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NFL 2019: Free Agent Fantasy Football Watch


It is almost time for the NFL Combine.  And while it is important to know the next shiny new player to enhance your fantasy football team…what about the old reliable who may be looking for new digs?  The free agent market is loaded this year.  So before you do a deep dive into the Combine, let’s see what top four free agents have to offer for our fantasy empires.

QUARTERBACKS

4. Robert Griffin III – 2018 stats: 6 attempts, 2 completions, 21 yards, 0 touchdowns, 0 interceptions

Yes, I get it.  But think of this, the Baltimore Ravens have traded away Joe Flacco.  The Baltimore Ravens belong to Lamar Jackson now.  But who is backing up Jackson?  That is currently RGIII (more on that in a minute). If that remains the game plan, RGIII will have value staying in Baltimore, especially with Lamar Jackson susceptible to big hits.  Not draftable value, mind you, but definitely waiver wire potential.

3. Tyrod Taylor – 2018 stats: 85 attempts, 42 completions, 118 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception 

 Which brings us to Mr. Taylor’s neighborhood.  There is some speculation that Taylor could end up in Baltimore as a back-up for Jackson.  This is worst case scenario for both Taylor and fantasy purposes.  Before he was traded from Buffalo (where he led the team to their first playoff game in a bazillion years), and before he was benched for Baker Mayfield, he was good.  Yes, this is the same man who had 14 touchdowns and four interceptions in 2017 season. He can play.

2. Teddy Bridgewater – 2018 stats: 23 attempts, 14 completions, 118 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception

It is hard not to cheer for Bridgewater.  Before suffering his devastating knee injury, he was good, passing for 14 touchdowns with 9 interceptions and 3231 passing yards.  That year he also rushed for 192 yards and three touchdowns.  Unfortunately, that year was 2015.  Still, in his limited playing time in New Orleans, he appears recovered, and that means one of the many…many…teams who need a quarterback, will look his way.  If he lands in say Miami or Jacksonville, there should be no problem picking him up in your late…late rounds and stashing him.

1. Nick Foles – 2018 stats: 195 attempts, 141 completions, 1413 yards, 7 touchdowns, 4 interceptions

He is the “it” man this season.  Where will he go?  What will he do?  We witnessed the incredible inefficiency of last year’s quarterback free agent flavor, so will it be the same?  Is Foles a system quarterback who will only excel in Philadelphia?  Seriously, none of these questions matter to an NFL team desperate for a quarterback, but they should matter to your fantasy football team.  Spoiler alert if he goes to the Jacksonville Jaguars, look to draft him mid 9-11 rounds.

RUNNING BACKS

4. CJ Anderson – 2018 stats: 43 rushing attempts, 299 yards, 7.0 average, 2 TD, 4 receptions, 17 yards

Talk about making the most of a situation…hello Mr. Anderson.  The Los Angels Rams went to the Super Bowl, and instead of riding on the back of Todd Gurley, they chose to saddle up to Anderson.  He didn’t disappoint.  Anderson was picked up by the Rams in December.  In the final two regular season games he rushed for 299 yards on 43 carries.  Then he went to the playoffs where he rushed for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Dallas Cowboys. His stats tempered off against the New Orleans Saints with 44 yards on 16 attempts and well…the Super Bowl was anything but Super.  Still, Anderson played well enough that Sean McVay had no problem playing him instead of Gurley.

3.  Mark Ingram – 2018 stats: 138 rushing attempts, 645 yards, 4.7 average, 2 TD, 21 receptions, 170 yards, 1 TD

Ingram has stated that he hopes to stay in New Orleans.  Hopefully, he does.  New Orleans offense will bring you fantasy value and the one-two punch of Alvin Kamara and Ingram is just good sense.

2. Tevin Coleman – 2018 stats: 167 rushing attempts, 800 yards, 4.8 average, 4 TD, 32 receptions, 276 yards, 5 TD

Coleman is a dual purpose back.  His fantasy value is less contingent on where he lands and more tied to his health.  If he happens to land in Philadelphia, look to draft him in rounds 4-6.  He will be worth it.

1. Le’Veon Bell – 2018 stats: Sat out 2018 season

Bell will undoubtedly be the Bell of the Ball this free agency.  His fantasy value however should depend on where he lands.  The offensive line and the quarterback may smash his rather high ceiling of expectations.  Not to mention, He Sat Out One Year!  Keep in mind how long it took him to get back in form after his suspension?  He will be good, but will he be great?

WIDE RECEIVERS

I kid not when I say there are a shit ton of wide receivers on the free agent market this season.  A lot…many, and that is not even counting those who may get traded.  So buckle up baby…it is going to be a bumpy ride.

4. Adam Humphries – 5’11”, 194 pounds

Humphries did himself good last season in Tampa Bay, regardless of who was under center.  That will bode him well this free agency period.  Since his rookie season in 2015, Humphries has improved every year.  Last season whether it was Ryan Fitzpatrick or Jameis Winston, Humphries managed 76 receptions on 105 targets.  He finished with 816 yards and five touchdowns.

3. Chris Hogan – 6’1″, 210 pounds

It certainly helps to have Tom Brady throw you the ball.  For Hogan that meant 30 targets for 23 receptions and 2 touchdowns.  He wasn’t setting the fantasy world on fire, but it helps to have played well in the last game of the season.  If he goes anywhere other than back to New England…be wary.

2.Tyrell Williams – 6’4″, 204 pounds

Williams is trending up.  Last season he had 5 touchdowns on 41 catches and 653 yards.  He has size and length and makes the splashy plays. Nine of his 17 career touchdowns are from 30 yards or more. If Williams can land with a team comfortable witg putting the ball downfield, he becomes your secret fantasy gem.

1. Golden Tate – 5’10”, 197 pounds

According to Pro Football Focus, as reported by John Williams, in 2018 Tate had tied Larry Fitzgerald with 49 receptions in the slot.  Three of his seven touchdowns came from the slot position.  As we know, good slot receiver + PPR = fantasy points.  Not to mention Tate can and has worked the outside while playing in Detroit.  Although his age will be a consideration for NFL teams, for fantasy purposes, if he lands somewhere he can dominate in the slot, he is worth 5-7 round consideration.

TIGHT ENDS

UGH!  Tight ends are so unpredictable.  Their ability to add value to your fantasy team mostly depends on whether their names on the back of their jerseys were Kelce or Ertz.  Anyone else was basically a crap shoot…hit or miss.

So here are four tight ends you might want to watch in free agency to see if they land on their feet, thus giving you a morsel of fantasy value.

4. Jesse James

3. Tyler Eifert

2. Austin Seferian-Jenkins

1. Jared Cook

March 13 it all begins boys and girls.  Be prepared for something crazy to transpire.

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