The best fantasy football QBs, No. 8: Tom Brady
It’s hard to know what to do with Brady, especially at this point of the summer. For now, we have to assume he’ll be suspended for four games. At the same time, we saw this movie play out last season, and it ended with a triumphant Brady starting all 16 games for the Patriots. By the time we’re all sitting down around draft tables at the end of the summer, we’ll know whether or not Brady will miss any time this season. Even if you budget him for 12 games, however, he remains a likely QB1. The important factor to consider is just how easy it is to find a replacement quarterback for four weeks. There are plenty of players who didn’t make this list, like Tyrod Taylor, Kirk Cousins, Andy Dalton, Derek Carr, Tony Romo, Marcus Mariota and Philip Rivers, just to name a few. Any of those players, or a combination of streaming options, can start the first month of the season for you before handing off the reins to Brady. The bigger concern with Brady is the health of Julian Edelman (foot) and Dion Lewis (knee). With those two in good shape and Rob Gronkowski at his disposal, plus a new off-season’s worth of perceived outrages to avenge, Brady remains a safe bet.