Drew Brees is coming off an impressive 2014 campaign where he threw for 4,952 yards and 33 touchdowns. Unfortunately, the New Orleans Saints and Brees lost a premier target when tight end Jimmy Graham was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in the off season. The departure of Graham will be felt in the Saints offense but if you can count on anything this year it will be Brees and the coaching staff tinkering with the offense to fit the new personnel.
Wide receiver Brandin Cooks looks to emerge as the primary target in the Saints offense this year, while Brees and Cooks connected for 550 yards and 3 touchdowns last season. Brees also has a new weapon in running back C.J Spiller, who is expected to be the versatile pass catching back in the Saints offensive scheme. The wildcard target for Brees this season has to be Nick Toon, as the 6’4, 218 pound wide receiver looks to make a big splash in the NFL this year. Drew Brees has never had a problem finding open wide receivers and moving the ball in New Orleans, while the Saints also return WR Marques Colston, who has been very reliable over the years.
Drew Brees had almost identical home vs. away splits last season and is a lock to put up fantasy points every week. In home games Brees threw for 2,490 yards with 16 touchdowns completing 69.1% compared to 2,462 yards on the road, 17 touchdowns and completing 69.3%. These splits should ease your mind on Brees away from the dome in New Orleans, as that is one reason fantasy owners tend to shy away from Brees in the earlier rounds. There is also the fear of New Orleans losing Graham and speedster Kenny Stills, while also turning into a more run-based offense.
That could very well happen, but automatically assuming it crushes Brees’ fantasy appeal is lazy thinking, since Brees still managed to put up over 4,388 passing yards and 34 touchdowns back in 2009, when he tossed just 514 passes (he’s topped 650 in each of the last five years). Brees’ standing amongst fantasy passers that year? Second overall, with over 290 fantasy points. With a conservative estimate, that’d put him right back where he was a year ago, as the fifth or sixth best option at the position. And with the run helping to set things up, Brees