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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 Oct 24): Brees has a tough matchup against the Seahawks this week, but it is at home and he just put up a huge game against the Chiefs on the road in a very tough place to play. His abilty to post a week-winning score on the road outdoors should give us confidence enough to play him even in tough matchups at home.

Week 8: vs Seattle Seahawks

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Whoa Nelly, here we go with one of the highest-octane passing attacks in the NFL - New Orleans - facing a stingy, shut-down type of pass defense - Seattle. This should be fun. The Saints are first in the NFL averaging 339.3 passing yards per game, with 17 passing scores vs. just five interceptions thrown and nine sacks taken to date. Last week, Drew Brees took apart the Kansas City secondary to the tune of 37/48 for 367 yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown, with one sack taken for -8 yards. Six receivers were in the double-digits of receiving yardage: Michael Thomas (13 targets for 10/130/0 receiving), Willie Snead (11 for 9/87/0), Brandin Cooks (nine for 7/58/1), Coby Fleener (two for 2/44/0), Mark Ingram (four for 4/20/1) and Brandon Coleman (one for 1/10/1). The Saints' passing attack is going strong as you can see. The Seahawks didn't allow any TDs to Carson Palmer last week, but he still had over 300 net yards passing when the game was all over - 29/49 for 311 net yards, with four sacks taken for -31 yards. Even with the big game averaged in, the Seahawks average 226.0 net passing yards allowed per game (ninth in the NFL), with just four passing scores given out vs. five interceptions (tied for 14th in the league) and 20 sacks (tied for third) generated. From Week Five to Week Seven of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), Seattle has averaged 22.9 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (eighth-most in the NFL); and 31.2 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (fourth-most); with 8 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (10th-most), This looks like a neutral matchup for the hard-charging Saints.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 at SD 73 23 36 207 2 2 4 -4 0 0 15.95
6 vs CAR 73 34 49 465 4 1 0 0 0 0 38.25
7 at KC 74 37 48 367 3 1 0 0 0 0 29.35
8 vs SEA PROJ-Dodds * 29 43 * * * 1 * * * *
8 vs SEA PROJ-Tremblay * 30 45 * * * 1 * * * *
8 vs SEA PROJ-Bloom * 29 42 * * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 7 vs KC (37 / 48 / 367 / 3 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Relying on an efficient running game to move the chains early on in his team's opening possession, Brees spread the ball around to his three main targets of Cooks, Snead and Thomas to earn a 7-0 lead. The scoring play exhibited Brees' feathery-soft touch accuracy on a perfectly placed wheel route to Cooks up the left sideline for a nine-yard score. The Saints picked up one first down on their second drive through the air, but significant third-down pressure in Brees' face led him to target a heavily covered Willie Snead. The pass was tipped and fell into the hands of a Chief for a costly pick six to tie the score. Brees was unable to respond as desired on the ensuing drive, as one first down was all that could be mustered. A sack on a second-down DB blitz proved too much to overcome, and a punt was the result. Negative yardage plagued New Orleans on their next drive, as well, as minimal gains on short dump-offs were not enough to recover from a holding penalty. A punt was the decision with under five minutes to play in the first half and a 21-7 deficit. Brees was dealt very poor field position with roughly two minutes to play before halftime, and started off the drive promisingly with two connections to Coby Fleener for a total of 44 yards. Things went downhill from there, however, as a uncharacteristic delay penalty and an overthrown Michael Thomas on an open vertical route forced yet another punt for a 14-point deficit at the break. Brees' Saints opened the second half with a mammoth 14-play drive that took just over 8 minutes off the clock. This was accomplished with a steady running game combined with a short passing attack that was effective in third-down conversions. Workhorse RB Mark Ingram was fed touches near the goal-line, and earned a three-yard receiving touchdown as a result. The Saints were forced to punt on the following drive, picking up one first down on the ground but falling a yard short on a short pass behind the chains. The score was 24-14 for the Chiefs when the Saints had their first possession of the final period, and it started off efficiently with a short running attack to move the chains. Brees picked up nice yardage through the air on a back-shoulder to Michael Thomas and out-route to WIllie Snead for more third-down conversions, but a costly Mark Ingram fumble in KC territory cost the Saints a critical late-game possession with the 10-point deficit. Brees responded admirably after a KC punt, leading his team 80 yards down the field in just over two minutes. He spread the ball around to Thomas, Cooks and Cadet to move into KC territory before coming through in the clutch by extending a third-and-goal play to squeeze a pass into a tight window to Brandon Coleman for a ten-yard TD that narrowed the margin to 24-21 with 2:33 left in the game. New Orleans' final drive began with only 28 seconds on the clock, zero timeouts and a six-point deficit with 75 yards to travel. Brees completed two underneath passes for easy yardage, but neither receiver was able to get to the sideline and the clock quickly hit zero in a 27-21 loss. The veteran QB topped 300 passing yards for the 100th time in his HOF career, but it came in yet another loss as poorly-timed turnovers and costly penalties marred an otherwise efficient offensive day.

