TNF Recap – New Orleans Saints vs Carolina Panthers

This time, the Carolina Panthers figured out to finish the job. In danger of squandering a double-digit lead for the second time in five days, the Panthers held on for a 23-20 victory against the New Orleans Saints on TNF at Bank of America Stadium (Enter Contests). The Panthers (4-6) scored on a few short drives after first-half mistakes by Saints, and they emerged with the victory despite producing only 223 yards of total offense.

Game Highlights

The Saints, who trailed by 20 points midway through the third quarter, pulled within 23-20 with 2:52 left on tight end Coby Fleener’s 8-yard touchdown catch of a Drew Brees pass. New Orleans (4-6) didn’t take another snap until the 14-second mark at their own 14-yard line after a Carolina punt. Cam Newton threw for one touchdown, completing 14 of 33 passes for 192 yards without an interception. Brees threw two touchdown passes and connected on 35 of 44 throws for 285 yards and one interception. The Saints were held to three points through three quarters. The outcome came days after the Panthers wasted a 17-point lead in a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Panthers won for the third time in four games, forging a split of the season series with New Orleans. Carolina played the final minutes Thursday night without star linebacker Luke Kuechly, who was taken from the field on a cart with 4:41 remaining to be evaluated for a concussion. His status is still unclear.  For a team on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoff picture, the potential downgrade from Kuechly to A.J. Klein could be the death knell for the defending NFC champions.

Next up for the Panthers is a Sunday afternoon matchup against the explosive Oakland Raiders team. The Saints will try to get back on the winning side versus the Los Angeles Rams.

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New Orleans Saints vs Carolina Panthers

The New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers won’t have long to stew following heart-wrenching defeats as the NFC South rivals tangle on Thursday night at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina (Enter Contest). The Saints fell on the wrong end of history on Sunday when they saw an extra point returned for a defensive two-point conversion in a 25-23 setback to Denver while the Panthers let a 14-point fourth-quarter lead evaporate in a 20-17 loss to Kansas City.

Drew Brees has the NFL’s second-best total passing-yard with 2,992. He torched Carolina in the first encounter, throwing for 465 yards and four touchdowns before rookie Wil Lutz drilled a 52-yard field goal with 11 seconds remaining in a 41-38 win on October 16. Cam Newton had a strong performance in his own right with three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) against the Saints, but the reigning NFL MVP ignited the meltdown against the Chiefs as his ill-advised pass was intercepted by Eric Berry and returned 42 yards for a score.

ABOUT THE SAINTS (4-5)

Brandin Cooks enjoyed a career day in his previous encounter with the Carolina Panthers, highlighting his career-high 173-yard performance with an 87-yard touchdown. The lengthy score began a string of four touchdowns in the last five games for the 23-year-old Cooks, who leads the team with six TDs and 694 yards receiving. Fellow wideout Michael Thomas leads rookies in catches (51), receiving yards (613) and touchdown receptions (five), but was held to his lowest yardage total (40) on Sunday and also lost a pair of fumbles. It was his first two of the season. Willie Snead, a former member of the Panthers’ practice squad, had two touchdowns on Sunday, marking the first time he reached the end zone since the first two weeks of the season. Running back Mark Ingram has recorded four touchdowns in his last three road contests.

ABOUT THE PANTHERS (3-6)

Newton has plenty of weapons at his disposal as he tries to exploit a Saints defense that is yielding an NFL fourth-worst 400.6 yards per contest. Kelvin Benjamin looks to atone after his costly fumble led to the Chiefs’ game-winning field goal with another strong outing versus New Orleans, against which he reeled in eight receptions on 14 targets in the first meeting. Fellow wideout Devin Funchess had a touchdown reception on Sunday against Kansas City and also had a 17-yard catch for a score in the first encounter with the Saints. Greg Olsen had six catches for 94 yards in the first meeting with New Orleans and leads all tight ends with 50 receptions and 712 yards receiving.

Running back  Jonathan Stewart rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns against New Orleans last month, but has been limited to 81 yards on 28 carries over his last two games. The Panthers are minus-7 (fourth-worst in NFL) and are saddled with an 0-3 mark in divisions matchups.

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Atlanta Falcons (1-1) vs New Orleans Saints (0-2)

The New Orleans Saints will commemorate one of the more noteworthy games in franchise history when they host the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night in a matchup (Enter Contests) of longtime NFC South rivals. It will mark the 10-year anniversary of the re-opening of the Superdome after the venue was forced to close for one season in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

About the Saints

While emotions certainly will not be as high as in New Orleans’ win over Atlanta a decade ago, the Saints can use any edge to avoid an 0-3 start after dropping their first two games by a combined four points.The Saints were horrendous on defense last season and little has changed. They rank 31st in the league with a staggering 451.5 yards surrendered and have been torched through the air for an average of 336.0 yards. Keeping the defense off the field would be easier if the Saints could crank up their running game, with lead back Mark Ingram producing 88 rushing yards on only 21 attempts, including nine carries in last week’s 19-16 loss at the New York Giants.

