Drew Brees’ Brilliance Has The New Orleans Saints Back In Playoff Contention

Anyone that drafted Drew Brees in fantasy this season did so because of the consistency he has displayed throughout his career. Despite many believing he was too short to play quarterback, Brees has become a staple among the elite NFL signal callers.

Since his days in San Diego, he has found success through his precision and timing. And if you know Brees, you know he always comes out firing following his team’s bye week.

Here’s a look at Brees’ last seven games coming off the bye:

2014: 342 yards and 2 touchdowns
2013: 332 yards and 5 touchdowns
2012: 377 yards and 4 touchdowns
2011: 363 yards and 5 touchdowns
2010: 382 yards and 4 touchdowns
2009: 369 yards and 4 touchdowns
2008: 422 yards and 2 touchdowns

Sweet heavens. Talk about consistency.

Because he makes such good reads, Brees manages to keep his receivers happy by spreading the ball around. It’s been rare for him to have a true No. 1 receiver, but Brandin Cooks has been filling that role admirably this season. If Brees can keep finding Cooks early and often, this explosive Saints team could sneak into the playoffs.

In Week 12, New Orleans plays at Houston against the surging Texans. Given how Brees has fared coming off byes in the past, he’s likely to dominate Houston’s suspect secondary. The Texans rely on J.J. Watt to do everything on defense, so as long as the Saints can keep Brees upright, he’ll take care of business like he always does.

That’s good news for Saints fans… and anyone fortunate enough to have Brees on their fantasy team.

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