After a long seven days of celebrating another big win for the black and gold and finishing up too many leftovers, your boy is back to drop some fantasy football knowledge. Last week Saints fans had one hell of a Thanksgiving while carving up the Falcons on primetime television.
Unfortunately, unless you had Drew Brees as your starting quarterback your other Saints players didn't fare to well because all the fantasy points went to players sitting on your waiver wire (or as I like to call them “Dudes from the stands”). With Michael Thomas only pulling in a disappointing 7.8 fantasy points and Alvin Kamara dropping only 10, you're definitely hoping to see some improvement this week when the Saints visit Jerry’s World.
For this weeks match-up the Saints are facing the 14th ranked Dallas Cowboys. This Cowboys team has found some life since signing wide receiver Amari Cooper who racked up a whopping 38 fantasy points against the Redskins on Thanksgiving day. Of course for a receiver to have such a monster performance the quarterback has to have himself a day too. Dak Prescott did just that with 31 points of his own.
Now don’t get me wrong, the Redskins defense is nothing like the Saints but we can’t ignore the fact that their defense is still giving up 32.2 points on average to wide-outs and around 20 to quarterbacks. I’m seeing Amari and Dak both having another good day in Dallas and I feel confident starting both of them this week in what should be another shootout.
On the other hand I feel like the picture above perfectly sums up how I feel about Ezekiel Elliott facing the Saints defense tonight. For the past three weeks Zeke has been eating up the fantasy points scoring over 30 against the Eagles and the Falcons (two teams plagued with defensive injuries) and 25 against the Redskins.
Before you get it twisted, I’m not telling you to sit your first round pick. I’m simply letting you know not to expect another monster performance. The “Boonk Gang” (Saints defense) ain’t nothing to “F” with against the run and they know who the real star is on this offense. I don’t see Zeke rushing over 100 yards this week and I’m going to say that his fantasy point total doesn't exceed 15 points.
Moving on to N’awlins side of the ball, I feel that Michael Thomas should be heavily relied on this week. The Cowboys are giving up about 18 points on average to wide outs this year and after Drew Brees spreading the love around to receivers like Tommy Lee Lewis, Austin Carr and Keith Kirkwood, it should be time for “Cant Guard Mike” to reclaim his territory.
I like to think that all those undrafted receivers catching touchdowns last week was a part of Sean Payton’s plan to get into the head of Rod Marinelli and Kris Richard. Its a total power move and really keeps the defense on their toes knowing that Brees can send to ball to whoever he pleases into the end zone. Be ready to see Thomas do what he does best this week without worry.
On a side note, keep an eye out for Tre’Quan Smith this week. Word on the street is that he was a full participant in practice on Wednesday and for those of you in deeper leagues he’s now a must start being a hot “Boom or Bust” candidate.
Boom (Mark Ingram) and Zoom (Kamara) are a sure fire go this week for me. The Cowboys are giving up about 15 points on average to running backs and as bad as the boys want to stop this duo, the fact of the matter is that it’s borderline impossible. Ingram hasn't been exactly what he was last year in terms of fantasy performance but the good news is that he’s the bull that can plow through the line in the red zone. Look for Alvin to rack up points in your PPR leagues and Ingram to be the short yard touchdown machine for you standard league players. I’m calling 60 yards rushing and a touchdown for Ingram in this one.
I’m wishing you all the best of luck in the last game before the fantasy football playoffs start and hope you enjoy this highly anticipated game. I have full faith we will walk away the victor in this match-up. Back in 2009 we lost to the Cowboys and went on to win the Superbowl but this is completely different and special year. Lets shut ‘em down and leave the “Starboys” Stargazing. WHO DAT!!