:
Ingram has run the ball 39 times for 127 yards with two touchdowns. His 3.3 yards per carry average is a major concern moving forward. In the passing game he has 16 catches for 152 yards.
New Orleans Saints WR:
The Saints second year wide out leads the unit in targets with 23. He has caught 16 balls for 190 yards but is still looking for his first touchdown this season.
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QB: Drew Brees (Saints)
RB: Joseph Randle (Cowboys)
WR: Brandin Cooks (Saints), Terrance Williams (Cowboys)
TE: Jason Witten (Cowboys)