The Tom Brady phenomenon story is well known. Drafted by New England in one of the final rounds he’s rounded out to an All-Pro and has had a Hall of Fame career for the Patriots. He’s won the MVP award and he’s married to a super model. Things couldn’t be better for him. His team even sits atop the AFC East with a formidable 6-2 mark as they seem primed for a playoff push.
However, the question to fantasy owners of gorgeous Tom is where are the points? All too often this season Brady has disappointed his owners with lackluster outings while losing many passing touchdowns to the running back committee and throwing an abnormal number of interceptions according to Brady standards.
Boy does Brady miss Wes Welker and a healthy Rob Gronkowski and even a raging psychopath in Aaron Hernandez. The rookie wide receiver experiment with Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins has been a bit of a mess. Julian Edelman has filled in but not at a Wes Welker level. There has been much frustration and deservedly so for Brady this season as he remains patient and encouraging to this young corps of receivers.
So while owners are down and out there may be reason of hope to hold on to as he gets his full arsenal back with Shane Vereen as a scat back to take dump offs and screen passes and Gronkowski now back in the fold and getting back into playing shape. However, while this is transpiring it might be worth it to take stock in up and comers like Jake Locker and Tyrelle Pryor. These QBs pose an added dimension of the run and their building better rapport with their core of receivers.
Brady has the potential to put up big numbers, but he’s only as good as his receivers. So while most owners want to dump him, it’s probably best to package him in a trade or leave him on the bench for a couple more weeks. It’s OK though, there are owners who drafted Matt Ryan relatively high and even Jay Cutler has gone down this season. RGIII has been a disaster and huge disappointment in his second season and those who expected Russell Wilson to impress more have seen struggles from him too.
So while owners might be feeling the Brady blues it’s important to keep perspective. He’s too good to be kept down for too long and soon enough his team will make plays for him. The talent and belief is too strong overall. But take a flyer on some of the other options out there moving forward so you can best gauge matchups and sit Brady until he proves worthwhile again.
Fantasy Tip of the Week
Always bet on the Redskins to have some preposterous meltdown. They were cruising 21-14 through 3 quarters until the Broncos unleashed a can on them. Chargers look like a great play for fantasy gold this upcoming week.