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Players: Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Russell Wilson, A.J. Green, Taysom Hill, Teddy Bridgewater, Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees leaves the field after their loss against the Los Angeles Rams during an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. Brees has been diagnosed with a torn ligament near the thumb of his throwing hand that is expected to sideline him at least six weeks, said a person familiar with the situation. Brees has elected to have surgery, but it is not yet clear when the operation will take place or who will perform it, the person said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)


New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas, top, is tackled by Los Angeles Rams inside linebacker Cory Littleton during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) scrambles past Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward (97), who is blocked by Seahawks offensive guard Ethan Pocic (77) during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. The Seahawks won 28-26. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


Seattle Seahawks tight end Will Dissly (88) celebrates with teammates after making a touchdown catch against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)


SEATTLE (AP) In his 13 seasons in charge New Orleans coach Sean Payton has always had one constant by his side.

Nearly every game. Nearly every snap. It's almost always been Drew Brees on the other end of the receiver, listening to what Payton is saying, and for the most part tormenting opponents.

And now Brees is gone for an undetermined time after surgery to repair an injured ligament near his right thumb. It's a test Payton's never faced, being without Brees for an extended period. It begins on Sunday when the Saints face fellow NFC contender Seattle.

Brees' injury comes in what was supposed to be a redemptive season for the Saints, with Super Bowl expectations that could put to rest the anguish of missing the title game a year ago, victimized by an officiating non-call. And for now, there is no panic among the Saints.

''That's the thing. Drew's down, we all know that. But we've still got the same coaching staff. We've got the same guys calling plays, especially like you said, Sean,'' New Orleans running back Alvin Kamara said. ''I don't feel like Sean's down. He's ready for the challenge.''

Brees has failed to start just three games since he and Payton arrived together in 2006. Not surprisingly, the Saints are 0-3 in those games, although two of those came in Week 17 with nothing at stake for New Orleans. Which is why this injury and this absence is so significant. It will be Teddy Bridgewater's team - with some Taysom Hill sprinkled in - for the next six games before the Saints' bye and likely any consideration of Brees' return.

''The job for us as coaches is to put a plan in place that gives our players the best chance to win,'' Payton said. ''I don't know if any one person has to change or step up but, by in large the group I think does.''

One person not expecting any sort of drop off is Seattle coach Pete Carroll, in part because of his admiration for the job Payton has done.

''After a few years coaching, you look forward to these kinds of matchups. It's one that we've been looking toward through the offseason,'' Carroll said. ''I have great respect for what he's done. He's a fantastic coach and I like that he's sculpted and then re-sculpted his team a couple times over the years and you can see the difference.''

The Seahawks won their first two games for the first time since the 2013 season that ended with Seattle winning its only Super Bowl title. But the Seahawks been lucky in getting to 2-0. Seattle beat Cincinnati by one in the opener, a game when the Bengals were without A.J. Green. They held off Pittsburgh 28-26 last week with Ben Roethlisberger playing only half the game.

And now they face the Saints minus Brees.

''You definitely got to remind the guys not to let their guard down because any day, you're in this professional league and the guys behind those guys are professionals,'' Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner said. ''You can't take anybody lightly because they can come out having one of their best games.''

Here's what else to watch as the Seahawks look to win their fourth straight over the Saints in Seattle:

TEDDY'S TEAM

Bridgewater started Week 17 last year, but his last meaningful starts came during the 2015 season before suffering a catastrophic knee injury that sidelined him for the better part of two seasons and derailed his career. Bridgewater was 17 of 30 for 165 yards after taking over for Brees last week against the Rams.

''It's nothing like being out there during the games when it counts the most,'' Bridgewater said. ''Not saying the preseason doesn't count. I'd never take the game for granted. But just to go out there and compete at the high level is what that means.''

THE OTHER QB

It's worth mentioning how good Russell Wilson has been to start the season. He's completing 78 percent of his passes, has five touchdowns and no interceptions, and last week had his ninth career game of at least 300 yards and three touchdowns.

