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TE Michael Hoomanawanui - New Orleans Saints

6-4, 264Born: 7-4-1988College: IllinoisDrafted: Round 5

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Week 15: vs New York Jets

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FBG says: Great matchup. Make no mistake: Drew Brees' mega-efficiency remains intact. Still deadly accurate and immune to the pass rush, he leads the NFL in completion rate and net yards per attempt. His connection with Michael Thomas is impressive: they're hooking up 6.5 times per game for 76.3 yards. But with the Saints' run game simply eviscerating opponents - and their core of weaponry thinned out from recent years - we've hardly seen the ultra-prolific side of Brees at all in 2017. He's averaging 274.5 yards per game, his lowest mark as a Saint (12 years), and posted just 3 games of 300+ yards. He'll also almost certainly end the year below 30 touchdowns for the first time since he was a Charger. Brees remains a fantasy QB1, of course, and we know what he's generally capable of should a game get out of hand. But in a vacuum, there may not be enough volume or touchdown expectation to prioritize him like fantasy owners used to. Brees looks locked in as a mid-tier QB1, and Thomas is a weekly WR1. But their realistic floors and ceilings aren't particularly mind-blowing anymore. The Jets pass defense remains a particularly shaky unit that we can target with confidence in fantasy. They've allowed 250+ yards to 6 of their last 9 opponents, including 366 to Alex Smith just 2 weeks ago and 326 to the Jay Cutler/Matt Moore combination back in October. They've limited a few of the weaker passing games they've faced of late, but that's been mostly due to game flow. Given the Jets' lack of quality cover men, their wildly burnable tandem of rookie safeties, and a pass rush that often borders on the toothless, It's generally safe to hold strong expectations for opposing pass games. Drew Brees shouldn't have much trouble whatsoever spinning whatever volume he needs into top-notch efficiency, and Michael Thomas should have downfield openings all day. Dating back to Week 5, they've allowed an eye-popping 13 receivers to record 68+ yards and/or a touchdown. That's a list that includes the likes of Deonte Thompson, Zay Jones, and Chris Godwin.

Recent Stats and Projections

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11 vs WAS 24 0 0 0 0 0
12 at LAR 26 0 0 0 0 0
13 vs CAR 31 1 0 0 0 0
14 at ATL 25 0 0 0 0 0
15 vs NYJ PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * * *
15 vs NYJ PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * * *
15 vs NYJ PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * * *

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Schedule

15vs New York Jets
16vs Atlanta Falcons
17@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers