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Fantasy impact of Sam Bradford trade to Vikings

Well now, things have just gotten interesting.

Just days after losing starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to a major knee injury, the Minnesota Vikings filled the void by completing a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles for veteran signal-caller Sam Bradford. The move reunites Bradford with Adrian Peterson after the two played together during their collegiate careers at the University of Oklahoma.

But the move has bigger ramifications than just creating Old Home Week in the Twin Cities. Bradford slides in and immediately becomes the starter over Shaun Hill and it can be argued that he gets an upgrade in his wide receiver corps now that he has Stefon Diggs, Charles Johnson and Laquon Treadwell to target. Of course, there's also the aforementioned Peterson in the backfield to take some of the pressure off of the passing game.

Speaking of pressure ... it's something that Bradford could see a lot of now that he'll be playing behind a not-always-stout offensive line. It's a situation in which Bridgewater excelled, as Pat Thorman of Pro Football Focus noted on Twitter.

The good news for the Vikes is that Bradford was even better under pressure last season, something that could be noteworthy for fantasy managers.

Let's get down to brass tacks ... what does this mean for Stefon Diggs? When it looked like Shaun Hill was going to be the starter, Diggs' 2016 sleeper value sagged. It's hard to trust a journeyman backup quarterback who's had approximately 250 pass attempts TOTAL over the past five seasons. Instead, Diggs now gets to catch throws from Bradford. While that might sound like a punchline considering Bradford's fantasy reputation, the upgrade is significant.

The deal also forces opposing defenses to be a little more judicious about when to load the box against Peterson and the running game. A few days ago it appeared that that eight- and nine-man fronts were going to be A.D.'s lot in life this season. That might not be the case so often now.

As for Bradford himself, he is worth drafting as a QB2 in most leagues if you're willing to spend a late-round pick. Otherwise, he'll probably be available as a streaming option on most waiver wires. Keep in mind that this offense isn't likely to become a high-volume passing attack anytime soon.

Meanwhile back in Philly, the Chase Daniel Era appears set to begin. Or is it?

There is plenty of chatter that the No.2 overall pick in the draft could make his NFL regular season debut in Week 1 against the Browns -- if his injured ribs are up to the task. Either way, this creates a large set of unknowns for the rest of the Eagles skill position players. The Jordan Matthews Dilemma remains -- and perhaps grows larger -- now that there's a new man under center. It's becoming harder to consider him as anything more than a WR3 right now.

Not much changes in the backfield for the Eagles. Ryan Mathews will still be the team's starter and should see the bulk of the work but this could do something positive for Darren Sproles' sleeper candidacy. If the Eagles struggle offensively, which is distinctly possible, that could mean a lot of late-game passing situations in which Sproles is able to thrive.

While your list of Eagles players to draft will be fairly short -- Matthews, Mathews, Sproles and Zach Ertz -- it's a tad premature to think that either Daniel or Wentz is going to make a big impact for your fantasy squad right away.

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Marcas Grant is a fantasy editor for Follow him on Snapchat at marcasg9.

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