Falcons vs. Saints fantasy preview

Falcons vs. Saints fantasy preview

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For the first time in weeks the Thursday night matchup has some fantasy meaning when the 5-6 Saints travel to Atlanta to face the 10-1 Falcons.

Saints

Start em':

Drew Brees has eight games with three or more touchdown passes, two more than any other quarterback. The last passing touchdown the Falcons allowerd was to Brees in week 10. Brees has multiple passing touchdowns in eight of his last nine games against Atlanta.

Chris Ivory scored a touchdown in the first meeting and may find the zone again, but more than 50 yards on the ground isn't likely. In leagues where a flex position is mandatory, Ivory could produce.

Marques Colston only caught three passes against the Falcons in their first meeting. Lucky for his owners, one was for a score. It will be tough sledding for Colston against the tough Atlanta secondary.

Lance Moore isn't a great play in PPR leagues as he has only caught more than four passes in four games this year. He does have at least 50 yards receiving in eight of ten games that he has played.

Jimmy Graham went into beast mode against the Falcons in week 10. Seven catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns brought smiles to owners faces. Similar to Gonzalez owners, Graham will have a great fantasy day, but matching his week 10 numbers will be tough.

Falcons

Start em':

Matt Ryan has thrown for over 300 yards in each of his last four games which is good news. The bad news is instead of becoming an elite fantasy producer, he has thrown only four touchdowns and seven interceptions. In week 10, Ryan threw three touchdowns and over 400 yards through the air.

Roddy White should produce top 5 stats this week against the Saints. White caught seven balls for 114 yards but failed to find the end zone in week 10. That should change in the rematch.

Julio Jones is healthy which is good news for owners and bad news for the Saints. His underwhelming four catches for 75 yards in the first match up didn't turn heads, but he should top 100 yards this time and has a good shot to score.

Tony Gonzalez is fantasy football's top tight end play this week. Want proof? In the first match up, Gonzalez went crazy with 11 catches for 122 yards and a pair of touchdowns. While a repeat isn't likely, T.G owners will be happy come Friday morning.

Jacquizz Rodgers is a sneaky flex play. He has played more offense snaps in the past two weeks than Michael Turner and has looked better, not that it is difficult to do. There might be better flex plays but Rodgers will see around 15 touches on Thursday night.

Sit em':

Michael Turner has been flat terrible. His touchdown last week was the only rushing score for the Falcons, but his sub-three yard per carry is not only benchable, it also might run (very slowly) Turner into fantasy exile.

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