Free Agency Week 1: Big Names on the Move
There were a ton of big-name free agents on the move this past week, as well as a few trades made. Many of them will have a major impact on the 2016 Fantasy Football season. We at The Fantasy Fix will keep you up to date on all the moves you need to know.
Brock Osweiler, Houston Texans
The former Broncos quarterback was expected to replace Peyton Manning in Denver, but the team allowed him to test the market and it really came back to bite them. The Texans swooped in and threw $72 million at the young quarterback over four years. The Broncos couldn’t match the offer and as of now are all in on Mark Sanchez after trading a conditional pick to the Eagles for him.
Chase Daniel, Philadelphia Eagles
Speaking of the Eagles, they acquired a quarterback as well and he didn’t come cheap. The team claims he’s been brought in to be a backup after re-signing Sam Bradford. However, they gave him a three-year, $21 million contract. This is a quarterback controversy waiting to happen.
Lamar Miller, Houston Texans
Miller was the best back on the market and he’s now part of a revamped Texans offense. They made a major splash on the first day of free agency and it should pay off. Miller could be a Fantasy monster in Houston.
Chris Ivory, Jacksonville Jaguars
Ivory was the first domino to fall in the running back market. The Jags certainly did not low-ball him either. Unfortunately, he really messes things up from a Fantasy perspective. Now you have Ivory, T.J. Yeldon and even Denard Robinson in the mix. This is a bad situation for Fantasy owners. Hopefully it will sort itself out over the summer, but that’s very unlikely.
Matt Forte, New York Jets
I write off Forte every year, and every year he still plays very well. This is a nice pickup and a great fit for the Jets. Hopefully the year I finally believe in him isn’t the year he falls off that ever looming cliff for a 30-yearpold back with 2,500 touches.
DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans
Here’s another guy that everyone with half a brain new was going to fall off a cliff last season. I actually ranked him outside of my top 30 last season. There is no reason heading to the Titans will help him turn things around. He’ll probably be a workhorse, but the Cowboys ran him into the ground. Now behind a miserable offensive line with an extremely limited passing attack in front of him, he won’t be cracking my top 30 this year either.
***C.J. Anderson has signed an offer sheet with the Miami Dolphins. The Broncos are unsure if they will match***
Travis Benjamin, San Diego Chargers
This guy has been somewhat overlooked this free agency period. Nonetheless, he was one of the best wideouts available and may have a monster season in San Diego. This was a great spot for him to land. He’ll be playing with an excellent quarterback and is a perfect fit. He’ll outplay his 2016 ADP.
Rishard Matthews, Tennessee Titans
Matthews is another underrated option. He immediately becomes the best option in the Titans’ WR corps. He could be a nice sleeper option next season, so be sure to keep him on your radar.
Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions
Sadly, Calvin Johnson officially retired this week. The Lions responded by signing Jones. He was the top ranked free agent receiver by many. While he’s obviously nowhere close to on the level of Megatron, he’ll make a nice WR2 opposite Golden Tate.
Ladarius Green, Pittsburgh Steelers
This is tremendous news for Green owners. What a spot to land to boost your Fantasy value. Pittsburgh is really going to need him now, too. As many of you may have heard, star receiver Martavis Bryant may be facing a one-year suspension for missing multiple drug tests while in “stage three” of the league’s substance abuse policy.
Ben Watson, Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens snuck in the back door and snatched Watson out from under the New Orleans Saints. This was a great pickup for Baltimore. While they have an abundance of TEs, there are a ton of question marks with every one of them. Not only is Watson a sure-handed big-bodied pass-catcher, he’s also an excellent blocker.
Coby Fleener, New Orleans Saints
With Watson gone, the Saints brought in Fleener. This move will be more beneficial for Fleener than the Saints. He’s a bit overrated due to inflated statistics. He lacks many of the fundamental skills a solid NFL TE possesses, like the things Watson does well. Nevertheless, his Fantasy value should get a boost.