Saints QB Teddy Bridgewater will start this weekend's finale against the Panthers, HC Sean Payton said Friday. So QB Drew Brees will get the day off. We'd expect the same for RBs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram and WR Michael Thomas. Dwayne Washington figures to serve as New Orleans' lead back vs. Carolina, with Tre'Quan Smith, Keith Kirkwood and Austin Carr handling most of the WR duties. It's unclear how much WR Ted Ginn will play after returning last week.
Saints WR Cameron Meredith is inactive for today's opener against the Bucs as he continues to work back from last year's knee injury. There's still upside here, but Meredith is droppable in shallower fantasy leagues. Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn and Austin Carr are expected to serve as New Orleans' top 3 WRs today. Ginn and Carr are just fantasy fliers.
WR Austin Carr will start in the slot for the Saints against the Buccaneers today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That would seem to put him ahead of WR Cameron Meredith on the depth chart for now, with Michael Thomas (for sure) and Ted Ginn the likely outside starters. Thomas is the position's only sure target bet in New Orleans right now. We'll see how playing time and passing looks get distributed now that the real games are beginning. Carr's worth an add this morning in deeper leagues. We've seen through the years how valuable any regular WR gig with Drew Brees can be. Lance Moore and Willie Snead each hit the NFL as undrafted free agents, just like Carr.