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Immediate fantasy football takeaways from NFL Week 7 Monday Night Football

Seattle, Washington, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) breaks a tackle by Seattle Seahawks defensive back Ryan Neal (26) to score a touchdown on a reception during the second quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints defeated the Seattle Seahawks 13-10 on Monday Night Football. the Seahawks started the game strong with an 84-yard bomb to D.K. Metcalf, but they couldn’t find any other forms of offense the rest of the game. The Saints gave the ball to Alvin Kamara repeatedly, which was enough to put together a few drives while punting on several others.

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Table Notes
  • Snaps include plays called back due to penalties like offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.
  • Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.
  • Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.

New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks

  • Alvin Kamara: 20 carries, 51 yards, 10 receptions, 128 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD (4.13 YPRR)
  • D.K. Metcalf: 2 receptions, 96 yards, 1 TD (57 yards after contact)
New Orleans Saints Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
Marquez Callaway 68 40 6 0
Tre'Quan Smith 41 25 3 0
Kenny Stills 32 23 3 0
Lil'Jordan Humphrey 13 7 0 0
Ty Montgomery 12 8 0 1
Kevin White 8 8 2 0
Adam Trautman 64 29 3 0
Garrett Griffin 26 9 0 0
Juwan Johnson 20 11 1 0
Alvin Kamara 61 31 11 20
Devine Ozigbo 4 1 1 1
Total 74 41 30 27
Seattle Seahawks Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
Tyler Lockett 47 25 3 0
D.K. Metcalf 45 23 4 0
Freddie Swain 42 22 6 1
Penny Hart 10 4 1 0
Will Dissly 40 10 0 0
Gerald Everett 32 16 3 1
Colby Parkinson 4 1 0 0
Alex Collins 22 4 1 16
Rashaad Penny 19 10 0 6
Travis Homer 12 4 0 1
DeeJay Dallas 1 1 0 0
Total 55 27 18 27

Avoid the Seahawks running backs: Rashaad Penny returned from injured reserve, turning the Seahawks' three-man backfield into a four-man backfield. Alex Collins started, and he or Penny played two drives at a time. They ran more on drives with Collins but found more success on drives with Penny, which led to the latter finishing with more snaps.

Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas both saw action on third-and-long plays as well as two-minute drills, which is similar to the Houston Texans‘ backfield but on a more successful offense. It will be hard to trust any of these backs and predict which weeks Collins will do better than Penny. The best-case scenario is that one of these backs plays well enough to take over the job — at least until Chris Carson returns.

Also avoid the Saints wide receivers: Chris Hogan retired last week, and the Saints didn’t have Deonte Harris due to injury. Tre’Quan Smith was activated from injured reserve hours before the game to provide some help, and he went straight to No. 2 on the Saints' depth chart. New Orleans used a lot of one-receiver sets, which limited all of the wide receivers' snap counts, except for Marquez Callaway.

New Orleans' wide receivers weren't very successful in the passing game, as Kamara accounted for over half of the Saints' completed passes. We are also a week closer to Michael Thomas‘ return, but he is still a few weeks away. All of the Saints' wide receivers are capable deep threats, but their production is unfortunately sporadic. 

Ty Montgomery mostly played running back due to the Saints' injuries in the backfield, as he only recorded a few snaps at wide receiver. Prior to Monday night, he only played two snaps in the backfield this season.

Buy low on Tyler Lockett: He finished with a disappointing two-catch, 12-yard performance. This was due to Seattle's offensive struggles in general, but there are plenty of reasons to believe that Lockett will do better the rest of the season. Russell Wilson will have his pin removed soon and has a chance to return sooner rather than later. Seattle also had the fourth-easiest schedule for wide receivers the rest of the season, including the fourth easiest in the fantasy playoffs. This means brighter days are ahead for all of the Seahawks' wide receivers.

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