2016 Free Agent Landings Part 2 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles
Week 2 of NFL free agency is in the books, and there are some teams that already have a new look, like the Houston Texans. Some teams like the Green Bay Packers were not aggressive in free agency, but did not lose any key players. Then there a few teams that added players, that may or may not have an impact in 2016.
The Good, the Bad and the Fuzzy Free Agent pick-ups so far.
new CLEV Texan QB Robert Griffin III- I do not believe that RGIII is a great quarterback, but I do think he has the potential to be better than Josh McCown, J Manziel, Austin Davis, Brian Hoyer, Connor Shaw, Jason Campbell, Brandon Weeden, Thad Lewis, Colt McCoy Seneca Wallace, Jake Delhomme, Brady Quinn, Derek Anderson etc etc etc.
new NO TE Coby Fleener- QB Drew Brees has never looked comfortable throwing to TE Josh Hill, who was signed by the Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2013. Fleener is in a great situation for fantasy football owners because Saints HC Sean Payton admits that Fleener isn’t an asset as a blocker, so his role will be as a weapon for Brees.
new CINN WR Brandon Lafell– The Bengals need wide receivers to replace Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu, and have begun building around WR A.J. Green with 6’4″ WR LaFell. The former Patriot was the #85 wide receiver in the NFL last year with 37 receptions for 515 yards and 0 TDs.
new DET RB Stevan Ridley- This running back is now on his 3rd team in 3 years, and he missed eight games last season while recovering from a torn ACL. He is currently the #5 running back on the Lion’s depth chart, which means he won’t get any significant playing time.
new PHIL Eagle WR Rueban Randle- You know what the New Yorrk Giants thinks of Rueban Randle…..when they refused to re-sign him, and kept injured-plagued Victor Cruz instead. RR will have little fantasy value in 2016.
new BALT WR Mike Wallace- He has been making excuses for his poor play for a couple years now. Wallace recently blamed his former Minnesota quarterback for his lack of production, but he now needs to explain why he was out-played by rookie WR Stephan Diggs in that same offense. ( Diggs #46 WR in 2015……Wallace #75 WR in 2015). Maybe 60 Minutes gets motivated in 2016 with QB Flacco, but I’ll believe it when I see it.
new DET WR Jeremy Kerley- Last season Kerley only saw 26 targets total, and he blamed the Jets coaching staff for his lack of production. He will be playing behind WRs Golden Tate and Marvin Jones ( and anyone else the Lions bring in or draft) so Kerley’s 2016 fantasy value in minimal.
new WASH TE Vernon Davis – As a Bronco last season starting in November, Davis ended up with 20 catches for 201 yards and 0 TDs…..not exactly what fantasy football owners were expecting when they flocked to the waiver wire to grab him. I doubt Davis interfers with WASH TE Jordan Reed from having another great season.
new NE Pat RB Donald Brown- This running back hasn’t been given a lot of chances to start in NFL games, but when he has, he has shown some ability and competitiveness. Unfortunately, no one can get excited about any running back in New England. I’m not drafting Brown unless he’s a good bargain in very late rounds.
new GB Cardinal TE Jared Cook- This acquisition by the Packers is confusing to figure out, because Cook will make the 5th tight end on the Green Bay roster. It also isn’t like the Packer’s didn’t already have a legitimate tight end weapon. TE Richard Rodgers was the #9 TE in 2015, with 8 touchdowns.
new DAL RB Alfred Morris- Last season, Morris looked like he was running on fumes, and Washington didn’t try to re-sign him. He’ll back up RB Darren McFadden, who stayed surprisingly healthy last season, but who knows if he will in 2016.
new IND RB Robert Turbin- 2015 was the first time in five seasons that RB Frank Gore failed to reach 1,000 yards. Gore will be 33 years old in May, and although he is one of the toughest men in the NFL, RB Turbin makes for an interesting handcuff for 2016.