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Falcons Fantasy Options Vs. Saints: Gotta Start 'Em All

The Falcons' offense is worth starting this week against the New Orleans Saints.

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For fantasy purposes, this is not a great defense and the Falcons-Saints games tend to devolve into gobs of yardage and bushels of scoring opportunities, so you need to get Falcons on the field if your championship game is this weekend. Here's our guide to who you should play and sit.


QB Matt Ryan: He's had one ugly pick in the last three games, but eight touchdowns, over 1,000 yards and 54 yards on the ground over that span. For fantasy purposes, he's a no-brainer QB1 against the Saints defense, particularly if all his weapons are on the field.

RB Steven Jackson: Jackon's more of a flex play most weeks, but when he scores he's more valuable, and I expect he'll get his goal line chances against New Orleans. Slot him in as your third back if you've got the option.

WR Julio Jones: Contingent upon health, which means you need to have a backup plan (Harry Douglas? Roddy White?) If Jones is good to go, he'll put up numbers, even if he's limited. I'd expect 100 yards and potentially a score, making him a solid WR2.

WR Roddy White: Roddy has scored quite a bit this season and is generally good for a few good grabs. As a WR3 or flex he's a smart play, though not in PPR formats.

WR Harry Douglas: In PPR formats, he's the guy to roll with, particularly if Jones is going to be out. Douglas soaks up targets, he actually scored last week and his final stat line could be huge against the Saints, who can't possibly cover all these guys. Monitor Jones' status, but I'd start him either way.


TE Levine Toilolo: I want to put Toilolo on the radar here, because the Saints can't cover tight ends well and Toilolo has shown flashes of being a decent option in the passing game. Until he starts showing up on a consistent basis, though, I can't. Start him at your own risk and hope for a score.

WR Devin Hester: The special teams value adds for Hester, but if Julio's healthy he's the fourth option in the passing game. If Julio does sit, however, consider him as your flex play.

Falcons Defense: The Saints are going to light up the defense, without question. Don't start them under any circumstances.

Who will you be starting and sitting this weekend?

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