The last time Tom Brady stepped on a football field he passed for 505 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions -- and lost. It was Super Bowl LII, and the Eagles defeated the Patriots 41-33 despite Brady's efforts. He'll be 41 in August, but Brady is still playing at a high level and should again be considered an elite Fantasy quarterback. He does lose some key weapons this season with Brandin Cooks being traded to the Rams and Danny Amendola signing as a free agent with the Dolphins, but Julian Edelman and Malcolm Mitchell are back from knee injuries that cost them the 2017 season, even though Edelman will miss the first four games of the year due to suspension. The Patriots also have some potential help in guys like Jordan Matthews Kenny Britt, Cordarrelle Patterson and Phillip Dorsett -- if they can rise above failed past performances. Don't forget about Rob Gronkowski, Chris Hogan, James White, Rex Burkhead and rookie Sony Michel, and Brady should be fine. He's finished as the No. 2 Fantasy quarterback in non-PPR leagues in two of the past three years, and he should be drafted as at least the No. 3 quarterback off the board with Aaron Rodgers and potentially Russell Wilson. Brady is worth drafting as early as Round 3 in one-quarterback leagues (Round 1 in two-quarterback formats), and he should once again play well in 2018.
Brady is slated to play Thursday night against the Eagles, Jeff Howe of The Athletic Boston reports. It remains to be seen how long Brady's 2018 preseason debut lasts, but there's been speculation that he might play "a good portion, if not all, of the first half" Thursday night, per Howe.
Brady is on track to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. Reiss goes on to say that "it wouldn't be a surprise if (Brady plays) fairly deep into the first half," while noting that "these things are always subject to change, but that's where things stand at this time." Given the different range of potential outcomes here, there are safer DFS plays this week, but it does appear as though Brady is poised to get his first in-game tune-up in advance of Week 1.
Brady (back) said he absolutely expects to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles, Kevin Duffy of MassLive.com reports. Brady was held out of the Pats' preseason opener with a sore back, though he may not have played even if he had been completely healthy. He'll probably only play one or two drives in Thursday's exhibition, making his first in-game appearance with a wideout group that no longer includes Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola. The Patriots used Julian Edelman (suspension), Phillip Dorsett and Chris Hogan as the first-team wide receivers for Brian Hoyer in last week's win over Washington.
Brady (back) increased his workload at Sunday's practice, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. Brady missed the Patriots' exhibition opener Thursday with what was termed a sore back, which may have been a smoke screen for the veteran quarterback. There's not much reason for the team to press its luck with the 41-year-old, but the mere fact he participated in team drills Sunday bodes well for him being available Thursday in a Super Bowl rematch with the Eagles.
Brady missed Thursday's preseason opener due to a sore back, Jim McBride of the Boston Globe reports. Brady has reportedly seen a lighter workload in practice over the last week, but there's nothing to suggest the quarterback is dealing with any sort of serious injury. That said, it wouldn't be a surprise if Brady continues to sit out any or all of New England's remaining preseason games with the aim of being fully ready for the start of the regular season.
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|6||10/15||Kansas City Chiefs||25||20.41|
|9||11/05||Green Bay Packers||31||22.06|
|12||11/25||@New York Jets||26||21.00|
|17||12/30||New York Jets||26||21.00|
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