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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NFL Divisional Round Value Picks

Quarterback

There are no locks at quarterback in the Divisional Round with strong pass defenses and questionable starts.  The weak link in pass defense for the weekend is Pittsburgh.  They have one of the weakest pass defenses in the league, and have only made it this far with their explosive offense (mostly just the Big Ben and Antonio Brown connection).

However, there are question marks on the other side of the ball as well.  Peyton Manning has won back his starting job this game but if things go south for him, an early substitution could be made.  I personally have faith in the sheriff, he wants to leave the league on a high note and with this favorable matchup, he may be one of the best picks this week.  He comes at a bargain too as the cheapest quarterback for the week (Landry Jones and Brock Osweiller come cheaper if either of them end up starting).  However, there is the possibility Roethlisberger plays minimal minutes and in the hands of Jones, the Steelers don’t stand a chance.  If this ends up being a blowout early it could mean a lot of carries for Anderson and Hilman and Mannings numbers paying the price.

Although Roethlisberger was able to deconstruct this defense last time around in the regular season, his health is in question and it is not guaranteed he will even start.  We have seen the huge numbers Big Ben can put up against any defense, but I don’t think this will be his week.

The next chance for a shootout is Packers and Cardinals.  Vegas has this one rated as the highest scoring with an Over Under of 50, -7 point win the Cardinals favor.  An argument could be made either way on this one.  Aaron Rodgers has been here before and knows what he needs to do.  Plus the Packers looked great last weekend against the Redskins.  However, the Cardinals are not the Redskins, and we have not seen the Packer’s perform very well this year against a sound defense.

The playoff experience of Rodgers is exactly what Palmer is missing.  He has played one playoff game in his career (two if you count the quarter he played before leaving the game with a shoulder injury).  My take on it, experience is overrated, football is football.  If this were the Super Bowl then experience may take a role, but in this round, I think Palmer will continue to perform as he has all season—Very Well.

RunningBack

The other two matchups have the potential to go either way.  The top ranked matchup between Seattle and Carolina could be a high scoring shootout or a defensive battle, the only thing you can bet it won’t be is a blowout in either direction.  Marshawn Lynch is set to make his return this week (although that was the word last week as well).  With his questionable health and the matchup, I think you avoid Seattle running backs completely.  The same can be said about Jonathan Stewart,  although drastically different in running style, if Adrian Peterson can’t get any yardage against the Seahawks, I don’t expect anyone to.

Like I mentioned earlier, CJ Anderson should get plenty of carries.  I think he is the best pick of the weekend.  James White also should be a good value as well.  Tom Brady and the Patriots won’t make the same mistakes as the Texans last week.

Wide Receiver

The top picks at receiver should be Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders no matter who is playing at quarterback.  They will pay the price as well though if Denver gets ahead early and focuses on the running game.  Both of these receivers however have great synergy with both Manning and Osweiller and last time against the Steelers DT had 2 touchdowns while Sanders had well over 100 receiving yards and a touchdown.

The Cardinals receiver squad should be able to generate some good value this weekend as well.  In the playoffs it will be all Larry Fitzgerald who brings the experience that Palmer lacks.  In his 2008 playoff run he averaged 130 receiving yards per game in the 4 playoff games and had 7 receiving touchdowns.  That has to be on par with the most impressive individual postseason performance of all time.

 

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NFL Week 13 Value Picks

Quarterback

Matt Hasselback (Ind @ Pit) When Hasselback is the starting quarterback, the colts pass A LOT. He is averaging almost 40 passing attempts in his four starts this season. Although his efficiency could be better, if he is passing the ball this much against the weak Pittsburg secondary (which ranks third most on the list of passing yards allowed) he is bound to produce some good fantasy value.
Projection: 23.0 Fantasy Points
Fanpicks Salary: $5900

Jay Cutler (SF @ Chi) Cutler is gets his favorite tight end target back this week and is facing a weak 49ers defense. He is very volatile as quarterbacks come but if we see the right Jay Cutler this week, the conditions are set for a big fantasy performance.
Projection: 21.4 Fantasy Points
Fanpicks Salary: $5500

Ryan Fitzpatrick (NYJ @ NYG) The New York Giants have allowed an average of 309 passing yards per game to opposing teams so far this season, which is over 20 yards more than the next closest team, the Saints. Fitzpatrick has been playing decent lately but these teams always seem to bring a little extra in these rivalry matches.
Projection: 20.3 Fantasy Points
Fanpicks Salary: $5500

