NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - We just survived one of the worst bye weeks of the season, and if you were good enough to win last week, congratulations!
The last push for the playoffs begins now.
Here are a few guys to be on the look out for if you're a little worried about your current lineup.
Baltimore WR Steve Smith: The Ravens offense has been far from consistent. I made the mistake of starting Joe Flacco in week three and it cost me a victory. However, against the winless Cleveland Browns, it's a matchup where you can find a hidden gem or two. Smith has just one touchdown catch on the season, but he could easily catch number two in this borderline unwatchable Thursday night game. He had three catches for 64 yards in their first matchup this year. If you're in need of a WR that's probably available, go for Smith and give him a shot.
Denver RB Devontae Booker: I would consider this a no-brainer, but after a forgettable 22-yard performance on 10 carries last week against Oakland, I wouldn't blame you for sitting him. However, the Saints have given up a touchdown to starting running backs in the last six games straight and seven of eight games this year. I know the recipe against Denver is simple: stop the run and win the game. And I think the Saints defense is improving, but the Broncos will still find the end zone, and the odds are against it being Trevor Siemian.
Philadelphia QB Carson Wentz: After tossing seven touchdowns in his first four games, Wentz is on a cold streak right now with just two scores in the last four games. But this week at home against the Falcons looks good for him. Atlanta's been winning, but their defense hasn't been the reason, at all. Their secondary is trying to break the Saints record (45 passing touchdowns surrendered) from 2015. The Falcons have allowed 23 touchdowns through the air and have given up a league-high in opponent's passing yards. This after Wentz comes off a 364-yard game. Start him.
Philadelphia D/ST: While we're on the subject of the Eagles, I'd sit the defensive unit for a week. The Falcons have a tendency of turning their games into high-scoring shootouts. Philly just got lit up by the Giants, and this matchup doesn't look good for them either, despite their high rank among fantasy defenses.
Saints TE Coby Fleener: I know I was on the Fleener train early this year, and I really think he'll still be a top-10 fantasy tight end by the end of the year, but this is not the week to test it. The Broncos have allowed just two touchdowns to tight ends this year, and they both came in a weird, Thursday night game against the Chargers. Fleener's improved in the Saints game plan but doesn't have that nose for the end zone. Plus, Michael Thomas has proven to be Drew Brees favorite red zone target, and he's taking targets from Willie Snead and Fleener. Chicago's Zach Miller may be available with the Bears coming off a bye week, and with Jay Cutler, he's a better fantasy tight end.