Quarterback Drew Brees has a potent receiving duo in Willie Snead and Brandon Cooks, who have combined for 27 catches and four touchdowns. Cooks has accumulated a touchdown catch in six consecutive home games. The Saints are 15-5 versus Atlanta since Brees and coach Sean Payton joined the team, which also includes a season sweep in 2015.

About the Falcons

The Falcons rebounded from a 31-24 home loss to Tampa Bay in Week 1 with a 35-28 road win last week at Oakland, which squeezed out a 35-34 victory at New Orleans in the season opener. Matt Ryan had his fewest touchdown passes (21) since his rookie season in 2015, but he off to a fast start with 730 yards passing with five scores and one interception while leading the league with a 121.4 quarterback rating. There is cause for concern in the passing game with star wide receiver Julio Jones sitting out his second straight practice Friday due to a calf injury, but Atlanta coach Dan Quinn said he expects him to play. Jones has nine receptions for 149 yards in the last meeting against New Orleans.

The Falcons are receiving solid production from the backfield tandem of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, who have combined for 181 rushing yards and 11 receptions. Atlanta’s defense ranks 29th overall, allowing an average of 412.5 yards per game.

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NFL Week 16 Review

Washington Shows up when it Counts

The Redskins won a “must-win” game against the Eagles on Saturday night locking up their playoff position. Kirk Cousins continues on his hot streak. He threw for 365 passing yards and 4 passing touchdowns totaling 32.2 fantasy points. He connected with the weekend leading tight end, Jordan Reed 9 times for 129 receiving yards and 2 receiving touchdowns for 36.9 fantasy points.

Big upsets around the League

This week saw losses from the top teams all over the league. These teams are already locks in the playoffs though so who knows if they were playing at the full level. The first loss was the Patriots overtime loss against the Jets. Brady played the whole game and produced very poor numbers: 231 passing yards, 1 passing touchdowns, and an interception for only 14.8 fantasy points. Fitzpatrick for the Jets provided some good fantasy value with 3 passing touchdowns (2 to Marshall and 1 to Decker), with 296 passing yards for 26.9 fantasy points.

The next big upset was the Falcons taking down the undefeated Panthers. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones got back in sync with Ryan totaling 306 passing yards and a touchdown (19.2 fantasy points) while Julio had 178 yards and a touchdown on 9 catches (35.8 fantasy points). Cam Newton threw for only 142 passing yards, no touchdowns.

Lastly, the Seahawks, who have been red hot over the past 4 weeks, fail to generate much offense against the Rams. Doug Baldwin, who totals 10 receiving touchdowns over the previous 4 weeks scored only 1 this weekend for 1 of 2 passing touchdowns by Wilson.

Johnny Football plays Running Back

Manziel put up the worst game of the weekend as far as passing stats but he helped save a little fantasy value by running the ball. While passing only 136 yards and 1 interception, he ran for 108 rushing yards on 11 attempts. This brought his total score to 17 fantasy points.

Megatron gets some attention

Calvin Johnson put up a decent game this week after catching only 1 pass in each of the previous 2 weeks. He caught 6 passes for 77 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown. This made 19.7 fantasy points. Far from the 3 touchdown game he put up on Thanksgiving, but an improvement.

Brees and Bortles Shootout

The Jaguars and Saints had a high scoring shootout game, which is no surprise with those aggressive quarterbacks and weak secondaries. Although injured, Brees threw for 412 passing yards and 3 passing touchdowns in the win, totaling 31.5 fantasy points. One was a long 71 yard touchdown pass to Cooks, giving him a 5 catch, 123 yard, 1 touchdown game (26.3 fantasy points)

Bortles was less effective throwing 2 interceptions, but with 368 passing yards and 4 passing touchdowns, he stayed close to Brees with 32 fantasy points.

Steelers finally stopped

Big Ben and Antonio Brown seemed unstoppable after putting up big numbers against the Broncos defense last weekend. They were finally stopped this weekend however by the likes of Baltimore. Roethlisberger only there for 215 yards and 2 interceptions, a measly 10.6 fantasy points. Brown had a touchdown get called back and ended the day with 7 receptions for 61 receiving yards and 13.1 fantasy points.

