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Saints fantasy breakdown: Week 11, Panthers

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Oct 16, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) talk after their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints won 41-38. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 16, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) talk after their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints won 41-38. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports /
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Drew Brees

Nov 13, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws past Denver Broncos defensive tackle Adam Gotsis (99) during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Broncos defeated the Saints 25-23. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 13, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws past Denver Broncos defensive tackle Adam Gotsis (99) during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Broncos defeated the Saints 25-23. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /

Drew Brees fantasy outlook: Start him.

The Panthers secondary is not nearly as banged up as it was in Week 6 when Drew Brees threw for 465 yards and 4 touchdowns. And while that unit isn’t much improved even when healthy, the Panthers defense seems finally to have come alive after a horrible start to the season.

That said, I still expect the Saints to take a pass-heavy approach to the game. Perhaps not to the extent that they did during their first meeting when they only ran 21 running plays, but I think it’s safe to say Brees should have plenty of opportunities to air it out.

And while this is still a dangerous defense, I think Brees will find success. It’ll help, of course, if Terron Armstead can suit up. 

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