How Jimmy Garoppolo trade to 49ers affects his fantasy value and others for 2017 and beyond

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In this season of wildly unpredictable football happenings, it figures that even the trade market brings us a bit of the unexpected.

On Monday, mere hours before the NFL’s trade deadline, the New England Patriots finally traded backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, sending him to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for a 2018 second-round draft pick. It’s a deal that, six months ago, would’ve been entirely predictable — practically expected.

Today, it’s a knee-buckling curveball, because the Patriots had already traded their other backup quarterback, Jacoby Brissett, on Sept. 2, while the 49ers had long been rumored a potential offseason suitor for free-agent-to-be Kirk Cousins. It’s a significant development in fantasy, however, for Garoppolo and the 49ers’ receivers, as well as Tom Brady, to a certain degree.

Garoppolo presumably won’t pick up Kyle Shanahan’s playbook quickly enough to start, and perhaps not even serve in a backup capacity to C.J. Beathard, in time for Week 9, but Garoppolo will almost certainly supplant Beathard at the

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