Hats off to Kendall Hinton. Of course it was not pretty, but to come in and start at quarterback in the NFL after playing receiver for three years and not practicing all week took major guts, and he deserves all our respect despite the way he played. The Saints pulled out a win to improve to 9-2 and remain in first place in in the NFC. However, Taysom Hill did not look great as he threw for only 78 yards and an interception. If the Saints are to have any hope of remaining undefeated without Brees this year, Hill will need to vastly improve his play in the pocket.
STUD: Latavius Murray
Murray had his best game of the year on Sunday rushing for 124 yards and 2 touchdowns against a Denver defense that was 15th against running backs this season. Murray outpaced Alvin Kamara in touches earning 19 carries and catching one pass. Murray has also outscored Kamara 32.5 points to 15.5 points in the two games in which Taysom Hill has started, a disconcerting trend for anyone who has Kamara in their lineup. Based on these last two games, I would certainly look to add Murray on the waiver wire if you are in need of a running back.
dud: Alvin Kamara
Kamara ran fine Sunday gaining 54 yards on 11 carries, the problem is that this is where his production stopped. He did not score, and only caught one pass that went for -2 yards. He simply is not involved in the passing game in the Taysom Hill offense and has taken a backseat to Latavius Murray in terms of touches in the last two games. Kamara is still a must-start fantasy player, but temper your expectations for any 20+ point outings if he remains uninvolved in the passing offense.
Kamara turned in his first dud performance of the year as it looks like without involvement in the passing game, he isn’t able to keep pace with his output early in the season. Latavius Murray broke a three way tie for 5th and is now the 4th player this year to have two STUD performances.
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