Tom Brady has miserable first half for fantasy owners

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The Patriots quarterback could hardly have struggled more through one half Sunday. We break down the fantasy implications.

If New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has ever had a worse first half than the one he just experienced against Miami, he'd probably prefer not to be reminded of it. Brady had a miserable showing through two quarters Sunday as the Dolphins lead the Patriots, 17-3.

Brady completed six of his eight pass attempts in the first half for only 25 yards. He was held out of the end zone and threw an interception that led directly to Miami's first touchdown. Brady didn't do anything on the ground either, rushing the ball only once for negative yardage.

Fantasy impact: Brady was a top-three fantasy quarterback in most drafts to start the year. While it's true that he lost Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, and Aaron Hernandez from last year's team and hasn't really had a fully healthy Rob Gronkowski or Danny Amendola this year, his ever-declining performance this year can't be chalked up entirely to his receivers.

Offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer was carted off in the first half of this game, and the Patriots have been dealing with other injuries all year as well. The evidence is ever mounting that this just might not be New England's -- or Tom Brady's -- year.

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