2019 NFL Free Agency Tracker: Fantasy Football Analysis for Tyrod Taylor, Tyrell Williams, More

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John Glaser-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Tyrod Taylor

  • NFL players are finding new homes, changing the landscape of many fantasy football situations across the league.
  • Ian Hartitz analyzes the impact of every key free-agent signing and trade.

The NFL offseason is rolling strong. Free agents can’t officially sign with teams until the new league year begins at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, but plenty of agreements have been reported.

We’ll be breaking down the fantasy football impact of every key free-agent signing and trade for players’ new and former teams below, with the most recent deals listed first.

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Tevin Coleman Signs with San Francisco 49ers

  • 2019 fantasy outlook: RB2
  • Contract details: Two-year contract worth $10 million.
  • Biggest question: Who will emerge as the lead back in the 49ers’ crowded backfield?

Tevin Coleman has a high fantasy football ceiling in San Francisco … if he ends up as the lead back. Read more here.

Peyton Barber Re-Signs with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • 2019 fantasy outlook: Best-case RB3; worst-case free agent
  • Contract details: One-year contract worth $2.125 million.
  • Biggest question: Are the Bucs done addressing their backfield?

The Buccaneers fed Barber 234 carries and 29 targets in 2018. He ultimately played 55% of the offense’s snaps while Jacquizz Rodgers (33%) and Ronald Jones (8%) were also involved.

Rodgers is an unrestricted free agent, but it would be a surprise if they don’t make more of an effort to get RJ — their 2018 second-round pick — more involved in 2019.

Still, Bruce Arians already brought on his old friend Andre Ellington to help boost the position’s pass-catching ability. He routinely utilized David Johnson as a receiver while calling plays for the Cardinals…

David Johnson percentage of snaps in the slot or out wide by season

2015: 18%
2016: 20%
2017: 13% (played less than one game)

2018: 7% 😢 pic.twitter.com/2951yGDzS2

— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) February 5, 2019

…but there isn’t a back on the Bucs roster who comes close to offering similar three-down ability as Johnson.

This has the looks of an evolving situation, as Arians could look to target a better overall fit in the middle rounds of the draft.

Geronimo Allison Re-Signs with Green Bay Packers

  • 2019 fantasy outlook: Best-case WR3; worst-case free agent
  • Contract details: One-year contract worth $2.025 million.
  • Biggest question: Will Allison start in 3-WR sets?

Allison started 4-of-5 games for the Packers in 2018 before being placed on the injured reserve list due to a serious core muscle injury. He faces plenty of competition from Jimmy Graham, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimeous St. Brown and J’Mon Moore for snaps in 2019, although Allison has the most experience of the group.

The only certainty in the Green Bay passing attack is Davante Adams, and boy is it a glorious certainty.

Adams has scored 35 touchdowns over the past three seasons and is coming off a year in which he set career-high marks in targets (169), receptions (111), yards (1,386) and touchdowns (13) without Jordy Nelson involved.

Adrian Peterson Re-Signs with Washington Redskins

  • 2019 fantasy outlook: RB4
  • Contract details: Two-year deal worth $8 million.
  • Biggest question: Will any of Washington’s running backs receive a featured workload in 2019?

AP will be 34-years-old on March 21, but he’s coming off a season in which he posted three-year highs in games (16), rushing yards (1,042), rushing touchdowns (7) and yards per carry (4.2). Peterson was actually playing even better during the first three quarters of the season before Washington lost its starting quarterback and basically its entire offensive line to injury.

Peterson clearly still has some gas left in the tank. The problem is the man he was originally signed to replace is expected to be ready to go for the 2019 season.

Jay Gruden: "Derrius Guice doesn't have to come off the field on third down."

Future fantasy owners: 😎 pic.twitter.com/eHKckD45Va

— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) March 5, 2019

Last year’s second-round pick Derrius Guice tore his ACL during the preseason and missed all of last season. Still, the former LSU star was positioned to inherit a hefty workload and was a popular early-round pick in season-long fantasy drafts.

