2016 Free Agent Landings Part 2

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.

the Good the bad and the fuzzy

The Good

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.

The Bad

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.

The Fuzzy-

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.

 

2016 Free Agent Landings Part 1

2016 Free Agent Landings Part 1 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Week 1 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.

the Good the bad and the fuzzy

The Good

new HOU Texan QB Brock Osweiler- Denver’s GM John Elway’s head must still be in the clouds from winning the Super Bowl. Letting QB Osweiler go to Houston is likely going to haunt the Broncos.

new SD Charger WR Travis Benjamin- This might be my favorite offensive pick-up in free agency so far. With Rivers as his quarterback, Benjamin is about to show the NFL what he’s been able to do all along, but couldn’t while in the Brown’s organization.

new NY Jet RB Matt Forte- It would have been nice to see Forte get paid by Chicago and stay a Bear. Chicago wouldn’t resign him so he signed a three-year deal with the Jets. He would be an excellent running back on any NFL team.

new HOU Texan RB Lamar Miller- He has stated that he “had grown weary of being underutilized in the Dolphins’ offense.” Miller was the  #6 running back in the NFL for 2015, but he only had 194 carries ( vs Adrian Peterson’s 327). He’s still young and talented. Miller is a great addition for the Texans.

new DET WR Marvin Jones– He’s not Megatron obviously, but he is 6’2″ and a dependable route runner. The former Bengals signed a five-year deal with Detroit worth $40 million

The Bad

new ARI Cardinal TE Jermaine Gresham- This move isn’t a bad one for Arizona, but it is for Gresham. The Cardinals do not have an offense for tight ends, so Gresham had better like to block.

new TENN Titan WR Rishard Matthews- This guy will have to fight TE Delanie Walker, WR Dorial Green-Beckham, WR Kendall Wright, WR Justin Hunter and RB Dexter McCluster for targets.

new PHIL Eagle WR Chris Givens- He reunites with Sam Bradford, who he had the most success with in St. Louis from 2012-2013. Can he improve on his meager 2015 stats of 353 receiving yards and 1 TD, with so many other weapons in Philadelphia?

new KC Chief WR Rod Streater- The Chiefs don’t have much after WR Jeremy Maclin except TE Travis Kelce, so Streater might be a contributor in 2016. Still, this wide receiver only had one catch in 2015, and this is the ultra-conservative KC offense.

The Fuzzy-

new JACK Jaguar RB Chris Ivory- If the Jags had traded TJ Yeldon, I would like this move more. Ivory is a football player, and he likes to get the ball. I think he’ll be unhappy in Jacksonville splitting carries, and I doubt he’ll be an asset to fantasy football owners, with roughly 8-10 carries a games.

new PITT Steeler TE Ladarius Green- His best game in 2015 was Week 1, for 74 yards and 1 TD. He had opportunities in San Diego, when TE A Gates was suspended for the 1st four games of the 2015 season, and he did not capitalize on it. QB Roethlisberger loved throwing to retired TE Heath Miller, so we’ll just have to see if he loves throwing to TE Green.

new ATL Falcon WR Mohamed Sanu- Last season, WR Leonard Hankerson had 241 yards and and 2 touchdowns in the 1st 4 games. The Falcons desperately need weapons to compliment WR Julio Jones. Sanu possesses the skills to be a slot receiver and red-zone weapon.

new BALT Raven TE Ben Watson- In 2015, with QB Drew Brees, Watson was the #7 Tight End in the NFL. He had 825 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns. Although Baltimore is an offense that utilizes the tight end position, the Ravens drafted TE Maxx Williams in the 2015 NFL Draft and also have Crockett Gillmore as another tight end weapon.