The New Orleans Saints lost a tough one against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, falling by a 24-15 score. The offense was able to move the ball, but the Saints couldn’t score a touchdown and only kicked five field goals.
Injuries at the wide receiver position played a huge role, as Chris Olave (concussion) and Rashid Shaheed (thigh) left the game on Sunday. Just a couple of days ago, Michael Thomas was put on the injured reserve.
A.T. Perry is a receiver who figures to potentially get more targets because of these injuries, but should fantasy football managers consider adding him off the waiver wire?
Should A.T. Perry Be a Fantasy Waiver Wire Add in Week 13?
Perry had one catch for seven yards against the Falcons and has only three catches for 45 yards on the season. Derek Carr has been extremely conservative throwing the ball this year, rarely taking chances and trying to make the big play. Through 10 games, Carr has thrown only 10 touchdowns.
Yes, with both Olave and Shaheed potentially out in Week 13 at minimum, there could certainly be upcoming expanded opportunities for Perry. However, will he be targeted enough to warrant fantasy managers’ attention, and should they sign him off the waiver wire?
In my view, Perry shouldn’t be picked up at this time for multiple reasons. First, for all we know, Shaheed and Olave could be back in Week 13. If both receivers are available, there simply aren’t enough targets for Perry. Before he left Sunday’s game, Olave was having a monster performance, as he finished with seven catches for 114 yards in the loss.
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Even if one or both of these receivers are out, the Saints still have other players they target plenty. Running back Alvin Kamara and tight end Taysom Hill are two prominent examples of players who draw plenty of Carr’s attention at their respective positions.
The next reason to hold off pertains to Perry’s questionable ceiling. In that two-catch, 38-yard performance against the Vikings, he was able to catch a touchdown and finish with 11.8 PPR points. While that is a decent day, it makes it where Perry has to score a touchdown to even make it worth having him in your lineup.
Both Olave and Shaheed have three receiving touchdowns on the year, but there isn’t another player on the Saints with at least two scoring grabs. Sunday was a good indicator of what this Saints offense is. Right now, it is very hard for this team to score touchdowns, and this isn’t something that is going to change.
For the moment, stay away from Perry. It isn’t all his fault, but he is way more likely to have zero catches in a game than he is to have another touchdown. There are receivers on the waiver wire who definitely have a higher ceiling than Perry. With Olave out, it is hard to have any Saints offensive player in your lineup other than Kamara or Hill.
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