Cardinals and Vikings prove contenders

The Cardinals had a big 38 to 8 win over the Packers. Carson Palmer and the Cardinals prove to be serious contenders, especially with the other big teams showing poor results. There was no huge individual fantasy value in this game, only team contentions.

The Vikings won a blowout of their own winning 49 to 17 against the Giants. Minnesota was very effective running the ball with Peterson rushing 104 yards with a touchdown and McKinnon rushing 89 yards with 2 touchdowns.

Some Premium Receivers Deliver

Brandon Marshall caught 8 passes for 115 receiving yards and 2 receiving touchdowns. 31.5 fantasy points.

Deandre Hopkins caught 7 passes for 117 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown. 24.7 fantasy points.

Julio Jones caught 7 passes for 178 receiving yards and a touchdown. 35.8 fantasy points.

Allen Robinson caught 6 passes for 151 receiving yards and a touchdown. 30 fantasy points.

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Week 16 Value Picks

Quarterback

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The shootout of the weekend should be between Jacksonville and New Orleans, assuming Drew Brees is healthy enough to take the field after tearing his plantar last week (the same injury Peyton Manning is struggling with). These two quarterbacks love to throw the ball and their defenses love to let the ball be thrown. I give Bortles the fantasy edge though since the Saints defense is more flawed fundamentally and Bortles just loves to throw the ball way down the field.

Kirk Cousins could be a great value pick this weekend as well. He has been on fire lately and we see the weapons he has in Jordan Reed and DeSean Jackson (even Alfred Morris as well). Thats not even considering the fact that the Eagles secondary is great at making any quarterback look like Tom Brady out there.

Running Back

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As you can see from the above, there are not many great options at running back this week with the highest projected running back as Doug Martin (CHI @ TB) with only 20.6 projected points. You can spend the money at Running back if you wish and go with the likes of Doug Martin (CHI @ TB) and Matt Forte (CHI @ TB) in what should be a run off, or you can save your money for the higher value at the Receiver position and go for the bargain picks of Darren Sproles (WAS @ PHI), Tim Hightower (JAX @ NO), Christine Michael (STL @ SEA), or Ameer Abdullah (SF @ DET).

Wide Receiver

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The stack of the week should be Allen Robinson and Blake Bortles against the Saints. There is no denying that the Big Ben and Antonio Brown connection has been unstoppable this year, no matter what the matchup. He is going to cost you a pretty penny but fading Antonio Brown may just kill your chances of winning big, as it has plenty of weekends this year already.

Or you can go with Doug Baldwin who has scored over 10 touchdowns in the past 4 weeks. Can he keep this streak going against the Rams? I’m saying yes, not that he will score another 3 touchdowns, but he should be able to haul in 1 or 2 providing some good fantasy value. Seattle doesn’t seem to be stopping this charge until the season ends.

If you are trying to find a cheap value receiver to fill that last spot in your lineup with limited funds, you can look to Jeremy Maclin (CLE @ KC), John Brown (GB @ ARI), Michael Floyd (GB @ ARI), Willie Snead (JAX @ NO), Bradon Cooks (JAX @ NO), or Golden Tate (SF @ DET).

Tight End

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The tight end decision has been made easier in the previous couple weeks with Gronk out. Up until then the decision was go for Gronk, accept the 50+% ownership and $7000+ price tag and hope its his week, or choose from the list of alternative tight ends. The Gronk versus the field decision is back. This week it is easy though.

Gronk has not shown his dominance of previous years this season and is only projected about 1 point higher than the Saints‘ Benjamin Watson. The value picks here are Ebron and Kelce. Kelce has been stagnated slightly since his explosive start to the season and his salary reflects that decline. However, he has high end potential against the Browns, which is what you are going to need to win any big NFL Daily Fantasy Tournament. Ebron as well has shown brilliance at times this year and is getting more action lately with Calvin Johnson all of the sudden becoming obsolete in their offense. Ebron comes much cheaper than the other highly projected options and allows you to spend the cash where you want this week, with the receivers.

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Detroit Lions versus New Orleans Saints Monday Night Football Fantasy Picks 12-21-2015

The New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football will host the Detroit Lions. NFL fantasy GMs can tune to ESPN TV at 8:30PM Eastern Time on December 21st to follow the scoring resorts of their one day league fantasy roster picks.

Following the results of the action of Sunday the New Orleans Saints are eliminated from the playoffs with the victories by the Vikings and Seahawks. The Lions were eliminated last week. The Saints are 5-8 and broke a four game losing streak with a road win at Tampa Bay 24-17. The 17 points allowed last week were the lowest the team has allowed all season. The Saints are 32nd in the NFL in scoring defense by allowing 30.5 points per game. They rank near the bottom of the NFL in rush and pass defense. On the other side of the football the Saints are the number three offense in the NFL as they average 395 yards per game despite losing many weapons the past few seasons.

