|Date of Birth:||01/15/1979|
|Drafted:||2001 | Round 2 | Pick 32|
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Drew Brees is retiring from the NFL after 20 seasons.
This had been the expectation after the 2020 season, but it had to be a very difficult decision for Brees walking away from the game. Brees’ career ends with a 67.7% completion percentage, 80,358 passing yards, 571 passing touchdowns, and 243 interceptions. His career completion percentage is the second-best in history, and he has the three highest seasons in terms of completion percentage in league history (74.4%, 74.3%, and 72.0%). Brees was formerly the all-time leader in passing touchdowns (Tom Brady has since broke the mark), and he currently holds the record for the most passing yards in history during the regular season (Brady will break the record next season if he stays healthy). As an undersized quarterback that underwent a serious shoulder injury in 2005, the former second-round pick became one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time and will almost certainly be headed to the Hall of Fame as a first-ballot selection in five years. Brees spent five seasons with the Chargers and 15 with the Saints, winning Super Bowl XLIV in 2010. Brees, who has been one of the game’s top class acts and means a ton to the city of New Orleans, now has a broadcasting career waiting for him at NBC, and we wish him luck. We’ll likely see a lot of Brees over the years if and when he takes over Sunday Night Football for NBC.
Drew Brees seen working out hard in video.
Brees had been seen as a near lock to retire this offseason, but trainer Todd Durkin posted a video of the future Hall of Fame quarterback going the extra mile in a workout while also hinting that Brees might be determined for a reason. Don't be shocked if Brees ends up returning for a 21st NFL season after he was banged up with shoulder and rib injuries in 2020—despite what it looked like when he walked off the field following the postseason loss to the Bucs, Brees returning might be more likely than not at this point considering no retirement announcement has been made yet.
Drew Brees will start in Week 15, according to ESPN.
It felt like this would be a pretty good possibility after Brees was designated to return from injured reserve on Wednesday, indicating his throwing session went well. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that doctors have cleared Brees to play, so he'll be out there in a highly anticipated game against the Chiefs on Sunday. For a potential shootout, Brees is immediately in the QB1 mix. Taysom Hill will head back to more of a do-it-all role after starting four games and doing a nice job; Hill got better and more comfortable with more experience, and he's the heavy favorite to take over as New Orleans' franchise quarterback when Brees retires (likely this offseason).
Drew Brees (ribs) was officially designated to return from injured reserve.
It's just a matter of when Brees is added back to the active roster, but he presumably had little trouble throwing when he tested his ribs out today. With his practice window activated, Brees likely has a shot to to start this Sunday against the Chiefs, but keep in mind that the team does not need to list his official practice status throughout the week because he is not on the 53-man roster yet.
The Saints have placed Drew Brees (ribs) on injured reserve.
Brees will now miss at least the next three games, so Taysom Hill will get an extended audition at quarterback if reports are true that he is the likely starter over Jameis Winston. Even in leagues where Hill doesn't carry TE eligibility, he should be picked up as a potential run-heavy QB1 option with Sean Payton likely looking to prove himself right for viewing the versatile weapon as the team's future at quarterback.
Drew Brees has multiple fractured ribs and a collapsed lung, according to ESPN.
The extent of Brees' injuries obviously explains why Brees essentially pulled himself from Sunday's win by telling Sean Payton he couldn't function anymore, and the veteran may now be facing a lengthy absence. The Saints will likely turn to Jameis Winston as the starter, and it would be a surprise if he didn't at least finish out the month for matchups against the Falcons and Broncos. ESPN's Ed Werder says that it's "uncertain" how much time Brees might miss as New Orleans hopes to stay atop the NFC South and fight for the No. 1 seed in the NFC.
The Saints are "bracing" for Drew Brees (ribs) to miss time, according to NFL Network.
Brees suffered a rib contusion yesterday and will have tests to determine the severity of the injury, but he has also reportedly dealt with an injury to his throwing shoulder, and New Orleans might sit him in order to heal for the stretch run. Assuming the veteran is out next week, Jameis Winston would be the expected starter with Taysom Hill also potentially getting more snaps; if so, Jameis would be an immediate QB1 streamer, but the matchup against Atlanta in Week 11 could be tougher than it looks on paper.
Drew Brees (ribs) is officially being called questionable to return.
So we now know it's officially being called a rib injury for Brees. For now, Jameis Winston will remain in at quarterback for Brees, but hopefully this isn't a long-term thing even if Brees is out for the rest of today's game.
Drew Brees is not playing for the Saints to begin the second half.
The Saints have not said anything official about Brees' injury other than that Jameis Winston is in the game at quarterback. Brees took a big hit in the first half, and we'll update you when more information becomes available on his status.
The Saints have agreed to terms with Drew Brees on a two-year, $50-million deal, according to Ian Rapoport.
