If you’re a daily fantasy player, before each game I will look at four players from the New Orleans Saints and their opponent’s rosters that I would target in daily fantasy (based off their value and potential results).
Is Saints QB Drew Brees still safe QB for daily fantasy leagues? Even still, spending your money on a top-tier starting QB leaves you scraping the barrel to fill out the rest of your roster.
Normally I try to find four players for your daily fantasy lineups from each week’s Saints game, but this week, the pickings are slim. So here is two Saints and one Falcon that provide the most bang for your buck. (Values from DraftKings)
QB Jameis Winston (NO) - $5,900
Think of it this way: You’re getting last year’s passing leader facing off against against a defense that has allowed the 4th-most fantasy points per game this year. That’s Jameis Winston. On top of that, Winston is a whopping $1,400 cheaper than the most expensive quarterback available in daily fantasy this year. He’s likely coming cheap because Sean Payton has declined to officially name a starter for Sunday’s game, but Saints fans know better - it’s going to be The Jameis Show.
WR Michael Thomas (NO) - $7,300
What Jameis Winston lacks in accuracy compared to Drew Brees, he makes up for in arm strength. Drew Brees’s game plan might generally consistent of “dink and dunk,” but Jameis is more of a “grip it and rip it” kind of guy. With that in mind, it’s likely we see Michael Thomas’s first 100-yard receiving game of 2020. Not only that, we saw last week how Jameis targeted Thomas twice in the endzone, so he could big in for a big day from a fantasy perspective. At $1,300 cheaper than the most expensive wide receiver available in daily fantasy this week, the reigning Offensive Player of the Year provides surprising value.
TE Hayden Hurst (ATL) - $4,400
Austin Hooper might be in Cleveland, but Matt Ryan has found a new security blanket at tight end in the former Baltimore Raven Hayden Hurst. Hurst is an above average pass-catcher at his position, and considering the Saints struggles in the recent past against opposing tight ends (Darren Waller, anyone?), he’s a decent option for redzone targets since we know Matt Ryan won’t look Julio Jones’s way.
My full daily fantasy lineup this week:
QB: Jameis Winston (NO) - $5,900
RB: Mike Davis (CAR) - $6,800
RB: Antonio Gibson (WAS) - $5,800
WR: Michael Thomas (NO) - $7,300
WR: Justin Jefferson (MIN) - $6,000
WR: Robby Anderson (CAR) - $6,000
TE: Hayden Hurst (ATL) - $4,400
FLEX: Salvon Ahmed (RB - MIA) - $4,800
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