Draft Prep: Old faces in new places

The NFL offseason is always a fun time for Fantasy owners. You get to see which players get traded, cut or switch teams as free agents. Nothing is more exciting than reading about a big transaction.

Then the trick is trying to figure out if the move was a good one.

Last year, some of the bigger offseason acquisitions involved quarterbacks Drew Brees , Daunte Culpepper and Steve McNair , running backs Edgerrin James and Chester Taylor and wide receivers Terrell Owens and Javon Walker . Brees, Taylor, Owens and Walker saw an increase in their Fantasy value, James and McNair took a slight hit and Culpepper is still trying to end the nose dive.

Sometimes a change of scenery is a good thing, and sometimes you end up in Miami with a worse injury than you started. You think Culpepper wishes he was still in Minnesota?

This offseason was a busy one. There were some blockbuster trades (New England-Oakland for Randy Moss and Baltimore-Buffalo for Willis McGahee ), free agent signings ( Travis Henry in Denver and Ahman Green in Houston) and former stars getting released ( Jamal Lewis by Baltimore and Joe Horn by New Orleans).

Some of these moves will work out and make for better Fantasy options, but others could end up hurting the Fantasy value of a former stud. Here's a look at which players improved their stock by switching to a new team.

Tatum Bell
Old team: Denver New team: Detroit
Stock: Down
Comment: Bell was the starter in Denver last year, and this year he might be sharing carries in Detroit depending on the status of Kevin Jones (foot). While Bell has the potential to thrive in Mike Martz's offense, the Lions offensive line is far worse than the Broncos. Bell was a No. 2 Fantasy RB in Denver, and he's a No. 3 option in Detroit.

Kevin Curtis
Old team: St. Louis New team: Philadelphia
Stock: Up
Comment: Curtis was the No. 3 WR for the Rams last year, but he comes to the Eagles as the No. 2 option behind Reggie Brown . If Donovan McNabb returns to health as expected and starts the season opener, Curtis should have the chance for a career year. He was a bye-week replacement with the Rams, but with the Eagles he can be used as a low-end No. 2 Fantasy option.

Jeff Garcia
Old team: Philadelphia New team: Tampa Bay
Stock: Up
Comment: Garcia resurrected his career in Philadelphia last year after Donovan McNabb got hurt and signed with the Buccaneers as a free agent. He is ahead of Chris Simms in the QB battle this offseason, which bodes well for him winning the job. Garcia's stock is up simply because he will be a starter and can be used as a No. 2 Fantasy QB.

Ahman Green
Old team: Green Bay New team: Houston
Stock: Down
Comment: Green signed with the Texans this offseason and is leaving a good offense with the Packers for an up-and-coming one in Houston. He was the featured back in Green Bay, but the Texans have a crowded backfield with Wali Lundy and Ron Dayne . Expect Green to get the majority of carries, but his status as a starting Fantasy RB is in doubt this year.

Trent Green
Old team: Kansas City New team: Miami
Stock: Down
Comment: The trade to Miami allows Green to remain a starting QB because had he stayed in Kansas City he would be on the bench. But the Dolphins offense probably won't be as productive for Green as Kansas City's, and Miami is in a rebuilding mode. Green remains a low-end No. 2 Fantasy QB, but he used to be a guaranteed starter.

Travis Henry
Old team: Tennessee New team: Denver
Stock: Up
Comment: A great move by the Broncos to get a featured RB who can be extremely productive in their system. Henry was good in Tennessee last year and would have been the featured back again had he stayed. But signing in Denver allows him the chance to be a solid No. 1 Fantasy RB. He should have a monster season and is a first-round pick in all leagues.

Joe Horn
Old team: New Orleans New team: Atlanta
Stock: Down
Comment: Horn was the No. 1 WR with the Saints, and he will hold the same role in Atlanta. But Horn is starting to show his age with little injuries limiting his play. And he's going from a highly-productive offense in New Orleans to one in Atlanta that's in flux with a new head coach. Also, Falcons QB Michael Vick has a tendency to favor TE Alge Crumpler and shy away from his receivers.

Darrell Jackson
Old team: Seattle New team: San Francisco
Stock: Down
Comment: Jackson will be the No. 1 WR in San Francisco just like he was in Seattle. But he gets a downgrade in offense and QB going from Matt Hasselbeck to Alex Smith . Jackson also is dealing with several injuries, and his Fantasy value is now as a low-end No. 2 option when he used to be a lock as a Fantasy starter.

