Delhomme left the Panthers victory over Arizona with a chest injury. He was 7-for-14 for 90 yards and 1 TD in a game dominated by his RBs. He has three games under 100 yards on the year, throwing 5 TDs against 13 INTs. He's not an advisable option, even as a flex. In fact, he could get benched at any time, so be prepared if you are somehow stuck with him.
Williams is playing like the No. 1 fantasy RB we all thought he was. He had 23 carries for 158 yards against the Cardinals, his second 150-yard game in his last three. He's sixth in the league in rushing TDs with 5, seventh in the league in rushing with 619 yards and 12th among RBs in receiving yards with 173. He's always a good start, even against the Saints' sixth-ranked rush defense.
Stewart had an excellent week against the Cards, carrying 17 times for 87 yards and a pair of scores. It seems his carries are subject to John Fox's whims, as he had a lackluster 7 for 25 effort against the Bills the week before the Cards came, which was preceded by a 17-carry, 110-yard, one-TD performance against the Jets. Consider him a No. 3 fantasy RB with upside.
Steve Smith finally reached paydirt against Arizona (as predicted in this space) catching 3 balls for 56 yards and a TD. The Panthers will likely be chucking it up a lot against the Saints while playing from behind and Smith may well hit it for a second week in a row.
After another mediocre game against the Bills (2 rec, 14 rec yards), Muhammad missed last week at Arizona. He'll likely be back this week, but neither Muhammad nor his replacement Dwayne Jarrett should be considered as a fantasy option unless you're completely desperate.
Kasay went 2-for-2 against Arizona, one week after missing two hugies against the Bills -- from 39 and 43 yards. He is just 6-for-9 on the year, which is unimpressive, though he was 7-for-8 in two games against the Saints last year.
Drew Brees is ridiculous. He led his undefeated Saints to another win, 35-27, against the Falcons on MNF. He had his fourth 300-plus yard game on the year (25-for-33, 308 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT). He is tied for the league lead in passing TDs. He is top 10 in yards and completions and, clearly, one of the best fantasy QBs in the league. He should start every week, regardless of the opponent.
Thomas had a good go against the Falcons, amassing 14 carries for 91 yards with 1 TD. Still disturbing to Thomas' fantasy owners is the fact that his backup, Mike Bell, had more carries than he did for the second straight week (and they both had 15 the week before that). Consider both guys low-end No. 2 options against the Falcons' 24th-ranked run defense.
Had at least a share of the team-high in carries for the third week in a row against the Falcons on MNF, rushing 17 times for 49 yards. This is good news for Bell's owners, who have to be encouraged by the 44 carries he's gotten the past 3 weeks to Pierre Thomas' 37 as a part of the dynamic, multi-faceted Saints' attack. He's a decent, low-end No. 2 choice. Oh yeah, there's that third guy too...
Against the Falcons, Bush gained 3 yards on 2 carries with a TD, his third game in a row hitting paydirt. He also caught a pair passes for 11 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 on one of the best passing offenses in the NFL. He had 6 catches for 85 yards and 1 TD against Atlanta. He shares the league lead for receiving TDs with 6 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 (which includes Lance Moore and Robert Meachem) with 23 catches for 358 yards and a TD. He had 4 catches for 46 yards against the Falcons, the week after a 4-catch, 71-yard performance against the Dolphins. His numbers are too erratic to merit more than a place as a No. 3 WR and bye-week flier.
While he hasn't been considered an elite option this year, Shockey was second on the team in catches and yardage against the Falcons, grabbing 5 balls for 72 yards. The week before, he caught 4 balls for 105 yards. 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 31 catches on the year and ranks somewhere around the eighth to 12th best TE option in the league.
Carney missed his second FG of the year against the Falcons, going 0-for-1 on the day. The Saints score so much, it makes sense to start their kicker, who leads the league in PATs with 31. He might not be the best start this week, as he's dealing with an ailing hip.
Gregg Williams' unit is aggressive and returned one of its 3 INTs for a TD against the Falcons. The Saints' defense is first in the league in picks and defensive TDs, but fall short in other statistical categories. Based on their scoring ability, though, they are a lower-end No. 1 defense against the Panthers.