The Detroit Lions are going through another down season with a record of 4-9. They are losers of two straight after dropping a 21-14 road decision at the St Louis Rams. The defense has dipped down to 28th in the league in scoring defense by allowing 25.8 points per game. The Lions offense has underperformed. They are 23rd in total and scoring offense as they put up just 20.5 points per game. The run game has not done much as the Lions are 32nd and last in the league running for 79.3 yards per game.

Detroit Lions QB:

Matthew Stafford

The seven year veteran quarterback has completed 65% of his throws this season with 24 touchdowns and 13 picks. Last week in the loss at the Rams, Stafford hit on 65% of his passes for 245 yards with two touchdowns and a pick. Stafford is on a three game run where he has thrown multiple touchdown passes. He has a total of nine touchdown passes over his past three games. Stafford will be throwing passes to a bad defensive team.

Detroit Lions RB:

Ameer Abdullah

The rookie running back has rushed for 437 yards on 116 carries with a touchdown. He does have a receiving touchdown on the campaign. The Lions have run poorly and Abdullah has rushed for just 3.8 yards per carry on the year. He had seven carries for 23 yards last week. Abdullah has not rushed for 100 yards on the campaign and his best rushing performance was at home against Philadelphia where he ran for 63 yards on 16 carries.

Detroit Lions WR:

Calvin Johnson

Johnson leads the Lions with 71 catches for 981 yard with seven touchdowns. He is averaging a career low 13.8 yards per catch average on the season which is four yards below his career best 17.8 yards per reception he had in 2013. Last week against the Rams Johnson had a season low one catch for 16 yards. The injury report indicates that Johnson is probable for this team as he has an ankle injury.

Detroit Lions Defense

It is hard to make a case for the Lions as they sit 28th in the league in scoring defense. They are defending a very good offensive team on the road in the Superdome who plays well when they are in the spotlight.

New Orleans Saints QB:

Drew Brees

The veteran quarterback has completed 67.8% of his throws for 3794 yards with 25 touchdowns and 11 picks. He has two touchdowns hitting 75% of his throws last week in the win at Tampa Bay and two weeks ago he threw for 3 touchdowns at home to Carolina. Brees has thrown for multiple touchdowns in five of his past six games.

New Orleans Saints RB:

Tim Hightower

With the running back position suffering injuries its Tim Hightower getting the start. He had 28 carries last week at Tampa Bay and ran for 85 yards.

New Orleans Saints WR:

Brandin Cooks

The second year wide out leads the Saints with 64 catches for 869 yards with seven touchdowns. He 13.6 yards per catch average is over three yards greater than his numbers in his rookie campaign.

NFL Monday Night Football Real Money Fantasy League Picks

QB: Drew Brees (Saints)

WR: Brandin Cooks (Saints)

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Learning From Week 9’s Perfect Lineup

QB: Drew Brees (NO): 35.56 Fantasy Points
RB: Llamar Miller (Mia): 33.10 Fantasy Points
RB: DeAngelo Williams (Pit): 39.50 Fantasy Points
WR: Cole Beasley (Dal): 35.20 Fantasy Points
WR: Sammy Watkins (Buf): 33.80 Fantasy Points
WR: Michael Crabtree (Oak): 32.80 Fantasy Points
WR: Antonio Brown (Pit): 48.60 Fantasy Points
TE: Delanie Walker (Ten): 28.50 Fantasy Points
D: N.Y. Jets: 12 Fantasy Points

Salary Used: $46,900
Total Fantasy Points Scored: 299.06

Salary Cap Doesn’t Matter

As you can see from the above lineup, the perfect lineup from last weekend for NFL Daily Fantasy Contests could have been constructed in a normal $50 salary cap game, a 75K salary cap game, or even an unrestricted salary cap game. While there certainly is a correlation between salary and points scored, there will always be cheap players who break out for a big performance every week. DeAngelo Williams, Cole Beasley, Sammy Watkins, Michael Crabtree, and Delanie Walker were all well outside the top 10 most expensive players from the weekend. This does not mean you should intentionally shoot to use only $46000 of the allowed $50000 salary cap, it just means if you are satisfied with your lineup and fall a bit short, don’t stress about spending that last $800, it won’t necessarily give you a better lineup.

