Fantasy Football 2014: Buy or Sell Tom Brady
The fantasy football season is upon us, and draft day is just around the corner. It’s time to start evaluating some tough calls that will come our way. Let’s take a look at whether or not Tom Brady is worth the possible price tag.
Last season he had a very rough start. Injuries and murder charges ravaged the New England Patriots’ pass-catchers. In Brady’s first eight contests, he had three single-digit performances, and only cracked 20 points once.
After gaining chemistry with some new faces, things picked up for him in the second half. In his final eight games he broke 20 points five times, and had just one single-digit performance, which occurred in the meaningless Week 17. His 241 points on the season was 13th among quarterbacks, and just a few points ahead of Matt Ryan and Alex Smith.
Brady’s down year should serve as more of an attractor than a detractor. It has dropped his composite ADP to roughly seven at his position and 54 overall. Yahoo has him at 11 among QBs, and ESPN has him at nine. If Brady is still around at that point in the draft, he must be selected.
In his previous five full seasons prior to 2013, Brady never finished below fifth among QBs. He has plenty of weapons this year. Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola, Brandon LaFell and Julian Edelman provide a nice array of options. Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins bring some upside to the table, and their added chemistry with Brady will be significant.
Yes, the odds of all of them staying healthy are slim, especially with Gronkowski and Amendola in the mix. Regardless, the weapons are better and deeper in 2014, and there is no way the team faces the mess they did last season.
Tom Brady is still Tom Brady. The only thing that was different in 2013 was the weak supporting cast. This season the offensive line is solid as usual, the weapons are back, and Brady will be too. If he drops anywhere near his ADP, Brady is a definite buy.
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