2016 Week 6 vs CAR (34 / 49 / 465 / 4 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

The veteran quarterback put his team on his back once again, needing every one of his 465 yards to secure victory. Brees spread the ball around on his first drive with little resistance, finding Mark Ingram, Brandin Cooks, Tommylee Lewis and Coby Fleener to move the ball deep into the red zone on consistently effective short passes. He ceded the touchdown to Fleener on the ground to give his team an early 7-0 lead. New Orleans began their second series with poor field position, and was unable to move the chains as a third-down checkdown fell a few yards short of the line, forcing a punt. Brees laid the ball perfectly into Cooks' hands on the third drive, taking advantage of the speedster's separation up the right sideline for an 87-yard touchdown to raise the lead to 14-0. The offense capitalized on excellent field position supplied by Lewis' impressive punt return, gaining 29 yards on four plays with little defensive resistance to further the lead to 21-0, a big lead which placed the 2016 Saints in unfamiliar territory. Brees moved the ball with more success on his fifth possession of the day, burning almost five minutes off the clock in the process. He continued to spread the ball around to a plethora of targets including Josh Hill, Willie Snead and Daniel Lasco, but an inability to execute in short yardage forced the Saints to attempt a long-field goal that veered wide right. Two incompletions and a false start penalty marred New Orleans' next drive from the start, and they were content to punt it away with a 21-3 lead late in the first half. Brees orchestrated a two-minute drill before halftime, taking advantage of wide open receivers for chunk gains to move the ball into enemy territory. The drive bogged down there, but Brees showed excellent awareness to avoid a sack as the Saints were out of timeouts which allowed them to kick a field goal to earn a 24-10 halftime lead. New Orleans was forced to punt from deep in their own territory to open the third quarter after Lewis let a third-down conversion slip through his fingertips. Brees delivered a perfect ball up the left seam to Coby Fleener on the next drive, delivering the ball into his tight end's hands between two defenders and allowing him to run through the reception for a 50-yard TD. This gave the Saints a 31-17 advantage with five minutes to play in the third period. A pair of penalties stunted New Orleans' final drive on the third, reversing a deep completion to Michael Thomas and forcing a punt from deep within their own territory. Brees' first drive of the fourth began with promise, as he connected with Cooks and Thomas for a pair of first downs. However, he overthrew Cooks on the third play of the series, hitting a defensive back in stride for his first true miscue of the day. It proved costly, as when the Saints got the ball back, the Panthers had shrunk their lead to a slim 31-30 advantage. Brees responded with a touchdown drive of his own, showing impressive pocket mobility to keep a play alive and connect with Brandin Cooks on a 49-yard, ad-lib vertical route that vaulted him over 400 passing yards. The Saints were able to punch it in shortly after on a precise eight-yard wheel route touchdown to take a 38-30 lead. New Orleans' defense could not hold, however, so Brees' offense was left with 3 minutes to break a 38-38 tie on the following possession. He took a costly sack to start the drive, but rebounded by relying on a very short passing attack that moved a total of 46 yards to set up a game-winning, 53-yard field goal.