Team Diversification

My general rule in stacking has been disproved by this lineup. Generally I will stack a Quarterback with either a receiver or a tight end and never pick a running back from the same team as my quarterback or receivers. The reason for this is that these performances are usually inversely correlated. If a game is a shootout type game, you will see big value in the passing positions yet running backs tend to underperform. The opposite can be said about a blowout. When a team is up by a lot they tend to run the ball extensively as opposed to going to the air. Therefore, you can usually only expect one or the other to be profitable in the Fantasy world.

However, when the Steelers generate over 500 offensive yards (mainly concentrated on two players) there is room for both positions to prosper. DeAngelo Williams and Antonio Brown were the two highest fantasy scorers of the weekend.

Apart from that however, you will see that no other positions on the optimal lineup were from the same team. Typically there is only room for one (or two positions in a quarterback/receiver stack) to really blow up in fantasy value.

The last component here is the Defense position. The Jets players Jacksonville this week and as you can see, nobody from Jacksonville was able to make the optimal lineup. Don’t bet against yourself by picking offensive players that are playing against your defense. You may argue you are hedging against a bad game by either one, but if you stand to win much in NFL cash drafts, you need the stars to align for all your picks, hedging gets you nowhere.

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NFL Fantasy Football Draft News 10-31-2015

New York Giants versus New Orleans Saints NFL Real Money League Fantasy Preview 11-1-2015

The New Orleans Saints return home to their dome to meet the New York Giants from week eight action on Sunday afternoon. NFL pro football fantasy draft GM’s can tune to FOX on November 1st at 1PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their one day DFS rosters.

It has been two years since the Giants played the Saints and when they did in 2012 New York put up 52 points on the New Orleans defense in their victory.

The Giants are over .500 as they enter play at 4-3. After a 0-2 start the team has won four of their past five games. They hosted the Dallas Cowboys last week and came away with the 27-20 victory. The Cowboys were utilizing their third starting quarterback of the season in journeyman Matt Cassel and were without their top target in the passing game the past few seasons in Dez Bryant. Still the Cowboys were able to tie the score at 20-20 midway through the fourth quarter. Then the Giants made a huge play on special teams as Dwayne Harris ran back a 100 yard kickoff return for the game winning touchdown. There are concerns about the Giants defense as the Cowboys rolled up 233 yards on the ground and ran for over 5 yards a carry. What bailed out the Giants were the three interceptions by Matt Cassel and the +4 turnover margin in the win.

The New Orleans Saints looked like a hopeless 0-3 team after a week three road defeat at Carolina. They then proceeded to win three of their past four games to move to 3-4 on the year and still in the running for a wild card spot. They traveled to Indianapolis last week and came away with a surprising 27-21 road victory. They did it with a fast start as they had built a 20-0 halftime lead to 27-0 five minutes into the third period. Then the Saints defense gave up two big passing plays to T.Y. Hilton and the margin was only 13 points heading into the fourth quarter. After a late Colts touchdown the Saints recovered an onside kick to help preserve the victory. New Orleans has struggled on defense for the season as they are 30th in the league in yards allowed by giving up 404 yards per game.

New York Giants QB:

Eli Manning

The Giants veteran quarterback is completing 65% of his throws for 1776 yards with 11 touchdowns and 4 picks. At Dallas last week he hit 13 of 24 passes for 170 yards.

New York Giants RB:

Rashad Jennings

The run game has not been working for the team this year. Jennings had his worst game of 2015 last week with five carries for 19 yards. His carries continue to come down due to his lack of production.

New York Giants WR:

Odell Beckham Jr.

The second year wide out leads the club with 42 catches for 524 yards with four touchdowns. Over the past two games Beckham Jr. had 11 combined catches for 96 yards and a touchdown.

New Orleans Saints QB:

Drew Brees

The veteran signal caller has lost many of his key weapons over the past few seasons. On the year he is completing 67% of his throws for 1871 yards with eight touchdowns and four picks.

New Orleans Saints RB:

Mark Ingram

Ingram is coming off his best game of the year as he rushed for 143 yards on 14 carries last week at Indianapolis with a touchdown.

New Orleans Saints WR:

Willie Snead

A first year player out of Ball State it has been Willie Snead leading the Saints with 29 catches for 461 yards with a touchdown. He is averaging nearly 16 yards a catch.

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Atlanta Falcons versus New Orleans Saints Thursday Night Football Fantasy League Picks 10-15-2015

Thursday Night Football has two rivals from the NFC South going head to head as the New Orleans Saints will host the Atlanta Falcons. NFL fantasy football draft GM’s can tune to CBS TV on October 15th at 8:30PM Eastern Time to follow the scoring results of their roster picks.

