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QB Tom Brady - New England Patriots

6-4, 210Born: 8-3-1977College: MichiganDrafted: Round 6

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General News (Thu Nov 23): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Nov 22): did not practice on Wednesday.

Week 12: vs Miami Dolphins

All QB vs MIA

FBG says: Great matchup. Packed to the gills with playmaking weapons - even with Chris Hogan still sidelined by a shoulder injury - Tom Brady continues to pick apart opposing defenses and throw touchdowns seemingly at will. His numbers have rebounded back to early-season levels, with 7 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, and a 312.7-yard per-game average over his last 3 games. Brady remains the league's premier pure passer, and week to week he's a matchup-proof play in the mix for 300 yards and multiple touchdowns. Rob Gronkowski remains a matchup-proof dynamo of his own, producing huge plays and/or drawing valuable downfield coverage every week, and Brandin Cooks has truly found his footing as Brady's top playmaker. Cooks has been quieter than expected thus far, but has produced 74+ yards in 6 of 10 games and remains a threat to score at any moment. Brady is having buckets of fun sending Cooks on deep routes, which opposing secondaries struggle to manage even with safety help. There isn't a compelling reason to expect Brady and company to slow down in Week 12; he remains the top quarterback in fantasy on any given week. It was certainly discouraging to see the Dolphins defense roll over against Ryan Fitzpatrick. The 34-year-old backup, fresh off a faceplant in his first relief start of the year in Week 10, looked rejuvenated in picking apart this shaky-at-best secondary. Fitzpatrick was allowed to complete a stunning 8 of his 11 deep attempts (15+ yards downfield), and it was disturbing just how easily it all came to him. The Dolphins continued to struggle to generate a pass rush, and in coverage they flailed mightily against not only Mike Evans but a host of supporting Buccaneers. DeSean Jackson and rookies Chris Godwin and O.J. Howard all recorded catches of 24+ yards of their own. All told, on the year Miami has allowed the league's 10th-most net yards per attempt, and their last 3 opposing quarterbacks have averaged a healthy 276.3 yards against them. This is a borderline-targetable unit, one that can be beaten badly by downfield passing games. Tom Brady and Brandin Cooks are licking their chops.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
8 vs LAC 86 32 47 333 1 0 1 2 0 0 20.85
10 at DEN 61 25 34 266 3 0 1 0 0 0 25.3
11 at OAK 57 30 37 339 3 0 0 0 0 0 28.95
12 vs MIA PROJ-Dodds * 25 38 * * * 2 * * * *
12 vs MIA PROJ-Tremblay * 25 38 * * * 2 * * * *
12 vs MIA PROJ-Bloom * 27 35 * * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs OAK (30 / 37 / 339 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Another week, another dynamic performance by the ageless Tom Brady. Brady masterfully picked apart an overmatched Oakland secondary that started safety, Obi Melifonwu at left corner. New England played high-tempo from the start as Brady completed his first 12 pass attempts, culminating with a 15-yard touchdown strike to Dion Lewis on an option route. Lewis made the first defender miss before accelerating and 'corkscrewing' into the end zone. Overall, the game plan revolved around using speed and agility to win against Oakland's bigger corners and linebackers--and that game plan was executed perfectly. Brady targeted Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola on half of his pass attempts--and this dynamic duo had no problems winning. In the second quarter, Brady hit Amendola for a 5-yard touchdown on a crossing route in the back of the end zone. The pocket broke down, but Brady stepped up, and found a streaking Amendola in the back of the end zone. This scoring play gave New England a 14-0 advantage. While Amendola was a fixture over the middle of the field, Cooks brought a big play element. Brady and Cooks hooked up for two 50-yard plays, which included a 64-yard touchdown against Melifonwu, who was playing corner without safety help. Cooks also had a 52-yard gain on a deep seam route where he literally ran by double coverage and caught Brady's strike in-stride. Brady completed passes to all three tight ends, but the smaller, shifty receivers were the focal point of the attack.

2017 Week 10 vs DEN (25 / 34 / 266 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

With good protection, complementary defensive and special teams plays, and all-around success, Tom Brady had it easy against the Broncos, something which almost never happens. Brady never really needed to put his foot on the gas, as the Patriots ran away with the game from the start, sporting a 27-9 lead at halftime. Brady was efficient, especially when targeting Broncos linebackers in coverage, a matchup he exploited continually. Over half his completions went to backs or tight ends, as he took what the defense gave him. His first touchdown was to Rex Burkhead, who beat a defender on a slant route that he first sold like an out route. His second was an 11 yard out route to Dwayne Allen on a play that was actually Allen's first catch of the season. His final touchdown was an easy one to James White thanks to some great juking by the running back. The Pats did do a better job of converting in the red zone, something that has been underwhelming this year. Brady could have also had a fourth touchdown to Rob Gronkowski, but the play was called incomplete when it likely shouldn't have been. All in all, this is the type of performance Brady wants clean, efficient, and not too high stress.

