Drew Brees Fantasy Football Outlook & Value 2019

After an impressive run to the NFC Championship Game, Brees finished with the second highest QBR of 2018 at 80.8. His other stats weren’t necessarily as impressive (13th in passing yards, tied for 6th in TDs) but he still produced well from a fantasy standpoint. He also broke the QB passing yards record in the 2018 campaign on a 62-yard TD bomb. Brees will be 40-years-old going into the season, but this likely won’t be the year that he slows down. Just ask ESPN’s Mike Triplett, the Saints‘ beat reporter.

Any roster fitted with Michael Thomas is going to have a lot of success in the air. Thomas finished last season number one in receptions at 125 and 6th in yards at 1,405. Ted Ginn Jr. is sliding into the WR2 spot, which isn’t a bad second option for Brees. Is this going to be Brees’ most productive season? Probably not — he’s entering the 4th decade of his life. But don’t let that fool you, he’ll still be an incredible fantasy asset.

FPTS 2018 YDS YDS/GM 300+ YDS CMP% YDS/ATT YDS/CMP TD INT QBR Yahoo PTS/G
304 3,992 266 6 74.4% 8.2 11 32 5 105.1 20.6

Right now, Brees’ ADP is set at 7.03. Maybe his days of being a top 3 QB pick are past us, but he’s still a solid take. His auction value at $200 is set at $27 which I see as incredibly fair, as he’s definitely within the top 6 fantasy quarterbacks for the season.

Brees has a good shot of shocking the fantasy world and putting up explosive numbers over the course of this year, his solid play into old(er) age has ensured that. He currently has 10/1 odds to win the NFL MVP award for the season. Either way, though, barring injury, drafting Brees gives you some insurance. While mind-boggling numbers definitely aren’t guaranteed, I can say with 100% confidence that Brees won’t piece together a season that will hurt you from a fantasy standpoint.

New Orleans SaintsAnother thing to look at going into this season is the fact that the Saints parted ways with Mark Ingram in the offseason. While Kamara is a solid back, there’s no denying that the Saints might take to the air more now that Ingram isn’t there to get repeated touches. They did pick up Latavius Murray, but he’s no Mark Ingram. Murray struggled last season with the Vikings putting up just 578 running yards putting him at 32nd overall in the NFL.

I like that Brees is is approaching this season like any other. At this point, entering his 19th season in the NFL, his role shifts to that of a leader for this talented Saints team. There’s no denying he only has a few season left, but I don’t think Brees is the type of person or QB that would enter a season knowing he wouldn’t be able to compete at a high level.

  
After suffering a career ending injury as a high school freshman B-team quarterback, Emmett has completely devoted himself to sports fandom. A Chicago (suburb) native, he is loyal to all his teams. He is currently a junior at Chapman University in Southern California and thoroughly enjoys Microsoft Excel.

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