Drew Brees has been continuously phenomenal as a member of the New Orleans Saints. His 16-game average season from 2006-2016 includes a 67.8% completion rate, 4,888 yards, 35 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions. In 2017, Brees is on pace for 4,428 yards, 26 touchdowns and 8 interceptions, all while boasting a career-best 71.6% completion rate. The Buffalo Bills will have their hands full on Sunday when the Saints come marching into New Era Field.
Here is how we think the Saints will fare on Sunday in fantasy football:
QB Drew Brees
The Bills have allowed four consecutive quarterbacks to score at least 15 fantasy points against them. Brees has scored at least that many points in six of his team’s eight games this season. The Bills have proven to be a “bend but don’t break” unit in 2017, which should allow Brees to rack up a high yardage total on Sunday.
RB Alvin Kamara
The Saints have two legitimate star running backs in Kamara and Mark Ingram, and although both are worthy of a start in fantasy football this week, the one who scares me the most is Kamara. He is exactly the kind of runner Buffalo has struggled with all season; he’s quick and shifty with great speed, and he’s an excellent pass-catcher out of the backfield. Buffalo has yet to allow a 100-yard rusher on the season, but they have allowed opposing running backs to catch 37 passes for 306 yards on the year, and the most dynamic of the bunch, Tevin Coleman of the Atlanta Falcons, totaled 65 yards out of the backfield on 4 catches in addition to his 9 rushes for 77 yards. The Bills will need to contain Kamara.
WR Brandon Coleman
Fellow receiver Michael Thomas is too easy a pick, so I figured I’d highlight the other big target in their excellent stable of receivers. The 6’6” Coleman is a matchup nightmare for the Bills’ short defensive backs, and his overall physicality and high-pointing ability creates a tremendous mismatch in the red zone. With Tre’Davious White sure to follow Thomas, it will be up to E.J. Gaines, Leonard Johnson, and Shareece Wright to ensure that Coleman, Ted Ginn, Jr., and Willie Snead are also contained.
The Saints defense has been generating plenty of turnover recently, leading to satisfying fantasy football numbers. If you’re among the group who needs a bye week fill-in, look elsewhere, though. Buffalo doesn’t typically turn over the ball so it’s a bad match-up.