2016 Week 4 vs SD (23 / 36 / 207 / 2 / 2 pass, 4 / -4 / 0 rush)

It wasn't the best day for Brees, who vacillated between peak performance and concerning inaccuracy to surrender a seemingly insurmountable lead. Turnovers let the Saints back in the game however, and the veteran QB delivered from there. Brees and the Saints started off the game strong, as the QB relied on a successful rushing attack and short passing game to put a touchdown on the board. Brandin Cooks, Michael Thomas and Brandon Coleman got involved early in what promised to be a high-scoring affair. The second drive was not nearly as flawless, as one first down was picked up before a pair of runs were stuffed and Brees was swiftly dropped on third-and-long, setting up a punt. Brees resumed an efficient passing attack on the third drive, converting third downs to Cooks and Willie Snead to move the ball into the red zone before using play-action to find a wide open John Kuhn for a 14-7 lead with 9:20 to play in the first half. Brees forced the ball to a well-covered Brandon Coleman on the first play of the following drive, resulting a tipped pass which fell into the hands of a Charger to provide them with good field position. New Orleans was dealt very poor field position on their final drive before half. A holding penalty got things off to a poor start before a third-down sack pushed the ball back to NO's own two-yard line. This forced a punt, and a first-half deficit of 24-14. Brees efficiently moved the ball to begin the third quarter, consistently throwing short passes to narrowly move the chains. A particularly accurate throw came on a wheel route to Mark Ingram for 20 yards; John Kuhn pounded the rock into paydirt to make the score 24-21 with nine to play in the third. The offense had two passing plays to pick up six yards on the following drive, but both fell incomplete due to tight coverage, a rare sight in this offensive shootout that led to a punt. Significant pressure marred New Orleans' third and final drive of the third period, as Brees did well to throw the ball away on second and third downs in order to salvage a punt. The rut continued to open the final quarter, as Brees floated an interception up the left sideline. His receiver fell down on the play, but by no means was this a well-thrown pass. With the game in balance on the following drive, Brees' Saints failed to pick up six yards near midfield. The QB threw two straight incompletions on a bouncing ball well short of his target followed by a forced pass to a receiver well-short of the sticks. New Orleans decided to punt the ball away with less than seven minutes on the clock, down 34-21. A fumble gave the Saints the ball back with great field position just seconds later, and New Orleans responded with a touchdown from 13 yards out. A trio of running plays strangely began the drive, but Brees found Michael Thomas on a back-shoulder route to shrink the deficit to 34-28 with 4:50 to play. Good fortune came New Orleans' way again, as San Diego fumbled a second time on their first play from scrimmage, setting up New Orleans only 31 yards away from somehow taking a lead. Turning back to their running game with time seemingly in their favor, Brees contributed with a pair of third-down conversions before once again giving way to John Kuhn to secure an improbable 35-34 lead. San Diego was unable to move the ball in desperation mode, and Brees was able to take three kneeldowns to give the Saints their first victory of the year.