It was already known that Brees would be returning to New Orleans after contemplating retirement earlier this year, so this is basically just a formality. The Saints will hope to make a deep run in 2020, but it will be very interesting to see the kind of competition the NFC South has with Tom Brady potentially heading to Tampa Bay. Assuming another receiver (or two) is added in a deep draft class, Brees should be a solid QB1 this year.
Drew Brees is returning for the 2020 season.
Brees announced in an Instagram post of himself standing at the tip of a hill/mountain: "My feelings about the 2020 season! I look forward to the grind and the journey, for the reward at the end will be worth it!!! Love you #WhoDatNation. Let’s make another run at it!" The future Hall of Fame quarterback is still playing at an extremely high level into his 40s, and we believe he will remain his usual pinpoint-accurate self in 2020. Brees and the Saints need to figure out a contract, but it should not be much of an issue—even if he hits free agency, he'll be back in New Orleans.
Drew Brees (right thumb) is starting tomorrow, according to ESPN.
Brees is officially listed as questionable for tomorrow’s Week 8 matchup against the Cardinals, but the future Hall of Fame quarterback will be under center after missing the last five games with his right thumb injury. If Brees is somehow available in your league, he’s an immediate QB1 option tomorrow and moving forward. Teddy Bridgewater did an awesome job filling in for Brees, going 5-0 while operating the New Orleans offense at a high level while keeping the Saints in first place in the NFC South for Brees’ return.
Drew Brees (right thumb) is officially listed as questionable for Week 8.
Brees was limited all week in practice, which is a bit of a surprise considering his return is expected this Sunday against the Cardinals. While Brees said "the plan" is for him to play this weekend, keep in mind there has been some talk that he might be used as a backup quarterback to free up Taysom Hill for more reps at other positions. We would think if Brees is active he will start, but hopefully there's clarity on the situation at 11:30 AM ET on Sunday when actives and inactives are released.
Drew Brees (thumb) officially remains limited in practice.
It's interesting that Brees remains limited instead of a full participant in practice, but the veteran quarterback is still expected to return this Sunday. Perhaps there's some gamesmanship at play here, but we'll see how Brees is listed on the final Week 8 injury report tomorrow.
Drew Brees (thumb) was officially limited in today's practice.
Brees said "the plan" is for him to start this Sunday against the Cardinals, but a limited practice to start the week indicates he might not be quite at 100%. That said, Brees might have just been taking things slow as he gets back into form. Brees should get up to a full practice tomorrow or Friday.
Drew Brees (thumb) posts video of himself throwing.
On Instagram, Brees posted three clips of him throwing along with the caption "Shhhhhhhhh...." with a few emojis. Brees does not appear to be throwing an actual NFL football, so it might have been a lighter ball; but he was throwing at full speed and didn't appear to be hindered despite just recently undergoing thumb surgery. Brees had surgery just a little over two weeks ago and reportedly had a six-to-eight week recovery time, but it looks like he's going to blow that away. If Brees is somehow available in your league, he's worth a pickup.
Drew Brees (thumb) says he thinks he can be back in less than six weeks.
Unsurprisingly, Brees is attacking the rehab process hard, which he says he was able to start right away because the surgery was "something that immediately gives [the thumb] strength and stability" and that he was able to start rehab right away (he did not have to spend time in a cast first). In his weekly interview with WWL Radio, Brees added about his timetable for return, "they say six-to-eight weeks. I think I can beat that, but I'm just gonna take it one week at a time and see how things go." Brees also reportedly got advice from Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout, who had the same surgery and missed six weeks but reportedly told Brees he was pain-free after five weeks. The Saints have a Week 9 bye, but Week 8 might be a possibility for a return if Brees returns quicker than expected. As the very least, we'd be surprised if Brees is not back for a Week 10 matchup with the Falcons.
Drew Brees is undergoing surgery on his injured thumb.
Brees has torn ligaments in his right thumb, and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says surgery is likely to keep him out for six weeks, but "the timeframe depends on the surgery." If all goes well, Brees should only miss six games, but there might be a chance he returns in time for Week 8 against the Cardinals at just under the six-week mark. New Orleans has a Week 9 bye, though, and the most probable return date is likely Week 10 for an NFC South matchup against the Falcons. Teddy Bridgewater is more than capable of stepping in and playing well to help keep the Saints in contention, but Brees' absence is a downgrade for the entire Saints offense from a fantasy perspective, including Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas. New Orleans next six games are against Seattle, Dallas, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, Chicago, and Arizona.
Drew Brees did not return to today's game.
Brees appears to be dealing with a serious thumb injury to his throwing hand, and it looks like this could be a multi-week absence after Brees didn't appear to even try to throw the ball with the injury. Expect Teddy Bridgewater to be under center for the Saints for at least the next few weeks, but we'll see if there's a more definite timeline for Brees in the next 24 hours. Before leaving today's game, Brees was 3/8 for 38 yards and an interception on a deflected pass.
