Wednesday, October 7, 2009

 A Tale of Two WR's

Fantasy Analysis-Jets acquired Braylon Edwards for Chansi Stuckey, LB Jason Trusnick, and 2 picks

Analysis: Mark Sanchez stock goes up as he gets a solid second WR to throw to.  Braylon Edwards' stock also goes up because of his motivation to succeed in the big city and to play for a winner.  Cotchery's value is one to watch now for the Jets.  On one hand, the addition of a proven playmaker can only limit the number of targets he receives, however, with less double teams and safety help that will have to be focused on him, that will now be on Edwards, it is entirely possible Cotchery has more room to roam.  Buy low on Sanchez and Edwards and keep a close eye on Cotchery.  It may not happen this week as Edwards becomes accustomed to the offense, but watch out for the impact.  

In Cleveland, Mohamed Massaquoi is the clear #1 receiver.  We were more excited about his value when he had someone like Edwards lining up across the field, so now he will attract the opposing teams top corner as Mike Furrey or Chansi Stuckey lines up beside him.  Because the Browns will struggle to stay in front of teams and will be playing from behind, his value will remain as a solid WR3.  Stuckey and Furrey will battle for snaps in Cleveland, but neither holds much value.

Michael Crabtree signs with the 49ers 
Keeper league owners are relieved that their gamble to draft Crabtree will pay dividends in 2009 and not have to wait for 2010.  While he will struggle to establish a solid impact right away, given a few weeks and a SF bye week, Crabtree's expectations must be tempered as he plays in a run oriented offense.  The value of Josh Morgan, Arnaz Battle and Isaac Bruce will all take a hit in the meantime, however Vernon Davis, who has become the 49ers main receiving weapon, should continue to see plenty of targets and now more of an open middle of the field as the safety will have to cheat over to play Crabtree.  He probably will not be active for Week 5, but play him once he is. 

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