Who to play as the team that blew a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl heads to New Orleans
Start: Hayden Hurst
The new tight end for the Falcons has averaged nearly 10 PPR points per game in his last four outings, three of which came against defenses who give up a below average amount of points to opposing tight ends. The Saints defense ranks 26th against TEs, and with Hurst gaining more and more familiarity with Matt Ryan, I could see Hurst being a top 10 play at TE this week.
Sit: Saints D/ST
Say what you want about the Falcons this year and how they have blown multiple double digit leads, but at least their offense still ranks 4th against opposing fantasy defenses. Julio Jones is looking 100% again, and the dirty birds are expected to get Calvin Ridley back this week as well. The Falcons are yet to give up more than 5 points to a D/ST this year, and even though the Saints defense has looked great recently, you should go with a safer option if you have one at D/ST.
Start: Jameis Winston
One thing we know is that Jameis Winston will not be unfamiliar with the Falcons this week. He has seen them nine times in his career with the NFC South rival Buccaneers, and, as you can read here, has played particularly well against the Falcons. He averages 277 yards and has a TD-INT ratio of 28-3… oh sorry, 25-9 against Atlanta. The Falcons defense is giving up the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, allowing over 300 yards in all but one game so far. Jameis should be in line for a big game this week as long as Sean Payton is comfortable with letting him throw downfield.
Sit: Todd Gurley II
What more needs to be said about the Saints run defense that hasn’t already been said? How about that they haven’t given up a touchdown to a running back since Week 4? Or that they are giving up only 13.7 points per game to opposing RBs? Either way, I would steer clear of Gurley this week. Yes, Gurley is probably the best back New Orleans has seen since facing Aaron Jones in Week 3, a game in which Jones only managed 14 points, but I do not think Gurley will be much more than a deep FLEX play this week unless he can manage multiple goal line scores.
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