Drew Brees has finished as a top-six Fantasy quarterback each of the last 10 seasons. That's not surprising news. What was surprising was Brees' lack of consistency last season, netting 20-plus Fantasy points just seven times in 16 games. However, he was very close to having more success as he led all quarterbacks in games with 18 or 19 Fantasy points with four. Additions like tight end Coby Fleener and progressions from guys like Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead and Brandon Coleman should help push Brees' numbers over the top. Give Brees the benefit of the doubt that he can sling it for the Saints at least one more season and consider him one of the best bargains on Draft Day. He's worth taking in Round 5 in standard leagues and Round 6 in PPR, and he's of course a first-round choice in two-quarterback formats.
Brees will likely increase his snap count during Saturday's preseason game in Houston, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. "I expect to play a little bit more, but I don't think that's been decided yet - or at least we haven't been told yet," he said after Thursday's joint practice with the Texans. In the first exhibition last Thursday, Brees logged just three snaps, completing his sole pass to Brandin Cooks for a 37-yard gain on the first play from scrimmage. With perhaps another series or two on tap Saturday, Brees will continue working in an amended receiving corps that now includes free-agent pickup Coby Fleener and rookie Michael Thomas.
Unless something changes in the next few days, Brees (foot) will not have a new contract in place before the Saints kick off training camp, reports Mike Triplett of ESPN.com. Brees, however, has insisted that he will not hold out or skip any practice time, and he fully participated in OTAs and minicamp. Saints' veterans report to training camp in West Virginia on Wednesday. Brees is entering the last year of his contract, but the Saints appear content to let him play out the year with a whopping salary-cap figure of $30 million. Brees has stated that the unofficial deadline to complete an extension is the start of the regular season. Given that Brees continues to be productive -- he led the NFL in passing for the fourth time in five seasons last year with 4,870 yards in just 15 games played -- it would not be surprising to see the Saints and their franchise quarterback strike a deal prior to September 1.
The agent for Brees (foot) and Saints' general manager Mickey Loomis have talked about a contract extension, which head coach Sean Payton thinks "will get done very easily," reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Brees' contract is not set to expire until 2017, but an extension would permit the team to lower his huge salary cap number and presumably allow the Saints to be more active in free agency. Further reading between the lines, the fact that there has been no recent mention of the torn plantar fascia he suffered at the end of last season is likely a good sign for Brees' offseason prognosis. As such, there is little reason to believe that Brees will not be healthy and ready for action when official offseason training activities begin later this spring.
Brees (foot) is not expected to need surgery to repair the torn plantar fascia in his right heel, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports. Brees visited with Dr. Robert Anderson, who recommended that the quarterback rest for four-to-six weeks before easing back into training activities. The foot injury didn't stop Brees from finishing the season on a high note, as he threw for 300+ yards (without any interceptions) in each of his final four games. There have been some reports suggesting that the Saints might move on if Brees won't take an outright pay cut for 2016, but it's hard to imagine that any team would actually be so foolish. If anything, Brees will likely be offered an extension that allows him to take home even more money in 2016 while also reducing his cap hit. He's still one of the top quarterbacks in the league, and his 2016 outlook is brightened by the emergence of Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead.
Brees completed 32 of 42 passes for 323 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over Atlanta. Rumors have swirled in recent weeks that Sunday could be Brees' and head coach Sean Payton's final game in gold and black. If that's the case, Brees has put together a heck of a resume for his future employer in recent weeks, averaging 347 yards per game with a 9-0 touchdown-to-interception ratio in his final four games as the Saints went 3-1. Over the past two weeks, Brees has reportedly battled the same foot injury that has sidelined Peyton Manning. In those two games, Brees has managed to collect 735 yards and four touchdowns.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/18||@New York Giants||31||24.56|
|4||10/02||@San Diego Chargers||14||19.56|
|7||10/23||@Kansas City Chiefs||6||18.00|
|9||11/06||@San Francisco 49ers||7||18.06|
|12||11/27||Los Angeles Rams||10||18.56|
|14||12/11||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||25||22.06|
|16||12/24||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||25||22.06|
|3 Year Avg||68.7||4995||35||13||45||2||412|