Fantasy Player Projections
Superdome | Sunday, October 18 | 1:00 p.m. EST (FOX)
Saints 31, Giants 20
Pos. Player Projection
QB Eli Manning
235 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 2 INTThe Saints' defense has conceded just three passing touchdowns in four games. It could be a long afternoon for Manning, whose history against New Orleans is checkered. Still a worthwhile play in what many expect to be a high-scoring affair.
RB Brandon Jacobs
60 rush yards, 1 rush TDJacobs has yet to rush for 100 yards this season as the Giants have cleaned up against some of the league's worst teams, so don't expect triple-digits rushing against the stout NOLA rush defense.
RB Ahmad Bradshaw
3 rec, 20 rec yards, 40 rush yardsDon't expect another two-touchdown performance like Sunday's flukish outing against the Raiders. But Bradshaw could be a shrewd flex play, especially in PPR leagues.
WR Steve Smith
6 rec, 85 yards, 1 TDSmith caught just three passes for 70 yards against the Raiders since the Giants turned to the ground game once the game got out of hand. He'll be much more involved against the Saints.
WR Mario Manningham
5 rec, 70 yardsThe Giants' home-run hitter could make noise against New Orleans. He's a perfectly suitable No. 3 fantasy wideout.
WR Hakeem Nicks
4 rec, 45 yardsThe rookie has scored touchdowns in back-to-back games but still hasn't shown enough to warrant a start against a defense as talented as NOLA.
TE Travis Beckum
1 rec, 15 yardsBeckum started in place on the inactive Kevin Boss against the Giants. He's not an advisable start -- and neither is Boss if he's healed in time for Sunday.
K Lawrence Tynes
2 PATs, 2 FGsTynes, the NFL's scoring leader, bounced back nicely against Oakland after three straight games with missed field-goal attempts. He's a must-start for Week 6.
3 sacks, 1 INTIf your league imposes a stiff penalty on points surrendered, you might want to think twice about starting the Giants. But if sacks and turnovers are the premium, give New York the nod.
Pos. Player Projection
QB Drew Brees
270 pass yards, 3 pass TD, 1 INTBrees faces a stiff challenge Sunday against the league's No. 1 pass defense. But after back-to-back games with under 200 yards passing, the Saints' signal-caller should rebound in a big way in the marquee matchup of Week 6.
RB Pierre Thomas
1 rec, 10 rec yards, 65 rush yards, 1 rush TDThomas is coming off back-to-back standout performance against the Bills (126 rush yards, two touchdowns) and the Jets (86 rush yards, 46 receiving yards, one touchdown). The Giants offer a different caliber of challenge but Thomas should be game.
RB Reggie Bush
2 rec, 25 rec yards, 35 rush yardsSort of a fantasy afterthought amid the Saints' embarassment of fantasy riches, Bush is only worth a start in PPR leagues.
WR Marques Colston
7 rec, 90 yards, 1 TDComing off his worst game of the season (33 receiving yards), Colston recharged his batteries during the bye week and seems poised for a breakout.
WR Devery Henderson
3 rec, 80 yards, 1 TDHenderson's receiving yards have dropped from week to week: from 103 to 71 to 40 to 21. But he's a constant threat to be on the receiving end of a Brees longball.
WR Lance Moore
2 rec, 20 yardsLast year's 10-touchdown season is nothing but a fond memory. Avoid.
TE Jeremy Shockey
4 rec, 45 yards, 1 TDShockey's fantasy output has dropped since nabbing a pair of touchdowns in Week 1, but expect the rough-and-tumble tight end to deliver a score against his former team.
K John Carney
4 PATs, 1 FGA must-start in any format against any opponent.
2 sacks, 2 INTWith a league-high 10 interceptions, the Saints' ball-hawking defense is capable of pouncing on any Manning miscue. A must-start in any format, even against a strong New York offense.