Jimmy Clausen showed improvement but Drew Brees is the master. Still the Panthers should have won this game but the play calling was a joke.
Jimmy Clausen: 11/21 for 146 yards with 1 TD and 0 INT. Clausen has a long way to go and he was let down by the playing late in the fourth. Still he has talent and down the road will be a factor in fantasy football.
DeAngelo Williams: 13 carries for 86 yards with 1 TD along with 1 catch for 14 yards. This is the first game that Williams has helped fantasy football owners but you still get the feeling he can do more. Still I think expectations have to lowered due to the QB issues here.
Jonathan Stewart: 7 carries for 21 yards along with 1 catch for 55 yards and 1 TD. Wow where did that catch come from? Stewart is not known for catching the ball but he was left all along in the secondary and he cashed in (although he scared fantasy owners by stumbling at the end of the run). Still I only played Stewart because Jamaal Charles was on a bye and he really doesn’t deserve to start right now as he hasn’t had one decent game all season. Some owners have been cutting him outright and I wouldn’t object to it.
Steve Smith: catches for 11 yards. The nightmare of a season for Smith is continuing as he left this game with a leg injury and didn’t return. No word yet on a cause but the fact he has a rookie QB throwing to him means he is a WR 3 at best in fantasy football which is almost unfathomable.
New Orleans Saints:
Drew Brees: 33/48 for 275 yards with 1 TD and 0 INT’s. Brees wore a brace on his balky knee but otherwise was solid as usual. The one TD was a letdown as fantasy football owners always expect at the very least 2 scores but that nitpicking.
Ladell Betts: 13 carries for 47 yards along with 4 catches for 23 yards. This was a nice game for Betts who literally walked in off the street and started. He split the load with Chris Ivory but he helped those owners who took a last second shot.
Chris Ivory: 12 carries for 67 yards with 1 TD. Was a nice outing for the rookie as he showed good power and burst. Could be the long term backup to Pierre Thomas when he gets back.
Marques Colston: 4 catches for 36 yards. Colston once again puts up a poor outing as he is supposed to be the de facto go-to-wideout on this team. His 90 catch season is looking more and more like an outlier and the fact of the matter is that there are just too many other pass catchers around for him to put up WR 1 numbers.
Devery Henderson: 6 catches for 59 yards. It was Henderson’s turn today to shine as it was for Lance Moore last week. This is why it is so frustrating to own anyone on this team despite the possibilities for huge numbers. This will continue to deflate the entire wideout corp of the Saints.
Lance Moore: 5 catches for 37 yards with 1 TD and 1 fumble. Moore did well in his follow up to last week’s explosion so he would be the one to target of any Saints receiver at this point.
Robert Meachem: 2 catches for 16 yards. It was Meachem’s turn to defer to someone else in the Saints wideout group. Another example of why he can be started every week.
Jeremy Shockey: 6 catches for 58 yards. Shockey is getting it done for fantasy football owners and he is providing incredible value based on the fact he went undrafted in some leagues. Keep putting him out there.
David Thomas: 5 catches for 42 yards. Thomas has been a nice niche for himself in this offense but he is not worthy of fantasy football consideration.