QB Drew Brees - New Orleans Saints
|6-1, 220||Born: 1-15-1979||College: Purdue||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2001|
Week 7: at Baltimore Ravens
FBG says: Tough matchup. Drew Brees simply refuses to slow down. In Week 5, he spotted Washington a mere 3 incompletions en route to a 363-yard, 3-touchdown performance. That kind of efficiency is pretty much the norm for Brees, who's completing 72% of his throws on the year and sits behind only Patrick Mahomes among full-timers in adjusted net yardage per attempt. The factors are simple: he doesn't get sacked, he doesn't throw interceptions, and he makes it look easy to maximize his supporting cast. His otherworldly connection with Michael Thomas has slowed a bit (though they still boast a 94% completion rate) as defenses have adjusted, but Brees has created success elsewhere. In Week 5, it was rookie Tre'Quan Smith who erupted, and he looks like a true threat to Ted Ginn's role as the No. 2. In a nutshell, Brees is as precise and dominant as he's ever been, and that's terrifying news for opponents - even without the glut of talent he throws to. The Baltimore pass defense isn't flawless, but it's coming together nicely, and it's far from a friendly fantasy matchup. They've allowed a handful of big yardage lines, but they tighten up as well as anyone. Aside from Andy Dalton's Week 2 eruption, they've allowed just 5.94 yards per attempt and a measly 2 touchdowns. The secondary has been strong all year, particularly on the boundaries, where they've done a masterful job on wideouts. Armed with at three upper-tier cornerbacks, they've managed to slow or shut down the likes of Emmanuel Sanders (38 yards on 9 targets), Corey Davis (24 on 4), and the Antonio Brown/JuJu Smith-Schuster tandem (122 on 22). But the real star is the pass rush, which routinely swarms quarterbacks from all angles. Terrell Suggs leads the way, but he's not alone - the Ravens boast a deep bench of situational rushers. Truly big games are rare and hard-earned in this matchup.
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Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Drew Brees's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 5 vs WAS (26 / 29 / 363 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
After putting up a dud last week (by Brees standards), the offense got back one of its biggest weapons and Brees found it much easier to move the ball down the field. With Mark Ingram back in the fold, teams had to commit to stopping the run more and this opened things up for Brees behind the linebackers. He was able to set the all-time passing yardage record in the first half and really did not need to play past that point as the Saints dominated the Redskins from the first drive. Brees got the party started with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Josh Hill. It was a play action pass that the Washington defense bit on and Hill was all alone in the back of the end zone for the easy score. Ingram had already taken the ball in from the 2-yard line earlier in the game and the defense sold out to try and stop the run. The second touchdown broke the all-time record for Brees. It was a 62-yard catch and run down the sideline to Tre'Quan Smith. The speedy receiver found himself wide open along the sideline after a blown coverage and he was able to run 38 yards untouched into the end zone. His final touchdown was another 35-yard strike to a streaking Smith. The ball was thrown perfectly down the sideline and hit Smith in stride. The safety bit on an in route and Smith had a step on his man to the outside. Brees made the perfect throw for another easy touchdown. This is the balanced team that won its division and went into the playoffs last season. If they continue to play at this level it will be very interesting to see how far they can go.
2018 Week 4 vs NYG (18 / 32 / 217 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / -1 / 0 rush)
We watched as Brees consecutive games with a touchdown streak ended last season as he almost played second fiddle to the running game. Then we saw a renewed commitment to Brees and the passing game with Mark Ingram serving a suspension to start the season and an unwillingness to give Kamara the ball consistently. Brees broke out in a big way last week and looked to carry that into this week. Then he struggled with accuracy and watched as the run game established itself and carried the team to victory again. He did have 4 plays of 20+ yards in the passing game, but he never even sniffed the end zone this week. He targeted Kamara 9 times and never found a rhythm with Michael Thomas like he has previously this year. His longest play of the game came on a 25-yard catch and run by Kamara just after the two-minute warning before half time. This set up an eventual field goal after he could not connect with Watson in the end zone with 21 seconds left before half time. With the return of Mark Ingram next week, it will be interesting to see how close a split the Saints have in rushing and passing attempts.
