The shootout that was expected came to fruition as both the Saints and Falcons marched up and down the field. New Orleans lost the game due to kicker Garrett Hartley missing a chip shot FG allowing the Falcons to come down and hit their own game winning field goal.
Matt Ryan: 19/30 for 228 yards with 2 TD’s and 0 INT’s along with 6 carries for 26 yards. Ryan is starting to put it all together after struggling some last season. The passing weapons are top notch with Tony Gonzalez and Roddy White and he will be helped all season with Michael Turner at running back. If you took a shot with Ryan in drafts you did very well.
Michael Turner: 30 carries for 114 yards with 1 TD along with 2 catches for 11 yards. I was surprised to see Turner get this many carries after tweaking his groin last week but he was very good here. No worries about his health anymore.
Roddy White: 5 catches for 69 yards with 1 TD. Thats 3 TD’s in 3 games for White as like his QB, he is putting it all together and looking at a monster season. I have been very happy with White on my team and there really is nothing to complain about.
Tony Gonzalez: 8 catches for 110 yards and 1 TD. After struggling to get into the offense the first two weeks, Gonzalez went out and reminded the fantasy football community that he is not done yet. This was a dominant outing and shows that you can never doubt the big guy.
New Orleans Saints:
Drew Brees: 30/38 for 365 yards with 3 TD’s and 2 INT’s. Brees’ accuracy is uncanny and only the two picks prevented him from having a dominant day. Still the standard bearer in my book at the QB spot in fantasy football.
Pierre Thomas: 9 carries for 30 yards along with 6 catches for 61 yards. Thomas is not doing much on the ground but thats just because the Saints prefer to keep throwing and he is certainly helping out in that capacity. More of a PPR option than a TD heavy one, Thomas will get his yards one way or the other.
Lance Moore: 6 catches for 149 yards with 2 TD’s. Where has this been? Moore had vanished in the passing game for the last year and a half but he exploded here. The problem is that anyone on the Saints is capable of having this line every week and so consistency is an issue with Moore. Still he is owed a second look and thus a waiver pickup.
Marques Colston: 4 catches for 25 yards. Colston is frustrating his owners as I have been getting e-mails about him since the season began. He still needs to be started every week due to the offense but he is not a PPR option anymore but a big time TD threat.
Robert Meachem: 1 catch for 5 yards. Hence the concern I have for Lance Moore.
Jeremy Shockey: 8 catches for 78 yards with 1 TD. Shockey is an enigma and its games like this that keep the fantasy football community from giving up on him. Shockey has played well so far and is not hurt so there is that. The depth at TE is solid this year so you still might want to look for a more consistent option.