Where’s Waldo?

Where’s Waldo?

Each year, once the fantasy football season is over the first thing we all look forward to is free agency and trades for the next season. We as a society of sports fans and fantasy players are obsessed with change, new places, and our athletes moving around and how that will impact the team they left almost as much as the team they join. With 2018 far behind us and the 2019 fantasy see on the horizon, it’s time to look at who moved to a new team and how that will impact their fantasy status for this year! So, who moved and where did they go? Let’s check it out in a piece I like to call “Where’s Waldo?” I have also attached a “fantasy impact” number for each player from 1-10; with 1 being minimal-at-best impact to 10 being potential stud impact!

QUARTERBACKS

  • Blake Bortles Jaguars to Rams: Bortles was no longer needed in Jacksonville after the Jaguars signed Super Bowl 52 MVP Nick Foles to a four-year deal the off season (more on that shortly) and Blake decided to move out West and join the reigning NFC Champion Los Angeles Rams to back up Jared Goff. Barring injury to Goff it’s unlikely we see much, if anything, from Bortles in 2019. If he does need to come into a game or two, Bortles is working with the best offense and coaching staff he has in his five-year career, and if called upon to take the reigns, Bortles can show up as he averaged 4,007 yards and 26 touchdowns in the three seasons he played all 16 games (2015-2017). Good choice at a back-up plan for McVay and the Rams, not much fantasy value for Bortles right now.

FANTASY IMPACT: 3

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick Buccaneers to Dolphins: After the Dolphins shipped Ryan Tannehill off to Tennessee they needed a veteran leader to come in and compete with Josh Rosen, whom they acquired from the Cardinals during the draft, and they may have signed the best journeyman signal caller of all time in Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick is coming off a season where he filled in for Jameis Winston in Tampa Bay to start the year and became the first QB in NFL history to throw for 400+ yards in three consecutive games; to go along with his 11TD to just 4INTs in those three games. Moving to Miami, however, is a step backwards in terms of the talent he will be working with. In Tampa he had Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Cameron Brate, and O.J. Howard to spread the ball to and DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills, and Mike Gesicki are nowhere near that talent pool. Miami now has a defensive head coach in Brian Flores and their new OC, Chad O’Shea, has been a wide receivers coach the last 13 seasons but has worked in New England the last 10 seasons with a guy named Tom Brady who makes all his receivers look like Pro Bowl players. Fitzpatrick and Rosen will battle it out in camp and if Fitzpatrick beats out the second year signal-caller, do I trust him as my fantasy quarterback? No, no I don’t. He’s not starting off 2019 with three games of 400+ yards. Someone in your league will see how he started hot last year and bite on that, let them, and get a QB you can use all year with confidence.

FANTASY IMPACT: 4

  • Joe Flacco Ravens to Broncos: Denver decided to move on from the one-year Case Keenum experiment to the Joe Flacco version. In the end it’s not a downgrade, but is it really much of an upgrade? While Flacco may command more respect from defenses given his NFL track record and the kind of streaks he could go on, it’s really not much of a difference from Keenum to Flacco. Flacco doesn’t have many weapons to work with in the Mile High city. Demaryius Thomas was traded last year, Emmanuel Sanders will be sidelined for a big chunk of 2019, and the rest of the bulk of the receiving corps is entering year two (Courtland Sutton, Daesean Hamilton and Tim Patrick) and rookie tight end Noah Fans will need time to adjust to NFL life but he could be Flacco’s biggest weapon. Phillip Lindsay, the team’s most dynamic player-maker, is coming off a wrist injury and medical professionals say it may never be the same. The Broncos also drafted Drew Lock early in round two to be their future franchise guy, but will he beat out Joe to start week one this year? Highly unlikely, so for now Flacco is the starter, and even though he’s a starting QB in the league that doesn’t mean you should trust him as a starter on your fantasy squad week-in and week-out. Right now he’s a bye week filler and match-up based QB at best.

