Falcons vs. Saints Prediction
The Saints are turning to Trevor Siemen at quarterback for Sunday’s NFC South matchup with the Falcons at 1:00 p.m. ET. Will Siemen lead New Orleans to a win and a cover or is there a better bet on the board?
465 Atlanta Falcons (+6) at 466 New Orleans Saints (-6); o/u 41.5
1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday, November 7, 2021
Mercedes Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Atlanta Falcons DFS Spin
Falcons placed WR Calvin Ridley (personal) on Reserve/NFI list. Ridley will now miss at least the next three games as he steps back from football and focuses on his mental health. Ridley's timeline following the minimum three games missed is unclear, and fantasy managers should plan for the possibility that Ridley may not return at all this season. Ridley is first eligible to return for Week 12 against the Jaguars. Kyle Pitts and Cordarrelle Patterson will serve as the Falcons' top playmakers in Ridley's absence.
New Orleans Saints DFS Spin
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Trevor Siemian will start Week 9 against the Falcons. Rapoport added it's not "a surprise considering how poised he was in relief last week," when Siemian threw for 159 yards and a touchdown in relief of Jameis Winston (knee, IR) in an upset win over Tampa. It's unclear if Siemian is starting against Atlanta because he acquitted himself well in Week 8 or because Taysom Hill (concussion) isn't ready to suit up a month after he suffered a brain injury against Washington. Siemian becomes a reasonable superflex option against a bottom-dwelling Atlanta secondary. Hill should be held as a bench stash for now, though there's no telling if or when he'll return. Siemian has a chance to solidify himself as the Saints' rest-of-season starter with another solid outing in Week 9.
NFL Week 9 Betting Prediction
The Falcons are 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games versus the Saints and are 3-7 against the number in their last 10 games in New Orleans. The favorite, meanwhile, has covered in four of the last five meetings between these two teams, while the Saints are 8-3 against the number in their last 11 divisional games and have covered four straight in the month of November dating back to last season.
NFL WEEK 9 PREDICTION: NEW ORLEANS SAINTS -6