Welcome to the real world, where the Saints are 0-2 and 80’s pop music cries, waiting to be recognized once again. Now, I am not one to go off on tangents or shed tears for the Saints at all, the team’s problem is and will be defense all year. Khiry Robinson comes up after the broken wings of Mark Ingram, whose injury has given Khiry the uniform of youth. And by that, I mean the starters pinny, that we as fantasy footballians covet from a late round pick. It’s love, not because I wish the Saints offense was more black and white, but because they are a pass-happy bunch that grinds it at the goal line. I get it, and I hope they don’t slow down and run to her (her being the end zone), early and often. So if I had my way, I would sculpt the Saints playbook with my own hands, and include the versatile backs that they employ down in the shadows of Lake Pontchartrain. So here’s what I foresee happening this week with Khiry, and why if you are in a bind with injuries or insecurities about roster spots, he may be a good bet to net you some positives this week.
First, let’s look at his opponent: the Vikings haven’t been in the news at all, or at least I haven’t heard a titter coming from the great Northwest. The Vikings are a swirling news of badness right now. They are like that one adverb that almost always or maybe never slips past you that ends in -ly. Sneaky parts of speech. Any the boo, go look at the spread for this game. It could be 18, but it’s currently 9.5, and I would still feel comfortable giving the Saints the “how’s your father” treatment, in gambling speak anyways. Two horrible road losses and the first home game with a high powered offense that likes sleeping in their own beds. This game, as I see it, is going to be out of hand early, and not to be left out of that equation is the new goal line threat in Robinson. He replaces the injured Ingram in that role, a role that Ingram has flourished early in the year, garnering 3 touchdowns from inside the 3-yard line, including 6 carries inside the team’s 10. Enter Mr. Robinson. He has the ability to pound the ball like, or just as effective as Ingram, but can also be a viable threat to spell Pierre Thomas. This all means that in a blowout game, which I am predicting, and there are going to be a lot of run plays vis-à-vis Khiry Robinson.
So what can we expect game wise for Khiry? He is the inside the 10 running back, spelling Pierre, and will be on some more plays because he is an excellent blocker. So the game is going to dictate his usage, and the end of the game is going to be a run fest of time wasting and short third down throws for first downs to keep the chains moving. It’s either that, or the Saints score 45 plus points and send the Vikings home whimpering. Either way, it’s a win for fantasy owners because if you own a a Saints fantasy relevant player, you’re starting him, starting him with confidence and parading around in footie pajamas proclaiming your ownership of said player. So stat wise there is going to be enough to go around. Graham, Colston, Cooks all get theirs and Khiry gets you RB2 value, and I actually value him more than Thomas this week, at a basically “look what I found in roundd 12 or free in some cases” discount. Since you made it to the end, google Mr. Mister’s album Welcome to the Real World, now go re-read first paragraph… face explode.
Stats of Goodness: 14 carries 64 yards 1 TD, 4 Catches 26 yds and 1 TD