This Thursday could prove to be a gunslinger show as the Atlanta Falcons are set to take on the New Orleans Saints. The two NFC South rivals’ clash this week could produce big points for across the board. Here’s a look at the players who will have an impact on not only the game, but the scoresheets of fantasy owners as well.
Must Start – Drew Brees: The 14-year veteran is trying to bring himself back to the heights of glory that is bestowed upon the NFL’s elite quarterbacks. The past few years, New Orleans has looked more like a disaster than a powerhouse. Early this season, Brees suffered from a shoulder injury that kept him out of one game, but his numbers have actually improved since then. Last week, Brees put up 335 yards and 2 TDs against Philadelphia. He also lost two fumbles, but if he can clean up his mistakes, Brees should be back on track for a high-performing season.
Must Start – Matt Ryan: This season have been brutal on QBs and their injuries. Only a few of the quarterbacks left playing are reliable to put up consistent fantasy numbers. Ryan is one of them. Matty Ice laid an egg for fantasy owners last week, but should bounce back against a porous Saints secondary. He is currently boasting a 90.7 QBR while averaging 291 yards a game. Against Rob Ryan’s defense, Ryan should be able to drive down the field with ease.
Must Start – Julio Jones: Jones has been a fantasy stud, but has too been bitten by the injury bug. The veteran wideout has a hamstring issue that could keep him out of the game, but there are reports that he actually feels better this week than he did last week. Julio is averaging 109 yards per game, which is down because of his injury last week, where the wide receiver still managed to pull in a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Jones is obviously a must-start assuming he plays.