Brady’s fantasy stock on the rise for 2009

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The Boston Globe reported today that a “medical source” familiar with Tom Brady’s case said the Patriots’ star QB is on pace in his rehabilitation from reconstructive knee surgery.

The source also said that Brady is now dropping back, throwing passes and is “on track to be fine for the opening game of the season.”

While this positive news is music to the ears of fantasy owners, Brady still has several more hurdles to clear before he’ll be a safe pick in drafts.

Brady, who’s reportedly “throwing, running, doing his skill drills and getting in shape,” still hasn’t regained full range of motion after additional procedures were performed to deal with a post-operative infection.

However, that’s not unusual in the case of reconstructive knee operations.

Fantasy leaguers need to keep close tabs on Brady in the weeks and months to come. The quarterback who threw for an NFL-record 50 touchdowns in 2007 would be well worth an early-round selection if he’s deemed healthy and expected to be the starter in Week 1.

There will be some risk involved with the Stetson man, as there is with all players coming off such a major knee procedure. However, the success of fellow QBs such as Carson Palmer and Philip Rivers, who both thrived the season after a similar operation, proves it’s not a statistical noose.

Barring setbacks, Brady remains a top-rated fantasy quarterback.

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