If you’ve already had your fantasy draft and grabbed Tom Brady at a discount, it’s time to celebrate. If you haven’t had your draft, it’s time to move the two-time MVP up your board.
Just one week before the start of the season, Judge Richard Berman has made the decision to overturn Brady’s four-game suspension:
Now, it seems as though many in fantasy land were already anticipating this decision. According to FantasyFootballCalculator.com, Brady is being drafted, on average, as the ninth quarterback off the board and about No. 82 overall.
With four extra games, his value rises a bit, but in all reality, you shouldn’t go overboard.
First, the good. After a rough four-game stretch to start last season, the 38-year-old proved he’s far from washed up, going 385-for-580 (66.4 percent) for 4,239 yards, 39 touchdowns and 11 interceptions over his last 15 games, including the playoffs. Even with the slow start to the season, he finished eighth among all QBs in fantasy points.
Moreover, the fact he threw a whopping 38.7 times per game over that stretch is incredibly enticing for fantasy purposes. The Pats’ running back corps is underwhelming, and they realized they needed to air it to be successful. And judging by that Lombardi Trophy, they’ll likely employ a similar strategy.
ESPN’s Matthew Berry is certainly on board:
On the negative side of things, while Brady has Rob Gronkowski to work with, he may be without both Brandon LaFell and Julian Edelman to start the season. It’s also tough to say what kind of chemistry he’ll have with Reggie Wayne right off the bat.
Moreover, with the quarterback position deep this year, you can find discounts on guys like Ryan Tannehill, Sam Bradford, Carson Palmer and Teddy Bridgewater in later rounds, meaning you may not want to reach for Mr. Bundchen.
Definitely push Brady up a few spots, but don’t let the excitement of this news force you to overvalue him.