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What to do with Drew Brees in Week 17 of the fantasy football playoffs

We go over the fantasy football outlook of Drew Brees ahead of the Saints’ Week 17 matchup against the Panthers.

Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints attemps a pass during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 25, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Drew Brees didn’t put up nearly as many fantasy points in Week 16 as he had the week prior, but he actually looked healthier and much improved as a passer than during his three-TD performance in Week 15. What will he do in the regular-season finale versus the Carolina Panthers?

Fantasy Football analysis: Saints QB Drew Brees

Brees gave fantasy managers with no presents on Christmas day. Instead, it was Alvin Kamara who gift-wrapped fantasy championships for many with his six-touchdown performance versus the Vikings. Brees was left with 311 scoreless passing yards and threw two interceptions. However, he was much more accurate and generally looked more comfortable as a passer than he did in Week 15. That bodes well for his Week 17 outlook as he will take on a Panthers defense that he tallied three touchdowns against earlier this season. Carolina’s pass defense has been picked apart for at least three passing TDs in four of its past seven games. Plus, with a bevy of running backs missing because of COVID-19 protocols, Brees will have to carry this offense. This is a must-win game for the Saints if they want a chance to get the NFC’s No. 1 seed. The offense will only go as far as Brees takes it.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Brees is still more of a QB2 than a QB1 in season-long leagues, but he’s not a horrible play at just $5,900 on DraftKings. He will have to do more this week than what was asked of him in the past couple of games.