Sam Bradford Traded to Vikings: Fantasy Fallout

Sam Bradford Traded

[the_ad id=”63198″]In a bit of a stunning move, the Philadelphia Eagles have traded starting quarterback Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings are reportedly shipping their 2017 1st and 4th-round draft picks to the Eagles in exchange for the 28-year old signal-caller.

The Eagles, under first-year head coach Doug Pedersen are in full-on rebuild and will now turn to Chase Daniel as their Week 1 starter. Daniel is expected to serve as a stop gap for this year’s top pick, Carson Wentz, who could see action as soon as this season.

Bradford, who has had difficulties staying healthy and has overall been a disappointment in his NFL career, famously requested a trade as soon as the club drafted Wentz. Now, he’ll get his wish as the sixth-year pro will open the season as the starter for the defending NFC North champions.

The devastating, season-ending injury to Teddy Bridgewater necessitated the move for the Vikings, who are a veteran club built to win while RB Adrain Peterson is still an elite player. Bridgewater’s injury is clearly severe enough that the club is concerned about his future and they mortgaged a huge haul to remain contenders for 2016.

For Philadelphia, this is a great trade for a team that is seeking a new identity. With a new franchise QB already on the roster, it made no sense to hold on to a potentially-disgruntled Bradford. Now the Eagles will have two premium picks to invest in rebuilding their defense beginning next season.

Fantasy Factor

While Bradford hasn’t been a great pro quarterback, he’s an obvious upgrade over 36-year old Shaun Hill, who was slated to start for Minnesota. Bradford’s presence should mean good things for Stefon Diggs and also help RB Adrian Peterson see a few less 8-man fronts.

Bradford remains a lower-tiered fantasy QB in our season projections, but should help the other members of the Vikings offense and improve Minnesota’s chances of returning to the playoffs.

Chase Daniel, who signed a rather expensive backup deal with the Eagles, now looks like the starter until Carson Wentz is ready. Doug Pederson is quite familiar with what Daniel can do from their time together in Kansas City. Daniel has flashed some potential and isn’t much of a step down from Bradford, so Philadelphia’s skill position players should remain relatively unscathed. Perhaps a realistic timetable for Wentz is after Philadelphia’s Week4 bye, which would give the rookie an extra week to prepare for the transition to starter.

 

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