We’ve made it to Week 5 of the NFL season, and the Saints are at the top of the food chain in the NFC South. Alvin Kamara is the No. 2 running back in the league, and Drew Brees is 98 passing yards away from leading the NFL in passing yardage. What a time to be alive — and more importantly, a Saints fan. Tonight, the black and gold take on the Washington Redskins in what is going to be one of the most exciting games of the week for fans. Drew Brees making history will be a big part of the excitement, but now the Saints get back one very important piece of the puzzle to hopefully tighten up the loose ends the team has currently.
As a reminder before we get to business, all of my work will be based on PPR leagues, and obvious starters like Alvin Kamara , Drew Brees and Michael Thomas will not be written about. Each week, I will evaluate both teams and list my picks from the match ups.
Mark Ingram - RB
Heeee’s Baaacckkkk!!!! It feels like it been forever, but the suspension is finally finished. Mark Ingram is no longer last-minute studying for exams, and it’s time to plug this dude into your lineup. The Redskins are currently giving up an average of 16.5 fantasy points per game to running backs, but I see this number being way higher with the one-two punch combo that’s about to hit them.
With Alvin Kamara getting a little breathing time, now it’s back to business in the backfield and I believe we’re going to see a lot of the same domination that we saw in 2017. (HOT TAKE) I think Ingram’s return can mentally help the defense as well and get these guys back to playing fiercely. Sometimes one small detail being left out can throw everything off balance, and after Monday night I see smooth sailing for Ingram fantasy owners and this Saints team as a whole.
Paul Richardson - WR
So far this season, the Saints defense is giving up a boatload of fantasy points to wide receivers (mostly on the side of the field that Marshon Lattimore isn't on). Alex Smith has his options between Jamison Crowder, Jordan Reed and Paul Richardson, and I believe Richardson will walk away with the most points at the WR position on Monday. I truthfully feel that the Saints defense will come back to life this week and take the bye week to continue that progress, so you have to assume that Lattimore will probably be keeping up with Reed and Crowder. Richardson leads his team in fantasy points for receivers, and I don’t bank on that changing in this match up.
Adrian Peterson - RB
This may or may not be looked by Peterson as a revenge game, but if it is, he is in for a rude awakening. In my opinion, Chris Thompson is the true force in that backfield because of his value in PPR leagues. Peterson has had two games where he scored over 22 fantasy points, so I’m not completely knocking him, but when you are playing a team that’s only giving up 12.9 points on average to the position, you don’t get too cocky. Thompson will be the man to look out for here, so plug him in to your lineups. Just let Peterson ride that pine. Good things seem to emerge when he’s out of the picture (hopefully you get that joke).
Wil Lutz - K
I don’t know if you watch every single NFL game on Sunday’s like I do, but if so you saw a tragedy happen with kickers this week. I’m literally on the verge of never playing in a league with kickers again. I have Mason Crosby in one of my leagues, and he completely wrecked my day along with a few other players, but that’s enough of my ranting. The Redskins haven’t been too kind to kickers this season, and even though Lutz will get his PATs, don’t expect many field goals. In all honesty, I’m finally ready to just fade kickers — and if you want to change my mind on that just shoot me a tweet.
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