Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/15/13

Tom Brady owners don’t need to be reminded how brutal 2013 has been so far: 66 points on 111/196 for 1,211 yards, 7 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. His New England Patriots are 4-1, but Brady’s subpar personal performance culminated in the premature end of his near record-breaking streak of 52 consecutive games with a touchdown pass thrown—Drew Brees retains that crown at 54 games.Brady’s game isn’t declining, but the talent around him is.Danny Amendola has already missed more games than he’s participated in—three out, two in—which has been the knock on him his entire career. Rob Gronkowski may finally be ready to make his ’13 debut in week 6, but it feels like he’s just cobbled together and is one weird hit or fall away from returning to the IR.Besides Julian Edelman, Brady’s young bunch of butterfingers are off to a dubious start. They’ve dropped one out of every nine pass attempts, tying Brady with Matthew Stafford for third worst in the league. Aaron Dobson (23.5%), Kenbrell Thompkins (18.2%) and Amendola (17.7%) rank in the bottom 20 among WRs in drop rate. Brandon Bolden (14.3%) and the injured Shane Vereen (12.5%) dipped into the bottom 20 among RBs.Preseason sleeper sweetheart TE Zach Sudfeld was so awful—two targets, zero catches and a muffed onside kick recovery—he was cut after the Atlanta game and now plays for the New York Jets.If it weren’t for some good fortune, good defense and good clock-killing rushing, New England could easily be 2-3.I’m not claiming Brady should be benched in standard sized leagues because he’s falling off, but the talent around him obviously is. You can keep staring, but Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez won’t be walking through that door.Whether you sell low, bench or outright cut Brady from your squad, you’d be better off with one of the following leading your fantasy team the rest of the season…

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

John Wall warns Lonzo Ball about having target on his back

Eric Bledsoe raises suspicion with tweet

Browns select empty seat to win prize

Hue Jackson critical after DeShone Kizer stayed out late Friday

Carson Palmer to miss eight weeks with broken arm

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Mitchell Trubisky leads Bears to win despite completing just four passes

Red Sox confirm Alex Cora as new manager

Joe Thomas misses his first career snap after injuring arm

Dolphins fans cheer after Jay Cutler leaves with injury

Browns bench DeShone Kizer again, bring in Cody Kessler

Bills fans boo team off field after hatchet job to end half

Most prominent sports bans on the 5th anniversary of the Lance Armstrong ban

Sports & Politics Intersect: Cubs owner up for Heritage Foundation post

The 'Like Mike, only better' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: Dodgers finish Cubs while Astros find pain in the Bronx

The 'Some call me the Rocket, some people call me Maurice' quiz

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

The 'Can I have a quick sword with you?' quiz

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a call

Blackhawks get extra depth on defense with newbies Rutta and Forsling

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Most prominent sports bans on the 5th anniversary of the Lance Armstrong ban

Houston Astros hold off Yankees, forcing Game 7

Sports & Politics Intersect: Cubs owner up for Heritage Foundation post

The 'Like Mike, only better' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: Dodgers finish Cubs while Astros find pain in the Bronx

The 'Some call me the Rocket, some people call me Maurice' quiz

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker