Brees has had a rough finish as the Saints have been eliminated from the playoff race, throwing five INTs and six TD passes in his last three games. He had two costly picks last week in the 27-24 overtime loss at Chicago, even though he did throw for 232 yards and two TDs. He enters this game with a league-best 4,332 yards passing and should put up big numbers once again against a Lions' defense that ranks 21st in the NFL against the pass.
Thomas is becoming a fantasy star during this year's playoffs and he could be the MVP in championship week as well. Thomas is now the featured back with Reggie Bush sidelined and he came up big at Chicago last week, rushing for 87 yards and a TD, while adding seven receptions for 59 yards and another TD. He now goes against a Lions' run defense that ranks 32nd in the NFL, giving up over 168 yards per game on the ground. Start him and expect BIG results.
Bush will have an MRI on his knee this week and will likely sit out the rest of this season. He missed most of the second half last week at Chicago after showing very little quickness or lateral ability.
Colston scored his second touchdown of the season last week at Chicago and finished with six catches for 84 yards. He' had 15 catches for 216 yards in his last three games and should have another big game against a woeful Lions' defense this week.
Moore was expected to be a fantasy playoff star this year, but instead he's been a dud as the Saints haven't targeted him enough. He waas limited to five catches for a measly 27 yards last week at Chicago and over the last three games he's been limited to 10 catches for 77 yards and a TD. It's time to get Sir Lancelot going this week and the Lions are the perfect medicine for what ails him. Start Moore this week and watch the good results pour in.
After a nice four week stretch, Shockey put up a stinker last week at Chicago, catching just one pass for 11 yards. Fellow TE Billy Miller had a better outing, catching three passes for 35 yards. Look for Shockey to have the better game of the two this week at Detroit as he's a worthy start because of the matchup.
Hartley remains a perfect 12-of-12 on FG attempts this year and has averaged 9 points per game during his six games with the Saints. He's a worthy fantasy play this week as the Lions have already given up an NFL-high 444 points.
Orlovsky could get the start again this week against New Orleans as Daunte Culpepper isn't expected to practice because of a shoulder injury. Orlovsky actually looked pretty good last week in the 31-21 loss at Indianapolis, completing 23-of-34 passes for 233 yards and a TD while looking mobile in the pocket. Neither QB is fantasy worthy during championship week, but Orlovsky could be an interesting prospect for the future.
Smith had one of his best games of the season last week at Indianapolis as he continues to impress with his speed and toughness. He finished with 88 yards and a TD on 20 carries, while adding six catches for 31 yards. The Saints rank 16th in the NFL vs. the run, so look for Smith to get 20-plus touches again this week and post similar numbers to last week.
Johnson continues to impress as he's fast becoming a top 10 NFL wideout. The Colts had allowed just two passing TDs entering last week's game, but CJ blitzed them for a season-high nine receptions, 110 yards and one TD last week, scoring on a beautiful 33-yard strike from Orlovsky. Johnson now has eight TD receptions in the last 10 games and will continue to pour it on this week against a Saints' pass defense that ranks 26th in the NFL, having allowed 20 passing TDs to date.
Standeford is now the No. 2 wideout in Detroit thanks to injuries and he came through with four catches for 36 yards last week at Indianapolis. Forget about him for championship week, however, as he shouldn't be active on any fantasy rosters.
The Lions are going with a lot of two tight-end sets recently because of the injuries and Gaines is getting more looks. He had two catches for 39 yards last week at Indianapolis, but shouldn't be active on any fantasy playoff rosters this week.
The Lions' defense has been putrid for fantasy teams and shouldn't be active on any fantasy playoff rosters this week. The Lions have given up 20 TD passes this year, while adding just four INTs and 26 sacks.