Week 11 at Philadephia Eagles
Prior to his Week 10 bye, Tom Brady went up against a Ravens defense in Week 9 that leads the NFL in blitz percentage at 49.4%. Baltimore pressured Brady heavily, and it worked extremely well, limiting him to 285 total yards with a touchdown and an interception despite 46 pass attempts (his highest total in a game this season). Brady finished as Week 9's QB20, and following the Patriots' bye, he ranks as the fantasy QB10 overall.
The Patriots face the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 11, a team whose defense blitzes significantly less frequently than the Ravens, and yet pressures opposing quarterbacks at a higher rate. Fortunately for Brady, the Eagles also own a sub-par secondary, and their 17.7 aFPA to quarterbacks is the 12th-most. Brady also has all of his offensive weapons healthy and at his disposal, with red-zone weapon N'Keal Harry expected to see his first snaps of the season and Mohamed Sanu having had five full weeks of practice with which to integrate himself into the Patriots' offense. Against an Eagles team that is far more effective at defending against the run than the pass, expect a Patriots game plan to avoid Philadelphia's strength defensively and attack its weakness, making Brady a good bet for a QB1 performance.