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What to do with Tom Brady in Week 1 fantasy football

Tom Brady against Drew Brees in Week 1? Yes please. We break down if you should play or fade the Buccaneers QB this week.

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It’s been a long time since 2007. You remember that season, the one when Tom Brady threw an NFL-record 50 touchdown passes (eclipsed by Peyton Manning in 2013 with 55). Touchdown Tom’s new digs in Tampa Bay, where he’s surrounded by an incredible cast of pass catchers and a head coach who loves to throw the ball, might leave you thinking more and more about that magic season, wondering whether or not he can repeat it. Fifty touchdowns is probably a little much, but the circumstances line up nicely to give Brady the kind of weekly fantasy relevancy he hasn’t had for awhile.

Fantasy Football analysis: Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady

The chatter heading into the season has focused on his arm strength. He is 43, so it’s fair to wonder about that. Brady’s never had a cannon, and he doesn’t need one, especially not with this supporting cast.

The Buccaneers play the Saints this week, a matchup that has the potential to be high-scoring affair. One that that may temper expectations just a little is New Orleans’ defense, with a tough pass rush up front and a playmaking secondary in the back. While that unit may be enough to keep Brady from posting eye-popping numbers this week, Tampa’s new quarterback is likely to put up the kind of numbers that would leave you kicking yourself if you left him on the bench this week. There are just too many weapons on this team, and don’t forget that one secret to Brady’s success (beyond his snake oil TB12 program) has been the kind of quick passes that keep a defense guessing.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Start Tom Brady.