Complicating matters is the presence of scat back Chris Thompson, who is the best receiver of the group and figures to continue to steal plenty of pass-down work.

Washington’s decision to sign Peterson could mean the team plans on giving Guice something in the range of 10 to 15 touches per game vs. 15 to 20. It’s not the end of the world for the second-year back’s fantasy prospects, but crowded backfields of solid running backs aren’t the most-ideal situations to target.

Tyrell Williams Signs with Oakland Raiders

Tyrell Williams is an elite field-stretcher in every sense of the word.

Williams (16.3 yards per reception) joins notable speedsters T.Y. Hilton (16.4), Marquise Goodwin (16.5) and DeSean Jackson (16.8) as the only wide receivers who have averaged at least 16 yards per catch since 2015 (minimum 100 receptions).

Antonio Brown is locked in as the Raiders’ clear-cut No. 1 option on offense, but Carr has proven capable of feeding multiple receivers (Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree) triple-digit targets .

Williams posted career-high marks in receptions (69), yards (1,059) and touchdowns (7) during his only season with more than 100 targets.

Tyrell “The Gazelle” had 119 targets during his career-best 2016 campaign, but then only 134 targets combined in 2017 and 2018 once Keenan Allen was healthy. Williams has certainly proven worth of having an enhanced target share since entering the league in 2015.

Most yards per target among all players since 2015 (min. 100 targets)

1. Rob Gronkowski (10.39)
2. Tyler Lockett (10.08)
3. Tyreek Hill (10.02)
4. Julio Jones (9.85)
5. Tyrell Williams (9.81) 👀

— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) March 13, 2019

The question is whether Carr will feature Williams ahead of Jordy Nelson in 3-WR sets. Williams has demonstrated a high ceiling in fantasy football, but there’s a possibility he’ll mostly be used on clear-out routes and continue to work as a boom-or-bust option.

The Chargers will likely move forward with Allen, Mike Williams and Travis Benjamin in 3-WR sets with Hunter Henry and Melvin Gordon also plenty involved in the passing game.

Mark Ingram Signs with Baltimore Ravens

  • 2019 fantasy outlook: Low-end RB1
  • Contract details: Three-year deal worth $15 million.
  • Biggest question: Will Ingram be the Ravens’ undisputed bell-cow back?

Baltimore: The ultimate RB1 spot for Mark Ingram. Read more here.

Tyrod Taylor Signs with Los Angeles Chargers

  • 2019 fantasy outlook: Free agent
  • Contract details: Two-year deal, money isn’t known at this time.
  • Biggest question: Is the artist formerly known as TyGod the Chargers’ quarterback of the future?

Taylor seemed destined to land in Miami, but instead he’ll work as Philip Rivers’ backup in Los Angeles. Still, Rivers will be 38 by the end of the season, and Taylor’s two-year contract indicates the team could have some long-term interest in the former Ravens, Bills and Browns quarterback.

The good news for Taylor is that he already has a history of success with head coach Anthony Lynn. Taylor had his second-best season in adjusted yards per attempt (7.1) and ESPN’s Total QBR (61.4) with Lynn as the Bills offensive coordinator in 2016, ultimately finishing as the fantasy QB8 thanks in large part to his 580 yards and six scores on the ground.

Dual-threat quarterbacks are always viable fantasy options, and the Chargers offer better talent at receiver than Taylor has had during his entire career. He’d instantly be in the QB1 discussion if Rivers is forced to miss time in 2019. (Note: Rivers has started 208 consecutive regular-season games.)


Le’Veon Bell Signs with New York Jets

  • 2019 fantasy outlook: Top-5 RB
  • Contract details: 4 year-deal worth $52.5 million with $33.5 million guaranteed.
  • Biggest question: How many touches can Bell handle?

The wait is over. Bell is headed to the Jets, where he’ll rise to fantasy stardom again. Read more here.

WR Breshad Perriman Signs with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • 2019 fantasy outlook: Boom-or-bust WR3
  • Contract details: One-year deal worth $4 million.
  • Biggest question: Will Perriman start in 3-WR sets for the Bucs?

