Fantasy Football Impact: Eagles traded for AJ Brown
It was a wild first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, as teams made fast and furious trades. Two of the moves involved a pair of prized fantasy receivers, AJ Brown and Marquise Brown. AJ Brown was dealt to the Eagles in exchange for the No. 18 overall pick (which became Arkansas wide Treylon Burks) and a third-round pick.
The movement seems to be lateral from a fantastic point of view for the old Titans pass-catcher, as he will go from one heavy offense in Tennessee to another in philadelphia cream. The move certainly hurts DeVonta Smith’s ceiling, though. Brown should emerge as the leading passer in the passing game for quarterback Jalen Hurts, so I wouldn’t expect Smith to see a major increase in his 6.1 targets per game average during his rookie campaign. He is now a less appealing #3 fantasy. The move, of course, also makes Jalen Hurts much more appealing. The QB9 a season ago, Hurts will again be a top-10 option.
Brown’s loss to Tennessee leaves Burks as the potential best option in the passing game. A big physical departure from the mold of his predecessor, the Arkansas product will be one of the most attractive rookie gappers in the seasonal and dynasty leagues. Robert Woods, who is coming out of a torn ACL, also sees a slight increase in value based on his condition.
Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s stock takes an obvious hit. He’ll be an uninspiring #2 option in the later rounds that won’t have much of a cap in the stat sheets.
Fantasy Impact: Cardinals trade for “Hollywood” Brown
In the other first-round draft trade, Marquise Brown was traded to the Cardinals in exchange for the 23rd overall selection (traded to Invoices) and a third-round selection. The deal reunites him with his former college quarterback, Kyler Murray, but it’s not a positive from a fantasy standpoint. He will go from being the best option in the passing game to the crows in second place behind veteran star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins in the desert.
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At this point, I see Hollywood Brown as a much less exciting No. 3 fantasy footman who might be better served for managers who are in best-ball formats heading into 2022.
Hollywood’s presence in the passing attack hurts AJ Green’s stock in seasonal drafts and makes Rondale Moore a less attractive option in seasonal and dynasty formats. I like the decision of quarterback Kyler Murray, who gets a point guard that extends the field to replace the late Christian Kirk. He will remain a top-five quarterback in the Fantasy Leagues.
In Baltimore, Lamar Jackson sees his value take a slight hit without his top spread. However, the seasonal and dynastic stock of Rashod Bateman is increasing. Unless the Ravens make another move and acquire a veteran wide (Deebo Samuel?), Bateman will be one of the top two options in the Ravens’ pass offense alongside tight end Mark Andrews. .
The deal also means Tylan Wallace and Devin Duvernay will be competing for more targets, but Baltimore could target another wide receiver or two in the final rounds of the draft.
Stay tuned, folks…
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