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2015 Fantasy Football: The Best Free Agency Moves of the NFC

With most of the big name free agents off the board, we will be doing a four part piece on the best and worst moves made in this offseason’s free agency. We previously looked at the best moves of the AFC. Today we’ll look at the best moves made in the NFC.

QB Free Agent Signing
Shaun Hill, MIN
How can Shaun Hill be the best option you ask? He must be the only option, you say? Well you would be 100 percent right. There was no other option. So the Vikings getting a decent backup win this category. Our apologies, but I promise it can only go up from here.

RB Free Agent Signing
Shane Vereen, NYG
You have to love this signing for the Giants. Vereen gives Eli Manning a very dangerous weapon in the passing game. He will force the defense to account for him and cause all types of matchup problems. This pickup wasn’t as high-profile as some of the others, nevertheless, Vereen will have a major impact and at a very reasonable price. He brings something to the table that the Giants were lacking. They may be a very dangerous offense in 2015. That is why they are my early pick to win the NFC East. Not because of Vereen, but he will play a key role.

WR Free Agent Signing
Eddie Royal, CHI
Royal obviously isn’t Brandon Marshall, however, he was quietly a very nice pickup for the Bears. This move gives Alshon Jeffery the ability to flourish as a WR1 and still put a formidable target opposite him to divert some attention. Royal tends to outperform his contracts and has been a productive wideout pretty much everywhere he’s been, aside from a few down years in which he was slowed by injury. Royal is a very nice complementary piece who has proven he can make plays and score touchdowns. He should have a solid year in Chicago and really help open things up. Now that Marshall is gone they’ll need the help.

TE Free Agent Signing
Tony Moeaki, ATL
All offseason I’ve been saying how Matt Ryan desperately needs a big target, particularly in the red zone. I thought they may go after a big name like Julius Thomas but they actually really made a smart move. Moeaki is an intriguing athlete and has played very well when healthy. Health is his one big concern. Assuming he’s doesn’t get injured, he could be a very dangerous sleeper in 2015. Don’t be shocked if he has a breakout year in that Falcons passing attack. My prediction is he pushes double-digit TDs.

Defender/IDP Move
Greg Hardy, DAL
You don’t have to like it, but it is what it is. The Cowboys desperately needed defensive help. They signed the third best defender in free agency for no guaranteed money. If you have a moral issue, I completely understand. Nonetheless, from a football standpoint it’s hard to argue. If he is the Kraken of old, this could easily be the best signing in recent memory. It’s not often you can pull an elite pass rusher off the clearance rack.

Trade
Jimmy Graham, SEA
This one pretty much goes without saying. Unless they were going to acquire Calvin Johnson, there isn’t a better fit for the Seahawks. All they lacked was an elite pass-catcher and big red zone target. Now they’re missing nothing. Bringing in Graham immediately catapults them to Super Bowl favorites in my eyes. There is nothing not to love here. I can only say how huge this move was for Seattle in so many ways.

Re-Signing
Dez Bryant, DAL
I want to start by saying that I hate that the Cowboys franchised Bryant, and I think it could cause all types of long-term issues for them. A disgruntled Bryant could cause a litany of problems. However, they made a great choice by choosing Bryant over Demarco Murray. They made their elite WR a priority and let their beaten down back walk. It appears the Cowboys are finally making wise decisions. While some Cowboys’ fans are upset they let Murray walk, they will be smiling in the end. Bryant is a top five WR and it was a must to keep him in Dallas.

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