2016 Week 3 vs ATL (36 / 54 / 376 / 3 / 1 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)

The veteran QB held his end of the bargain in Monday night's shootout, orchestrating a pass-heavy offense with ease. However, a New Orleans defense continued to put pressure on Brees to score every time he had the ball, and ultimately one costly turnover proved too much to overcome. Brees was sharp on New Orleans' first drive, relying on Mark Ingram on the ground to get the drive going before spreading the ball around to three different receivers including TE Coby Fleener for the drive-ending touchdown. The 11-play drive took almost seven minutes off the clock and put the Saints up 7-0. After fumbling away the subsequent punt return, the score was 7-7. Brees came out firing on the second drive but his team was forced to punt after three straight incompletions into tight coverage. The Saints initially went three-and-out again on the following drive, but a fortunate roughing the passer call gave them a new set of downs. Brees took advantage of this, relying mainly on his running and precise short passing game to move the ball down the field before connecting with rookie Michael Thomas for a three-yard touchdown to tie the score at 14. The momentum was stunted on the following drive, as short passing moved the chains once but a costly five-yard loss on a botched screen pass put the Saints well behind the chains and forced a punt. Brees was dealt a 28-14 deficit with 28 seconds before half, and proceeded to set up a field goal with a deep seam completion to Coby Fleener to narrow the halftime deficit to 11. The veteran QB orchestrated a TD drive to begin the second half, earning big yardage with precise touch throws down the left sideline to Cadet and Thomas before utilizing his running game to reach paydirt and score the 2PC. However, the score was still 35-25 in favor of ATL, and by this point it was clear that NO would have to score nearly every time they touched the ball to have a chance. Brees once again moved the ball into the red zone with relative ease to begin the fourth period, finding Tommylee Lewis on a perfect deep crosser, but an impressive break on the ball by an Atlanta DB stymied an attempted slant before an unfortunate tip landed in the hands of a defender, and he proceeded to take it back for six resulting in a formidable 45-25 fourth-quarter deficit. Brees showed little memory of this seemingly backbreaking development on the following possession, using his customary short passing game along with a notable pinpoint pass to Coby Fleener down the middle for 36 yards. He found Mark Ingram on a swing pass for a touchdown, narrowing the deficit to 45-32 with ten minutes to play. He barely escaped a game-sealing turnover when he got the ball back midway through the fourth, but replay revealed a risky pass to the right sideline was simply an incompletion. Brees did his best to force the ball downfield through the air on this final drive when Atlanta knew exactly what was coming, but eventually the pass rush got to him, forcing the offense well behind the chains which proved too much to overcome, and New Orleans turned the ball over on downs to solidify the loss at 45-32. He will be a top-notch QB1 all season given New Orleans' only hope at remaining competitive is a voluminous passing attack.

2016 Week 2 vs NYG (29 / 44 / 263 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Brees' Saints picked up one first down on their first possession, relying on the ground game and a single completion to Willie Snead, but were forced to punt after Brees could not connect with Coby Fleener. A punt ensued on the second drive, as well, after Brees was dropped for a sack on third down. By this time, it was clear New York's defense wasn't going to allow a repeat of last November's 52-point shootout. After an 80-yard drive by New York's offense stalled in the redzone, the Saints were dealt a starting point of their own three-yard line on their third possession. Nothing developed beyond a play-action dumpoff, and a third straight punt was the result. New Orleans' defense did well to keep the game scoreless, forcing a fumble and providing the offense with good field position, but consistent pressure from the New York defense derailed yet another Saints drive into a punt. Once again Brees' Saints started deep in their own territory and they were unable to grasp any offensive rhythm, as their receivers were routinely blanketed by opposing defensive backs. Thomas Morstead kept busy with his fifth punt of the half, and the score remained 0-0 with 6:41 to play in the second period. The offense was gifted positive field position on their subsequent drive, but a combination of penalties and missed opportunities only allowed for a net gain of five yards before a field goal was attempted. Rather than putting the Saints up 3-0, however, the kick was blocked and returned for a New York touchdown, giving the Saints a 7-0 deficit. Forced to immediately pick up the pieces, Brees led the Saints into the two-minute drill and relied heavily on his tried-and-true short passing attack. Connecting with Michael Thomas for 17 and 23, respectively, moved New Orleans into enemy territory. Then, Brees dumped it down to Willie Snead and Brandon Coleman to set up his team for a comfortable field goal, which allowed the team to enter half with a 7-3 deficit. To open the second half, a short pass to Brandin Cooks allowed New Orleans to pick up one first down, but stingy New York defense forced a failed third-down conversion and another punt. Brees was finally able to move the ball consistently on the second drive of the second half, utilizing a bevy of short passes to keep the chains moving before taking advantage of what seemed to be a blown coverage on a 17-yard touchdown strike to Snead to tie the game at 10 early in the final quarter. Brees connected with Fleener to mark a promising begin to New Orleans' subsequent possession, but three straight incompletions into tight New York coverage forced another punt trailing 13-10 midway through the fourth. Brees heated up on his final drive when he had to, primarily relying on Cooks, Coleman and Thomas to move the ball into Giant territory. Things stalled in the red zone, when two costly incompletions forced the Saints to settle for a field goal that tied the game at 13. New Orleans did not get the ball back after surrendering it with 2:54 remaining, as New York milked the clock before kicking a game-winning field goal, 16-13. It's a frustrating loss for Brees, who didn't achieve anywhere near the offensive success he found last November when facing the Giants. Perpetually tight coverage combined with sporadic pass protection and a non-existent running game limited what the veteran signal caller was able to produce.

