Brees has been quite the road weakling. (USAT)
Each week the Noise highlights 10 somewhat un-obvious names who he believes are destined to
implode leave egg on his face. To qualify, each player must be started in at least 50 percent of Yahoo leagues. Speaking as an accountability advocate, I will post results, whether genius or moronic, the following week using the scoring system shown here. If you're a member of TEAM HUEVOS, reveal your Week 16 Lames in the comments section below.
Drew Brees, NO, QB (83-percent started)
Matchup: at Car
To the cursory viewer, Brees is the object of fantasy perfection. After all, his superficial numbers are downright gaudy – 4,500 passing yards, 34 touchdowns, 11 mutli-TD games, 10 games of 300-plus yards. However, further investigation reveals a passer plagued by split-brain syndrome. More road weakling than warrior, he's failed to eclipse 20-plus fantasy points in five of seven games away from the Superdome, several of those against meek competition (e.g. TB, NE, Chi, Atl, and StL). For Brees, home is not only where the heart is, it's the only place where his QB1 persona lives. His matchup at Carolina, similar to his forgettable trip to Seattle (147-1-0) three weeks ago, should have owners thinking twice. In a virtual game where guarantees rarely exist, fanatics with trophies at stake are encouraged to weigh alternatives. Brees lit up the Panthers two weeks ago in the Crescent City completing 71.4-percent of his passes for 313 yards and four scores, the only multi-TD passer the Panthers have allowed this season. However, Captain Munnerlyn and company are sure to return the favor. On the year, they've surrendered just 6.89 yards per attempt and the second-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. Whether it's the hotel beds, time-zone changes or unruly fans, something has cooled Brees on the road (11:7 TD:INT split in 7 games). In a game with enormous playoff implications, expect that trend to continue. With all the marbles on the line, Jay Cutler (at Phi), Kirk Cousins (vs. Dal) and Andy Dalton (vs. Min) are stronger recommendations.
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