Saints Defeat Vikings 14-9 In A Major Fantasy Letdown

Contributed by: Bill Enright
Last Updated: Sep 10, 2010 3:04 AM


14-9. The final score between two of last year's most potent Offenses was 14-9. The rematch of the NFC Championship game that went into OT with a Final Score of 31-28, just 8 months ago, finished tonight with a score of 14-9!!! I suppose it could be expected; first real game of the year and it takes some time to iron out all the wrinkles.

But no fantasy manager wants to hear that.  This was the game that was suppose to remind us why we love football. The game that every NFL fan celebrated because it meant Football was back. For Fantasy Managers, it was a game that featured players who are studs at their positions.

So why did the box score look like it came from a Browns vs. Bills game? Just look at some of the players from last night: Drew Brees, Adrian Peterson, Brett Favre, Marques Colston, Percy Harvin, Reggie Bush, Robert Meachem, Jeremy Shockey.  It's like a Fantasy Football All-Star Team.  The only players who performed well were Visanthe Shiancoe (4 rec-76 yards-1TD) and Pierre Thomas (71 yards -1 TD and 15 yards receiving),

And yet, Adrian Peterson, the consensus #2 overall pick, finishes with 87 yards and no TDs? Drew Brees, who was possibly the 1st QB taken at your draft, throws for 1 TD and 237 yards? Favre threw for under 200 yards, Percy Harvin had one reception, not one player reached 100 yards rushing, receiving, or combined.   What was happening last night in the Superdome?

The only answer I have, is to be patient. Fantasy Football isn't a sprint, it's a marathon. Yes, of course the game was a big disappointment. Drew Brees may have scored the same amount of points as the Saints Defense and that's just unacceptable  (unless you are going against Brees). The good news is, this could eventually turn into his worst performance all year, and that could be said for any of the above-mentioned players, so at least it's out of the way.


 It's worth noting Vikings' RB Albert Young, was rotating with Adrian Peterson on both rushing and passing plays. I'm not mentioning this because AP is in danger of losing reps, but more so because most people believe Toby Gerhardt is Peterson's backup. So for those with AP, it may benefit you to watch out for Young as a handcuff.

Also, keep an eye on Saints WR Devery Henderson, he only had two receptions, but one came via Brees' lone TD pass.

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