SURGING FRONT

The Saints' pass rush has produced nine sacks through two games, including three by reserve defensive end Trey Hendrickson, who seems to have made a big jump in his third season. He had two sacks as a rookie and none last season when he was a healthy scratch a number of games. For now, though, he has one more sack than 2017 first-team All-Pro Cam Jordan and two more than 2018 first-round draft choice Marcus Davenport. New Orleans' front has been productive so far without help from 2016 first-rounder Sheldon Rankins, who is close to returning from an Achilles tendon tear last January.

The Saints will be facing a Seattle offensive line that has underperformed so far and gave up four sacks last week to Pittsburgh.

CHANGING CONSIDERATIONS

How will the Saints use Hill? They've had the luxury of exposing him to heavy contact on special teams, as a tight end and as a change-of-pace, read-option QB because they had Bridgewater as a more conventional backup in the event of a Brees injury. If Bridgewater starts, Hill likely would be the primary backup, which could conceivably prompt Payton to dial back Hill's role as a utility player.

PERFECT AT HOME

Seattle is always really good at home: It has been exceptional in the first month of the season under Carroll. Seattle is 15-0 in September home games since Carroll took over in 2010. The Seahawks are the only unbeaten team in September during that time frame.

Player Notes
Alexander Mattison Oct 13 11:00pm ET

Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison carried 14 times for 63 yards in Week 7's 38-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. He only received two fewer carries than Dalvin Cook even though this was a relatively pass-heavy game and he outgained Cook on the ground by 22 yards. Mattison is emerging as a desperation RB3-play and remains one of the top handcuffs in fantasy football. He still shouldn't be started in standard leagues in Week 7 against the Detroit Lions.

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Adam Thielen Oct 13 10:50pm ET

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen caught 6-of-8 targets for 57 yards and one receiving touchdown in Week 7's 38-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Thielen and Kirk Cousins connected on a six-yard touchdown in the first quarter but it was all Stefon Diggs and his career-best day from there (seven catches for 167 yards and three touchdowns). Thielen and Diggs feasted on the Eagles' weakened secondary but will face a much stiffer test against Darius Slay and the Detroit Lions in Week 7. Start Thielen as a high-end WR2 in that matchup.

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Jaron Brown Oct 13 10:30pm ET

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jaron Brown got the chance to step up on Sunday, and he took full advantage. With Seattle losing tight end Will Dissly to an Achilles injury early in the game, Brown's number got called multiple times in the red zone. He gathered up three passes on the day, two of which came while he was standing in the promised land. After Brown became one of Russell Wilson's favorite red zone targets last year following an injury to Dissly, he had basically been an afterthought so far in 2019. While Dissly's injury is heartbreaking and painful in the fantasy community, it wouldn't be a shock to see Brown get the valuable bump once again this year.

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Tedric Thompson Oct 13 10:30pm ET

Seattle Seahawks safety Tedric Thompson must practice sprawling tip drills at home. A week after making an unbelievable bobbling interception to help put away the Rams, Thompson was on the receiving end again when he laid out in the his own end zone to snag a tipped pass just before it landed on the turf. This time, the refs gave him the benefit of the doubt and let him run it out to the 17-yard line. The Seahawks Defense didn't hold Cleveland to a pretty number of points, but they racked up the extracurriculars in the form of three interceptions, a fumble recovery, and a blocked punt. They're no Legion of Boom, but they're also 5-1 on the season, so they're doing something right.

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Dalvin Cook Oct 13 10:30pm ET

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook carried 16 times for 41 yards and a touchdown in a Week 6 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Cook also caught both of his targets for 13 receiving yards. The Vikings opted to win this game through the air and it worked, though Cook's fantasy owners would've liked to see him a little more involved in the passing game. Cook remains an elite RB1 play moving forward and should be started with confidence against the Detroit Lions in Week 7.

