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Fantasy football projections, Week 2: Saints-Giants featuring Drew Brees, Brandin Cooks, Odell Beckham Jr., more

We break down the Week 2 matchup between the New Orleans Saints and the New York Giants.

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The Week 2 matchup between the New Orleans Saints and the New York Giants should be a high-scoring affair. We've got the fantasy projections courtesy of numberFire.

New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees’ age and his lack of superstar receivers doesn’t seem to affect his personal fantasy statistics. In a heartbreaking last-minute loss to the Oakland Raiders last week, Brees threw four touchdown passes to go with 423 yards. He deserved to win the game, but the Saints’ problem isn’t scoring, it’s preventing the opponent from scoring. That’s why this matchup with the Giants is a fantasy owner’s dream. Those that own Brees’ rights should once again see him find Willie Snead and Brandin Cooks regularly. Both could find the end zone against the Giants.

If one receiver has the advantage over the other in terms of fantasy value that would be Cooks. He caught six passes for 143 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Raiders. One of those catches was for a 98-yard touchdown, the longest of Drew Brees’ career. Cooks was highly touted coming out of college and the Giants secondary unit, although fairly good, will not have enough talent to stop the Brees/Cooks combination. Don’t be surprised if Cooks goes for over 100 receiving yards and another touchdown in New York this week.

New York Giants

Eli Manning managed to squeak out a victory over the rival Dallas Cowboys last week on the road. Few experienced fantasy players consider Manning in the league’s elite yet he seems to put together big games and provide plenty of value for his usual draft position. He only threw for 207 passing yards last week but three of his passes went for touchdowns. With arguably the league’s best receiver at his disposal and one of the most highly touted rookies on his team in Sterling Shepard, Manning should put up huge numbers against Drew Brees and the Saints. We all know it’s going to be a necessity for Manning to do so considering this matchup is going to be a high-scoring game.

High scoring is right up the alley of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., of course. Beckham was held out of the end zone last week against Dallas and caught four passes for 73 yards. Given that he has scored at least 12 touchdowns in each of his first two seasons and he’s averaged at least 96 receiving yards per game over that stretch, it’s hard to fathom that he would face a generous New Orleans Saints defense and not walk away with at least 100 yards and potentially multiple touchdowns. Start him if you have him.