Sam Bradford Trade Analysis: Bridge Over Troubled Water

by Richard Savill
Sam Bradford Trade
Sam Bradford Trade

Credit: Keith Allison

All eyes were on the Vikings this week in light of the tragic circumstances of Teddy Bridgewater's knee injury. The early prognostication of onlookers was that Shaun Hill could not be the quarterback to lead the team back to the playoffs.

Several names were thrown around. TJ Yates, Nick Foles, Mark Sanchez, and a few other nightclub quarterbacks. The Vikings weren't going to settle on anything too small apparently. Sam Bradford, feeling jilted by the Eagles in the off-season, now becomes the starting quarterback in Minnesota.

The Eagles get in return two draft picks. The Vikings give their first round draft pick in 2017 and the fourth in 2018.

Sam Bradford Trade Analysis

What does it mean for fantasy football?

First of all, it doesn't help Bradford much. It gives a tiny bit of upside because the Vikings offense is stronger with pass catchers. The move does help the Vikings offense as a whole and perhaps gives Kyle Rudolph nice uptick. Bradford often preferred Celek and Ertz in Philadelphia for extending scoring drives and as red zone targets. So Rudolph goes on your watch list immediately.

As for the rest of the offense, you have to be relieved that the pressure is now somewhat off Adrian Peterson. His production might have taken a hit with someone like Shaun Hill struggling to get all those young wide receivers the ball. Defenses would have been able to key on Peterson with less worry about getting burned on medium to deep strikes. With Bradford the passing game opens up again. It is almost "as you were" before the Bridgewater calamity.

Another intangible for your fantasy Vikings is that the team can now return to higher spirits and put a good playoff run together. So I believe this will energize your Vikings. Stefon Diggs people can feel better about him attaining his ADP expectations.

And the Eagles?

Somewhat more complicated there. Carson Wentz will lead the team from Week 1. It's been discussed that this wasn't the best year for rookie QBs, but it will be interesting to see the contrast between Wentz and Prescott when the Eagles face the Cowboys this season.

Your fantasy Eagles on the ground should be about the same in value. The pass catchers might be the main ones to suffer. They all may struggle to maintain their value as drafted, but on the whole the outlook shouldn't change much. I still feel a tendency to move them all down slightly, but not to the point where it looks like an overreaction. As for the team's fortunes, I sense they might have a problem sustaining drives. As I always say, when an offense goes three and out, so do your fantasy points.

Apart from that worst case scenario, the numbers should remain sound for where everyone is valued.

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