Matt Schaub to the Oakland Raiders offers intrigue

Schaub a fantasy black hole?: It’s official. The Houston Texans have traded quarterback Matt Schaub to the Oakland Raiders for a sixth-round pick. This move doesn’t make the Raiders offense any younger, but it does make it better — slightly. The addition of James Jones boosts the receiving corps to at least a respectable level, and there’s always the big “if” around whether Darren McFadden will ever deliver on his potential. Schaub is only two years removed from a Pro Bowl, 4,000-plus yard season, but the recent statistics aren’t terribly encouraging. Since Thanksgiving of 2012, he has a 16:20 TD-to-INT ratio with rapidly declining yards per attempt and completion percentage. At this point, circle Schaub as a low-end QB 2, but more likely a matchup-based, bye-week fill-in.

“Fitzmagic” joins the Texans: One day before they shipped Matt Schaub off to the Oakland Raiders, the Houston Texans signed a two-year deal with former Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. “Fitzmagic” could potentially assume the starting spot in Houston, as he’ll compete with Case Keenum and perhaps a rookie for the rest of the offseason. In his 10 games with significant playing time in 2013, Fitzpatrick scored at least 15 fantasy points six times, with four of those efforts crossing the 20 point mark. Even with the solid offensive talent surrounding Fitzpatrick in Houston, if he earns the starting spot he’s nothing more than a No. 2 QB option in fantasy football next season.

Panthers add another receiver: Most of the sports media has spent the past two weeks bashing the Carolina Panthers for their inability to bring in weapons for Cam Newton. Well, it looks the like Panthers have been listening … sort of. The Panthers have signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneer wideout Tiquan Underwood to a two-year deal, who is more renowned for his epic high-top fade than production on the field. Underwood will enter his sixth pro season with just six career touchdown receptions to his name. He should find his way onto a Panthers’ roster that lacks a true playmaker at wide receiver. Underwood figures to slot in as the second or third wide receiver for the Panthers behind Jerrico Cotchery, but his best fantasy value is as a potential waiver-wire target and nothing more.

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