Week Sixteen Analysis:
Marques Colston has caught two touchdowns in three of his last four games against the Panthers, the most recent thrashing coming just two weeks ago. But those monster games were played at home, and Colston hasn't scored in Carolina, the site of this rematch, since 2007. He has caught fire over the last two weeks though, totaling 13 targets in each game to total 17 receptions, 217 yards, and three touchdowns. New Orleans is clearly a different team on the road, but with the way he's been playing, Colston is a viable candidate to start in the most crucial of weeks.
Week Fifteen Analysis:
Where has this Marques Colston been all season? Last week, he finally popped to the tune of nine receptions, 125 yards, and two touchdowns. Hopefully he is hitting his stride, because the Saints play host to the Rams this week, who have surrendered double-digit fantasy points to each and every No. 1 receiver they've faced this season. They've also allowed the most receptions per game to receivers over the last five weeks. In addition, Colston's average line in his last three games at the Superdome is seven receptions, 104 yards, and one touchdown. Giddy up.
Week Twelve Analysis:
Ravenous fantasy owners are feasting like vultures on the Falcons feeble secondary this season. Opposing wide receivers are running wild, as Atlanta comfortably sits bottom-10 in receptions, yards, and touchdowns allowed to the position. In their last five games alone, they've let seven wideouts cross the stripe. Colston was comatose to start the season, but now fully healthy, he has come on in the last two games, combining for 12 catches, 207 yards, and a touchdown.
Week Eight Analysis:
It's time to combine all the clichés for the struggling Marques Colston: his owners are walking on eggshells; he's hanging on rosters by a string; the whole nine yards. Actually, nine yards almost matches his last showing of 11 in Week 6, but coming off a bye, you would hope the Saints have figured out a way to get him the ball. It would certainly help if Jimmy Graham were unable to play, but either way, Buffalo has allowed more than 200 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game to opposing wideouts in their last three games. Factor in that Colston scored nine of his last 10 touchdowns at the Superdome, and he should get one final shot to start for your fantasy team.
Week Five Analysis:
The Bears looked more like the Cubs on defense last week against the Lions, and things certainly won't get easier with Drew Brees coming to town. Peanut Tillman still isn't practicing and is very questionable to play with a groin injury. He missed 25% of defensive snaps in each of the last two games, and Marques Colston is the only wide receiver on the team with double-digit targets and receptions. No other receiver in the league can say that except for Steve Smith.
Week Four Analysis:
Jimmy Graham stole the show for the Saints last week yet again, but Marques Colston remained Drew Brees' most reliable receiver, drawing more than 50% of targets to wideouts and grabbing a respectable five balls for 71 yards. The Dolphins have been formidable on defense thus far and are one of two teams to have held wide receivers scoreless this season. But stopping Drew Brees at home will be their most daunting task to date.Plus, 11 of the last 13 touchdowns he's thrown to Colston have come in the Superdome.
Week Three Analysis:
The Arizona Cardinals are struggling to get to the quarterback and only have one sack this season. That means Drew Brees should have plenty of time to pick them apart at home on Sunday, and Marques Colston should be a key contributor. He was quiet last week in Tampa, but Colston has scored 11 of his last 13 touchdowns in the Super Dome. The Saints are averaging only 3.1 yards per carry, and to no one's surprise, they are calling nearly twice as many passing plays. That bodes well for Colston, who is Brees' most consistent wide receiver and remains a top threat. Sure, Patrick Peterson will cover him often, but he did little to slow Calvin Johnson last week
Week Two Analysis:
Marques Colston got this season off to a solid start last week against Atlanta, laying full-out for a beautiful 25-yard touchdown and finishing with five catches and 68 yards for the day. The Bucs have made significant upgrades to their secondary with Darrelle Revis and Dashon Goldson, but if Geno Smith passed for 256 yards against them, imagine what Drew Brees might do. Brees has eclipsed 300 passing yards in three of their last four meetings with Tampa, and Colston caught seven passes for 73 yards and a touchdown the last time they met.
Week One Analysis:
Atlanta allowed just seven touchdowns to wide receivers last year, but Marques Colston caught one of them. Even better, he has scored in three of their last four meetings. Marques will face a re-tooled secondary on Sundayas Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson have moved on, and rookie corners Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford were brought in to fill the void. Trufant is expected to start, but he struggled at times this preseason and you can expect more growing pains. The Saints have averaged a whopping 33 points in their last three home games versus the Falcons. There should be ample scoring opportunities for Colston, who was tied for third in red zone targets for receivers last season with 23.
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