Tom Brady might be entering the twilight of his career but he's showing no signs of slowing down. Neil Monnery likes him for a big year down in Tampa Bay...
Father Time is undefeated. No-one has ever been able to outrun him and avoid that tap on the shoulder which indicates that time as an elite athlete is up. Heck even Usain Bolt didn’t win his final major race. Peyton Manning left the game as a winner but his performances in his final campaign were significantly short of what we’d come to expect from one of the two greatest Quarterbacks of the 21st Century.
That brings us to the other member of that duo - Tom Brady. He’s 44 years-old and shouldn’t be at the top of his game anymore if Father Time had his way. After leaving his only ever professional home last off-season, all Brady did was lead his new team to the playoffs as a wildcard and then win the Super Bowl. Not the worst free agent signing that.
His stats last year got steadily better as the season went on. Brady and new Head Coach Bruce Arians slowly built up a strong rapport as they learned how to get the best out of one another. Four of his final five starts in the regular season saw him clear 300 yards through the air and nothing indicates that he’ll be slowly down at any point soon.
One thing Brady has that pretty much every other QB across the NFL is a plethora of superb talents to throw the ball to. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are both outstanding and with Antonio Brown back up to full speed it gives him a starting receiving trio that could all be WR1 on other rosters. Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson aren’t the worst backup options either.
With Gronk, OJ Howard and Cameron Brate at the TE position, he’ll also connect with these guys for plenty of yards throughout the season.
The over/under line has been set at 4650.5 yards which means to get over the GOAT needs to average 274 yards a game if he plays all 17 games.
I’ll give you a hint as to how I’m leaning - I have picked Tom Brady as my fantasy QB in both leagues that I’m playing in this season. I like his receivers and another year with Arians will surely see the comfort level improve. Until we see with our own eyes that Brady is on the way down then I simply won’t believe it.
Pick: Over on the Tom Brady passing yards market (4650.5 yards) at +100.