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Commissioner Roger Goodell has upheld Patriots QB Tom Brady's 4-game suspension. This story is far from over, though.  Multiple sources have reported that Brady is expected to take the decision to court.  That process could take months.  And Brady would be able to play while the legal process plays out.  For now, fantasy owners should continue to assume Brady will miss 4 games at some point this season, but this remains a fluid situation.  Brady's MFL10 ADP has held steady in the early 10th round throughout July.

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ABC News' Ryan Smith hears that the NFLPA is prepared to go to court if Patriots QB Tom Brady's appeal results in a suspension for any games.  Brady is currently looking at a 4-game ban, and the odds of that being wiped down to 0 seem slim.  If the situation is taken to court, it could become a long process.  And it's possible that Brady is allowed to play while the legal process plays out.  We'll continue to keep a close eye on this story.  Brady's ADP is sitting in the early 10th round as the 10th QB off the board in recent MFL10 drafts.

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Patriots WR Brandon LaFell likes what he's seen from QB Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason.  "Jimmy has grown a lot since he first stepped foot up there in Foxborough last year," LaFell said. "He got a little experience during the later part of the season against Buffalo; he showed a little glimpse of what he can do. He's been having a nice OTAs, a nice offseason with us."  Garoppolo is currently set to start the first 4 games of the season, pending the results of Tom Brady's suspension appeal.  The former 2nd-rounder had 27 garbage-time attempts last season, completing 70.4% with 1 TD and 0 INTs.  He also tossed 5 TDs vs. just 1 INT in preseason.  Garoppolo will be tough to trust in 1-QB leagues but could be an option in 2-QB setups, especially in Week 1 against the Steelers and Week 5 against the Cowboys.  Both of those teams ranked in the bottom half of the league against QBs last year.

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Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio considers it "unlikely that the Commissioner will fully exonerate [Patriots QB Tom] Brady."  In other words, the 4-game suspension won't be completely revoked.  There's still a chance the ban is shortened, though.  Unfortunately, we have no idea when a final decision will be made.  And even then, Brady will have the right to take the ruling to court.  This figures to stretch at least well into July.  Still, Brady represents a nice value at his current 10th-round ADP -- even if the suspension stays at 4 games.

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Patriots QB Tom Brady will meet with Commissioner Roger Goodell and other NFL officials in New York City today to appeal his 4-game suspension.  Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the league is looking for Brady to "prove his innocence & present new information to Goodell, not just raise doubt."  That likely means turning over the emails and phone records that he refused to give up while the investigation was going on.  It's unclear how long the hearing will take -- a few hours or a few days -- or when a final decision on Brady's ban will be made.  The Patriots and fantasy owners are hoping it at least comes before the start of training camp in about a month.

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ESPN reports that we will finally get the appeal hearing for Patriots QB Tom Brady on June 23, and it could run until June 25 if necessary. According to the Boston Herald, the NFL could take up to a month more beyond that to announce it's decision. In the meantime, we'll have to put up with lots more "Deflategate" talk and project Brady as though he's going to miss 4 games.

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The Associated Press reported Monday that Patriots QB Tom Brady's appeal of his 4-game suspension won't take place by Wednesday's deadline. The collective bargaining agreement says an appeal must happen within 10 days of the punishment being announced, but the commissioner's office and player's association can agree to push it back. The sooner Brady's status can be finalized the better, of course, for fantasy football owners.

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The NFL announced that Patriots QB Tom Brady has been suspended 4 games for his role in DeflateGate. Ted Wells' report concluded that it's "more probable than not that Tom Brady was at least generally aware" of the purposefully under-inflated footballs used in last season's AFC Championship Game. He also refused to supply cell-phone records to the investigation. In addition to Brady's ban, the Patriots have been stripped of a 1st-round pick in the 2016 draft, a 4th-rounder in 2017 and been fined $1 million. But the big fantasy football story is clearly the suspension of Brady. The decision is expected to be appealed, so we'll see if the ban is reduced. As it currently stands, Brady would miss games against the Steelers, Bills, Jaguars and Cowboys -- with a Week 4 bye in between. He'd return in Week 6 against the Colts. Losing 4 games will certainly knock Brady down our 2015 rankings when they're released next month, but it won't be difficult to find a fill-in for the 1st month. It could turn Brady into a value pick. QB Jimmy Garoppolo will start while Brady is out. The 2014 2nd-rounder completed 19 of 27 passes for 182 yards and 1 TD last year, with most of that coming in the season finale against the Bills. He'll be tough to trust in fantasy and will also downgrade the early-season outlooks for Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell.

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