Touchdown Tom is back, y'all.
A judge ruled Tom Brady's four-game suspension will be nullified, meaning Brady will now be ready to rock and roll with the New England Patriots from the get-go.
"Deflategate" has reached its end (thank god!) and if you haven't drafted yet in your fantasy league, you're gonna wanna toss Brady back up into the Top 5 QB range.
Here's how the news affects the rest of the fantasy football landscape:
Brady - Duhh. If your league has already drafted and you're the lucky owner who got Brady super late, you already found yourself with the steal in the draft. Brady and the Pats are totes gonna run up the score every chance they get now as a middle finger to the NFL. Brady could easily be a Top 5 QB option this season, and will most certainly be a Top 10 QB unless he gets injured.
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All Patriots receivers - Rob Gronkowski is a certifiable first-round pick now, Julian Edelman's status gets a boost with his rapport with Brady (target him in PPR leagues) and Brandon LaFell once again looks like a solid third/fourth/fifth wide receiver after the way he clicked with Brady last season. The only receiver who doesn't see a significant boost is Danny Amendola, because, I mean, is his stock ever up? Dude actually stayed healthy for 16 games last year and caught just 27 balls on 44 targets.
Bill Belichick - You just know that he plays fantasy football under a pseudonym and his team has Brady every year.
Jimmy Garappolo - How many people were really taking him anyways? He was going undrafted in most ESPN leagues and even if he was selected, the Eastern Illinois product was just a late-round pick. Everybody wanted to wait to see what the kid could do before inserting him into their starting lineups right away anyways.
Jimmy G right now:
Roger Goodell - Unless he has Tom Brady on his fantasy team, that is...
The great Ricky Bobby once said, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Talladega Nights hit a little too close to home for the Bears in Week 7.
They came into Sunday at 3-2 at the top of the NFC North. After a 38-31 loss to the New England Patriots, they dropped to the bottom of the division.
The Detroit Lions defeated the Miami Dolphins 32-21 to improve to 3-3, leaving them tied with the Bears in the cellar.
The Minnesota Vikings’ 37-17 victory over the New York Jets jumped them to 4-2-1 overall and first place in the division over the 3-2-1 Green Bay Packers, who were off for their bye week.
The NFC North remains the most tightly contested division in the NFL, the only one with no teams under .500 through seven weeks of the season.
The final standings may not be decided until Week 17, and the Bears have already blown the early season cushion they built for themselves while the Vikings and Packers were struggling.
The divisional action will pick up in November, and Chicago only has a pair of games left to put it all together before back-to-back-to-back games against the Lions, Vikings and Lions again.
Matt Forte, Lance Briggs and Alex Brown join Laurence Holmes to break down the Bears 38-31 loss to the Patriots. What happened to the Bears defense over their bye week, and how did the special teams struggle so bad against New England? Plus – the guys debate Mitchell Trubisky’s decision making in the red zone and Matt weighs in on how the Bears should play his former team – the New York Jets – next week.
0:35– Special teams to blame for loss?
4:12– Where did the Bears pass rush go?
5:27– Bad tackling followed Bears from Miami
7:25– Are the coaches to blame for the defense after the bye?
10:10– Evaluating Mitchell Trubisky’s game
11:55– Agree with Matt Nagy on Mitch’s “mental” game?
13:30– Trubisky’s red zone decision making
17:10– Are the Bears giving away games so Mitch can learn?
18:00– Bears need to run the ball more
21:04– Matt Forte scouts his former team, the New York Jets
Listen to the full podcast here or in the embedded player below.