Many had pegged the Falcons to be a turnaround team with the head coaching change during the offseason. Atlanta is now 5-0 after they got past the Washington Redskins at home in overtime on Sunday afternoon. The win came from their defense as Robert Alford intercepted a Kirk Cousins pass and returned it 59 yards for the overtime game winning touchdown. The Falcons moved the football last week with 408 total yards with 176 coming from their ground game. Atlanta did a good job defensively last week against the good Washington run game by limiting the Redskins to just 51 yards rushing on their 24 attempts for just about two yards a carry. On the season the Atlanta Falcons are third in the league in scoring offense as they produce 32 points per game on the season. The Falcons are the top rush defense in the NFL and sit in the middle of the league in scoring defense by giving up 22.4 points per game on the season.

The New Orleans Saints were pegged as a team on the decline by many industry pundits. So far the critics have been right about this team as they enter this home date with a 1-4 record. Their only win came at home in overtime to a Dallas Cowboys team without their starting quarterback Tony Romo and top playmaker in the passing game in Dez Bryant. They traveled to Philadelphia last week and were routed 39-17 in a game where they turned it over four times. The Saints defense was ripped by the Eagles offense for 519 yards with 186 yards rushing by Philadelphia. On the year the Saints are the worst defense in the NFL by surrendering an average of 409 yards per game to their opponents. New Orleans still hasn’t been able to get a run game to support their passing game. The Saints rush for 85 yards a game which is 29th in the league.

Atlanta Falcons QB:

Matt Ryan

The veteran quarterback has hit on 65% of his throws this year with six touchdowns and four picks. He had his worst game of the year against a good defensive team in Washington and completed 57% of his throws for 254 yards with no touchdowns and two picks. A check of the odds for this game and we see an over under line of 51 points which is high for a Thursday night game with little rest and prep time. Still the oddsmakers think this will be a high scoring game so Ryan could provide value on one day fantasy leagues.

Atlanta Falcons RB:

Devonta Freeman

There were some whispers that rookie Tevin Coleman would take away carries from Freeman. Devonta Freeman had his best game of the year last week with 153 yards rushing on 27 carries and a touchdown. Prior to that performance he had nearly five yards a carry in the home win to Houston.

Atlanta Falcons WR:

Julio Jones

Health has always been an issue for the Falcons star wide out. He leads the team with 43 catches for 545 yards and four touchdowns. Jones is without touchdown reception the past two games.

New Orleans Saints QB:

Drew Brees

Brees has hit on 66% of his throws this year for 1304 yards with six touchdowns and three picks. He threw for 335 yards and two touchdowns last week in the loss to Philadelphia.

New Orleans Saints RB:

Mark Ingram

The veteran back leads New Orleans with 68 rushes for 261 yards and two touchdowns. He has yet to rush for 100 yards this season with his high just 77 yards. Ingram is running for just 3.8 yards a carry.

New Orleans Saints WR:

Willie Snead

Seeing his first year on the field Snead leads the Saints with 22 catches for 381 yards and a touchdown. He caught six balls last week against the Eagles for 141 yards.

NFL Thursday Night Football Cash League Fantasy Picks

QB: Matt Ryan (Falcons)

RB: Devonta Freeman (Falcons)

WR: Julio Jones (Falcons), Willie Snead (Saints)

TE: Benjamin Watson (Saints)

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NFL Fantasy Football Draft News 10-6-2015

New Orleans Saints versus Philadelphia Eagles NFL Real Money League Fantasy Preview 10-11-2015

Two disappointing 1-3 teams meet in week five from the NFL as the Philadelphia Eagles will be hosting the New Orleans Saints. Fantasy football draft GM’s can tune to FOX TV at 1PM Eastern Time on Sunday October 11th to track the results of their roster picks.

The last times these teams played were in the 2013 NFL season playoffs with the Saints posting the 26-24 road victory at the Eagles. It was a 32 yard field goal by Shayne Graham as time expired for the Saints win. It was freezing temperatures in that game and Drew Brees had two picks and the team was just 1 of 4 in the red zone.

The Saints come off their first win of the season with the 26-20 victory in overtime to the Dallas Cowboys. Drew Brees returned back to the lineup after sitting out the previous week with a shoulder injury. The Saints failed to make a stop in the final drive which allowed the Cowboys drive for a game tying touchdown in the final seconds with a backup quarterback. New Orleans won it on an 80 yard touchdown pass by Drew Brees to C.J. Spiller. The Saints were able to move the ball on the Cowboys defense for 438 yards.

