Approaching Week 2 of the NFL season and the New Orleans Saints are looking for a better performance than they had Monday night. So are some fantasy performer on the Saints. Only three players made it into double figures in fantasy points, quarterback Drew Brees, kicker Wil Lutz and tight end Coby Fleener. And the opponent for the Saints gets tougher in mindset for Week 2 as they are set to take on the New England Patriots.
The Patriots had a tough first week against the Kansas City Chiefs to start the season. Quarterback Tom Brady did not play well, and the defense could not make a stop. There is still a clear talent disparity between the Patriots and the Saints. This does not mean certain Saints players are cannot have a good game.
Who to Start
Wide receiver Michael Thomas
Thomas was the player to sit last week and is ready to have a big game. Cornerback Malcom Butler is the Patriots best cover corner and will likely be lined up against Thomas for most of the game. Butler’s matchup last week, Tyreek Hill of the Kansas City Chiefs, sprayed 133 yards and a touchdown on him. And now he deals with Thomas this week, who has a full four inches on Butler. Brees was not afraid go to Thomas last week with good coverage, so expect that to continue Sunday with a size advantage favoring Thomas.
Who to Sit
Saints Defense/Special Teams
To be honest, if you have the Saints Defense/Special Teams on you squad, I would drop them now. They were the worst defense across all the fantasy world last week. They were one of two defenses who had negative points due to the points they allowed. And now they face the G.O.A.T, Tom Brady after a hard loss on Thursday. He is angry, and you do not want to see Brady when he is angry. Even with Danny Amendola possibly being out with a concussion, Brady will find a way with the weapons he has on offense. Week 1 showed that the Saints defense has a long way to go.
Under the Radar
Running back Adrian Peterson
The Saints are still waiting on their big off-season acquisition to pay off. Peterson only had 18 yards rushing in their first game, but it was tied for the best on the team with rooking Alvin Kamara. Peterson did only have six rushing attempts as the offensive line could not make holes for the run game and Coach Sean Payton went to Kamara and starting running back Mark Ingram late in the game. Expect for Coach Payton to begin to go to Peterson more often when the offense gets going.
His matchup this week were run all over by the Chiefs running game. Kareem Hunt had almost 150 yards by himself against the Patriots run defense. Peterson has a chance to find those holes in the Patriots defense as well. Because of his poor performance Week 1, Peterson should be available in a lot of leagues in the waiver wire. He is not a reliable RB1 position, but he can be a good choice for a flex position.
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