2017 Week 8 vs LAC (32 / 47 / 333 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Though he played well, Tom Brady's biggest blemish may have been converting in the red zone. The Patriots were able to move the ball fairly well, but should have had many more points considering they attempted 6 field goals. The defense also aided the efforts, as 21 points is less than usual for the Patriots. Brady's sole touchdown was an easy cross route to Rob Gronkowski off play action. Play action was actually something the Pats ran a ton of and with good success, which was worth noting considering the running game wasn't exactly lighting the world on fire. Many of Brady's passes were checkdowns or plays to running backs in fact, backs had 14 of Brady's 32 completions. There were a couple missed connections here and there, but nothing huge from Brady's department, which is a nice sign after an egregious throw or so per game as of late.

2017 Week 7 vs ATL (21 / 29 / 249 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 5 / 0 rush)

With the Falcons not playing their best football and the Patriots starting to gel, Tom Brady was able to get a fairly uneventful win, and actually went into clock killing mode for much of the 4th quarter. As a result, he didn't rack up insane stats, but still played relatively well. Of note is that Brady once again had one terrible decision that should have cost the team, something that seems to be happening once or twice per game. Brady chucked up a deep ball into double coverage, had it picked off, but got saved by a roughing the passer call. Had the call not happened, it would have been an end zone interception. Other than that one terrible throw and decision, it was mostly smooth sailing. Protection was up and down, but better than in some of the early season weeks. Brady's first touchdown to Brandin Cooks wasn't really a 'pass' - Cooks ran a sweep, and Brady literally dropped the ball into Cooks's hands, who proceeded to run the ball into the end zone behind some good blocking. But in the stat sheet, it still counts. His second was much better, as he pump faked right, looked left, and fired to James White for a short score. As has been a theme this year, there were also some intermediate and deep shots and connections, something the offense is clearly building around. All in all, attempting 29 passes and winning convincingly sounds good to the Patriots.

2017 Week 6 vs NYJ (20 / 38 / 257 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Tom Brady was finally afforded better pass protection than in weeks prior, but that didn't show up on the score board. Part of this was actually on Brady's shoulders, who threw a few silly passes, including a terrible interception into double coverage. Brady's intended receiver, Philip Dorsett, was smothered in coverage on the play, and it was a throw no quarterback could have made or should have attempted. Brady also had another throw that should have been picked, but wasn't. Credit where credit is due as well - the Jets played sound defense for the most part, save for a few chunk throws and against Gronk. Interestingly, Brady took a bunch of deep shots on the game, even more so than usual, and connected on a few. One went to Brandin Cooks for 42 yards, while another was a deep pass to Gronk on an out and up route. Brady's other touchdown also went to Gronk, who beat a defender on a short out route for a score. Regardless, a win is a win, the Pats will take it any way they can get it.

2017 Week 5 vs TB (30 / 40 / 303 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)

Through 5 weeks, Tom Brady has taken more sacks than the entirety of his 2016 season. That fun little stat showed up in spades against a Buccaneers team who had barely sacked anyone on the season, highlighting the abhorrent state of the New England offensive line. Under constant harassment, Brady was not able to put many points on the board, leading his team to one touchdown. He was playing without Rob Gronkowski, who may have done well against Tampa Bay's backup linebackers, but alas, had an injury to deal with. Brady's only touchdown of the day was a short score to Chris Hogan, who has suddenly become a prime red zone target, perhaps due to fairly consistent route running and good cornerback matchups. Brady did fumble once due to a thunderous blindside hit. His interception was one of the worst you'll see from any quarterback, vastly overthrowing his intended receiver with absolutely no pressure in his face. The safety he threw to did make a great catch, but it was no excuse for an ugly throw. Brady also had a couple chunk gains to Brandin Cooks, including a 35 yarder when his receiver beat two cover men. Still, it was a fairly shoddy day for the offense.

2017 Week 4 vs CAR (32 / 45 / 307 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Once again under pressure throughout the day, Tom Brady did well to help guide the offense to 30 points considering the Patriots awful defense once again forced a shootout. Brady did have a couple missed opportunities, but some of his passes, such as his two touchdowns, were great throws. Early in the game, Brady missed Cooks on a potential chunk touchdown, and later underthrew a wide open Dwayne Allen for what would have been a huge gain. However, his first touchdown was a thing of beauty to Chris Hogan. The pass was a pure laser on a short touchdown with pinpoint location that only his receiver could have caught. The second was a 4th down score to Danny Amendola, once again with great location to a receiver in stride. It's clear the bad defense and bad protection from the start of the season are not a mirage, and if that's the case, it might be a long season for Brady.

