Our updates rarely fit into the breaking news mold, but I’m here typing and this news is pretty big.
Well, one of them is significantly bigger than the other, and I’m guessing you’ll have a different opinion depending on your league type.
Edwards traded to Jets
According to ESPN, The Jets sent Chansi Stuckey, Jason Trusnik and two undisclosed draft picks to the Browns for Braylon Edwards.
That seems like a lot (until we know how high those draft picks are) but let’s not forget how awesome Edwards was in 2007: 80 catches, 1,289 yards and 16 TDs.
Yes, he’s got plenty of baggage. The drops, the fights with LeBron James’ friends and the general sucktitude of the last two seasons all spring to mind.
However, maybe all Edwards needs is a change of scenery. It’s worked for troubled wide receivers in the past. The nice thing is, you could have an uber-talented but troubled receiver, who will see far less double teams in New York, for a song right now in fantasy circles. And it doesn’t even need to be a good song.
I found him on waivers this morning in one very competitive league.
That said, I’m more concerned about breakfast at this point than rushing out to my league’s trade pages trying to make a deal for him. So take that into consideration before you go after Edwards.
I did acquire Mohamed Massaquoi in a couple leagues, and I expect the double teams previously assigned to Edwards to shift in the rookie’s general direction.
Crabtree signs reported six-year deal
I don’t consider the Michael Crabtree signing to be nearly as big a deal unless you’re in a dynasty league.
I wonder how the time away from the game has affected him? How healed is the stress fracture in his foot? Remember the Texas Tech product couldn’t run for 10 weeks beginning back in mid-February.
The 49ers aren’t littered with playmakers, especially not at wide receiver, so there’s room for a stud. I just have my doubts that Crabtree can be that player in the 11 or so games he’ll be able to play in this year.
Crabtree’s got to learn the playbook fast and quarterback Shaun Hill has to develop at least a little bit of timing with him. For many young receivers those processes take three years. Some break out early, but Crabtree will not be at game speed when he starts this journey so I don’t see it happening.
Regardless, the smart play for dynasty owners is to stash him at least through next season, unless you get a really, really good song – we’re talking Beatles’ best here – for him. If you don’t own him already, wait for him to have a couple mediocre showings, then check to see if that owner who was lukewarm on him yesterday turns frigid and decides to give him up for Earl Bennett and a bag of cheese doodles. … I should really get breakfast.
As for redrafters, if you lost in the latest waiver wire lottery, and you have a slug at No. 5 or 6 WR, Crabtree’s worth a stash because of his serious upside. Just temper your expectations and you’ll be fine. And, by no means should you drop a player like Nate Burleson to get him.
I was sold on Crabtree being an NFL stud in the preseason. That quickly soured as the holdout lingered. Like in the Edwards bit, I’m not rushing out to get Crabtree in any of my leagues.