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New Orleans Saints
Bank of America Stadium | Sunday, October 19 | 1:00 p.m. EST (Fox)
Pick: Panthers 23, Saints 20
Carolina Panthers
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBDrew Brees
250 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INT
Brees has now passed for 320 or more yards in each of his last four games and has 8 TD passes during that time. He was almost perfect last week against Oakland, completing 26-of-30 passes for 320 yards and three TDs. But he has struggled at Carolina in the past and the Panthers rank second in the NFL against the pass, allowing just 158.8 yards per game. This will be a tough matchup for Brees and the Saints, so don't expect another 300-yard game on the road.
RBReggie Bush
6 rec, 35 rec yards, 1 rec TD, 40 rush yards
Bush did rush for a TD last week, but he continues to struggle out of the backfield. Bush finished with 27 yards rushing on 14 carries last week against Oakland, but at least he added 40 yards on three receptions and another TD. He remains a valuable fantasy play because of his pass catching skills and those skills will make him valuable this week at Carolina as he finds the end zone again.
RBDeuce McAllister
40 rush yards
The Saints were able to work McAllister more into the offense last week as they got ahead of Oakland and ran out the clock. He finished with 65 yards on 13 carries and now has 151 yards rushing over the last three games. He will get 10-12 touches this week at Carolina, but don't expect much success against a Panthers' run defense that ranks 15th overall and has allowed just two rushing TDs on the season.
WRMarques Colston
5 rec, 75 yards, 1 TD
Colston is expected to return and start this week at Carolina after missing the last five weeks with a thumb injury. He had a chance to start last week, but the Saints played it safe against Oakland and now will have Colston healthy and ready. This is a tough matchup against a Panthers' team that ranks second against the pass, but Colston is a worthy fantasy play as he will get his fair share of targets this week.
WRLance Moore
6 rec, 60 yards
The return of Colston will affect Moore's production going forward, but you should still keep Moore in your lineup going forward. He has carved out his niche as a great possession receiver and his 26 catches over the last four games are proof of that. Moore will still get 5-7 catches per game even with Colston back, so stick with this great pickup and look for continued success.
WRDevery Henderson
2 rec, 40 yards
Henderson is averaging an amazing 32.1 yards per catch this year as he added to that total last week with two catches for 68 yards. He's not ideal in Point-Per-Reception leagues, but he sure makes things interesting.
TEJeremy Shockey
4 rec, 40 yards
Shockey is questionable this week and could be held out of the lineup for one more week. If that happens, look for Billy Miller to start and excel. Last week vs. Oakland, he had three catches for 40 yards and a TD and fellow TE Mark Campbell had three catches for 37 yards and a TD.
KTaylor Mehlhaff
2 PATs, 2 FGs
Mehlhaff made his debut with New Orleans last week and made two FGs, but also missed from 31 yards. He's a worthy pickup on this high-scoring team, but he's also untested.
Defense
2 sacks, 1 INT
The Saints' defense has 10 takeaways and 13 sacks in six games and need to make things happen to beat the run-oriented Panthers at home.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBJake Delhomme
240 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 INT
The Saints laid a major egg at Tampa Bay last week and that included the play of Delhomme, who threw three key interceptions. He failed to throw a TD pass for the third time in six games and his 242 yards were offset by the interceptions. He needs to cut down on his mistakes this week and he should be able to against a Saints' pass defense that ranks 21st and has already given up 7 passing TDs. Look for a much better game from Delhomme at home.
RBDeAngelo Williams
2 rec, 10 rec yards, 60 rush yards
The Panthers fell behind early at Tampa Bay last week and just never could get the running game in motion. As a result, Williams was limited to 27 yards on 11 carries, one week after he rushed for 123 yards and two TDs. Look for the Panthers to try to control the clock this week and run the ball 30-plus times against a Saints team that ranks 15th vs. the run. Start Williams this week and expect much better results.
RBJonathan Stewart
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 60 rush yards, 1 rush TD
With the Panthers falling behind early last week, Stewart was limited to a season-low six carries and 12 yards. That was a stinker, but this week should smell much better as the Panthers will try to control the clock against the Saints. Look for 15-plus touches this week and one of Stewart's better games of the season.
WRSteve Smith
6 rec, 90 yards, 1 TD
Over the last three weeks, Smith has caught 18 passes for 304 yards and a TD, catching six passes in each game. He continues to be a big-time fantasy player as he's averaging a career-best 17.0 yards per catch. Look for more possession receptions this week as the Panthers try to control the clock, with another score expected.
WRMuhsin Muhammad
4 rec, 50 yards
After two straight games of TD receptions, Muhammad was held out of the end zone last week at Tampa Bay. Still, he finished with four catches for 68 yards and will again get 6-8 targets this week.
WRDwayne Jarrett
1 rec, 10 yards
The Panthers just don't use a third wideout very well, so don't waste your time on Jarrett.
TEDante Rosario
3 rec, 30 yards
In the five games since the opener when he had seven catches for 96 yards and a TD, Rosario has caught just eight passes for 70 yards and no TDs. Give up on him.
KJohn Kasay
2 PATs, 3 FGs
Kasay is perfect on all 11 FGs this year, but he's still averaging just a little over 7 points per game. This is the week he improves that average.
Defense
2 sacks, 1 INT
The Panthers rank second against the pass, but have just three interceptions and 10 sacks this season. They will need to bring more pressure this week to beat the high-flying Saints at home.
 
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