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Fantasy Player Projections: Week 3

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New Orleans Saints
vs
Arizona Cardinals
Superdome | Sunday, Sep. 22 | 1 PM EST (FOX)

Arizona Cardinals

    1. Carson Palmer
    2. Carson
      Palmer
      QB
    3. PASS YDS323
    4. PASS TD2
    5. INT2
    6. RUSH YDS0
    7. RUSH TD0

    The Lions held Palmer in check, but I'm expecting a big day, as he'll be forced to throw a ton with the Saints in command for most of the game.

    1. Rashard Mendenhall
    2. Rashard
      Mendenhall
      RB
    3. RUSH YDS73
    4. RUSH TD0
    5. REC YDS24
    6. REC TD0

    Mendenhall's 66-yard, one-TD performance against the Lions has him safely in the weekly flex range.

    1. Andre Ellington
    2. Andre
      Ellington
      RB
    3. RUSH YDS34
    4. RUSH TD0
    5. REC YDS36
    6. REC TD0

    If you want to speculate on a backup running back in Arizona in case Rashard Mendenhall gets hurt, Ellington is your man.

    1. Michael Floyd
    2. Michael
      Floyd
      WR
    3. REC YDS93
    4. REC TD1

    Floyd was largely absent last week, though that had a lot to do with Detroit shutting down Arizona's passing attack without Larry Fitzgerald.

    1. Larry Fitzgerald
    2. Larry
      Fitzgerald
      WR
    3. REC YDS74
    4. REC TD1

    Fitz toughed through a hamstring injury last week, but he was clearly limited. If he starts this week, you'll want him in your lineup.

    1. Andre Roberts
    2. Andre
      Roberts
      WR
    3. REC YDS68
    4. REC TD0

    Roberts got another eight targets from Carson Palmer last week. He's a great depth receiver.

    1. Jay Feely
    2. Jay
      Feely
      K
    3. PAT2
    4. FG2

    New Orleans has done a very nice job of holding its opponents out of the end zone, which should help Feely to a nice fantasy day.

    1. Arizona Cardinals
    2. PTS ALLOWED31
    3. SACKS1
    4. INT0
    5. TD0

    The Cardinals shut out the mighty Lions in the second half last week, though a lot of that had to do with Reggie Bush's injury. You definitely do not want to go up against the Saints.

New Orleans Saints

    1. Drew Brees
    2. Drew
      Brees
      QB
    3. PASS YDS343
    4. PASS TD4
    5. INT0
    6. RUSH YDS0
    7. RUSH TD0

    Brees had to work hard for his 322 yards and one touchdown agaisnt the Buccaneers last week, getting just 7.0 yards per attempt. I don't see the New Orleans offense sputtering two weeks in a row.

    1. Darren Sproles
    2. Darren
      Sproles
      RB
    3. RUSH YDS26
    4. RUSH TD0
    5. REC YDS43
    6. REC TD1

    Sproles major involvement in the Saints' offense means he's a guy you should be starting most weeks.

    1. Pierre Thomas
    2. Pierre
      Thomas
      RB
    3. RUSH YDS45
    4. RUSH TD0
    5. REC YDS13
    6. REC TD0

    It would be interesting to see what Thomas could do on a team more committed to the run. On the Saints, he's a non-factor in fantasy leagues.

    1. Mark Ingram
    2. Mark
      Ingram
      RB
    3. RUSH YDS17
    4. RUSH TD0
    5. REC YDS0
    6. REC TD0

    We're all finally in agreement that the great Mark Ingram Breakout is never happening, right?

    1. Marques Colston
    2. Marques
      Colston
      WR
    3. REC YDS73
    4. REC TD1

    Colston will draw a tough matchup with Patrick Peterson for a large portion of the day, but I like the Saints to dominate this game.

    1. Lance Moore
    2. Lance
      Moore
      WR
    3. REC YDS60
    4. REC TD1

    Moore hasn't done a thing this year, so we know it's only a matter of time before he shows up.

    1. Kenny Stills
    2. Kenny
      Stills
      WR
    3. REC YDS40
    4. REC TD0

    I like Stills as a depth guy for when bye weeks come around, but I wouldn't consider him until then.

    1. Jimmy Graham
    2. Jimmy
      Graham
      TE
    3. REC YDS105
    4. REC TD1

    I knew exactly what Graham did last week since I played him in one of my most important leagues, and I still did a double-take when I saw his stats again writing these projections. He'll have another huge day against Arizona.

    1. Garrett Hartley
    2. Garrett
      Hartley
      K
    3. PAT4
    4. FG1

    The Saints will be too good for Hartley this week. If you own him you're starting him, but expect to seem him mostly trot out for PATs.

    1. New Orleans Saints
    2. PTS ALLOWED20
    3. SACKS3
    4. INT2
    5. TD0

    After impressive performances against the Falcons and Buccaneers, the Saints defense may just be a whole lot better than expected.

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