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Choosing who to start between Andrew Luck and Tom Brady is a good problem to have, yet a frustrating decision to make for any fantasy football owner. Both are considered viable fantasy options every week, but as they'll face off against each other this week, we need to decide who to start.
Luck's career outing against the Houston Texans last Sunday was impressive, to put it mildly, but keep in mind he was picking apart the 27th-worst pass defense in the league. Unless he has another favorable matchup like that, which the Pats' 9th-ranked pass defense doesn't offer, the talent he's surrounded by won't be able to help him get the job done.
Think about it: Would you rather have the quarterback who can lean on a group of versatile backs and throw to dangerous pass catchers like Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon on any given down? Or would you want to start the quarterback that has one legit receiver in T.Y Hilton (who might not even play), no running game and a mediocre offensive line on a good day?
Luck was once considered an elite fantasy option, but it looks like those days are over until he gets a better supporting cast. This week, Brady is the right quarterback to start. He has too much talent around him not to outscore his counterpart.
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