Drew Brees is out of the game for the Saints.
Brees just suffered an apparent injury to his hand or thumb when his follow through hit Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald. Brees had his thumb wrapped and apparently doesn't feel comfortable throwing the ball, as it looked like he didn't try to grip the ball after it was wrapped. Brees understandably looks very mad and frustrated on the sideline, and it appears unlikely he'll return to today's game The only game Brees has missed for New Orleans was in 2015 because of a shoulder injury. Teddy Bridgewater is now at quarterback for the Saints, and Taysom Hill will also likely mix in at the position.
The Saints restructured Drew Brees' contract, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.
Brees is still getting the entire $23 million he's due in the final year of his contract this season, as this is really just a cap-based move. $10.8 million in cap space will reportedly be cleared, which gives the Saints more room to make moves such as re-signing Teddy Bridgewater (who took a visit with the Dolphins last night) or signing tight end Jared Cook (who is visiting New Orleans). Next season, the Saints will now have a $21.3 million cap number tied to Brees even if he doesn't come back for another season, but the team will have more overall cap space in 2020. This doesn't affect Brees' fantasy value except that it might help the offense add another weapon to the arsenal.
Drew Brees throws two touchdowns in NFC Championship Game loss.
Brees was 26/40 for 249 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the crushing home overtime loss to the Rams. The Saints put up a quick 13 first-quarter points, but LA did an excellent job of containing New Orleans once they got settled in to the game and made some adjustments. Brees' touchdowns were both short scores, with one going to Garrett Griffin and the other going to Taysom Hill on quick passes. The interception came in overtime when Brees' arm was hit by Dante Fowler Jr. on a deep ball attempt. At the end of regulation, Brees calmly led his team down the field—including with a 43-yard deep ball where Ted Ginn Jr. made a great play on the ball after it looked like it might have been set to get intercepted—and then he targeted Tommylee Lewis on a swing pass that would've potentially iced the game by setting the team up for a game-winning field goal, but no penalty was called on what looked like a clear pass interference. Unfortunately for Brees and the Saints, the game continued and they weren't able to pull out a victory to get to their second Super Bowl. Brees just turned 40 a few days ago, but he's still playing at an extremely high level; there isn't much doubt he'll be back with New Orleans as one of the league's best quarterbacks again in 2019.
Drew Brees throws two touchdowns in Divisional Round win.
Brees was 28/38 for 301 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the playoff victory over the Eagles. The future Hall of Fame quarterback didn't start the game well with an underthrown deep ball to Ted Ginn Jr. that was intercepted, and he also missed another potential deep touchdown to Taysom Hill later in the game; but overall, Brees played another outstanding game, putting throw right on the money—mainly to Michael Thomas, who caught 12 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown. Brees will now remain in the Superdome as the Saints host the Rams in the NFC title game one week from today, and he should be razor-sharp as he looks to get to his second Super Bowl.
Drew Brees is officially inactive for Week 17.
Teddy Bridgewater is getting the start for New Orleans, so this was obviously expected. Brees' season ends with 3,992 passing yards, 32 passing touchdowns, five interceptions, and an NFL-record 74.4% completion percentage (breaking his own record). Brees also had four rushing touchdowns. Fantasy wise, Brees had some down weeks particularly late in the season during fantasy playoffs, but he was again a strong QB1 and a steal for those that grabbed him in the final rounds. This is the first season Brees didn't hit 4,000 passing yards with the Saints, but he's looking to get his second Super Bowl ring after a playoff run that runs through the Superdome in th NFC.
Drew Brees throws one touchdown in Saints' win over the Steelers.
Brees was 27/39 for 326 yards and one touchdown in the Week 16 victory, with the score working as the game-winning touchdown to Michael Thomas on a comeback route at the front of the end zone. It was Brees' only touchdown of the game, but he was exceptional as usual and helped his team clinch homefield in the NFC playoffs. With a home game next week, the NFC playoffs run through New Orleans, which is going to make them tough to beat. To avoid getting rusty, it's possible Brees and the starters still play—at least for some time—in Week 17, but we'll see.
Saints win defensive battle against the Panthers.
Drew Brees was 23/25 for 203 yards and one interception in tonight's Week 15 victory at Carolina. The Panthers deserve a ton of credit for playing a strong game defensively, as they made things tough on Brees and the passing attack. The interception came on a corner route that was tightly covered and deflected for the turnover, and Brees also made an ill-advised throw on a two-point conversion attempt that super-speedy rookie cornerback Donte Jackson picked off and took the other way for two points. This wasn't a spectacular showing for Brees, who had just 20 points combined in the first round of the fantasy playoffs. Those that were fortunate enough to survive and advance shouldn't be afraid to play Brees as a strong QB1 in the fantasy finals with two games in the Superdome starting this Sunday against the Steelers.
