Brees had another monster fantasy game for his owners last week, passing for 422 yards and a pair of scores in the loss to the Falcons. The Saints are struggling to win games but Brees continues to put up huge numbers. That won't stop this week against a Kansas City pass defense that gives up 233.9 yards a game. Brees could get Reggie Bush back this week and that will be a huge addition to the passing game. Brees is a Must Start, but you already knew that.
The Saints are hoping that Bush will return this week after missing the past two games with a knee injury. His return will add another dymamic threat to the explosive Saints' passing game and give them more hope for production in the ground game. It's best not to expect too much from Bush in his first game back but in PPR leagues, his huge role in the passing game makes him a Must Start whenever he's able to play. Watch his practice reports closely and if he's good to go on Sunday, make sure he's in your starting lineup.
Were it not for a TD grab last week, McAllister would have come up real small in a prime matchup against a bad Atlanta defense. If Bush returns, McAllister's role in the offense will shrink considerably although this is an inviting matchup. The Chiefs give up 172.3 rushing yards a game so if New Orleans can keep the game close, McAllister could get 10-15 carries and produce decent numbers with a good chance at a touchdown. He's very risky because this could turn into an aerial assault but there is some upside here if you need to start McAllister as your RB3 this week.
Look who's back. Colston got back on track last week in a big way, catching seven passes for 140 yards against the Falcons. The Chiefs' secondary lacks talent so Colston should have an easy time making plays against them on Sunday. He looks to be back in pre-season form so make sure he's in your lineup as a WR1 this week.
Moore continues to be one of this year's biggest surprise stories. Thanks to Hail Mary grab at the end of last week's game, he put up another strong outing for his fantasy owners, catching six passes for 76 yards and a TD. He remains very involved in the passing game and Brees has the utmost trust in him. The Saints will make plenty of plays through the air so look for Moore to deliver his usual brand of WR3 production. Start him with confidence - especially in PPR leagues.
The Saints tried to get Henderson involved early last week, but it didn't materialize. That's the problem with starting this guy. If he doesn't hook up with Brees on a big play downfield, he isn't likely to do much. The threat of a long completion or touchdown is always there, but he's simply too unreliable to trust as a fantasy starter. Despite the tasty matchup, he's too risky to start this week so look elsewhere unless you really feel like gambling.
Miller could get the start this week with Jeremy Shockey nursing an ankle injury. Miller caught five passes for 65 yards last week and has 12 receptions in his last two games. If Shockey is out, he's a fine starter at TE this week given his upside and the matchup. Watch the Shockey situation closely and plug Miller into your starting lineup this week if Shockey can't go.
Hartley had a strong first game as the Saints' kicker, converting a pair of FGs in the loss to the Falcons. He has plenty of value and upside in this high-scoring offense so if you're looking for a kicker in a larger league or looking to play the matchups at this position he's well worth starting this week.
The Saints continue to offer little value defensively. They give up 25.4 points per game and rank 24th in the league in total defense. Until Reggie Bush gets healthy, their special teams value will remain low as well. On the road against a suddenly sizzling Kansas City offense isn't the place to start them. Find another defense to start this week.
Don't look now but Tyler Thigpen has become one of this year's biggest stories at the QB position. He has played three strong games in a row and had a terrific game last week against the Chargers, passing for 266 yards and three touchdowns. He's a little shaky at times but he's utilizing all of his weapons (including the emerging Mark Bradley) and will get Larry Johnson back this week to give the offense balance. He also will face a New Orleans pass defense that allows 238.4 yards game. It's all set up for Thigpen to shine once again so he's a strong starter this week.
Johnson returns from his team and league suspensions and gets a tasty matchup in his first game back. The Saints give up 109.6 rushing yards a game but Michael Turner ran over them last week so Johnson should also fare well on Sunday. The offense has changed since he last played so while he won't be the focal point, the actual threat of a passing game should help him find more running lanes to work with. If you've been waiting for LJ to return, you'll be happy with how he performs on Sunday.
Bowe had another solid game last week, catching six passes for 72 yards in the loss to the Chargers. Thigpen's emergence has done great things for the offense and Bowe will be a primary beneficiary. He nearly had a touchdown grab last week and will find the end zone on Sunday against a battered and lackluster New Orleans secondary. He's been money in PPR leagues this year and this week, he'll make his owners happy in standard scoring leagues too.
Bradley has emerged in a big way of late. He was huge in Week 10, catching nine passes for 81 yards and a touchdown. He should have had a second TD but Thigpen missed him wide open in the end zone late in the game. Bradley has always had talent, but he's struggled to stay healthy. He's healthy now and he's very involved in the passing game. This is a prime matchup for the Chiefs this week so Bradley is a terrific WR3 with WR2 upside. Snap him up off the Waiver Wire and don't hesitate to start him on Sunday.
Think the Packers should have traded for Tony Gonzalez when they had the chance? Me too. All Gonzalez has done is turn the clock back 10 years and play like a superstar. He had another huge game last week, catching 10 passes for 113 yards and a pair of scores against San Diego. The Saints won't be able to stop him so Gonzalez is poised for another huge game this week. Do what the Packers were too afraid to do -- get him in your starting lineup and reap the benefits.
Barth is looking much better with the Chiefs' offense showing serious signs of life. This game will feature plenty of scoring so if you're looking for a kicker with some upside this week, Barth is a good option to use. He'll get at least 7 points on Sunday with the potential for double digits.
The Chiefs don't pack much punch defensively. They rank dead last in the league in total defense and are giving up 27 points per game. They can't stop the run and they struggle against the pass too. That's not good news when going up against Drew Brees. Playing at home won't help them much as Brees will have his way with them. This is a poor fantasy defense even when the matchup is good. When the matchup is bad, it's going to be unsightly.