Christmas time is here again, and while this is one of the most glorious times of the year, it sadly also signifies that time is running out on the NFL season. In other words, there are only a handful of slates to work with when it comes to fantasy football. Let’s just enjoy this wonderful period while we still have it and move on to Parlay4’s QBs to ponder for Week 16.
Tom Brady @ ARI
Trace McSorley vs. TB
Aaron Rodgers @ MIA
Tua Tagovailoa vs. GB
Tom Brady Over/Under 16.4 Fantasy Pts
A lot will be on the line for the Bucs this week as they try to stave off the rest of the competition for the NFC South title. In turn, that makes this a colossal big game in Arizona this week on Sunday evening.
Well, when dealing with such significant circumstances, who better to trust to deal a marvelous performance than Tom Brady
As it is, the future Hall-of-Famer is enjoying another nice campaign — even at age 45 — and will be poised for more of the same opposite a Cardinals defense that hasn’t fared well against the pass. In fact, opposing signal-callers have registered an eye-opening 99.0 passer rating this year, which is the highest such mark allowed by a defense in the NFC.
Another key item to like when deploying Brady in any fantasy football format is that Tampa opts fo psss the football a ton. Despite his older age, the Buccaneers don’t back off from relying on their 23-year veteran QB, hence why Brady actually has more pass attempts this season than anyone else in pro football.
Even if Tampa is cruising in this contest — as expected — there’s no doubt the Bucs will continue to ride Brady’s hand and that should ensure inflated fantasy numbers.
Arizona has dropped four in a row and six of seven to effectively squash their hopes of playoff aspirations after losing franchise quarterback Kyler Murray. How can the defense not be looking to their offseason when the team’s 2022 has spiraled so far out of control? Brady should capitalize in a rout and that makes pursuing his over in fantasy so tempting.
Pick: OVER 16.4 Pts
Third-string quarterback Trace McSorley — he of just seven games of experience since entering the league as a sixth-round draft pick three years ago — will serve as Brady’s counterpart and should be avoided in all fantasy football settings. His career numbers in those games? 18-of-39 passing for 256 yards passing and three interceptions compared to one TD. Yikes.
The other QBs to choose from — Aaron Rodgers and Tua Tagovailoa — present far more compelling cases with which to think about and wager on their prospects in Week 16. The weather will also be favorable in Miami, which seemingly cannot be said of most games this week.
However, both cases might seem a bit tougher to cap. Tagovailoa, for instance, has been a little inconsistent the last handful of weeks. Meanwhile, Rodgers has been relatively a little quiet lately, not topping 230 yards through the air in five straight games. All of this makes Brady the most comfortable option to hang on.