2013 QB NFL Fantasy Football Rankings: Tom Brady Falls Out of Top 5 Quarterbacks

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2013 QB NFL Fantasy Football Rankings: Tom Brady Falls Out of Top 5 Quarterbacks
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The Times They Are A-Changin' In New England

Usually when a great player starts to fall down the board in fantasy drafts it’s because their skills diminished from the season before, they're rehabbing an injury, holding out for a new contract, or there have been significant personnel changes on the team.

The latter is the issue for Brady, and it will likely knock him out of the top five quarterbacks on many expert rankings you’ll see this summer.

Plain and simple it’s been a tough off-season for Brady as New England failed to re-sign his favorite receiver Wes Welker and instead gave more money to Danny Amendola; a talented player, but one with an injury riddle career.

Then you have Brady’s tight ends, and while it was a little ridiculous how much attention Rob Gronkowski received for his arm surgeries, his back surgery in June is a concern. Gronkowski missed an entire season in college because of a back problem, so while he may have a chance to return at the start of the season, he could have a setback at any time. There's no telling how long he would be out if that should happen.

If that wasn’t enough, there's the shocking news of former tight end Aaron Hernandez and his murder case and release from the Patriots. With all of these issues, we could see a time where all three are out of the lineup for a significant amount of time.

 

Leaning On The Running Game

Back in March, I jumped on Shane Vereen in one of my PPR dynasty leagues because I thought he had a chance to catch over 60 receptions this season. With Danny Woodhead gone, Vereen will be in during passing situations and he can do more in the passing game than Woodhead.

Vereen can line up all over the field, and as we saw in his performance against the Texans last January, he can be a vertical threat when he lines up as a receiver (against the right matchup, such as a linebacker in man coverage) outside.

Yes, Vereen will be active in the passing game but if injuries cause Brady’s top targets to miss time, I would have to imagine we will see New England lean on Stevan Ridley and Vereen and possibly LeGarrette Blount or Brandon Bolden as well.

Unless Brady falls outside of the top eight quarterbacks on draft day, I wouldn’t recommend you consider him with all of the depth to choose from at this position.

1

Aaron Rodgers, GB

2

Drew Brees, NO

3

Peyton Manning, DEN

4

Matt Ryan, ATL

5

Cam Newton, CAR

6

Matthew Stafford, DET

7

Robert Griffin III, WAS (I)

8

Andrew Luck, IND

9

 Tom Brady, NE

10

Colin Kaepernick, SF

11

Tony Romo, DAL

12

Russell Wilson, SEA

13

Eli Manning, NYG

14

Sam Bradford, STL

15

Philip Rivers, SD

16

Andy Dalton, CIN

17

Carson Palmer, ARZ

18

Jay Cutler, CHI

19

Ben Roethlisberger, PIT

20

Matt Schaub, TEX

21

Joe Flacco, BAL

22

Josh Freeman, TB

23

Ryan Tannehill, MIA

24

Michael Vick, PHI

25

Jake Locker, TEN

26

Alex Smith, KC

27

E.J. Manuel, BUF

28

Christian Ponder, MIN

29

Brandon Weeden, CLE

30

Kevin Kolb, BUF

31

Nick Foles, PHI

32

Chad Henne, JAX

33

Geno Smith, NYJ

34

Matt Flynn, OAK

35

Tyler Wilson, OAK

36

Shaun Hill, DET

37

Kyle Orton, DAL

38

Mark Sanchez, NYJ

39

Matt Cassel, MIN

40

Kirk Cousins, WAS

41

Ryan Fitzpatrick, TEN

42

Bruce Gradkowski, PIT

43

Mike Kafka, JAX

44

Matt Barkley, PHI

45

T.J. Yates, HOU

46

Blaine Gabbert, JAX

47

Ryan Mallett, NE

48

Tarvaris Jackson, SEA

49

Colt McCoy, SF

50

Mike Glennon, TB

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