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QB Drew Brees - New Orleans Saints

6-1, 220Born: 1-15-1979College: PurdueDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): Brees was quiet for a lot of stirring comeback win over Washington, but he did enough in the last few minutes to put up a strong fantasy day and build momentum heading into a matchup with the Rams. The Saints also suffered a few losses on defense that could make their games more high-scoring down the stretch.

Week 12: at Los Angeles Rams

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Drew Brees returned to form last week as he had his best game of the season, passing for 385 yards and two touchdowns while giving up one interception. These are the kind of big games we used to expect of Brees on a weekly basis, but he hasn't had as much of a need to pass this season since the Saints have been rushing the ball so effectively and are finally getting good play out of their defense. Michael Thomas had double-digit targets for the third straight week and sixth time this season as he hauled in six of 11 targets for 91 yards. Brees really spread the ball around last week as four players finished with five or six receptions and between 74 and 91 yards. Alvin Kamara continues to play a big role in the passing offense while Ted Ginn bounced back from a one-catch showing in Week 10 to post 87 yards from six receptions. Colby Fleener had his best game of the season also with 91 yards on five receptions, but he has been a non-factor since back to back touchdowns in the Saints first two games this season. The Rams defense had one of their worst games of the season last week as they gave up 24 points with neither a sack nor a turnover. Coming into last week, the Rams secondary had been playing pretty well as they had at least one interception eight of nine games with just one quarterback passing for over 260 yards against them. They were torched on a few big plays by the Vikings last week, particularly on behalf of Adam Thielen. The big culprit here was slot cornerback Dominique Hatfield, who was forced into the game when Kayvon Webster sustained a concussion in the first half. Webster's status this week is uncertain, but if he sits, this should provide a mismatch opportunity for Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn on the outside. The Saints let Ginn and Thomas alternate sides, so Thomas should see Trumaine Johnson on some snaps as well. Johnson did a great job on Stefon Diggs last week, so this is not as positive of a matchup. Overall, the Rams still have a solid secondary with very talented safeties and a couple of elite interior defensive linemen to apply pressure on the quarterback. While the Rams still may not be able to stop this high-powered Saints offense in the midst of an eight-game winning streak, it still should be a tough matchup on the road for Drew Brees and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
8 vs CHI 61 23 28 299 0 0 4 -2 0 0 14.75
9 vs TB 60 22 27 263 2 0 4 2 0 0 20.35
10 at BUF 72 18 25 184 0 0 2 6 1 0 15.8
11 vs WAS 71 29 41 385 2 1 1 2 0 0 26.45
12 at LAR PROJ-Dodds * 24 37 * * * 1 * * * *
12 at LAR PROJ-Tremblay * 24 37 * * * 2 * * * *
12 at LAR PROJ-Bloom * 22 30 * * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs WAS (29 / 41 / 385 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Just when Brees was starting to get questions about whether or not he still had it, he shows that this offense is a dual-threat and when they need to throw and go pass-heavy they can do that as game script dictated that the Saints throw the ball as the Saints were trailing in the fourth quarter. Brees threw for 165 yards in the fourth quarter as the team scored 18 points in the fourth-quarter to force overtime in this game.

2017 Week 10 vs BUF (18 / 25 / 184 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 6 / 1 rush)

This game is an anomaly if compared to any other game in Brees' career. He threw for under 200 yards, did not throw a touchdown, completed 72% of his passes, and more than half of the yards came to one receiver. Brees has made a living spreading the ball around and finding the end zone through the air, but this week the Saints were able to do it on the ground. Brees threw 117 of his 184 yards to Michael Thomas, and only completed multiple passes to 2 receivers. His biggest plays on the day came on a 28-yard crossing route by Michael Thomas just before halftime. Thomas streaked across the middle of the field and hurdled one defender in an effort to get in the end zone His second big play came on 3rd and 13 to Brandon Coleman. The pass was right down the middle of the field and Coleman was able to follow a block and break a tackle for 30 yards to help set up an eventual Mark Ingram touchdown. Brees did not need to be his normal self today with how well the rest of the team played. Brees will face a Washington secondary that allowed over 300 yards passing and 4 touchdowns to Case Keenum this week.

