Every year we give our premium content members a team-by-team, player-by-player look at the NFL season that was. The coverage will be in-depth, but because the Dynasty Capsule series begins immediately after the season, we won’t use it to discuss free agency or the draft. Come see us in early May once Mr. Irrelevant is off the board for another 32-article series giving you the same detailed discussion you’ll see below.
Buckle up dynasty fans, because you’re about to be reminded why our motto is, “There is no off-season.”
The 2017 Saints weren’t your father’s Saints, folks. They ranked outside of the top half of the league in passing attempts and inside the top five in rushing yards. In fact, they had exactly as many rushing scores (23) as they did through the air. Hell, even their defense, previously a historic laughingstock, was top ten in the league in terms of points allowed, at only 20.4 per game. This shift in attitude helped New Orleans reach the playoffs for the first time since 2013, falling a miracle touchdown short of reaching the NFC Championship contest. Let’s examine the players who made it all happen.
2009. That’s the last time Saints quarterback Drew Brees had under 600 passing attempts in a season. Not surprisingly, this led to a decrease across the board in yards and touchdowns, where he had his fewest of each in a New Orleans uniform. Fortunately, Brees was able to make up for it in efficiency, where he set a career best in completion percentage (72.0%) and had his third best yards-per-attempt average (8.09).
With only eight multi-score games, and three games eclipsing 300 yards (six above 280 yards), Brees’ floor also disappointed. He added some surprise points with two rushing touchdowns, but in total it’s not what we’ve come to expect. He showed a bit more in the playoffs (670 yards and five touchdowns in two games), but it’s fair to wonder if he’s fallen outside of the realm of the elite signal callers.
Brees is a free agent entering the off-season, but it appears more than likely he’ll return to the Bayou. He makes for a strong, and cheap (ADP = 141.8) buy for contenders looking to solve a one-two year problem. Even if his ceiling has fallen from what it once was, Brees has something to offer dynasty owners who adopt a “late round” strategy at the position.
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