Tom Brady is Rated Higher in Madden NFL 20 Than He is in Fantasy Football Rankings

Super Bowl LIII - New England Patriots v Los Angeles Rams
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This time of year, football diehards anxiously awaiting the NFL season have a few things to hold them over – brand new fantasy football rankings and Madden ratings.

While there is some consistency between these two sets of player lists, there are also instances where they couldn't be more far apart. Take one future Hall-of-Fame quarterback, who many consider the greatest to ever play the game.

Whereas Tom Brady received the second highest QB rating in Madden NFL 20 at 96, he is only the 21st QB in fantasy football, according to consensus rankings (currently 67 of 93 available experts) at So far, the fantasy public has been a little more kind as his average draft position (ADP) has Brady as the 13th quarterback off the board.

Meanwhile, last year's phenom Patrick Mahomes is ranked first in all three, with a Madden NFL 20 rating of 97 along with being the top QB in pre-draft rankings and ADP. Mahomes is followed in the fantasy ranks by Andrew Luck, Deshaun Watson, Aaron Rodgers, and Baker Mayfield. The top five in Madden rating, however, is Mahomes, Brady, Philip Rivers (94), Luck (92), and Russell Wilson (91).

While Madden ratings tend to factor longevity and certain intangible ratings (like leadership), fantasy rankings are mainly focused on recent performance and opportunity for the upcoming season. It's unusual that Rogers has been bumped from the Madden top-5, given his track record, but the five QBs rated ahead of him all made the playoffs last season while A-Rod did not.

Back to Brady, the vast difference between his Madden and fantasy ranking is that while he probably will win a lot this year, and look good doing it, Brady simply isn't the prolific fantasy scorer he once was. The Patriots have committed to using a variety of running backs in recent years, especially in red zone and goal line situations.

Additionally, Brady will be playing without Rob Gronkowski for the first time in nine seasons, leaving some questions about who will be the big playmaker in the passing game, which still has Julian Edelman as Brady's go-to option in the slot.

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