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Height/Weight: 6-0/209 | Birthdate: 1/15/1979 | Birthplace: Austin, TX, USA | Team: New Orleans | College: Purdue | NFL Experience: 14 | Owned/Started%: 100/96 | Average Draft Position: 14.18
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Drew Brees confident in offense with or without Graham


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/11/2014) Saints quarterback Drew Brees isn't worried about the offense if tight end Jimmy Graham is there or not, reports USA Today. Graham is not with the team because of a contract dispute.

"I'd hate to not have Jimmy," Brees said. "I'm very confident that a deal will get done. But if it doesn't, you worry about what you do have and who you do have out there."

Last season, Graham led the Saints with 86 catches, 1,215 yards and 16 touchdowns. Brees knows that. But he knows history, too. Sean Payton arrived in New Orleans in 2006, and he built a system around Brees, which is why the quarterback is confident.

"Look at our numbers over the last eight years," he said. "We've had a lot of different guys in there. Jimmy's only been here four years. He's only been here half the time. We were putting up some pretty big numbers before he got here, and we've been putting up some big numbers since he's been here. Hey, we do what we do. It's nice when you can have guys like Jimmy, and obviously he's a big part of our offense. If he's in there, we're going to try to get him the ball. We're game-planning ways to get him the ball, ways to put him in the best position to succeed. But if he's not, somebody else is going to get those touches. We'll put those guys in position."


Drew Brees not close to retirement


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/23/2014) Saints quarterback Drew Brees is 35, but he has no plans of retiring any time soon, reports the Associated Press.

Brees said he could play at least another five years. And why not after three seasons in a row with 5,000-plus yards.

"Do I hope I can play into my 40s? Yes, I do. As long as I'm healthy and playing at a high level, then why not?" Brees said. "I certainly don't take it for granted and know that obviously you've got to prove yourself every year."


Drew Brees excited for Brandin Cooks


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/22/2014) Saints quarterback Drew Brees is excited about playing with new rookie receiver Brandin Cooks , reports ESPN.

"Yeah, it's awesome," Brees said. "I mean, we traded up to get this guy. So that tells me a lot about how we feel about this guy. Not only his talent and his skill set, but also just the type of guy he is. From all accounts, he's just a phenomenal person, a great teammate, extremely hard, tough work ethic, and just a character guy. Fits in perfect in our locker room and loves football. We love those guys."


Brandin Cooks could be the No. 1 rookie Fantasy receiver


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/9/2014) The Saints needed help at receiver after getting rid of Lance Moore and Darren Sproles this offseason, and they were aggressive in the first round of the NFL Draft. The Saints gave up the No. 27 and No. 91 picks to move up to No. 20 for Oregon State receiver Brandin Cooks.

He will now become the third receiver for the Saints behind Marques Colston and Kenny Stills, but he could end up as the No. 1 Fantasy receiver this season, even ahead of Sammy Watkins (Bills), Mike Evans (Buccaneers) and Odell Beckham Jr. (Giants), who were all drafted ahead of him. Cooks landed with the best offense and best quarterback of that group.

We'll find out how the Saints plan to use Cooks, who has elite speed but is on the smallish side at 5-foot-10, 189 pounds. Think Tavon Austin of the Rams, but hope for DeSean Jackson at his best with the Eagles. And Cooks should fly on the turf at the Superdome.

I would only draft Cooks with a late-round flier in seasonal Fantasy leagues, but he's a late first round or early second-round pick in rookie-only formats. If the Saints use him the right way -- unlike how the Rams used Austin last year -- then he could be a sleeper in 2014.

As for Stills, don't panic with this move. He still has the chance for a breakout season as the starter opposite Colston. And Drew Brees definitely benefits with the addition of Cooks.


Saints GM: No urgency to find Drew Brees' successor


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) Saints general manager Mickey Loomis will be keeping his eyes on available quarterbacks in the draft, but said finding 35-year-old Drew Brees' successor is not a pressing issue, reports Fox Sports.

"We pay attention to that because you want to have someone in the wings who could step up and play for you," Loomis said. "I wouldn't say it's at the forefront of our minds, and yet we do recognize Drew's age. But if you talk to Drew, he's going to play a lot longer, so that's encouraging."

Loomis added he's pleased with current backup quarterbacks Luke McCown and Ryan Griffin.


Drew Brees believes in Joe Lombardi


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2014) Saints quarterback Drew Brees believes new Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi is going to bring out the best in Matthew Stafford, according to mlive.com.

