2016 Fantasy Football Quarterbacks: Number Four – Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
It seems almost sacrilegious to have Drew Brees listed outside the top three on a Fantasy Football list, but the truth is that he’s been on the decline for a couple of years now. Granted that for Brees an “off year” would still likely be 4500 yards and 30 touchdowns. However, one of these days something will give. 2016 could be that year. We all saw how quickly it caught up to Peyton Manning.
He’s Still Drew Brees: Drew Brees still has one of the best arms in the NFL, and still plays most of his games in doors. As long as that is the case, he has the potential to put up a big season. Brees is also one of the best in NFL history at getting the most out of somewhat obscure players (Joe Horn, Marques Colston, Willie Snead, etc).
What Is Left In New Orleans?: If I were to ask you to name the top three receiving threats in New Orleans, there is a fair chance you couldn’t do it. That’s never really stopped Brees in the past, but there has been a steady decline in his production over the past several years. Willie Snead was a pleasant find last year, but Brees will need more than just him.
Draft Value – 3rd Round: It wasn’t that long ago that Drew Brees was a consensus top three fantasy football quarterback in the NFL. Times have changed though as the Saints have been unable to replace the stars of the last decade. Brees will still rack up yards, but they will be harder to come by and his days of 5000 yards and 40 touchdowns are probably firmly in the past.
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