The Eagles traded some guy named Dennis Kelly for second-year wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham. Kelly, a backup offensive lineman, is either much better than everyone thinks or the Titans threw their hands up and said, don’t let the door hit you on the way out Green-Beckham.
Green-Beckham is just a few years removed from being considered the best WR prospect in football due to his size and athleticism.
For now, the Randy Moss comparisons will most likely have to wait. Rumors of Green-Beckham’s lackluster camp were apparently not simply a motivational tool, as some in the industry predicted.
The Eagles have one of the more pedestrian offensive lines in football and could use depth at the position, which they just gave up.
The Titans don’t exactly have an all pro squad ahead of Green-Beckham on the depth chart, which speaks volumes as to their true opinion of the second-year wide-out.
Fantasy Impact of the Dorial Green-Beckham Trade
Marcus Mariota was quietly a trendy sleeper as either a high-end QB2 or someone you could wait on at the QB position while loading up on skill position players. Mariota seemingly had all the types of weapons necessary to make a big jump in year two.
The running game should be improved with the additions of DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry.
Delanie Walker, coming off a career year, provided a constant mismatch for defenses at the TE position. Kendall Wright offered security as the reliable possession receiver with his ability on short to intermediate routes.
Lastly, Green-Beckham offered both the deep threat as well as the huge redzone target which was a constant mismatch within the 10 yard line.
Those worried about regression from Delanie Walker should re-think their position. The Titans showed their willingness to run the ball with both Murray and Henry in their first preseason game. This trade confirms what we already knew, head coach Mike Mularkey wants to run, then run, and then run some more.
Kendall Wright was all but given up on outside of PPR or deep leagues. Wright now becomes an interesting late-round sleeper in those formats rather than simply depth.
Many will say the player receiving the biggest Fantasy bump is rookie WR Tajae Sharpe. Sharpe has received praise for his impressive camp thus far and should certainly have an opportunity to make an impact this year.
The player I’m now looking to for the largest jump in the Fantasy ranks is WR Rishard Matthews. Mathews played only 11 games last season for the Dolphins but if you extrapolate his numbers over the course of a full 16 game season, he would have produced 62 receptions for nearly 1,000 yards and between 5-6 TDs.
I’m now relatively confident in Matthews being a starting Flex or possibly even WR3 in 12-team leagues.
The Fantasy impact to the Eagles isn’t as clear-cut as it is for the Titans, largely because our opinion of Green-Beckham is now in flux. This trade clearly points to the fact Green-Beckham is most likely another knucklehead with a million dollar body and a 10-cent head. But, didn’t we already know that?
Sam Bradford gets a big body and downfield target for the first time in his Eagles career. I didn’t think it was possible for me to click the “move up” button next to Bradford’s name in my rankings but I may have to bump him a spot or two.
As much as this deal says about Green-Beckham, it may say just as much about second year WR Nelson Agholor. Agholor was supposed to provide some big play ability right from the start and had the preseason to back it up in his rookie year. Unfortunately, that was the best he looked all season.
Agholor seemed to have issues with getting separation as well as the occasional drop during his rookie campaign. This trade may signify Agholor sliding down the depth chart a bit.
I see no Fantasy impact for Jordan Matthews. He’s still the most reliable target in this offense and should offer some versatility on the outside as well as within his customary slot role.
Rueben Randle … you almost made it. Randle, as Giants fans will attest, has been wandering the field looking for both a role and the ball since he came into the league. One has to wonder if Randle has failed to impress in camp thus far. New head coach Doug Pederson doesn’t seem the type to tolerate mental mistakes, which Randle is prone to making.
The biggest question mark on this list, of course, is Green-Beckham. Beckham, who would probably admit he’s not exactly a rocket surgeon or brain scientist, now only has a short time frame to learn a completely new offense and playbook.
Essentially, it seems reasonable to expect Beckham to rely on talent, as he did last season. I’m slotting Beckham to have a similar season to his rookie year in which he put up nearly 550 yards and four TDs. A slight bump wouldn’t surprise me, but at this point a late-round pick is the highest I’m valuing DGB.
WRs I’m Drafting Ahead of Dorial Green-Beckham
- Willie Snead, New Orleans Saints
- Laquon Treadwell, Minnesota Vikings
- Travis Benjamin, San Diego Chargers
- Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins
- Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
- Kamar Aiken, Baltimore Ravens
- Will Fuller, Houston Texans
- Rishard Matthews, Tennessee Titans
Fantasy Value: Summary
- Marcus Mariota: Slight decline
- DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry: No change
- Rishard Matthews: Bumps up a round or two
- Kendall Wright: Slight increase
- Delanie Walker: Slight increase
- Sam Bradford: Slight increase
- Eagles Running Game: No change
- Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz: No change
- Rueben Randle and Nelson Agholor: Decline
- Dorial Green-Beckham: Slight decline
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