Brady announced earlier today that he was leaving the Patriots, and word broke later that the Chargers didn't feel that they were in the running anymore. The Bucs offer a good set of weapons -- Chris Godwin, Mike Evans and O.J. Howard, whose career may get a jumpstart with Brady under center -- so Brady could be very fantasy relevant in 2020. However, the Bucs were third in passing yards, seventh in completions and third in passing touchdowns, so Godwin and Evans will be hard-pressed to match their numbers from last year even if the overall efficiency of the Tampa offense improves. Jarrett Stidham currently sits atop the New England depth chart.
NE QB Tom Brady - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 17 vs Miami Dolphins
Tom Brady faced an extremely challenging matchup in Week 16 against a Bills defense allowing the fifth-fewest aFPA to quarterbacks and emerged with 271 passing yards and a touchdown, which made him the week's number 12 quarterback. He's also the fantasy QB12 overall through 15 games, and the offensive success that the Patriots achieved against the Bills is a good sign for their scoring prospects this week and moving forward.
The Dolphins visit Foxborough in Week 17, and they rank 29th in aFPA to quarterbacks. Teams opposing the Dolphins have averaged 35 points scored over the last six weeks, and unless the Chiefs lose to the Chargers, the Patriots will need to win this game to secure the number two seed and a first-round bye. The Dolphins have also struggled against the run (24th in running back aFPA), which is really the only potential hindrance to Brady's fantasy success. Brady's inviting matchup along with the game's playoff implications for the Patriots make him a great bet for a QB1 performance.