Edwards trade affects value of several players

Wow, it didn’t take long for the Cleveland Browns to deal Braylon Edwards after this recent off-field incident, did it?

The Browns deal the veteran wideout to the New York Jets in exchange for wide receiver Chansi Stuckey, third-year linebacker Jason Trusnik and two undisclosed draft picks. The move should help Edwards’ fantasy value (which had fallen significantly), but it might not be right away.

Edwards, who is coming off a zero-catch performance against the Bengals, will need some time to acclimate himself with the new offense. In fact, I’d consider benching him this week against the Dolphins if you have depth at the position.

Fantasy owners should also remember that he’ll have a rookie quarterback (Mark Sanchez) throwing him the football in what will remain a run-based offense. He also has a better wideout opposite him in Jerricho Cotchery than he had with the Browns.

In the long-term, I see Edwards as a borderline No. 2 or 3 fantasy wideout. Don’t expect a return to his 2007 glory anytime soon, though.

The move will hurt the value of Cotchery, who will no doubt lose targets in the passing game. He’ll now be closer to a No. 3 option in fantasy circles.

One player who’s value should rise as a result of this move is rookie Mohamed Massaquoi, who exploded for eight catches and 148 yards in Week 4.

Not that he’ll light the fantasy world on fire, but Massaquoi should now be owned in all leagues with 12-plus teams. Time will tell if he can put up good numbers without Edwards drawing attention opposite him. I’m seeing some inconsistent numbers the remainder of the season.

Stuckey will likely become the second receiver in Cleveland once he becomes acclimated with the offense, but he warrants little fantasy attention.

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