In our week twelve quarterback sit or start counterpoint, I’m going to tell you why you should start Drew Brees. I know what you are thinking. Waleed, didn’t Jeff tell us to bench Drew Brees this week? Yes, he did. And he is wrong and should feel bad for even entertaining the thought of benching Drew Brees. Because in fantasy football, the number one rule is DON’T SIT YOUR STUDS!
The question remains this year whether Drew Brees actually is a fantasy football stud. This year, in standard scoring leagues, Brees has been a low-end QB1. Truth be told, for many of his owners, he has been a disappointment based on where he was drafted. But one fact remains — he’s still Drew freakin’ Brees.
The reason his numbers have been down is mainly because whenever Mark Ingram or Alvin Kamara touch the ball, they have a nasty habit of running it 20 yards for a touchdown. Drew Brees just hasn’t had as many opportunities to score touchdowns. Which is why I like his matchup against the Los Angeles Rams.
I know it is a scary matchup. The Los Angeles Rams have given up the fifth fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. But this game feels like it is going to be a battle of two of the best offenses in football, trying to see who can put up the most points. If one team gets a lead, you know the other team is going to start slinging it. And there is nobody I want slinging the football more than Drew Brees.
What many people fail to realize is that Drew Brees might be having the best seasons of his career. Nobody realizes it because of how balanced the New Orleans offense has been. Last season, Sam Bradford set an NFL record by having a completion percentage of 71.6%. That also happens to be same rate Drew Brees is completing his passes. But Bradford produced that completion percentage in an anemic offense that struggled to get points or yards. Drew Brees hasn’t had that problem.
It almost seems counter-intuitive that Brees would see a dip in numbers because of how good he is doing, but Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints offense are both efficient and dominating. Right now, the Saints are 1st in total offensive yards on the season. They are 3rd in points per game, 2nd in passing yards per game and 3rd in rushing yards per game. The reason Brees has had a dip in numbers is because their offense is able to beat you in so many different ways.
So while I can understand why you might hesitate at the prospect of starting Drew Brees, this really is a no-brainer. You don’t sit your studs. And there is no bigger stud in the NFL right now than Drew Brees. While he is not dominating the fantasy charts the way he has in the past, he is absolutely dominating on the football field. Every time that Drew Brees is throwing the football, you have an opportunity to have an amazing performance from his. That is why you have to start Drew Brees.
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