2019 Fantasy Football Drew Brees Player Profile

If you are interested in only the best in your quarterbacks, then this fantasy football Drew Bress player profile should be just what you need. As we gear up to the start of the NFL season, Football Absurdity is going to bring you a comprehensive breakdown of every notable player that will be available in fantasy football drafts.  When you don’t see us talking about Christine Michael or Mike Davis, don’t get mad at us for neglecting your favorite sleeper.  Get mad at yourself for having bad taste in football players.

When looking at my player profiles, It is important to note that I think quarterback play is replaceable for low-end QB1’s.  So when I evaluate quarterback prospects, I am looking for top three potential  This will skew my perspective and analysis.  Because I am gambling on upside, I tend to draft two quarterbacks and the quarterbacks I draft tend to be younger.

Fantasy Football Drew Brees

Standard: 7th among QBs, 78th overall

PPR: 7th among QBs, 86th overall

Drew Brees Average Auction Value (AAV) $200 Budget: $10

Stats:

Rank Total Points PPG Rank PPG
2018 9 303.8 8 20.3
2017 9 248.6 11 16.6
2016 3 312.3 4 20.8

Overview: “Should I draft Drew Brees?” The answer to that question is clear.

Drew Brees has been a mainstay in the fantasy QB ranks for over a decade. The pinnacle of consistency, Brees has averaged over 16 points per game and started at least 15 games for the past 13 seasons. He has some amazing weapons in Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas, and Sean Payton really knows how to maximize Brees’ skillset.

Yet the answer to “should I draft Drew Brees” is a resounding “nuh-uh.”

Strategy: Football Absurdity’s Auction Value ($200 budget): $1

Brees finished as the #8 fantasy QB last year, but season totals paint a deceptive picture. If you look at his game totals, a disturbing trend emerges:

Drew Brees 2018 Fantasy Game Log

Week Points
1 37
2 21
3 45
4 8
5 32
6 BYE
7 20
8 8
9 38
10 34
11 38
12 28
13 9
14 16
15 6
16 19
17 N/A

Things were going great until Week 13, where his performance fell off a cliff. This wasn’t due to an outside factor like a coaching decision to run more, Brees’ mechanics deteriorated noticeably. Despite resting week 17 and the wild card week (New Orleans had a bye), Brees just didn’t get better. Check out how bad his pass was on the play that ended their playoff run:

Yes, he did have a defender bearing down on him, but this is Drew Brees. He is a Hall of Fame-caliber slinger who should have put some mustard on that throw because it’s overtime in the NFC Championship game! 

This wasn’t an aberration, Drew Brees’ deep ball game is just gone. His QB rating nosedived from 128 to 96 in weeks 12 and 13. Most importantly he looked bad: Actually watching game tape will give you an edge over owners who try to cheat code all their research by just looking at stats. Watch how off his pass was on this simple screen play:

There is a long trend of top tier quarterbacks being great up until they just fall off a cliff in terms of performance. Peyton Manning and Brett Favre immediately spring to mind as quarterbacks who followed up career-defining years with stinkers. Drew Brees is likely about to put up a stinker of a season. In a game where quarterback play can make or break one’s fantasy outcomes, and where there are so many other viable options at this position, the path to avoiding defeat is clear: The answer to “should I draft Drew Brees” is a resounding “NO!”

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