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By Kevin Fishbain

Almost every week in the Patriots' fantasy focus, QB Tom Brady is the best option, especially now with big-play WR Randy Moss on the Vikings. Since Brady spreads out his passes, it's hard to know which slot receiver (Wes Welker, Deion Branch or TE Aaron Hernandez) will have a big game.

Brady has a tougher task on Sunday, though, against the Chargers and their top-ranked passing defense that allows just 163.7 passing yards per game. In addition to a stout secondary, the Chargers are second in the league in sacks, and Brady could get rattled in the pocket.

While he is usually a safe bet, if you have a better matchup for another QB on your roster, you may want to consider it for this week. TE Aaron Hernandez is still finding ways to be productive, with four catches for 61 yards against the Ravens, so he remains a good bet in the tight end spot.

At wide receiver, we have to wait and see who Brady finds open more often. Last week it was Branch who exploded for 9-98-1. But generally, Welker is his favorite target.

WR Brandon Tate did not have the game fantasy owners were looking for after snagging him following the Moss trade. He is due for a breakout game, though, in his new role as the team's lone deep threat.

 

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