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Saints’ offense defied expectations of fantasy owners everywhere


The New Orleans Saints’ offense is a hot commodity this season, so it’s no wonder fantasy owners would be picking their playmakers for their teams.

Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas had combined to receive 12 of Drew Brees’ 25 touchdown passes entering their Week 12 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons, and both are destined to be named to the Pro Bowl once again. No wonder 99.8 percent of ESPN Fantasy Leagues had them as starters this week, per ESPN Stats & Info.

But things took a different turn in the Saints’ 31-17 Thanksgiving night win over the Falcons. The four touchdown passes Brees threw actually did not get to their hands. Instead, they were caught by four undrafted free agents.

Dan Arnold caught four passes and scored on Brees’ third strike in the third quarter. The 6-foot-6 rookie wide receiver finally got the first touchdown reception of his career. Tommylee Lewis, Austin Carr and Keith Kirkwood had one reception each, but all of them resulted in touchdowns.

The Saints once again steamrolled another opponent as they improved to 10-1 in their 2018 campaign. They are simply unstoppable, winning 10 straight after losing their opener.

Brees is one of the favorites to win the Most Valuable Player award, and he justified it in their 31-17 win.

The future Hall of Famer has passed for 3,135 yards this season and tossed 29 touchdowns compared to only two interceptions. He has not shown signs of slowing down and continues to deliver for Sean Payton and the Saints.