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Fantasy football: Patriots QB Tom Brady leads All-Fantasy Team

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is top point-scorer through 15 games with 310 an ­average 21 per game. | Getty Images

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is the top point-scorer through 15 games with 310, an ­average of 21 per game. | Getty Images

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Updated: January 27, 2013 6:27AM



Even with all the young blood this season, owners still appreciate an old, reliable veteran.

In his 13th year in the NFL, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady still is putting up monster numbers. Though he actually will finish with fewer points this season than last season, he’s been good enough to lead the league in scoring through 16 weeks, making him our most valuable player.

Brady has thrown for 4,543 yards and 32 touchdowns --- ranking fourth in the league in both categories --- with eight interceptions. He even has run for a career-high four touchdowns. Brady has thrown for more than 300 yards eight times, including a 400-yard performance. It all adds up to 310 points, an average of 19 per game in an ESPN basic-scoring system (four points per touchdown pass; one point per 25 yards).

Last season, Brady (career-high 5,235 yards, 39 touchdowns passes) scored 352 points in 17 games, and it was only good enough for third. The Packers’ Aaron Rodgers took home the MVP award with 385 points, despite sitting out Week 17. The Saints’ Drew Brees was second with 380 points in 17 games.

Brees is right behind Brady this season with 308 points. But Brees has had so many more negative plays that it’s surprising the gap isn’t greater. Brees has thrown 10 more interceptions than Brady, erasing a 238-yard edge (minus-2 points each). Rodgers is third with 301 points.

The rest of the 2012 All-Fantasy Team (six points per touchdown; one point per 10 yards rushing/receiving; minus-2 per fumble lost):

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson: He had his first single-digit scoring game since Week 5 on Sunday, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time. But Peterson was a big reason many owners were playing in championship games. He leads the league with 1,898 rushing yards, and he’s first among running backs with 266 points. His 215 receiving yards put him over 2,000 total for the first time.

Texans RB Arian Foster: He didn’t score a point in championship week because of an irregular heartbeat, but he helped owners get there with 231 points. Though his total yards will decline for the second consecutive season, he continues to find the end zone. His league-high 16 touchdowns give him 49 in 50 career games.

Lions WR Calvin Johnson: With four single-digit showings in his first seven games, there was much consternation over “Megatron.” But since then, he has broken 100 yards receiving in eight consecutive games, including two with more than 200. He leads the league with 1,892 yards. Despite scoring only five touchdowns, Johnson is first among receivers with 207 points.

Bears WR Brandon Marshall: A Bears receiver on this team? Shocking, but true. Marshall is second to Johnson (117) in receptions with 113 and yards with 1,466. He’s also tied for third with 11 touchdown catches, putting him one point behind Johnson in scoring.

Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez: If the Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski (broken arm) had stayed healthy, he easily would have made this team. When he went down in Week 11, he led all tight ends with 129 points. Gonzalez passed him with 131, which he reached in Week 15.

WEEK 17 OUTLOOK

GAME OF THE WEEK

Panthers at Saints: Drew Brees ranks second in fantasy points and Cam Newton fourth.

GAME OF THE MEEK

Browns at Steelers: Whom could you possibly trust in this game?

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Giants QB Eli Manning: Caution goes to the wind for the G-men against the Eagles, who have allowed 28 touchdown passes with only eight interceptions.

Jets RB Shonn Greene: The Bills have allowed 316 rushing yards to running backs the last two weeks.

Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon: Without Cecil Shorts, he’s the Jags’ No. 1 receiver against the Titans’ 26th-ranked pass defense.

PLAYERS OF THE MEEK

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick: His game against the Patriots was a blip. Plus, the Cardinals are third in pass defense.

Raiders RB Darren McFadden: After following up a 110-yard outing with 33 yards, he can’t be trusted against the Chargers’ fourth-ranked run defense.

Ravens WR Torrey Smith: He exploited a suspect Giants pass defense last week. The Bengals rank 10th against the pass.

LAST WEEK’S PICKS

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

QB Matt Ryan: 279 yards, 4 TDs

RB Stevan Ridley: 84 yards

WR Steve Smith: 45 yards, TD

PLAYERS OF THE MEEK

QB Ben Roethlisberger: 220 yards, TD, 2 INTs

RB Steven Jackson: 81 yards, TD

WR Sidney Rice: 14 yards



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