Drew Brees Fantasy Football News 2017

Saints LT Terron Armstead suffered a torn shoulder labrum Wednesday that will require surgery. According to ESPN, he's expected to miss 4-6 months. The short end of that span would make Armstead available in mid-October, but it's tough to imagine his upper-body strength being ready for the rigors of NFL blocking right away. New Orleans will have to approach the season as though it won't have it's star LT. That's obviously a significant blow to Drew Brees' pass protection and a challenge for the Saints' running game. We're not downgrading their fantasy prospects at this point, because New Orleans has delivered big offensive numbers for so long under Brees and HC Sean Payton. But losing Armstead adds downside risk and could be a tie-breaker if you're weighing Mark Ingram or Adrian Peterson against the next guy on your fantasy football draft list.

For the 2nd straight week, Saints QB Drew Brees posted 0 TDs and 3 INTs. This time it came against Tampa Bay’s streaking defense, one that limited him to just 6.3 yards per attempt. Brees simply wasn't making sound decisions, either. He did appear to connect with Brandin Cooks for a short-range score, but the hookup was overturned on replay. Brees’ struggles could continue next week with a road date at Arizona on the schedule. Consider him a low-end QB1 for that one.

Saints HC Sean Payton hasn't noticed any signs of decline from 37-year-old QB Drew Brees. "I have not seen -- there's not a rep, a play where I've noticed something different," Payton said. "We know how he trains, his diet, everything in his day to prepare to play well at that position." If we're being literal, Brees' numbers have actually decreased in each of the past 4 seasons. But that's starting from a sky-high 5,476-yard, 46-TD 2011 campaign. His 4,870 yards and 32 scores last year ranked 1st and 7th, respectively. Brees has finished 10 straight seasons among the top 6 QBs in fantasy points. He's a good bet to make it 11 in a row this year.

1:59pm EST 12/27/15

Saints QB Drew Brees (foot) is active for today’s game against the Jaguars. He was noticeably hobbled by that foot injury last week but chucked 3 TDs after returning for the 2nd half. Brees is a strong fantasy play vs. Jacksonville’s 31st-ranked QB defense.

Saints QB Drew Brees (foot) will start against the Jaguars later today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.  Brees practiced on Friday and seemed optimistic about his status all week.  After tearing his plantar fascia late in the 2nd quarter of last Monday night's game, Brees returned for the 2nd half to complete 21 of 31 passes for 231 yards, 3 TDs and 0 INTs.  The foot issue adds some risk, but Brees has high-end QB1 upside at home against a bad Jacksonville pass defense.

Saints QB Drew Brees (foot) returned to a limited practice Friday after sitting out Thursday and showing up as "did not practice" in a simulated injury report for Wednesday. New Orleans officially lists him as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. Brees has said he'll play, but we'll have to track this situation Sunday morning.

Saints HC Sean Payton said QB Drew Brees (foot) will get in a "very limited" practice on Thursday.  He truly seems day-to-day, and his status for this weekend's game against the Jaguars will likely depend on how his foot responds to workouts over the next few days.  Saints-Jags doesn't kick off until 4:05 pm ET, but hopefully we'll find out Brees' status by Sunday morning.

Saints HC Sean Payton said Wednesday that it'll be "Sunday morning" before he reveals whether QB Drew Brees will play against the Jaguars. “We’re kind of taking it day by day,” Payton told the New Orleans Advocate. “I know he’s had it looked at, he’s had an MRI. I think each day we’ll gather more information and have a better idea of where he’s going to be as it pertains to playing in this game or not.” Brees reportedly wants to play and did stay on the field after suffering the injury Monday night. But you should certainly secure some insurance this week if Brees has been your regular starter. We'll hope to get a read on his likely effectiveness (or lack thereof) before the early games on Sunday. If Brees sits, the Saints would turn to either veteran Matt Flynn or rookie Garrett Grayson. Either would obviously present a significant downgrade from normal Brees level for all New Orleans pass-catchers.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Saints QB Drew Brees (foot) is in "horrible, miserable" pain.  He didn't practice on Wednesday but remains "intent" on playing this weekend, per Rapoport.  Brees is an ironman, but New Orleans might not want to throw him out there if he can't be mobile enough to protect himself.  We'll continue to keep an eye on his status.

