It’s fine to start many Saints vs. Panthers

Fantasy owners might be worried about the playing time that will go to many of the stars on their rosters in Week 17, there’s little reason to be concerned about what the Saints will do. That’s because coach Sean Payton says he has no intentions of taking his foot off the gas this week against the Panthers.

That should be a load off the minds of owners, who now know that QB Drew Brees and his receivers should be on the field for the majority of the game. Carolina’s defense has been better than average against fantasy WRs this season, which could add to the already considerable consternation that comes with trying to pick the right New Orleans wideout. Marques Colston has been the most consistent this season, but with TE Jimmy Graham gobbling up so many targets, it leaves Lance Moore and Robert Meachem to fight for what’s left.

However, it does look like RB Mark Ingram (turf toe) is on the shelf yet again after suffering a setback. If you were holding on to him hoping to see some production in the finale, you can officially give up on that dream. Look for another week of Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory rotating in the backfield.

— Marcas Grant

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