Two is better than one
A common fantasy misnomer is that two guys at the same position from the same offense can't both be fantasy stars. Sure, we've seen Oakland's wideouts and Atlanta's backs do it, and it often requires studs from dominant offenses to be a part of this conversation — even then they're thought of as outliers.
Fine, meet this year's "extreme outliers," the Saints' Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara and Minneota's Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs.
New Orleans boasts the RB6 (Ingram) and RB8 (Kamara) overall; Minnesota last week had the WR2 (Thielen) and WR12 (Diggs).
Simply put: the Saints have become a a run-first team that piles up points without Drew Brees doing the type of heavy lifting we're accustomed to seeing. Michael Thomas finally had his first 100-yard game on Sunday, and his 83 targets — more than all but five NFL pass catchers — have helped him stay on the WR1 PPR periphery.
Yet Brees is just QB11 with 13 touchdowns through nine games, after throwing at least 32 in every season since 2008. He's on pace for just 533 pass attempts, down more than 100 from his average of 643 in his first 10 full seasons in New Orleans. Remember what we said about patience up above? It's probably time to quit waiting on Brees to be an elite fantasy QB1 this season, as the Saints more and more resemble a Super Bowl contender with their newfound formula on the ground.
Ingram, meantime, is averaging 4.7 YPC and 19-plus touches per game, while Kamara is at 7.4 yards per touch and fresh off his first 100-yard rushing day in the NFL and four touchdowns in his past three games. They're ideal complements to one another with the versatility and play-caller in Sean Payton to continue maximizing them.