2018 Week 3 vs ATL (39 / 49 / 396 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 7 / 2 rush)
Today's game was vintage Brees but with one added element, he ran the ball. The Saints had a very dominant rushing attack last season and Brees did not have to do quite as much. Things have been different so far this year and he has had to keep his team in games. Brees completed 39 passes to 9 different receivers and even ran the ball 3 times. He was 10 for 10 throwing the ball to Michael Thomas and targeted Alvin Kamara 20 times out of the back field. Those 30 attempts alone would have been a good day for any other quarterback, but Brees added touchdown passes to Ted Ginn, Cameron Meredith, and Zach Line. Those 3 receivers combined for only 29 yards but put up the most points. The first touchdown came on the opening drive to Ginn. Brees faked the pitch and rolled right to find Ginn on a quick out. Ginn proceeded to throw his defender to the ground and walk into the end zone. The second pass was an 11-yard bullet up the seam to Meredith. This was his first game being active this season and it paid off. Brees evaded the pass rush long enough to find Meredith up the seam. The play was reviewed to ensure the runner broke the plain and was upheld as a touchdown. The final passing touchdown for Brees came on a 4th and 1 play where the defense sold out to stop the run and the play action allowed Line to break out into the flat untouched. From this point on it was Brees' legs that carried the team to victory. He took the ball off the edge for a 7-yard touchdown and then dove it in from the 1-yard line for the game winning touchdown in over time. Not only did Brees come away with the win, but he also passed Brett Farve as the all-time leader in completions. This was an amazing all-around game and should setup an epic rematch later in the season between 2 teams bound for the playoffs.
2018 Week 2 vs CLE (28 / 35 / 243 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
After the Saints relied so heavily on the run game last season it looked like Brees was not going to have to be the QB who threw for 300 yards and 3 scores every week to be successful. However, that has not been the case this season and Brees had had to dig deep to try and keep the team in games. This week Brees did just that, but also seemed to be missing that spark he has had in the past. A prime example was an over thrown ball to tight end Benjamin Watson in the end zone. The Saints were in a power run set and Watson broke free on the play action. Brees simply laid the ball too far out in front of him and missed the chance for an easy touchdown. There was another missed opportunity on a touchdown that was called back to Alvin Kamara. Brees hit the second year back for an easy score but the play was called back due to offensive holding. Brees did continue his hot streak with Michael Thomas and connected for another 2 touchdowns. The first came on a 2-yard screen to Thomas. Brees took a short drop and threw the ball to Thomas 2 yards behind the line of scrimmage and his top receiver did the rest of the work. The second touchdown was a quick out to Thomas from 5 yards out. Thomas beat his man to the outside and Brees delivered an accurate throw for his second touchdown. This game did not go quite as planned, but Brees clawed and fought for the victory. HE overcame two costly fumbles and put the team in a position to win.
2018 Week 1 vs TB (37 / 45 / 439 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
After playing second fiddle to the run game last season, it was the Drew Brees show this week as the Saints were playing catchup all game. Brees was attempting to match Ryan Fitzpatrick who was torching his own defense and found a rhythm with top receiver Michael Thomas. Brees surpassed 400 yards passing, did not throw an interception, but could not muster one final touchdown drive to try and tie the game. 25 completions and almost 300 of his yards came in the form of 29 passes to Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara. The run game was all but abandoned due to an early deficit and Brees went about extracting large chunks of yards with every pass. Brees first touchdown came on a beautifully thrown ball to Ted Ginn Jr. Brees laid the ball deep down the right sideline for a 28-yard touchdown. Ginn simply ran past his man for an easy touchdown. The second touchdown was a 6-yard slant to Michael Thomas into the end zone. Brees put the ball right on the numbers for another easy touchdown. His third and final touchdown came on a short swing pass to Alvin Kamara who sprinted into the end zone for another easy score. Brees also added 2 two-point conversions to try and even the score. Brees may have had his best game in the past two seasons, but he was outdueled by Ryan Fitzpatrick and got no help from his own defense. Brees will look to get back on track against a Brown's defense that created 6 turnovers against Pittsburgh.
Latest NewsSaints | Drew Brees sets all-time NFL record (Mon Oct 8, 11:01 PM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees completed 26-of-29 passes for 363 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 5 against the Washington Redskins on Monday, Oct. 8, and he became the No. 1 quarterback in NFL history in terms of career passing yardage. link to story
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