FANTASY IMPACT: 4

  • Nick Foles Eagles to Jaguars: Don’t let his 2017 playoff performance fool you into thinking Foles is worthy of being picked as your starting quarterback in the fantasy world. In a 2QB league, fine, use him as your second quarterback if you go other places early in your draft, but in single QB leagues he’s a bye week fill-in at best. Foles is averaging under 200YPG and just over 1TD per contest with .5 INTs, or in terms of fantasy points 11 per contest. In perspective, last year only one QB in the top 30 averaged fewer points per game than the 11 Foles posts over his career, and even in the games he started in the regular season in 2017 and 2018 he only posted 9PPG. The Jaguars don’t have nearly the same caliber offense as the Eagles, and while Fournette is a better back than any rusher he had behind him in Philadelphia, Ertz and Alshon were much better targets than anyone Foles will be throwing to in Jacksonville. I wouldn’t draft him and would just scoop him up for a bye week or if my QB goes down and I need someone with a high ceiling.

FANTASY IMPACT: 6

  • Case Keenum Broncos to Redskins: Keenum was brought into Washington with Alex Smith out for 2019, and he should be the starter at the beginning of the year, but rookie Dwayne Haskins was a high draft pick and owner Daniel Snyder is an impatient guy and will want Haskins under center ASAP, especially if Washington starts slow with some sloppy losses in September and early October. Keenum has looked serviceable as a start his last two seasons with the Vikings and Broncos going for better than 3,500 yards each season and combined for a 40:22 TD:INT ratio. However, he had a ton of talent around him offensively in Minnesota and in Denver once Emmanuel Sanders went down, Keenum’s numbers followed just as fast as Manny went down. Before Sanders was injured (11 games), Keenum had 5 games of 250+ yards with three over 300, as well as 5 games with multiple touchdown passes and just one game of multiple picks. After Sanders got hurt (5 games), Keenum had two games with over 250, none hitting 300 and two games of fewer than 200 yards, just a single game with multiple passing scores and two games of multiple interceptions. The top of the Redskins wide outs is Josh Doctson and Paul Richardson, yes Jordan Reed is in the fold which will help but he’s an injury risk himself. I think Keenum has a rough year without the same talent level around him, he’s not a game-changing QB, and Dwayne Haskins won’t be waiting too long to see the field. I’d rather risk drafting Haskins in a deep league over Keenum.

FANTASY IMPACT: 4

  • Josh Rosen Cardinals to Dolphins: From a top ten pick in 2018’s NFL draft to traded for a 2nd round pick. From the desert to South Beach; Rosen has been in the NFL for a year and has already had a wild ride. Since Arizona got a new head coach in Kliff Kingsbury with a different offensive mindset, the franchise thought taking Kyler Murray with the first overall pick would be best for them and the Dolphins swooped in during a moment of desperation and get Rosen for a steal. Miami needed a franchise QB and taking a chance on Rosen on a rookie deal is an excellent plan. Much like the Cardinals, the Dolphins are starting with a new regime so bringing in Rosen at this juncture makes perfect sense. Rosen didn’t do much to write home about as a rookie in 2018 as he finished with 2,278 yards, 11TDs, and 14INTs in 14 games. His -3 TD:INT ratio was the worst among QBs who played at least 8 games, and his 8PPG were second worst among QBs to play at least 8 games. I’m not drafting Rosen in my redraft leagues this year, as Fitzpatrick should see some games to at least start the season but have Rosen on a bench in dynasty isn’t the worst thing in the world. Miami has some young talent and is on the rebuild and could peak at the right time when Brady and the Patriots end their run. Rosen is young enough and if the team is built properly around him, he could be a diamond in the rough in dynasty leagues and in redraft leagues in the near future, just not in 2019. 

FANTASY IMPACT: 4

  • Ryan Tannehill Dolphins to Titans: Tannehill was traded so the new Dolphins regime could start over and Tennessee stopping him up for a 4th round pick in 2020 wasn’t a bad choice on their end. Marcus Mariota has not played a full NFL season since entering the league in 2015 and has thrown for over 20 touchdowns just once. Tannehill has more upside than Mariota in the passing department, and while Tannehill is slated to be the back up to Mariota, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him starting at some point in 2019. He’s a waste of a draft pick but if you get desperate in the QB department towards the middle or end of the season, Tannehill is a name to keep in mind that some people may have forgotten about.

