Four Downs: Tom Brady bounces back
November, 15, 2010
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady didn't enter the Week 10 matchup in the Steel City looking like the top fantasy option he was expected to be. The Pittsburgh Steelers have a terrific defense, and Brady, the No. 4 quarterback and 17th overall in ESPN average live drafts months ago, hadn't topped 16 fantasy points in a game since Week 3. Certainly he had been relatively disappointing, especially since the Randy Moss trade, and asking for big numbers against the mighty Steelers seemed unwise.
Of course, Brady put on a show by throwing a trio of touchdown passes to rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski and running for another score in a spirited, emotional night that resulted in 39 points for the Pats, the most ever for an opponent at Heinz Field. Oh, in fantasy Brady had 32 points (standard leagues), but nobody entering Monday night has more. It's easily a season high for Brady, and this was a pretty big game, especially in light of the embarrassing Week 9 demolition loss against the Cleveland Browns. While the Patriots are having a strong season, Brady, Wes Welker and much of this offense hadn't performed like a top unit in more than a month. Now, fantasy owners that weren't trusting Brady and Welker have to re-evaluate.
AP Photo/Don WrightIt took until Week 10 for Tom Brady to record his first 300-yard game of the season.