Fantasy

Brees is fantasy stud, but Saints are reality duds

Drew Brees had 294 yards passing and two touchdowns
in the final quarter against the Falcons.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Nowhere can the difference between fantasy football and NFL football be seen better than in Drew Brees' Week 10 performance.

In the "real" world of the NFL, Brees and his New Orleans Saints were never in the game, losing to the upstart Atlanta Falcons by a 34-20 score. New Orleans was down 17-6 at halftime and couldn't mount a second-half attack until midway through the final stanza. The team's record is now 4-5 and they are a long shot for the playoffs.

Meanwhile, in the world of fantasy, Brees' final numbers show 31-for-58 for 422 yards, two scores and three interceptions. Despite the INTs, that should be enough to help most fantasy owners to a win this week.

Brees started slowly and at halftime had just 112 yards, no TDs and one INT. It wasn't until a four-minute, 46-second drive to start the fourth quarter that Brees and the Saints woke up. Of course it was too late for any realistic chance to win the game, but it sure was a great sight to see as a fantasy owner.

Brees had 87 passing yards on the drive and then 70 yards on the next drive which ended in a touchback after his second interception. With about two minutes left on the clock Brees led another drive which ended in his third interception, but another 68 yards of passing.

Not giving up, but with the game out of reach, Brees added to his final totals by going 69 yards in the final 1:09 and hit Lance Moore for 32 yards and a touchdown on a "Hail Mary" pass.

Brees had 294 yards passing and two touchdowns in the final quarter. It is the stuff of fantasy legends!

Through the early games (and Thursday's game) it's been a week of the expected and the unexpected at the top of the charts.

Jay Cutler (447 yards passing) and Brees led all passers...expected, but behind them were Sage Rosenfels and Kerry Collins.

Houston's Rosenfels threw for 296 yards as injured Matt Schaub's replacement, but like Brees was done in by the "interception bug." Rosenfels threw four to the guys in the purple jerseys in a 41-13 loss to the Ravens.

Collins was probably the biggest quarterback surprise of the week, just for throwing 41 times. On the "run-happy" Tennessee Titans, Collins led the offense to a 21-14 victory - their ninth in a row. For Collins, he had season highs in attempts, completions (30), passing yards (289) and TD passes (2).

Adrian Peterson led all one o'clock running backs with 192 yards and one score. behind "All Day" was Thomas Jones (149) and Willis McGahee (112). Then came the unexpected - BenJarvus Green-Ellis (105) and Ricky Williams (105). It was Williams' first 100-yards rushing afternoon since January 2006.

On Thursday, Eddie Royal put up the wide receiver "number-to-beat" - 164 yards and one score. It was the third 100-yard game of the season for "Fast Eddie."

In Sunday's early session, Marques Colston popped up in the limelight collecting seven receptions for 140 yards. But he dropped a relatively easy one in the endzone in the first half that hurt the Saints and fantasy owners who have waited a long, long time for his return. However, it was his first 100- yard day of the season and bodes well for his owners.

New York Jets tight end Justin Keller joined the 100-yard club with 7-107-1 and Wes Welker continued to pile up the catches, getting 10 for 107 yards. For the season Welker has 66 receptions or 7.4 per game.

At four o'clock, there were only three games, but they produced some solid fantasy numbers.

In the Indianapolis-Pittsburgh tilt, two wide receivers cracked the 100-yard mark despite the fact the teams had two of the top-three pass defenses. Reggie Wayne used a 65-yard touchdown strike to post 114 yards while Hines Ward countered with 116 yards of his own.

Philip Rivers threw the ball all over the field, but his Chargers struggled to beat the improving Kansas City Chiefs 20-19. Rivers posted 316 yards and two scores, one each for Antonio Gates (8-66-1) and Malcolm Floyd (4-76-1). Hall- of-Famer-to-be Tony Gonzalez had 113 yards and two scores in the loss.

And DeAngelo Williams led his Carolina Panthers with a 19-140-1 afternoon including a 69-yard TD run.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.