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New Orleans at Carolina (+6), 51.5 o/u – Monday, 8:15 p.m. EST
The Story: Heading into the half last week it looked like the Saints were going to give away another game to the Bucs, but they rallied after the break and in the process claimed the top spot in the NFC. Drew Brees posted poor passing numbers for the second straight game, but in this case it was more a product of New Orleans getting their points on the ground rather than through the air. It's still not the most encouraging trend, and it's made all the non-Michael Thomas options in the passing game extra-volatile at the worst possible time for fantasy purposes. This could be the week they all snap back to life, though. The Panthers have lost five straight games to a group of opponents that's less a murderer's row than a pickpoket's posse, including the Bengals, Lions and Browns. They've coughed up over 30 points and nearly 275 passing yards a game during that losing streak, and while Christian McCaffrey valiantly tries to keep Carolina's season afloat – he's topped 100 scrimmage yards in six straight games, scoring 10 touchdowns over that stretch – he's going to need to start getting some help from the defense if the team's are going to stay alive in the wild-card hunt.
•NO injuries: none
•CAR injuries: QB Cam Newton (questionable, shoulder)
•NO DFS chalk: Brees (CAR tied for 29th in passing