Lombardi worked as Brees' quarterbacks coach for five seasons before joining the Lions. Brees said he sees some similarities between the Lions and Saints personnel, and believes Lombardi will find a way to make things work in Detroit. Brees added that he knew Lombardi would be in line to get a coordinator job. "You can kind of tell when assistant coaches are just kind of ready for that next step -- to be a coordinator, to be a playcaller," Brees said. 


Drew Brees open to restructuring his deal


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2014) Saints quarterback Drew Brees is open to restructuring his deal. 

Brees will be 35, and will count as $18.4 million against the team's cap next season. He said he'll do whatever it takes to help the team. In order to restructure his deal, the team would likely have to add years to his deal. With the Saints projected to be $12 million over the cap, they'll need to be creative in order to make things work.


Drew Brees feels he's on 'upward tick'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2014) Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who turns 35 on Wednesday, said he feels like he's on an upward tick in his career, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Brees has thrown for 5,100-plus yards in three straight seasons.

He told the paper he felt as good in 2013 as he ever had and that he looks forward to playing for a long time. If the Saints ask him to restructure his contract to sign free agents, Brees said he'll do "whatever it takes to help the team win."


Drew Brees overcomes awful first half to put up strong numbers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/11/2014) Anyone who suggested based on halftime statistics that Saints quarterback Drew Brees would post the final numbers he achieved in the Saturday playoff game at Seattle would not have been believed.

Brees was just 5 of 12 for 34 yards at intermission. Considering the brilliance of the Seahawks defense, the ferocity of the rain and the impotence of tight end Jimmy Graham, he appeared doomed to mediocrity. But a tremendous second half in which he hooked up 10 times with favorite wideout Marques Colston resulted in him finishing 24 of 43 with 309 yards and a touchdown.

Clearly bothered by the conditions, Brees suffered through a miserable second quarter in which he missed on six of eight attempts and threw for just 15 yards. He found his rhythm in the second half and sizzled in the fourth quarter with 188 yards passing in catch-up mode. But it was his terrible start that forced him to play from behind the entire game and doomed his team to defeat.


Drew Brees delivers in second half of playoff win


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/5/2014) Saints quarterback Drew Brees got off to a slow start but managed to lead his team to a 10 play, 35-yard drive which led to a Shayne Graham game-winning field goal as time expired, in a 26-24 victory over the Eagles in the NFC Wild Card round of the playoffs.

Brees was intercepted twice and was held out of the end zone in the first half. He bounced back with a 24-yard touchdown strike to Lance Moore with 10:08 remaining in the third quarter. He completed 20 of 30 passes for 250 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions. He completed passes to 10 different players. He was sacked twice and also rushed for 13 yards on five carries.

Drew Brees shatters franchise mark in defeat of Bucs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) That Drew Brees became the first Saints quarterback to fire three touchdowns of 40-plus yards in one game Sunday is impressive. That he did it in the first half Sunday is ridiculous. In fact, his entire first half was ridiculous.

He buried Tampa Bay by completing his first 11 passes and heading into the locker room at halftime 17 of 21 for 321 yards and the quartet of scores, all to different receivers. Brees took his foot off the pedal after intermission and finished 24 of 31 for 381 yards and the four touchdowns, which earned him a quarterback rating of 157.4. In the process, he exceeded 5,000 yards passing for the third straight season and fourth in his career.

Brees started hot with four consecutive completions for 67 yards and a scoring strike to Lance Moore on the first possession of the game. By the time the half ended, he had also thrown touchdown passes to Jimmy Graham, Robert Meachem and Kenny Stills, the last of which traveled 76 yards.

Just to put a bit of variety in his domination of the Buccaneers, he ran 9 yards for a score in the fourth quarter.


Drew Brees fine for game against Tampa Bay


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) A knee issue will not keep Saints prolific quarterback Drew Brees off the field in Week 17 against the Buccaneers. He was listed as probable, but has been given the green light.

NFL reveals offensive players for Pro Bowl


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) The NFL announced Friday the rosters for the 2014 Pro Bowl, which will be held on Jan. 26 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The league will hold a draft on Jan. 22 where Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will select their respective squads for the annual all-star game.

Quarterback: Tom Brady, Patriots; Drew Brees, Saints; Peyton Manning, Broncos; Cam Newton, Panthers; Philip Rivers, Chargers; Russell Wilson, Seahawks.

Running back: Jamaal Charles, Chiefs; Matt Forte, Bears; Frank Gore, 49ers; Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks; LeSean McCoy, Eagles; Adrian Peterson, Vikings.

Fullback: Marcel Reece, Raiders; Mike Tolbert, Panthers.

Wide receiver: Antonio Brown, Steelers; Dez Bryant, Cowboys; Josh Gordon, Browns; A.J. Green, Bengals; Andre Johnson, Texans; Calvin Johnson, Lions; Brandon Marshall, Bears; Demaryius Thomas Broncos.

