Fantasy football impact: Sam Bradford to the Vikings
The Vikings moved quickly to fill Teddy Bridgewater's spot at quarterback, acquiring Sam Bradford from the Eagles on Saturday. We'll leave the "OMG A FIRST-ROUND PICK FOR BRADFORD???" comments to Twitter, and address the fantasy football implications here.
The run-heavy Vikings ranked last in the NFL with 454 pass attempts in 2015, so Bradford probably won't be asked to do much besides 1) hand the ball to Adrian Peterson and 2) not screw up. He's a borderline top-24 QB for the season, and I've got him at QB25 for the Vikings' season opener at Tennessee. Pat Shurmur is the Vikings' tight ends coach, and for now let's assume that some level of familiarity with the staff (Shurmur worked with Bradford in St. Louis and Philly) will help get Bradford ready to play in Week 1. That's not a guarantee, though.
Those of you who drafted Vikings WR Stefon Diggs should feel a bit better. Bradford isn't good, but he's an upgrade from Shaun Hill and probably close to what Brigdewater would have been. If Diggs is the fourth WR on your fantasy squad, all is well.
Chase Daniel figures to start the opener for the Eagles, but it shouldn't be long before he cedes the starting QB job to No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz. Daniel is my QB23 for Week 1, and he's only that high because the Browns are so bad. Wentz is now in play as a backup QB in season-long leagues. He'll struggle, but he'll play and he can run. The latter is important for his fantasy value.
Also, if you're one of those people (like me) who likes security blankets for rookie QBs, Eagles TE Zach Ertz looks more solid as a top-10 option at his position than he did before the trade.