Fantasy Impact Of He Braylon Edwrads Trade and Crabtree Signing

Garrett OlsenCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2009

Today was a big day in the NFL that featured a trade and a big rookie signing.  Braylon Edwards was traded from the Cleveland Browns to the New York Jets for wide receiver Chansi Stuckey, and linebacker Jason Trusnik this morning.  Later in the afternoon, the 49ers signed rookie hold out wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

Frustrated Braylon Edwards owners celebrate, because your wide receiver just got a lot better.  Granted, Edwards is still facing criminal charges on an alleged assault on a 130 pound friend of Cleveland Caveliers Lebron James, Edwards gets a change of scenery, a new and improved quarterback in Mark Sanchez, and a better complimentary wide receiver in Jerricho Cotchery.

Edwards just entered an offense that is much better than the offense of the Cleveland Browns.  I expect Edwards' numbers to take a 180 turn.  You can now look forward to his 100 yard and one TD a game days back in 2007 with Cleveland.  It may take Edwards a few weeks to get used to new QB Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets offense, but by week 8 I expect Edwards to be a valuable fantasy WR.

The other move of the day that landed rookie WR Michael Crabtree with the San Francisco 49ers will have a fantasy impact as well.  Crabtree's fantasy value is still up in the air due to the fact that he hasn't practiced with the team in a couple months.  He will be the featured wide receiver once he does play, but only time will tell when he actually is inserted into the starting line up. 

I expect Crabtree to really start producing around week 8 or 9 much like Edwards.  Crabtree will either be a very valuable receiver, or he will make the other receiver on the team Josh Morgan and tight end Vernon Davis more valuable, because he will take the number one corner back from every team off of Morgan.  Crabtree's big play potential will draw either a line backer or safety out to monitor him and allow Vernon Davis ( San Francisco's leader in receptions) more room to make a big play. 

If you have a receiver that you can afford to lose, or an injured player, go ahead and pick up Crabtree and hope that he turns into a steal for you.  If you own Vernon Davis, play him in every week, because his value just increased a lot. 

If anyone has any questions on who to drop for Crabtree or any other fantasy football questions, fill free to ask and I will get back to you ASAP.

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