Perriman originally planned on re-signing with the Browns, but their decision to trade for Odell Beckham Jr. led to both sides mutually backing out of the deal.

The Browns signed Perriman last October and ultimately gave the former first-round pick an average of 21.8 snaps per game from Weeks 7 to 17. He caught 16-of-25 targets (64% catch rate) for 340 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Perriman offers a combination of size (6-foot-2 and 212-pounds) and speed (4.3-second 40-yard dash) that’s lacking elsewhere on the Bucs roster. Still, his best-case scenario is as the offense’s No. 3 wide receiver behind incumbent starters Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Tight ends Cam Brate and O.J. Howard also figure to be plenty involved.

It’s unlikely that Perriman ever establishes a consistent role in the Bucs’ pass-heavy offense, but he could be a potential boom-or-bust option with enough snaps.

Head coach Bruce Arians’ “no risk it, no biscuit” mentality could produce a fantasy-friendly environment for everyone involved, although we have very little evidence of Perriman demonstrating any sort of consistency at the NFL level during his short career.

WR Odell Beckham Jr. Traded to the Cleveland Browns

  • 2019 fantasy outlook: Top-five WR
  • Contract details: Browns traded a 2019 first-round pick, 2019 third-round pick and safety Jabrill Peppers for OBJ.
  • Biggest question: What in the hell are the Giants thinking?

The Browns get arguably the league’s best wide receiver and the Giants get … an even heavier workload for Saquon Barkley?

Read my full reaction and analysis here. Sean Koerner also already rolled out his rough projections for OBJ.

Cordarrelle Patterson Signs with Chicago Bears

  • 2019 fantasy outlook: Free agent
  • Contract details: Two-year deal worth $10 million.
  • Biggest question: Will the Bears use Patterson more at running back or wide receiver?

As the self-proclaimed president of the Cordarrelle Patterson Fan Club, I feel more qualified to write this blurb than anyone else on this planet.

It’s unlikely that Patterson receives an offensive role that consists of more than a few combined targets and carries per game considering how set the Bears already are at running back and wide receiver. Still, there’s little doubt that Patterson is one of the more electric weapons in the league with the ball in his hands.

  • Patterson’s average of 7.93 yards per carry is the highest mark among any NFL player since 2000 (minimum 50 carries).
  • Patterson’s average of 29.98 yards per kick return is the highest mark since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970 (minimum 50 returns).
  • Patterson tied for third on the Patriots with three receiving touchdowns in 2018 and has the ability to stretch the field vertically thanks to his 4.42-second 40-yard dash speed.

Patterson demonstrated his game-breaking ability during the Patriots’ win over the Bears in 2018.

Cordarrelle Patterson Super Bowl 53 MVP +8000 👀 pic.twitter.com/isXKVIwCxx

— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) February 2, 2019

Week-to-week fantasy relevance won’t be Patterson’s forte, but the Bears just got themselves the best kick returner in the franchise’s history (ducks).

RB Zach Zenner Re-Signs with Detroit Lions

  • 2019 fantasy outlook: RB4/free agent
  • Contract details: One-year deal, salary presently unknown.
  • Biggest question: Will Zenner emerge as the No. 2 running back in Detroit?

The Lions are fully expected to start 2018 second-round pick Kerryon Johnson at running back in 2019. This makes sense: Johnson is a straight baller.

Most yards per carry among all RBs in 2018 (min. 100 carries)

1. Aaron Jones (5.47)
2. Kerryon Johnson (5.43) 👀
3. Phillip Lindsay (5.4) pic.twitter.com/rW6qbaDYDc

— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) February 22, 2019

Still, ESPN’s Matthew Berry reported after the combine that his sense from Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn is “that they were pretty clear they do not intend to give [Johnson] a feature-back role and that both believe in multiple backs.”

Theo Riddick is under contract through next season and figures to continue to work as the team’s lead pass-down back. That leaves a potential early-down grinder role for Zenner, who averaged a career-high 4.8 yards per carry in 2018.

