Fantasy Football 2015: Falcons at Saints Week 6 Preview
Atlanta Falcons (5-0) at New Orleans Saints (1-4)
Thursday, October 15, 2015; 8:25 PM ET
TV: CBS, NFL Network
Kicking off the Week 6 action on “Thursday Night Football,” we’ve got an interesting NFC matchup in store between the Falcons and the Saints. Atlanta (5-0) kept their unbeaten streak alive against the Redskins with a dramatic OT victory, while New Orleans (1-4) was trounced by the Eagles in Week 5.
There will be plenty of notable fantasy football contributors on the field for this one, so let’s take a look at a few key names to see what we might be expecting this Thursday.
Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons offense wasn’t quite the offensive juggernaut in Week 5, as their defense did most of the heavy lifting. Ryan had an off-day, logging 254 yards, no scores and two interceptions.
Ryan has taken a backseat to the running game this year, and hasn’t posted more than two touchdowns in any game. We’d imagine it’ll be more of the same on Thursday.
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Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: Brees put up some decent numbers in Week 5, but much of his performance was garbage time. He would finish that one with 335 yards, two touchdowns and a pick.
Brees has no more than two touchdown passes in any of his games this year. His yardage hasn’t been bad recently, it’s just not the eye-popping Brees we’re all used to.
Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Freeman has been an absolute fantasy beast this season. He finished Week 5 with 27 rushes for 153 yards and a score, adding seven receptions for 44 more.
That makes eight total touchdowns for Freeman so far, and he hasn’t looked back since Week 3. He’ll get ample opportunities on Thursday to keep it going.
Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints: Ingram had a crummy game against the Eagles, posting just 57 yards on 12 carries with another 17 on two catches.
Ingram is a dual-threat back and can hit double-digit points in fantasy relatively easily. That said, he’s something of an afterthought if the team gets down big, which may happen Thursday.
Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Jones had a “blah” fantasy day in Week 5, hauling in five passes for 67 yards.
That makes two bad fantasy weeks in a row for Jones, who has certainly slowed down with the emergence of Freeman. If you’ve got him, you’ve still got to start him in fantasy, though.
Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints: Cooks had a pretty nice day against Philly, posting five grabs for 107 yards and a touchdown. Willie Snead still nearly outperformed him, though, with six grabs for 141 yards.
Owners have been waiting for Cooks to find the end zone, and he finally did in Week 5. He’ll need a couple of big plays to get back into double-digit points territory again though.
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