Fresh off a bye and back in the states, Brees gets a sweet matchup this week against the Falcons. Atlanta gives up only 205 passing yards a game but the Falcons won't be able to slow down the efficient Brees and his multitude of weapons. He's the best QB in the game right now and he's a Must Start as always.
McAllister was productive in his first start of the season in Week 8, rushing for 55 yards and a TD while catching four passes for 30 yards in Week 8. He's a good start against a weak Atlanta run defense that gives up 120.9 yards a game. The Deuce will be loose in this one so start him with confidence as a RB2.
Stecker was second in line in the Saints' backfield in their last game with Reggie Bush out. He only got two carries, but he caught five passes for 29 yards as the third-down RB. Look for him to remain in that role and given his receiving skills he's worth a look as a flex play this week in larger PPR leagues.
Colston struggled to return from his finger injury but the bye week should have helped him a lot. He caught only two passes for 56 yards in Week 8 but faces a suspect Atlanta secondary that lacks the talent to stop him. Look for Colston to get back on track this week.
The steady Moore remains a Brees favorite. He runs good routes, has good hands and is very dependable. It's clear the trust he has built with Brees will keep him very involved in the passing game and he's a quality WR3 in PPR formats especially.
Henderson remains the ultimate hit or miss fantasy WR. He won't catch many passes (he's caught more than three in a game only once) but he's averaging 27.7 yards per catch as the Saints love to throw deep to him two or three times a game. If he connects with Brees, the result is big yardage and/or a touchdown. If he doesn't, he comes up with nothing. That's the risk associated with starting him in fantasy leagues. Remember that this week as you're pondering whether to start him in a game that should feature plenty of New Orleans scoring
Shockey caught only one pass in the Week 8 game against the Chargers and it's clear he isn't healthy. The bye might have helped but until he shows clear signs of better health he's too risky to start in fantasy leagues.
If Shockey can't play, Miller is a fine option in larger leagues. He caught seven passes for 82 yards in the Saints' last game and has the receiving skills to shine in this matchup. Keep him benched if Shockey can play, but consider him as a sleeper pick if Shockey comes up lame again.
Hartley is the third kicker for the Saints this season following in the steps of Martin Gramatica and Taylor Mehlhaff. He was accurate in college, making 32 of 35 FG attempts in his final two years, and he's backed by an explosive offense. So while rookie kickers are hard to trust, you could do worse than the Saints' kicker if you need to dig deep this week.
The Saints bring little to the table defensively. They rank 24th in the league in total defense and give up 24.4 points per game. Matt Ryan has the poise of a seasoned vet and the combination of Michael Turner and Jerious Norwood is potent on the ground so don't expect much from the Saints this week. Look elsewhere for defensive help.
Ryan continues to impress. He passed for 220 yards and two TDs last week and has thrown for seven touchdowns in his last four games. The Saints give up 237.3 passing yards a game so look for Ryan to deliver plenty of production again this week. He's proven himself as a rock-solid fantasy starter so don't hesitate to use him this week if you've been starting him.
Turner did everything last week but score. He ran all over the Raiders, amassing 131 rushing yards, but failed to find the end zone. The Saints give up 109.1 rushing yards a game so Turner will have little trouble getting things done against them. He frustrated his owners by failing to score last week. He'll thrill them with a touchdown on Sunday.
Norwood was a terrific flex play in PPR leagues last week as he rushed for 63 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 20 yards. He'll be active again this week in a game which will likely feature plenty of scoring. If you need to dig deep for a sleeper pick in your flex spot, Norwood has the juice to deliver for you.
White showed his mettle last week. Going against top cover CB Nnaddi Asomugha, White responded with a solid five receptions for 54 yards. That's what great receivers do. They find ways to be productive regardless of the matchup. This week, White faces a New Orleans secondary that can't stop anybody so he's looking at major fantasy production. He's one of the game's top WRs and he'll produce Top 5 fantasy numbers on Sunday.
Jenkins has quietly put up a productive stretch of games recently. He caught two touchdowns last week and has had 50 receiving yards or more in each of his past three. The TDs last week were his first scores since Week 1 so he's very risky to trust if you need touchdowns. But his yardage production gives him mild sleeper potential given the way this game should unfold. If you need a WR4 in larger leagues, he's worth a look this week.
Elam's fine fantasy season continues to roll on. He has made 17 of 19 FG attempts this season as the Falcons have showed surprising offensive potency. This could be a game which sees the Falcons find the end zone frequently so he's not as good of a bet for FGs. But he's been producing so well this season that he's tough to sit. So if you've normally been starting him, roll with him again this week and hope for a FG or two in a high-scoring affair.
The Falcons have a respectable defense, ranking 16th in the league in total defense and giving up 19.3 points per game. But this will be a tough test even without Reggie Bush to contend with. Drew Brees is playing at an MVP level and Atlanta's suspect run defense will enable the Saints to feature offensive balance. This isn't a good week to gamble with the Falcons. Keep them benched.