QB Drew Brees - New Orleans Saints
|6-1, 220||Born: 1-15-1979||College: Purdue||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2001|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 11): Brees was a Week 10 dud in a great matchup with Atlanta at home, but he'll get a chance to redeem himself against Tampa Bay next week.
Week 11: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
FBG says: Great matchup. In two games back from injury, Drew Brees has run the gamut with a dazzling Week 8 and a dud in last Sunday's stunning loss. Brees carved up the Cardinals for 373 yards and 3 scores, but managed just 6.4 touchdown-less yards per attempt against the Falcons' pitiful secondary. Overall, it's probably more fair to give the future Hall of Famer the benefit of the doubt and call last week's hiccup a fluke. He was uncharacteristically pressured in the pocket Sunday, taking sacks and failing to hit on much down the field. Brees draws another attractive matchup in Week 11, taking on the Buccaneers' weak pass defense. If his line can regroup and keep Shaquil Barrett out of the pocket, he should have plenty of time to let Michael Thomas work through the secondary and produce. Thomas continues to bully all comers, posting 89+ yards in 8 of 9 games thus far. Boasting an 84% catch rate over the past 2 seasons, he's the most dependable WR1 in all of fantasy. The rest of the wideouts are situational threats only, but perhaps Jared Cook will stay more involved after a Week 10 breakout (74 yards on 10 targets). Altogether, Thomas, Alvin Kamara, and Cook will likely account for at least 65-70% of the opportunity in this offense, and they could hardly ask for a more permissive matchup. All three project to find success in this fantastic bounce-back spot. The Buccaneers continue to field one of football's weaker pass defenses. They're giving up 7.7 yards per attempt and 316 per game, with 7 opponents throwing multiple touchdowns. At least they took a proactive step this week in waiving former first-round bust Vernon Hargreaves. The embattled cornerback had been shuffled around the lineup but never became even a passable cover man, and he'd been benched for loafing in Week 10. Rookie Jamel Dean will move into his full-time role, and he's been a mixed bag in limited action. Slot cornerback M.J. Stewart remains a major liability, and the outside men took turns giving up huge downfield completions last week. Even prized rookie Devin White got in on the catastrophe; on a routine third-quarter crossing route, he broke up an easy teammate tackle to help spring a 55-yard play. With holes all over this secondary, and a pass rush that's trending downward, this remains a thoroughly beatable unit. Drew Brees has often found success in this matchup, and he's in a fantastic bounce-back spot Sunday.
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Drew Brees's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
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 NewsSaints | Drew Brees throws for 287 yards (Sun Nov 10, 05:01 PM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees went 32-for-45 for 287 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 10. Our View: Brees was a dud in a matchup that should have yielded one of his best lines of the season. The Falcons pass rush came alive for the first time this year and Brees wasn't able to make plays as a downfield passer. He'll have a good matchup against the Bucs next week but this result will induce some hesitation at lineup setting time.
link to story Saints | Drew Brees poised to shred Atlanta? (Fri Nov 8, 09:35 PM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees faces the Atlanta Falcons in Week 10, and the Falcons have allowed the third most passing touchdowns this season while ranking last in both sacks and takeaways. Our View: The Saints are at home, and that always makes Brees an attractive option. He's a QB1 as per usual this week.
link to story Saints | Drew Brees ready to play (Fri Nov 8, 06:38 PM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (thumb) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 8, and is not on the injury report for Week 10. link to story Saints | New Orleans' Week 10 injury report (Fri Nov 8, 03:55 PM) - New Orleans Saints CB Patrick Robinson (hamstring) was a limited participant in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Week 10 against the Atlanta Falcons. OT Terron Armstead (illness) was added to the injury report Friday, Nov. 8, while TE Josh Hill (calf) was limited; both players have been cleared to play. TE Jared Cook (ankle), WR Tre'Quan Smith (ankle), QB Drew Brees (thumb) and RB Alvin Kamara (knee, ankle) fully participated in practice Friday and no longer appear on the injury report. link to story Saints | Drew Brees takes part in practice (Thu Nov 7, 07:39 PM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (thumb) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 7. link to story More News
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