FANTASY IMPACT: 3

RUNNING BACKS

  • C.J. Anderson Rams to Lions: Anderson had a fantastic run, pun intended, to close out 2018 with the Rams after Todd Gurley missed the final two regular season games and the playoffs. Anderson had three straight games of 20+ carries, 120+ yards, and at least 1 touchdown in weeks 16, 17, and the Rams’ first playoff match up. The season before Anderson led the Broncos backfield as he rushed for his only 1,000-yard season while he scored 4 or more touchdowns in three of his final four seasons in Denver. In Detroit we will see a RBBC with second year player Kerryon Johnson, Theo Riddick (who I think takes a step backwards this year), and Anderson. C.J. will have some value on his own but I trust him more as a handcuff to Johnson as it’s Kerryon’s backfield to lose control of. If Kerryon stays healthy, he can do it all, but Anderson will be worked into the line up in short yardage and goal line situations. Worth a late round flier and earlier than that if you snag Kerryon so he’s cuffed up.

FANTASY IMPACT: 5.5

  • Le’Veon Bell Steelers to Jets: The biggest name to switch backfield is a guy who didn’t see a touch in 2018 and that’s stud back Le’Veon Bell. Is the Jets offense the Steelers? No, but they are up-and-coming with a talented QB in Sam Darnold with a year of experience under his belt plus some dangerous weapons in the passing game with Robby Anderson on the outside, the addition of slot receiver Jamison Crowder (more on him later), and sophomore tight end Chris Herndon. In the last three seasons he played at least 12 games, Bell rushed for better 1,250 yards and 7 scores while adding in at least 75 catches, 615 receiving yards, and 2 scores in the passing game. He will only be 27 years old this year and should have plenty to give with fresher legs this year than any other stud back in the league. New team, but we should see the same Bell in The Big Apple.

FANTASY IMPACT: 9

  • Tevin Coleman Falcons to 49ers: Coleman joins a crowded backfield out west after he moved from Atlanta to San Francisco this offseason. Jerick McKinnon is still listed as the top dog on the 49ers depth chart and will have first crack at the starting job in 2019 coming off his ACL tear before 2018 even kicked off. Coleman is used to being the guy to come in for some snaps and play a committee backfield from his days with Devonta Freeman in Atlanta. Last year Coleman set personal bests with 800 rushing yards and 32 catches as well as 5 receiving touchdowns. He did, however, have his fewest rushing scores (4) and receiving yards (276) since his rookie season in 2015. The 49ers backfield is crowded with McKinnon, Coleman, and Matt Breida not to mention Raheem Mostert who showed flashes of big-play ability in the few games he appeared in last season. Coleman has finished as a mid-to-low RB2 the last three seasons; RB18, RB22, RB18, so seeing him finish somewhere in that neighborhood once again wouldn’t be shocking but the fact he’s got more than just one back to compete with in The Bay Area makes his fantasy value much more murky (along with all the 49ers rushers).

FANTASY IMPACT: 6

  • Frank Gore Dolphins to Bills: Frank Gore is like the Michael Myers or Jason Voorhees of the NFL, no matter how much time passes or what happens to him the guy gets up and keeps playing! Gore will be 36, yes 36, when this season begins and while he’s outrun Father Time longer than most NFL backs, but it looks like Gore is starting to slow down. Last year in Miami, Gore had his fewest rushing yards (722) since he was a rookie way back in 2005. It was also the first year he failed to score a rushing TD in his entire 14-year career while his 12 catches and 124 receiving yards were both the second fewest of his career. He was splitting time with Kenyan Drake down on South Beach and his trip to northern New York won’t be much different as he has LeSean McCoy in front of him and a pass-catcher in T.J. Yeldon (more on him later) to take some of the weight off his aging shoulders. How much work Gore will get is yet to be seen but don’t be surprised to see him get even fewer than 168 he got last year (fewest since his rookie season). He’s one of the best rushers in 49ers history, he has the 4th most rushing yards in NFL history (just 522 ground yards from passing Barry Sanders for 3rd on that list) and seeing him have one more decent year before retirement would be a great story for the NFL. In the fantasy realm though, Gore doesn’t hold a ton of value. Even if Shady has another down year or gets injured it’s a RBBC with Gore and Yeldon at best and even then you have to figure the younger Yeldon gets the bulk of touches. Not worth drafting but let me be the first to say; Thank you Frank Gore for the hard work, timeless effort, and years of helping squads win fantasy championships since 2006.

