The Worksheet, a fantasy football overview by Rich Hribar, breaking down everything you need to know for the Week 5 New Orleans Saints at Washington Football Team Sunday afternoon game.

New OrleansRank@WashingtonRank
23Implied Total21.5
17.25Points All./Gm30.530
63.817Opp. Plays/Gm72.531
4.828Off. Yards/Play5.99
5.512Def. Yards/Play5.820
33.33%3Opp. Rush %40.69%14
66.67%30Opp. Pass %59.31%19
  • Washington is last in the NFL in expected points added via their pass defense (-68.1).
  • New Orleans is averaging 139.3 fewer passing yards per game than their opponent, the largest differential in the league.
  • The Saints lead the league in first down rushing rate (62.6%).
  • Washington has trailed for 89.1% of their offensive snaps, the highest rate in the league. 
  • The Saints have five offensive plays of 20-plus yards on the season, the fewest in the league. The next closest team (Chicago) has nine. 
  • Opponents have 16.0 red zone plays per game against Washington, the most in the league.

Trust = spike production for that player
Bust = down-week production for that player’s standards


Taylor Heinicke: It has not always been pretty and Heinicke qualifies as a “hair on fire” quarterback, but the fantasy points keep coming in. Heinicke was the QB5 (27.9 points) last week, giving him 20 or more points now in all four of his starts going back to the playoffs last season. Three of those games have involved Washington chasing the scoreboard against teams that have scored 30-plus points and the Saints’ offense may not help out that cause, but Heinicke also offers some mobility with 4.3 and 8.1 rushing points the past two games. 

New Orleans has been a mixed bag defensively, allowing 18.2 points to Sam Darnold and 26.7 to Daniel Jones while also allowing 1.3 points to Aaron Rodgers and 11.6 points to Mac Jones.  With the Saints’ offense doing little to inspire a shootout, Heinicke is floor-based QB2.

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