Drew Brees' Updated 2013 Fantasy Outlook and Trade Value After Week 4
The 34-year-old entered Monday night's game with mediocre numbers. He had thrown for only 1,021 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions. The yards are on pace for what he has done in recent years, but the touchdowns and interceptions were somewhat concerning.
Fantasy owners can put their worries to rest after his performance against the Dolphins. Brees finished 30-of-39 with 413 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Those numbers were good enough to post a 144.5 passer rating.
Thanks to Brees' performance, the Saints cruised to a 38-17 win. New Orleans is now 4-0 and own a 2.5-game lead over the Carolina Panthers in the NFC South. The Atlanta Falcons, who already lost to the Saints, fall to three games back in the division.
Brees was making history on Monday night. ESPN Monday Night noted that he tied Dan Marino on a good list:
With that last TD, Brees ties Marino for 3rd-most 4-TD games with 21— ESPN Monday Night (@ESPNMondayNight) October 1, 2013
ESPN Monday Night also found another good stat on the veteran quarterback:
1 game, 3 records: Drew Brees ALSO just tied his own NFL record with his 9th straight 300-yard game.— ESPN Monday Night (@ESPNMondayNight) October 1, 2013
New Orleans has gotten a big boost from having coach Sean Payton back on the sidelines. Brees has flourished with his coach, and the offense is beginning to get into a rhythm. After scoring only 39 total points in the first two weeks, the Saints have scored at least 31 points in each of the past two games.
The quarterback has seven touchdowns to only one interceptions in the last two weeks.
Fantasy owners knew what they were getting when they drafted Brees. The quarterback has thrown for 5,000 yards three different times, and he is on pace to challenge his single-season record of 5,476 yards.
Brees' great start to the 2013 season has put the Saints in great position to make the playoffs:
Think this game isn't HUGE? 82% of teams that started 4-0 have made the playoffs.— ESPN Monday Night (@ESPNMondayNight) October 1, 2013
If you are crazy enough to trade Brees, his stock is as high as it will get. His terrific performance this season would bring back a lot in return, and he is only going to get better as he works with Payton.
Like he has been over the past seven seasons, Brees continues to be a top fantasy quarterback. He is the second-best option, behind only Peyton Manning, at quarterback for fantasy teams.
Brees is starting to hit his stride and could lead a fantasy football team to a championship this year. It would be wise to keep him unless someone blows you away with an offer.
*All stats are courtesy of NFL.com
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