FANTASY IMPACT: 3

  • Jordan Howard Bears to Eagles: You will notice a trend with the backs on this list as most are going to join a team that will use a committee and the Eagles are no exception, even with former Bear Jordan Howard joining them. Philadelphia has a few names already in place in Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood, and Josh Adams not to mention they drafted Miles Sanders out of Penn State in the 2nd round of this year’s draft. All that being said, Howard is listed as the teams top back and when it comes to drafting I’d take Howard off the board before any other Eagles back. While his 180 points last year were the fewest he’s produced in a season (11PPG), he averaged 12 per contest in 2017 and 15 per game as a rookie in 2016. Howard has two 1,000-yard seasons under his belt and he’s found the end zone at least 7 times each of his three NFL years. He’s caught no fewer than 20 passes in any season so he can do it all when called upon. Howard should have first chances at touches in every conceivable way and if he remains healthy there is a good chance he gets back to his rookie numbers when he finished as RB10. It’s a committee but I see more clarity in Philadelphia than I do in San Francisco or other cities we will talk about coming up.

FANTASY IMPACT: 7

  • Kareem Hunt Chiefs to Browns: Hunt’s legal troubles got him kicked out of Kansas City last year after week 11, but before that he was one of the elite backs in the league. He led the NFL in rushing yards as a rookie in 2017 (1,327 and finished 2018 with 824), he had over 375 receiving yards each of his two NFL seasons and scored 11 total touchdowns as a rookie and already had 14 scores before he was suspended last season. The dude is one of the most dynamic in the game so the Browns scooping him up to add to what should be a great offense already just makes them even more dangerous and for the price tag they can’t go wrong if he needs to be cut at any point for any reason, but with Hunt being suspended for the first 8 games of 2019 I’d imagine the Browns hang onto him for at least the back half of this season to see what they got in him. The Browns already have Nick Chubb who emerged last year ending as RB18 despite starting just 9 games during the year, and he looks to be a work horse type guy and able to do it all. Cleveland also has Duke Johnson who is one of the best backs in the NFL in the passing game, so until Hunt is able to see the field Cleveland will be fine with their duo of Chubb and Johnson. Let’s see how those guys play in the first half, if any injuries occur, and how long it takes Hunt to get back into football shape and acclimate with his new teammates. He is worth a late round pick-and-stash just in case and knowing how great he is on the field. His impact rating might look low but all factors considered I’d consider it at least fair if not better.

FANTASY IMPACT: 5.5

  • Mark Ingram Saints to Ravens: Ingram spent the last two seasons sharing time with the dynamic Alvin Kamara in New Orleans but now relocates to Baltimore where he won’t have a ton of competition for reps in the Ravens backfield. Gus Edwards had a healthy 5.2YPC on 137 touches and a pair of scores as a rookie in 2018 so he should get some looks but for the most part Ingram will be the man in Baltimore. He was able to rack up two 1,000-yard rushing seasons in the last three, he’s caught better than 45 passes in three of the last four, and has rushed into the end zone no fewer than 6 times in each of the last five seasons while ending at RB14, RB12, RB8, RB6, and RB32 (missing 4 games) in the last 5 years. Perhaps Ingram’s biggest competition for carries will be QB Lamar Jackson. Last year Jackson began starting for the Ravens in week 11 and over the final 7 games of the season he ran for 556 yards and 4 scores ending the year with 697 on the ground with 5TDs; that was more rushing yards than LeSean McCoy, Kenyan Drake, Leonard Fournette, and new teammate Mark Ingram. Ingram may loose touches to Jackson, but Lamar and his coaches need to prep him this offseason to be more QB first and rusher second and if he can do that than Ingram can really thrive with the threat of Jackson’s rushing ability on top of his improved passing game.