Zenner holds some handcuff value if Johnson is forced to miss time, but it’s tough to see him ever getting a voluminous workload in the Lions’ committee backfield.

WR Cole Beasley Signs with Buffalo Bills

The former Cowboy is headed to Buffalo. Read more about his fantasy viability with the Bills here.

WR John Brown Signs with Buffalo Bills

  • 2019 fantasy outlook: WR3
  • Contract details: Three-year deal worth $27 million.
  • Biggest question: Will there be enough volume for Smokey to emerge as a consistent fantasy option with Robert Foster, Zay Jones and Cole Beasley also involved?

Brown joins Beasley in Buffalo. Read more about their fantasy prospects here.

WR DeVante Parker Re-Signs with Miami Dolphins

  • 2019 fantasy outlook: WR3/WR4
  • Contract details: Two-year deal worth $13 million.
  • Biggest question: Who will emerge from the Dolphins’ crowded receiver room?

The Dolphins are giving their 2015 first-round pick another chance, although it’s unclear exactly how Parker fits into the team’s 2019 plans.

Miami presently has a fairly deep set of receivers to choose from:

  • Albert Wilson joined Julio Jones in 2018 as the only wide receivers since 2015 to average at least three yards per route run (min. 25 targets), according to Pro Football Focus.
  • Kenny Stills had the most targets (64), receptions (37), yards (553) and touchdowns (6) in 2018 among returning Dolphins wide receivers.
  • Jakeem Grant boasts legit 4.3-speed and figures to continue to see at least a handful of snaps every game as long as he’s healthy.

Additionally, starting running back Kenyan Drake and 2018 second-round tight end Mike Gesicki figure to be plenty involved as well.

Parker is a 6-foot-3 and 209-pound beast with wheels who has shown the ability to play at a high level in the NFL. Still, injuries and inconsistency has plagued his career to this point.

Parker has finished as the PPR WR77, WR50, WR50 and WR100 during his four seasons.

RB Latavius Murray Signs with New Orleans Saints

  • 2019 fantasy outlook: RB3 and a high-end handcuff
  • Contract details: Four-year deal worth $14.4 million.
  • Biggest question: Will Murray work behind or alongside Alvin Kamara?

The Saints are moving on from Mark Ingram with Murray, who has racked up an impressive 34 touchdowns since entering the league in 2014 — tied for the fourth-most scores on the ground in the league.

Still, Murray is fully expected to work behind incumbent starter Alvin Kamara, who demanded one of the league’s largest workloads in 2018 during Ingram’s four-game suspension to start the season.

Alvin Kamara stats in Weeks 1-4 in 2018 during Mark Ingram's suspension

Carries: 56 (11th among all RBs)
Rush yards: 275 (8th)
Targets: 47 (1st)
Receptions: 35 (1st)
Receiving yards: 336 (1st)
Total TDs: 6 (T1st)

PPR: 136.1 (1st — Gurley was No. 2 at 106.2)

— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) March 12, 2019

Murray offers huge handcuff upside in the event of a Kamara suspension or injury. He could also be a useful flex option if Sean Payton and Co. decide to continue to roll with multiple backs — although Murray’s limited ability as a receiver will likely keep him from ever inheriting a true three-down role in New Orleans.

QB Teddy Bridgewater Re-Signs with New Orleans Saints

  • 2019 fantasy outlook: Free agent
  • Contract details: Unknown at this time.
  • Biggest question: How many years does Drew Brees have left?

Bridgewater reportedly had an offer from the Dolphins that would have made him their starting quarterback in 2019, but he’s instead choosing to spend at least one more season as Brees’ backup.

Bridgewater played remarkably well in the 2018 preseason with the Jets, completing 28-of-38 (73.7%) passes for 316 yards (8.3 yards per attempt) with two touchdowns and an interception.

He underwhelmed in 23 pass attempts with the Saints during the 2018 regular season, but at least he demonstrated the ability to move in the pocket and make tight-window throws.

Bridgewater won’t carry any fantasy relevance in 2019 unless Brees misses time due to an injury or suspension.

