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Boldin's fantasy value if traded

Anquan Boldin proved his fantasy worth last year as he posted 1,038 yards and 11 TDs.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - With LaDainian Tomlinson now staying put, Terrell Owens in Buffalo and Matt Cassel making arrangements for his new home in Kansas City, the next big fantasy star "to be determined" is Arizona wide receiver Anquan Boldin.

Boldin asked his Cardinals' management for a new deal close to that of the other Arizona wideout Larry Fitzgerald and so far the team has not come up with the approximately $9 million-per-year it would take to make him happy. Quarterback Kurt Warner even offered to change his contract demands if the team would keep Boldin, but so far there has been no movement.

So Boldin might be out there for another team to make a trade offer and there are a few interested - as there should be for a player of Boldin's caliber.

Boldin proved his fantasy worth last year as he posted 1,038 yards and 11 TDs despite playing just 12 games after a fractured sinus cavity from a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit in Week 4 which left him sidelined until Week 8.

Those yardage numbers (86.5 ypg) were fourth-best in the league behind only Steve Smith, Andre Johnson and Fitzgerald while his 11 touchdowns were just one behind the league leaders (Calvin Johnson, Fitzgerald).

And it's not like it was a "career" year as Boldin has posted 1,200-or-more yards in three of the previous five seasons.

What I'm trying to saw is that Boldin is a top-five fantasy receiver in Arizona, but what if he leaves the passing-oriented Cardinals offense for another team - Will he be as valuable a fantasy property?

Currently there seem to be three teams looking to trade for his services. There may be more, but some are probably making quiet inquiries so as not to cause a "Jay Cutler-type" incident.

The New York Giants are in the market to fix their wide receiver position. The easiest method for them would be to welcome back Plaxico Burress who has already shown what he can do in the Giants offense. But if there are too many stumbling blocks in bringing Burress back, the Giants have shown an interest in Boldin and Cleveland's Braylon Edwards. Fitting in Boldin's contract might be a bit of an issue since they have about $15 million under the projected cap and still have to sign players and draft choices.

The Philadelphia Eagles have a definite interest in Boldin and after signing a couple of free agents still have nearly $40 million of cap space available. Putting Boldin and DeSean Jackson at receiver and using Kevin Curtis as a slot receiver might be a perfect way to make the Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb happy. The last time the Eagles brought in a "big-name" receiver (Terrell Owens) the team went to the Super Bowl. Sure, the move blew up in their face the next season, but for the demanding Eagles fans the gamble is acceptable. The question is whether it's acceptable to Coach Andy Reid?

The Miami Dolphins have indicated an interest in obtaining Boldin's services and with the team making great strides last season in the won-lost column, Bolding might be a good fit. The Dolphins don't really have a No.1 receiver type on their roster as Ted Ginn Jr. led the team with 56 catches for 790 and just two scores. Ginn's a nice complimentary player and good kick returner, but he's certainly not the threat that Boldin is.

For Boldin and fantasy owners, there is another angle to look at. Both the Giants and Dolphins are run oriented teams who attempted to throw the ball less than 525 times while Philadelphia (629) and Arizona (658) attempted more than 625 passing plays each. That's more opportunities for Boldin which means better stats - and really as a fantasy owner that's all we're interest in.

Therefore, for the fantasy owner we'd rather Boldin either stays in Arizona or gets traded to Philadelphia.

2009 Boldin Projections based on team
Team Pasing Plays Receptions Yardage TDs
Arizona 620 95 1,282 10
Philadelphia 600 80 1,220 8
New York Giants 520 65 1,050 9
Miami 530 68 1,000 9


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

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