The New Orleans Saints (4-7) found a much-needed offensive rhythm against the Los Angeles Rams (3-7) on Sunday. The competition produced strong performances from the black-and-gold offense including Andy Dalton, Alvin Kamara, Juwan Johnson and Chris Olave.
With just a few weeks left in the regular season and the Saints offense showing signs of life, the next few weeks of fantasy football could be memorable for some of the names above.
Here’s the Saints Fantasy Football “Start ’em or Sit ’em” for Week 12 of the 2022 NFL Regular Season.
Tight End Juwan Johnson
Juwan Johnson has blossomed into a top fantasy tight end over the final five weeks of the season. The tight end-turned-wide receiver has surpassed 12 PPR Fantasy points in four of his last five weeks. During his strong month of play, Johnson has catapulted himself to TE8 under fantasy tight ends this season and is a top waiver Wire target this week.
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Johnson leads the Saints in receiving touchdowns and has become a favorite target of Andy Dalton. With his size and speed, he’s a matchup nightmare in the red and should continue to have success throughout the season.
This week, the Saints battle one of the best defenses in the league, the San Francisco 49ers. Appearances won’t be easy for Johnson, but ride the hot hand and expect most of his average five goals a week to be in the red by Week 12.
Dalton had his second 20-plus point performance of the season in Week 11. The “Red Rifle” was highly efficient against the Rams, catching 21 of 25 for 260 yards and three touchdowns. Dalton remains a strong quarterback for New Orleans as a game manager, but he lacks what it takes to be a week-to-week fantasy starter.
Heading into Week 12, Dalton faces a strong 49ers defense. San Francisco is a top 10 fantasy defense against opposing quarterbacks and could cause problems for the Saints’ battered offensive line this week. Despite a strong showing last week, I’m staying away from Dalton for the rest of the season.