Every Saturday, I’ll provide you with nourishing morsels as you set the weekend table for your lineups. Among the top names and news on the Week 7 menu is a pair of prime Saints. That bowl of fantasy gumbo sure tastes a whole lot better with an elite tight end a resurgent running back as part of the recipe.
• Tight end Jimmy Graham originally was expected to miss two to three weeks with a shoulder injury, but now the Saints are hopeful he will able to play against Detroit. Make sure you monitor the situation on Sunday morning, but if Graham is active, you cannot bench him. At the very least, he will get red zone chances.
• Running back Mark Ingram is ready to return from a hand injury this week. That’s good news, as Ingram scored three touchdowns in the first two games this season. He may be eased back into the mix this week, though, against a Lions defense that allows just 14.2 fantasy points per game to opposing RBs. Use him if you are desperate for RB help, but start a better option if you can.
• Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (knee) will return from a knee injury this week and start for the Panthers at Green Bay. The Packers rank last in the league in rushing defense and have difficulty with read-option quarterbacks and offenses like Carolina can employ, so consider Stewart as a flex option.
• Wide receiver A.J. Green (toe) remains out for the Bengals, and you can expect Cincinnati to lean heavily on the ground game against Indianapolis. The Colts allow 22 fantasy points per game to opposing RBs, and Cincy will want to control time of possession. That means Jeremy Hill should play a significant role in the offense again and even can be used as a RB2 this week.
• Rams RB Tre Mason flashed some upside in Week 6, but don’t get excited about him or consider using him yet. Benny Cunningham remains firmly ahead of him on the Rams depth chart behind Zac Stacy (ankle), who was able to practice in full. None are recommended for use against the Seahawks.
• Redskins coach Jay Gruden has indicated he would like to get WR Pierre Garçon more touches. Garçon has just eight catches in his past three games, but could burst back into the offensive flow this week against Tennessee.
• Some reports have indicated Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) is not quite 100 percent, but he gets a revenge game and a great matchup with the Raiders this week. He threw for 250 yards and two TDs last week and should be able to do at least a bit better against Oakland.
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