FANTASY IMPACT: 7.5

  • Ty Montgomery Ravens to Jets: After a big campaign in 2016 and the beginning of 2017, Montgomery has done much of nothing since week 4 of 2017. In the 14 games to end 2016 and begin 2017, he averaged over 14PPG with 10 games of 8+ points and 8 of those games racking up double-digit points. In the 17 games he appeared in since week 4 of 2017 he’s averaged shy fo 6PPG with just six games of 8+ points and four hitting the 10+ mark. He’s playing with his third team in the last two years and sits 3rd on the depth chart behind work horse Le’Veon Bell and Jets’ vet Elijah McGuire. Barring some trick or gadget plays designed for him, Montgomery holds minimal, if any, fantasy value for 2019. Even if Bell goes down, McGuire would get the bulk of touches and the Jets would more-than-likely sign another back to slide into the mix.

FANTASY IMPACT: 1

  • Latavius Murray Vikings to Saints: With the previously mentioned Mark Ingram gone to Baltimore, the Saints brought in former Viking Latavius Murray to take the pound role and give a few breathers to Alvin Kamara during the course of a game. Murray has shown how dangerous he can be on the ground in Minnesota as he racked up more than 775 yards and at least 6 scores on the ground in three of the last four seasons, including his only 1,000-yard effort in 2015 when he started all 16 games for the Vikes. He’s no slouch in the passing game either as he has better than 20 catches in three of the last four seasons. Ingram was able to have a career-year in 2017 with 1,124 yards and 12 trips to the end zone on the ground while adding in 58 receptions 416 yards through the air; and that was with Kamara in the line up as well. I think the Saints push Kamara to get more touches this year, but when Murray comes onto the field he will be the Ingram-type guy the Saints love to pair with a speedster and pass-catcher like Kamara. Murray might be the most needed handcuff in 2019, and he can contribute to your squad even if you don’t get the chance to grab Kamara with a top 3 pick.

FANTASY IMPACT: 7

FANTASY IMPACT: 6

WIDE RECEIVERS

  • Danny Amendola Dolphins to Lions: Amendola is moving from sunny Miami to snowy Detroit and reuniting with a familiar face in head coach Matt Patricia; whom he worked with in New England. Amendola spent his first season since 2012 away from Tom Brady last year and his numbers did hit a slight decline. He scored just once; fewest touchdowns since 2014, while his 59 grabs for 575 yards was respectable he averaged 8PPG; his 3rd worst output in the last nine years. He goes from a Ryan Tannehill/Brock Osweiler combo to Matthew Stafford, which is an upgrade. The problem is what kind of use Amendola will get with the Lions. Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones are ahead of him on the receiver pecking order, not to mention a trio of backs in Kerryon Johnson, Theo Riddick, and C.J. Anderson who can all catch, plus rookie tight end T.J. Hcokenson. Amendola should go undrafted, and unless you are in an extremely deep league or desperate situation, he won’t see many rosters in 2019.

FANTASY IMPACT: 1

  • Cole Beasley Cowboys to Bills: Beasley is entering his 8th NFL season and playing his first year outside of Dallas, join the Buffalo Bills this offseason. Buffalo needs someone with some sure hands that Josh Allen can rely on and Beasley could be that guy. Beasley has caught 69% of his targets or better in five of the last six years. He’s found the end zone at least three times each of the last five and went for four or more scores in four of those years. He’s gone over 670 yards in two of the last three years as the Cowboys third or fourth option on offense and he’s been able to hit double-digit yards per catch in four of the last five seasons. He’s not the biggest name out there, but he should really give Allen another solid target and take some pressure off Robert Foster, who will be relied on as the WR1 in Buffalo in his sophomore season.

