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How to handle Drew Brees in Week 13 fantasy football on Thanksgiving

The Saints QB has looked good since returning from injury, but can he shake off the Falcons this time around? We break down whether you should play or fade him Thursday.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees throws against the Carolina Panthers during the first half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Since returning from an early-season thumb injury, Saints QB Drew Brees has looked pretty normal. That’s not to say he isn’t producing in fantasy football — actually he’s been great — but what I’m getting at is he hasn’t really missed a beat.

This isn’t all that surprising, though the one surprising performance Brees had was a few weeks back vs. the Falcons. He was slowed by what many thought was one of the worst defenses in the NFL. While he completed over 70% of his passes for 287 yards, Brees had no TDs and took six sacks. It’s the only game since returning in which Brees didn’t go over 20 fantasy points. That’ll likely be the game plan for the Falcons this time around: get to Brees. Let’s see if the Super Bowl XLIV MVP can shake off those demons.

Fantasy Football Analysis: New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees

I think this is a good bounce-back spot for Brees, though he did have 311 yards and three TDs in Week 12 vs. the Panthers at home. Brees hasn’t played many games away from New Orleans this season, but he should feel comfortable in Atlanta anyway. He’s got decent road splits for his career and vs. the Falcons he’s 18-10 with 53 TDs, 27 INTs and over 300 yards per game against Atlanta. I don’t think there’s much concern starting Brees on Thanksgiving night. I mostly think the Saints will adjust to last time against the Falcons and get the ball out of Brees’ hands quicker. The Falcons are essentially cooked after losing the Tampa Bay last week, so I expect a lopsided win for New Orleans.

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