NFL Transactions – Fantasy Perspective

Feb 27, 2009
Kellen Winslow was traded from the Browns to Tampa.  He immediately upgrades their Tight End position and their passing attack, giving Antonio Bryant a compliment.  I don’t see Winslow’s value taking a hit, and I think he’ll enjoy playing for Raheem Morris.  In Cleveland, second-year TE Martin Rucker will get a chance to show his worth after putting up big numbers at Missouri in 2007.  Steve Heiden had his best year in 2005 when Winslow missed the season.  He should contribute as well. 
The Vikings also made a trade, acquiring Sage Rosenfels from the Texans.  Here’s the thing.  He turns 31 next week and has a whopping 562 pass attemps since 2002.  Of course, 414 have come the pass two years as Matt Schaub has been unable to stay healthy.  He’s played in 15 games over that stretch, completing 65.2% of his passes for 3115 yards with 21 TDs and 22 INTs.  Decent numbers, and an upgrade over Tarvaris Jackson, but not the best choice for a team knocking on the door of a playoff run.  He’s not throwing the ball to the likes of Andre Johnson, Kevin Walter, and Owen Daniels in Minnesota. 
The Patriots landed Fred Taylor.  New England is the master at milking the last few drops out of veterans.  He’ll be added to the mix of RBs Belichick has assembled.  I’m not sure there’s much fantasy value in him, but it’s worth pay attention to see what sort of role he carves out for himself.  LaMont Jordan will be looking for a new home thanks to Taylor’s signing.  Maurice Jones-Drew’s value sees an increase since he won’t have to split carries with Taylor anymore.
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