Raymond James Stadium | Sunday, October 17 | 1:00 p.m. EST (FOX)
Pick: Saints 20, Buccaneers 17
210 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 15 rush yardsBrees has thrown 18 touchdowns in nine career games against the Buccaneers, so this should be a bounceback performance from him this week even against an improved Tampa Bay defense.
1 rec, 15 rec yards, 1 rec TD, 25 rush yardsThomas has not practiced in two weeks, and his status for Week 6 has yet to be determined. Thomas may be limited even if he does play, but be sure to monitor his status this week if he is on your team.
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 20 rush yardsPierre Thomas is questionable for this week's game, so Betts could see extended carries for the third straight week. Betts would share the carries with Chris Ivory if Thomas sits out, but he is the better option due to his pass-catching abilities.
6 rec, 100 yardsColston has scored just two touchdowns in eight career games against the Buccaneers, so his chances of reaching the end zone this week for the first time this season are not great. Still, he warrants a start coming off his most productive outing of the se
3 rec, 55 yardsHenderson, who has been targeted more in recent weeks, has five touchdowns in nine games against the Buccaneers. His track record makes him a decent option for Week 6.
3 rec, 35 yardsShockey's targets have dropped over the last few weeks, but he has still managed to find the end zone in two of his last three games. He is a viable option this week if you need him, but don't expect him to put up many points if he does not score.
2 PATs, 2 FGsCarney missed an easy field goal last week, which opens the door for Garrett Hartley to possibly reclaim the kicking duties. Whoever is named the primary kicker is a must-start, so monitor this situation if you own either kicker.
2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 FumbleThe Saints only have eight takeaways this season, and they face a Buccaneers team in Week 6 that does not turn the ball over much. Go with a defense that has more big-play potential.
140 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 25 rush yards, 1 INTFreeman had a 1:5 TD:INT ratio in two games against the Saints last season, so even though he has shown improvement this season, it's tough to recommend starting him this week in anything but two-QB formats.
2 rec, 15 rec yards, 40 rush yardsThe Buccaneers split the carries amongst a number of backs last week, and they are planning to continue doing so going forward. As a result, don't count on Williams providing much fantasy production.
4 rec, 65 yards, 1 TDWilliams scored for the third time in four games last week and nearly hit the 100-yard mark. The Saints do not give up many passing yards, but Williams is playing very well right now and is worth a start this week.
2 rec, 20 yardsStroughter remains in the Buccaneers' starting lineup, but he does not see enough targets to have any fantasy value in most formats.
3 rec, 40 yardsWinslow has been a bit hit-or-miss this season and has yet to find the end zone, so don't hesitate to use a more consistent option this week if available.
2 PATs, 1 FGThe Buccaneers split the carries amongst a number of backs last week, and they are planning to continue doing so going forward. As a result, don't count on Williams providing much fantasy production.
2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 FumbleThe Saints offense has slumped of late but always has the potential to put up a lot of points in any week, so avoid using the Buccaneers defense this week.