Saints’ Drew Brees fails to crack ESPN’s Top 50 fantasy football players

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Nov 29, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) talks to an official during the first half of a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 29, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) talks to an official during the first half of a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /
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It goes without saying, but you can fully expect the Drew Brees declining talk will keep rearing its ugly head over the next couple of months. Has it started with fantasy football rankings?

ESPN released their 2016 fantasy football draft kit on Tuesday, which has several analysts’ rankings for the upcoming year.

Drew Brees came in at No. 68 overall on the Top 300, being ranked as the No. 5 overall quarterback. From last year’s rankings in May, Brees fell 25 spots. Noted fantasy football guru Matthew Berry has Brees as the No. 6 overall quarterback behind Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, and Tom Brady.

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Despite missing one game in 2015, Brees finished as ESPN’s sixth-highest quarterback in fantasy football with 299 points. Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton was first in the league with 373 points.

Here’s a brief outlook of ESPN’s projections for this season, as compared to last year’s stats.

6.

YEAR

C/A

YDS

TD

INT

RUSH

YDS

TD

PTS

2015 Statistics

428/627

4870

32

11

24

14

1

299

2016 Projections

438/656

4839

32

16

21

34

1

294

With so many new weapons in the mix, like free agent tight end Coby Fleener and Ohio State wide receiver Michael Thomas, it’s hard to imagine that Brees won’t have another successful year. Brees also has a very strong supporting cast returning in 2016, including a very healthy C.J. Spiller.

The Saints do have some tough foes to battle this season, as they take on the AFC and NFC West this year. However, a decade in as the team’s quarterback, it’s safe to say that you won’t ever find Brees being intimidated by anyone.

Brees and company may have to face another harsh reality, as the NFL Network releases their No. 30-21 players for their Top 100 segment this evening, and it could have the Saints quarterback on it. He finished at No. 30 on their list in 2015.

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