After a brief retirement earlier this offseason, Tom Brady returns for his 23rd season in the NFL. In the blink of an eye, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers went from staring at a potential rebuild to re-establishing themselves as one of the best teams in the NFC. Brady is one of the few NFL players who can change fortunes so quickly.
Fantasy owners will be pleased to know that there will also be another top quarterback available on draft day. Brady is about as consistent as he gets in terms of producing fantasy football for quarterbacks, and you can count on solid performances from him on a weekly basis.
But as quarterbacks become more valuable for their rushing abilities, Brady, 45, is obviously lacking in that area. How much does that really limit its fantasy impact, though? Let’s take a closer look at Brady’s fantastic prospects for the 2022 season, including where he should be drafted.
Tom Brady’s fantasy football outlook for 2022
Brady proved in 2021 that he just doesn’t age. He had one of the best seasons of his career (485/719, 5316 YDS, 43 TDs, 6 INTs) and came close to winning his fourth career MVP award. All this despite having a fairly limited cast of point guards after Antonio Brown forced his way out of Tampa and Chris Godwin tore his ACL.
Heading into the 2022 season, Brady has a bolstered supporting cast that should help him once again guide the Buccaneers into a deep playoff run. Godwin is back from his ACL injury, and Russell Gage and Julio Jones have been added to the equation at wide receiver. Mike Evans is still there and figures to be Brady’s main target, and Leonard Fournette remains a dangerous pass-catching option out of the backfield.
Brady has all the tools to succeed in 2022 after succeeding with a fairly limited offense last season. With that in mind, Brady still finished as the third-best fantasy quarterback last season. Even as quarterbacks continue to establish their value on the field as fantasy dual-threat options, Brady’s prowess in the air continues to be extremely valuable to fantasy owners.
Chances are it won’t be any different in 2022. At this point in his career, there’s no point in predicting a decline in Brady’s performance, as he seems immune to age. He came close to winning MVP in his 44-year-old season; if he’s still as productive now, there’s really no telling when he’ll hit that wall, or if he’ll hit that wall.
Brady’s value in terms of fantastic production is limited by his inability to bring anything to the field. He’ll occasionally find his way into the end zone on the ground, but it’s not exactly a consistent production. Dual threat options will outrank Brady, but for people who like to wait before jumping on a quarterback, Brady is the perfect option.
Heading into 2022, Brady is the surefire fantasy football top 10 quarterback who will help any team he finds himself on. He’s always at the top of his game when it comes to passing and, unlike some of his fellow quarterbacks, he hardly ever misses games due to injury. If you’re looking for a consistent quarterback option, Brady is your man.
In terms of the risk associated with writing Brady, there isn’t much. He is in a built attack to allow him to succeed. The point guards at his disposal are deadly, and his offensive line is among the best in the NFL. The only downside to Brady is that he offers nothing in terms of rushing, and compared to other quarterbacks, that can be a bit of a game-changer.
Brady will be one of the first quarterbacks to leave the roster in many leagues based on reputation alone. Chances are that Brady will almost always be drafted too early, which means sane fantasy owners won’t get their hands on him. In fantasy drafts where quarterbacks are often less valuable than running backs, wide receivers and tight ends, Brady probably shouldn’t be picked until rounds 8-10.
Brady can slip into some drafts where owners decide Brady isn’t as valuable as other quarterbacks because he doesn’t offer anything on the field. If he’s still on the board in round ten and you can catch him, Brady would be an absolute steal. Most of the time, he’ll leave well before he should be because he’s Tom Brady, but if he drops a reasonable round, Brady is still one of the most consistent fantasy options at quarterback- fullback available, and will be a solid quarterback option for those who end up with him.