FANTASY IMPACT: 5.5

  • Antonio Brown Steelers to Raiders: There should be much needed to be said about Brown; he’s got more than 100 catches, 1,275 yards, and at least 8TDs each of his last six seasons. He’s been the top wide out off the board for what seems like forever, but should he be top dog at the position in your draft this season? I don’t think so. His talent isn’t in question, but his new situation in Oakland is. The Raiders aren’t the Steelers. Brown won’t have nearly the same amount of talent around him on the field or in the coaching staff to put him in the best position possible. Then there is the issue of the guy slinging him the rock. Derek Carr is far from being Big Ben. The last four seasons Roethlisberger is averaging 4,284 yards and 28TDs versus the 3,867 yards and 25TDs for Carr. In his five NFL seasons, Carr has never finished in the top 12 among quarterbacks while Ben has been top 12 three times in that period and top 6 twice. Carr has had just one wide out in his five seasons finish as a WR1; Michael Crabtree finished as WR12 in 2016. Here’s how Carr’s top two receivers have finished since 2015; WR16 & WR21, WR12 & WR15, WR31& WR35, and WR18 (which isn’t accurate as Amari Cooper’s numbers were boosted after his move from Oakland) & WR39. I trust Carr, and the Raiders as a whole, much, much less than I trust Big Ben and Pittsburgh. Also, let’s note Brown’s age as he will be 31 when the year begins, and in NFL history only 5 receivers have ever had at least 100 grabs, 1,275 yards, and 8 scores in a season after age 30 and only Brandon Marshall (2015) has posted those numbers since 2001. Brown is still going to be one of the first wide outs off the board, and he should be, but the days of him being the definite first one taken and guarantees of a top 3 finish are over.

FANTASY IMPACT: 8

  • John Brown Ravens to Bills: Brown joins the previously mentioned Beasley as new wide outs in Buffalo. He’s shown big play ability in his first five NFL seasons in Arizona and Baltimore, and that is going to need to continue in Northern New York. On the plus side, Brown has had more than 13YPC in every single year and the two seasons he started double-digit games he had no fewer than 715 yards, with a 1,000-yard season in 2015, and he’s gone for 5 or more touchdowns in three of his five NFL seasons. He gets peppered with targets having 95 or more looks in three separate seasons and average over 85 looks per year for his career. The bad news in all of this? His ability to reel in passes in less-than-average. He has a career catch rate of 50% while he was held under 50% in three seasons (38% and 43% the last two years) and has gone for better than 55% just once; 64% in 2015. He’s got speed and vertical ability to blow the top off coverage, so he always has the potential for a deep touchdown, or at least a big yardage pick up, to help sophomore QB Josh Allen take some shot downfield throughout the year. If he had better hands and brought in more targets I’d like him more, but the numbers don’t lie.

FANTASY IMPACT: 5.5

  • Odell Beckham Jr Giants to Browns: Odell Beckham Jr. leaving New York was the biggest surprise this offseason, it’s something that was possible, but actually hearing that it went down was crazy enough. Hearing he went to Cleveland was even crazier. The Browns are showing that they want to give Baker Mayfield every single advantage he can have and are hellbent on surrounding him with the most talented players they can. OBJ joins one of his best friends and college teammate Jarvis Landry in The Dawg Pound, and while most receivers are divas who always want the ball, if two studs can get along and make it work it should be this pairing. Beckham is one of the most dynamic wide outs in the game today and, so far, NFL history. He is just one of three receivers to have at least 390 receptions, 5,475 yards, and 41 touchdowns to start his career (Randy Moss, Marvin Harrison, Larry Fitzgerald, and A.J. Green). He’s moved on from an aging QB in Eli Manning and an offense on the downslide to a QB who is on his way up in Baker Mayfield on an offense that should be one of the best in 2019 and the foreseeable future.

FANTASY IMPACT: 9

  • Randall Cobb Packers to Cowboys: Cobb had a solid four-year run from 2012-2015; take away his injury season of 2013 and he had over 800 yards each year, a 1,000+ one in 2014, and had at least 6 touchdowns all three years with a career-high in end zone trips with 12 in 2015. The last three years he’s been less-than-useful having gone over 650 yards just once; 653 in 2017, and never topping 4 touchdowns. He hasn’t played a full season since 2015 and now he’s going from Aaron Rodgers to Dak Prescott. Prescott isn’t a bad QB, but he is nowhere near the level that Rodgers is on. Dallas needed to replace Cole Beasley and Cobb was their best available option. We know he can produce, but will he have the opportunity to shine again? Amari Cooper and Dak already have a great connection, Zeke seems to be improving each year in the passing game, sophomore Michael Gallup is posed to take a step forward in 2019, and although Jason Witten won’t be returning as the stud he once was, we already know Prescott trusts him enough to look his way over Cobb in most situations.

