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.

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Saints QB Drew Brees will undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his throwing thumb, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The "initial estimate" has Brees missing 6 weeks. New Orleans has a Week 9 bye, so Week 10 might be Brees' most likely return date. We'll continue to keep an eye on the situation, but he's only worth stashing in 2-QB leagues or 1-QB leagues with an IR spot. If he returns in Week 10, he'll have 4 more home games left. QB Teddy Bridgewater will get the 1st crack at replacing Brees. He struggled in relief vs. the Rams and underwhelmed this preseason, posting a 61.4% completion rate and 5.7 yards per attempt. Consider Bridgewater just a low-end QB2 for now. But we do have some confidence that he's good enough -- alongside HC Sean Payton -- to at least keep RB Alvin Kamara and WR Michael Thomas afloat. If Bridgewater struggles, the Saints could give QB Taysom Hill a shot.

Saints QB Drew Brees is dealing with a ligament injury to his throwing thumb and is "looking at missing some game time," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The team is expected to have a better idea of Brees' status after he visits a hand specialist in Los Angeles on Monday. Former Head Team Dr. David Chao believes Brees could return in 2-3 weeks -- but adds that he might need surgery, which would sideline him "into November." We'll continue to update this situation as we learn more.

Saints QB Drew Brees will visit a hand specialist in Los Angeles to examine his injured right thumb, he told ESPN's Josina Anderson. Brees added that "he is concerned and that it could be significant," per Anderson. Brees only briefly tried to throw after suffering the injury, and it looked like it was uncomfortable just to even hold the ball. Brees owners should be bracing for a multi-week absence. We should learn more tomorrow.

Saints QB Drew Brees hurt his right thumb in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Rams when banged it on Aaron Donald's hand on a follow through. Brees got the thumb taped up and briefly tried to throw on the sidelines. But he's now standing on the sidelines without a helmet. QB Teddy Bridgewater is in the game.

The Saints and QB Drew Brees have agreed to a 2-year, $50 million contract with $27 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network. This deal took a bit longer than expected to materialize, but Brees was never leaving New Orleans. While his 10th-place fantasy finish this past season was his worst as a Saint, Brees remained as effective as ever. He set a career high with a 72.0% completion rate, averaged 8.1 yards per attempt and tossed 23 TDs vs. just 8 INTs. His fantasy ceiling has been capped in New Orleans' RB-centric offense, but Brees will remain 1 of the safest QB1 bets in 2018 fantasy drafts.

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