Consistency. Reliability. Productivity. Not many players in the Fantasy Football universe can be described using these words, but Drew Brees certainly can. He's finished as a Top 6 quarterback in Fantasy in 11 straight seasons, landing the No. 3 spot in 2016. He's thrown for at least 4,850 yards in each of his last six campaigns, topping 5,000 yards in four of them. As for touchdowns, Brees has thrown at least 32 in nine straight seasons. The knock on Brees is that he's getting old and doesn't have Brandin Cooks to throw to anymore. The Saints will replace Cooks' deep speed with Ted Ginn (who's actually played fairly well the past two seasons), and judging by all the stats you just read, Brees doesn't seem to be slowing down at all. With 10 indoor games and not a lot of scathing secondaries in his future, Brees should put together another solid season. Look for him after Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady get drafted in your leagues, around 40th overall in standard leagues and 50th overall in PPR formats.
Brees completed 27 of 45 passes for 356 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 36-20 loss to New England. He also fumbled during the contest. As was the case in Week 1 against Minnesota, a late touchdown toss made the beat-down look a bit more palatable than it actually was, but make no mistake about New Orleans' early performance - it hasn't been good. Brees lost Brandin Cooks who, even when not utilized was capable of keeping defenses honest, in the offseason and he essentially replaced him with Ted Ginn Jr. Perhaps most troubling, New Orleans' defensive struggles have put the team's offense in a bind by taking away the run. This style of play is conducive to a ton of attempts for Brees, but will make it hard for the Saints to punch it into the end zone as defenses play conservative while preserving big leads.
Brees completed 27 of 37 passes for 291 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's loss to the Vikings. Brees did his best to lead an offense that averaged just 2.9 yards on 21 rushing attempts. In the end, though, New Orleans was forced to kick three field goals on drives that stalled inside the opposing six-yard line. While that left the Saints short on the scoreboard, Brees was able to convert in the red zone on the team's final drive, when he found tight end Coby Fleener for an eight-yard touchdown. Following a frustrating Week 1 showing, Brees and company are tasked with turning things around against the Patriots this Sunday.
Brees completed 11 of 15 passes for 76 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in Saturday's 13-0 preseason win over the Texans. Brees looked sharp in what's projected to be his only playing time of the preseason, although he operated very near the line of scrimmage on a majority of his throws (5.1 YPA). The gunslinging veteran made his exhibition debut alongside veteran running back Adrian Peterson and played the majority of the first half. He'll now gear up for what he hopes will be the fifth 5,000-yard season of his career, one that he'll head into without departed top target Brandin Cooks.
Brees didn't start Sunday's preseason game versus the Chargers, all but ensuring he won't take the field, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Brees will take a seat for the second time in as many exhibitions, making way for Chase Daniel to direct the offense. Expect Brees to experience his only preseason action Saturday against the Texans.
Brees is unlikely to play in Thursday's preseason game at Cleveland, John DeShazier of the Saints' official site reports. As is often the case in the preseason, teams will cap the reps of established veterans. For the Saints, Brees and newcomer Adrian Peterson are expected to stick to the sideline. If Brees indeed sits out, backup quarterback Chase Daniel will receive the initial reps with the offense before giving way to Garrett Grayson and Ryan Nassib.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/22||@Green Bay Packers||9||13.00|
|9||11/05||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||16.00|
|12||11/26||@Los Angeles Rams||4||9.00|
|15||12/17||New York Jets||30||24.50|
|17||12/31||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||16.00|
|3 Year Avg||69.2||5010||34||14||34||1||399|