Three and out: Fantasy implications of Saints’ suspensions

Happy Wednesday, everybody. The NFL has handed down the fines for Jonathan Vilma and others today (you can check that out here), and today we’re just going to focus on the fantasy implications for those caught in the wake.

Drew Brees: Alright, let’s start with the one guy we are really concerned about fantasy-wise. The last time the Saints missed the playoffs, Brees thew for 5,069 yards and 34 touchdowns. So wins and losses don’t really matter to the fantasy performance of Brees. What should concern you is he has not signed a deal yet and it needs to happen quickly.

There hasn’t been a lot of good news for the Saints lately and they should give the best player in franchise history anything he wants at this point. The Saints did so well in the lockout season because Brees held them together. It’s even more important for him to hold the team together now. If Brees misses time in offseason workouts and even training camp, we could see a decrease in his production. The Saints should agree to terms with Brees today.

Saints defense: The Saints weren’t a great play to begin with, as the defense ranked 23rd in our initial rankings. The team has already made plans for the suspension by signing a host of linebackers in the offseason. The suspension hurts, but the Saints defense really wasn’t that great to begin with.

Jonathan Vilma: For those of you in IDP leagues, Vilma obviously has no value going forward. If you’re looking for the guy to pick up, go with Curtis Lofton who will take over at middle linebacker.

For the record, you can submit your fantasy questions to NFL Fantasy Live, Michael Fabiano or me on Twitter. But realize, NFL Fantasy Live has 40,000 followers, and Fabiano has 50,000. Me? Just 13. See, the odds are better that I will answer your question, so hit me up both via Twitter or via Facebook. Also be sure to catch the latest “Dave Dameshek Football Program.”

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