2017 Week 3 vs HOU (25 / 35 / 378 / 5 / 0 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)

Brady did well against the Texans considering he was under pressure for most of the day. The Texans pass rush clearly got the better of the Patriots offensive line, and vice versa. Still, Brady's stat line was one of his best, for a whopping 5 touchdowns and a big chunk of yardage. That was also in part because the running game couldn't get much going. One of Brady's best plays on the day was a 45 yard deep toss to Brandin Cooks as the quarterback was getting drilled by a defender. His first touchdown was to Rob Gronkowski, who beat a defender 1 on 1 with a short out route, something he's done with regularity over the years. His second was an easy pitch and catch to a wide open Chris Hogan due to busted coverage. Not done, his third touchdown also went to Hogan on busted coverage, this time on a long toss. The final two touchdowns were to Brandin Cooks, who finally broke out for the Pats. The first was a long slant route, and was a pure showcase of Cooks's speed. The second was an insane deep touchdown with time ticking down in the game, with an amazing toe tap and catch by Cooks. Brady's big blemish was a fumble as he was getting sacked, something he no doubt would have liked to have back ñ especially since the Texans returned it for a touchdown. He also nearly lost another as he was getting sacked, and there were a couple plays he didn't have his normal pocket sense. Still, given the amount of pressure he was under, an admirable day.

2017 Week 2 vs NO (30 / 39 / 447 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)

After struggling in Week 1, Tom Brady and the offense looked better against the Saints defense. Brady had over 200 yards in the first quarter alone, and his day could have been a lot bigger had the game turned into a shootout. Brady's first touchdown was a 19 yard lob to Rex Burkhead, who beat a linebacker in coverage. Both the throw and catch were on point. Brady's second touchdown, a 53 yarder to Gronk, was all Gronk, who beat a defender in coverage, then broke a tackle on his way to a spectacular run-after-catch touchdown. Brady's throw was off his back foot, so he did well to throw the pass accurately, though. Brady's final touchdown of the first quarter (and of the day) was off a pick play between Chris Hogan and Philip Dorsett. Dorsett was initially flagged for pass interference, but the refs picked up the flag, ruling the touchdown to Hogan good. There were also a couple other missed opportunities, including a touchdown that went right through Gronk's hands. Still, the performance was much better than Week 1's dismal showing. The key now is health, as plenty of Patriots skill players are already banged up.

2017 Week 1 vs KC (16 / 36 / 267 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)

If it seems like it's been years since Tom Brady has played this poorly, you're right. It was clear that the offense missed safety valve Julian Edelman, and Brady showed some serious rust, missing several throws he would normally make. It started with the first throw of the game, when Brady overthrew a wide open Dwayne Allen on a medium length pass. To be fair, there were often times his receivers were blanketed throughout several plays. The 27 points the Patriots put up were also aided by an inordinate amount of Chiefs penalties. Make no mistake the offense did not look good. Brady zero touchdowns could have been different as there were two P.I. instances in the end zone, which gave the running game the scores instead. Danny Amendola was also concussed during the game, which takes away an additional safety blanket for Brady. Going forward, Brady is too good to have more performances like this, but the offense may take some time to gel.

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Latest News

Patriots | Tom Brady limited (Thu Nov 23, 04:28 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (Achilles') was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 23.

Our View: Brady will start against Miami, and Brady will shred Miami. We expect QB1 numbers from him this week.
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Patriots | Tom Brady nursing Achilles' injury (Wed Nov 22, 04:31 PM) - Updating a previous report, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (Achilles') did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 22, due to an Achilles' injury.

Our View: If there ever was an attention-grabbing headline, then this is it. Brady is likely to practice later in the week and play against the Dolphins in Week 12. In tougher matchups, this Achilles' injury may be more of a concern. This week, Brady is a QB1 for fantasy owners if he's starting.
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Patriots | Wednesday's practice report for New England (Wed Nov 22, 04:30 PM) - New England Patriots C David Andrews (illness), QB Tom Brady (Achilles'), OL Marcus Cannon (ankle), S Patrick Chung (ankle), TE Rob Gronkowski (illness) and WR Chris Hogan (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 22. WR Danny Amendola (knee), TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder, hamstring), DL Malcom Brown (ankle), CB Eric Rowe (groin) and WR Matthew Slater (hamstring) were listed as limited participants.

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Patriots | No practice for Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski (Wed Nov 22, 01:05 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (undisclosed) and TE Rob Gronkowski (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Our View: The Patriots are at home to play the Dolphins in Week 12. Missing a Wednesday practice for both players is not that alarming. Just make sure to check back on Friday to see if they're both out there practicing for the Patriots.
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Patriots | Tom Brady dazzles (Mon Nov 13, 08:08 AM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady was 25-for-34 for 266 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 10 win over the Denver Broncos.

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