Running Back

Javorious Allen (Bal @ Mia) The Dolphins lead the list in rushing yards allowed with 138 rushing yards per game. Allen has taken over lead rusher duties as Forsett was put on the DL. Allen hasn’t done anything astonishing yet but he has been given the attempts and he comes at a bargain. Look for a breakout performance from him against the weak rush defense of the Dolphins.
Projection: 21.0 Fantasy Points
Fanpicks Salary: $4300

Jonathan Stewart (Car @ NO) On top of ranking second most passing yards allowed, the Saints rank third most for rushing yards allowed by opposing teams. The undefeated Panthers should have no issue negotiating this Saints team and which means Stewart will be given plenty of opportunities late in the game to run down the clock.
Projection: 19.8 Fantasy Points
Fanpicks Salary: $5100

Wide Receiver

Eric Decker (NYJ @ NYG) You can go for the Brandon Marshall stack or the Eric Decker stack with Fitz against this weak Giants secondary. Realistically, the value could go either way but after Marshall scored 2 receiving touchdowns last week, Decker will definitely have lower ownership, which means more upside if he is the main target.
Projection: 21.2 Fantasy Points
Fanpicks Salary: $6000

Donte Moncrief (Ind @ Pit) Moncrief is my value stack of the week with Hasselback. Like the Jets, you can either go Moncrief or Hilton but ownership will be lower with Moncrief and he comes at a cheaper price.
Projection: 21.4 Fantasy Points
Fanpicks Salary: $5000

Brandon Lafell (Phi @ NE) With the list of receiver options getting less and less for Brady by the week, the remaining receivers values are on the rise. All the hype this week is on Scott Chandler due to the patriots tight end focused offense, but without Gronk in the lineup, I am willing to bet the Pats will make less use of their tight ends. Brady will have no problem negotiating this Eagles defense and Lafell should be the main beneficiary.
Projection: 24.9 Fantasy Points
Fanpicks Salary: $4200

Tight End

Vance McDonald (SF @ Chi) McDonald is a very under the radar tight end who has been providing great value as the 49ers top tight end. He has two touchdowns in the past two games despite being among the cheapest options at TE. He is a favorite option for Gabbert and a prime red zone target.
Projection: 14.3 Fantasy Points
Fanpicks Salary: $3000

Travis Kelce (KC @ Oak) Kelce has been a constant performer and reliable target for Alex Smith in a team with not much else going on. He is going to cost you a little more than some of your other options but he should be able to deliver against the weak pass defense of the Raiders.
Projection: 16.1 Fantasy Points
Fanpicks Salary: $5000

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NFL Week 11 Value Picks

Quarterback

Matthew Stafford (Oak @ Det) Although he has thrown almost as many interceptions this year as touchdowns, Stafford always has the potential for a high upside with the lions aggressive passing (that usually comes from being behind early). If Calvin Johnson doesn’t start that could hurt his value a bit but regardless, Stafford should be able to provide good fantasy value for his cheap price among Quarterbacks.
Projection: 23.3 Fantasy Points
Fanpicks Salary: $6300

 

Tyrod Taylor (Buf @ NE) Taylor is another nice example of a cheap quarterback with high potential for garbage points. Facing the best team in the league, the Bills will be forced to pass the ball to attempt to fight out of their deficit.
Projection: 22.8 Fantasy Points
Fanpicks Salary: $5500

 

Russell Wilson (SF @ Sea) Russell Wilson has failed to provide any sort of fantasy value so far this season but this may be the week he can turn things around. With the Seahawks running backs struggling (Lynch injured and Rawls unproductive) Wilson may resort to throwing the ball or running it himself, either which will be great for his fantasy production.
Projection: 22.5 Fantasy Points
Fanpicks Salary: $6100

Running Back

Charcandrick West (KC @ SD) West has had great production over the past 3 games scoring a rushing touchdown in each, with an additional receiving touchdown last week. With a favorable matchup this week against the Chargers and his salary remaining on the low end, West is a great value pick for this week.
Projection: 17.7 Fantasy Points
Fanpicks Salary: $4900

 

Latavius Murray (Oak @ Det) Murray has been averaging over 15 rushing attempts per game along with several receptions as well. This gives him huge upside potential to have a big fantasy performance, especially against the weak Lions defensive front.
Projection: 19.1 Fantasy Points
Fanpicks Salary: $5100

