As we know there is always a positive and a negative to every trade made. Some players value can skyrocket, while others knock them out of the fantasy realm. The following breaks down the good, the bad and the ugly of the Jordan Howard trade.
Tarik Cohen, RB- Chicago Bears
I don’t think anyone benefited more from this trade than Cohen. For the moment Cohen is the best running back on the Bears. Now he is not necessarily a lead back, but he offers so much talent that he can put up fantasy numbers like an RB1. Not only can Cohen run the ball, but he is a great pass catcher as well. Now without Howard in his way, Cohen will have a greater chance at being used in the run game. This trade should almost certainly increase Cohens value. Now the Bears will most likely draft a running back somewhat early, so depending on who they draft will have an impact on Cohens Value. If the offers are coming in hot for your Cohen shares, this is a time to sell. Cohen should continue to be a PPR stud. He is an RB2 with RB1 weeks, especially in PPR.
Jordan Howard, RB- Philadelphia Eagles
Everyone had a feeling that Jordan Howards time in Chicago was coming to end. That feeling came to fruition when the Bears sent him to the Eagles for close to nothing (2020 6th round pick that can become a 5th). The trade gave new life to Jordan Howard, as he will have the best chance at being the lead back for the Eagles this season. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying to go out and overpay for Jordan Howard. But I am saying that his value did go up from where it was while he was with the Bears. I believe the Eagles will know how to utilize Howard efficiently, especially on 3rd downs and goal-line situations. If the Eagles were to use a high draft pick on a running back, then Howard's value would take a significant hit. For the moment I have Howard as a low end RB2 with RB1 upside on given weeks.
Mike Davis, RB- Chicago Bears
Now that Howard is gone, I am sure everyone thinks Davis value just went up. We ask ourselves did his value really go up? Sure, it did, but like the pool of water in the desert, this is only a mirage. Davis has not had great success in the Pros. He is a running back journeyman, going from team to team filling their temporary voids. This is the same situation here. Davis looks like the next man up at the bruiser type running back for the Bears. But that’s only because the draft hasn’t happened yet. If the Bears do draft a running back as I suspect, Davis’ value will plummet. Which is why I would not go out of my way to acquire Davis. If you can sell him for any value at all, I would do it in a heartbeat.
All other Eagles Running Backs
Josh Adams, Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood, Darren Sproles (if he doesn’t retire) fantasy value all took a hit when the Eagles received Jordan Howard. Josh Adams looked good there for a little while, but obviously, the Eagles did not trust him to be the lead back. Corey Clement is risky coming off a major injury and has not proven that he can be a lead back. Smallwood has had his chances and proved to be mediocre overall. Lastly, Sproles has shown his age over the last few seasons. I would think that most likely he retires or is released due to his lack of ability or likeliness of injury. As I stated above there is a chance the Eagles still take a running back somewhat early, which would almost certainly take away whatever fantasy value the rest of the running backs have.
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