Monday Night Football Preview
Mercedes-Benz Superdome | 8:30 p.m. | ESPN
For fantasy implications, Monday nights game between the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons holds a lot for fantasy owners. Anytime a game is held in New Orleans, there is a good chance that it will be a high scoring affair.
Atlanta Falcons Preview
Possibly the biggest surprise to the start of the year is the level of play that quarterback Matt Ryan has shown through two games. Many thought his week 1 performance was a fluke, but then he turned around in week 2 and did it again. He is currently the QB1. Against a Saints defense that is still suspect, he is one of the best plays at the position this week.
Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman seem to be sharing the workload, which can be concerning to owners but both should be started in this game. While he has lost a significant amount of touches to Coleman, Freeman is still a solid play and both can be played as an RB2.
There aren’t many wide receivers better than Julio Jones and going against a Saints’ defense that is without Delvin Breaux and P.J. Williams, Jones must be licking his chops. He’s been limited by an ankle injury, but practiced in full on Saturday so he is a locked and loaded WR1. Mohamed Sanu has shown that he is a nice counterpart to Jones and he could be in line for a strong amount of targets as he and Jones are both at 13 through two games.
Tight end Jacob Tamme has had a solid start to the year and he is seeing a lot of action as he has amassed 16 targets in two games. Against a susceptible Saints defense, he may be in for another solid game and worth a pick up off of the waiver wire if he is still available.
[the_ad id=”63198″]Quarterback Drew Brees looks to bounce back after coming off of a 263 yard and one touchdown performance against the New York Giants. The Falcons pass rush lacks teeth and playing at home is always a positive for Brees. He’s a lock for QB1 numbers this week.
New Orleans Saints Preview
Running back Mark Ingram has not gotten off to the start that most owners would have hoped, he currently sits as the RB29. The troubling part is that he has only had 19 carries through two games. That being said, look for him to get back on track against the Falcons.
The wide receiver corps for the Saints is a solid play. Brandin Cooks is close to a must-start, especially in a matchup like this. Willie Snead is a must start, but he is a game time decision so owners need to make sure they have a replacement for him if he is inactive. Michael Thomas is coming along and looks to have planted himself as the third target in the offense.
Tight end Coby Fleener has troubled many fantasy owners and it proves that simply becoming a saints tight end does not automatically make that person a TE1. He caught two passes on eight targets against the Giants and on some plays it looked like he gave up. I’d give him one more week until you consider replacing him.[the_ad id=”66090″]
Kevin is from Hilton Head, SC and is very passionate about football and fantasy football. He attended Charleston Southern University where I played baseball for four years. Currently Kevin covers the New York Giants for Sports Media 101 and contributes content to QBmecca.com.