 

Jonathan Stewart (Was @ Car) Stewart has gotten at least 20 rushing attempts in all of the Panthers last 4 games. The Panthers should be able to get ahead early and run down the clock, which means plenty of action for Stewart. If Newton hands off those red zone carries instead of taking them himself, Stewarts production could be even better.
Projection: 18.7 Fantasy Points
Fanpicks Salary: $4900

Wide Receivers

Sammy Watkins (Buf @ NE) Watkins, like Taylor, should be able to rack up the garbage time points against the Patriots. A cheap stack between the two can provide good value and free up cash for other premium players. Nothing glamorous but points are points are point in Daily Fantasy NFL Contests.
Projection: 24.4 Fantasy Points
Fanpicks Salary: $5600

 

Brandon Lafell (Buf @ NE) With Edelman out and Lafell back on the rise, he should get an increase in targets and should be able to open it up for a touchdown. Edelman’s targets may go to Gronk and Amendola, but I think Lafell has the most to gain from Edelman’s absence.
Projection: 22.5 Fantasy Points
Fanpicks Salary: $5000

 

Golden Tate (Oak @ Det) If Calvin Johnson doesn’t get the start Tate will be the primary target for Stafford against the weak Oakland secondary. He has been under the radar so far this season but has great fantasy upside in a favorable matchup.
Projection: 20.1 Fantasy Points
Fanpicks Salary: $5100

Tight End

Crockett Gilmore (Stl @ Bal) Don’t expect a huge number of targets or receiving yards out of Gilmore, but he has been productive in the red zone. If he can get a touchdown for a third game in a row then he will be a good draft pick for your winning lineup.
Projection: 15.8 Fantasy Points
Fanpicks Salary: $3700

 

Eric Ebron (Oak @ Det) Ebron is another under the radar tight end. Don’t expect a huge number of targets, although they may be increased without Calvin Johnson at 100 percent. He has scored 3 touchdowns this year and always is a red zone threat.
Projection: 13.2 Fantasy Points
Fanpicks Salary: $4000

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Indianapolis Colts versus Carolina Panthers Monday Night Football Fantasy League Picks 11-2-2015

Monday night football will feature the Carolina Panthers at home to meet the Indianapolis Colts. Fantasy football draft GMs can tune to ESPN TV on November 2nd at 8:30PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their roster picks.

The Carolina Panthers are back to back NFC South division champions and look for a third straight title this season. They are off to a perfect 6-0 start as they host Monday night football. Many of their wins have come against sub.500 teams and surprisingly the Indianapolis Colts fit that mold as they enter play with a mark of 3-4. One of the biggest wins for Carolina came two weeks ago with the team coming off their bye week. They went into a hostile stadium in Seattle and came away with the 27-23 road victory. Down three points late quarterback Cam Newton led a fourth quarter comeback with a touchdown pass in the closing seconds for the victory. That victory was meaningful as it gave the team some added confidence to carry them into the rest of the season. Newton is a dual threat quarterback and has been especially good on third downs with his feet. Carolina is the top rushing team in the NFL as they run for 144 yards per game. Under head coach Ron Rivera the Panthers play a very physical and discipline style of defense.  They are seventh best in the NFL in scoring defense by allowing 18.3 points per game.

The Indianapolis Colts has struggled as the club is 3-4 this regular season. They enter play with consecutive losses at home to the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints. Last week was frustrating defeat for the Colts as they spotted the Saints a 27-0 lead early in the third quarter and their rally fell short losing 27-21. Much of the blame has been placed on the Colts offense with Andrew Luck and his offensive line sharing it. The play of the Colts defense has been miserable as the club is surrendering 408 yards a game ranking 31st and second to last in the NFL for 2015. They rank 30th in defending the pass and is a bottom third club in defending the run.

Indianapolis Colts QB:

Andrew Luck

The Colts signal caller has been experiencing some injury issues this year with a shoulder problem. In the loss to New Orleans Luck hit on 52.3% of his throws for 333 yards with three touchdowns and two picks. On the season Luck has thrown 11 touchdowns with nine picks and a 56.2% shooting percentage.

Indianapolis Colts RB:

Frank Gore

The veteran running back has 98 carries on the year with 446 rushing yards and three touchdowns. He is rushing for 4.6 yards per run on the year. Gore has not rushed for 100 yards this year and has 20 or more carries in just one game.

