The Saints selected offensive lineman Andrus Peat with the 13th pick in the first round.
Fantasy Impact: Any help along the revamped offensive line will only be a benefit to QB Drew Brees next year. The more time the team can provide to one of the best quarterbacks in the league, the better the team is going to be. Considering Brees has been sacked more times over the past two years than at any other time in his career, the selection should certainly make him happy going into next season.
Brees told reporter Alex Flanagan that he "couldn’t believe" Graham was traded. “I’m as shocked as everyone else. I love the guy,” Brees said. He lost one of his favorite targets, but may have improved his offensive line protection with Pro Bowl center Max Unger now with the Saints.
Fantasy Impact: This move could be a shift toward a more run oriented team (think Dallas Cowboys) with the addition of Unger and the re-signing of Mark Ingram. Let's not forget that the Saints also received a 1st round pick in this deal and they could move up to find Brees another offensive weapon.
Brees threw for another 300 yard game, but 2 costly INTs ended the Saints post-season hopes.
Fantasy Impact: It was another so so game for Brees where his final stats did not look so bad, but he didn't do enough to help the Saints win. The offense looked out of sync again as the Saints lost another home game. Brees put up another solid season, but he is in desperate need of another playmaker on offense.
Drew Brees lit up the Bears on Monday night. He finished completing 29-of-36 passes with 3 TDs in the win.
Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners who have survived with Brees performing at sub-Brees levels were rewarded with a huge game for their semi-finals. Next week, Brees takes on an awful Atlanta team at home. He's a top-tier QB1 for the fantasy finals.
Brees saved his worst game of the year for the fantasy playoffs as he threw for only 235 with 1 TD and 1 INT. He was under constant pressure and couldn't get anything going until the game was way out of hand.
Fantasy Impact: Next week should be a little easier for Brees as he faces a similar up and down team in the Chicago Bears. But the Saints are a complete mess right now and anything can happen. The Bears are 29th against the pass.
Brees had his best day so far this year as he threw for 257 yards and 5 TDs with no picks.
Fantasy Impact: The Saints started off slow, but Brees got the offense going as he connected with 5 different players, none of them Jimmy Graham. The Panthers are up next for the Saints. Brees threw for almost 300 yds and 1 TD against Carolina earlier in the season. Look for him to post top 5 QB1 numbers next week.
Drew Brees thew the ball 45 times for 420 yards and three touchdowns. But he once again threw an interception that was returned for a TD in the Saints' 34-27 loss to the Ravens on Monday night.
Fantasy Impact: It was the 3rd pick six of the season for Brees as the Saints have now lost three straight games at home. They go on the road this week to Pittsburgh where brees should put up solid numbers against the 17th ranked pass defense in the league.
Brees threw for 255 yards and a TD as the Saints couldn't get anything going against the Bengals. The Saints and Brees put together some long drives, but were unable to convert on 4th down and had to settle for a FG on another long drive.
Fantasy Impact: Brees did not have a bad day, as he moved the ball downfield, but the entire offense was sluggish and fell behind quickly in the second half. Brees didn't turn the ball over this game, but had a hard time throwing it deep as he settled for short passes.
Teammates have been agitated that their quarterback is so upbeat during a losing season. (Source: Fox Sports)
Fantasy Impact: Brees has had a down year this year and there is reason for fantasy owners to also be agitated. He has his lowest yards per game and yards per attempt since 2010 and his lowest touchdown percentage since 2007; he is still on pace for over 5000 yards, but he is more of a top-seven to ten quarterback this year, not the top-three quarterback that was drafted. In leagues where there are points per completion, Brees will always have a substantial value, but he has yet to be a top option at QB this year and may not be worthy of a big move if you have a need for a top QB. The Bengals' pass defense is 20th in the league, so Brees does have an opportunity to be a top QB this week, but he is beneath the tier that includes Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, and Tom Brady this season.
Brees turned in another soild fantasy day ( 292 yards & 3 TDs) but had three turnovers (2 INTs and 1 fumble) that hurt his stat line and the Saints chances at a victory.
Fantasy Impact: It's beginning to sound like a broken record, but Brees continues to force the ball and turn it over at the worst time in the game. He now has 12 INTs on the season. He should bounce back against the Bengals next week, but the turnovers are becoming a concern.
Drew Brees finished Thursday's win against the Panthers going 24/34 for 297 yards and 1 TD. He also added 1 rushing TD, his first of the year.
Fantasy Impact: It was a slow and ugly start for Brees. He was picked off and fumbled a few times before hitting his stride just before the half. Fantasy owners should feel relieved Brees was able to finish as strong as he did. Brees and the Saints get a nice break before hosting San Francisco in the comfort of the Superdome.
Drew Brees completed 27-of-32 passes for 311 yards and 3 TDs in Sunday's win against the Packers.
Fantasy Impact: Brees has been lingering in the land of solid fantasy QB all season, producing nothing bad, but nothing great either. Sunday against the Packers, Brees showed why he was drafted as a top-3 fantasy QB. Perhaps this game will build the momentum for Brees as owners make the push for the playoffs. He has a great matchup against the Panthers next week.
Brees completed 28-of-45 passes for 342 yards and two touchdowns but has thrown a pick in 5 of 6 games.
Fantasy Impact: He's gone over 300 yards in 4 of 6 games this season, but continues to throw costly INTs almost every game. Brees is a weekly play, but not quite playing up to his top 3 or 4 preseason QB ranking.
