For the first time in 21 seasons, Tom Brady will wear a new uniform after signing as a free agent with Tampa Bay and leaving New England, and this is a good move for his Fantasy value. Brady, 43 when the season starts, is now someone to consider as a top 10 Fantasy quarterback with his move to the Buccaneers, and he's worth drafting with a mid-round pick. Brady now has one of the best receiving corps with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and the return of Rob Gronkowski, as well as rookie Tyler Johnson, and Bruce Arians should allow Brady to make plays. He struggled in 2019 with the Patriots, and Father Time could be catching up to him. But the improved talent around him, along with an aggressive offense, should allow Brady to flourish again. He could be great, even if he looks different in Tampa Bay instead of New England. G
Brady continues to lead private workouts with teammates at a Tampa area high school despite recent positive coronavirus tests for other Buccaneers, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The future Hall of Famer began organizing the early morning sessions several weeks ago at Berkeley Preparatory School. The practices persisted Tuesday despite the rise in COVID-19 cases in Florida and the news that at least two Buccaneers players have tested positive for coronavirus, and despite a strongly worded recommendation from the NFLPA against players congregating for workouts until training camp. Brady led a group of approximately 12 players, including Rob Gronkowski, in Tuesday's session, which ran for two hours and included the customary array of pass routes. Stroud also notes what initially began as a smaller gathering of offensive skill position players has now grown to include cornerback Jamel Dean, as well as safeties Sean Murphy-Bunting and Mike Edwards.
Brady is expected to have a substantial degree of input into coach Bruce Arians' offense on game days this coming season, Luke Easterling of SI.com reports. While this may have been the default assumption of many given Brady's pedigree, there's some question as to how much an offensive system that's typically reliant on longer-developing downfield routes would have to be adapted to fit the future Hall of Famer's skill set and preferences. Brady has enjoyed great success getting the ball out quickly over his career, and Easterling reports the 21-year veteran will have "plenty of control over the call sheet on game day" and will provide Arians with his favorite plays for every in-game scenario. However, the Buccaneers' head man is naturally still expected to weave his trademark aggressiveness into the playcalls, and to that end, Michael Silver of NFL Network recently relayed that Brady has been intensely studying Arians' existing offensive concepts since joining the team. Additionally, Rick Stroud and Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times report Brady and a large contingent of the team's skill-position players have begun working out together at Berkeley Preparatory School now that Florida has considerably loosened COVID-19-related restrictions.
Brady will have former Patriots teammate Rob Gronkowski as his No. 1 tight end in Tampa Bay during the 2020 season following the trade acquisition of the latter Tuesday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. The arrival of Gronkowski after his one-year sabbatical first and foremost gives Brady a highly familiar target to work with as he acclimates to the only other team he's suited up for besides the Patriots during his stellar 20-year NFL career. Auman separately notes Brady's 78 career regular-season touchdown passes to Gronkowski are twice as many scoring connections as he's had with any other player, and the down-the-seam threat the 30-year-old tight end represents if healthy will make an already highly potent pass-catching corps even more explosive. With the likes of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin also on hand as his top two wideouts, Brady projects to arguably have the benefit of exponentially better talent around him in 2020 than that which was afforded him during his final campaign in New England.
Brady's two-year deal with the Buccaneers includes $50 million guaranteed along with another $9 million in incentives, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Schefter also notes that the agreement includes a clause that prevents the team from franchise tagging the QB after two years, which suggests that Brady -- who turns 43 in August -- "has ideas of playing beyond this contract." In the meantime, he'll look forward to working with a talented group of pass-catchers in Tampa Bay that currently includes wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, as well as tight ends O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate.
Brady has officially come to terms with the Buccaneers on a two-year contract, ESPN.com reports. Brady, who turns 43 in August, is coming off a 2019 season in which he threw for 4,057 yards and logged a 27:8 TD:INT in 16 games for the Patriots, which drafted him in 2000. His fantasy prospects this coming campaign should be bolstered by the fact that his supporting cast now includes talented wideouts Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, along with a tight end corps featuring O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate .
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||@New Orleans Saints||20||20.18|
|4||10/04||Los Angeles Chargers||8||15.63|
|6||10/18||Green Bay Packers||3||14.33|
|7||10/26||@Las Vegas Raiders||26||22.88|
|8||11/03||@New York Giants||29||23.88|
|9||11/09||New Orleans Saints||20||20.18|
|11||11/24||Los Angeles Rams||11||17.13|
|12||11/29||Kansas City Chiefs||14||17.89|
|3 Year Avg||64.3||4330||28||9||32||2||336|