It’s also fair to question his overall fantasy upside even in the event of a catastrophe based on his numbers from 2014 and 2015:

43 QBs have started at least 16 games since 2014

Teddy Bridgewater stats and ranks …

Completion rate: 65% (15th)
TD rate: 3.3% (41st)
INT rate: 2.6% (31st)
QB Rating: 85.9 (33rd)
Y/A: 7.2 (24th)
AY/A: 6.65 (33rd)

— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) March 12, 2019


Devin Funchess Signs with Indianapolis Colts

  • 2019 fantasy outlook: WR3
  • Contract details: One-year deal worth up to $13 million.
  • Biggest question: How much of Eric Ebron’s red-zone volume will Funchess eat into?

Could a new team be the key to a long-awaited breakout for Funchess? Read more here.

Mike Davis Signs with Chicago Bears

  • 2019 fantasy outlook: RB4
  • Contract details: Two-year deal worth $6 million.
  • Biggest question: Are the Bears ready to move on from Jordan Howard?

The Bears were reportedly in the Le’Veon Bell sweepstakes, but they’re apparently going to settle for the former Seahawks running back.

Davis was a fourth-round pick out of South Carolina who has converted 234 carries into 862 yards (3.7 yards per carry) and five touchdowns on the ground during his four-year career. He’s also exhibited three-down ability, posting a 59-408-1 receiving line on 78 career targets.

Davis possesses crowd-pleasing moves that Bears fans will surely enjoy…

45 seconds of Mike Davis doing v athletic things vs. the Jaguars and Eagles: pic.twitter.com/5C0f4pGQOF

— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) December 14, 2017

…but it remains to be seen just how involved he’ll be in the Chicago offense.

Tarik Cohen is locked in as the team’s featured receiving back and Jordan Howard is assumed to be the early-down grinder for the time being.

Davis won’t carry any week-to-week fantasy relevance if Cohen and J-Ho are still on the Bears roster come Week 1. Still, he’s demonstrated the ability to function on all three downs throughout his career and could be just one injury or roster move away from a more promising role.

Adam Humphries Signs with Tennessee Titans

  • 2019 fantasy outlook: WR3
  • Contract details: Four-year deal worth $36 million.
  • Biggest question: Is there enough room for two fantasy-relevant pass catchers in the Titans’ run-first offense?

Humphries caught at least 55 passes for 600-plus yards in each of the past three seasons as the Buccaneers’ starting slot receiver. Last season was his best yet as he set career-high marks in targets (105), receptions (76), yards (816) and touchdowns (5) on his way to finishing as the overall PPR WR24.

Still, it’s hard to see Humphries getting triple-digit targets again in an offense that seems to have Corey Davis and Delanie Walker locked in as the top-two pass-game options.

Humphries is also leaving a Buccaneers offense that ranked fourth in pass attempts in 2018 for a Titans offense that ranked 31st.

Humphries is incredibly reliable: He’s dropped just 12-of-311 career targets (4%). Of course, his status as a primary-underneath option hasn’t led to the most fantasy-friendly performances. He’s scored only nine career touchdowns and has just two games with more than 100 yards.

Marcus Mariota has dealt with injuries throughout his career and has never thrown for more than 3,500 yards in a single season. The presence of Humphries gives Mariota another piece to work with, but I’m betting against the new option being much of a fantasy factor in 2019.

Tyler Kroft Signs with Buffalo Bills

Kroft is expected to replace Charles Clay as the Bills starting tight end in 2019.

It remains to be seen whether Kroft will see a better version of Josh Allen, who was one of the league’s worst passers during his rookie season.

  • Yards per attempt: 6.48 (28th among 29 quarterbacks with at least 10 starts)
  • QB Rating: 67.9 (28th)
  • TD Rate: 3.1% (27th)
  • Interception Rate: 3.75% (29th)
  • Completion Rate: 52.8% (29th)

Neither Clay (21 receptions-184 yards-0 TD), Jason Croom (22-259-1) nor Logan Thomas (12-77-0) reached 40 targets in 2018.

