Football is a business. You hear that refrain all of the time when players are holding out. (Looking at you, Vincent Jackson.)
So forgive the indulgence as we ponder the fantasy impact of Tom Brady‘s recent fender bender. And I know I am not the only one to think that. I mean, we are all glad that everybody involved appears to be OK, but let’s dispense with the niceties and get down to the brass tacks. Because, after all, fantasy football is a business. Sure, some people will get upset and be indignant, saying, “How can you think about fantasy at a time like this? How can you be so callous?” This isn’t the callousness of fantasy enthusiasts — again, this is a business.
Brady would want us to think about his fantasy impact. That is how we heal.
So what do we do now? If you have Brady on your roster, as I do on one of my three teams, you probably have a lesser backup. I currently have Ben Roethlisberger backing him up on my team. So maybe a trip to the waiver wire is in order. And the pickings are slim, my friend. A couple of decent options could be Alex Smith (going against Seattle) or Derek Anderson (going against St. Louis).
In other words, I am hopeful that Brady can play this week. But this should be a valuable lesson that even if you have a top-tier fantasy quarterback, you should back him up with somebody decent. Seems like such an obvious statement, but it certainly could burn me (at least until Big Ben returns).
– Adam Rank