Indianapolis Colts WR:

T.Y. Hilton

Hilton leads the team with 37 catches for 606 yards with three touchdowns. He is averaging 16.4 yards per catch on the year. He had has best day of the year with four receptions last week for 150 yards with two touchdowns with a long of 87 yards.

Carolina Panthers QB:

Cam Newton

The Panthers gave Cam Newton a huge contract in the offseason showing a strong commitment to their quarterback. In 2015 he is completing 55.8% of his throws for 1275 yards with nine touchdowns and seven picks. Newton is a huge threat to run as he has rushed for 245 yards on 54 carries and four touchdowns.

Carolina Panthers RB:

Jonathan Stewart

Stewart has 103 carries on the year with 423 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He is rushing for 4.1 yards a carry. The veteran running back has not done much in the passing game this year with six catches for 30 yards. Jonathan Stewart had 24 carries last week for consecutive weeks with 20 or more run attempts. Stewart ran for 125 yards in their win at home to Philadelphia.

Carolina Panthers TE:

Greg Olsen

The veteran tight end has 27 receptions for 439 yards with three touchdowns. Olsen is averaging a career high 16.3 yards per catch average.

NFL Monday Night Football Real Money Fantasy League Picks

QB: Cam Newton (Panthers)

RB: Frank Gore (Colts)

WR: T.Y. Hilton (Colts)

TE: Greg Olsen (Panthers)

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Philadelphia Eagles versus Carolina Panthers

Sunday Night Football Fantasy League Picks 10-25-2015

The Carolina Panthers will put their undefeated record on the line as they meet the Philadelphia Eagles from Sunday night football. NFL fantasy draft GMs can tune to NBC TV on October 25th at 8:30PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their roster picks.

Last year these clubs met and it was Philadelphia crushing the Panthers by the score of 45-21. It was a bad night for Carolina as they turned the ball over five times in defeat. Cam Newton threw three interceptions so there is a bad taste in his mouth as he enters this matchup with the Eagles on Sunday night. The Panthers defense allowed backup Mark Sanchez to throw for 332 yards and two touchdowns. The Eagles won with just 37 rushing yards on 23 carries but they executed well in the red zone by going 4 of 4.

The Philadelphia Eagles got off to a slow start as they began at 1-3 to start the season. They have won two straight to move to 3-3 and hold the first place spot in the NFC East division. There has been tons of criticism about the Eagles offense sputtering. What has been lost has been the improved play of the Philadelphia defense. The team is seventh in the NFL in scoring defense as they limit opponents to just 18.3 points per game. Yards numbers are down as well as the Eagles allow 354 per contest which is 15th in the league. They played on Monday night football and defeated the New York Giants by the score of 27-7. It was an ugly game even in victory for the Eagles as quarterback Sam Bradford threw three interceptions as the club finished with four turnovers. Philadelphia on defense held the Giants to 247 yards of offense.

The Carolina Panthers are off to a 5-0 mark in 2015. They come off a nice victory at the Seattle Seahawks last week by the score of 27-23. The Panthers were down 23-20 and Cam Newton led a late touchdown drive with just 32 seconds remaining in the game. Red zone on both ends of the field were good as the Panthers offense go 3 of 3 and the Panthers defense held Seattle to 1 of 3 inside the red zone. Carolina ranks seventh in the league in total defense by surrendering 338 yards per game.

Philadelphia Eagles QB:

Sam Bradford

The Eagles quarterback is hitting on 64% of his throws for 883 yards with nine touchdowns and nine picks. It is very disappointing that Bradford has nine picks already in the season. Bradford in the Giants game hit 24 of 38 passes for 280 yards with a touchdown along with the three picks.

Philadelphia Eagles RB:

DeMarco Murray

Murray is sharing carries with Ryan Mathews. It has been a poor season for Murray this year with 242 yards on 70 carries and three touchdowns and 3.5 yards per run attempt. In the passing game Murray has grabbed 21 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown. He showed improvement on Monday night with 112 rushing on the Giants defense on 21 carries and a touchdown.

Philadelphia Eagles WR:

Jordan Matthews

The second year wide out has 36 catches for 384 yards with a touchdown. He was targeted 11 times and caught six passes for 59 yards in the win against the Giants.

