It’s the week we’ve all been waiting for, the battle to reclaim our dignity and show the world that we can prevent walk off touchdowns. Tonight, the Saints return to Minneapolis Minnesota to take on the Vikings, and we are set for one gritty game. Not only will this be a fantastic fantasy productive game, but also will possibly one of the hardest played games of the regular season.
There’s a lot of fantasy studs in this matchup and to be honest this week is a bit of a no-brainer on the Vikings side of the ball, but for those of you who are not familiar with the Vikings wide receivers (probably an alien, maybe brain dead) I will definitely be starting one of them this week, and his name is Adam Thielen.
Thielen came into the league undrafted and has earned the No. 1 wide receiver spot this year with one heck of a stat line. The man has put up more than 100 yards in every game he’s played this season, and I don’t see that stopping anytime soon. Kirk Cousins knows who his man is on that team, and if you were lucky enough to grab him this year like I did, then you’re probably doing pretty well in your league this season.
It’s a given that Marshon Lattimore will be covering Thielen Sunday night, so be on the lookout for Stefon Diggs (or as I call him, Dirty Diggs). We all remember that cold dark night last January, and I’m sure he’ll be getting some love this week as well. As much as I hate to say it, I’m starting both of these guys this week in my leagues. This is the time of year when you have to really dig deep and put your feelings aside so that you can get to your championships, and these purple people eaters are going to have plenty of targets to help you out with that.
On the Saints side of the ball, I’m looking at two positions that the Vikings defense have shown some weakness to this year, and having these guys this week could really help make your push for the W. As you all know, we have a star studded offense, so I’ve made the transition into a matchup article instead of a start’em sit’em and will continue this here on out.
If you are a Benjamin Watson owner or a Wil Lutz owner, then you just set yourself up for a big week according to stats. Right now, the Vikings are giving up around 10 points on average to kickers and 9 points to tight ends. Be looking for Drew Brees to be hitting Watson in the red zone plenty tonight and followed by a successful PAT attempt each time by Lutz companies with a few field goals. I honestly see this game coming down to a kick for the win, and my crystal ball prediction for Lutz is 14 points.
All in all, this game to me will be the deciding factor if New Orleans makes it back to the playoffs this year. I want to see it, you want to see, it but Vikings fans don’t. We have brewed a rivalry with this team after what went down last season, and it’s good to have a team other than the Falcons to despise to be honest. I hope you all enjoy Sunday Night Football this week, and be sure to heckle every SKOL fan in sight.
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