I know some of you are thinking "What? Brady? Where is Aaron Rodgers?"
Hear me out on this one.
Tom Brady was arguably the best fantasy quarterback last year even with Vick's explosive season. He put up 3,900 passing yards, 36 passing touchdowns and was the league's unanimous MVP.
When is comes to pure passers, there were none better.
Now looking at the Patriots offense coming into 2011 we see all of the options that helped Brady put those numbers up in the previous year are still there. Now add Chad Ochocino, add two young running backs, and factor in the development of the other young talent on the Patriots offense.
What do you get? A potentially huge passing year for Tom Brady.
Ochocino alone would have been a big addition for the Patriots already powerhouse offense. While he clearly isn't the elite receiver he was, he is still a fantastic route runner that is going to draw coverage. He will have plenty of chances for big plays with Branch and Welker drawing the underneath coverage.
The Patriots added Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley to their stable of backs. While Vereen hasn't seen time yet, Ridley was incredibly impressive in the Patriots first preseason game against Jacksonville. We will have to wait till the regular season to see how he and Vereen fit in with Woodhead and Green-Ellis in the crowded backfield.
Then consider the talent from within. The young tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez have another year under their belts. Young wide receiver Taylor Price showed soft hands and big play ability in the first preseason game.
With no real losses on the Patriots offense, why would you doubt that Brady at least could repeat numbers from last year?
I'm not predicting that Brady is going to go 2007 on us again and light the football world on fire.
However, in a league where quarterbacks receive six points per touchdown and a non-PPR, I wouldn't hesitate to consider Brady as an option for the first overall selection.