Brees completed 35-of-57 passes for 371 yards and 2 TDs, but did not look sharp against the Bucs. He made some poor choices that led to turnovers with one being a pick six.
Fantasy Impact: The yardage and 2 TDs were nice, but Brees has now thrown a pick in 4 of 5 games and has 7 INTs for the season. The Saints head into a bye week and hopefully can correct some mistakes before they face a tough Lions defense.
Brees threw for 340 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in a blowout loss to the Cowboys Sunday Night.
Fantasy Impact: The Saints offense barely had the ball in the first half as DeMarco Murray ran all over the Saints for 87 yards before halftime. Brees went into "catch up" mode as the Saints were down 24 - 0. He faces a Bucs defense that allow the Falcons and Steelers to shred them for over 300 passing yards the last two weeks.
Vikings CB Captain Munnerlyn was called for unnecessary roughness for slamming Brees to the turf in the third quarter. Brees reaction to the slam seemed to wake up a sleeping Saints offense as they rolled the Vikes in a 20 - 9 victory. (Source: NOLA.com)
Fantasy Impact: The penalty gave the Saints a 1st down and Brees quickly followed it up with a with a 19-yard completion to Brandin Cooks and an 18-yard touchdown to Marques Colston. Brees faces a Cowboys team that he is 4-2 against with an average of 347 yards passing with 16 total touchdowns.
The Browns used seven defensive backs early in the game to confuse Drew Brees. The Saints were shut out in the first quarter and Brees threw a pick six in the second half. (Source: The Plain Dealer)
Fantasy Impact: Brees is a completely different player on the road and has had a particularly difficult time with the Browns defense (he had 2 picks returned for a TD in their last meeting.) Brees should get back on track next week at home versus the Vikings.
"It reminds me of the game that we played here back in 2010," said Brees, who threw for 333 yards and a touchdown. "We went into overtime, we got the fumble, we kicked a field goal and we won. So, this matchup has gone back and forth quite a bit. Obviously, we've won our fair share. Unfortunately, we just fell a little short today." (Source: NOLA.com)
Fantasy Impact: Brees did throw one costly pick, but otherwise turned in a good fantasy day. Next week Brees will go against a Cleveland defense that gave up 365 passing yards to Ben Roethlisberger in week 1. He should be a top play next week.
Drew Brees had a great night during Saturday's preseason game against Indianapolis. He went 9-of-15 for 128 yards and 2 touchdowns. This was his first live game action of 2014. He had previously been held out with an oblique injury.
Fantasy Impact: This was exactly what the fantasy community wanted to see from Brees. He seems to be past the oblique problem and is setup to have a ridiculous season. Even though he can be occasionally erratic on the road, Brees will finish as a top-3 QB, with potential to finish #1 overall.
Fantasy Impact: Allee-Walsh suggested that Brees will make his pre-season debut Saturday night against the Indianapolis Colts. Starters usually play most of the 1st half in the 3rd preseason game, but the Saints may play it safe with Brees and only let him go a series or two.
Drew Brees sat out of Friday's preseason contest against the Titans to rest his sore oblique. He was spotted throwing passes during warmups. (Source: Mike Triplett on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: He's fine everyone. There have been no concerning reports about the elite QB missing any regular season games. It would be nice if Brees could get some live reps with rookie sensation Brandin Cooks, but Brees is so good it shouldn't be too much of a hinderance. Continue to draft Brees as you normally would.
Brees has been sidelined for a week and a half with an abdominal injury, so it's a good sign to see him out at practice in pads. (Source: WWL 870 am Radio)
Fantasy Impact: WWL Saints Sideline Reporter Kristian Garic said "I still don't expect him to play Friday night in the second preseason game." As previously mentioned, the Saints are in no rush to get Brees on the field. You will only see him at 100% and probably only for a series or two.
Ed Werder tweeted today that he expects the Saints to "be cautious with Drew Brees strained oblique" and "wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't return until next week." (Source: Ed Werder ESPN on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The Saints don't want any setbacks, so there is no need to rush the veteran Brees back anytime soon. However, Brandin Cooks is missing valuable playing time with Brees and their timing could be a little off if the Saints QB stays out for an extended time.
Drew Brees missed the Saturday scrimmage after straining his left oblique during Friday morning's practice. The injury is not considered serious and has been labeled day-to-day. (Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Fantasy Impact: This doesn't appear to be anything serious. Brees should still be drafted as an elite QB. Look for an update on Monday when the Saints return to practice. Brees' current ADP is 15.
Drew Brees has stated he would like to play in the NFL until he turns 45. This would put him in an elite longevity club, generally reserved for kickers. Brees (who turns 36 this season) has overcome tremendous obstacles in his career already, making this all the more plausible. (Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Fantasy Impact: This is the kind of thing dynasty and keeper league owners like to hear. Knowing that Brees still has the passion and desire to play another 10 seasons is tremendously comforting. He remains a top 3 option at QB and looks like he may stay there longer than people would imagine. Brees is currently the 2nd QB being drafted with an ADP of 15.
Brees had a "down year" and still managed to throw for 4,952 yards and 33 touchdown passes. The loss of TE Jimmy Graham is going to hurt his fantasy value and the Saints seem to want to commit to the running game more, but Brees should still be a Top-5 fantasy option at 36-years old.