Buffalo Bills 10 vs. New Orleans Saints 47 – John Orr @DFF_JOHNIDP
- Tyrod Taylor was working on getting Kelvin Benjamin the ball on their first drive, had him twice, once for a TD, and the throw was off the mark, and for a first down where he was also off target. Locked in him a couple of times after but nothing else materialized after that opening drive. It will take a little work to gain the chemistry, and if Tyrod can make the throws, these two will put up some good numbers. Tyrod got up the field early catching the Saints on in man coverage. When you don’t spy him, he will burn you. Unfortunately, with no run game to support him, he was unable to make the plays to keep his team in the game.
- Kelvin Benjamin looked like he might have been a part of the game plan early on, targeted a couple of times on their opening drive. Failed to connect with his QB but he was in the position to make the catches. Liked his route running later in the game and looked like he would have had a chance on the ball if Taylor let it fly. It’s a shame The Bills struggle to get the longer throws going in the games. With the size difference he has in corners, he should get some red zone plays, but in this offense, he will be a risky start.
- LeSean McCoy was held to 48 yards on 8 carries. Once they were put into pass mode, his game was over. McCoy had limited chances as they only had 4 first downs heading into the 4th quarter.
- Jordan Poyer played well and finished with 10 total tackles. He has been a top-ranked starter for us weekly @DFF_IDP. Once again was a sure tackler and made a couple of nice reads in coverage. Continues to be a weekly start for me.
- Nathan Peterman came in and completed his first two passes. With the game clearly out of reach, the Bills gave him a look. He had a nice tight throw to Kelvin Benjamin dropped. He hit Nick O’Leary with a nice soft throw as he had to move away from pressure. QB controversy?
New Orleans Saints
- Michael Thomas is who we thought he was! He was catching every ball around him. Just under 100 yards in the first half, a playmaker! Legit top tier dynasty asset. Impressive catch radius. Showed up and dominated.
- Drew Brees was a surgeon helped with a strong run game. The Saints ran their typical screen game but worked the ball down the field when given a chance. He hit some nice well-timed throws down the field. Let’s be honest, you’re starting him weekly in all formats, and nothing has changed. He did not need to put it up often as they ran so well.
- Alvin Kamara shines under Sean Payton. Kamara was explosive in space and delivered. He looked great today. He gets going QUICK and is capable of making plays every time he’s got the ball. Kamara is the perfect chess piece who can help your fantasy lineups. Finished with 5 catches for 32 yards and 12 runs for 126 yards and 1 touchdown.
- Mark Ingram delivers in his role as lead back. Moving piles and darting through some nice holes today, he kept his offense moving. When Ingram smells the end zone, he makes sure he gets paid. He lost his PPR chances with Kamara around, but when he gets opportunities, he can take advantage. In my leagues where I start a minimum of two rbs I have him going weekly in them. More than enough work to go around on this offense. Over the last few weeks, the Saints have let their run game become their focal point, and it is working. Finished with 21 runs for 121 yards and THREE TOUCHDOWNS.
- Trey Edmonds got a look once this one was under control. Sprinted off the left side and went untouched on a long sprint for 41 yards for his first NFL TD. Ended with 9 carries for 48 yards and his TD. Only playing once the game was out of hand he will not get much attention. Was good to see him play today. Couldn’t get much going other then his long run.