The Philadelphia Eagles coughed up a late lead as they dropped a 23-20 decision at the Washington Redskins. The Eagles allowed a four yard touchdown pass by Kirk Cousins with 26 seconds remaining. The Philadelphia offensive line looked bad as they gave up five sacks in the loss. The offense has sputtered this year for the team as the Eagles are 29th in total yards per game (294), 26th in passing yards per game (224) and 30th in rushing yards per game (70).

New Orleans Saints QB:

Drew Brees

Brees returned to the lineup after missing week three with a shoulder injury. He is completing 68% of his throws this year for 969 yards with four touchdowns and two picks. Against the Cowboys Brees hit on 33 of 41 throws for 359 yards with two touchdowns.

New Orleans Saints RB:

Mark Ingram

The veteran running back has 56 carries for 214 yards with two touchdowns. Ingram is only running for 3.6 yards a carry this year. He had his best game of the season against Dallas last week with 77 rushing yards on 17 carries.

New Orleans Saints WR:

Willie Snead

A rookie out of Ball St leads the Saints with 16 catches for 240 yards and a touchdown. He had six catches on Sunday night for 89 yards.

Philadelphia Eagles QB:

Sam Bradford

The Eagles quarterback has struggled under this new system in Philadelphia. On the year he is hitting on 60% of his passes for 948 yards with six touchdowns and four picks. Last week against the Redskins Bradford passed for 270 yards with three touchdowns. After four interceptions in his first two games Bradford hasn’t thrown a pick in his past two games.

Philadelphia Eagles RB:

Ryan Mathews

In his first year in Philadelphia after coming over from San Diego Mathews have 33 rushes for 132 yards with a touchdown. He rushed for 108 yards against the Jets in week three and has just 24 yards rushing in his three other games.

DeMarco Murray

Murray is having a poor season with 29 carries for 47 yards and a touchdown. He had a long of 30 yards this year. Take out that 30 yard run and Murray has 28 carries for 17 yards.

Philadelphia Eagles WR:

Jordan Matthews

The second year wide out is getting the bulk of the targets with 38 on the year. He has caught 25 balls for 281 yards with a touchdown.

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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:

Brandon Weeden

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:

Joseph Randle

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:

Terrance Williams

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:

Jason Witten

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:

Drew Brees

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:

Mark Ingram

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:

Brandin Cooks

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.

NFL Football Real Money Fantasy Picks

QB: Drew Brees (Saints)

RB: Joseph Randle (Cowboys)

WR: Brandin Cooks (Saints), Terrance Williams (Cowboys)

TE: Jason Witten (Cowboys)

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New Orleans Saints versus Carolina Panthers Fantasy Football Daily League Draft Preview

NFL Fantasy Football Draft News 9-22-2015

It will be an NFC South divisional matchup in week three as the Carolina Panthers will be hosting the New Orleans Saints. NFL Fantasy GM’s can tune to FOX on Sunday September 27th to check out the results of their draft picks.

The teams met twice during the regular season in 2014 with the teams splitting their two meetings each winning on the road. The game held in Carolina was won by New Orleans 28-10.

The Saints enter this contest a desperate team at 0-2 on the season. After a 31-19 road loss in week one they hosted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and were embarrassed at home losing 26-19. The Saints in two games are averaging just 19 points a game ranking 24th in the league. The have moved the football well through the air but their run game has not improved as they run for 79 yards a game ranking 25th in the league. During the Saints success in postseason play they always had a good balance of run and pass. There were also some signs that Drew Brees could be ailing as media reports have Brees complaining of shoulder pain last week. He was sacked four times on Sunday. It’s hard to explain how the Saints could have just seven points at home against the Buccaneers after three quarters.

The Carolina Panthers enter play at 2-0 on the campaign. After a 20-9 road win to Jacksonville in week one the team hosted the Houston Texans and came away with a 24-17 victory. The Panthers successfully defended a drive by the Texans deep in Carolina territory to preserve the victory as Houston was forced to turn the ball over on downs in the closing seconds. It was a 10-10 tie midway through the third quarter then the Panthers responded with 14 unanswered points until the Texans got within a touchdown with 6 ½ minutes remaining.

New Orleans Saints QB:

Drew Brees

On the year the veteran signal caller is hitting on 62% of his throws for 610 yards with only two touchdowns and two picks. He went 24 of 38 for 255 yards with a touchdown and pick. The latest on Brees’ health is that his shoulder is not severely injured but it all depends on how he feels after the treatment.

New Orleans Saints RB:

Mark Ingram

Ingram is getting the majority of the carries for New Orleans but he has produced just 77 yards on 25 carries for a mere 3.1 yards per rush.