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Jason Myers Oct 13 10:30pm ET

Seattle Seahawks kicker Jason Myers had an exciting day on Sunday as he put the team in a bit of a tough spot. Myers sliced the extra point on the team's first score of the day, forcing Seattle to make some difficult choices as the ballgame wore on. The Seahawks would fail on a two-point conversion after their second score and end up winning the game by four, an awkward amount. Fortunately, Myers was money on field goal tries, as he nailed a pair of easy kicks. Myers is now 5-for-7 on field goals this season with his longest make coming from 42 yards out, and he's knocked down 18 of 19 extra point tries.

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D.K. Metcalf Oct 13 10:20pm ET

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver D.K. Metcalf hauled in another pass longer than 25 yards when he brought in a 30-yarder on the team's first drive of the day. This time, instead of a bomb falling gently into his arms in space, Metcalf caught a short slant and fought his way through a couple of tacklers before a gang of Browns defenders pushed him out of bounds. Metcalf also caught four of five passes slung his way this week, his highest catch percentage this season. Metcalf is showing some growth for Seattle, and when combined with his ridiculous measurables, he could be a superstar in the league if he can regularly catch the ball.

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Tyler Lockett Oct 13 10:20pm ET

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett continues to be the pride of possession receivers. Lockett brought in all five passes sent his way in Week 6, tallying 75 yards. Lockett has now caught 24 of 27 passes thrown to him this year, and he deserves quite a bit of credit for Russell Wilson's ridiculous efficiency numbers. Lockett still struggles to find the end zone on a regular basis because Wilson excels at spreading the ball all around, but he's as dependable a receiver as exists in the league. Expect Lockett to continue to put up rock solid performances from here on out, and he'll get some scores eventually.

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Dante Pettis Oct 13 10:10pm ET

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dante Pettis secured three of six targets for 45 yards in Week 6 against the Los Angeles Rams. The stat line is trivial for most wideouts but this was Pettis highest yardage total in 2019. The Niners have leaned heavily on the rushing attack all season, rendering all pass-catchers marginal outside of tight end George Kittle. Positively, Pettis has played progressively more each week and should continue seeing the field regularly. But until it translates into fantasy relevant numbers, Pettis shouldnt be owned outside of the most desperate rosters.

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Stefon Diggs Oct 13 10:10pm ET

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs caught 7-of-11 targets for 167 yards and three touchdowns in Week 6's 38-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. He also had two carries for 18 yards in the win. Diggs and Cousins were feeling the chemistry today as they connected for scores of 62 yards and 51 yards in addition to a gorgeous toe-tap touchdown for a red-zone score in the third quarter. This week served as a reminder that Diggs is a weekly WR1 threat, but he still remains a volatile play in an offense that likes to lean on the run. Diggs should be viewed as a solid WR2 heading into Week 7's matchup against the Detroit Lions and their tough secondary.

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Chris Carson Oct 13 10:00pm ET

Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson carried the ball 24 times on Sunday, tallying 124 yards and a touchdown. It makes the third straight game where Carson has cleared the century mark, and the 5.2 YPC was his best mark of the season. Carson also caught four passes for another 35 yards, and his touchdown was the crucial game-winning score late in the fourth quarter. Carson has already racked up 504 yards on the ground this season, and his 19 receptions are just one shy of the total number he had all of last year. Seattle's offense has been rolling this season, and Carson is a critical part of why. Expect him to continue to carry the rock often.

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Jimmy Garoppolo Oct 13 10:00pm ET

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo completed 24 of 33 passes for 243 scoreless yards in Week 6 against the Los Angeles Rams. He also threw a pick and lost a fumble. Jimmy G was once against careless with the football, committing his seventh turnover in five contests. Fortunately, the Niners secured the victory. The sixth-year signal caller has been extremely shaky this season but his team remains undefeated. With the offenses heavy emphasis on the run game, Garoppolo is a tough trust in fantasy. Hell be a QB2 with upside against the Washington Redskins in Week 7.

