Chase Daniel signing with the Eagles has little impact in fantasy
The Philadelphia Eagles have signed former Kansas City Chiefs backup quarterback Chase Daniel to a three year contract worth up to $21 million, according to NFL.com’s Albert Breer.
The former Missouri Tiger was signed by the Washington Redskins in 2009, but was released and picked up by the Saints that same year. Daniel moved to Kansas City in 2013 and has been the backup to Alex Smith for the past three seasons. He is familiar with Philadelphia head coach Doug Pederson’s system and will be a reliable backup to the oft-injured Sam Bradford.
While being seen as a capable backup, Daniel has never attempted a pass before week eight of an NFL season, and he has just one touchdown to his credit in his seven NFL seasons. His best season was in 2013 where he threw for 248 yards and one touchdown and one interception.
Despite the lack of numbers, the Eagles signed him, presumably to replace Mark Sanchez as primary backup to Bradford. Some think he could challenge Bradford for the starting role this off season.
Bradford likely will be given a chance to prove himself as the starter this year, but Pederson has gone so far to say that he feels Daniel “has proven that he can take over a team,” per NFL.com. Since being drafted first overall in 2009, Bradford has played all 16 games in a season just twice. Daniel will play a key role for the Eagles whether or not Bradford gets hurt, either by pushing him for the starting role or taking over if Bradford goes down.
In terms of fantasy relevance, there is little value with Daniel moving to Philadelphia. The Eagles, loaded with playmakers not too long ago, are somewhat lacking behind the inconsistent Jordan Matthews and unproven Nelson Agholor. Daniel is not a fantasy asset.
Should Bradford get hurt — or should Daniel take the starting job in training camp — then Daniel would still be little more than a QB2 in deep leagues. From a fantasy perspective, he shouldn’t be rostered unless he becomes the starter. And even then, he’s far from a no-brainer.