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Old 07-30-2007, 02:38 PM   #1
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Aol write up

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Tom Brady


Am I the only one who is at least mildly concerned by the fact that the Saints' top four wide receivers have a combined seven years of experience? Meanwhile, the Patriots upgraded their receiving corps by bringing in new targets Randy Moss, Donte' Stallworth and Wes Welker. Yes, I realize that Brees led the league in passing yards last year, but let's not forget that Brady did the same in 2005 with inferior receivers. Brees should have another solid season, but I don’t believe he’ll be the first quarterback since Warren Moon in 1990 and 1991 to repeat as the leader in passing yards. For that matter, I believe this will be the season that Brady finally throws 30 touchdown passes. As much as I like Laurence Maroney, he’s not the goal-line force that Corey Dillon has been in recent years for the Patriots, so I expect Brady to throw more frequently in these situations. Furthermore, Brady has never had a red-zone target like Moss to work with. Ultimately, I expect Brady to top Brees in both passing yards and touchdown passes. - Jason Powell
Drew Brees


Fantasy owners who land Brees or Brady could hardly complain, but given the choice between the two, a slight nod should go to Brees. Yes, the former Chargers signal caller had a career year last season when it comes to yards, but his other numbers weren’t mirages in comparison with his career stats. For instance, his 96.2 quarterback rating marked the third time he surpassed 94.0 in that category in his six-year career. His 64.3 completion percentage was actually his worst since 2003, but it was also his first go-round with a new club. So not only does he have a year of experience in the offense under his belt, he also has most of the same weapons at his disposal – and an additional one in rookie Robert Meachem. Could his interceptions rise? Perhaps slightly. But his yardage and touchdown totals should remain consistent. Brady apologists point to his upgraded targets in New England as reasons to give him the nod over Brees, but he would need to top his career-high season yardage by 310 yards to catch what Brees did last year. Considering that Brees has just one fewer touchdown but seven fewer interceptions over the last three years, why take that risk? - Anthony Maggio
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