Drew Brees Fantasy News

Monday, November 2, 2015, 8:33pm

Times-Picauyne - [Full Article]

The NFL has made a change to its official stat book following the Saints 52-49 win against the Giants, changing a Willie Snead fumble into a Drew Brees interception.

The play in question, which occurred with 7:23 left in the fourth quarter, was initially ruled as a fumble by Snead that was returned by the Giants for a 63-yard touchdown. It will now be credited as a 63-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Brees is now credited with completing 39-of-50 passes for 505 yards, seven touchdowns, two interceptions and a 131.7 quarterback rating.

Although it doesn't take away from his banner day, the stat correction does present a significant change.

His previous stat line was 40-of-50 passes for 511 yards, seven touchdowns, one interception and a 140.5 quarterback rating.

Lions fire OC Joe Lombardi

Monday, October 26, 2015, 5:50pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Detroit Lions' ugly start to the season has inspired major changes to the coaching staff.

The team fired offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi on Monday, the team announced. The Lions also fired offensive line coaches Jeremiah Washburn and Terry Heffernan. Coach Jim Caldwell confirmed that Jim Bob Cooter will take over as offensive coordinator.

The grandson of Vince Lombardi, Joe arrived in Detroit without experience as an NFL coordinator. He spent seven seasons with the New Orleans, including five years as Drew Brees' quarterback coach. Lombardi's place in Detroit always felt like an awkward fit. He struggled to adapt a Saints-like offense in Detroit based on timing and precision. Matthew Stafford has never mastered the finer points of the position like Brees, and he regressed in an offense built around short passing.

The last straw for Lombardi came on Sunday when the Lions lost to the Minnesota Vikings to drop their record 1-6. Stafford and the team's offensive line has struggled to recognize where pressure is coming from all season.

Fantasy Impact:

Caldwell, who has an offensive background, has been under fire for not delivering on his promise to improve Stafford. Caldwell, who is a proven offensive coach from his days in Indianapolis and Baltimore, figures to take on a larger role constructing the offense. If he's going to get heat, he may as well do it with his style of offense, the story said. Caldwell was instrumental in Peyton Manning's career and getting the Colts to the Super Bowl in the 2009 season as their head coach. He was hired late in the 2013 season in Baltimore, turning the Ravens' offense around and helping Joe Flacco win a Super Bowl. With Lombardi as his offensive coordinator, he was unable to replicate that success in Detroit.

Report: Marques Colston's arm in sling

Monday, October 12, 2015, 9:56am

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

The New Orleans Saints just can't seem to catch a break right now it seems. While it seemed that things may be taking a turn in the right direction after an overtime victory against the Dallas Cowboys, it took a complete 180 on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Not only did the Saints lose to the Eagles 39-17, but it seems that Drew Brees lost one of his more reliable targets in Marques Colston as well, according to Evan Woodbery of The Times Picayune, who tweeted: "Saints WR Marques Colston had right arm in sling after game."

Fantasy Impact:

The extent of Colston's injury is unknown, but it'll obviously be something to monitor on a short week, as the Saints face the Falcons on Thursday night. During the game, the broadcast crew noted Colston kept his arm close to his side, which obviously made it difficult to catch passes. Willie Snead seems to have passed Colston as the team's WR2 behind Bradin Cooks.

Drew Brees fine after Week 4 return

Monday, October 5, 2015, 5:56pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

After suffering a bruised rotator cuff in Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Drew Brees was back in action against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4. Fortunately, Sean Payton says his QB came out of the incredible overtime victory feeling just fine, according to Joel A. Erickson of The New Orleans Advocate.

“I think aside from your normal soreness after a game, I think (Brees is) fine,” Saints head coach Sean Payton told The New Orleans Advocate.

While Brees threw his fair share of shorter passes during the victory, he did more than just get the job done. Brees completed 33-of-41 passes for 359 yards and two touchdowns, including the 80-yard overtime touchdown that sealed the victory for the Saints.

Fantasy Impact:

Brees will likely use the beginning of the week to let his shoulder rest just a bit before getting back to work this week.

Drew Brees says he's capable of making all throws

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 4:36pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Drew Brees told ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder that he believes his passing shoulder is healthy and he is capable of making every throw necessary when the New Orleans Saints host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night.

Brees is planning to start Sunday after taking most of the Saints' practice reps all week. He has been recovering from a bruised right rotator cuff, which forced him to miss Sunday's game at Carolina -- the first time he has missed a game with injury since high school.

Brees went into detail on the specifics of his injury for the first time in a phone interview with Werder. He said the turning point in his recovery was Tuesday, when the inflammation subsided and the strength began to return to normal. He doesn't feel as though the shoulder is at any risk.

Fantasy Impact:

Brees still comes with some risks, and it's not like he was playing like the Brees of old before the injury. From a health standpoint, though, it looks like he'll be in good enough shape to start if owners need him.

Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:45pm

Saints QB Drew Brees (right shoulder, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 4. We’re expecting Brees to return in Week 4. The Cowboys have been a bad matchup for opposing quarterbacks (5th in aFPA), but Brees is typically a good fantasy bet at home. The injury makes him a risk/reward play.

