Monday Night Preview
Monday Night Preview:
Los Angeles Chargers @ New Orleans Saints
Vegas Odds: NO -7, O/U 50
Tonight’s interesting matchup pits Drew Brees (#11 FantasyHolics expert ranked QB this week) and rookie Justin Herbert (#17 ranked QB) against each other. Brees is the safer option, but I could argue Herbert has more upside with his weapons and running ability. Brees has historically been money in prime time though, especially in the Superdome. Unfortunately 2020 is so bonkers that you can throw most typical performances out the window so far. Neither defense has been too daunting so expect some solid scoring across the board.
Alvin Kamara has been on a historic pace this year, and that shouldn’t change in this game. He’s coming off of his worst fantasy game of the year, which was 119 and only 1 TD. This was his first game without multiple end zone visits. He’s our #1 ranked RB for good reason. Our #22 RB for the week is Chargers rookie RB Joshua Kelley. Kelley will be starting his first career game, but has look very impressive in his part time role so far. I think he’ll shine without Austin Ekeler in the coming weeks, however this week with his OLine banged up and a tough matchup he may struggle. Expect bigger performances soon. He is a tough, tackle breaking machine. Back ups Latavius Murray (2 TDs last week) and Justin Jackson (potential for 50/50 timeshare) have some flex/RB3 appeal, so don’t be afraid to give them a shot. With all the unknowns and thin options due to the rescheduled games you could do a lot worse than these solid floor/lower ceiling role playing backs.
With Michael Thomas ruled out the only true star WR in this one is Keenan Allen. Allen is our #15 WR for the week, and he’s been absolutely dominant lately. He’s got an unreal 49 targets in 4 games and is averaging 8 catches a game. Keep riding that hot hand. It gets a little cloudy after that. Both Tre’Quan Smith and Emmanuel Sanders are acceptable WR3s without Thomas. Smith has always been boom/busty, but he’s hard to bench after last week’s 2 TD performance. Sanders has lower upside but has started to really click with Brees the past few weeks. As their chemistry grows I expect him to remain relevant even with Can’t Guard Mike back. On the other side Mike Williams is questionable and remains what he’s always been: a WR4 with upside. I’m starting to doubt if he’ll ever be consistent, now or in the future. If he site Jalen Guyton and Tyron Johnson both caught deep touchdown bombs from Herbert last week. High risk/high reward is there.
Hunter Henry and Jared Cook are both solid starting quality TEs for your squad this week. Henry hasn’t scored a TD yet this year, and I expect that to change very soon. He’s 2nd on the team in catches and yards, and should see an expanded passing role as Ekeler was 3rd in both of those categories. He and Herbert have a strong and growing connection. As for Cook he missed last week’s game but is looking likely to play tonight. He is a rare breed of both a field stretcher and red zone target for this team, especially missing Thomas. Fire them both up and leave the backups behind.