Fantasy Football: Time to Sell Tom Brady

By Bill Pivetz
Tom Brady
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Tom Brady did what only Tom Brady does, and that is drive the New England Patriots 70 yards for a game-winning touchdown. They defeated the New Orleans Saints 30-27 and bounced back from a Week 5 loss to move to 5-1.

He finished with 13 fantasy points, his third-lowest outing of the season. Brady threw for 269 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Brady is ranked tied for 16th with Terrelle Pryor among quarterbacks according to ESPN standard scoring. Pryor didn’t even play in Week 4, which proves how poorly Brady is playing this season.

Looking back at Brady’s first six games, he has surpassed 15 fantasy points and 300 passing yards just once this season. He had four 300-yard games in the first six weeks of the 2012 season. His touchdown totals are down a little from last year, going from 10 in 2012 to eight in 2013.

Brady doesn’t have the easiest of schedules coming up. He plays against the New York Jets next week, a team that held him to just 11 points. After that, he goes against a Miami Dolphins defense that held Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco to 24 combined points..

To make matters worse for the Patriots signal-caller, he may not have Danny Amendola for Week 8. Amendola was on the receiving end of a vicious tackle late in the game on Sunday. Plus, the possibility of not having Rob Gronkowski for this game will have Brady relying on Julian EdelmanKenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson for another week.

Edelman had two drops on the final drive of Sunday’s game before Brady went to recent-signee Austin Collie to pick up the first down and Thompkins for the game-winning touchdown. Dobson led the team with six receptions and 63 yards, his highest total of the season.

If you do own Brady like I do, you’re more than fed up with his low scoring. I would look to trade him before it’s too late. According to’s trade analyzer, the quarterback equivalent to Brady right now is Eli Manning. Yes, the player that has thrown for at least three interceptions on four occasions is fair value for a 5-1 quarterback. They also list Robert Griffin III as another trading option.

If you’re not a fan of either of those quarterbacks, then you’re probably going to wait a week. But if he has another 11-point outing, then trading away Brady might get you Brandon Weeden, and nobody wants that.

Bill Pivetz is a fantasy football writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Mr_Piv1127.

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