The New Orleans Saints will take on the Carolina Panthers in a huge divisional matchup on Sunday. It's the featured game on the day, and for good reason. Both teams are 9-3 on the season and fighting for the lead in the NFC South. This is the first of two meetings this year, as they'll meet again in Week 16. For now, we have Sunday's game and we're going to take a look at the fantasy options below, starting with the home team:
Start: Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston
You don't need me to sit here and tell you to start Drew Brees, but I'm going to anyway: start Drew Brees. The same applies for Graham, who might be the top tight end in the NFL. Colston has been limited in recent weeks, but he's just itching for a breakout game. He might be considered a deep start at this point, but we're confident enough to call him a start.
Sit: Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram, Lance Moore
The Saints will not run the football against the Panthers. It's just not going to happen. Sproles might have some value in very deep leagues, but other than that, Thomas and Ingram don't project to put up anything. The Panthers have a solid secondary and if Colston is catching passes, it means Moore will not.
Start: Cam Newton, Jonathan Stewart
Cam Newton has become a must-start at this point, as he has both passing and rushing ability. He had two passing touchdowns and 263 passing yards a week ago. On top of that, he had 68 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown. He's worth a start for sure. Stewart should get the lion's share of the carries with Williams banged up, and the Panthers will want to run the ball.
Deep Start: Greg Olsen
Olsen has been very underrated this season. He doesn't possess game-breaking ability, but he's been very solid at times, and put up 85 yards off of five catches a week ago. He's worth starting in deep leagues.
Sit: DeAngelo Williams, Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn Jr.
Newton may put up solid numbers, but no Panthers receiver has put up really big numbers in recent weeks. It's not likely to start this week. Williams has been banged up and may give way to Stewart, as suggested above.