As many of us slept cozily in our beds on Saturday night, the Raiders and Steelers were reaching an agreement that sent All-World wide receiver Antonio Brown to Oakland in exchange for third and fifth round picks in the upcoming NFL Draft. On the surface, it’s an amazingly low price for a player many believe is the best receiver on the planet. With Le’Veon Bell set to leave Pittsburgh via free agency later this week, it’s truly going to be a changing of the guard in Pittsburgh. As for Oakland, they finally make a move in the Jon Gruden era that includes getting a star player instead of sending one away. As we hit the start of free agency, this single trade may have the biggest impact of any of them. Let’s run down the players who have had their dynasty values affected as a result of the trade.
Antonio Brown, WR OAK
Rather than go too deep into the impact on Brown, I’ll point you to the great Instant Analysis: Antonio Brown traded to the Oakland Raiders article written by our own Tom Kislingbury, I will say this, though. The Raiders ended up trading Amari Cooper for a first round pick and replaced him with a better player for a third and fifth round selection. While it’s fair to wonder if the Raiders and Brown can co-exist long-term, that’s a pretty startling turn of events, even considering the antics from Brown as of late. While some will argue Cooper is younger and has more long-term potential, his best season in Oakland is equitable to Brown’s seventh best campaign while in Pittsburgh. Oakland is getting a serious weapon at a pretty low cost. Brown’s numbers will likely take a hit in Oakland as they haven’t had a 1,200 yard receiver since Jerry Rice and haven’t had a 100-catch season since Tim Brown was roaming the field. Still, Jon Gruden will use Brown early and often and while Brown’s ADP will slip a touch based on his age and the fact he just had a perceived downgrade in his quarterback, owners shouldn’t panic too much. In short, Oakland isn’t Buffalo.
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