Monday Night Preview
Monday Night Preview
New Orleans Saints @ Las Vegas Raiders
Vegas Odds: NO -5.5, O/U 48.5
Drew Brees checks in at our FantasyHolic’s consensus ranked QB #15 this week. He’s always struggled more on the road than at home, and without Michael Thomas his ceiling has been lowered for this week and future weeks to come. Derek Carr had a very solid real life performance last week with his new weapons, but he did not stuff the fantasy stat sheets for any of his managers. The Saints defense held Tom Brady in check week 1 so I don’t expect Carr to light it up either. Unless a surprise shoot out or garbage time blow up occurs this is not a good setup for either signal caller. Hopefully your starting QB has already gotten you plenty of points yesterday.
Two cornerstone backfield studs will be taking the field in Alvin Kamara in Josh Jacobs, who rank #3 and #8, respectively, by our rankings teams. Both are coming off of monster multi touchdown games a week ago and show no signs of slowing down. Outside of these two Clydesdales are a couple of intriguing deeper league dives, starting with Latavius Murray. Murray actually lead the Saints in carries and yards, and is not a bad flex play given his workload and shot at getting a few goal line carries. For Vegas you may get a few carries to Devontae Booker or catches to Jalen Richard, but leave them far from your starting lineups.
The only WR that cracked our rankings this was Emmanuel Sanders, who checked in at #31. Sanders is the de facto #1 for the Saints with Michael Thomas out a few weeks, and the Raiders secondary is definitely exploitable. Start him comfortably. Next up is rookie speedster Henry Ruggs III, who is unfortunately a little banged up. Make sure he is active first but don’t be afraid to take a dart throw if you’re feeling spicy. He has the wheels to run by anyone and can play all 3 WR spots, so he likely won’t be shadowed by shutdown corner Marshon Lattimore. After that it gets dicier but as a cheap daily fantasy play you can hope to get your money’s worth out of Tre’Quan Smith and Hunter Renfrow. Smith is the most experienced active WR on the roster and has flashed some the past 2 years, while Renfrow has been a consistent security blanket for Carr in the past. It also helps he plays inside versus the Saints worst coverage. Two other names to monitor are Deonte Harris and Bryan Edwards. Harris is starting to be used more often on offense (he’s electric on special teams), and with Thomas out they are searching for more playmakers and creative ways to get them involved. Edwards played a lot of snaps last week and will grow throughout his rookie year. You can’t trust either in this game but they will have their moments at some point in 2020. Nelson Agholor will remain off the radar for the foreseeable future so try to ignore his fluky TD last week.
Two strong starting TE options take the field tonight in Darren Waller (#4) and Jared Cook (#7). Waller led the team in catches last year and last week, while Cook also led his squad in yard Week 1. Don’t be shocked to see this happen again on MNF. Waller’s ceiling is a little lower than in 2019 due to more competition for targets but he’s very safe in PPR leagues. As for Cook he delivered the Saints only big play against the Bucs and I expect his role to be even more important sans Can’t Guard Mike. Please don’t play Jason Witten or any of the other backups on either team.