Another offseason of Free Agency, Trades, and the NFL Draft is near in the books. At the same time, Fantasy Football Leagues are open for sign up on many of the major sports sites. This means that it is a logical time to outline this year’s crop of Offseason Fantasy Football Winners & Losers. Last year we got some right and some wrong… let’s see how things shake up this year.
Steven Jackson: A surprising stat is how often the Falcons run the ball inside the 10 yard line. They did it A LOT last year… even with terrible Michael Turner. Jackson held his own last year and hasn’t been on an offense with WR threats like Atlanta before. I think he could have a nice year.
Danny Amendola: This is going to be a fun pick in drafts. If he stays healthy, he will be Wes Welker good in New England. But he hardly ever is healthy. I don’t think I’d like him as my #1 or #2 WR, but will take a shot at him as a #3 if given the chance. Upside is too much to ignore.
Reggie Bush: If you are in a PPR league, I love Reggie Bush in Detroit.
Matt Stafford: He has a running back now. QB is deep. And after last year, he will be undervalued. I see big value here.
Chris Ivory: Here is a sneaky RB for you. Ivory has showed flashes of #1 RB potential in NO and will join a Jets roster that needs a playmaker desperately. The Jets have a solid but not great OL but were good enough to make Shonn Greene a top 15 RB last year. Ivory could be a really solid #2 and great Flex option this year.
David Wilson: With Ahmad Bradshaw gone, the second year back will get a lot of carries for the Giants, who love to run the football. Wilson is a home-run threat who should break long runs early and often for Big Blue.
Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Randall Cobb: With Greg Jennings now playing for the Minnesota Vikings all three of these players should get more targets from Aaron Rogers.
Larry Fitzgerald: By no fault of his own, Larry Fitzgerald has been hurt by terrible quarterback play over the past few seasons. Now he has Carson Palmer throwing him the ball, and while he is past his prime Palmer can still certainly sling it deep. The addition of Palmer should boost Fitzgerald’s numbers.
Jamaal Charles: Head coach Andy Reid plans on using Charles the same way he used LeSean McCoy in Philly, and McCoy was a top five back when he was healthy in Philly. Charles could catch a ton of balls in Reid’s offense and should still produce running the football, he could be in for a huge season.
Tom Brady: Call it wishful thinking from a Jets fan, but I think Brady could be in for his toughest season in a while. The Pats lost Wes Welker and Brandon Llyod and both their TEs are huge injury question marks heading into the season. Danny Amendola is always an injury away from the IR. The running game is non existent and they didn’t do enough to improve a terrible defense. Brady is still Brady… but his weapons haven’t been this bad since he won his first Super Bowl (shit!)
Greg Jennings: Jennings got his money but has significantly downgraded his QB situation. I see a really bad year on the horizon for him.
Vernon Davis/Michael Crabtree: With Anquan Boldin joining the show in San Fran, there are more players for a running QB to spread the ball around to. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVER Crabtree in PPR leagues this year… but I love him less than I did before Boldin joined the team.
Chris Johnson: Shonn Greene will poach TDs inside the 10. They will also use him to wear down tired defenses late in games, when Johnson tends to break his big runs.
Mike Wallace: See Greg Jennings. His QB will be a significant downgrade in Miami.
Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker: With Wes Welker in Denver, Decker and Thomas will not have as much of an opportunity to produce, as Welker will catch over 100 balls and develop into Peyton Manning’s safety blanket.