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Week 17 Outlook
Drew Brees has gas left in the tank
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees believes he has at least "a few more" years left in his playing career in the NFL. "When you first get into the league you think you're invincible, right?" Brees said via Good Morning Football. "You think you're going to last forever. But I understand now, I'm just finishing my 16th season and I'm probably a little closer to the end than I am the beginning. So I just want to create a tremendous sense of urgency for every single year. I don't want to look any further past this year and what's right in front of us. Especially with what we've gone through over the last three years while watching other teams from the NFC South go to the Super Bowl."
Brees, 38, will be entering his 17th season in the NFL. He is coming off of a 2016 campaign in which he passed for at least 5,000 yards for the first time since 2013. Playing in all 16 games in 2016, he produced a 5,208-37-15 quarterback stat line while continuing to play at an extremely high-level high level despite his age. As 2017 is his contract year, Brees will hit the open market in the 2018 offseason if the Saints fail to re-sign him to an extension.
Drew Brees throws for 350 yards in season finale
Drew Brees completed 29 of 50 passes for 350 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception on Sunday against the Falcons.
Brees finished his excellent season with 5,208 yards passing and 37 passing touchdowns. Other than a brief rough stretch in Weeks 13 and 14, Brees was as safe and reliable as ever this season, even solving his road woes (17:8 TD:INT ratio). Brees will be a top 5 quarterback in 2017 drafts.
Drew Brees throws for 299 yards and one touchdown in Week 16 victory
Drew Brees completed 23 of 34 pass attempts for 299 yards and one touchdown on Saturday against the Bucs. He had a 104.9 passer rating in a turnover free game. Brees did fumble once, but was able to recover it.
The Saints got a lot of work done on the ground in Week 16, as Brees threw the fewest attempts since Week 9 at home versus Denver. Brees plays on the road against Atlanta's wishy-washy defense in Week 17, making him a must-start in any format.
Drew Brees throws for 389 yards and four touchdowns against Arizona
Drew Brees put on an impressive bounce-back performance, after his two-game touchdown-less slump. He went 37-for-48 on pass attempts (77 percent) for 389 yards and four touchdowns. He was harassed by Arizona's stout defense, however, getting sacked three times with one lost fumble.
Brees showed the top-five quarterback ceiling he is capable of in Week 15. Brees has a tough task ahead in Week 16, as Tampa Bay has not allowed 300 yards or more than two touchdowns since Week 9 against Atlanta. Brees typically plays well at home, but it will be tough to trust him in the championship week of standard formats. Except for the bold contrarian, look elsewhere in DFS.
Drew Brees throws three interceptions in Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay
Drew Brees threw for 257 yards via a 25-for-41 passing line. He rushed once for a paltry two yards. His three interceptions tie Week 13's season-high mark, and Brees was sacked once.
Week 14 was the second week in a row where Drew Brees was held to zero touchdowns and three interceptions, and only the second zero touchdown game of Brees' season. Brees' 257 yards were his second lowest of the season. Brees is a top five fantasy quarterback on the season, but faces a stingy Arizona defense at home Week 15 and a chance for redemption in a rematch against Tampa Bay in New Orleans Week 16.
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