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Fallen From Fantasy Football Elite

Every year when I do any kind of fantasy draft, I put all position players into categories; Elite, 2nd tier middle, sleeper. Basically, if at each position I get an Elite I do not worry much about getting a 2nd tier guy as a back-up to only use for a week or two. But, I am extremely picky as to who I give Elite status too. Therefore, players fall from Elite status on my draft board quite often. And, every year I am told I am crazy for my choices, but it never stops me the next year.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates following the Saints win over the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL Super Bowl XLIV football game in Miami, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010. The Saints won 31-17. (AP Photo/Paul Abell)

This will upset alot of people, but read the reasoning and not the name. Drew Brees, is no longer an elite quarterback. People will just look at the surface numbers and assume he is Elite. They would be wrong. Last year Brees was tied for the lead in passing yards and had the most attempts and completions. In fantasy, attempts mean nothing and completions mean next to nothing. Here are the real facts. Brees is 36 years old, and over the last 3 years he is declining. In 2012 Brees had 5,177 yards, 43 touchdowns, and 10 300 yard games. In 2013 the numbers dipped to 5,162 yards, 39 touchdowns, and 11 300 yard games. Then in 2014 the regression continued when he threw for 4,952 yards, 33 touchdowns, and only 8 300 yard games.

GrahamandBreesWho is he going to throw to? When looking at the NFL rankings complied by USA Today’s Sports Weekly they rank Brandin Cooks as the 16th best receiver. I think that is very generous taking into effect that ranked under him are such names as Larry Fitzgerald, Mike Wallace, Golden Tate, and Sammy Watkins. Plus they traded away Jimmy Graham and replaced him with…….nobody. Graham has averages 1,029 and 12 touchdowns per season the last 3 years. So take those numbers away from Brees and tell me what you get, not Elite.

Now don’t get me wrong, if fantasy points were awarded based on friendliness and character, Brees would be in the Elite class until the day he retires. But they are not, they are awarded on points and production. Unfortunately, both are declining for Brees.

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