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Year 2 of finding a replacement level quarterback for teams who draft Tom Brady to fill the quarterback position in 2015. Oh wait, did I say 2015? I meant 2016.

Yes, Tom Brady will (we think) be missing the first four games of the 2016 NFL season. Now, some of you may be thinking, why did I draft this guy. Well, if you have one of the five guys I have listed below or could some how pull off a little offseason trade, that Tom Brady pick won’t turn out to be such a boneheaded pick.

Tom Brady’s appeal decision came down on September 3rd, 2015, one week before the first game of the regular season. Fantasy owners of Brady had to have rostered another solid quarterback to get them through the first four weeks of the season, thinking they were going to be without him for a good chunk of the regular season.

The first four weeks of a fantasy football season is crucial. Last year, there were two clear and consistent quarterbacks that led the way and those were Cam Newton, the MVP of the league, who finished with 373 fantasy points and Tom Brady who finished with 335 fantasy points respectively.

After those two, the next six top quarterbacks made up a difference of 39 fantasy points between quarterback number three and quarterback number eight based off of standard scoring. Those six quarterbacks were as followed; Russell Wilson, Blake Bortles, Carson Palmer, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Kirk Cousins. Three of those players were outside the top 15 on most if not all draft boards last season.

My opinion is, to draft Tom Brady this year in the 6th round where his ADP is at according to ESPN, and you will have a bargain by week 5. Draft him because quarterback is so deep this year and filled with guys who can get you through those first four weeks while Brady is suspended. Who are we kidding, aren’t we all suspended?

5 QBs to Use During Tom Brady’s Suspension

Here are five guys who are going after round 8 (ADP, ESPN) who can start for your squad while Tom Brady is on the back burner.

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Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants (Round 8 ADP)

There are a couple of reasons why I really like Eli for the first four weeks. One being his schedule in those weeks. At Dallas, home against the Saints, home against Washington and at Minnesota. It doesn’t really get any better than that. Three out of those fours defenses last year were in the bottom half in terms of points allowed and yards allowed.

Since Ben McAdoo started as the offensive coordinator in 2014, Manning has thrown 14 interceptions each year. That ties for his lowest total since 2008. In his last two seasons he has also thrown for 30 and 35 touchdowns respectively and has eclipsed the 4,400 yard mark in both years.

The key for me though is the turnover margin. Manning is making smarter and quicker decisions with this McAdoo designed offense. It also helps that if a play breaks down and all else fails, he can just throw it up to ODB.

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Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants (Round 8 ADP)

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