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Rapid Reaction: Drew Brees Remains With Saints (2020 Fantasy Football)

Mar 17, 2020

Drew Brees continues to lead a powerhouse Saints offense.

No Tom Brady redux here, as Drew Brees does as expected and signs a hefty two-year contract with the Saints. What does New Orleans’ offense look like in 2020 with Brees still at the helm? Our analysts have that covered here:

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Q1. What is the fantasy football impact of Drew Brees returning to New Orleans?

Even though we all knew it was happening, Brees returning to the Saints is the best thing for his fantasy value. They are a complete team and have a real shot at the championship, which is why you may see them snag a wide receiver early in the NFL Draft. The issue with expecting elite fantasy results is due to the decline in pass attempts. He’s now been held to less than 540 attempts in each of the last three years. Even if he’d played all 16 games in 2019, his pace was 550 pass attempts, not nearly enough for a pocket passer who does nothing with his legs. He should remain in the low-end QB1 conversation right now as someone who isn’t going to win you a fantasy championship, but also won’t lose it for you.
-Mike Tagliere (@MikeTagliereNFL)

Drew Brees resigning with the New Orleans Saints was expected, but it’s always nice to see that come through. Brees is one of the greatest QBs to ever play the game and we get to appreciate watching him for a couple more years now. For fantasy, he’s unlikely to be anything more than a QB2 at this point in his career though. You’ll most likely be able to roll him out in great matchups, but he’s not going to be a top-tier option for 2020.
-Kyle Yates (@KyleYNFL)

This was pretty much a given at this point, but it’s still good to see it official. Brees’ arm strength may have declined a bit but he’s still an elite real-life quarterback, completing at least 70 percent of his passes in each of the last four seasons. But Brees is no longer a top fantasy quarterback, and even if the Saints finally give him a legitimate second receiving option other than Michael Thomas this year, it’s unlikely that he’ll suddenly start attempting 600 passes per year again like he did in his heyday. Brees will remain a perfectly startable, low-end QB1
-Dan Harris (@danharris80)

Q2. Who else is impacted by Brees’ signing from a fantasy perspective?

This keeps Michael Thomas atop the wide receiver rankings, as he’s tied to the most accurate quarterback of all-time. It’s also much better for someone like Alvin Kamara, as Brees continually targets his running backs in the passing-game. Look for him to have positive regression in the touchdown department this year. While Teddy Bridgewater did a solid job filling in last year, he didn’t support multiple fantasy options in the passing game like Brees does.
-Mike Tagliere (@MikeTagliereNFL)

Michael Thomas is very happy with this news, along with all MT Dynasty owners. Thomas and Brees have been unstoppable the past few years and that will only continue into 2020 & 2021.
-Kyle Yates (@KyleYNFL)

Brees’ return keeps Michael Thomas as the top receiver in the game given his target share and connection with Brees, as well as Brees’ accuracy. It similarly keeps Alvin Kamara as a top-five back in half- and full-PPR leagues, as he should continue to see a bevy of targets in the passing game. In short, this is very good news for Thomas and Kamara and will keep them as elite fantasy options.
-Dan Harris (@danharris80)

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