The battle for 2nd (maybe) in the NFC South
The final game in Week 3 will be the NFC South battle between the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints. The Saints are dwelling in the cellar at the moment without a win, while the other 3 teams in the division are 1–1. With the Falcons coming to town, the Saints will look to change that and earn their first win.
The Atlanta Falcons come into the game with QB Matt Ryan (30pts) leading the charge. Through the years, he has developed quite the relationship with WR Julio Jones (30pts). The Falcons brought in WR Mohamed Sanu (15pts) to complement Jones and hopefully take some of the pressure off him in the passing game. One that that has aided the Falcons is the emergence of a running game led by Devonta Freeman (25pts) and Tevin Coleman (20pts). Some value can be found with the Falcons and TE Austin Hooper (10pts) who has earned some looks from Ryan over the course of the season. Although not the starter at the position, Hooper will still see a couple balls thrown his way.
The New Orleans Saints are still led by elite QB Drew Brees (30pts), who continues to fill the stat sheet. Long time Saint WR Marques Colson was released during the offseason, but WR Brandin Cooks (25pts) and Willie Snead (25pts) more than make up for that. Cooks has been on many people’s fantasy radar for years, and finally seams to be living up to that promise. On the ground, the Saints will turn to Mark Ingram (15pts), but depending on whether the Saints need to air it out to keep pace with the Falcons, backup RB Tim Hightower (20pts) could see a lot of action in the passing game. Value with the Saints resides in rookie WR Michael Thomas (10pts) who has firmly planted himself as the number 3 wide receiver for the Saints and has developed an early rapport with Drew Brees.
When looking at the NFC South, many people strongly believe that the Panthers will run away with the division, which very much seems to be the case. Another team from this division will be hard pressed to make the playoffs as a wild card team, but winning games within the division is the first step to making that jump.