NFL on Fox sideline reporter Jen Hale shares three things fantasy football players need to know about the Saints' primetime Monday Night Football matchup against the Atlanta Falcons.
1. A slow day for the Saints offense this past Sunday. Only one touchdown pass! But, the Falcons could prove to be the perfect get-right fix for the Black and Gold’s aerial attack.
The Falcons pass rush has been virtually non-existent so far this season. So, Drew Brees should have plenty of time in the pocket to find his ideal target.
2. First and foremost, kudos to the Saints defense in Week 2 for its best showing yet this season, including three takeaways. Can they duplicate that opportunistic effort this week?
Tough challenge. In the Falcons Week 2 win over the Raiders in Oakland, QB Matt Ryan, "Matty Ice," lived up to his nickname, racking up nearly 400 passing yards and three touchdowns in hostile territory. That was good for 34 fantasy points.
3. A more obscure tip for you: this past Sunday, the Falcons offensive coaching staff relied on their tight ends more than usual. That really seemed to provide Atlanta with a spark.
Here’s a new name for you: rookie tight end Austin Hooper out of Stanford. Only three receptions in Week 2, but they were good for 44, 34 and 6 yards. Might be a sleeper candidate to keep your eye on.