Tight end: Jordan Cameron, Browns; Vernon Davis, 49ers; Jimmy Graham, Saints; Julius Thomas, Broncos.

Guard: Jahri Evans, Saints; Ben Grubbs, Saints; Mike Iupati, 49ers; Logan Mankins, Patriots; Louis Vasquez, Broncos; Marshal Yanda, Ravens.

Center: Ryan Kalil, Panthers; Alex Mack, Browns; Mike Pouncey, Dolphins; Max Unger, Seahawks.

Drew Brees probable Week 17


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) Saints quarterback Drew Brees is probable Week 17.

Brees is listed on the injury report with a knee injury. He was limited Wednesday, but returned to full practice Thursday.


Drew Brees a Fantasy beast at home in Week 17


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2013) Let's see ... the Saints are at home on Sunday. That means Drew Brees should light it up.

It has become that simple. The difference between his home and away performances have become so striking that Fantasy owners can estimate his point totals by it. For starters (no punt intended), he has thrown 23 touchdown passes in seven games in New Orleans and 12 in eight games on the road.

Despite the disparity, Brees has still enjoyed another sensational season. He has completed 68 percent of his passes and needs 219 yards against Tampa Bay to achieve his fourth 5,000-yard season. The Buccaneers haven't given up more than 189 passing yards in any of their of last three games, but the hunch here is that Brees will hit that coveted mark.

There is no reason to believe Brees won't at least throw for a few scores against a team that ranks 20th in the NFL in passing touchdowns allowed with 26. He remains a premier No. 1 Fantasy option.


Drew Brees pops up on injury report


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/25/2013) Saints quarterback Drew Brees showed up on the injury report with a knee injury. The injury was not mentioned by Brees or coach Sean Payton during their Wednesday interviews, reports ESPN.com.

Brees practiced on a limited basis as New Orleans began preparing for Week 17 vs. Tampa Bay.


Drew Brees held to one touchdown Week 16


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Saints quarterback Drew Brees was held to just one touchdown Week 16.

Brees finished the game 30 of 44, with 281 yards and a score. He was held in check by the Panthers relentless pass rush. The team sacked Brees six times, and forced him into two interceptions. The Saints also had a tough time getting anything going when the rain hit in Carolina. Brees also had a rush for 9 yards. He'll take on the Buccaneers Week 17.


Drew Brees in for a rough matchup Week 16


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2013) Saints quarterback Drew Brees is facing a tough Panthers secondary Week 16.

The Panthers have been hard on opposing quarterbacks, allowing them to score just 13.14 Fantasy points per game, the second lowest figure in the league. Through 14 games, the team has allowed 14 touchdowns, also second lowest in the league. The two teams played just two weeks ago in New Orleans. In that game, Brees carved up the Carolina secondary, throwing for four touchdowns. 

Against similarly tough defenses, Brees hasn't fared as well. He was held to just one touchdown against both the 49ers and the Seahawks earlier this season. The reason he was so successful against Carolina earlier in the year may have been due to the fact that the Saints played at home. Brees hasn't performed as well on the road this season, throwing 11 touchdowns to seven interceptions in seven games. He's thrown 23 touchdowns to three interceptions at home. Brees is an elite option at quarterback, so it's unlikely he's being benched in most Fantasy leagues, regardless of the tough matchup. 


Drew Brees interceptions force catch-up mode failure in Week 15


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Saints quarterback Drew Brees was thoroughly outplayed by Rams counterpart Kellen Clemens on Sunday. That is a sentence nobody believed they would read heading into Week 15.

His big numbers were merely a product of catch-up football and extended garbage time. Brees completed 39 of 56 passes, two first-quarter interceptions and one make-the-score-look-better touchdown to wide receiver Marques Colston with three minutes remaining.

Brees tossed a pick on his first pass, then another in the middle of the quarter. He came on strong in the second quarter and finished the half 16 of 21 for 169 yards, but he ended up with his second poor all-around performance in the last three weeks, both on the road.

That doesn't bode well for next Sunday, when Brees and the Saints offense face a sterner test at Carolina.


Drew Brees should take advantage of Rams on Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2013) The stars - or at least the stats - are aligning just right for Saints quarterback Drew Brees to rack up some big numbers again Sunday at St. Louis.

The Rams have been giving up long aerial gains all year. It's no wonder that they rank third in the NFL in pass attempts against, but 22nd in yards yielded through the air and 30th in net yards allowed per pass play (7.1).

That leads to a perfect scenario for Brees, who ranks second behind Peyton Manning in passing yards with 4,107 and is as accurate deep as any quarterback in the NFL. He also ranks second behind Philip Rivers in completing 68 percent of his throws.

