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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

FANTASY FOOTBALL CRISIS POINT: DREW BREES QB NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Heading into the always crucial month of December where fantasy football league titles are decided, those who owned stock in New Orleans Saints QB Dre Brees had to be feeling pretty good about their chances.  This is a group that includes yours truly who drafted Brees in the early fourth round of this past summer's Experts League.  It was a draft pick that had paid off tremendously to that point as Brees continued to show that age is just a number to him as he launched 30 touchdown passes through Week 12 with his customary very high yardage for a Saints offense that throws all game long.  Fast forward to present time and the alarm bells are screaming out surrounding Brees as he comes of what can only be described as a horror show two-game span in Weeks 13 and 14 where he threw ZERO touchdowns and tossed 6!!!!! interceptions in losses to the Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buc's.  So with the second round of fantasy football playoffs getting set to go in Week 15, Brees' owners all of a sudden have to wonder if they can rely on him with the stakes so high.  Adding to the angst is the fact Brees and the Saints play on the road against the Arizona Cardinals who have a solid defense.  Making matters worse, Brees historically has seen a sharp dip in his numbers on the road compared to being home on the fast turf of the dome.  So what has gone wrong here?  How has Brees turned into Blake Bortles almost overnight?  Well to be fair, Brees had a clear TD pass dropped last week but even more concerning is the fact the team can't run the football.  Opposing defenses are stacking the secondary now against Brees and that is the major source of struggles there.  This is a scary situation now with Arizona who have two All-Pros in their secondary in Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson and so Brees remains quite risky for this week.  It is crucial that Michael Thomas return to action this week from his foot injury but either way, Brees is now someone you may want to think about avoiding in Week 15.


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