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C.J. Prosise Oct 13 10:00pm ET

Seattle Seahawks running back C.J. Prosise stepped in as the change-of-pace back for Chris Carson on Sunday when Rashaad Penny couldn't go, but he only got to touch the ball four times. Given such limited opportunities, he'd want them to count, but unfortunately, it bit him this week. Prosise was called on to power forward to a first down late in the third quarter, but instead of picking up the necessary yard, Prosise coughed up the football in Seattle territory. Prosise has shown flashes of serious potential in the past, but he always seems to have something go wrong, whether it be an injury or a mistake. He's not fantasy relevant for now, and it's questionable whether he ever will be.

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Brett Maher Oct 13 9:50pm ET

Dallas Cowboys kicker Brett Maher made three field goals and an extra point in a Week 6 loss to the New York Jets. Maher made field goals from 50, 62, and 32 yards out, but missed a 40-yard kick. Players in long field goal bonus leagues were likely thrilled with Maher's performance in this one. He'll continue to be one of the stronger fantasy kickers going forward.

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Tevin Coleman Oct 13 9:50pm ET

San Francisco 49ers running back Tevin Coleman handled 18 carries for 45 yards and a touchdown in Week 6 against the Los Angeles Rams, adding two grabs for 16 yards. Coming off his second game from an ankle ailment, Coleman took the reins and out-touched backfield mate Matt Breida 18 to 13. Despite averaging just 2.5 YPC on Sunday, Colemans usage is encouraging for all fantasy investors. He could flirt with RB1 status in a cake matchup against a weak Washington Redskins rush defense in Week 7.

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Dallas Cowboys Oct 13 9:50pm ET

The Dallas Cowboys Defense didn't play very well despite matching up with the New York Jets in Week 6. They allowed 24 points in a losing effort, recording one interception and two sacks. It was considered a cake matchup, with many lists counting the Cowboys as the top defense of the week, but they disappointed as most of the Cowboys did. They'll take on the Eagles next week in a Sunday night divisional matchup.

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Russell Wilson Oct 13 9:50pm ET

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had another fantastic day on Sunday as he not only led Seattle to their third road win, but he also upped his total to 14 passing touchdowns while still remaining free of interceptions. Wilson completed 69.7% of his passes against the Browns, and he also ran in a touchdown. Wilson has always been a model of efficiency, but he's taken his game to the next level this season. After six games, Wilson has a 14/0 TD/INT rate, three rushing touchdowns, a completion rate of 72.5%, 1,704 passing yards, and a passer rating of 124.7. He's having a phenomenal season, and if he can keep this type of performance up, he could be hoisting his first MVP trophy at the end of the year.

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New York Jets Oct 13 9:50pm ET

The New York Jets Defense had a good game against the Cowboys on Sunday, but didn't put up many fantasy points for their effort. The Jets didn't force a turnover in the game and only had one sack, even with the Cowboys starting two backups on the offensive line. The Jets defense should be getting healthier with the return of middle linebacker C.J. Mosley (groin) and Jamal Adams is a star at safety, but they are still not a recommended start in Week 7 against the Patriots.

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Matt Breida Oct 13 9:50pm ET

San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida toted the rock 13 times for 36 yards and caught four passes for 27 yards in Week 6 against the Los Angeles Rams. Breida was mostly stuffed on Sunday and yielded the lions share of work to Tevin Coleman, but he still posted a serviceable line with his opportunities. With Coleman looking fully healthy from his ankle injury, Breida has become a clear first mate. But with the Niners deploying a structural rushing committee, Breidas still a recommended RB3 and has major upside in Week 7 against a terrible Washington Redskins Defense.

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Sam Darnold Oct 13 9:40pm ET

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold completed 23 of 32 passes for 338 yards in his return to the lineup Sunday. Darnold threw two touchdowns and one interception in his first game since Week 1. Darnold missed three games with mono, but provided a huge boost to a Jets offense that had averaged the fewest yards per game in the league coming into today. The big play from Darnold was a 92-yard touchdown to Robby Anderson after the Jets stopped the Cowboys on fourth-and-short. Darnold faces a tough matchup next week vs the Patriots, but looked good enough today to warrant consideration as a bye week replacement starter in deeper leagues or two-quarterback leagues.

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