Kroft’s deal is surprisingly high, but his fantasy ceiling seems to be much lower considering he’s surpassed 50 receiving yards in just 3-of-51 career games (6%).

His best case scenario in 2019 is probably as the No. 3 pass-game option in one of the league’s most inconsistent pass offenses.

DeSean Jackson Traded to the Philadelphia Eagles

  • 2019 fantasy outlook: Boom-or-Bust WR2
  • Contract details:Not known at this time.
  • Biggest question: Is an elite field-stretcher all the Eagles offense needs to return to 2017 form?

Jackson is headed back to Philly. Read more here.

Nick Foles Signs with Jacksonville Jaguars

Read about what the Super Bowl-winning quarterback brings to Jacksonville here.

Jesse James Signs with Detroit Lions

  • 2019 fantasy outlook: Free agent
  • Contract details: Not known at this time.
  • Biggest question: Will Matthew Stafford ever enable a fantasy-relevant tight end?

James put together some solid games with the Steelers over the past four seasons, but his career-high marks in receptions (43), yards (423) and touchdowns (3) are underwhelming to say the least.

Matthew Stafford hasn’t exactly made a habit of featuring his tight end over the years:

  • 2009: Will Heller (PPR TE25)
  • 2010: Brandon Pettigrew (TE8 – Stafford played just three games)
  • 2011: Pettigrew (TE6)
  • 2012: Pettigrew (TE18)
  • 2013: Pettigrew (TE26)
  • 2014: Eric Ebron (TE40)
  • 2015: Ebron (TE13)
  • 2016: Ebron (TE14)
  • 2017: Ebron (TE13)
  • 2018: Levine Toilolo (TE39)

And I don’t expect James to buck this trend.

The good news? It’s Vance McDonald szn!

Vance McDonald solid (for a TE) 1.51 yards per route run last season. Now Antonio Brown and Jesse James gone. https://t.co/Rq73pAArlW

— Adam Levitan (@adamlevitan) March 11, 2019

Frank Gore Signs with Buffalo Bills

  • 2019 fantasy outlook: Free agent
  • Contract details: One-year deal worth $2 million.
  • Biggest question: Does Gore’s presence in Buffalo remove all hope of LeSean McCoy working as the offense’s featured back?

The Bills are apparently seeing just how many elderly running backs they can collect at once.

LeSean McCoy (31 in July), Chris Ivory (31 in later March) and Gore (36 in May) are already on the wrong side of 30, although Gore at least deserves credit for averaging a more-than-respectable 4.6 yards per carry in 2018 during his 14th season.

Gore isn’t expected to start as long as Shady is healthy, but it’d be surprising to see either back flirt with 250-plus touches this season. Josh Allen’s penchant for running the ball also lowers the floor of everyone else involved in the Bills’ run game considering Allen is an enhanced threat to vulture scores near the goal line.

Aging running backs are always best approached with extreme caution in both real and fantasy football. This situation isn’t any different, especially if the Bills again boast a below-average scoring offense.

Jamison Crowder Signs with New York Jets

  • 2019 fantasy outlook: Low-end WR2/High-end WR3
  • Contract details:Three-year deal worth $28.5 million with $17 million guaranteed.
  • Biggest question: Will Adam Gase continue to feature his slot receiver?

This type of deal indicates Crowder will have a significant role in the Jets offense. Read more here.

C.J. Uzomah Re-Signs with Cincinnati Bengals

  • 2019 fantasy outlook: TE2
  • Contract details: Three-year deal worth more than $18 million.
  • Biggest question: Are there any targets left in the Bengals offense?

The Tyler Eifert era is likely over in Cincinnati, as Uzomah’s fairly large contract cements him as the offense’s starting tight end.

The 6-foot-5 and 263-pound Uzomah started 15 games in 2018 and emerged as a consistent pass-catcher after Eifert was lost for the season in Week 4. Uzomah caught 43-of-64 targets for 439 yards and three touchdowns and ranked as the PPR TE15 from Weeks 5-17.

Still, Uzomah carries a limited ceiling considering he’s surpassed 50 receiving yards in just 2-of-45 career games (4%).

Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: C.J. Uzomah

He reportedly played through a shoulder injury for most of the season, so perhaps the best is yet to come for the 26-year-old. The larger issue is that A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd and Joe Mixon figure to see a larger workload in the passing game than Uzomah while Giovanni Bernard and potentially John Ross also figure to be plenty involved.

Denver Broncos Pick Up 2019 Option for Emmanuel Sanders

  • 2019 fantasy outlook: WR2-WR3
  • Contract details: 2019 option includes $1.5 million guaranteed of his $10.15 million base salary.
  • Biggest question: Will Joe Flacco finally enable a top fantasy wide receiver?

Manny Sanders was balling out in 2019 as the Broncos’ No. 1 receiver with Case Keenum under center, although it remains to be seen how close to 100% the soon-to-be 32-year-old will be next season after suffering a torn Achilles back in December.

The larger issue is whether new starting quarterback Joe Flacco will be able to help Sanders reach the league’s upper-echelon of fantasy receivers.

Flacco’s No. 1 receivers largely disappointed in his 11 years as the Ravens starting quarterback — only Torrey Smith (2013), Steve Smith (2014), Derrick Mason (2009) and Mike Wallace (2016) managed to clear 1,000 yards with Flacco under center from 2008 to 2018.

Danny Amendola Signs with the Detroit Lions

  • 2019 fantasy outlook: Low-end WR3
  • Contract details: One-year deal worth $5.8 million with $4.5 million guaranteed.
  • Biggest question: Will Matthew Stafford continue to force-feed his slot receiver?

Amendola is tentatively expected to slide into the slot between Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay in the Lions’ starting three-WR sets. This role produced an average of 131.8 targets per season from 2013 to 2017 for Golden Tate, although Amendola hasn’t seen even 90 targets in a season since 2012.

Stafford has averaged 9.87 and 9.86 adjusted yards per attempt when targeting Jones and Golladay, respectively. They’re the two most efficient targets of his career (min. 50 targets).

It seems unlikely that the offense will stray too far away from its stud outside receivers. Amendola will also have to compete for underneath targets with Theo Riddick and Kerryon Johnson.

Pittsburgh Steelers Trade Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders

  • 2019 fantasy outlook: WR1
  • Contract details: Three-year deal worth $50.1 million with $30.1 million guaranteed.
  • Biggest question: Can Derek Carr get the best out of AB?

Read about the transition from Big Ben to Carr, who the biggest beneficiary will be in Pittsburgh and more analysis here.

Carlos Hyde Signs with the Kansas City Chiefs

  • 2019 fantasy outlook: Low-end flex option with RB1 upside if Damien Williams gets injured.
  • Contract details: One-year deal worth $2.8 million with $1.6 million guaranteed.
  • Biggest question: Will Hyde form a committee with Damien Williams?

The 2018 Chiefs boasted the league’s top-ranked scoring offense and accordingly offered one of the most fantasy-friendly situations imaginable for running backs. Kareem Hunt worked as the league’s PPR RB6 from Weeks 1-11 while Damien Williams was the RB5 from Weeks 13-17.

Enter Hyde, who is now on his fourth team since 2017. He hasn’t averaged even 4.0 yards per carry since 2017 and has always been a somewhat limited receiver, so it’s unlikely that the Chiefs have a featured role in mind.

Williams is expected to continue to work as the Chiefs’ featured back considering his late-season success, though both backs have the same amount of guaranteed money in their respective short-term contracts.

Hyde won’t offer week-to-week fantasy relevance as long as Williams is the three-down starter, but Hyde is one of the most valuable handcuff options as long as Patrick Mahomes continues to ball out.

Dwayne Allen Signs with the Miami Dolphins

  • 2019 fantasy outlook: Free agent
  • Contract details: Two-year deal worth $7 million with zero guaranteed money.
  • Biggest question: Will Allen start ahead of 2018 second-round pick Mike Gesicki?

