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Drew Brees Injury Update Could Improve Week 8 Fantasy Outlook for Entire New Orleans Saints' Offense

Jason Schandl
New Orleans Saints v Los Angeles Rams
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Sidelined since suffering a thumb injury in the New Orleans Saints' Week 2 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, Drew Brees wants to return to action for Week 8's matchup against the Arizona Cardinals — just one week before the Saints' bye.

This is already a great fantasy matchup for New Orleans' offensive players, but Brees returning to action would make the spot even sweeter.

Teddy Bridgewater has done an admirable job filling in for Brees, carrying the Saints to five wins in five starts, but he doesn't give the offense nearly as much upside as Brees does. Bridgewater is averaging 7.5 adjusted yards per passing attempt on the year, while Brees averaged 9.0 across 15 games last year. Bridgewater has also recorded only a 6.2-yard average depth of target, while Brees averaged 7.1 in 2018 and 7.3 on his 48 attempts in 2019.

The fast-paced Cardinals have allowed opponents to rack up the NFL's fourth-most yards (392.4) and fifth-most points per game (27.4) on the year, consistently proving one of the best matchups to attack in fantasy.

Alvin Kamara's status is still up in the air, and whoever starts at RB for the Saints should be a strong play regardless of the QB situation. But if Brees returns, then the Saints' starting RB (be it Kamara or Latavius Murray) will be one of Week 8's top fantasy RBs.

Michael Thomas is already the WR1 in PPR scoring this year, but having Brees back will give him even more upside on a weekly basis, while also bringing No. 2 WR Ted Ginn Jr. into play when the matchup is right, like it is in Week 8. Tight end Jared Cook will also be one of the week's best options if Brees plays, taking on an Arizona defense that has allowed the most fantasy points per game to the position.

It's still not a lock that Brees will suit up, which does complicate the situation somewhat, but it helps that most of the Saints' viable fantasy plays (Cook, Thomas and the RBs) are in play with either QB at the helm, ranking highly in our Week 8 PPR fantasy football rankings.

Brees would also immediately slot back in as a QB1 option himself for Week 8 if he returns, but fantasy owners hoping to start him should make sure to have a back-up plan in case the Saints decide to take a more cautious approach ahead of their bye week.

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