By now, most people have seen that the Philadelphia Eagles have traded Quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Redskins for a 2010 2nd round pick and a 2011 3rd or 4th rounder.

So how does this alter the Fantasy Football landscape?

Biggest Winner: Fred Davis, TE, Redskins

To me, Davis is the biggest fantasy winner in this deal. From Week 7 on, the USC product averaged 4 catches for 47 yards while scoring 6 TDs with Chris Cooley out of action. These aren’t huge numbers, but Davis was catching balls from the erratic Jason Campbell. Historically, Donovan McNabb has relied heavily on his tight ends. The same rung true in 2009. Third year tight end, Brent Celek, caught 76 balls for 971 yards and 8 TDs. I can see Fred Davis getting comfortable with McNabb and putting up similar numbers.

Fearless Forecast: 70 catches, 900 yards, 7 TDs

Biggest Loser: DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles

One of the most explosive players in the league will sorely miss McNabb in 2010. In two seasons, Jackson had over 2,000 receiving yards and 11 TDs with McNabb under center. With the inexperienced Kevin Kolb under center in 2010, expect more conservative play calling from Andy Reid, something that will hurt Jackson’s numbers. Jackson will still have a few special teams touchdowns throughout the season, but I don’t expect him to put up 1167/9 line like he did in 2009.

Fearless Forecast: 51 catches, 800 yards, 6 TDs

Other Winners:
Santana Moss, WR, Redskins: Moss is smaller version, less explosive version of DeSean Jackson. However, McNabb excels at throwing the long ball, something Jason Campbell had issues with. Expect Moss to top 900 receiving yards again, but with at least 5 scores.

Chris Cooley, TE, Redskins: Cooley is coming off a torn ACL, so expect him to come along slowly. With coach Mike Shanahan’s West Coast Offense, there will be many balls to go around.

The Washington Redskin Fans:
No more Jason Campbell.


Donovan McNabb, QB, Redskins: I’m not sure how I feel about McNabb’s fantasy value yet. I think the ‘Skins might trade down to regain their lost pick(s) to Philly, but I really need to see if the team adds anyone substantial via the draft. He does move into a new system with better players around him, but he doesn’t have the home run threats(Maclin, Jackson, Celek) that he did in Philly. The Redskins running game of Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson, and Willie Parker should keep defenses honest, something that the Eagles failed to do last year.

It’s almost surreal to see the Eagles let go of their three corner stone players(McNabb, Brian Westbrook, and Brian Dawkins) in the matter of 12 months. However, that’s just business in the NFL.

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