Allen is a block-first tight end, but his presence is bad news for SPARQ-plug Mike Gesicki, who was the team’s second-round pick in the 2018 draft. Gesicki is more of a slot receiver than tight end, but he still finished last season with just 32 targets and zero trips to the end zone.

Part of the problem for Gesicki (44% snaps) in 2018 was the presence of Nick O’Leary (40%). It’ll be tough to get behind the talented second-year tight end if Allen winds up playing roughly half of the offense’s snaps in 2019.

Nick Boyle Re-Signs with the Baltimore Ravens

  • 2019 fantasy outlook: Free agent
  • Contract details: Three-year deal worth $18 million with $10 million fully guaranteed.
  • Biggest question: How many snaps are left for Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews?

Boyle is a block-first tight end who isn’t expected to hold much of any fantasy relevance in 2019. Still, his presence and rather large deal is bad news for high-round 2018 draft picks Hunter Hurst and Mark Andrews. Overall, Boyle (55% snaps) worked as the team’s No. 1 tight end ahead of both Hurst (23%) and Andrews (35%) last season.

Of course, everyone involved in the Ravens’ pass offense will likely continue to be a volatile fantasy option as long as Lamar Jackson remains under center.

Andre Ellington Signs with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • 2019 fantasy outlook: Free agent
  • Contract details: One-year deal worth $805,000 with zero guaranteed money.
  • Biggest question: What is Bruce Arians’ plan at running back?

Ellington hasn’t done anything of note in recent seasons, but Arians fed Ellington at least 50 targets during each of his first two seasons in the league from 2013 to 2014.

Another pass-heavy role could be in store if the Bucs fail to upgrade from Peyton Barber and/or Ronald Jones.

It would be shocking if Ellington gets a featured role considering his contract doesn’t include a single guaranteed dollar, but this backfield will be worth monitoring for fantasy after then-unknown 2015 third-round pick David Johnson emerged as a league winner in Arians’ offense from 2015 to 2016.

Charles Clay Signs with the Arizona Cardinals

  • 2019 fantasy outlook: Free agent
  • Contract details: One-year deal worth $2 million with $350,000 guaranteed.
  • Biggest question: Will Ricky Seals-Jones remain the starting tight end?

Clay managed to catch at least 50 passes from 2013 to 2016, but the 30-year-old is coming off the worst season of his career and joins a tight end room that already has some depth with Ricky Seals-Jones.

Still, the Cardinals did release Jermaine Gresham, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see Clay play a significant role as the team’s No. 1 blocking tight end.

RSJ will have a tough time capitalizing on his immense physical talents if he’s again unable to play a consistent percentage of snaps. This appears to be the case assuming both Clay will be healthy on Sundays come September.

Kareem Hunt Signs with the Cleveland Browns

  • 2019 fantasy outlook: Flex option with RB1 upside if Nick Chubb gets injured.
  • Contract details: One-year deal worth $1.1 million with zero guaranteed money.
  • Biggest question: Will Hunt threaten Nick Chubb’s three-down workload?

Read about what his suspension will look like, how high Cleveland’s offensive ceiling is and more analysis here.

Larry Fitzgerald Re-Signs with the Arizona Cardinals

  • 2019 fantasy outlook: WR2/High-end WR3
  • Contract details: One-year deal worth $11 million that’s fully guaranteed.
  • Biggest question: Will Father Time finally catch up to Fitz?

Fitz will be 36 years old by the time Week 1 rolls around. The Cardinals’ No. 1 receiver will undoubtedly have fantasy value in new head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s air-raid offense, though Fitzgerald is coming off a career-worst season in yards (734) and yards per target (6.55).

Josh Rosen didn’t demonstrate a ton of upside as a rookie, but the team’s brutal offensive line and play-calling was reminiscent of Jared Goff with the Jeff Fisher-led Rams in 2016. Arizona‘s only wide receiver other than Fitz who demonstrated any sort of consistency in 2018 was second-round pick Christian Kick.

Fitz hasn’t been winning with speed for years, so it wouldn’t be surprising if he’s able to experience a small fantasy renaissance as the de facto top pass-game option in what figures to be one of the league’s most pass-heavy offenses.

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