Fantasy Football 2014: Saints at Panthers 10/30/14 Week 9 Preview
New Orleans Saints (3-4) at Carolina Panthers (3-4-1)
Thursday, October 30, 2014 8:25 PM ET
TV: NFL Network
Kicking off the Week 9 action in the NFL will be an interesting matchup between the Saints and the Panthers. New Orleans (3-4) is coming off a solid victory over the Packers in Week 8, while Carolina (3-4-1) came out flat in a loss to the defending champion Seahawks. The winner of this matchup will take control of the division.
As you might expect, there are plenty of interesting fantasy players taking the field in this one. Let’s check out some of the notable stars and see what we can be expecting from our rosters this coming week.
Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: Brees and the gang started out a little slowly against the Packers in Week 8, but really turned it on in the second half. For his part, Brees managed 311 passing yards and a trio of touchdowns in the big win.
It was Brees’ fourth consecutive game with at least 300 passing yards, and the three-touchdown total is his highest of the year. He’s obviously a top-tier fantasy QB capable of great things on a weekly basis.
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Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: Newton ran for 24 yards in the Week 8 loss to the Seahawks, but it took him 12 carries to get there. Sadly, that was the highlight of his fantasy day, as he posted just 171 yards and an interception in the passing game--and lost a fumble to boot.
Just two weeks removed from his 107-yard rushing day against Cincinnati, Newton has been “blah” in fantasy. If he’s going to be useful here, he’ll have to put up a big rushing day, and that’s asking a lot.
Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints: To say that Ingram had his way against the Packers defense would be an understatement. He came up with 172 yards and a score on 24 carries, easily the best day of his career.
Thanks to all the injuries in the Saints’ backfield, Ingram has been getting heavy usage. That’ll likely continue on the short week of rest here, so keep him in your lineups if you’ve got him.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers: As the healthiest option in the Panthers’ backfield, it’s not hart to see why Stewart has gained some fantasy appeal lately. He did okay against the Seahawks, posting 94 total yards, which is really all you can ask for from someone at his level.
Depending on what the Panthers backfield looks like on a week-to-week basis, Stewart can rank as high as a solid flex play. He’ll probably be somewhere in there again this week, especially with all the byes on tap.
Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints: Graham was a big part of the Saints’ second-half charge against the Packers. After zero catches in the first two quarters, he came on after halftime to finish with five grabs for 59 yards and a touchdown.
Graham is obviously a must-start TE in fantasy whenever he’s active--hurt or not. He has that kind of game-changing ability. Now that he’s getting healthy again, we should see a resurgence from him.
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers: Benjamin has been a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners this season, as he’s emerged as the top receiving option in Carolina. He posted 94 yards on four receptions against the Seahawks, but he failed to get into the end zone as he had in the two weeks before.
Benjamin is a sure-fire fantasy start from week to week these days, and we don’t see a whole lot getting in his way this week. Continue as planned.
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