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TE David Thomas - New Orleans Saints

6-3, 245Born: 7-5-1983College: TexasDrafted: Round 3

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Week 13: vs Detroit Lions

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Wow, Drew Brees handed the Rams their collective tuckus last weekend drilling them for 28/36 for 310 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions (with 1/1/1 rushing for good measure) - Willie Snead joined in with 1/1 for 50 yards passing, and one passing score, to push New Oleans to 360 yards passing and five TDs vs. zero interceptions thrown last weekend. It might be easier to list which New Orleans' receivers didn't score last week, but where's the fun in that? Michael Thomas led the team in targets, receiving yards and TDs with 10 for 9/108/2 receiving, followed by Josh Hill (six for 6/74/0), Coby Fleener (four for 4/59/0, Tim Hightower (two for 2/54/1), Snead (seven for 5/38/0) and Mark Ingram (two for 1/21/1). Brandon Coleman also scored (one for 1/3/1). Phew. New Orleans is on a roll in this phase of the game. The Lions held the Vikings to 31/37 for 224 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown last weekend (zero sacks generated); Detroit gave up 22/35 for 202 net yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions (with zero sacks) to Blake Bortles and company two games ago. Note the zero sacks two weeks in a row - if a team doesn't get pass pressure on Drew Brees, he does bad things to them (just ask L.A.). Detroit is 14th in the NFL averaging 250.9 net passing yards allowed per game this season, but has handed out 20 TDs vs. just seven interceptions (tied for 19th in the NFL) and 20 sacks (tied for 25th in the NFL). From Week Nine to Week 12 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 14 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Detroit has averaged 14.9 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (second-least in the NFL); and 17.9 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (third-least); with 8 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (16th). Brees/the Saints is/are much better in this phase of the game than Sam Bradford/the Vikings - this looks like a good matchup as Brees will be in the friendly confines of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this weekend.

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13vs Detroit Lions
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15@ Arizona Cardinals
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17@ Atlanta Falcons