Top NFL Fantasy Value Quarterbacks – Drew Brees
The New Orleans Saints finished off play in the 2014 season with a record of 7-9 and failed to make the post season. They did this despite having the top offense in the NFL as the club piled up 411 yards per game. The Saints were third in the league in passing (297.8 per game) and ninth in scoring (25.1 per game).
Quarterback Drew Brees enters his thirteenth season in the NFL. The 36 year old signal caller hit on 69% of his passes last year which was his third highest in his career. At 4952 yards passing it was a decline over his previous three years. Brees threw for 33 touchdowns and 17 picks.
The question for the Saints is can the defense improve enough in 2015 to allow Drew Brees more opportunities for greater offense. Brees could cost Fantasy Football draft managers a high dollar amount in their one day cash leagues. He could also be a steal in some leagues because of the fallout from losing Jimmy Graham. The question is can Brees deliver even better fantasy numbers in 2015 to make it worth drafting him on your roster.
One of the big stories of the offseason saw one of Drew Brees main targets in the passing game exit the team. Tight end Jimmy Graham left the Saints and will be a member of the Seattle Seahawks this season. Graham produced 85 receptions for New Orleans in 2014 with 889 yards and ten touchdowns.
Ten year veteran Marques Colston had 59 receptions for 902 yards but just five touchdowns. He did average over 15 yards per catch which is over his career marks. The receptions and yardage were his lowest marks since the 2008 season where he played just 11 games. Colston played in all 16 games for New Orleans in 2015.
Brandon Cooks enters his second year with the Saints since being drafted out of Oregon St. Cooks was supposed to be the speedster that Brees could rely on if plays broke down in the pocket. In his rookie year Cooks caught 53 balls for 550 yards and three touchdowns. His longest catch was only a 28 yard reception as the Saints were hoping for more big plays during his rookie campaign. With the departure of Graham we could be seeing more balls targeted to Cooks in the passing game.
With a big hole at the tight end position the Saints may look for more from 34 year old Benjamin Watson. A season ago Watson had 20 catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns. His yardage totals a season ago was his lowest since his rookie season where he played just one game.
Third year man Josh Hill has size in the passing game in the tight end position. In 2014 he had 14 catches for 176 yards and five touchdowns. Nine of his 14 receptions last year went for a first down. Hill is still a young man at 25 years of age and is a big target at 6’ 5” tall.
During the draft the Saints felt they needed to get younger on their offensive line with several players nearing or over 30 years of age. They selected offensive tackle Andrus Peat in the first round out of Stanford. The Saints went with linebacker help with their second first round pick. In the second round they once again looked to improve their defense by drafting linebacker help. Six of the Saints first eight draft picks were on the defensive side of the football. Other than their offensive lineman in the first round the Saints drafted former Colorado St quarterback Garrett Grayson in the third round.
The Saints made an addition to their running game during the offseason. Headed to New Orleans is 27 year old and former first round pick of the Buffalo Bills in C.J. Spiller. Possibly the 1-2 punch of Spiller and Mark Ingram can improve on a 4.5 yards per carry from a season ago. Spiller played in just nine games last season for Buffalo and rushed for 300 yards and a career low 3.8 yards per carry.
Drew Brees despite losing Jimmy Graham still has weapons to target in the passing game. New Orleans Saints because of their offensive system is very much attractive to playmaking free agents.
Drew Brees Quarterback 2015 Fantasy Football Pick
Pick in your leagues if his price is perceived as a good value, which may be the case because the national media is down on New Orleans right now.