2017 Week 9 vs TB (22 / 27 / 263 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 2 / 0 rush)

Facing a very poor Tampa Bay secondary, Drew Brees looked like his old self again as he lead the Saints to a divisional victory. He may not have surpassed 300 yards through the air, but he added two touchdowns and was able to find the big play when needed. With 3 completions over 30 yards and another 24-yard strike, Brees accounted for almost half of his total yardage on those four plays. The interesting stat is the Saints actually rushed the ball more than they threw it today. Brees first touchdown came on a 33-yard catch and run by Alvin Kamara. The rookie running back took a screen 5 yards behind the line of scrimmage and promptly went 38-yards to the house. Kamara broke several tackles on the run down the sideline and would not be denied the end zone. The second touchdown was a 36-yard strike to Ted Ginn right up the middle of the field. Brees faked the pitch in the back field and unloaded a 36-yard bomb that fell right into Ginn's arms in the end zone just before the safety got over to cover. Brees also added a 33-yard catch and run play to Coby Fleener that helped set up the Alvin Kamara touchdown. This was a much better showing for Brees who will continue to benefit with the re-emergence of the running game.

2017 Week 8 vs CHI (23 / 28 / 299 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / -2 / 0 rush)

It is very rare that Drew Brees goes an entire game without throwing a touchdown pass. To put it in perspective, Brees had previously gone consecutive weeks with throwing a touchdown pass. He also fell short of a 300-yard passing game by a single yard. Brees normally has a stat line closer to what Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson had later in the day. However, he did manage to set his team up for points and help rebound from 2 Mark Ingram fumbles. Brees first big play came on a 54-yard catch and run by Brandon Coleman. The screen was blocked beautifully, and Coleman burst down the sideline to help set up an Alvin Kamara rushing touchdown. Later in the game, Brees provided more fireworks with a 53-yard bomb to Ted Ginn right down the middle of the field. Unfortunately, Mark Ingram fumbled two plays later and the ball was recovered by Chicago. Brees did enough to guide the Saints to victory this week but look for a much better stat line against a beleaguered Tampa Bay secondary next week.

2017 Week 7 vs GB (27 / 38 / 331 / 1 / 2 pass, 5 / -1 / 1 rush)

The final stat line looks about what you would expect for Brees with over 300 yards passing and a touchdown. That is until you scroll over and see a 2 in the interception column. This is now back to back games that Brees has thrown 2 interceptions after not throwing any in the first 5 weeks of the season. The first interception came in the red zone where Brees underthrew Brandon Coleman and Damarious Randall was able to undercut the route in the end zone. The second interception was a brilliant play by Davon House. Running step for step with Michael Thomas, House was able to reach up and almost backhand the ball out of the air on the run. Brees could have lead the ball a little further, but this play had more to do with the effort from House than anything else. Brees makes up for his mistakes later with a 22-yard strike to Brandon Coleman. It was the pump fake that sold the play down the sideline as the corner bit on the fake and Brees was able to get the ball to Coleman before the safety could get over to cover. This put the Saints up 26-17 to ice the game and was Brees' 500th career touchdown pass. There was also the 1-yard rushing touchdown by Brees as he leaped up into the air and extended the ball over the goal line for the touchdown. It was not the traditional under center dive into the end zone, but the end result was another Saints' touchdown and a win for Brees and company.

2017 Week 6 vs DET (21 / 31 / 186 / 2 / 2 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

Today's game was a very mediocre performance by Brees but he was not needed to be outstanding. Normally the Saints win because Brees is masterful through the air but today it was the defense and the running game that carried the team. Brees did manage two touchdowns but had less than 200 yards passing and added two interceptions. Brees tried to force the ball to Michael Thomas and was intercepted by Darius Slay and his first interception was a pick 6 returned by A'Shawn Robinson. Brees was able to spread the ball around with receptions to 7 different receivers but he was never able to blow the top off the defense for a big gain. Brees first touchdown came on a 20-yard catch and run play by Ted Ginn. Ginn did all of the work on this one as he outran his defender and was able to cut up the sideline and dive into the end zone. His second touchdown came on a 2-yard strike to tight end Michael Hoomanawanui. Brees was not sharp today but the rest of the team was able to pick him up.