2016 Week 1 vs OAK (28 / 42 / 423 / 4 / 0 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)

Brees' arm picked up right where it left off last year, dominating New Orleans' offensive yardage and serving as the only weapon to keep his team in another shootout. He came out throwing on all three downs of the first drive, but did not record a completion and ending up holding on to the football too long before losing suffering a strip sack and losing the fumble. Brees was efficient on the following possession, connecting on four straight underneath passes to Ingram and Snead, but things slowed down in the red zone when an intentional grounding penalty forced the team to kick a field goal. Brees once again relied heavily on Snead on the third series, delivering one of his patented touch passes down the left sideline for 49 yards. Things bogged down in the red zone once again, but the Saints left the offense out on fourth down from the one, and their aggressiveness was awarded when Brees connected with Snead for a one-yard touchdown off play-action to tie the score at 10. Brees led the Saints on another touchdown drive on the subsequent possession, delivering one precise pass after another over the short and intermediate areas of the field. He fed rookie Michael Thomas the first two catches of his career on slant routes, and utilized Brandin Cooks' impressive route running for a total of 30 yards and a touchdown on the drive, giving his team a 17-10 lead five minutes before half. The veteran quarterback made a point of targeting Travaris Cadet on their drive before the half, but failed to gain any traction and were forced into a punt, taking a 17-10 lead into the break. A tackle-for-loss and false start penalty stunted New Orleans' opening drive of the second half, and forced them to punt from deep within their own territory. Brees showcased another pinpoint touch pass down the left sideline to start and finish the following drive, taking advantage of a mismatch caused by Brandin Cooks toasting his man coverage with spectacular speed in order to connect on a 98-yard touchdown, pushing a mid-3rd quarter lead to 24-10. Brees relied on very short passing on the drive that finished the third quarter and opened the fourth, surpassing 300 yards passing, but could not convert to Coby Fleener on a pivotal third down in Oakland territory, settling for a field goal attempt. Brees' offensive line began to put him under siege on his following drive, but he was still able to work the ball down the field in order to gain pass interference penalties. The drive ended with a field goal after Brees strangely attempted what appeared to be a designed run on third-and-goal from the six. The longtime Saint kept pushing the ball down field despite continuous pressure midway through the fourth quarter, finding Willie Snead deep behind the Raiders' coverage and then executing in the red-zone for a two-yard strike to bring him over 400 yards passing, including four touchdowns that gave the Saints a 34-27 lead with 6:03 to play. Despite moving the ball almost at will all day, Brees' offense was forced into desperation mode, down a point with only 47 seconds to play and no timeouts deep in their own territory. He responded admirably, finding Willie Snead twice to set up a 61-yard field goal, but it sailed wide left to end in a heartbreaking 35-34 loss. Brees' Saints will likely continue to find it necessary to light up the scoreboard in order to make up for a sivv of a defense, rendering him a top-notch QB1 regardless of matchup.


Latest News

Saints | Drew Brees has another big line (Sun Oct 23, 10:30 PM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees completed 37 of his 48 pass attempts for 367 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in the Week 7 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Saints | Drew Brees goes over 400 yards (Sun Oct 16, 08:20 PM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees completed 34 of his 49 pass attempts for 465 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in the Week 6 game against the Carolina Panthers. It was his 15th-career 400-yard passing game in the regular season, breaking a tie with retired QB Peyton Manning.

Our View: Brees was money against the Panthers young secondary. He will always be one of our top rated quarterbacks any time he is at home, but next week Brees travels to Kansas City, so he won't be a no brainer start.
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