Drew Brees

Drew Brees

Preseason

Chance of Injury in 2020: question mark 8%
Chance of Injury per Game: question mark 0.5%
Projected Games missed for 2020: question mark 0.4
Durability: question mark 40

Medium Risk

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Drew Brees Player Overview

What You Need to Know:

-- Brees delivered the highest TD rate of his career last season.

-- He has led the NFL in completion rate for 3 consecutive years.

-- The Saints passed at a much higher rate in 2019 than in the previous 2 seasons.

-- Emmanuel Sanders is the team’s best #2 wideout since Brandin Cooks in 2016.


Still Going Strong

Brees lost 5 games to a right thumb injury after banging his hand on an opponent’s helmet in the Week 2 loss to the Rams. That’s about the only thing that went wrong for him in 2019.

Brees left that game early. He finished 8 of his other 10 weeks among fantasy’s top 12 QBs. Oddly, the only 2 times he fell short (and way short) both came against the Falcons -- who weren’t particularly good on defense overall.

Six of those 8 top-12 weeks found Brees ranking among the top 7, including each of the final 4 games of the regular season.

It’s not surprising when you consider Brees’ overall passing success. He delivered the best passing-TD rate of his career last season (7.1%) and led the NFL in completion rate for the 3rd straight year. He ranked 10th in the league in yards per attempt.

And Brees did all of that with Michael Thomas, 14 games of Alvin Kamara and 14 games of Jared Cook as his top 3 receivers.


2020 Outlook

The Saints signed WR Emmanuel Sanders in March, giving him a 2-year deal that should keep Sanders on the roster through 2021.

Sanders has eclipsed 90 targets in 7 straight seasons, averaging 125 per 16 games over that span. He has also finished 6 of those 7 seasons inside the top 33 among PPR scorers at the position. The Saints haven’t had a 2nd wideout exceed 70 targets since 2016 (Brandin Cooks).

New Orleans already leaned more toward the pass last season than it had the previous 2 years. The Saints ranked 14th most pass-heavy at 59.9% after ranking among the league’s 10 most run-heavy each of the previous 2 years.

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Drew Brees Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Sep 15, 2019 NFL Hand Thumb Torn Ligament Brees injured his right thumb against the Los Angeles Rams. He missed 5 games after recovering from thumb surgery
Dec 21, 2015 NFL Pedal Plantar Fascia Tear Grade 3 Brees suffered a torn plantar fascia in his right foot but was able to play through it.
Sep 20, 2015 NFL Shoulder Rotator Cuff Tear Brees suffered a bruised rotator cuff in his right (throwing) shoulder and missed 1 game.
Oct 3, 2010 NFL Knee MCL Sprain Grade 2 Brees injured his MCL in Week 4 but didn't miss any games. There were some reports that the ligament was torn.
Dec 31, 2005 NFL Shoulder Labrum Tear Brees suffered a torn labrum and partially torn rotator cuff in his right (throwing) shoulder in the 2005 season finale and had surgery a couple of days later.