Drew Brees scores twice in Saints' Week 14 win.
Brees was 24/31 for 201 yards, one touchdown, and one interception along with a rushing touchdown on a quarterback sneak against the Buccaneers. He also lost a fumble. The Saints started slow with three first-half points, but they turned it on in the second half, including 17 fourth-quarter points in their 28-14 victory. Brees' passing score came on a play-action pass to fullback Zach Line for one yard at the goal line. The interception came on a screen pass, so it was more of a great play by the defense than a bad decision by Brees. The future Hall of Famer has had a disappointing couple of weeks from a fantasy perspective, but he'll look to have a big game next Monday night against the Panthers.
Saints offense struggles in Thursday night loss to the Cowboys.
Weird things happen in Thursday night games, but Dallas had a great effort in limiting Drew Brees and company in a 13-10 victory. Brees was 18/28 fro 127 yards, one touchdown, and one interception along with one carry for two yards. From the start of the game, the Saints had back-to-back three-and-outs, and things didn't appear to be in sync like they normally are—again, the Cowboys did an excellent job. Brees' touchdown was to Keith Kirkwood on a 30-yard deep ball on a drive that stayed alive because of a roughing-the-punter penalty, and it was the team's lone touchdown of the night. With a chance to tie or win the game with over two minutes remaining, Brees surprisingly threw an interception as he was off balanced and tried to get the ball to Alvin Kamara, who might have ran a different route than his quarterback expected. Overall, Brees had a lot of pressure on him throughout the night, which affected his play. This was obviously disappointing for fantasy owners in the final week of fantasy regular seasons, future Hall of Famer should bounce back with a big game next week against the Bucs.
Drew Brees tosses four scores as New Orleans defeats Atlanta, 31-17.
Brees was 15/22 or 171 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception in the win. The Falcons couldn't really keep up, but it was another masterful performance by Brees, who connected with Tommylee Lewis (28 yards), Austin Carr (12 yards), Dan Arnold (25 yards), and Keith Kirkwood (five yards) for scores. The Saints have now won ten games in a row heading into next week's matchup with the Cowboys on Thursday night, and Brees will obviously remain an elite QB1 option down the stretch as New Orleans looks to stay in position for the No. 1 seed in the NFC.
Drew Brees lights up the Eagles in Week 11.
Brees was 22/30 for 363 yards and four touchdowns as the Saints extended their winning streak to nine games. The future Hall of Famer simply put on a clinic, spreading the ball around and putting it on the money to his receivers. The touchdowns were to Tre'Quan Smith, Austin Carr, Michael Thomas, and Alvin Kamara, and they were all dimes to the end zone. Brees is arguably the top quarterback option on Thanksgiving night at home against a Falcons team he had five total touchdowns against back in Week 3.
Drew Brees scores four touchdowns in win over the Bengals.
Brees went on the road to Cincinnati, but the Bengals played poor defense and could not stop the Saints, who put up 51 points to extend their winning streak to eight games. Brees was 22/25 for 265 yards and three touchdowns along with two carries for three yards and a touchdown. The future Hall of Fame quarterback connected twice with Michael Thomas (though the first touchdown one looked like it hit the ground but was not reviewed) and once with Mark Ingram (on a 28-yard screen pass), with the rushing score coming on a quarterback sneak at the goal line. Brees now returns home to face the Eagles, and he'll remain an obvious QB1 for Week 11.
Drew Brees throws four touchdowns in Saints' big win over the Rams.
Brees was basically flawless in the Week 9 home win to end LA's undefeated season, as he threw the ball super-accurately to all areas of the field and picked apart the Rams defense all game—putting up 45 points and 35 in the first half. The future Hall of Fam quarterback was 25/36 for 346 yards and four touchdowns along with four carries for 17 yards to get the Saints to 7-1 and the driver's seat for the top seed in the NFC. The touchdowns were to Alvin Kamara, Tre'Quan Smith, Benjamin Watson, and Michael Thomas. Through eight games, Brees is on pace for 4,672 passing yards, 36 passing touchdowns, and two interceptions with a completion percentage of 76.3% that would shatter his own single-season record of 72.0%. Brees is also on pace for 50 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns, but he might ultimately get the under on that. The struggling pass defense of the Bengals might have trouble containing Brees next week.
Drew Brees, Saints improve to 6-1 with 30-20 victory in playoff rematch against Minnesota.
Brees was 18/23 for 120 yards, one touchdown, and one interception (his first of the season), but New Orleans won up front and played strong defense to get the win. It was a little surprising to see the Saints not really challenge downfield with superstar corner Xaiver Rhodes (ankle) out for Minnesota, but it didn't turn into the shootout that might have been expected. Next week, there should certainly be fireworks back at the Superdome with the undefeated Rams coming to town in a battle for first place in the NFC, and Brees should rebound as a solid QB1.
Drew Brees, Saints improve to 5-1 with 24-23 victory over the Ravens.
Brees was 22/30 for 212 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions, also rushing four times for three yards. The league's all-time leading passer threw his 500th career touchdown pass on a one-yard throw to Benjamin Watson in the first half, and then he connected with Michael Thomas from five yards out in the fourth quarter. New Orleans was able to survive after Justin Tucker shockingly missed would-be game-tying extra point with 28 seconds to play, and they continue to sit atop the NFC South heading into a playoff rematch with the Vikings next Sunday night. Especially with Xavier Rhodes (ankle) banged up, it's not a shy-away game for Brees, who should be treated as at least a low-end QB1.
Drew Brees breaks NFL's all-time passing yardage mark in Saints' blowout win.
On a night where Brees entered the game 201 yards short of Peyton Manning's all-time yardage mark (71,940) and seemed destined to break it, he had an outstanding game, going 26/29 for 363 yards and three touchdowns. Brees was ultra-accurate all over the field, and the record-breaker was a 62-yard strike to a wide-open Tre'Quan Smith at the end of the first half. The future Hall of Famer was mic'd up during the game, and it was a cool moment to see the celebration with his teammates, coaches, and family. Brees is a class act and a great person to break a record like this; congratulations to him on yet another huge accomplishment. The Saints have a bye this week, but Brees will remain a QB1 option even in a tough matchup with the Ravens in Week 7.
Drew Brees doesn't throw a touchdown but the Saints put up 33 points to improve to 3-1.
Brees was 18/32 for 217 yards against the Giants, as Alvin Kamara did most of the damage with 134 rushing yards and three touchdowns. The Giants did a great job of trying to take away Michael Thomas, but Brees spread the ball around to his other targets. Also, the future Hall of Famer helped ice the game with a clutch throw to tight end Josh Hill with New Orleans backed up against their own goal line late in the fourth quarter. Through four games, Brees is on pace for 5,180 passing yards, 32 passing touchdowns, zero interceptions, and eight rushing touchdowns (though getting close to eight rushing scores would be a major surprise. Expect Brees to bounce back with some scores next Monday night at home against the Redskins.
Drew Brees, Saints win overtime shootout against the Falcons, 43-37.
Brees went 39/49 for 396 yards, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions, also adding three carries for seven yards and two scores, including the game-winner from one-yard out. In what amounted to one of the best game's of his career, Brees set the record for completions in a career, topping Brett Favre's mark of 6,300 passes completed. The future Hall of Fame quarterback looks like an elite option again, and he will be ranked as such heading into a road matchup with the Giants next Sunday.
Drew Brees tosses two touchdowns in Saints' win.
New Orleans' offense started slow against the Browns, with just three points through three quarters. But they turned it on with 18 fourth-quarter points in a three-point Week 2 victory the Browns. Brees was 28/35 for 243 yards and two touchdowns in the win, with both scores going to Michael Thomas. The Saints face the Falcons in Week 3 in what could be a potential shootout, and Brees remains a very strong fantasy option for that matchup.
Drew Brees nearly leads Saints back in 48-40 Week 1 loss.
The Buccaneers put up 48 points on the Saints, but Brees nearly led a comeback with 16 points in the fourth quarter. Overall, Brees was 37/45 for 439 yards and three touchdowns, with his scores going to Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas, and Todd Ginn. He also added a two-point conversion. Look for a more balanced offensive attack in Week 2, as it seems unlikely the Saints would play so bad defensively again when they face the Browns next Sunday.
Drew Brees is signing a two-year deal with the Saints, according to NFL Network.
NFL Network's Jane Slater and Ian Rapoport reported the news, and they say it's a two-year, $50 million deal for the future Hall of Fame quarterback, with $27 million of it guaranteed. When Brees hit the legal tampering period without a deal, there was some very slight concern that other teams (like the Vikings) might attempt to swoop in and sign him; but from the beginning, both Brees and New Orleans were extremely confident that a deal would get done. The 39-year-old will return to command one of the league's most balanced offenses next season, and while his upside might not be quite as high as it once was when the Saints were throwing the ball all over the field, he'll still be among the safest fantasy quarterback options in 2018.
Drew Brees, Saints both say they will get a deal done.
It would be a major shock if Brees played anywhere other than New Orleans next season, but it's worth passing along the optimism from both sides. Brees has made it clear he wants to remain in the Big Easy for as long as he can, and Saints head coach Sean Payton told NFL Network's Jane Slater that Brees "is coming back. We'll get this done." A deal could happen at any time, and it wouldn't be surprising if Brees gave a hometown discount to help the team's cap situation as they attempt to win another championship. Years might be the only thing the two sides will need to work to finish.