FANTASY IMPACT: 4

  • Jamison Crowder Redskins to Jets: Crowder actually moved onto a better situation going from the Nation’s Capital to The Big Apple and joining the AFC team in New York. The Jets are one of the up-and-coming offenses to watch the year and Crowder coming to fill the slot role for Darnold and Gang Green is a solid signing by the Jets. Crowder has sure hands as he’s reeled in better than 72% of the targets the came his way in four seasons in Washington. If he didn’t miss 7 games last season, and didn’t have to deal with a carousel of QBs when he was on the field, he was on pace for his third straight year with 60+ catches, 700+ yards, and at least 3 scores. Crowder will have better talent around him in Robby Anderson and Le’Veon Bell plus tight end Chris Herndon is rising at his position as well. I like this move for Crowder and Darnold as well as the rest of the Jets offense.

FANTASY IMPACT: 6

  • Devin Funchess Panthers to Colts: Funchess is going to LOVE his move from Carolina to Indy. He had a very talented QB in Cam Newton but Andrew Luck is a guy who will always look to pass first, which will benefit Funchess big time. He’s a big boy who can throw his weight around on short passing downs and the red zone; Funchess has at least 4 touchdowns each of his four NFL seasons and 16 of his 21 total scores came in the red zone. He will also be the perfect compliment to the speedy vet T.Y. Hilton and new blood Parris Campbell. Tight ends Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle can clog the middle of the field and Funchess is going to in a ton of one-on-one battles on the outside all year. I already think Ebron is due to regress and I think Funchess will be the beneficiary to that. He’s going to look like a much different player with Luck throwing him the ball.

FANTASY IMPACT: 7

  • Chris Hogan Patriots to Panthers: In the last three years he played with Brady and the Pats, Hogan has finished as WR60, WR63, and WR70. Now he joins Cam Newton and the Panthers and an offense that uses Newton and Christian McCaffrey and then has some other guys when they need them. Hogan has gone over 500 yards just twice in his seven year career, and has never hit 700 in a season. His only season with more than 40 catches was back in 2014, when he had 41 with the Bills. He’s found the end zone at least three times in each of the last five years, so that’s a plus, but otherwise he really isn’t doing much. Not worthy of a draft pick at all and you need to be really desperate at wide out to even think about snatching him off the waiver wire.

FANTASY IMPACT: 2

FANTASY IMPACT: 6.5

  • DeSean Jackson Buccaneers to Eagles: DJax is going back to where it all start in Philadelphia. He has been gone for five years, but his best days were in an Eagles uniform and he will be playing with Carson Wentz, the best QB to be throwing him the rock since Donovan McNabb. In six seasons with Philly, Jackson had five years over 900 yards and three 1,000-yard seasons. Away from The City of Brotherly Love he had two 1,000-yard seasons and didn’t hit 800 in any of the other three. He had three years of 60+ receptions and three years of 6+ scores in Philly while have just one year with at least 6TDs and none hitting 60 grabs in Washington and Tampa Bay. Wentz and the Eagles finally get their deep threat added to one of the best offenses in the NFL and Jackson will benefit greatly from his move back home.

FANTASY IMPACT: 7

  • Seth Roberts Raiders to Ravens: Roberts moves from West coast to East coast and joins the Baltimore Ravens for 2019. Roberts has been a nice wide receiver in Oakland but he’s not a guy you’re drafting with hopes of plugging him into your line up more than just a bye week or in a very deep league. He’s listed as the Ravens number two but rookie Hollywood Brown could jump Roberts in the pecking order plus new back Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards can both catch out of the backfield, oh and Mark Andrews was a top 20 tight end in target last year as well. Roberts has never caught more than 45 passes in a season, he yet to hit 500 yards, and hasn’t scored more than twice in a season since 2016. The Ravens needed some wide receiver help to round out their depth chart but I wouldn’t expect much out of Roberts, even with a fresh start.

