Fantasy impact: Brady’s Week 1 outlook

Unless he’s declared out for Sunday’s opener, Tom Brady is still one of Week 1’s top fantasy starts.

He’s also a top-five fantasy quarterback entering the 2010 season.

FOX Sports Fantasy owners are drafting Brady near the end of the second round (23rd pick) on average for 12-team leagues. He’s been the fourth quarterback taken after Aaron Rodgers (first), Drew Brees (second) and Peyton Manning (third).

Even though Brady is facing one of the league’s best pass defenses with Cincinnati, he’s proven that he can post solid fantasy games against even the toughest of defenses during his first 10 years in the NFL.

For example, Brady threw for 310 yards and one touchdown against the Jets’ No. 1 pass defense in Week 11 last year.

Brady is also two years recovered from ACL knee surgery and is aiming to best last year’s passing stats of 4,398 yards and 28 scores.

He’s built excellent rapports with Randy Moss and Wes Welker. Both of them are top-10 fantasy wideouts and can achieve 1,000-yard seasons and double-digit scores.

Second-year vet Brandon Tate is hoping to become one of 2010’s breakout wide receivers, and rookie tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez provide big targets inside the red zone.

Thursday’s car accident shouldn’t deter owners from relying on Brady to remain as one of fantasy’s top quarterbacks and a weekly start.

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