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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 Sep 18): Brees put up numbers in a futile comeback attempt against the Patriots, and the league-worst Saints defense should give him plenty of opportunities to do that this year. He's still a top-end QB1, but Brees is all the Saints have going for them right now.

Week 3: at Carolina Panthers

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. We all know that Drew Brees isn't quite the same mega-productive passer on the road, but not everyone is aware just how stark the difference has been of late. Dating back to 2015, he's averaged 1.58 fewer yards per attempt and posted a 38% drop in touchdown rate away from the Superdome. All told, he's averaged 31% fewer fantasy points on the road over that span. Through two weeks of the 2017 season, he's struggled noticeably - once at home - and definitely misses Willie Snead, who will return from suspension in Week 4. Ted Ginn simply isn't an across-the-field receiver; he's a one-speed guy with iffy hands, and he's of little help to Brees on short and intermediate routes. What's worse is that he has yet to shake loose for a deep ball thus far, despite facing two burnable cornerback groups. Defenses have effectively swarmed WR1 Michael Thomas, who's caught just 10 of his 18 targets and registered just one high-impact catch pre-garbage time. He has a better outlook against the Panthers' shaky cornerbacks but is definitely struggling with all of the defensive attention. Also missing both starting offensive tackles, Brees and the Saints passing game may be at least a week from putting it all together. The Panthers have yet to be tested by a NFL-caliber passing game in 2017. They've "shut down" the anemic units of San Francisco (193 yards) and Buffalo (125), but neither prepares them for Drew Brees and his cast. It's nice that they've been rushing the passer well, registering seven sacks thus far, and that they've yet to allow a completion of more than 22 yards. But the numbers have been inflated (or rather, deflated) by the toothless competition, and it's worth noting that cornerback James Bradberry has been burned for two long would-be touchdowns that were both dropped. The ageless Julius Peppers still brings strong pressure off the edge, as do fellow rushers Wes Horton and Mario Addison. But it's hard to draw a bead on their performance thus far - and the peripherals they've put on paper don't bode particularly well as Brees comes to town.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
1 at MIN 62 27 37 291 1 0 0 0 0 0 18.55
2 vs NE 65 27 45 356 2 0 0 0 0 0 24.8
3 at CAR PROJ-Dodds * 28 41 * * * 1 * * * *
3 at CAR PROJ-Tremblay * 26 42 * * * 0 * * * *
3 at CAR PROJ-Bloom * 23 38 * * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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 throws for 356 yards (Sun Sep 17, 09:57 PM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees completed 27 of his 45 pass attempts for 356 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 2 against the Patriots.

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Saints | Drew Brees churns out nice Week 1 effort (Mon Sep 11, 11:06 PM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees had a solid season debut Monday, Sept. 11, against the Minnesota Vikings, completing 27-of-37 passes for 291 yards and a touchdown.

Saints | Drew Brees not worried about offense (Sat Sep 9, 11:46 PM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees expects the offense to keep 'chugging along' this year despite some changes to the receiving corps.

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Schedule

3@ Carolina Panthers
4@ Miami Dolphins
5--- BYE WEEK ---
6vs Detroit Lions
7@ Green Bay Packers
8vs Chicago Bears
9vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
10@ Buffalo Bills
11vs Washington Redskins
12@ Los Angeles Rams
13vs Carolina Panthers
14@ Atlanta Falcons
15vs New York Jets
16vs Atlanta Falcons
17@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers