The Worksheet, a comprehensive fantasy football preview by Rich Hribar, breaks down everything you need to know about the Week 5 matchup between the Patriots and Saints.

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New OrleansRank@New EnglandRank
1.5 Spread-1.5
19.0 Implied Total20.5
19.09Points All./Gm24.321
63.318Opp. Plays/Gm63.015
4.428Off. Yards/Play4.723
4.88Def. Yards/Play4.76
39.53%12Opp. Rush %42.46%13
60.47%21Opp. Pass %57.54%20

  • The Saints are the only remaining team to have all of their games go under the game total through four weeks.
  • New Orleans is 28th in points scored per drive (1.28).
  • The Patriots are 30th in points scored per drive (1.10).
  • New England has scored on a league-low 20.8% of their possessions.
  • The Saints have converted a league-low 33.3% (4-of-12) of their red zone possessions for touchdowns.
  • 30.8% (4-of-13) of the New Orleans scoring plays have been touchdowns, 31st in the league.
  • 35.3% (6-of-17) of the scoring plays against New Orleans have been touchdowns, the third-lowest rate in the league.
  • 43.8% (7-of-16) of the scoring plays against New England have been touchdowns, the seventh-lowest rate in the league.

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Derek Carr: Carr played through a shoulder injury last week and it showed.

He completed 23 passes for just 127 yards. That 3.4 yards per pass attempt was the second-fewest he has had in a game of his career.

Carr averaged just 0.5 air yards per completed pass on Sunday, the fewest in the league in a game this season.

60.9% of his completed passes were behind the line of scrimmage, the highest rate for a quarterback in a game this season.

Carr has been the QB15, QB34, QB27, and QB32 in fantasy to open the year, leaving him stuck as a back-end QB2 here.

The Patriots are allowing 11.1 passing points per game, ninth in the league.

They did just lose starters Matthew Judon and Christian Gonzalez to injury to offer more matchup appeal, but not enough to make Carr a reliable option in 1QB formats.

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