Well, you don’t see these type of trades everyday. The Chiefs and Niners swap disappointing former 1st round picks for one another mano-a-mano. Baldwin was drafted 1.26 in 2011, Jenkins was drafted 1.30 last year. You have to like the Baldwin to San Francisco side of this. He’s a 6-4 #1-WR looking receiver at least, although what does it say that Kansas City would give him up for A.J. Jenkins? Perhaps Alex Smith lobbied for Jenkins, as the two are former teammates from last season in San Francisco.
First, this provides even more comfort around getting caught up in Colin Kaepernick fever. He has the opportunity to rain down fantasy points. With the trade, FFW has boosted Kaepernick’s projections a little more and he is now as the QB8 – but he, Andrew Luck, RG3 and Russell Wilson all make for attractive options and for a deep QB fantasy class. Jonathan Baldwin moves up marginally (he had some improvement stat assumptions projected as-is) but he had a lot more cache with the Niners. Austin Collie comes down some in projections, Baldwin is now the WR70 and Collie the WR71. Rookie Quinton Patton likely won’t be making an impact in 2013 and his marginal stats were halved.
For Kansas City, who will start at receiver? Presumably Donnie Avery will start opposite Dwayne Bowe. Kansas City signed Avery to a 3-year, $8.55M contract this off-season. Both Avery and Dexter McCluster get some bump in projections, and they too are around the WR70 spot. A.J. Jenkins is slotted for a marginal season but he has more juice than in San Francisco’s doghouse. Jenkins is currently projected for a 19/189/2-TD season as a very low-end WR prospect. Alex Smith has a fairly shaky set of receivers to play with.