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2013 Fantasy Outlook: Drew Brees

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Drew Brees | New Orleans Saints | QB

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Fantasy Football Outlook: Don’t read too much into talk about the Saints wanting to run the football more this season. The Saints will attempt to run more, but their defense leaves much to be desired as they were one of the worst groups statistically in the history of the NFL last year and are switching to a 3-4 base defense.

We certainly shouldn’t believe in new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan to turn things around given his history so expect Brees to remain as one of the top quarterbacks in passing attempts this season. I do have concerns about the teams left tackle situation, but Brees is a savvy veteran and I’m sure with the help of Sean Payton they will find ways to make things work.

Consider Brees and Aaron Rodgers the only quarterbacks worth drafting in the first three rounds of even 12-team leagues with the depth at the position giving us the luxury of waiting for a quarterback.

Passing Stats Rushing Stats
Yards TD INT Yards TD
2013 Projected Stats 4,845 41 16 11 0
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Year Age Tm G GS Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Y/G Rate Sk
2001 22 SDG 1 0 15 27 55.6 221 1 0 221.0 94.8 2
2002 23 SDG 16 16 320 526 60.8 3284 17 16 205.3 76.9 24
2003 24 SDG 11 11 205 356 57.6 2108 11 15 191.6 67.5 21
2004* 25 SDG 15 15 262 400 65.5 3159 27 7 210.6 104.8 18
2005 26 SDG 16 16 323 500 64.6 3576 24 15 223.5 89.2 27
2006*+ 27 NOR 16 16 356 554 64.3 4418 26 11 276.1 96.2 18
2007 28 NOR 16 16 440 652 67.5 4423 28 18 276.4 89.4 16
2008* 29 NOR 16 16 413 635 65.0 5069 34 17 316.8 96.2 13
2009* 30 NOR 15 15 363 514 70.6 4388 34 11 292.5 109.6 20
2010* 31 NOR 16 16 448 658 68.1 4620 33 22 288.8 90.9 25
2011* 32 NOR 16 16 468 657 71.2 5476 46 14 342.3 110.6 24
2012* 33 NOR 16 16 422 670 63.0 5177 43 19 323.6 96.3 26
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To help you get ready for draft day you will notice articles for ADP advice, cheat sheets, mock drafts and projected stats for Drew Brees here. During the season, you can also find regular weekly ranking articles at this section as well.

Welcome to Drew Brees fantasy football outlook archive. At this section of Brees player page you will notice our past thoughts and advice for fantasy football.

Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections

Drew Brees took his game to another level with the addition of Darren Sproles and the Jimmy Graham rise to stardom. Because Brees is so sharp in his pre snap reads, he knows how to manipulate the defense wit these two players, often creating mismatches.

While the Saints continue to mix in the run, this offense will go through Brees and with suspensions enforced on the defense, with new veterans coming to town, expect the Saints to have an even harder time on defense.

One thing I’ve thought about, for some time now; how will the loss of Sean Payton affect this offense? While we’ve not seen Payton entirely out of the picture before, we did get a glimpse into the future when Payton was forced to remain in a booth after a leg injury, forced him from the sidelines.

Because Payton’s injury happened at the start of their week six game against the Buccaneers, I’ve included Brees’s stats in that game and have a chart below on his performance when Payton was in the booth.

OPP Comp Att Yards TD INT
@Buccaneers 29 45 383 1 3
Colts 31 35 325 5 0
@ Rams 30 44 269 1 2
Buccaneers 27 36 258 2 1
Avg 29.25 40 308.75 2 1.5

While it’s hard to trend against ranking Brees as the No.2 fantasy quarterback, those numbers above are down in all key categories being yards, touchdowns and interception (this one was actually up, which of course is a negative) when Payton was out.

Furthermore, look at the teams they played, Colts, Rams, and twice against the Buccaneers (Saints have a history of problems with Tampa Bay), these are the bottom feeder teams in the league, surely you would think Brees wouldn’t have down numbers against these teams. Almost makes you wonder what will happen when they play stiffer competition?

Again, Brees is still a top quarterback in fantasy, I’m mainly pointing this information out above to suggest it shouldn’t surprise anyone if he struggles a little more this year.

Passing Stats Rushing Stats
Yards TD INT Yards TD
2012 Projected Stats 4,888 38 19 61 0

Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections

The Saints’ offense seemed to start out slow coming off their Super Bowl season but in the end Drew Brees had another fabulous stat line that fantasy owners felt good about. With so much success it would seem like Brees should be at least the second best quarterback in fantasy football but in some leagues you might see him go as low as the fourth or fifth quarterback selected this summer.

Brees will probably post great stats once again but with the emergence of Michael Vick and Philip Rivers last season, fantasy owners have more options to consider beyond Brees, Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers as an elite quarterbacks. Then again, when half of a ten team league is getting at clear top notch quarterback, it starts to make me wonder if there is such a thing as a clear dominant thrower these days. Anyway you slice it, Brees should post top flight numbers once again as the Saints gear up for another run at a Championship.

Passing Stats Rushing Stats
Yards TD INT Yards TD
2011 Projected Stats 4,554 33 14 10 0

2010 Preview

Drew Brees has been one of the top fantasy quarterbacks for the past four seasons. Expect Brees to continue his aggressive ways in the passing game as he should have all his talent around him once again in 2010

2010 Fantasy Football Outlook

2009 Fantasy Year In Review: What else can be said about Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints last season. Brees had another great fantasy season even tough the Saints had the hardest schedule against the pass coming into the year.

With a solid offensive line and a great supporting cast, Brees led his team to a Super Bowl victory as they now ride on their high horse into this season.

Audio: QB Drew Brees | 2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings

2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings: What else can Brees and the Saints great offense do but have more success. Peyton Manning failed to win a Super Bowl with a highly aggressive offense and the team played it more conservative and won a championship.

That formula wasn’t needed for Brees and his team as they thrived on being aggressive and have won a Super Bowl doing so. Because they have won this way, fantasy owners should expect this offense to continue doing what has taken them to a title. That plan of attack, is very good for Brees and his fantasy value as he should post another terrific season.


– Aggressive

– 30 Plus Touchdowns A Year

– Plays In A Dome

– Great Supporting Cast


– Doesn’t Pickup Rushing Yards

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