Regardless of your opinion on the deflategate fiasco (he’s obviously not guilty), Tom Brady was a Fantasy success in 2015. At age 38, Brady had one of the best seasons of his illustrious career. Brady, seemingly fueled by his contempt for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, threw for 4,770 yards, 36 TDs and only six interceptions. For those wondering if Brady requires a deflated football, the question has been answered. The next question becomes, what to do with Tom Brady in Fantasy?
We’ll be focusing on strategy for Dynasty leagues specifically. In re-draft leagues, Brady, due to his four game suspension, will most likely last until the top tier or two is already gone. One could argue Brady becomes a value after the big guns at QB are off the board. At that point the juice might be worth the squeeze. Those of you in keeper leagues, you’re most likely not keeping Brady as one of your 2-3 keepers given the news of his suspension.
Dynasty leagues are a different animal. If you owned Brady last season, chances are you did fairly well and may be in line to once again contend, with Brady leading the way after he serves his unwarranted suspension (yes, I support Pat the Patriot).
As much as I truly believe Tom Brady is the greatest living American, my advice is to sell, sell, sell!
What To Do With Tom Brady In Dynasty Leagues
Reasons to Sell High on Tom Brady in Dynasty
- Brady turned 39 years old on August 3
- Warren Moon (twice) and Brett Favre are the only QBs in the NFL history to throw for more than 3,500 yards and 25 TDs in a season in which they were 39 or older.
- Brady is missing five weeks in 2016, not four as some keep stating. Why? New England has a bye in Week 9. If Brady is your QB1, you’ll be getting just seven games out of him before the Fantasy playoffs begin in Week 13.
- Yes, Brady started his 2015 season by carving up the competition, but over the course of the final nine games of the regular season, he scored over 20 Fantasy points just twice!
- Over the course of the final 11 games in 2015, including the playoffs, Brady averaged just 1.72 TD passes per game.
- Brady finished as the second ranked QB in standard scoring leagues last year, but how quickly we forget he finished as just the 10th QB in 2014 and the 13th in 2013.
American hero? Undoubtedly, Yes.
Fantasy hero? Unfortunately, it’s more likely than not the answer is no.
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