2017 Week 4 vs MIA (29 / 41 / 268 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 3 / 0 rush)

Brees was asked to do a lot today for an offense that looked to have some jet lag coming into London. Brees had to check down and find Alvin Kamara 10 times today and put a lot of trust in the rookie to extend drives on third down. Brees continues to show he does not miss Brandin Cooks and has found his new top receiver in Michael Thomas. The first touchdown of the game came on a three-yard out route to Michael Thomas. Brees rolled right and found a wide-open Thomas in the flat. The final touchdown of the game came on a shovel pass to Alvin Kamara. The rookie running back did all of the work weaving in and out of defenders from 12-yards out. Brees was very accurate completing 70% of his passes but several came on short check downs against a very soft zone coverage. The only deep shots he took were 30 and 31-yard completions to Michael Thomas and Brandon Coleman respectively.

2017 Week 3 vs CAR (22 / 29 / 220 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Drew Brees must have thought it was 2009 again with the way the defense was playing today. Brees was very accurate completing almost 76% of his passes on the day and connected on touchdowns with Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn Jr, and Brandon Coleman. Brees did not put up his usual 300-yard passing game but that was not needed today. After the first drive of the game, the Saints never trailed again and Brees was able to impose his will on a beleaguered Carolina defense. Brees' first touchdown came to Michael Thomas from the 5-yard line. Brees pumped left to draw the safety and then moved up in the pocket to eventually come back right side to Thomas who had run a comeback route right in front of the corner. Brees' second touchdown came to Brandon Coleman from the 11-yard line. The defense was playing the run with Adrian Peterson in the backfield and the entire secondary bit on the play action fake. Brees was able to find Coleman all alone in the end zone for his second touchdown pass of the game. Brees' final touchdown came on a 40-yard deep crossing route by Ted Ginn Jr where he simply ran past his corner and the entire defense.

2017 Week 2 vs NE (27 / 45 / 356 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

After being thrown off balance by the Vikings pass rush last week, Drew Brees looked much more comfortable today. Brees was not very accurate today but was able to find several big plays against a porous New England secondary. Brees first touchdown came on a beautiful back shoulder pass to Brandon Coleman early in the second quarter. Brees also hit Coleman in stride as he was streaking down the sideline for a 42-yard gain and set up a field goal. Brees also connected with Fleener late in the fourth quarter to bring the Saints within two scores, but it proved not to be enough. Brees hit Fleener on an out route just short of the end zone and the big tight end reached the ball over the goal line as he was being tackled. Brees is going to need a little bit of help from the defense and running game if the Saints want to win many football games this year.

2017 Week 1 vs MIN (27 / 37 / 291 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Drew Brees did his best to carry this offense in week one but just could not find enough against a stingy Vikings defense. The Saints running backs averaged less than 3 yards a carry and the Vikings secondary was able to sit back and play the ball. Brees targeted Michael Thomas more than any other receiver, but had the most success with Coby Fleener and Mark Ingram. Brees biggest play came when Tommylee Lewis beat Viking's corner Trae Waynes for a 52-yard strike. Waynes also interfered with Lewis on the play but the young receiver still came down with the ball. Unfortunately, the Saints had to settle for another field goal despite being on the 8-yard line. Brees lone touchdown came late in the fourth quarter when Coby Fleener went straight up the seam and caught the ball over Viking's corner Trae Waynes. This was not a typical Drew Brees game but he will look to exploit a Patriot's secondary that gave up over 300-yards to Alex Smith in their first game.

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Latest News

Saints | Drew Brees throw for 385 (Sun Nov 19, 09:51 PM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees completed 29 of 41 passes for 385 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in a 34-31 win over the Washington Redskins in Week 11.

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Saints | Drew Brees wants to stay in Big Easy (Tue Nov 14, 01:53 PM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees has no intention of talking to the team about his expiring contract during the season, but he reiterated his desire to finish his career in New Orleans during a recent appearance on XTRA 1360 AM.

Our View: The Saints are on the winning track this year and are arguably the best team in the NFC. Had things fallen apart in 2017, we could've seen Brees moving on to another opportunity. With the Saints pushing for a deep playoff run, we see them keeping Brees in 2018 and beyond.
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Saints | Drew Brees turns it over to runners (Sun Nov 12, 07:17 PM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees completed 18 of his 25 pass attempts for 184 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 10 against the Buffalo Bills. He did have a rare rushing touchdown, however.

Our View: Brees rushing touchdown saved his fantasy day, but it was still a very small result considering the Saints number of points. The running backs got all of the other touchdowns on the ground, so Brees should bounce back next week against the Washington pass defense that Case Keenum tore up today.
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Schedule

12@ Los Angeles Rams
13vs Carolina Panthers
14@ Atlanta Falcons
15vs New York Jets
16vs Atlanta Falcons
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