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NFL Week 15 Fantasy Football Recap: New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Juwan Johnson (83) pushes way the tackle attempt of Atlanta Falcons safety Richie Grant (27) and safety Erik Harris (23) during the second half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Allgeier: 17 carries, 139 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 reception, -3 receiving yards

Juwan Johnson: 4 receptions, 67 yards, 2 touchdowns

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Monitor Caleb Huntley’s health: Huntley suffered an ankle injury and was ruled out by the middle of the first quarter.

  • Huntley was seeing 20%-40% of offensive snaps early in the season when Cordarrelle Patterson was out with an injury but played a few snaps per game in November and December.
  • This meant Tyler Allgeier and Patterson saw a slight uptick in offensive snaps.
  • Allgeier had the best game of his career while continuing to split snaps with Patterson.
  • He’s been one of the top waiver wire targets at running back for months as a quality player who is consistently seeing double-digit carries.
  • He ends the season against a banged-up Ravens defense, followed by the Cardinals.
  • Allgeier has one of the highest floors you can find on the waiver wire, and this game shows he can have a high ceiling, too.

The Saints’ new backup running back: New Orleans signed David Johnson to the active roster earlier in the week, and he and Alvin Kamara were the only active halfbacks.

  • Typically, Kamara gets more playing time than usual in games where Mark Ingram II isn’t healthy.
  • Ingram landed on injured reserve this week, ending his regular season.
  • Kamara didn’t see his normal snaps increase. Instead, Johnson took on Ingram’s role.
  • Kamara played less than 60% of offensive snaps last week for the first time since 2020, when he wasn’t fully healthy, and he just barely exceeded 60% of snaps on Sunday.
  • The former All-Pro’s fantasy production was decent, with him tallying 21 carries for 91 yards and another 13 yards off receptions.
  • He has a great fantasy matchup against the Browns, but he might not see many touches in the fantasy championship round when the Saints face the Eagles.

Juwan Johnson’s two-touchdown return: Johnson returned to action after suffering an ankle injury in Week 12.

  • He was still a limited participant in practice all week and was questionable to play. It was not a sure thing he would be active until early Sunday.
  • The Saints limited his playing time compared to usual, giving both Adam Trautman and Taysom Hill more snaps.
  • This left Johnson running only 13 routes, but he was a target on six of them.
  • He should see a little more playing time these next two weeks, particularly if the Saints are playing from behind. This might not necessarily lead to more targets.

Rashid Shaheed’s ascension continues: The undrafted rookie led the Saints' skill players in offensive snaps (39), routes run (20) and receiving yards (95).

  • His playing time has slowly but surely been on the rise in recent weeks.
  • This was his third straight game with more than 50 receiving yards.
  • His routes run and targets have been similar to that of Chris Olave and Jarvis Landry over the past three weeks, but this was the first time he was clearly ahead of Landry.
  • The matchups over the next two weeks aren’t necessarily good enough to put him in fantasy starting lineups, but he could very well be a starter for New Orleans in 2023. If the Saints can upgrade at quarterback, there is a chance he becomes someone worth selecting in fantasy drafts in August.

Table Notes

Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including 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.


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