Only a third-quarter touchdown pass to wide receiver Aaron Dobson kept New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady from having his worst fantasy outing of the season. As it was, Brady had a miserable day, but three forced turnovers by his defense still helped the Patriots win, 27-17.
Brady completed only 13 of his 22 pass attempts for 116 yards in the game, with 91 of those passing yards coming in the second half. The 116 passing yards were the lowest for Brady since he only had 115 in Week 15 of 2009 against Buffalo, another division game won by the Patriots. Brady also threw an interception in Sunday's game. He did add five rushing yards on four carries.
Fantasy impact: After the first half of play, it looked like Brady was going to have an all-time bad game. He turned it on a bit in the second half, but still didn't do much to impress his fantasy owners. It was Brady's first game all season with both wide receiver Danny Amendola and tight end Rob Gronkowski, leading some to think he was in line for a big game, now that his weapons were all loaded, but he couldn't establish a rapport with anyone in the receiving game.
Dobson's four catches and 60 yards led the Patriots. After being targeted 17 times a week ago, Gronkowski only had five targets Sunday, catching just two. Amendola had three catches, while running back Brandon Bolden and wide receiver Julian Edelman each had two. Rookie receiver Kenbrell Thompkins was held without a catch.
Brady hasn't had a dominant fantasy day all season, with the possible exception of the team's Week 4 win over the Atlanta Falcons. He has fallen under 200 passing yards three times, and has only topped 300 once.
It's hard to imagine a quarterback like Tom Brady would just lose it as quickly as he has seemed to, so the best bet is that Brady, once he's had a few weeks of practice with his full complement of weapons, rebounds somewhat. He's no longer a top-three option, but he's still in the top 10 or 12 of fantasy quarterbacks.