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QB Drew Brees - New Orleans Saints

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

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Drew Brees reflected after the 2014 season that it was the most frustrating of his career. He said, "I think we've identified the problems or things that got us beat... and we have the solution to fix it." Maybe trading Jimmy Graham wasn't what he had in mind. Brees has spent the last nine years in New Orleans and has won a Super Bowl, been named Super Bowl MVP, and been selected to the Pro Bowl seven times. In short, Brees has played spectacularly at the quarterback position, averaging 7.73 ypa, 67.5% completion percentage, 4,854 yards passing and 35 passing TDs per season. The Saints traded both Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills during the off-season and cut Pierre Thomas. This trio totaled 193 receptions, 2,198 yards and 14 TDs, representing 42% of the completions and TDs and 44% of the passing yardage. The combination of the loss of three key passing game leaders, combined with several free agency signings on the offensive line and defensive side have most pundits expecting the Saints to significantly increase their reliance on the running attack. Even with the key losses, the Saints still have effective receivers, including Marques Colston, Brandin Cooks, and C. J. Spiller. Perhaps the Saints will run more this season, but since they have averaged 660 passing attempts per year over the past three seasons and finished 2nd in the NFL each of those years, the possibility of an effective passing game remain high. Even with the Saints looking to be more balanced, expect the offense to continue to run through Brees and again be among the league leaders in passing efficiency. (May 8)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 6, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 8, 10, 10, 13, 15
Overall Redraft - 60, 30, 42, 44, 50, 51, 53
QB Dynasty - 8, 7, 8, 9, 10, 16
Overall Dynasty - 64, 46, 53, 68, 69

Stats and Projections

2012 NO 16 422 670 5177 43 19 15 5 1
2013 NO 16 446 650 5162 39 12 35 52 3 2
2014 NO 16 456 659 4952 33 17 27 68 1 3
2015 PROJ-Dodds 16 411 590 * * * 23 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 16 415 615 * * * 18 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 16 420 625 * * * 25 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 16 409 614 * * * 30 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 51
QB: 5

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Latest News

Saints | Drew Brees wants long career (Fri May 22, 02:15 PM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said he may not be able to play until he is 45 years old like he previously stated but wants to play as long as he can.

Our View: Try not to spit out your coffee when you read "45" in this story. We could see Brees playing until he's around 40, but anything after that is a bit shaky. He's not quite the same player he used to be, and fantasy owners need to realize the changes on the offense for the 2015 season. This team could run more and pass less, making Brees a low-end QB1 for fantasy owners.
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Saints | Drew Brees discusses his future (Thu May 21, 10:25 AM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees is entering his age-36 season and said playing until he is 45 years old might be 'overzealous.' Brees noted that '45 is a long way away.' He added, 'At different stages in your career, I just think you kind of reassess and reevaluate and try to set goals moving forward. It was just kind of one of those moments last year where my body felt great, felt like I had a great system in place with my training and my recovery and my diet and everything, gosh, why not?'

Our View: The off-season moves the New Orleans Saints made point towards a shift in philosophy. It appears as if they will run the ball more and focus less on throwing as much as they did in the past. That might help Brees stick around for a longer career, but could cut down on his passing numbers. Brees' ADP is still as a top five quarterback (around the fifth round) but losing Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills while it's obvious the run game is getting beefed up is a concern.
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Saints | Drew Brees not worried (Tue May 19, 12:29 PM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said he is unconcerned that the Saints drafted QB Garrett Grayson, his heir apparent, in the third round of this year's draft. 'I'm worried about winning a championship,' Brees said. 'Trying to be the best player I can be, trying to be the leader that I can be, that applies to how can I help get the best out of everyone who is on the team.'

Our View: Grayson is no threat to Brees, but he certainly looks like the team's developmental quarterback of the future. We love Grayson's ability to lead, use his eyes to manipulate the defense and attack the seams of a defense. He'll likely serve as the third-string quarterback this year. Behind Brees, we should see Luke McCown and Ryan Griffin compete to be the primary backup.
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2015 Schedule

1@ Arizona Cardinals
2vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
3@ Carolina Panthers
4vs Dallas Cowboys
5@ Philadelphia Eagles
6vs Atlanta Falcons
7@ Indianapolis Colts
8vs New York Giants
9vs Tennessee Titans
10@ Washington Redskins
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ Houston Texans
13vs Carolina Panthers
14@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15vs Detroit Lions
16vs Jacksonville Jaguars
17@ Atlanta Falcons