Week 13 Saints @ Cowboys preview

“The best way to gain more yards is advance the ball down the field from the line of scrimmage.”

-John Madden

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While everyone else is talking about having a case of the Monday’s, WATO crew is already thinking about week 13! We will be recording our week 13 show on Thursday due to Dad life and hockey practice! Have no fear all-stars because we are still here for you! Here is the write up for the Thursday game! As we move into Week 13, on the docket for Thursday Night Football is the Saints heading to Dallas. With a 52.5 over/under, the Saints look to continue their 10-game winning streak. 

The Saints have managed to win all 5 road games to date and now they head to Dallas to face an improved Defense. Drew Brees has multiple touchdown games in 12 of his last 18 games. Last week we saw Brees throw touchdown passes to everyone we’ve never heard of before and he forgot about Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara.  The Atlanta defense was a mess this last week, and Brees had the chance to get other players not normally involved and that paid off. However, this week he faces a much better defense and I think we see him return to his safety blanket and call on familiar faces. Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas have combined for 1,599 receiving yards and 12 receiving touchdowns. Kamara also has 11 rushing touchdowns to add to that total.  In a game where the Saints are facing a surging Dallas offense at home, it should be a much closer game where the usual fantasy assets will be needed.

The Saints are a high-powered offense and are averaging just over 37 points a game. Meanwhile, Dallas is averaging 21.  The Dallas pass attack has been elevated by the addition of Amari Cooper, but it will still be difficult to keep up with the Saints offense. I look for Dallas to try and play the possession game out of the gate in this and attempt to keep the Saints offense off the field. The main issue I see with this plan is that the Dallas offense has not been great at finishing drives in the red-zone. It will be difficult for the Boys to play the possession game if they are trading field goals with the Saints instead of touchdowns. I like the odds of this game hitting the projected over/under of 52.5 and I feel like there will be plenty of fantasy points to go around. Here are my plays:

Starts (start with confidence)

Saints:

Drew Brees: Top play every week, always in your lineup

Alvin Kamara: Wasn’t needed last week against a bad ATL defense. In line for bounce back this week.

Michael Thomas: Wasn’t needed last week against a bad ATL defense. In line for bounce back this week.

Mark Ingram: Getting nearly the same amount of work as Kamara and you can’t afford to sit him.

Cowboys:

Dak Prescott: Big game last week vs Wash, and he will have to chase points.

Zeke Elliot: Saints good against the run but he hasn’t scored under 22 the last three weeks.

Amari Cooper: Huge game last week and his usage looks to be solid, ride that wave!

Flyers (take a chance, might perform for you)

It’s week 13, you need wins and points! Don’t get cute and chase touchdowns that happened last week! Not many flyers here for that reason.

Saints:

Tre-Quan Smith: sat last week but if he is active you play him.

Cowboys:

None

Sits (let someone else start them)

Saints:
All backup wrs to Tre-Quan Smith, to risky and td dependent. Brandon Marshall also does not excite anyone unless Michael J. Fox shows up with a time machine and we go back to 2012.

Ben Watson: Saw only two targets last week and hasn’t been reliable.

Cowboys:

Michael Gallup, Cole Beasley: hardly any targets to go around and they haven’t been as involved.

Both Defenses are a sit for me this week.