Drew Brees wants to remain with the Saints next season.
This is the least bit surprising, but Brees is scheduled to become a free agent this offseason. According to ESPN, Brees told reporters he's "not in the mood to make anything secretive" and wants to remain in New Orleans for as long as they'll have him. Brees' agent might not be happy with the comments, but Brees and the Saints should be able to come to an amicable agreement. The now-39-year-old quarterback (his birthday was yesterday) says he feels the Saints have a "great window" to win a championship, and he tweeted after Sunday's loss how much he loves the Saints fans and the team that he believes is "destined for great things." Brees isn't likely to be anywhere but The Big Easy in 2018.
Drew Brees gets hot in the second half but the Saints fall to the Vikings in the Divisional round.
Minnesota started the game with lockdown defense and didn't allow the Saints to do much of anything in the first half, shutting them out. However, Brees caught fire late in the game after the Saints defense made some plays for him, and he was basically perfect in the second half. Overall, Brees was 25/40 for 294 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. The first interception was on an underthrown deep ball to Ted Ginn Jr. early in the game, and the second was on a tipped pass deep in Minnesota territory. Brees led New Orleans for a go-ahead field goal on a clutch drive late in the fourth quarter, but Case Keenum connected with Stefon Diggs on a wild 61-yard touchdown with no time remaining to win the game for the Vikings. Brees is set to be a free agent this offseason, but it'd be surprising if the Saints let him walk in free agency.
Drew Brees, Saints advance with thrilling 31-26 win over the Panthers.
Brees was 23/33 for 376 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. The soon-to-be 39-year-old was pinpoint accurate all game, hitting Ted Ginn for an 80-yard score in the first quarter and Josh Hill for a nine-yard score in the second quarter. Carolina had a chance to win it at the end, but the defense held Cam Newton out of the end zone, and New Orleans will now advance to face the Vikings next Sunday. Minnesota's secondary will pose a tougher task.
Drew Brees, Saints get upset by the Bucs in Week 17.
Brees was 22/30 for 245 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions, and fortunately, New Orleans was able to still win the NFC South after Carolina couldn't beat Atlanta. Sean Payton's offense relied more on the running game this year, but Brees still finished the regular season by completing an NFL-record 72% of his passes for 4,334 yards, 23 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. The Saints will look to beat the Panthers for the third time this season when Cam Newton comes to town next Sunday in the Wild Card Round.
Drew Brees, Saints clinch a playoff berth with 23-13 win over the Falcons.
Brees was 21/28 for 239 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. The referees were undoubtedly in favor of the Saints on Sunday for whatever reason, but they will take the victory. New Orleans will play all their guys in the season finale, as a win gets them the division, so Brees can comfortably be inserted into lineups as a solid QB1 against the Bucs.
Drew Brees, Saints improve to 10-4 with 31-19 win over the Jets.
Brees was 26/36 for 285 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. The first score was an easy 10-yard throw to Alvin Kamara across the middle, and the second was a four-yarder to Michael Thomas. He also had another touchdown overturned on review where Thomas couldn't get his foot in bounds, but overall, it was a solid day. Brees will face that Falcons on Christmas Eve in what expects to be a hotly-contested game, and he should stay in lineups as a solid QB1 for the fantasy championship.
Drew Brees throws late interception in loss to the Falcons.
The veteran quarterback had a very good game and was in a position to win it at the end for the Saints, but he threw an interception with just over a minute to go on a pass to the end zone intended to tight end Josh Hill that was underthrown and picked off by linebacker Deion Jones. It was the only big mistake Brees made all game, and his touchdowns were to Tommylee Lewis on a 26-yarder that appeared to beat a cover-2 defense and a one-yard out route to Michael Thomas off a pick play. Overall, Brees was 26/35 for 271 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Brees will remain a QB1 when the Saints face the Jets in Week 15.
Drew Brees, Saints top the Panthers, 31-21, in big NFC matchup.
Brees was 25/34 for 269 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions. The Saints had Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara do most of the damage on Sunday with a combined 248 total yards, and Brees didn't have to really air it out as they played ahead. New Orleans is now 9-3 and basically two games ahead of both the Falcons and Panthers in the NFC South, though Atlanta gets to face them twice, including on Thursday night. Brees will be a solid QB1 in that matchup and for the entirety of the fantasy playoffs.
Drew Brees, Saints fall to the Rams in Los Angeles.
Brees was 22/32 for 246 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions in the 26-20 loss. He also rushed once for five yards. New Orleans didn't do much offensively until they scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, and it was too little, too late as they fell to 8-3. Brees will look to defend the Superdome and stay in first place in the NFC South next Sunday in a huge game against the Panthers. Carolina just allowed Josh McCown to throw for 300 yards and three scores, and this could be an air-it-out game for the Saints. Brees is an elite play.
