Boldin’s value won’t increase in Baltimore

The Ravens have acquired WR Anquan Boldin and a 2010 fifth-round pick from the Cardinals in exchange for 2010 third- and fourth-round picks.

Boldin has been one of the better wide receivers in fantasy football in recent seasons, but he can also be a very frustrating player to own. He finished just 23rd in points at his position on NFL.com last season, and failed to produce double digits in close to 50 percent of his games.

The Florida State product has also been a bit prone to injuries, missing a combined nine games over the last three seasons due to a variety of bumps and bruises.

Despite these shortcomings, Boldin possesses all the tools to produce very good fantasy numbers.

He’s posted 1,000-plus yards in four of his last five seasons and has averaged an impressive 6.2 receptions per game since 2005, giving him added value in PPR leagues.

Boldin should see more than his share of targets as the top option in the Ravens’ offense and is a good bet to post 80-90 receptions and 1,000-plus yards.

Consider him an attractive No. 2 fantasy wide receiver in 2010 drafts.

Joe Flacco’s value rise some with Boldin in the mix, but the run-based Ravens offense will keep him from posting numbers worthy of being a surefire No. 1 fantasy quarterback. Instead, he’ll be a high-end reserve and matchup-based starter.

The move could also signal the end of Derrick Mason’s tenure with the team. As it stands, Mark Clayton is projected to start opposite Boldin unless the Ravens re-sign Mason in the coming weeks.

In Arizona, the fantasy value of Steve Breaston and Early Doucet rise as a result of the trade. Breaston is now the favorite to start alongside Larry Fitzgerald, so he’ll have value as a No. 3 fantasy wideout.

Doucet, who moves up to third on the depth chart, is more of a late-round flier in larger leagues.

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