The Philadelphia Eagles swindled, errr … traded with the Minnesota Vikings last weekend. The Vikings appear to be in win now mode, or panic just mode, depending on how you look at this. A sentence I never thought I’d be saying — Let’s talk about Sam Bradford!
The Vikings gave up a future first-round pick along with a future conditional fourth-round pick for the worse looking version of Ryan Reynolds.
Reports suggest the Eagles picked up a hefty portion of Bradford’s contract for the 2016 season, roughly $11 million.
Paying $7 million for a starting QB in today’s NFL is good value but a first and a fourth!? This suggests the Vikings are most likely worried about Teddy Bridgewater (knee) long term, not just for the 2016 season.
This deal certainly had Fantasy Football implications, so let’s take a quick look at who gets a Fantasy bump and who suffers a slight dip in the rankings.
Fantasy Football Impact: Philadelphia Eagles & Chase Daniel
Carson Wentz now steps in as the Eagles starting QB and becomes a viable low-end QB2 in two QB leagues. I say low-end QB2 because we can’t ignore the presence of the highest paid backup QB in the NFL, Chase Daniel. Daniel has appeared capable in his preseason career, being able to create with both his arm and sneaky athleticism. If Wentz struggles mightily, they may be forced to turn to Daniel.
This deal shouldn’t impact the Eagles’ running game. Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles remain viable options, especially at their current ADP. There’s no reason to think Zach Ertz drops significantly in value. He should still be drafted as a top 10-12 TE, although his upside might be limited.
The biggest Fantasy impact for the Eagles is to third-year WR Jordan Matthews. Matthews is coming off a year where he nearly totaled 90 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards. Once Matthews recovered from his hand injury, he seemed to be the Fantasy option we hoped he would be. It’s hard to see his value increasing with Wentz at the helm. He becomes a better flex option than a solid WR2/WR3 with upside.
Fantasy Football Impact: Minnesota Vikings & Sam Bradford
This is less about how good (or bad) Sam Bradford is and more about Sam Bradford simply being better than Shaun Hill. As inefficient as Bradford has been, he’s still a more talented QB than Hill and will force defenses to prepare differently.
Bradford should be able to convert third downs at a higher rate than Hill and be the better option at pushing the ball downfield. Adrian Peterson is the biggest beneficiary from more offensive opportunities due to longer drives. Fantasy owners should feel comfortable taking Peterson with the same ADP as when Bridgewater was in place.
Stefon Diggs didn’t take a big dive for me when Shaun Hill was announced as the starter. The routes Diggs would have been asked to run with Hill most likely would have been similar to those with Teddy. Diggs gets a slight bump back to his original ranking prior to the Bridgewater injury.
Check out our Week 1 Fantasy Football rankings to see where some of these guys land in our quarterback rankings for the first week of the 2016 NFL season!
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