Sam Bradford, QB
Bradford has a great opportunity to get off to a fast start this season with his first game coming against a poor Saints defense. In 2016, New Orleans’ defense allowed the most passing yards per game to their opponents of any team in the NFL.
A game with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdowns would not be a shocking stat line for Minnesota’s quarterback this week.
Dalvin Cook, RB
In his very first regular season NFL game, Cook is expected to get the majority of the touches in the Vikings’ offensive backfield on Monday. Based on his opponent, the rookie running back should be in for a pretty impressive debut.
The Saints’ defense gave up the third most fantasy points to opposing running backs in 2016 and there is really no reason to think that their run-stopping skills will be that much different on Monday night.
Stefon Diggs, WR
During the four games he played in that were nationally televised last year, Diggs averaged almost a catch and 30 more receiving yards than he did in the games that were not. He also scored two of his three touchdowns from 2016 in primetime last season.
Adam Thielen, WR
New Orleans’ defense allowed the sixth most yards to opposing wide receivers last year, so Thielen should be able to begin right where he left off in 2016 (16.5 yards per catch in the final five games of last season).
Kyle Rudolph, TE
As Bradford’s favorite target last year, one should expect Rudolph to get a bunch of opportunities against the Saints. New Orleans’ defense was pretty good against opposing tight ends in 2016 (17th most fantasy points given up to tight ends), but Rudolph is still capable of having a good performance on Monday night.
At 6-foot-5, 265 pounds, the Vikings’ tight end is always a threat to snag a touchdown whenever Minnesota is in the red zone as well.
Vikings Defense/Special Teams
The Vikings’ defense is a definite must-start for at least the beginning of 2017. Their ability to sack the quarterback and create turnovers is always pleasing for fantasy owners.
Minnesota’s special teams always has a good chance for a return touchdown as well. So yeah, start the Vikings’ defense and special teams until they give people a reason not to.