QB Teddy Bridgewater - New Orleans Saints
|6-2, 210||Born: 10-10-1992||College: Louisville||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2014|
Week 14: vs San Francisco 49ers
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
Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Teddy Bridgewater's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 7 vs CHI (23 / 38 / 281 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 7 / 0 rush)
The legend of Bridgewater continues on New Orleans after moving to 5-0 as the starter. After special teams spotted him a 2-0 on a blocked punt safety, Bridgewater started the offensive scoring with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Josh Hill. The short drive came after the defense recovered a Chicago fumble and Bridgewater found Hill all alone in the flat before turning it up field and extending the ball across the goal line. It was a perfect read on the zone coverage and there was not a Bears defender within 5 yards of Hill when he made the catch. The second touchdown pass went to Taysom Hill for 4 yards. It was a simple bubble screen play where Bridgewater got the ball into his hands quickly and let Hill do the rest of the work. Bridgewater carried the ball 4 times for 7 yards but was not needed to run this week. 6 of his 7 yards came on a single carry and he was only sacked once for a loss of 8 yards. Bridgewater connected on long plays of 34 yards to Michael Thomas and 45 yards to Ted Ginn. The connection with Thomas continues as the pair connected on 9 of 11 passes for over 100 yards this week. Bridgewater has a great matchup next week against the Cardinals defense and has done nothing but improve his stock while filling in for Brees this season.
2019 Week 6 vs JAX (24 / 36 / 240 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 0 / 0 rush)
It was not the glamorous stat line from last week, but Bridgewater did enough to get the Saints a win this week. He completed 66% of his passes, connected with Jared Cook for the lone touchdown of the game, and did not turn the ball over. Bridgewater is showing why the Saints turned to him as the starting quarterback instead of Taysom Hill. Bridgewater pushed the ball down the field this week with a 26-yard completion to Michael Thomas, a 27-yard connection with Ted Ginn, and a 20-yard dime to Jared Cook. Bridgewater had his first touchdown taken off the board when a holding call brought back a Latavius Murray screen play that went for a touchdown. The touchdown pass that actually counted went to Jared Cook for 4 yards across the middle. The play looked like it was starting to break down and Bridgewater stepped up in the pocket and delivered a strike to Cook in the seam for the score. Myles Jack had tight coverage, but it was a great throw from Bridgewater. It was not a flashy game for the Saints offense, but they were able to do just enough to get the win. Bridgewater will take on a Bears team that he knows well from his time in the NFC North with the Vikings next week.
2019 Week 5 vs TB (26 / 34 / 314 / 4 / 1 pass, 5 / 7 / 0 rush)
Bridgewater is doing everything he can to make it tough for the Saints when Brees comes back. He has won every game that he has started so far and is starting to build chemistry with his receivers. This week he set a new career high for touchdown passes and led the Saints to a win against a divisional opponent that was coming off a big win the week before. His first touchdown was a 14-yard out route that Thomas turned up field and dove right at the pylon for the score. The second touchdown was the first of the year for Jared Cook and was a simple slant pattern that let the big bodied tight end power his way into the end zone. His third touchdown was a great 33-yard pass to a wide-open Ted Ginn in the middle of the field where Tampa had rolled the coverage to the outside and led to the easy score. The final touchdown went to Michael Thomas again and went for 12 yards up the seam and had a broken tackle and spin move to get into the end zone. The only blemish on the day for Bridgewater was an interception that was not his fault. Bridgewater threw a pass to Alvin Kamara on a short wheel route and Kamara bobbled the ball right into the arms of his defender. The pass led him perfectly up the field to run for additional yards, but Kamara was unable to pull it in and it cost Bridgewater an interception. This team will go back to Brees when he returns from injury, but Bridgewater is giving them an interesting trade chip or an extended interview for the quarterback of their future.
2019 Week 4 vs DAL (23 / 30 / 193 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 8 / 0 rush)
It was not pretty, but the Saints moved to 3-1 on the season after escaping at home against Dallas. The defense stepped up when needed and held Dallas to just 10 points as the offense fell flat and could only muster 4 field goals this week. Teddy Bridgewater was sacked 5 times and threw an interception on the first offensive drive of the game for the Saints. Dallas held Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas in check this week, but the offense was able to move the ball just enough to get the field goals they needed. The defense forced 2 fumbles and came up with a big interception on the final play of the game to seal the win. New Orleans has looked dysfunctional on offense since losing Brees, but now have 2 wins with Bridgewater starting. The Saints take on Tampa Bay at home in week 5 and will need a much better showing on offense after the Buccaneers hung 55 points on the Rams this weekend.
2019 Week 3 vs SEA (19 / 27 / 177 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 12 / 0 rush)
Things did not look great for Bridgewater last week when he took over for Brees and they were still a little shaky this week. The Saints got big plays out of their stars when they needed them and that included both touchdown passes from Bridgewater. The first was a 29-yard screen pass to Kamara where he followed his blockers into the second level, stiff armed a defender, and ran down the sideline for the score. Bridgewater had a clean pocket and it was an easy completion with Kamara doing the rest of the work for the score. The second came to Michael Thomas on the first drive of the second half. It was a 4th and 1 play from the 1-yard line. Bridgewater took a single step drop, threw a dart to Thomas in a bunch set, and he was able to fall into the end zone for the score. Bridgewater was spotted 14 points by the defense after a punt return and a fumble return for a touchdown and that was more than enough to keep the lead. Bridgewater did not turn over the ball and was not sacked this week. His next test will be at home Sunday night against the Cowboys.
2019 Week 2 vs LAR (17 / 30 / 165 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Trying to fill in for Brees is a tough thing to do, and even more difficult when the rest of the offense is flat. Bridgewater came in on the 3rd drive of the game and saw the offense implode for the rest of the game. The running game came to a complete halt and Bridgewater saw his tight end drop key passes a commit penalties that cost the team points. He was also under constant pressure from the Rams defensive front and did not have time to push the ball down the field. His arm looked great as he zipped passes all over the field, but the Saints could not sustain drives or come away with touchdowns. Bridgewater got in a rhythm with Thomas late, but the Rams scored twice and the end of the 3rd and beginning of the 4th quarters to put this one away. Bridgewater did not turn the ball over but completed just 56% of his passes and was sacked twice for a loss of 16 yards. Bridgewater is still projected to be the starter next week but will need a much better showing to fend of Taysom Hill from taking that job.
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