Fantasy Player Projections

 
New Orleans Saints
Raymond James Stadium | Sunday, October 17 | 1:00 p.m. EST (FOX)
Pick: Saints 20, Buccaneers 17
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBDrew Brees
210 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 15 rush yards
Brees 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.
RBPierre Thomas
1 rec, 15 rec yards, 1 rec TD, 25 rush yards
Thomas 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.
RBLadell Betts
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 20 rush yards
Pierre 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.
WRMarques Colston
6 rec, 100 yards
Colston 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
WRDevery Henderson
3 rec, 55 yards
Henderson, 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.
TEJeremy Shockey
3 rec, 35 yards
Shockey'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.
KJohn Carney
2 PATs, 2 FGs
Carney 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.
Defense
2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble
The 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.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBJosh Freeman
140 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 25 rush yards, 1 INT
Freeman 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.
RBCarnell Williams
2 rec, 15 rec yards, 40 rush yards
The 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.
WRMike Williams
4 rec, 65 yards, 1 TD
Williams 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.
WRSammie Stroughter
2 rec, 20 yards
Stroughter remains in the Buccaneers' starting lineup, but he does not see enough targets to have any fantasy value in most formats.
TEKellen Winslow
3 rec, 40 yards
Winslow 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.
KConnor Barth
2 PATs, 1 FG
The 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.
Defense
2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble
The 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.
 
 
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