Drew Brees displayed one of the most impressive regular season performances in NFL history during the 2011 season with the New Orleans Saints after the quarterback broke Dan Marino‘s single-season passing record after throwing for 5,476 yards to go along with 46 touchdowns. With these type of numbers, it’s no surprise to see him ranked No. 2 on the quarterback rankings for the fantasy football 2012 season–only behind Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers.
When healthy, Brees is always going to rank near the top of the list when it comes to quarterbacks and Saints fans have to be relieved that the organization finally gave him the long-term deal he’s fought so hard for (five-year, $100 million deal with $60 million in guaranteed money). If it wasn’t for Rodgers, Brees would have been the obvious choice for MVP during the 2011 season after he led New Orleans to a 13-3 record during the regular season and the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
With weapons like Marques Colston and Jimmy Graham, Brees should be in for another big season in 2012 as the Saints look to win their second-straight NFC South title. Even if New Orleans struggles following the aftermath of the Bounty Gate scandal, at least fantasy football fans can rely on Brees displaying big numbers on a weekly basis to help their team pull off the win.
In most leagues, owners tend to avoid selecting quarterbacks in the early rounds, but Brees is the exception where a quarterback can be selected in the first round. Just like Rodgers, Brees is on a completely different level from most quarterbacks in the league–especially when it comes to a fantasy perspective.
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