Put your helmets on (this is for your safety). I don’t need to actually wear one, becuase helmets are for squares and homeless roller-bladers. It is making a comeback amongst the less fortunate. Don’t believe me? Go use the interwebs. Everytime I use the term “poppin'”, the addicted side of my personality jumps to the forefront of who… what… where. For nonsensical terms and since it’s football season, lets keep it civil and discuss some footie. Last week went fairly well for my prediction, as a matter of fact, the week before that went just as nice. One day I will have a flock of basement-dwelling social media bangers asking me roster questions. This week is all about a team that some have written off as a fantasy blah so far through four weeks. I am talking about the Saints, and the player that I am hyping this week is Willie Snead. The Saints travel to the land of fantasy brotherly love when it comes to the wide-out position. Wanna hear more about Fast Willie and how the Eagles are going to get exposed… again?
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So let’s just start with the Eagles, because opponent speaks volumes to me when looking at a match-up. Not just a match-up based on hype and how awesome the Eagles should be, but because they aren’t. Defensively, they are below average, but this is where my fantasy shovel digs up some goodies. Against the pass, they rank 7th worst. It gets better… against the teams WR1, attention Brandin Cooks owners, they give up over 100 yards per game on 10.3 targets per game. That’s 10 points in the good for you and yours, not even delving to the PPR ramifications yet. Funny thing is, they shut down the WR2 from opposing teams, which leads us to the WR3 discussion. Which is basically/sorta what my man Willie is. Though he us starting to run more of the routes that all the Saints WR are running, as shown by his increased snap count at the expense of Colston and Brandon Coleman. So back to the WR3 thing, the Eagles give up the second worse fantasy output against opposing WR3 at over 70 yards per game and 8 Targets. Those are for WR3! Yikes, hop on that stuff like a starving homeless roller-blader does for a ham. They just don’t have the depth to match up here. Open that bag again, here’s some more love.
So Mr. Snead’s snap count the past four weeks: 18,39, 43, and 48. I am going to stop you as you question the Saints offense in your head. I get that they aren’t the typical Saints. Well, they sorta are, but not really. Drew Brees is still completing 68% of his passes, and he is still averaging over 300 yards a game by a wide margin. So let’s be honest, they are still the Saints, just not to the guys you drafted and you are sorta sour about it. We all are. Make amends this week, go with Willie as a good bye week alternative for the Panthers or Dolphins. Sneaking Willie in for Jarvis Landry is the worst thing I have ever said out loud. His ownership is rising like my emotions when listening to a Phil Collins CD (ESPN 13% and Yahoo 29%). He is going to be a check down stalwart and have a ton of targets due to game flow and what the Eagles are going to give them. The target trend is there that he is the same for when Drew or the guy from that commercial is behind center. This week it is going to be a little bit more of the Brees we know, and (really didn’t know because of the Saints record) love. Look for a twenty pack of Snead this week in the shades of the Liberty Bell. Smokey’s prediction: 8 Targets, 6 Receptions, 92 Yards, 1 Touchdown.