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2018 NFL Free Agency – Dynasty Impact

As a dynasty owner your season may be over and this is the time I believe most of us get a little break to enjoy the NFL playoffs before rookie season really ramps up. As a tireless dynasty enthusiast I felt breaking down the 2018 free agents would be a cool thing to do before we are flooded with scouting reports and hours of film watching and analysis. It’s important to break down free agent landing spots when factoring in your rookie landing spots. There’s only so many starting spots, targets and carries to go around and the more knowledgeable we can be about each teams depth or lack thereof gives us an advantage over our leaguemates.




  • Jimmy Garoppolo – Almost a guarantee Jimmy G is franchised. In 6 games played Garoppolo had eight total touchdowns and six turnovers. His value in superflex and even 1 QB leagues is at an all time high right now especially for a guy who has never played a full NFL season.


  • Kirk Cousins – Sure feels like we go through this every season. Cousins seems likely to move on this year more than any of the last two. A 27/13 TD:INT ratio doesn’t tell the whole story but for fantasy purposes Cousins landing somewhere else could at least throw a wrinkle in for the 2018 season.
  • Drew Brees – Owed a boatload of money but given his comments after the crushing loss to the Vikings it seems like Brees will stay in New Orleans. Brees moving on would really affect the dynasty values of the Saints playmakers so I think we all are in agreement with wanting him to stay put.


  • Bridgewater, Keenum, Bradford, McCown, Cutler – Next level tier of QBs who have a chance to be signed as a starter. Keenum most likely draws the most interest but could see all on new teams in 2018. Cutler likely doesn’t play in 2018 and if McCown does its likely as a backup or mentor to a rookie QB. Bradford and Bridgewater could land in spots on one year prove it deals with a chance to win the starting spot.




  • Le’Veon Bell – Bell coming off another insane year remains as one of the top RBs in the game. Bell has hinted at retirement and the Steelers have hinted at franchising him again. Bell is dynamic and likely remains great no matter where he goes but I don’t see him moving on from Pittsburgh and that’s where his value is the highest anyway.


  • Carlos Hyde – Hyde with a career high in attempts, touchdowns, receptions and receiving yards may be out in SF. The 49ers have a ton of cap space so likely they can retain Hyde for cheaper but with the depth of RB in the draft and Kyle Shanahan’s system it’s just as likely Hyde is playing football for a new team next year.


  • Dion Lewis – Lewis coming off his first ever full 16 game season totaled 1,000 scrimmage yards and 9 touchdowns. It’s almost foolish to think he ends up anywhere but New England next year. He was a big surprise for dynasty owners this year and holds his value if he remains a Patriot.


  • McKinnon, Crowell, Burkhead – Second level of RBs that can make an impact with new teams in 2018. Likely aren’t signed as starters but can be committee backs with upside next year. Burkhead probably most likely to return to current team.


  • Gore, Sproles – Ageless wonders who can be signed and cut into a RBBC. Sproles is more likely to have value in PPR in 2018. Gore just won’t retire always seems to be there churning out touchdowns and yards. Two names that we hope fade out in 2018 but names to keep an eye on.


  • Darkwa, Terrance West, Jeremy Hill, Alf Morris, Eddie Lacy – All mostly plotter RBs who would add depth to power running teams. With most teams going RBBC these names could shake up the draft if these guys land on RB needy teams.




  • Sammy Watkins – Rumors already have the Rams franchise tagging Watkins. Goff, Gurley, Woods and Kupp are already big parts of a young high powered offense. Watkins needs targets to break out and if he stays in L.A it’s likely that won’t happen. Watkins has all the ability in the world and I still love his value entering year two in McVay’s offense.


  • Jarvis Landry – Words like “disrespect” and “insulting” have been mentioned when relating to the Dolphins and Landry’ contract situation. Landry instantly helps any offense with his effectiveness from the slot. Landry joining an offense with available targets would be the dream scenario. Pairing him in Chicago or San Fran if he’s not franchise tagged would be good news for dynasty owners.


  • Allen Robinson – I feel as dynasty owners we are all just praying Robinson isn’t resigned but it’s likely he is. After missing all of 2017 Robinson will return as the number one WR again for Jacksonville’ offense and with it being unclear who the QB will be. Robinson is a dynamic young talent who still hasn’t reached his potential he was a buy low this season but likely his value becomes sky high again as his return gets closer.


  • Moncrief, T. Pryor, J- Matt – All three coming off down fantasy years could be buy lows during the off season with a chance to be consistent dynasty performers again. Pryor and J- Matt almost a guarantee to be on new teams before the NFL draft. Moncrief value increases if he stays in Indy with Luck and potentially Josh McDaniels.


  • Marqise Lee, Paul Richardson, Mike Wallace – Not exactly attractive dynasty names especially with a rookie draft on the horizon but nonetheless names to keep an eye on. Each had surprisingly effective seasons in 2017 and could be cheap adds for NFL teams and dynasty teams alike.


  • Brice Butler, Mike Floyd, John Brown, Cody Latimer, Jeff Janis – Upside WRs that should all be playing with new QBs next season.




  • Jimmy Graham – Unlikely to resign in Seattle according to reports it would make many dynasty owners happy to see him back with the Saints and Brees. Although I feel thats a longshot the best case scenario is Graham lands somewhere he is utilized as he was in New Orleans. Graham has a lot left and can help out many teams that are TE needy.


  • Tyler Eifert – Another missed season has majority of dynasty owners just over Eifert. Still a difference maker when he plays Eifert can be a steal in free agency. Eifert moving on to a better offense and a change of scenery could hopefully help him avoid the injury bug. TE is so hard to find in dynasty leagues so I wouldn’t fade Eifert as long as he plays in 2018.
  • Austin Seferian Jenkins – ASJ is back and although he didn’t remain as hot all season he truly showed he can be a starting TE again. ASJ could do wonders for a rookie QB next year weather thats with the Jets or not that remains to be seen.


  • Trey Burton, Watson, Gates – This lets us know how weak the TE position is in the NFL. Gates and Watson are an injury or season away from retirement. Burton has upside but with his success behind Ertz in Philadelphia it wouldn’t surprise me if he returned on a team friendly deal.


The most interesting scenarios in free agency depend so much on franchise tags. WR and RB are likely the most impactful positions this year but it’s important to know who lands where especially around rookie drafts. In dynasty every offseason is big so this one is no different. Keep building those dynasty powerhouses all offseason long. There is truly no off season for dynasty owners.

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