Carolina Panthers QB:

Cam Newton

Newton is completing 55.4% of his throws for 1078 yards with eight touchdowns and four picks. He is a major threat to run the football with 50 carries for 225 yards and three touchdowns. He is averaging 4.5 yards per carry.

Carolina Panthers RB:

Jonathan Stewart

The eighth year veteran back has 79 carries for 298 yards and two touchdowns. In the Seattle game Stewart had 20 carries for 78 yards. He had two rushing touchdowns which is a monster accomplishment against the Seattle defense on the road.

Carolina Panthers TE:

Greg Olsen

Olsen leads the Panthers with 24 catches for 374 yards with three touchdowns. He was the recipient of the game winning touchdown pass in the closing seconds at Seattle last week. On the year he has 24 catches for 374 yards and three touchdowns. He had seven grabs for 131 yards against the Seahawks.

NFL Sunday Night Football Fantasy Cash League Picks

QB: Cam Newton (Panthers)

RB: Jonathan Stewart (Panthers)

WR: Jordan Matthews (Eagles)

TE: Greg Olsen (Panthers)

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NFL Fantasy Football Draft News 10-16-2015

Carolina Panthers versus Seattle Seahawks NFL Fantasy Preview 10-18-2015

The Carolina Panthers will put their undefeated record on the line as they make the long cross-country road trip to face the Seattle Seahawks. Fantasy football draft managers can tune to FOX TV on Sunday October 18th at 4PM Eastern Time to track the results of their roster picks.

The Carolina Panthers come off their bye week with a record of 4-0. Some may argue about the quality of their wins because they have all come against losing teams in the Jaguars, Texans, Saints and Buccaneers. Their schedule toughens now as following the Seahawks are home dates to the Eagles, Colts and Packers. Offensively their run game has excelled while they still lag near the bottom of the league in passing the football. They throw for 189 yards per game ranking 29th in the league. The Panthers do well in the points for and against column. They tally 27 points a game good for sixth best in the NFL while surrendering 17.8 points per game good for fourth best in the league.

The Seattle Seahawks are 2-3 on the season. They are 0-3 on the road and a perfect 2-0 at home. Two of their three road losses came against undefeated teams in the Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati Bengals. The Seahawks are smarting a bit after blowing a 24-7 fourth quarter lead as they lose 27-24 in overtime last week to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Seahawks made numerous mistakes in their secondary blowing assignments that led to big plays for Cincinnati in the passing game. They allowed Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton to pass for 331 yards and two touchdowns. Over on offense Seattle got great production on the ground with 200 rushing yards on 30 carries.

Carolina Panthers QB:

Cam Newton

The fifth year signal caller is hitting on 55% of his throws for 809 yards with seven touchdowns and two picks. He lost his top weapon in the passing game during the preseason. Newton is always a threat to run and has two rushing touchdowns on the year. In the victory against Tampa Bay Cam Newton hit on 11 of 22 throws for 124 yards with two touchdowns.

Carolina Panthers RB:

Jonathan Stewart

Stewart has rushed 59 times for 220 yards and no touchdowns. He had just 10 carries last week and rushed for 50 yards. Stewart hasn’t done much in the passing game of late with no receptions in his past two games.

Carolina Panthers WR:

Ted Ginn Jr

The ninth year veteran leads the wide outs with 12 catches for 206 yards and three touchdowns. Last week in the win at Tampa Bay Guinn Jr. contributed with two catches for 18 yards and two touchdowns.

Carolina Panthers TE:

Greg Olsen

Olsen is targeted most by Newton. He has caught 17 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns. He had a big game in week three with eight catches for 52 yards and two touchdowns against the Saints.

Seattle Seahawks QB:

Russell Wilson

In his fourth season Wilson has completed 70% of his passes for 1192 yards with six touchdowns and three picks. In the Cincinnati game he only completed 15 of 23 throws for 213 yards with a touchdown and pick because the run game was working.

Seattle Seahawks RB:

Thomas Rawls

The rookie out of Central Michigan has emerged as the leading ball carrier for Seattle with 58 rushes for 326 yards and a touchdown. He had a big game at Cincinnati rushing for 169 yards on 23 carries with a touchdown. Rawls averaged 7.3 yards per run.

Seattle Seahawk WR:

Jermaine Kearse

Kearse has caught 18 passes for 274 yards and a touchdown. He leads Seattle with 15.2 yards per reception.

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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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