Drew Brees connects with Jimmy Graham twice for scores, fantasy stats piling up

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Drew Brees is happy to have Jimmy Graham back. We break down the fantasy implications.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed 15-of-23 of his passes for 230 yards, two TDs and two picks.

His two TDs were of different varieties. Graham ran an out-and-up deep route for a 51-yard score and was in single coverage. The second was a 10-yard out route in which Graham just overpowered cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

He had a couple interceptions, but neither of them were really his fault. Both of them came on tips after his receivers bobbled the ball.

The Saints lost Darren Sproles for the game with concussion and ankle injuries, so Brees has been looking for a slew of receivers to replace one of his go-to guys. He's targeted nine different receivers, including running back Pierre Thomas five times for three catches and 22 yards.

Fantasy impact: Brees is going to fine his guys one way or another and he's had his usual mix of short- and deep-ball plays. Lance Moore is getting some more looks from Brees, which could be a trend while Sproles is out. He's one of the best quarterbacks in the league and he should put up big numbers in the second half even against a stout D.

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