For the first time in his 20-year career, Tom Brady won't be playing for the New England Patriots in 2020. While watching TB play in TB might be an odd, disorienting experience, this move is a real boon for Brady's fantasy value.
No longer saddled with an underwhelming skill-position group, Brady has a real chance to be a solid QB1 next season.
Even in his worst statistical season in recent memory, Brady still managed to finish as the QB12 in fantasy football in 2019. He did that despite playing with a pass-catching group that received a bottom-10 grade from Pro Football Focus. Now in Tampa Bay, he'll be playing with a receiving corps that received the third-best overall grade from PFF.
He'll also get a slight boost on the offensive line, as the Buccaneers' had the 10th-best pass-blocking unit last season, while the Patriots were No. 12, per PFF.
He likely won't be making as many downfield throws as Jameis Winston, who had the second-highest average depth of target (aDOT). Brady, on the other hand, was tied for No. 23. He may be willing to take a few more shots with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin on the receiving end, however.
Brady might not quite reach the same statistical highs as Winston, who threw for a league-leading 5,109 yards last season, but Bruce Arians' high-octane offense should be much more conducive to fantasy production than New England's was.
The days of Brady finishing as a top-three fantasy QB are probably over, but he has a real shot at being a solid fantasy starter this season.
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