Ryan threw for 2 TDs and 2 INTs on his way to a 19-for-35, 198-yard performance against the Cowboys. He has multiple TDs in 5 of his 6 games this year and is a lower-end No. 1 fantasy QB and great flex/bye week option against the Saints' good-but-not-great pass defense.
The 1,699 yards and 17 TDs he had last year led to very high expectations, especially in fantasy circles. He's been a bit of a bust, his latest effort being a 18-carry, 50-yard performance against the Cowboys last week. He is, however, tied for third in the league with 7 TDs and is more of a No. 2 fantasy RB against the Saints' eighth-ranked run defense.
Against the Cowboys last week, ‘Rod' Roddy White had 6 catches for 50 yards and scored a touchdown -- his fifth score in his last five starts. His yardage totals -- aside from that ridiculous 210-yard, 2-TD performance vs. the Niners in Week 5 -- have been pedestrian. Nonetheless, consider him a No. 2 fantasy WR and a pretty good start against the Saints.
Jenkins had 2 catches for 22 yards against the Cowboys. It's his third consecutive game with 2 catches. He is Ryan's third option behind White and Gonzo and he's yet to find the end zone this year. At this point, Jenkins shouldn't be a fantasy consideration.
Gonzalez went for 4 catches and 37 yards against the Cowboys. He's among the top 10 tight ends in receptions, yards and TDs. He's having perhaps a subpar season by his Hall of Fame standards, but at a thin position, he's a must-start TE option based on skill and potential alone.
A tepid 4-for-6 on the season, Elam hasn't kicked a FG the last two weeks against the Bears or Cowboys. We remember when Elam hit the longest kick in league history. That was 11 years ago. Perhaps he was a good fantasy option then, but he is no longer. Strong recommendation to avoid.
Brees is ridiculous. He had a tough game against the Dolphins statistically, throwing for 298 yards with 1 TD and 3 INTs, but led his undefeated Saints on a 21-point comeback. The week prior, Brees picked apart the Giants vaunted defense to the tune of 369 yards and 4 TDs with no INTs. He is top 10 in yards and completions and one of the best fantasy QBs in the league. He should start every week, regardless of the opponent.
Thomas had a rough go against the Dolphins, amassing only 8 carries for 30 yards. More disturbing to Thomas' fantasy owners is the fact that his backup, Mike Bell, had 12 carries for 80 yards. Consider both guys low-end No. 2 options against the Falcons 23rd-ranked run defense.
Bell got the lion's share of the second half carries during the Saints' big comeback, carrying 12 times for 80 yards. This is good news for Bell's owners, who have to be encouraged by the 27 carries he's gotten the last two weeks to Pierre Thomas' 23 as a part of the dynamic, multi-faceted Saints' attack. He's a decent, low-end WR2, averaging 85.75 yards on 18 carries with 2 TDs in the 4 games he's been healthy. There's that third guy too...
Bush gained 10 yards on 3 carries with a sick 5-yard leap for a TD against the Dolphins. He also caught 3 passes for 16 yards His touches are too erratic at this point to consider him a viable fantasy threat. If you're in a bind, he could be a flex option or No. 3 RB.
He is the top receiving threat in the sixth best passing offense in the NFL. He had 5 catches for 72 yards and 1 TD against Miami. He shares the league lead for receiving TDs (5) and merits a start every week. The only reason he's not in the top 10 in receptions and yardage is because Drew Brees spreads the ball out so well.
Henderson leads the second tier of Saints' WRs with 19 catches for 312 yards and a TD. He had 4 catches for 71 yards against the Dolphins, one week after a 1-catch, 6-yard performance against the Giants. His numbers are too erratic to merit more than a No. 3, bye week flier.
Moore had 928 yards and 10 TD in 2008, so a lot was expected from the fourth-year WR out of Toledo. He's been a huge disappointment this year catching only 2 passes for 18 yards against Miami, bringing his season totals to 11 and 135 with 1 TD. Moore, Devery Henderson and Robert Meachem are all decent bye week options. One of them will likely catch a TD each week, it's just not clear which.
While he hasn't been considered an elite option this year, Shockey led the team in yardage against the Dolphins, catching 4 balls for 105 yards, including a 66-yarder. Before that game, he hadn't amassed more than 50 yards in a single game. He is a cagey, skilled vet with an all-world QB. He has 26 catches on the year, good for 11th among TEs. That's around where he is in fantasy: 11th in the league with good red zone potential.
Who's a pirate's favorite fantasy kicker? John Carrrrrrrrr-ney. Carney missed his first FG of the year against the Dolphins, going 2-for-3 and hitting a 46-yarder. The Saints score so much, it makes sense to start their kicker who leads the league in PATs with 26.
Gregg Williams' unit is aggressive and returned 2 INTs for TDs against the Dolphins. They're tops in the league in picks and defensive TDs. They're only 11th in the league in YPG and a pedestrian 18th in PPG. Based on their scoring ability though, they are a lower-end No. 1 defense against the Falcons, a notch below elite status.