ESPN's Ed Werder reports that Saints QB Drew Brees suffered a torn plantar fascia in his right foot in Monday night's loss to the Lions. Brees still hopes to play through the injury the next 2 weeks, and he wouldn't be the 1st to do so. A complete tear can actually help a player vs. a partial tear by causing less pain in the foot. But Brees drives off that right foot to pass, so the injury's sure to affect him. He still looks like a fantasy starter against the Jaguars this week -- assuming his practice week goes OK -- but the ceiling comes down at least a bit.

Saints QB Drew Brees is scheduled for an MRI on the foot he injured in Monday night's loss to the Lions, according to insider Nick Underhill.  Brees was hurt late in the 2nd quarter and was noticeably hobbled in the 2nd half.  He was in a walking boot after the game.  “I dont know what we got going here,” Brees said. “We’ll know more tomorrow after the MRI."  We'll pass along an update when we get one.

Saints QB Drew Brees hurt the bottom of his right foot against the Lions. He didn't miss any time but got his foot taped -- "in the arch area," according to ESPN's Lisa Salters -- between possessions and was still limping noticeably. We'll see what more we can learn about the issue and how it affects him. Any downgrade would not only hurt this week but also potentially impact Brees in a high-upside matchup with the Jaguars in Week 16.

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As expected, Saints QB Drew Brees (shoulder) is active for tonight’s meeting with Dallas. We’ll keep a close eye on his arm strength, but the veteran certainly carries QB1 upside at home in a positive matchup.

Saints QB Drew Brees (shoulder) is probable for Sunday night’s game against the Cowboys. “I think he’s planning on starting and we’re planning on starting him,” HC Sean Payton said Friday. “He looked crisp today. I think he’s going to end up starting and based on the way the week unfolded each day, I felt like he’s made the progress we’re looking for.” The shoulder is still a concern, and the Cowboys are a neutral matchup. It makes Brees a low-end QB1 for Week 4.

Saints QB Drew Brees' Tuesday throwing session went well, according to ESPN's Ed Werder, and he's expected to practice with the team on Wednesday.  Barring a setback over the next few days, it looks like Brees is on track to return for Sunday night's game against the Cowboys.  He'll be a lower-end QB1 for that one.

Saints QB Drew Brees will test his injured shoulder on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Ed Werder.  Brees spent the weekend rehabbing in an attempt to regain strength in that throwing shoulder.  We'll track his progress throughout the week.  For now, consider him questionable for Sunday night's game against the Cowboys.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Saints QB Drew Brees (shoulder) is a "long shot" for Week 4 .  "He’s working hard it, but has a steep climb," Rapaport adds.  Brees tried to throw on Friday but didn't fare well.  It sounds like Luke McCown is the favorite to be under center next weekend against the Cowboys.  It's bad news for all the Saints' skill-position guys.

Saints QB Drew Brees' "strength and velocity" are keeping him out for Sunday's game against the Panthers, according to insider Mike Triplett.  Brees reportedly tried to throw on Friday morning, but it didn't go well.  "I think just where he's at in the rehab and the strength, I think he felt -- I think we all felt -- like it would be too early, him playing this weekend," HC Sean Payton said. "He felt like he made progress throughout the week, and yet it's still not where it needs to be or where we would feel comfortable with the strength that he needs. But he did get better each day, and we'll just see where it's at next week."  It certainly doesn't sound like Brees is a lock to return for Week 4.

Saints QB Drew Brees (shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Panthers.  It's his 1st missed game due to injury since 2005.  New Orleans is left with Luke McCown under center.  He's not a fantasy option and significantly lowers the ceiling of everyone else in the Saints passing game.


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