The Best and Worst Move of the Offseason for your Fantasy Team
In this article we will be covering the most beneficial and devastating moves made this offseason that will impact your fantasy team. One of these moves will make fantasy owners very happy and vastly increase their team’s value. The other will be a crushing blow to fantasy owners everywhere.
Travis Benjamin to the San Diego Chargers
This was an incredible move for all parties involved. Benjamin is exactly what the Chargers needed and Philip Rivers will do wonders for Benjamin’s fantasy value. Last year with a brigade of incompetent quarterbacks throwing him the ball in Cleveland, he still managed to catch 68 passes for 966 yards and five touchdowns. Now he slides in perfectly to a big play role in San Diego with an All-Pro caliber quarterback.
I love Benjamin’s talent and actually raved about him heading into 2015 but conceded that he likely would not excel with the Browns. However, he defied expectations and stood out as a diamond in the rough and boy was that offense rough. His current ADP has him being drafted as the WR52 sandwiched between Jaelen Strong and Davante Adams. That’s incredible value for a guy I believe has WR2 upside.
Not only will Benjamin thrive, but this is great news for Rivers as well and subsequently everybody else in the starting lineup. Benjamin is an upgrade on Malcom Floyd and Rivers is going to love him. These two will be dangerous once they get on the same page. His speed and big play ability will also draw a ton of attention and take the top off defenses. This will help the pass-catchers and the rushing attack. I really love what the Chargers did on offense this offseason and Benjamin was the key piece.
Martavis Bryant Suspended for the Season
The worst move really wasn’t even a move at all. However, it was devastating. The Pittsburgh Steelers lost their freakishly athletic, 24-year-old star wideout for the year due to multiple failed drug tests. This is, of course, a nightmare for Bryant owners, but it really hurts his quarterback as well.
Through the first six games of the season in 2014, Ben Roethlisberger threw for 1,593 yards with eight touchdowns and three interceptions without Bryant. In 10 games with Bryant in the lineup, Big Ben threw for 3,359 yards with 24 TDs and six interceptions. On a per game basis without Bryant, his numbers average out to 265.5 yards, 1.3 TDs and 0.5 INTs. With Bryant, it averages out to 335.9 yards, 2.4 TDs and just 0.6 INTs per game. Clearly there is a major difference with and without him in the lineup. This will not kill Big Ben’s fantasy value, but it will certainly damage it. The Steelers score almost a whole touchdown more per game with Bryant in the lineup.
This will trickle down to the rest of the players, but shouldn’t hurt them too much. Yes, Antonio Brown will see more attention, nevertheless, he’s still the top fantasy wideout in the league. Same thing for Le’Veon Bell. It would be nice to pull more players out of the box, still, I’m not dropping him on my draft board for this reason.
Through 21 career games, Bryant has piled up 76 receptions, 1,314 yards and 14 touchdowns. He was expected to really explode this season and break out in a major way. This is really a crushing blow for his fantasy owners. Hopefully this kid gets his life together and is able to meet his full potential.