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Year 2 of finding a replacement level quarterback for teams who draft Tom Brady to fill the quarterback position in 2015. Oh wait, did I say 2015? I meant 2016.

Yes, Tom Brady will (we think) be missing the first four games of the 2016 NFL season. Now, some of you may be thinking, why did I draft this guy. Well, if you have one of the five guys I have listed below or could some how pull off a little offseason trade, that Tom Brady pick won’t turn out to be such a boneheaded pick.

Tom Brady’s appeal decision came down on September 3rd, 2015, one week before the first game of the regular season. Fantasy owners of Brady had to have rostered another solid quarterback to get them through the first four weeks of the season, thinking they were going to be without him for a good chunk of the regular season.

The first four weeks of a fantasy football season is crucial. Last year, there were two clear and consistent quarterbacks that led the way and those were Cam Newton, the MVP of the league, who finished with 373 fantasy points and Tom Brady who finished with 335 fantasy points respectively.

After those two, the next six top quarterbacks made up a difference of 39 fantasy points between quarterback number three and quarterback number eight based off of standard scoring. Those six quarterbacks were as followed; Russell Wilson, Blake Bortles, Carson Palmer, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Kirk Cousins. Three of those players were outside the top 15 on most if not all draft boards last season.

My opinion is, to draft Tom Brady this year in the 6th round where his ADP is at according to ESPN, and you will have a bargain by week 5. Draft him because quarterback is so deep this year and filled with guys who can get you through those first four weeks while Brady is suspended. Who are we kidding, aren’t we all suspended?

5 QBs to Use During Tom Brady’s Suspension

Here are five guys who are going after round 8 (ADP, ESPN) who can start for your squad while Tom Brady is on the back burner.

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Philip Rivers, San Diego (Round 9 ADP)

Always been a big fan of Rivers and how hard he competes. One of the big reasons why I would take Rivers to start for the first four games after drafting Brady is again, a nice looking schedule. At Kansas City, Home to Jacksonville, at Indianapolis, and home against New Orleans. The only game that sticks out as a push game would be that season opener facing the Chiefs. His splits aren’t terrible against the Chiefs.

Rivers has also always started fast especially the last few seasons. Over the last three seasons in the month of September his touchdown to interception ratio is 25-7. His average yards per game in those three years in September are as followed; 299.8 YPG, 288.8 YPG and 296.7 YPG.

He has come out firing and one of the things that came to mind was how he throws the ball and where he throws it. His release is so awkward and looks painful at times. I mean, it hurts my arm seeing him throw a ball like a ten year old. He is also throwing in San Diego where it is warm. These early months on the road tend to be not as cold so that may favor these numbers. Again, by the time Rivers numbers slide off, you will be smiling knowing you have Tom Brady to plug in when he returns.

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Philip Rivers, San Diego (Round 9 ADP)

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