Originally written on The Hazean  |  Last updated 6/20/13

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on during warm ups against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Storm clouds in New England this offseason. When I saw this fantasy ranking of Tom Brady a few weeks ago, I thought it was interesting to see him ranked so low. Out of the big three. Near the back-half of QB1 territory. I did not buy into it then, but I may be now. First, Aaron Hernandez is in some pretty deep water with the law. I don’t want to trivialize the trouble he’s in with a fantasy football discussion, so I’ll leave out his fantasy analysis. Hernandez could be facing murder charges and could be arrested as early as today according to sources online. Meanwhile, Rob Gronkowki spent most of his offseason on the operating table. Between his forearm surgeries and back surgery, Gronk’s week 1 status — and perhaps much more than that — is in serious jeopardy. Other tight ends on the roster of note currently: Jake Ballard, Michael Hoomanawanui, Daniel Fells. Tim Tebow? Ballard is interesting. He was fantasy relevant with the Giants before a season-ending injury. Got cut and claimed off waivers by the Patriots, who stashed him for a year. If he’s healthy, it looks like Ballard could be in line for a serious role. Still, throw in the fact that Brady lost Wes Welker and gained oft-injured Danny Amendola during free agency and it could be a stormy season for the Patriots’ passing attack. Especially if Hernandez and Gronk miss significant time. Hence Brady’s falling fantasy ranking. Here are today’s great reads: Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: The 49ers plan to get Vernon Davis more involved in the passing game. Dude has so much talent and potential, but we’ve only see it in spits and sputters throughout his career. Maybe this year? Ugh, I don’t really want to buy into again. But … [RotoViz] Is it time to buy back into Chris Johnson as a fantasy football running back? I wonder if the good Chris Johnson we saw was the anomaly. And now, the bad Chris Johnson of the last two seasons is the real Chris Johnson. Still has talent and speed to burn. Hopefully he’ll slide on draft day and become a better value. [Roto Arcade]
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