Drew Brees helps lead comeback as Saints improve to 8-2.
The Saints were down by 15 points to the Redskins with under six minutes to go, but they came back to tie the game and win in overtime. Brees was 29/41 for 385 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the Week 11 victory. The interception came early in the game on an underthrown deep ball into double coverage to Michael Thomas, but Brees bounced back and avoided mistakes after that. The first touchdown was to Josh Hill on a play-action pass for three yards. And the second touchdown was on a short pass to Alvin Kamara, who bobbled it but took it through the defense before tying the game with a two-point conversion to send it to overtime. This was one of the best games of the season for Brees, but it might be tough to repeat it with a tough matchup against the Rams next week while also considering the Saints will likely get back to running the ball more.
Drew Brees rushes for a touchdown in Week 10.
While the Saints defense continues to play extremely well to go along with a great running game that racked up 298 yards on 48 attempts, Brees didn't need to do much through the air against Buffalo in New Orleans' win. Brees was 18/25 for 184 while adding two carries for six yards and a rushing touchdown. In this one, the Saints simply blew out the Bills and ran 24 straight run plays to end the game; but Brees still doesn't appear he'll be the elite fantasy QB1 he's been over the last several years this season. He still does have a lot of upside each week, and consider him a top-ten option against the Redskins in Week 11.
Drew Brees plays efficiently in 30-10 win over the Bucs.
Brees was 22/27 for 263 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions. The first score came on an Alvin Kamara run-after-catch highlight, and the second was a 36-yard pass to Ted Ginn. If not for Tampa Bay doing nothing offensively, Brees might have been able to put up monster numbers, but New Orleans will take the win. They'll try to win their seventh straight next week against Buffalo.
Drew Brees doesn't throw a touchdown in Saints' win.
The Saints had a bit of a relatively conservative approach against a Bears team that's been playing excellent defense, as the Saints had more rushing attempts (30) than passing attempts (28). Brees played a very efficient game, though, going 23/28 for 299 yards, and he still did pick up some chunk yardage in the game—with four passes over 20 yards. Back in the dome for a matchup with a Bucs secondary that's struggled for much of the season and is banged up, Brees should put together some scores in Week 9.
Drew Brees throws two interceptions, but Saints still handle Packers in Week 7.
Brees was 27/38 for 331 yards, one touchdown, and two picks. He also scores on a quarterback sneak. The first interception came on an inaccurate pass over the middle to Brandon Coleman in the end zone, but the second was a really good play by cornerback Davon House. Still, New Orleans was able to play great defense and improve to 4-2. Back at home in Week 8, Brees is obviously an elite play against the Bears.
Drew Brees and the Saints improve to 3-2.
Because of strong defense that scored two touchdowns of their own, Brees didn't have to put up huge numbers against the Lions. He was 21/31 for 186 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in the Week 6 victory, though the one interception was on a ball where receiver Michael Thomas was out-battled and Darius Slay took the ball away for the turnover. Brees might carve up the Packers next week, though the game is at Green Bay.
Drew Brees throws two touchdowns as the Saints get to .500.
Despite either team scoring until a last-second field goal by the Saints to end the first half, Brees had a productive day. He was 29/41 for 268 yards and two touchdowns in the game, and he was in complete command of the offense, as usual. The first touchdown was on a short pass to Michael Thomas in the third quarter, and the second touchdown was on a shuffle pass to Alvin Kamara in the fourth. Brees and the Saints have a bye in Week 5.
Drew Brees was 22/29 for 220 yards and three touchdown in Sunday's 34-13 win over the Panthers.
Brees come through with the Saints facing their third-straight 0-3 start, finding Michael Thomas for a five-yard score, Brandon Coleman for an 11-yard score, and Ted Ginn for a 40-yard score. Fantasy owners can't complain about the production and efficiency, but it could have been a bigger day if Cam Newton and the Panthers could have kept up. New Orleans will now head to London for a matchup with Miami, whom just lost to the Jets. Brees is an elite QB1 for that one.
Drew Brees was 27/45 for 356 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 36-20 loss to the Patriots.
Brees and the Saints trailed 21-3 at the end of the first quarter and were playing from behind the rest of the game. They just didn't have the weapons to attack New England with Brandin Cooks wearing a Patriots uniform. Brees will be a high-end QB1 next week against Carolina, as even though they look better defensively this year, New Orleans averaged 375 passing yards in two games against them last season.
Vikings limit Drew Brees and the Saints in Week 1.
Minnesota's defense played lights out against New Orleans, completely shutting down the running game and allowing only nine points until the fourth quarter. Brees was 27/37 for 291 yards and a touchdown in the game. There's a potential shootout on the horizon in Week 2 against New England, but the Pats do have an extra few days to prepare. Nevertheless, Brees is a strong QB1 every week—especially when he's in the Superdome, which he will be against the Patriots.
Drew Brees makes 2017 preseason debut.
Brees was 11/15 for 76 yards in a win against the Texans, leading the offense to a first-quarter field goal in a quiet 13-0 exhibition. The future Hall of Fame quarterback had his full collection of offensive starters on the field, including Adrian Peterson, and we could see them again on Thursday night; Sean Payton played the starters in the fourth preseason game last season.
Drew Brees said he feels like he can play until he's 45 during an interview on Sirius XM NFL.
Brees did say "it's a huge investment" and he's "taking it one year at a time." If Brees takes care of his body, he might be able to play that long. A potential problem is if the Saints draft a young quarterback soon and that player becomes ready to play before Brees is ready to retire. That situation is down the road, however. Despite the loss of Brandin Cooks, Brees should be a top five fantasy quarterback again in 2017.
Saints lose, but Brees throws for 5,000 yards in a season for fifth time.
Drew Brees was 29/50 for 350 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception against the Falcons. The Saints made a comeback effort, but came up short. Brees finishes his season with 5,208 yards, 37 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions, with a 70.0% completion percentage. He obviously remains among the best quarterbacks in the NFL, but with speculation (again) about Sean Payton leaving, we'll have to see if the combo stays together. Regardless, Brees will be among the safest fantasy options at QB in 2017 drafts and might be the best fantasy quarterback when he's at home in the Superdome.
Drew Brees puts Tampa Bay on the brink of playoff elimination.
Drew Brees had his redemption against Tampa at home going 23/34 for 299 yards and a touchdown. Brees had thrown three interceptions two weeks ago at Tampa. The Falcons clinched the NFC South with the Saints' win. Brees is closing in on 5,000 yards yet again this season and is a good play against Atlanta in Week 17.
Brees snaps out of it; lights up Cardinals in Arizona.
After two straight games with zero touchdowns and three interceptions, Brees was 37/48 for 389 yards and four touchdowns in the Saints' 48-41 win over the Cardinals. He also lost a fumble, but fantasy owners probably didn't care at all about that. New Orleans is now 6-8 and still in the playoff hunt; they need to win at home versus the Bucs plus some help to stay alive for another week. Brees should bounce back from his poor performance in Tampa Bay two weeks ago, and will be a high-end QB1 at the Superdome.
Drew Brees has second straight game with zero touchdown and three interceptions.
It is the first time in his career he's done that, and the Saints are now 5-8 and not going to make the playoffs. For some reason, New Orleans had decided to abandon the running game in close games for two straight weeks, and it's likely no coincidence that Brees is struggling with the defense knowing he's probably throwing it. Brees will be more of a low-end QB1 next week in Arizona.
Drew Brees has worst game of the season as Saints fall at home 28-13 to Detroit.
Brees was 31/44 for 326 yards and three interceptions. Hopefully fantasy owners didn't need a big day from Brees to get into the playoffs, as the Saints didn't even score a touchdown until the 4th quarter. Always an elite option at home, Brees just didn't have it and the Saints are now 5-7 and likely need to win out to make the playoffs. In a huge game with the Bucs next Sunday, it would be surprising if Brees didn't bounce back.
Brees lights it up in the Superdome; Saints win 49-21 over Rams.
Drew Brees was 28/36 for 310 yards and four touchdowns. He threw two to Michael Thomas, one to Mark Ingram, and another to Brandon Coleman. Brees is unstoppable at home and is averaging an insane 26.5 fantasy points at home this season; that includes games against Seattle and Denver. Brees gets another home game in Week 13 against the Lions in what should be a shootout. Obviously you're going to want to keep Brees in your lineup.
Drew Brees was 35/44 for 285 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in Thursday night's loss to Carolina.
A surprising low-scoring game early, the Saints didn't even score a touchdown until the 4th quarter. The Panthers wouldn't let Brandin Cooks or the other receivers get behind them, but Brees eventually got going in the second half when he threw short passes, allowing his running backs to go over 100 yards through the air. The Saints had all the momentum late in the game, but a Cam Newton pass to Kelvin Benjamin gave the Saints just a few seconds to travel 50+ yards for a field goal attempt, which they didn't get close to. Brees will be a high-end QB1 next week against Los Angeles.
Drew Brees throws for 300 yards; Saints lose heartbreaker.
Brees was 21/29 for 303 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. He had no trouble moving the ball against Denver's defense outside of the turnovers. He connected with Brandin Cooks on the would-be game-winning touchdown if not for the PAT being blocked and returned for two points. Brees has escaped the difficult stretch of facing Seattle and Denver in a three-week stretch with 20 points against each of them. He will be an elite QB1 this Thursday night against Carolina; Brees threw for 465 yards and four touchdowns against the Panthers in Week 6.