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Saturday, September 3, 2016

FANTASY FOOTBALL TRADE FALLOUT: SAM BRADFORD MUSIC TO MINNY WIDEOUTS' EARS

The Minnesota Vikings made a big move to make up for the season-ending loss of QB Teddy Bridgewater on Saturday, swinging a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles for former number 1 overall pick Sam Bradford.  With the season just a week away, Bradford now becomes the QB savior in Minnesota after the devastating injury to Bridgewater that will keep him out all of 2016 and at least until today, curbed playoff intentions for the team.  Now as far as fantasy football is concerned, this is not a small matter as Bradford, for all of his faults, has a big arm that can get the football down the field in a hurry.  This will make rookie wideout Laquan Treadwell much more interesting from a fantasy football perspective and also boost the standing of slot man Stefon Diggs.  Finally, Adrian Peterson won't see as many defenders in the box with Bradford under center as opposed to backup Shaun Hill who was nothing but a stopgap.  Also for all of the drama Bradford went through a year ago with the Eagles and throughout the offseason, keep in mind he played very well the second half of last season for Chip Kelly with 8 touchdown throws in the last five games.  Again Bradford has clear limitations such as being extremely injury prone, petulant, and inconsistent with his accuracy but he also can move the chains and is more likely than Hill and Bridgewater to challenge down the field.  Meanwhile in Philly, the starting job falls to career backup Chase Daniel who is anything but a sure thing to even be a backup in two QB formats.  Daniel has good accuracy but a terrible arm sort of in the Steve Walsh mode.  He will actually HURT the value of Jordan Matthews as they won't be making a bunch of plays down the field.  So in the end here, Bradford is worth a pickup in two QB formats as he has a nice array of weapons in his new home. 


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