Thursday Night Football
(4–5) New Orleans Saints @ (3–6) Carolina Panthers 8:25 PM (Est)
FINALLY.. a prime-time game worth getting exited about. Records aside, this one should provide some fireworks. Divisional rivals. The Saints and Panthers have a 43 game, 21 year history. Separated by just 29 points. The Panthers lead the series 23–20.
This game is do or die for these teams. 4th and 3rd in the NFC South with just a game or 2 behind the first place Atlanta Falcons. The divisionis stillanyone's to claim. Both teams will look to turn there season around after a disappointing losses in week 10. I’m scratching my head as to a prediction for this one.. I expect both teams to move the ball and score at will. The Saints primarily through the air, and on the ground for the Panthers.
I have the Panthers taking the W. Score- 34–24
The Good: Brandin Cooks
Ahh, the roller coaster that is Brandin Cooks. If you own Cooks this year, you know what I’m talking about. The Peaks are great (15, 23, 27 points) , but the valleys are terrible (1, 3 & two weeks of 6 points). My money is onanother peak this week. Cooks has 4 touchdowns in the past 5 games. Including the last time he faced the Panthers, where he put up 7–174–1. The Panthers secondary is no longer something to avoid. Fire Cooks up as a WR1 this week.
The Bad: Mark Ingram
Can you believe Ingram has just 1 game with more than 77 yards rushing this season? He is averaging just 60 yards a game. His loan 100+ yard effort came in week 9 against a terrible San Francisco team. Take away that game, and he's averaging just over 43 yards per game. To complicate the situation even more. He’s losing touches to Tim Hightower. Over the past 3 games Ingram has rushed the ball 29 times to Hightower’s 57. If his lack of yards and workload wasn't enough to warrant concern, his opponent this week should. Despite the Panthers defensive struggles, their run defense is still elite. They rank 3rd in fewest fantasy points allowed to running backs, and have surrendered just 3 rushing touchdowns this season. Ingram is a low end RB2 this week.
The Ugly: Coby Fleener
There isn't a lot to say about Fleener. He‘s just bad. 30 receptions on the season for 385 yards and 2 touchdowns. He’s averaging less than 43 yards per game. You should have dropped him a long time ago. Fleener is nothing more than a dart throw DFS play at this point.