Thomas Jones
Old team: Chicago New team: New York Jets
Stock: Up
Comment: Jones leaves Chicago, where he was going to share carries again with Cedric Benson , to be the starter with the Jets. He will still lose some carries to Leon Washington and Cedric Houston , but this should be a big season for Jones. He was a low-end No. 2 RB heading into last year, but this year he is a solid No. 2 RB and a potential second-round pick.

Jamal Lewis
Old team: Baltimore New team: Cleveland
Stock: Down
Comment: The worst thing for Lewis is not being able to beat up on the Browns for two games a year anymore. And he also has to face the Ravens defense twice. Ouch. Lewis was a No. 2 Fantasy RB with the Ravens, and now he'll be lucky to be a No. 3 option in Cleveland. The offense is worse, and Lewis will suffer. His only saving grace is that he's playing for a contract after signing a one-year deal with the Browns.

Willis McGahee
Old team: Buffalo New team: Baltimore
Stock: Up
Comment: This might be the biggest offseason move with McGahee going from the Bills to the Ravens. This will be the best offensive line McGahee has played behind, and he should get plenty of touches running the ball and in the passing game. McGahee was a No. 2 Fantasy RB in Buffalo, but with the Ravens he's a No. 1 option. He will definitely be drafted in the first two rounds of every Fantasy league.

Randy McMichael
Old team: Miami New team: St. Louis
Stock: Up
Comment: The Dolphins released McMichael in favor of David Martin , and McMichael certainly landed on his feet with the Rams. He's reunited with his former offensive coordinator in St. Louis head coach Scott Linehan, and McMichael should find plenty of room to roam the middle of the field with all the attention going to Torry Holt , Isaac Bruce and Drew Bennett . Consider McMichael a low-end No. 1 Fantasy option.

Randy Moss
Old team: Oakland New team: New England
Stock: Up
Comment: Wait, Moss is still in the NFL? He hadn't done anything the past two years with the Raiders, so Fantasy owners thought he was gone. But after being traded to New England, Moss is back and should be Fantasy relevant again. Had he stayed in Oakland, Moss would be a No. 3 Fantasy WR at best. But playing with Tom Brady makes him a No. 2 option and someone you can count on.

Matt Schaub
Old team: Atlanta New team: Houston
Stock: Up
Comment: Schaub's stock is obviously up because had he stayed in Atlanta he would again be backing up Michael Vick . Now he becomes a starter for the first time in his career, and he should get an opportunity to show off his skills. Schaub should be considered a No. 2 Fantasy QB because the Texans have a shaky offensive line and only one proven WR in Andre Johnson . But at least now he has a chance to play.

Donte' Stallworth
Old team: Philadelphia New team: New England
Stock: Down
Comment: The worst thing that happened to Stallworth was the Patriots trading for Randy Moss . Prior to the trade, Stallworth was going to be the No. 1 WR in New England. Now he's No. 2, and his Fantasy value will take a hit. Stallworth now becomes a No. 3 Fantasy WR, but he should still do well playing with QB Tom Brady .

Others to watch

Drew Bennett
Old team: Tennessee
New team: St. Louis
Stock: Up

David Carr
Old team: Houston
New team: Carolina
Stock: Down

Reuben Droughns
Old team: Cleveland
New team: New York Giants
Stock: Up

T.J. Duckett
Old team: Washington
New team: Detroit
Stock: Up

Jay Feely
Old team: New York Giants
New team: Miami
Stock: Up

Daniel Graham
Old team: New England
New team: Denver
Stock: Down

Eric Johnson
Old team: San Francisco
New team: New Orleans
Stock: Up

Ashley Lelie
Old team: Atlanta
New team: San Francisco
Stock: Up

Olindo Mare
Old team: Miami
New team: New Orleans
Stock: Up

David Martin
Old team: Green Bay
New team: Miami
Stock: Up

Josh McCown
Old team: Detroit
New team: Oakland
Stock: Up

Marcus Pollard
Old team: Detroit
New team: Seattle
Stock: Up

Dominic Rhodes
Old team: Indianapolis
New team: Oakland
Stock: Down

Lawrence Tynes
Old team: Kansas City
New team: New York Giants
Stock: Down

Bobby Wade
Old team: Tennessee
New team: Minnesota
Stock: Down

Wes Welker
Old team: Miami
New team: New England
Stock: Down

Mike Williams
Old team: Detroit
New team: Oakland
Stock: Up

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Jamey Eisenberg has been a Senior Fantasy Writer for CBS Sports since 2006 with a focus on Fantasy Football. A University of Florida grad (class of '98), Jamey got his start in the newspaper business and... Full Bio

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