Donte's true worth 

August, 29, 2006
08/29/06
10:43
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Really, how many NFL trades this late in the preseason have a profound effect on fantasy football? Last week the big deals were the Jets getting Kevan Barlow from the 49ers, and the three-way deal involving malcontent Ashley Lelie and T.J. Duckett. While those were interesting trades that could affect playing time of some fantasy stars (Clinton Portis, future star Frank Gore), they weren't exactly blockbusters.

Now we have the Philadelphia Eagles picking up a wide receiver, and again I say, it's not going to make fantasy owners completely rearrange their wide receiver rankings, or add another name to the top 10. In reality, Donte' Stallworth fills exactly the biggest need for this franchise. He had his finest season in 2005, with 70 catches and seven touchdowns, but does this trade really change his fantasy value?

I'd argue it doesn't. I expected Stallworth to be the main target for Drew Brees in New Orleans, probably be as productive, if not more so, than Joe Horn. But can he really do much better than 2005? He'll be 26 during the season, certainly not old, but health and attitude have long been question marks. Isn't Philly going down the similar path it did with Terrell Owens?

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