Brees had an average game by his standards against the Rams. In the closer-than-expected 28-23 win, Brees went 18-for-26 for 223 yards with 2 TD and 2 INT. He's tied with Tom Brady for second in the league lead in passing TDs with 19. He's among the top seven in yards and completions and is one of the best fantasy QBs in the league. He should start every week, regardless of the opponent.
Thomas had a subpar afternoon against the Rams. He had 11 carries for 37 yards go along with 1 catch for 5 yards. His backup Mike Bell had 8 carries and Reggie Bush had the best game, scurrying for 83 yards and scoring rushing and receiving TDs. With 6 TDs in seven games, consider Thomas a No. 2 option against the Bucs 30th-ranked run defense.
After having at least a share of the team-high in carries in Weeks 6 through 8, Bell lost his share of the workload the last two. Against the Rams, Bell carried 8 times for 30 yards. He's a low-end No. 3 option, but could be worth an emergency play since the Saints may be way ahead -- and Bell could poach a bunch of second-half carries.
Against St. Louis, Bush had 6 carries for a season-high 83 yards and a TD. He also caught 2 passes for 15 yards. His touches are too erratic at this point to consider him a great fantasy threat, however if you're in a bind, he's a good No. 3 RB with his 6 TDs on the year.
He is the top receiving threat on one of the best passing offenses in the NFL, but he's had a rough couple of weeks. His hands have been shaky, including a lost fumble during a 2-catch, 17-yard performance against the Rams. The week before, he only caught 1 ball for 45 yards. Nonetheless, he's sixth in the league with 6 receiving TDs and merits a start every week.
Henderson led the second tier of Saints' WR with 4 catches for 72 yards against the Rams. He has over 70 yards in three of the past four games, but only has 1 TD on the year. All three Saints' secondary WRs are too erratic to merit more than a No. 3 injury replacement flier start.
Shockey hasn't been an elite TE option this year, but he's just below that. He had 3 catches for 42 yards at St. Louis. He is a cagey, skilled vet with an all-world QB. He has 37 catches on the year, which is 10th among TEs and is around the 8th- to 12th-best TE option in the league.
Who's a pirate's favorite fantasy kicker? John Carrrrrrrrr-ney. He didn't have an attempt against St. Louis, one week after having a nice game against the Panthers, going 3-for-3. The Saints score so much, it makes sense to start their kicker, who leads the league in PATs with 40.
Gregg Williams' aggressive unit is tops in the league in picks and defensive TDs. They're only 21st in YPG and a pedestrian 17th in PPG after giving up 23 points on 434 total yards to the Rams, who came into the game scoring the fewest points in the NFL. Nonetheless, they're a good fantasy play against Tampa's 25th-ranked scoring attack.
The 6-foot-6, 248-pound Freeman went 16-for-28 for 196 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT in his second pro start as the Bucs came up shy in their upset bid of the Dolphins. He's the future of the franchise and is going to have some growing pains going forward. Freeman is a good waiver-wire pickup but shouldn't start against an aggressive D that's likely to blitz him early and often.
Williams carried 14 times for 52 yards with a TD against the Dolphins. The Cadillac has a pretty low resale value, having not once reached 100 yards this year and only scoring 3 TD. He has three games in which he's run for less than 10 yards. He's a solid No. 3 RB option against the Saints' 20th-ranked run defense. You can run on the Saints.
Michael Clayton may have garnered George Clooney his third Oscar nomination, but with only 1 catch against the Dolphins, and only 3 in his last four games, he's about as effective out there as Danny Ocean's parole officer. Do not start.
Stovall seems to be Freeman's favorite WR. He had 4 catches for 47 yards and a TD against Miami. He shouldn't be playing on a fantasy team though. He has only 11 catches for 186 yards and minimal relevance.
He had a good game against the Fins, making 7 catches for 102 yards. Winslow has 42 catches for 454 yards and 5 TD on the season -- all top eight among TEs. He's a recommendation to start against the Saints' 28th-ranked pass D. He's clearly Freeman's most trusted target.