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Drew Brees, QB– You already know I was going here! When drafting a quarterback it’s always important to take on in a high-powered offense. (Colts, Packers, Patriots, etc.) But Drew Brees have had arguably the most potent offense since the beginning of the Sean Payton era. Last season was a surprisingly down year for Brees. Witnessed by his career high 448 attempts, a pedestrian running game and a knee injury hurt him. No, I’m going to blame the Madden Curse for you gamers.
Pierre Thomas, RB– Expect Thomas to have a bounce back season after a high ankle sprain derailed most of his 2010 campaign. Pierre won’t get a lot of carries in a crowded backfield. But he will be a key cog in the passing game, more so with screen passes. Which means a lot of yards, and in some leagues, points for receptions. Even with Ingram and Ivory in the mix, make no mistake that Thomas will have a huge part in this offense.
Jimmy Graham, TE– Graham fits in the mold of Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez. Former college basketball players transitioning to the gridiron. Although Brees spreads the
ball, Graham will be oft targeted in the red zone. All 5 of his touchdowns were inside the 20. With a bigger role in the offense this season, look for Graham to surpass his numbers in all major categories.
If you are the few who partake in indie leagues (where defensive players are individually drafted) take a look at these players.
Jonathan Vilma, LB– Undoubtedly the leader of the Saints defense, is in just about every play. 100 plus combined tackles the past three years and still doesn’t get the recognition. Unlike most Saints players on defense, Vilma was the only consistent from the Super Bowl year. Look for the same production this season with more weapons on the defensive end.
Be Cautious Of- Will Smith, DE– One of four litigants in the StarCaps case, Smith could face a possible 4 games suspension. Drafting him too high would be unwise. But not draft would be as well. A down season in 2010, like the rest of the Saints D. But due to his drop of 13 sacks to 5.5 are partly due to double coverage on Smith. Smith is a sack machine and with rookie Cameron Jordan on the opposite end look for Smith to bounce back in 2011.
Cameron Jordan, DE– The rookie out of Cal will be looking to have a big season with Smith on the other end drawing double protection. Jordan looks to finally be the solution at LE, something Alex Brown or Charles Grant weren’t. Expect 7 to 8 with Smith in or out of the lineup from the former Golden Bear.
This season you should expect improvement on both sides of the ball this fantasy season for the Saints. Rookies Mark Ingram and Cameron Jordan give the Saints more weapons on both ends of the ball. These Saints will be marching you into a fantasy football championship game.