QB Drew Brees - New Orleans Saints

6-1, 220Born: 1-15-1979College: PurdueDrafted: Round 2, pick 2001

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): Brees was a miss in Week 13 despite the good matchup with Atlanta. He has a tough matchup with the 49ers this week and should be out of QB1 consideration.

Week 14: vs San Francisco 49ers

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FBG says: Bad matchup. Drew Brees continues to play at an upper-tier level here in Year 19, completing a league-best 74% of his throws - nothing new for the ultra-precise Brees. That said, he hasn't shown much dynamism of late, with the Saints' downfield attack hardly in play over the past month or so. Brees has produced just 6.8 yards per attempt since the Week 10 bye, falling below 230 in 2 of those 4 games. In other words, he's performing on a mortal level but still among the league's most efficient passers. Throwing to Michael Thomas, who's on pace to best Marvin Harrison's receptions record, Brees always boasts a stable fantasy floor, if only through volume. Last week's 30 attempts were his lowest of the season by far. Beyond Thomas, there's every-week potential but not much consistency among Brees' weapons. Tight end Jared Cook has posted 74+ yards in 3 of his last 4 games, but is occasionally shut far out of the gameplan. Running back Alvin Kamara is a true threat to score on every touch, but has surprisingly put up just 5.6 per catch during his 7-game touchdown drought. Back in Week 2, the 49ers allowed Andy Dalton to throw for 311 yards in a game fueled by garbage time. And to date, he's been the only opponent to reach even 250 against the league's most smothering unit. They lead the way comfortably in yardage allowed per attempt and per game, and only three teams have allowed more touchdowns. In their past 2 games against Aaron Rodgers and Lamar Jackson, they gave up a total of 224 yards to the pair. The pass rush is top-notch, pressuring quarterbacks at the NFL's highest rate despite blitzing very rarely. And Richard Sherman continues to lead a shutdown secondary that's thoroughly shut down an impressive batch of receivers, including Davante Adams (43 yards), D.J. Moore (38), and Tyler Lockett (26). Sherman's Week 14 availability, however, is up in the air after spraining his knee last Sunday. This is a deep group, but he's obviously a huge piece of the 49ers' puzzle in containing Michael Thomas.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 vs ATL 69 32 45 287 0 0 0 0 0 0 14.35
11 at TB 67 28 35 228 3 0 3 0 0 0 23.4
12 vs CAR 65 30 39 311 3 1 0 0 0 0 26.55
13 at ATL 48 18 30 184 1 0 1 -1 0 0 13.1
14 vs SF PROJ-Dodds * 24 35 * * * 1 * * * *
14 vs SF PROJ-Tremblay * 24 36 * * * 1 * * * *
14 vs SF PROJ-Bloom * 23 32 * * * 1 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24

Percentile ranks

Drew Brees's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 13 vs ATL (18 / 30 / 184 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

It was a rather quiet game for Brees with the Saints utilizing Taysom Hill and a crushing defense for the win this week. He was held to under 200 yards passing for the first time this season outside of his injury shortened game against the Rams. He has struggled against the Falcons this season with 2 of his 3 lowest yardage totals coming against them and only a single touchdown in 2 games. Brees did not work the ball down field in this one and worked to get the ball out of his hands quickly to compensate for his starting right tackle being out with injury. At one point in the game they showed he was averaging 2.2 seconds from snap to ball being caught by a receiver and that is a great way to avoid taking any sacks. The lone touchdown pass for Brees went to Taysom Hill on a shovel pass that Hill took in motion and off the right side for a 3-yard touchdown on the Saints first offensive drive of the game. Brees was able to find his big tight end down the field for a 40-yard pass and the longest play of the game for either side. The Saints have a tough test next week against San Francisco that will play a big role in playoff seeding and there is no reason to try and rest Brees yet. His hand looks healthy and he is still well rested after missing several games and should be good to go for the rest of the season.

2019 Week 12 vs CAR (30 / 39 / 311 / 3 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

The Saints are trending in the right direction after a brief slip up against Atlanta 2 weeks ago, and a lot of that has to do with Brees and the offensive line play in front of him. He was sacked twice this week and only hit 4 times. He seemed to have all the time he needed to find Thomas open down the field and he carved the Panthers defense to the tune of 311 yards. The first passing touchdown of the game went to Tre'Quan Smith for 13 yards after Carolina muffed the punt and gave the Saints great field position. It was a play action pass that fooled the entire defense. Smith ran right up the seam and found himself wide open in the corner of the end zone when the linebacker jumped up on the plat action fake. From there it was an easy throw for the score. The second touchdown went to Jared Cook for 20 yards. The big tight end ran an out and up route that got the defender to bite just enough to create separation. It was not a very pretty route, but it was effective. There was no safety help over the top and it made for another easy touchdown. After a Carolina field goal pulled the game to within 6, Brees responded with a 3-yard touchdown to Thomas. After a long 20-yard pass to Cook and a 30-yard run by Kamara, Brees found Thomas on a slant across the middle for the 3-yard touchdown. Thomas ran through the traffic in the end zone and broke free of his coverage for another easy score. The only mistake Brees made all day was an interception thrown to Tre Boston. Brees tried to take a deep shot to Smith and Boston was back in coverage for the pick at mid field. The Panthers drove for a game trying touchdown before Brees eventual game winning drive. The interception almost proved costly, but Brees rallied and led the Saints to victory.

