Drew Brees Contract: Fantasy Stars to Avoid If Brees' Holdout Doesn't Die
Will Brees and NOLA get a contract done before training camp?
If Brees doesn’t get a new contract by training camp, he won’t end his holdout, according to Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Here are the offensive weapons that you should avoid like the plague in fantasy football if his holdout is to become even uglier.
4. Jimmy Graham
Graham is the second-best fantasy tight end only behind Rob Gronkowski himself. He won’t be the same dominant force without Brees, though.
New Orleans’ other options at quarterback include Chase Daniel, Luke McCown and Sean Canfield. The one positive for Graham owners is that often poor quarterbacks will look to their tight ends quite a bit. The more inferior the passer, the more check downs to the safety valve.
3. Lance Moore
Moore isn’t exactly a reception machine. In the last two seasons, he’s recorded totals of 52 and 66 catches. But what Moore does excel in is scoring touchdowns—he’s hauled in eight each of the past two years.
No Brees, though, means Moore’s end zone appearances will likely be at least sliced in half. His targets won’t plummet because doesn’t get a ton to begin with, but again, that’s not where his value lies.
2. Marques Colston
Every season that Colston has played at least 14 games in, he’s racked up over 1,000 receiving yards. If Brees’ holdout lasts into the regular season, that streak will be in jeopardy. Colston has been Brees’ favorite wide out for years and Daniel/McCown/Canfield aren't capable of getting a receiver 80 catches.
Which player's numbers would go down the most in Brees' absence?
1. Darren Sproles
Remember that elite third-down running back that carried you to a championship in your PPR league? Well, he’s gone.
If Brees receives a contract extension, Sproles will be a PPR monster yet again. If not, don’t even bother drafting him. Instead, pick up Mark Ingram who’s sure to be a top-10 fantasy halfback because the Saints would be forced to heavily rely on the running game.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.
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