Khiry Robinson

The backup Khiry Robinson does not have much in the way of attempts at 13 as he has run for 67 yards for 5.2 yards a carry.

New Orleans Saints WR:

Brandin Cooks

The second year player out of Oregon St leads the team with nine catches for 111 yards. He has yet to find the end zone this season. Cooks is averaging over 12 yards per reception.

Carolina Panthers QB:

Cam Newton

On the year Newton has completed just 53% of his throws for 370 yards with three touchdowns and two picks. He has always had issues with accuracy with a 59% completion mark for his career. He completed half of his passes against Houston last week but did have two touchdown throws. He ran for 76 yards and a touchdown last week so he is making plays with his lets.

Carolina Panthers RB:

Jonathan Stewart

The eighth year veteran leads the unit by far in carries with 35 on the year with 118 yards. He is running for just 3.4 yards per game and has no rushing touchdowns.

Carolina Panthers WR:

Ted Ginn Jr

He leads the team with six catches for 95 yards and a touchdown. He has five first down gains and two receptions for greater than twenty yards.

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New Orleans Saints versus Arizona Cardinals NFL Fantasy Preview

From week one of the NFL season, the Arizona Cardinals open up their 2015 season at home to welcome into town the New Orleans Saints. NFL draft fantasy managers can tune to FOX at 4PM Eastern Time on Sunday September 13th to follow the results of their rosters.

The Saints are looking to bounce back from a down 2014 season that saw the team miss the playoffs. Bad part about last year is an 8-8 record would have won the NFC South last year. New Orleans to get back in the postseason will have to improve on a very poor defense from last year. The Arizona Cardinals piled up enough early wins to earn an NFC wildcard spot. Injuries to starting quarterback Carson Palmer and backup Drew Stanton forced the Cardinals to struggle down the stretch and for an early exit from the playoffs.

Drew Brees:

The 15th year starter a season ago completed 69% of his throws for 4952 yards with 33 touchdowns and 17 picks. Brees is an elite quarterback but will be without a key target in Jimmy Graham who walks to Seattle in free agency.

C.J. Spiller:

A former first round running back acquired from Buffalo in the offseason. Spiller has been listed as doubtful with a knee injury.

Marques Colston:

With no Jimmy Graham in the pass patterns it figures that Colston will get more targets. A year ago he caught 59 balls for 902 yards with five touchdowns. Colston averaged 15.3 yards per reception a year ago.

Carson Palmer:

Palmer returns from an injury riddled 2014 season. He will be throwing against a very bad defensive team from last year in the Saints. Carson Palmer hit on 63% of his throw in 2014 with 11 touchdowns and three picks.

Michael Floyd:

Floyd had a finger problem and is listed as questionable for the game. The fourth year pro caught 47 balls last year for 841 yards with six touchdowns. Michael Floyd averaged nearly 18 yards per reception.

Jermaine Gresham:

The former Detroit Lion is questionable for week one with a hamstring problem. He had 62 catches in 2014 for 460 yards with five touchdowns and 24 first down gains.

Detroit Lions versus San Diego Chargers Daily Fantasy Draft Preview

The Lions are opening their season on the road against the San Diego Chargers at 4PM Eastern Time on FOX. Detroit came up short once again in the playoffs as they lost in the first round against the Dallas Cowboys last year. San Diego finished at 9-7 as a late season slide cost them a playoff spot. The Chargers got very poor pass protection last year along with anemic run performance.

Ameer Abdullah:

The Lions rookie running back reportedly will see heavy work if lead running back Joique Bell struggles out of the gate. Abdullah was a tremendous playmaker during his tenure with Nebraska in college.

Matthew Stafford:

If Stafford can finally get some help from his run game we could see his full potential spawn in 2014. The seventh year quarterback hit on 60% of his throws last year for 4257 yards with 22 touchdowns and 12 picks.

Tennessee Titans versus Tampa Bay Buccaneers: What Fantasy Draft Managers Need to Know

Two rookie quarterbacks are on display as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Tennessee Titans at 4:25PM Eastern Time on CBS.

Marcus Mariota:

The test begins for Mariota on Sunday against the Buccaneers defense. Mariota showed good form running the spread quick strike offense with Oregon. Mariota will be making plays with his legs because he lacks many playmakers in the passing game. Fantasy football GMs should be worried about Mariota’s targets.

Mike Evans:

The second year wide out has been listed as questionable with a hamstring injury with his status likely announced at game time. He grabbed 68 passes last year for 1051 yards with 12 touchdowns and 15.5 yards per reception.

Jameis Winston:

The first round pick of the draft is being advised on patience and not forcing balls into traffic. Look for dumps off a plenty in week one.

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