FANTASY IMPACT: 4

  • Golden Tate Eagles to Giants: I am not the biggest fan of Tate this year. He’s on his third team in two seasons, and outside of Detroit he has never excelled with monster numbers. He’s posted five season of 800+ yards; one came in Seattle in 2013 while the other four, including his three 1,000-yard seasons, all came with the Lions. It was noticeable how comfortable he was with Stafford throwing to him as he split time between Detroit and Philadelphia last year; 44-517-3 in 7 games with the Lions while he posted 30-278-1 in 8 games with the Eagles. Now he moves on to yet another offensive scheme on a team which he will be expected to be the man at age 31. If OBJ was still in town and Tate was him compliment I would like him a lot more, but give his age, Eli slowing down, a less-than-stelar offensive line to give Manning time to throw, and how hard it was for him to adapt to a new system last year I wouldn’t draft him nearly as high or expect nearly as much out of him as you did just two seasons ago.

FANTASY IMPACT: 6.5

  • Demaryius Thomas Texans to Patriots: Thomas was traded to the Texans from the Broncos half way through last year but his season ended with an achilles tear in week 16. He should be fully healed sometime late June/early July to participate in Patriots camp and get some work in the preseason. We’ve seen how great he can be, but will he be able to get back to that mountain top, even with Tom Brady slinging the rock to him? Thomas’ best years came with Peyton Manning throwing to him. DT had one year without Peyton that he went over 1,000 yards; 1,083 in 2016, and caught at least 90 passes; 90 in 2016 as well. He never had more than 6TD grabs without Manning and all his numbers have declined each season since 2015. New system, third team in two years, 31 years old and coming off a serious injury from late last season; not to mention Julian Edelman and rookie N’Keal Harry will be ahead of Thomas on the depth chart (not to mention Phillip Dorsett and Bruce Ellington) plus James White who is basically a receiver himself. Can Thomas produce some decent weeks in 2019? Possibly, but he had just one game over 65 yards last year and found the end zone just twice since week 6 of 2018, so I don’t have much faith in him, even with TB12 throwing him the ball.

FANTASY IMPACT: 3

  • Tyrell Williams Chargers to Raiders: Mike is the Williams that the Chargers hung onto this offseason and for good reason. Younger than Tyrell, not to mention a much higher ceiling. Williams stayed in state and in division going to rival Oakland for the 2019 season. The Raiders have a lot of changes at the wide out position and Williams will be the two behind AB. Williams has averaged more than 8PPG all four of his NFL seasons and hauled in better than 40 balls for more than 650 yards and at least 4TDs each of the last three years. He had a 1,000-yard season in 2016 so he has the ability to produce big weeks if he’s on the field, which he wasn’t nearly as much last year with a healthy Keenan Allen and Mike Williams to go along with Melvin Gordon who keeps improving as a pass-catcher. The Raiders don’t have a tight end of note so the wide outs should see a healthy does of targets and with coverage rolling to Brown, Williams has a great chance to excel in his first season in the silver and black.

FANTASY IMPACT: 6

TIGHT ENDS

  • Jared Cook Raiders to Saints: Cook is coming off a career-year in Oakland and moving on to greener pastures in New Orleans. Think about it, if a mediocre quarterback like Derek Carr can help Cook reach top five tight end status, what is a guy like Drew Brees going to do? A guy who made Jimmy Graham an absolute stud at the position! In five seasons in NOLA, Graham averaged 77 catches for 950 yards and 10 scores, including four straight years of 80+ grabs, two 1,000-yards seasons, and three years of double-digit scores. I’m not saying Cook is Graham but I do believe Cook can have better numbers than he posted in Oakland last year (68-896-6). Huge leap for Cook, another guy to put around Brees to keep him looking young, and Cook’s arrival will also have a positive impact on guys like Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara.

FANTASY IMPACT: 8

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