Last year, many Fantasy owners got a bargain with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady because he fell on Draft Day with the fear of a four-game suspension from his role in Deflategate. As we know now, Brady played all 16 games and finished as the No. 2 Fantasy quarterback in standard leagues with 4,770 passing yards, 36 touchdowns and seven interceptions and 53 rushing yards and three touchdowns. It's the third time in the past five years where Brady had at least 4,700 passing yards, 34 touchdowns and fewer than 10 interceptions. Now, here we are again after Brady's four-game suspension was upheld on appeal, and he's expected to sit out the first four games of the 2016 season. With the way this case has unfolded, things could change prior to Week 1, but if Brady is out for four games he should be considered a low-end No. 1 Fantasy quarterback worth drafting with a mid-round pick. You'll have to draft a capable No. 2 option -- Derek Carr and Jameis Winston are two options -- or you can just handcuff him to Jimmy Garoppolo if you're stuck. We hope Brady is able to play 16 games in 2016, but even if he's limited to 12 games he should still post quality stats this season.
With Brady in line to serve a four-game suspension to start the season, coach Bill Belichick acknowledged Wednesday that now that the team finally has "some definition with Tom's situation...our priority now is to get Jimmy (Garoppolo) ready for the start of the season," ESPN.com reports. As training camp progresses, both Brady and Garoppolo, as well as rookie Jacoby Brissett to a lesser degree, will see their share of practice reps. Per Belichick, "Tom will return as the starting quarterback when he comes back, but in the meantime, we have to prioritize the first part of our schedule, and that will be to get Jimmy ready to go." Garoppolo is thus slated to start the first four games of the coming season for the Patriots, while Brady will be eligible to return to action in Week 5 against the Browns.
Brady announced Friday he is no longer proceeding with the legal process regarding his involvement in "Deflategate", ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Brady's request for a second hearing was denied by the Second U.S. District Court of Appeals on Wednesday, leaving the star quarterback with little optimism that his four-game suspension would ever be overturned. Without appealing to the Supreme Court, Brady will be sidelined while Jimmy Garoppolo leads the Patriots' offense for the beginning of the season. Expect Brady to be back on the field when New England takes on the Browns in a Week 5 matchup.
The 2nd U.S. District Court of Appeals denied Brady's request for a second hearing on Tuesday, Daniel Kaplan of the SportsBusiness Journal reports. Brady will now be forced to serve the four-game suspension he was handed following the Deflategate scandal at the beginning of the 2016 season. Without Brady at the helm, it's likely backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will start the first four games of the season. Brady will be able to return Week 5 against the Browns.
Commissioner Roger Goodell relayed to reporters on Monday that there will be no settlement with Brady on the appeal of his four-game suspension stemming from his role in "Deflategate", ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Brady and his legal team are still awaiting a decision by the 2nd U.S. District Court of Appeals regarding the possibility of a second hearing, but Goodell continues to stand by his disciplinary actions. As expected the courts will ultimately have the final say in whether or not Brady ends up serving the entire four-game suspension, which could be decided at the Supreme Court level.
Brady and his legal team will file their appeal Monday of the four-game suspension that was reinstated April 25 for his alleged role in "Deflategate", the Boston Herald reports. Brady will seek a second hearing by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which will then have to decide by majority vote whether to rehear Brady's case. Should Brady be granted another hearing, he and the NFLPA's legal team are expected to present a case centered around commissioner Roger Goodell's mishandling of the situation, particularly as it regards to the NFL's collective bargaining agreement. Monday marked the last day for Brady to file his appeal, and if the court refuses to rehear the case, Brady could then appeal his four-game suspension to the Supreme Court.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|11||11/20||@San Francisco 49ers||7||18.06|
|12||11/28||@New York Jets||11||18.75|
|13||12/04||Los Angeles Rams||10||18.56|
|16||12/24||New York Jets||11||18.75|
|3 Year Avg||63.0||4407||31||9||43||1||366|