Another big divisional game this week with the Saints and the Panthers. Also a few new additions to Huddle taking center stage.
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Kelvin Benjamin – 5x Carolina
I am still kind of surprised by how well he is doing. As a rookie, he outplayed Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas on a few plays against Seattle and has become one of the better possession receivers in the league. I think that Keenan Lewis will be on him all night, but if he can do well against the Legion of Boom, he should have a good game here too. Although he just was included in the Series 3 base, this is still a great pickup for tonight.
Verdict: Vital Piece
Cam Newton – 5x Carolina
The Saints have given up some big numbers in QB rushing yards this year, which means that the Saints could struggle against Newton’s dual threat of throwing and running. I think that with all of the Panthers’ running backs banged up, he is going to have to take some of the burden himself.
Verdict: Vital Piece
Mark Ingram – 5x New Orleans
Brees tends to play much more average on the road, which means things might be a struggle for Ingram. However, he had no issue against the Packers, and definitely perked my ears up as someone to consider with Jimmy Graham’s shoulder being a question mark. If he doesnt play well, the Saints will have a very uphill battle.
Verdict: Worth Picking Up
Brandin Cooks – 5x New Orleans
Im taking a flyer on Cooks here, but he has shown a number of reasons why he is a huge threat. The Panthers corners are not playing well, and they will have a lot on their plate with Graham, Colston, Stills. Cooks is going to have some looks with all the focus being put on the other players, and he could break out. The Saints have also used him on some of the Jet Sweep type plays, which he scored on last week vs. the Packers. Currently he has no cards in the game, which means this will be a chase for the Saints fans.
Verdict: Worth Picking up
Drew Brees – Its a tale of two cities sometimes with Brees, as he always plays better at home than on the road. We were all probably expecting him to be included, but I like the direction they went with Cooks and Ingram who are a bit more scarce in the game.
Kenny Stills – Still has been a deep threat for the Saints all year, but has cards now, so Cooks is definitely a better choice with the dual threat in the rushing attack.
Whoever the Panthers Use in the Running Game – Jonathan Stewart, DeAngelo Williams? Guy wearing an old Steve Smith jersey in the front row?