Tom Brady: Fantasy Football Crystal Ball

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IJune 5, 2009

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 7:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots walks off the field with the aid of the Patriots staff after being injured on a play during their NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 7, 2008 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Chiefs 17-10. (Photo by Elsa Garrison/Getty Images)

Tom Brady's rehabilitation from the knee injury he suffered in week one of the 2008 season against the Kansas City Chiefs has been a big time story for many of the main sports networks. And considering that during his last full season Brady recorded 4,806 passing yards, 50 passing TDs, and just eight INTs, the coverage makes sense. 

With that in mind, Bruno Boys' Greg tackles all things Tom Brady. After all, this is a guy who will likely be chosen in the first two rounds of your fantasy draft coming up this fall.

Brady has been working hard to come back from the knee injury that knocked him out for the entire 2008 NFL season in order to be ready for 2009. And, according to multiple sources, it appears he will be 100 percent by training camp.

The biggest concern people have with players coming off of an injury is whether they will be able to stay healthy during their return to the field; as fantasy owners know, once a player has a crack in his armor, his durability is much more susceptible.

Thus, it is only natural for fantasy owners to have this concern in regards to Brady and his knee. However, if reports are accurate that Brady is back to being 100 percent, then the concern can be alleviated. 

Before last season, Brady never missed a game, and he is playing behind an extremely solid offensive line, which should limit the amount of times he's hit.

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So, does it really make sense to pass on a guy who can possibly put up unbelievable numbers because you are worried he may get hurt? 

Remember, on any given Sunday, any player can go down with an injury.

In this writer's opinion, fantasy owners can expect Brady to post numbers similar to those recorded in 2007 this year. While this may go against Brady's career averages, remember, Brady not only has the same receivers to throw to this season as he had in 2007, but the team has also added Joey Galloway to the mix, giving Brady another wide out to rely on.

Add to that the fact that Wes Welker and Randy Moss have now been a part of this offense for three seasons, getting ever more comfortable in the system, and there's no reason to doubt that Brady will be great yet again in 2009. 

I mean, if Matt Cassel put up nearly 3,700 yards last year in the same offense after not starting since high school, why shouldn't Brady succeed?

Fantasy owners selected Brady in the first round last season due to his tremendous 2007 season, however, he may drop a bit this year because of the concern regarding the knee.

While I don’t condone drafting a quarterback early, if Brady or Drew Brees is available in the bottom half of the first round or in the beginning of the second round, then you have to take him. The numbers both of these guys will put up will dominate what anyone else can do for you at the QB slot.

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