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NFL Matchups: New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks Fantasy Football Preview




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This a snippet of Adam Pfeifer’s NFL matchups column, previews the Alvin Kamara and the New Orleans Saints vs. the Seattle Seahawks for Fantasy Football Lineups. Fantasy rosters needed protective spray because players were bit hard by the injury bug in Week 2. Multiple starting quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers all suffered injuries this past weekend, with a handful of key offensive linemen also going down. As a result, we missed on plenty in this article, but we hit on plenty, as well. Back on the horse. With that in mind, let’s dig into some NFL matchups and NFL game breakdowns for your Week 3 Fantasy Football Lineups.

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New Orleans Saints @ Seattle Seahawks

Total: 45

Line: SEA -4.5

Saints passing game

Well this is weird. For the first time in forever, Drew Brees will not be under center for the Saints on Sunday. He underwent surgery to repair torn ligaments in his thumb, sidelining him for around six weeks. Teddy Bridgewater is expected to start at quarterback, though you know the Saints are going to mix in Taysom Hill. Bridgewater is only $4,700 on DK, making him one of the punt options you can consider. Seattle has allowed a bunch of big passing plays this season but Bridgewater wasn’t throwing deep when he came into the game last week.

Of course, he’ll have an entire week of practice and preparation, so he should be better. If you want to play him in DFS to spend up for high-end backs, I won’t fault you. Otherwise, I have no interest in Teddy.

How does this impact the Saints passing game? Michael Thomas still finished with a solid 10 catches for 89 yards last week but again, every completion was short. He saw 11 targets after Bridgewater took over, easily the most on the team. I wonder if the receivers see more targets than when Brees was under center, simply because Brees loves throwing to his running backs and is the best in the NFL at doing it.

Thomas obviously sees a downgrade because the entire offense will have less scoring chances but I’m not freaking out and still view him as a low-end WR1, especially since he’ll face Tre Flowers, who has allowed 170 yards and a touchdown in coverage through two weeks. Meanwhile, I rarely use secondary receivers from this team when Brees is their quarterback, so I doubt I go there with him on the bench.

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Saints running game

Regardless of who was under center, it was disappointing to see three targets from Alvin Kamara on Sunday. You would think the team tries to get their best player the ball even more know, but Bridgewater just had no interest in checking it down. You aren’t getting away from Kamara in season-long leagues, though he is easily behind the main three backs and now Dalvin Cook. In DFS contests, Kamara is going to go very overlooked because he is still somewhat priced around guys like McCaffrey and Elliott, while guys like Cook and Ekeler are cheaper.

Seahawks passing game

Russell Wilson was once again ultra-efficient on Sunday, completing 29-of-35 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns. That’s 495 yards, five touchdowns and a 134.5 QB rating through two weeks for Wilson, who should remain a strong fantasy option, despite how run-heavy Seattle will be. The Saints will be less efficient on offense in this game, presenting the Seahawks with more possessions at home. New Orleans is also allowing 12.8 yards per completion (fifth-worst), while Wilson remains an elite deep ball passer. He was second in the league in deep completion rate last year, while averaging 4.5 deep attempts per game through two weeks here in 2019. Russ has developed a nice rapport with his new rookie wide receiver and because he’s so efficient, the consistency and floor remain so high.

It was great to see Tyler Lockett targeted 12 times on Sunday after seeing just two looks in Week 1. There weren’t many big plays, as Lockett caught 10 balls but for only 79 yards. They keep lining him up in the slot, as he’s operating there about 67 percent of the time. That will keep him away from Marshon Lattimore, who hasn’t even been that good anyway. Instead, he’ll see P.J. Williams, who is still the worst cornerback of the bunch. Lockett is a top-17 wide receiver play for me this weekend and given how many deep targets he gets (1.5 per game), the upside is always there in tournaments. DK Metcalf, meanwhile, has been impressive through two weeks.

He scored his first career touchdown last week and has now seen 13 targets through the first two games. Metcalf has actually seen 48 percent of the Seattle air yards, which is the fifth-highest rate in the league, so there is clearly plenty of upside with him, too. The Saints have struggled against receivers thus far, allowing four touchdowns, and they were a half yard away from making it five last week.

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Will Dissly caught a pair of touchdown passes from Wilson last week. He played 60 percent of the snaps and because we are losing tight ends left and right, Dissly has to be at least discussed. He ran a solid 22 routes last week, which is enough to warrant deeper league consideration if you lost your tight end due to injury.

Seahawks running game

Ball security has been an issue for Chris Carson this season. After losing a fumble in the opener, Carson lost another on Sunday. He took a seat on the bench for a little after, while second-year back Rashaad Penny came in and played 25 snaps, while running for a long touchdown. The Seahawks did turn to Carson on a crucial 4th-and-1 to put the game away, so that was good to see. He still easily led the backfield with 41 snaps. If Carson returns to his Week 1 role, especially as a receiver, he should be viewed as a top-15 running back play. And the Saints have been underwhelming against the run through the first two weeks of the season. Just pray he doesn’t lose another fumble.

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