As I mentioned in my last article, Drew Brees is one of three elite quarterbacks in the NFL. Unfortunately for his fantasy football owners this week, he looked terrible. Though he completed more than 50% of his passes, Brees was intercepted five times, and on top of that, his streak of games with at least one touchdown pass ended at 54.
The interceptions obviously led to big weeks for several Individual Defensive Players (IDPs); namely S William Moore, who intercepted Brees twice, defended two passes, and acquired 10 tackles (nine solo). Other players that contributed from Brees’ bad night included defensive players S Thomas Decoud, DE John Abraham, LB Sean Weatherspoon, and DT Jonathan Babineaux.
One of the few Saints players to benefit from Brees’ night was WR Lance Moore, who hauled in seven passes for 123 yards. More universally-started WR Marques Colston had a decent line as well, as he caught six balls for 71 yards. However, star tight end Jimmy Graham left his owners wanting more with just four receptions for 59 yards.
While it was certainly a disappointing affair for Brees, owners shouldn’t worry, because he faces QB Eli Manning and the New York Giants next weekend in a game that looks like it will be a shootout. Set your calendars for that game, folks.
Outside of Brees, who scored three points in standard scoring league, there was another quarterback who had an underwhelming performance: Matt Ryan. The man known as “Matty Ice” wasn’t terrible, but scoring just 10 fantasy points against a porous Saints secondary was certainly not what everyone was expecting.
Like Moore, there was one player in the game who managed to shine offensively despite poor play from his quarterback. Take guess as to who it is. No, not WR Julio Jones. Not WR Roddy White, either. Ah yes, there you go; it was TE Tony Gonzalez who hauled in the only touchdown Ryan threw on Thursday. Gonzalez finished with four receptions for 58 yards and that score.
It was certainly a disappointing fantasy performance for Brees, and generally everyone associated with this game. However, take solace in the fact the fantasy playoffs start in Week 14 and that is a whole week’s worth of film away.