Saints vs. Falcons: Fantasy Stars Who Will Shine on Thursday Night Football
There were 58 points scored and nearly 900 yards gained when the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons played earlier in the month. Those types of numbers are a fantasy football owner's dream, and more of the same can be expected tonight.
The division rivals will play a crucial game on Thursday Night Football, and it would be a surprise if there weren't more offensive fireworks.
Let's break down one fantasy star from each team who will use that opportunity to steal the spotlight.
New Orleans Saints: Jimmy Graham
Which team will win on TNF?
It all comes down to the fact the Falcons don't have any linebackers or safeties capable of handling the athletic tight end without help—few teams do. And, since the Saints have so many other weapons at Drew Brees' disposal, it's tough to assign extra defenders to him.
The result is a reliable fantasy performer. With the Saints facing a crucial game on their road to the playoffs, you can expect Brees to be airing it out early and often on Thursday night. Graham will be on the receiving end of a lot of those passes.
Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan
Who will help fantasy owners more?
It's no surprise given New Orleans' struggles against the pass. The Saints rank 30th against the pass at just a touch under 300 yards per game. They have also given up the third-most touchdown passes in the league with 22.
Since the Saints figure to be scoring at a pretty good clip, Ryan and Co. will be forced to keep up. That's just the way games have gone between these two teams in recent years. It's good news for Ryan's fantasy owners.
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