The New Orleans Saints have control of the NFC South and are set to hit the road to take on the Denver Broncos in Week 12. New Orleans won its first game of the year without Drew Brees but could be in for more of a challenge away from home.
Brees is on the IR with a rib injury and Taysom Hill surprisingly started over Jameis Winston in Week 11. Hill threw for 233 yards and ran for two scores in a win and hardly used Alvin Kamara in his first career NFL start. He put up an impressive stat line against the Atlanta Falcons, but the Broncos are a lot more sturdy defensively.
Drew Lock is in the middle of a slump but managed to snap a two-game losing streak against the Miami Dolphins in Week 11. He probably won’t get a ton of help from his running backs against the Saints’ defensive line so his connection with Jerry Jeudy, Noah Fant, and others could need to be strong to keep this game competitive.
Date: Sunday, Nov. 29
Time: 4:05 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Saints: #1 Overall — #5 offense, #3 defense, #5 special teams
Broncos: #31 Overall — #32 offense, #9 defense, # 25 special teams
Saints: -6, -265
Broncos: +6, +225
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Taysom Hill, QB, $6,200
Hill has been priced up significantly since he made his first start. He ran the ball 10 times in Week 11 and it’s clear that New Orleans won’t throw the ball with him a ton. That being said, it’s likely that his legs will help make up for his low passing volume.
Alvin Kamara, RB, $8,200
Kamara logged his first-ever reception-less game but I don’t think that’s likely to happen again. He only trails Dalvin Cook in all-purpose yardage and should be an important part of the offense given how limited the passing attack could be.
Drew Lock, QB, $5,100
Lock is one of the more ambitious quarterbacks in the NFL. While he attempted less than 40 passes for the first time in four weeks in his last outing, His has high upside and will likely be rostered at a low percentage because of his though matchup.
Tim Patrick, WR, $4,900
Jerry Jeudy ($5,100) didn’t practice on Thursday and Patrick could step in as the WR1 if he’s not healthy enough to play this weekend. He has three 100-yard games under his belt this year, and the Saints are better against the run than they are against the pass.