Many would argue we are in the quarterback era of the NFL. There are a lot of very talented quarterbacks in this league, and teams are throwing the ball at an unprecedented rate. Still, some quarterbacks stand out over others. One such standout, Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints, is the quarterback model of consistency and success in the NFL. Chances are Brees will be even better this season than he was last. Let’s break down Brees’ impressive numbers to show why he will remain a top Fantasy quarterback this year.
Last season, Brees played in all 16 games and threw for 5,177 yards and 43 touchdowns. Wow, impressive and unsustainable numbers, one might say. Except that Brees’ numbers from two seasons ago were even better, when he threw for the most yards in a single season in league history: 5,476. Over the past two seasons, Brees has averaged the most fantasy points per year in standard scoring leagues of all quarterbacks, 457.6. The next closest are Aaron Rodgers (452.2) and Tom Brady (426.6).
Like I said previously, chances are Brees puts up even better numbers this year than last year. Last season was one of turmoil for the Saints, going through all the “bounty” allegations and losing head coach Sean Payton for the entire season. Well Payton is now back, and stud tight end Jimmy Graham appears healthy, so Brees will have more to work with this year than what he had last year.
His passing yards and touchdown totals can’t get that much better, but I’d expect a drop from the 19 interceptions Brees threw last season. All in all, expect much of the same from Brees this year, which is to say he will be one of the best Fantasy quarterbacks every week, and the first or second best quarterback overall. I know that quarterback is deep this year, but if Brees somehow slips out of the second round, you have to draft him. I project Brees finishing the season with 5,100 passing yards 44 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions.