The Saints have secured a victory over the Falcons despite using a tight end at quarterback. Taysom Hill looked fine in his NFL debut at QB but the Saints defense was the heart and soul of the team on Sunday afternoon. The New Orleans defense sacked Matt Ryan 8 times and did not allow a touchdown en route to scoring 17 fantasy points against the 4th ranked fantasy offense. Michael Thomas looked like he is finally back in form as he logged his first 100 yard game of the year to go along with 9 receptions. Alvin Kamara managed only 10 fantasy points but he did so in the first game of his career in which he did not catch a single pass, so hopefully the Saints will get him more involved as Taysom Hill settles into the offense.
STUD: Saints D/ST
The Falcons offensive line is made up entirely of players picked in the first round of the draft, and yet they still gave up 8 sacks to the Saints on Sunday. Matt Ryan threw 2 interceptions and could of had more as the Saints secondary dropped a few would-be INTs. This was the first time all year the Falcons had given up more than 5 points to an opposing D/ST, and the Saints third straight game of 15+ fantasy points. If their defense continues to play like this, than they will probably be able to remain undefeated with Brees out of the lineup since 2019.
dud: Hayden Hurst
Once again I prove that I cannot predict fantasy tight ends to save my life. I thought Hurst would be in for a decent outing coming off four straight good performances and against a defense that ranked 26th against tight ends. The Saints defense has shed any trends that would make them an exploitable matchup that may have surfaced early in the year, and are quickly looking like a top 5 unit. Hurst joined his teammate Calvin Ridley as players who have been completely shut out of the box score this year, and perhaps he will get going again against the Raiders next week, but this performance should be very disconcerting for his owners.
STUD: Taysom Hill
Taysom Hill did the impossible by finishing as the highest scoring TE of the afternoon despite not catching a single pass. He also finished as the 3rd highest scoring QB during the afternoon slate of games. Hill looked fine throwing the ball and ran for two touchdowns but his issues with ball security are definitely something he is going to have to work on. Hill proved this week that he can be a starting fantasy QB if he is the starter for his own team. However, it should be noted that the Falcons defense was ranked 32nd against quarterbacks, so lets take this performance from Hill with a grain of salt and see how he does against Denver, who is much better against the pass.
The Saints D/ST has been a pleasant fantasy surprise this year as they could potentially move into the top 5 at their position if the Rams D/ST scores less than 11 points tonight. Taysom Hill also makes his debut in the STUD column with a solid performance in his first start at QB. Barring a late season surge from Michael Thomas, this is shaping up to be a two horse race between the Saints D/ST and Alvin Kamara for Saints fantasy MVP.
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