Free Agency Fantasy Roundup – Week 1

Alshon Jeffery – Philadelphia Eagles
Alshon will be the defacto #1 receiver in Philadelphia next season. What that means, fantasy wise, I’m not exactly sure. Alshon has been hit with the injury bug quite a bit over the last few season, not to mention the suspension. Will Wentz be able to fix his throwing mechanics next season? I’m a little wary to pick him up next season, but if he’s available in the 3rd -4th round, I’d feel comfortable taking him there.

Torrey Smith – Philadelphia Eagles
Torrey Smith was widely available last year in most fantasy leagues. He was owned in just 8.8 percent of ESPN standard scoring leagues averaging an abysmal 2.5 points a game. I don’t think his move to Philadelphia changes that in 2017. With Alshon Jeffery now on the roster and Jordan Mathews already there, I don’t see Smith making that big of an impact. He might be worth a last minute start depending on matchups, but not worth carrying on your roster.

Mike Glennon – Chicago Bears
Mike Glennon hasn’t really been a fantasy relevant QB in two years. His last season as a starter, he averaged around 17 points a game in standard scoring. while not terrible, it’s not great either. I’m actually pretty high on Glennon next season, which you may know already if you read my other article on Glennon last week. Glennon won’t be going high in drafts next season, if he’s drafted at all, so you should be able to grab him late and stash him. Just don’t rely on him as a starter right away.

Desean Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The signing of Desean Jackson takes some of the pressure off Mike Evans. Evans stock will go up and Tampa Bay gains a deep threat. However, for that deep threat to take off, Winston needs to work on his deep ball this offseason. Winston was accurate on just 31.4 percent of his passes over 20 yards, putting him at 26th in the league. I think Jackson is worth a pick but probably around the 7th or 8th round. I see him as a WR2.

Pierre Garcon – San Francisco 49ers
I find this signing interesting. I’m not quite sure why the 49ers gave a 30 year old wide receiver so much money up front. But then again, I’m not a general manager. It’s hard to say how things turn out in San Fran this year with a new head coach and a question mark at the QB position. However, new head coach Kyle Shanahan should know how to capitalize on Garcons strengths and as of now, Garcon is the #1 WR in San Fran. I see Garcon as a low WR2/high WR3 next season.

Brian Hoyer – San Francisco 49ers
Hoyer is an interesting play. Before getting injured, Hoyer was one of the top fantasy quarterbacks last season. Now, he’s headed to San Francisco where he will (most likely) be running Kyle Shanahan’s high octane offense. The big question mark here is if Hoyer will have the weapons around him to succeed. The additions of Garcon and Marquise Goodwin don’t really say much here. Hoyer will be a QB2 at best.

Marquise Goodwin – San Francisco 49ers
Goodwin had a few good games last season, but in ESPN standard leagues, he was started on under 1 percent of rosters. His move to San Francisco doesn’t change anything in my opinion. He’s not worth a roster spot unless you are in a bind and he’s certainly not worth a draft spot.

Dwayne Allen – New England Patriots (Traded)
Allen wasn’t a free agent signing but was traded to New England from Indianapolis. It’s still worth discussing, though, because good tight ends are hard to come by in fantasy football. I’m still unsure how I feel about this trade to be honest. New England already has Gronk there and even with Gronk out, Bennett did not have near the impact I thought he would in most games. He’s a TE2 at best and I would not draft him until the back end of the draft.

Brandin Cooks – New England Patriots (Traded)
Why do GMs ever make any deals with Belichick? You know he knows something you don’t know. I have this guy that I’ve played fantasy football with for years and he’s always on top of everything. Anytime I drop a guy and he picks him up, I worry that I made a huge mistake. This is how I feel about the Patriots. Cooks to the Patriots is interesting in the fantasy sense. I’ve heard some say that they think he will not be great for fantasy next year because there are too many mouths to feed. I, however, feel he will flourish here. I’m picking him up early. Third Round would be perfect for me if I can get him there.

Danny Woodhead – Baltimore Ravens
It’s hard to say how Woodhead will fit in with the Ravens. Especially coming off an injury that kept him sidelined for the majority of last season. However, we do know that Kenneth Dixon, the supposed running back of the future for the Ravens, will be sidelined for the first 4 weeks with a suspension. This raises Woodhead’s stock quite a bit. He’s definitely worth a play if you can score him in the 8-10 round area. Especially in PPR leagues where he really shines.

Kenny Britt – Cleveland Browns
This is an interesting signing. Britt had flashes of brilliance last year but his move to Cleveland doesn’t really help him. Especially if Brock ends up being their QB. He’s worth a draft pick around the middle of the draft. Somewhere around 10-12th round. He’s a WR3 at best.

Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams
Woods had a few big games last season but they were (very) far and (very) few between. I don’t believe that this changes much in his move to LA. He likely won’t be drafted and will be available off the wire if you are in dire need of a start, but no big news here.

Brandon Marhsall – New York Giants
This is one of the biggest signings strictly in the fantasy side of things. Marshall goes from a dumpster fire in the Jets to a team that was just a key player or two from making a super bowl run. Having Eli as your QB and Beckham playing on the opposite side is going to really help Marshall’s fantasy output and it also raises Beckham’s value. He may slip a bit in the draft, but he’s worthy of a draft pick in the first half of the draft in my opinion. I think he can return to form in New York.

Brock Osweiler – Cleveland Browns (Traded)
Nothing to see here. No really. Leave this guy on the waiver. Don’t even entertain the idea.

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