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:11pm

Saints QB Drew Brees (right shoulder) took limited practice reps again Thursday. We’re tentatively expecting Brees to return in Week 4. The Cowboys have been a bad matchup for opposing quarterbacks (5th in aFPA).

Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 6:25pm

Saints QB Drew Brees (right shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday. It’s a good sign for Brees that he’s able to return to practice, but he’s dealing with diminished strength in his arm. The Cowboys have been a bad matchup for opposing quarterbacks (5th in aFPA).

Drew Brees to take practice reps Wednesday

Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 7:05pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Drew Brees is expected to take some practice reps for the first time Wednesday after his Tuesday throwing session went well during the Saints' off day, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder.

This is the latest encouraging step for Brees, who told Werder on Monday that he received positive reviews from Dr. James Andrews after a comprehensive shoulder evaluation in Birmingham, Ala.

Brees has not thrown during a practice since he suffered a bruised rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder in Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was ruled out of this past Sunday's game at the Carolina Panthers because he and coach Sean Payton agreed that he didn't have enough strength or velocity yet. It was the first game Brees missed due to injury since high school.

Fantasy Impact:

Both Brees and Payton have said they are optimistic he will be able to return for Sunday night's home date with the Dallas Cowboys. But they have both described Brees' status as "day to day." Brees has stressed that the decision will be based on how much strength and "functionality" he feels he has in his arm rather than an issue of pain tolerance or risk of re-injury, the story said.

Drew Brees to test shoulder Tuesday

Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 1:17pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Drew Brees plans to test his injured shoulder Tuesday by throwing for the first time since Friday, according to ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder.

Brees told Werder that he flew to Birmingham, Alabama on Monday for a comprehensive shoulder evaluation with Dr. James Andrews and that the results of the exam were even more positive than he expected.

Fantasy Impact:

Brees and coach Sean Payton have both continued to describe Brees as “day to day,” and he aims to return at home this Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys. Werder seems to be on top of the Brees injury.

Drew Brees gets 'positive results' in evaluation

Monday, September 28, 2015, 8:45pm

Times-Picauyne - [Full Article]

w Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees met with renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham on Monday and got "very positive" feedback after an "extensive evaluation," according to ESPN's Ed Werder.

Brees was on the sidelines for the Saints' loss Sunday at the Carolina Panthers. He told CSTV that his ability to return this week would be based on arm strength and movement, not a pain threshold.

Saints coach Sean Payton said Monday that Brees was showing progress daily.

Fantasy Impact:

The Saints (0-3) play the Dallas Cowboys (2-1) on Sunday at home. Werder, who has reported statements from Brees and information that appears to be coming from Brees since last week, also added that Brees found the evaluation with Andrews "very positive" and "beyond expectations," the story said. Werder was in our news last last week saying Brees' injury wasn't as long term as some other outlets reported, so it appears this can be taken seriously.

Drew Brees 'expects' to start Week 4

Monday, September 28, 2015, 9:59am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Drew Brees will head into Week 4 the same way he went into Week 3 – optimistic but uncertain about whether he will be able to play with a bruised rotator cuff.

“I’m day-to-day. Obviously I plan to and expect to start on Sunday,” the New Orleans Saints quarterback said in his weekly postgame interview with Cox Sports Television following the Saints’ 27-22 loss to the Carolina Panthers. “But if I don’t, we’re in good hands with Luke [McCown].”

Brees reiterated that his ability to play against the Dallas Cowboys next Sunday night will be a matter of “functionality.”

Fantasy Impact:

A report we had Sunday night said Brees is a long shot to play in Week 4. Brees may just be preparing in case, but owners should probably plan on being without him again.

Report: Drew Brees 'long shot' for Week 4

Sunday, September 27, 2015, 8:32pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, it doesn't look promising for Saints QB Drew Brees.

"QB Drew Brees: I’m told he’s viewed as a long shot for next week vs. #Cowboys. He’s working hard it, but has a steep climb," Rapoport said via Twitter.

Fantasy Impact:

It's going to just be a wait-and-see type of approach heading into the week, the story said, and that will apply to fantasy owners, too. The Saints host Dallas, but it's the Sunday night game so owners are going to need a backup plan if they want to wait for Brees' availability. Luke McCown played well, completed 31 of 38 passes for 310 yards and one interception, but the offense takes a hit with Brees out of the lineup.

Friday, September 25, 2015, 7:02pm

Saints QB Drew Brees (right shoulder, out) missed practice Friday after taking limited reps Thursday and is out for Week 3. Luke McCown will get the start in a bad matchup against the Panthers. The Carolina defense is the biggest beneficiary of this news, as the entire Saints offense is likely to take a step back without Brees under center. Even Mark Ingram is looking like a dicey play now that the Panthers can load up and stop the run.

Saints QB Drew Brees (shoulder) out for Week 3

Friday, September 25, 2015, 2:12pm

Mike Triplett, Twitter - [Full Article]

Drew Brees has been declared OUT for Sunday's game by Saints coach Sean Payton.

Fantasy Impact:

Luke McCown will get the start in a bad matchup against the Panthers. The Carolina defense is the biggest beneficiary of this news, as the entire Saints offense is likely to take a step back without Brees under center. Even Mark Ingram is looking like a dicey play now that the Panthers can load up and stop the run.

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