This article is part of our Showdown/Single Game DFS Breakdown series.
Open: 52.5, NO -6.5
Live: 50.5, NO -7
The recent history between these teams may or may not be relevant for their Friday matchup – the bounty scandal is nearly 10 years old, and Stefon Diggs' departure from Minnesota might drain some of the narrative momentum that might otherwise stick from the 2017 divisional playoffs game between these teams – but the Saints have enough to play for that we can probably at least expect them to approach this game with focus and urgency.
It's fair to wonder whether the Saints stumble all the same, especially with Michael Thomas (ankle) out and Drew Brees perhaps less than 100 percent in his second week back from broken ribs. The Saints urgently need to win this game with the Buccaneers likely to win against Detroit this week, so the Vikings might be in position to play the spoiler threat to the more ambitious Saints. In addition to the injuries to Thomas and Brees, the Saints also might be without slot receiver Tre'Quan Smith, left guard Andrus Peat and Peat's backup, Nick Easton.
Then again, the Vikings have defensive injuries to deal with, most notably the calf ailment that's kept All-Pro linebacker Eric Kendricks out the last three weeks. Kendricks is a nightmare matchup for any pass-catching running back – quite pertinent for Alvin Kamara's projection. There are only a few players in the league who can imitate Kendricks, and none are on the Vikings. Both of Kendricks' backups