New Orleans Saints – Teddy Bridgewater SZN

It’s Teddy Bridgewater SZN, for at least six weeks anyway. Drew Brees injured his thumb against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. He was a 3 out of 5 for 38 yards and an interception at that point.

Teddy Bridgewater

At this point, Teddy Bridgewater is likely no more than a potential streaming option in deep one quarterback leagues. In two quarterback or superflex formats, he is a must add if he was not already owned heading into Week 2.

While his 17 out of 30 for 165 yards and no touchdowns doesn’t scream fantasy relevant, I would expect a much better performance with a week of preparation heading into Week 3. The Saints have a whole week to tweak what they do to better fit Bridgewater.

This week, the Saints are on the road to face a Seattle secondary that can be thrown on. Beyond Seattle, the other road contests are against Jacksonville and Chicago. These matchups are more daunting than the home games which feature the Cowboys, Buccaneers, and Cardinals. Most importantly, Bridgewater should be good enough to keep his primary playmakers fantasy relevant.

Saints Running Backs

Speaking of those play makers, Alvin Kamara is still an RB1 with the potential to be the top scorer at the position each week. His versatility should allow him to maintain his floor even if we assume defense will stack the box more often. Obviously those in half or full PPR will get a bit more safety.

Latavius Murray becomes more dicey with Bridgewater under center. While the run game may be leaned on a little more heavily, it feels safe to assume that this offense won’t have quite as many red zone trips or blow out performances. He is a fine flexplay in some match-ups but I’m looking for better options if I can find them.

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Saints Pass Catchers

Michael Thomas remains in the WR1 category even with the QB change. As a matter of fact, Thomas is a player I am actually trying to trade for. Obviously there will be more risk on a week to week basis and the ceiling is a bit lower but he should remain an every week play. Thomas had 10 catches for 89 yards on Sunday. Of that 8 catches and 75 yards were from the arm of Bridgewater.

Beyond Thomas the only person I could see remaining anything but a dart throw is Jared Cook. Obviously the 2 catches for 25 yards is not what fantasy owners are looking for. That said, Bridgewater targeted Cook five times in relief of Brees. If he is seeing five plus targets every week there could be a solid TE1 in the making especially if he finds the end zone.

Tre’Quan Smith and Ted Ginn have the potential to boom but figuring out which week to start them will be next to impossible.

The Saints should give us plenty to talk about this week against Seattle. The contest should owners know where expectations should be set. I’m definitely putting out feelers on potential trades for Kamara and Thomas. If they perform the way I think they can it will be much harder to pry those assets away next week.


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