Brees regained his mojo Sunday against Carolina after a down game at Seattle. He threw for 313 yards and four touchdowns against the Panthers, who boast a far superior pass defense to the Rams. All three CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers rank Brees second this week among NFL quarterbacks. He is, of course, an automatic start and should rack up plenty of points in Week 15.


Drew Brees carves up Panthers for 313 yards, four touchdowns


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) The Panthers arrived in the Superdome with the league's top scoring defense, but they hardly bothered Saints quarterback Drew Brees. He completed 30 of 42 throws for 313 yards and four touchdowns, his fourth game this season with at least four scoring passes.

Brees became the fastest player in NFL history to surpass 50,000 passing yards and set an NFL record with his eighth straight 4,000-yard season. He notched his ninth 300-yard passing game this year. In his last 13 prime-time home games, Brees has thrown 43 touchdowns against four interceptions.

Brees threw two touchdowns apiece to receiver Marques Colston and tight end Jimmy Graham while not committing a turnover. It was an expected, but welcome bounceback after Brees was held to 147 passing yards at Seattle in Week 13.

Up to 34 touchdowns, Brees visits the Rams in Week 15.


Drew Brees happy to be back home


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/6/2013) Saints quarterback Drew Brees is hoping to rebound from his Week 13 debacle at Seattle with a strong performance against Carolina at home. And home is where Brees tends to thrive.

Brees has at least 24 Fantasy points in five of six home games this season, and he's scored 35 or more points three times in the Superdome. He also has a good history against the Panthers with four games in a row with at least 325 passing yards and 13 total touchdowns and five interceptions over that span.

Now for the bad news. This year's version of the Panthers have not allowed a quarterback to score 20 Fantasy points, and no quarterback has thrown multiple touchdowns, including matchups with Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Tom Brady. But we think Brees at home will be the first to accomplish this feat.

Keep Brees active in all leagues, and we hope he gets back on track after scoring just nine Fantasy points against the Seahawks.


Drew Brees smothered by Seahawks


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2013) Saints quarterback Drew Brees had thrown for 200-plus yards in 43 straight games, two shy of the NFL record held by Dan Fouts, entering Week 13 at Seattle. The Seahawks smothered Brees, holding him to 147 passing yards.

Brees completed 23 of 38 throws while averaging a paltry 3.9 yards per attempt. His lone highlight came when he hit tight end Jimmy Graham for a 2-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Earlier, Brees lost a fumble when defensive end Cliff Avril hit his arm as he threw. The ball was plucked out of the air by defensive end Michael Bennett, who romped 22 yards for a touchdown.

Brees suffered his first loss in his last 10 Monday night starts. He was held to one touchdown pass for the third time this season. Brees faces another tough matchup Week 14 vs. Carolina.


Drew Brees tosses two scores, moves up charts in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2013) Saints quarterback Drew Brees saw his string of 300-yard passing games come to an end at four games Thursday, but he still thoroughly controlled the game in a 17-13 win over the Falcons in Week 12.

Brees completed 23 of 33 passes for 278 yards, while tossing a pair of touchdown passes to his tight ends in the win. Breese found Benjamin Watson for a 1-yard score in the first quarter, and then hooked up with Jimmy Graham for a 44-yard score in the second, his 28th touchdown of the season.

In addition to earning the win, Brees moved up the NFL record books with his performance. He ended the game with 49,566 passing yards in his career, moving him past Warren Moon and into fifth place in NFL history. Brees will likely become the fifth player in league history to accumulate 50,000 career yards sometime in the next two games. 

Breese has passed for at least 300 yards in all but three of his 11 games this season, and he sits at 3,647 for the season. He has 28 touchdowns and only eight interceptions heading into Week 13 against the Seahawks, a Monday night matchup. 


Drew Brees is an excellent Week 12 option


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/21/2013) Saints quarterback Drew Brees is coming off arguably his worst game of the season – a 305-yard, one-touchdown game against the 49ers in Week 11. Fortunately, Week 12 brings a wonderful chance for a rebound, as the Saints face off against the Falcons on Thursday night.

The Falcons have allowed opposing quarterbacks to score an average of 22.6 Fantasy points per game. Every quarterback has scored multiple touchdowns against the Falcons, including a two-touchdown game from Brees in Week 1.

Brees has failed to hit the 300-yard mark just two times this season (he threw for 357 yards Week 1). Plus, he should be motivated to bounce back from his Week 11 performance. Everything adds up to a big game for him, even if the Saints jump out to a big lead and go to a run game later on. 

An elite option at quarterback, Brees should be started in nearly every Fantasy format.