Drew Brees Injury Update Boosts Jameis Winston Fantasy Outlook
By Max Staley
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees did not start the second half of his team's Week 10 game against the San Francisco 49ers. Brees was seemingly injured on a huge hit in the first half.
With Brees sidelined, Jameis Winston started the second half for the Saints. If Brees is forced to miss any extended period of time, the Saints' skill-position players' fantasy value will remain more or less unchanged, as we've seen Winston put up big numbers in the past. Winston would be a low-end QB1 next week if Brees can't suit up.
Jameis Winston Fantasy Outlook
Brees is still wearing his helmet on the sidelines, which is certainly a good sign, but as of now we don't know anything concrete as to the severity of his injury.
New Orleans has one of the juiciest possible matchups next week, though, as the Saints take on the Atlanta Falcons.
Atlanta ranks as the league's sixth-worst defense against the pass, per Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics. The Falcons have also surrendered more fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks than any other team in the league, giving up a whopping 26.02.
Surrounded by elite weapons like Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, Winston could be in for a monster game if he's the team's Week 11 starter. And he'd likely be on the QB1 radar for as long as Brees is sidelined.
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