Fantasy Football: Should You Worry About Drew Brees' Contact Situation?

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IJune 10, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 03:  Professional football player Drew Brees attends ESPN The Magazine's 'NEXT' Event on February 3, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for ESPN)
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With all of the turmoil surrounding the New Orleans Saints, you would have thought the Drew Brees contact situation would be dealt with swiftly. Unfortunately for Saints fans and keeper league owners of Brees, that hasn’t been the case.

Brees is now missing mandatory minicamp. While it isn’t a big deal for a player of Brees’ stature, it would be nice for a team that is making adjustments thanks to their Bountygate suspensions.

Brees means as much to the New Orleans franchise as any player does to their team in the league so I can’t get too worried about a deal getting done. Besides, they have more than a month to get something hammered out. If we get into July and they are still at a stalemate it may be time to get a little concerned, but until then I’ll keep him locked in at number two in my fantasy quarterback rankings.

That said, if somebody took Tom Brady over Brees I wouldn’t argue the move. Cam Newton and Matthew Stafford provide a little more risk because they don’t have Brees’ track record, but that’s a calculated risk.

Brees is 33 and coming off one of the finest seasons ever, shattering Dan Marino’s record with 5476 yards and approaching Tom Brady’s record with 46 touchdown passes. He has thrown for at least 4388 yards in his six seasons (including two 5000-plus yard seasons) with the Saints and tossed at least 33 TDs over the past four.

It’s too early to panic on Brees. Do try and use the contract stall as a way to sneak Brees away from his keeper owner, but realize that could be a tall order.

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