Fantasy Fix: Be patient with star QBs

September 19, 2012|By Dan Richman | For RedEye

Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers were top-five picks in almost every fantasy draft. If you took one of these three, you are automatically thinking championship. But after two weeks they've looked nothing like fantasy studs. Will this trio rebound, or did you draft fool's gold?

Tom Brady

The master of style has compiled 552 yards passing, three touchdowns and an interception, though the Patriots have other issues. They face tough defenses in the coming weeks (Baltimore, Buffalo, Denver and Seattle), tight end Aaron Hernandez is out with an ankle sprain and Brandon Lloyd has yet to catch on to the offensive scheme. Brady usually is a fantasy monster. However, in the short term I think he will be more like a kitten. You can't rule out the Patriots leaning on the running game should Brady continue to struggle, either.

Drew Brees

The Saints are a mess; they sit at 0-2 and seem to miss coach Sean Payton. Brees has thrown for a solid 664 yards and four touchdowns, but those positives come with four interceptions. The good news is the Saints pass a ton, so even if they don't return to their winning ways, Brees will be productive for fantasy owners. Kansas City and Tampa Bay are on the schedule in the near future, which is just what the doctor ordered for him.

Aaron Rodgers

Mr. Discount Double Check was held in check in Week 1 but rebounded last week against the Bears. Rodgers will be a great play going forward. Cedric Benson is finding his way at running back, which will open up the passing game. The Green Bay schedule has New Orleans and Seattle the next two weeks, which means lots of fantasy points.

Bottom line, don't give up on these three just yet.

Dan Richman has played fantasy football for more than 15 years and hosted a show on WSCR (670-AM) for years under the moniker "Super Fan Dan." @danrichmanffl


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