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...
Anthony Miller has quickly become a fan favorite on social media. He has the confidence and swagger found in most top wide receivers and it comes through on his Twitter and Instagram accounts.
Miller was one of 40 players in attendance at the 2018 NFLPA Rookie Premiere where he not only learned about the business and marketing side of football, but also suited up in his Bears gameday uniform for the first time. Of course, he shared the moment on Twitter:
Panini America, a sports collectible company, snapped a picture of Miller with fellow rookie receiver Calvin Ridley (Falcons) and quarterback Mason Rudolph (Steelers):
Miller has become something of a standout for the Bears despite not playing a single snap. He's expected to have a big role in an offense that has several new pieces and roles that are up for grabs.
Miller will compete with former first-round pick Kevin White and free-agent addition Taylor Gabriel for reps opposite Allen Robinson. Miller has the necessary skill set to play as both an outside receiver and in the slot which should give him an even greater opportunity to be on the field quite a bit.
The Bears first three draft picks are all vying for starting jobs in 2018. Roquan Smith (first round) is a lock to start next to Danny Trevathan and James Daniels (second round) will start at guard. Miller should make it three-for-three in a draft class that could end up the best of Ryan Pace's tenure.
Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace is having what many believe is his best offseason since taking the job in 2015, but after three seasons and only 14 wins, he needs a big year in 2018 to justify the confidence ownership has in him.
According to a recent breakdown of all 32 general managers, Pace ranks among the worst decision-makers in the league.
No. 23: Ryan Pace, Chicago Bears
There’s only so much you can accomplish in one spring. The problem is that Pace let himself accumulate so many needs to begin with. He needs Trubisky and Nagy to springboard a fourth-year turnaround.
The rankings didn't include six new GM hires, which makes Pace's positioning even more troubling.
Even though the Bears haven't seen wins on the field, Pace has done a solid job through three draft classes and appears to have the right coaching staff in place. His first hire, John Fox, was a calculated move by a rookie general manager to have an experienced football guy to lean on. Now, several offseasons later, the team is starting to take on his identity.
Despite all the talent Pace has added through the draft and the slow but steady transformation of the team's overall culture, it's a win-now business and if his blueprint doesn't start producing more wins than losses, it will be hard to justify more time and patience for his plan to develop.