After missing week 3 with a shoulder injury, Drew Brees returned in week 4 to lead the New Orleans Saints to an overtime victory over the Dallas Cowboys. He did so in dramatic fashion as he threw an 80-yard touchdown pass in overtime for his 400th career TD pass. The milestones weren’t done there, earlier in the game he logged his 5,000th career pass completion.
Brees put any worries you may have regarding his shoulder to rest as he went out and had his best game of the season; completing 80% of his passes with 359 yards and 2 TDs, all season-highs. No matter his success, there will still be doubters and critics. “He has a poor supporting cast.” “He’s not healthy.” “He’s getting old.”
Even at 36 years old, Drew Brees remains one of the most reliable QBs in the league, especially from a fantasy standpoint. As long as Brees is around, the Saints are always going to be a pass happy team. In 3 games so far, he has averaged over 40 pass attempts per game with over 320 passing yards and a TD. I’ll take those numbers and a good 20 fantasy points each week.
Some may bring up the argument that he doesn’t have a good supporting cast which will hurt his fantasy value, I think the opposite. His running game isn’t terrible, Mark Ingram, Khiry Robinson and C.J. Spiller are a solid tandem and all bring a good quality to the table. They are all solid receivers as well. While the offensive line has allowed Brees to be sacked 9 times already, they’re an improved unit from last season and just need more cohesion on the line. As for his primary weapons in the WR corps, it doesn’t matter who he has. Brees is the type of QB who will work with what he has, and excel while doing so. He can spread the ball around to guys like Cooks, Colston, Snead, etc.
I’m definitely buying Drew Brees for the rest of the football fantasy season. As long as he is around, the Saints will lean on his arm and give him plenty of opportunities to produce. Even at his age, he is among the best QBs in the game and a must start on gamedays. He should have a field day against Philadelphia’s secondary in week 5.