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Ramifications of a McNabb trade

Donovan McNabb to Oakland would be helpful
in making at least two Raiders "viable fantasy options."
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - After being bombarded with story after story about Donovan McNabb's future status, I've come to believe that he will be an Oakland Raider very soon.

There are a number of reasons for this feeling, but first and foremost is that I believe owner Al Davis wants it to happen. Davis, who used to be an eccentric genius owner and who is now just eccentric, has always loved a quarterback who could throw the long ball and McNabb does that better than he does anything else.

Whether McNabb can turn the Raiders around is another story. He'll certainly make them better than they are now with Bruce Gradkowski, JaMarcus Russell or Charlie Frye behind center.

But as a fantasy owner, I don't really care whether the Raiders become winners, I only care whether McNabb can make Darrius Heyward-Bey into a "fantasy-worthy" receiver (I doubt it), whether McNabb can help tight end Zach Miller become better (absolutely) and whether the threat of McNabb throwing the ball can help Darren McFadden become a better running back (very likely).

On the other hand, in one of my keeper leagues, I am the proud owner of Eagles star receiver DeSean Jackson. As any owner would be, I'd rather have the status quo because McNabb and Jackson were a "monster" combination in 2009. Jackson caught 52 balls for 914 yards from McNabb, seven for touchdowns, in 13 games together.

McNabb also has a good relationship with his tight ends. He frequently found L.J. Smith when he played for the Eagles and McNabb and Brent Celek were one of the best combinations in the league last season.

This is not to say that Kevin Kolb and Jackson and Kolb and Celek couldn't be good together. Kolb hit Jackson 10 times for 250 yards and two TDs in the two games he started this year (against New Orleans and Kansas City). He also worked well with Celek, hooking up for 16 catches, 208 yards and a score in those same to starts.

Based on what I've seen, I think both Eagles receivers Jackson and Celek would still be solid fantasy options in 2010 without McNabb. And the addition of McNabb to Oakland would be helpful in making at least two Raiders "viable fantasy options."

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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