2019 Week 11 vs TB (28 / 35 / 228 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 0 / 0 rush)

There were a lot of things that went right for Brees and the Saints this week but the biggest change from their let down loss a week ago was he did not get sacked a single time this week. Untimely sacks derailed drives last week and that was the biggest area they cleaned up against the Buccaneers. Brees connected with Michael Thomas for the first touchdown of the game after an interception of Jameis Winston. Thomas ran a wheel route underneath Ted Ginn who was running a slant. The defense jumped Ginn's route and Thomas was wide open for the easy 16-yard score. The second touchdown went to Jared Cook for 3 yards in the back of the end zone. Brees dropped back and threw the ball high off his back foot to Cook in the back corner of the end zone. Cook had to go up and over his defender to make the catch and was able to hold on to the ball as he went hard to the ground. It was a pass that was either going to be caught by Cook or go out the back of the end zone. His third and final touchdown went to Ted Ginn after Tampa Bay had pulled within 10 points. The touchdown pass was setup by a 41-yard catch and run by Thomas down the sideline. The 6-yard touchdown pass to Ginn came across the middle after he settled into a small void and Brees zipped the pass into a small window. After the touchdown, 2 Tampa defenders looked at each other and seemed to ask who was supposed to be covering Ginn. It was an all-around good game for Brees with 3 touchdown passes, no turnovers, and no sacks.

2019 Week 10 vs ATL (32 / 45 / 287 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

It was a very odd game for Brees this week. He completed 71% of his passes, had 152 yards on 13 catches go to his top receiver, but was unable to find the end zone or move the ball at all in the second half. He was harassed by a relentless Atlanta pass rush and found himself sacked 6 times for a loss of 46 yards. He did not throw an interception or fumble the ball but did turn it over on downs one 3 consecutive drives to end the game. He had several chunk plays go to Thomas, Cook and Kamara but none of them were able to find the end zone. He targeted each of his top 3 options 10+ times but had very few points to show for it. Brees missed connecting with Ginn on all 3 attempts and did not get Smith involved in his first game back in the lineup. This was not the game that any one expected and opens the door for a big matchup in 2 weeks against a surging Carolina team that pushed the Packers to the brink this week. Brees will get another great matchup next week against Tampa Bay to try and get things back on track. His longest pass play went for 22 yards up the seam to Cook and there were no real shots down the field.

2019 Week 8 vs ARI (34 / 43 / 373 / 3 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

After watching Teddy Bridgewater lead the Saints to a 5-0 record in his absence, Brees had seen enough. New Orleans could have easily held him out this week in favor of Bridgewater and given his thumb another 2 weeks to heal, but Brees showed everyone why it is his team and that he was ready to lead it again. Brees finished with more than 300 yards passing and 3 touchdowns in what looked to be a tune up game for him. He connected on a 15-yard pass to Latavius Murray in the flat for his first touchdown. It was a simple 3-yard check down pass that his running back turned up field and ran in for the score. His second touchdown was a 5-yard out route that went to Taysom Hill. Brees found Hill for an easy score between defenders and had all the time in the world to throw the ball. His final touchdown went to Michael Thomas and put the game out of reach for Arizona. It was a simple drag route across the middle of the field that Thomas caught for 5 yards and then spun and powered his was in for the last 4 for the touchdown. Brees threw the ball a lot this week as the Saints ran 72 offensive plays with almost 2/3 of them being passes. Brees made one mistake on the day when he tried to force the ball to his full back on a deep wheel route. He over threw Line and Patrick Peterson came down with an acrobatic interception. Outside of that play, Brees looked like his old self and ready to lead the team that has emerged as a favorite in the NFC. His thumb will get a week to heal while the Saints are on a Bye before taking on Atlanta in week 10.

2019 Week 2 vs LAR (3 / 5 / 38 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Continuing with the theme of not being the game that everyone was expecting, Brees had a very rough outing. On the first drive of the game he gave up a fluke interception where it looked like Jared Cook had come down with the catch before the ball was jarred loose by a big Eric Weddle hit and landed on top of a few bodies on the ground before being picked up by John Johnson. Brees was then hit in the hand by Aaron Donald on the next series and his day was done. He remained dressed on the sideline with a wrap on his hand for the rest of the game, but it was reported that he could not grip a football and never got the chance to come back in. Brees even had his helmet on when the teams came back out after half time, but he did not see the field. There is no current time table for his return.

2019 Week 1 vs HOU (32 / 43 / 370 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

The legend of Drew Brees continues to grow with every late 4th quarter comeback. The first half was rough for Brees as he threw an uncharacteristic red zone interception and only managed to put 3 points on the board before half. The interception came when the pocket collapsed and Brees scrambled to his right before trying to find Murray in the flat. The play was read perfectly by the defense that knew he was not a threat to run the ball and the linebacker was able to drop back in coverage for the interception. Brees made up for it later with his 2 touchdowns and the game winning drive was only 35 seconds left. The first touchdown came to Taysom Hill and was an easy read up the middle. Brees dropped back and found his quarterback/tight end across the middle for the score. The second touchdown came on the first play of the 4th quarter to TreíQuan Smith and was because Brees fled the collapsing pocket and created more time for himself, Brees was able to find Smith open after the receiver saw his quarterback in trouble and worked back towards him in the end zone. Brees let loose a low pass that only Smith could catch by going into a slide. In the 4thquarter, Brees hit Ginn for 41 yards on a 3rd and 2 play, and moved the ball 35 yards in 30 seconds to setup the game winning field goal. Look for Brees to have another big year in the high powered Saints offense.


Latest News

Saints | Drew Brees has quiet game (Fri Nov 29, 12:05 AM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees completed 18 of 30 passes for 184 yards and a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday, Nov. 28.

Our View: Brees was quiet in a game that didn't force the Saints to open up the offense to win. He'll face a fierce 49ers defense next week and should be on benches.
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Saints | Drew Brees tosses three scores (Sun Nov 24, 10:14 PM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees completed 30 of his 39 passes for 311 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in a 34-31 win over the Carolina Panthers in Week 12.

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