This week the 1-1 New Orleans Saints welcome the 2-0 Green Bay Packers to the Mercedes Benz Superdome. These two teams are heading in opposite directions, after Green Bay hung over 40 points on their opponents the last two weeks. Meanwhile, the Saints struggled to put up 24 against Las Vegas last week.
The Saints offense hasn’t looked like its typical high powered selves so far in 2020. Against the Raiders, QB Drew Brees threw the ball 38 times and did put up an impressive 312 yards, but they were throwing the ball on 75% of offensive plays, so those numbers are a bit inflated.
The Packers continue to to steamroll opponents thanks to QB Aaron Rodgers and RB Aaron Jones. However, both of Green Bay’s opponents this year are on the lower half of the league’s defensive rankings, and the Saints will certainly provide the toughest challenge for Rodgers and his crew.
Time: 8:20 p.m. EST
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Packers: 13th vs Pass offense, 30th vs Rush
Saints: 15th vs Pass, 9th vs Rush
DOUBTFUL: WR Davante Adams (hamstring), TE Josiah Deguara (ankle), LB Randy Ramsey (groin)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Kenny Clark (groin), G Elgton Jenkins (back, rib), S Darnell Savage (groin)
OUT: LB Chase Hansen (hip), WR Michael Thomas (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Marcus Davenport (elbow), DE Trey Hendrickson (groin), RB Ty Montgomery (hamstring), DT David Onyemata (calf)
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Wide receiver, $4,900
Valdes-Scantling has been Green Bay’s second highest receiver in weeks one and two. He seems bound to haul in at least one big play each week, like his 45 yard TD in week one and a 41 yard reception in week two. He saw less targets last week, but so did everybody else due to RB Aaron Jones’ 168 rushing yards.
Aaron Jones, Running back $7,600
Jones has helped lead Green Bay’s ground game to the best in the NFL through two weeks with 234 yards and three touchdowns on the young season. Even with the Saints having a top 10 rush defense, Jones will still get significant touches on the ground and out of the backfield in the passing game.
Alvin Kamara, Running back, $7,900
Brees’ number one target Michael Thomas could be out again this week with a high ankle sprain, so Kamara should have an increased role in the passing game in addition to his normal run game duties. Kamara could have a massive game, as Green Bay has one of the worst run defenses in the league through two weeks.
Tre’Quan Smith, Wide receiver, $4,200
As soon as Thomas went down with an injury, fantasy owners should have been scrambling to pick up Smith if he was available. Last week he was on the field for 88% of the team’s offensive snaps and hauled in five receptions for 86 yards, second most on the team behind Kamara. Even against Green Bay’s solid passing defense, Smith should be able to shake loose and turn in a productive outing.