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2017 NFL Free Agency: Fantasy Football Reactions

Fantasy-slanted reactions from Editor-in-Chief Matt De Lima and Senior Fantasy Experts Adam Ronis & Dr. Roto to all the big 2017 NFL free agency moves!

Brandin Cooks Traded To Patriots

Dr. Roto (DR): When the Saints signed Ted Ginn Jr., everyone knew it was a matter of time before Cooks was gone. Sure enough, the Saints peddled Cooks to the Patriots for two high draft picks. For the Saints, this deal allows them to spend their money and draft picks to improve their awful defense. For New England, it gives them one of the top 20 WR in the game. As for Fantasy purposes, I think this hurts Cooks' value a bit since Brady has all sorts of weapons. It also really hurts the values of Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell as there won't be enough footballs to go around to feed Edelman, Cooks, and Gronk.

MD: Whoa! This is a big one. Cooks is an elite talent and it's been a long time since Tom Brady had an elite wideout. There are a lot of pass-catching options so maybe Cooks numbers fall off if ever so slightly. That said, I think it would be foolish to downgrade him outside of the top 12 Fantasy WRs. And he's only 23 years old. Bonus for Dynasty owners.

Martellus Bennett Signs With Green Bay

DR: Marty B's value skyrockets in drafts next season. Aaron Rodgers can make anyone look good (Jared Cook) and Bennett is a huge red zone target as well. He is easily a top seven player at TE in drafts next season.

MD: Jared Cook had his moments last season, but I feel Bennett is a much more reliable tight end with a very balanced skillset. Injuries were an issue last season for Bennett but I'm not going to let that affect my opinion too much. When selecting TEs, I'm looking for value since the position has so much parity from year to year and even week to week.

Terrelle Pryor Agrees To One-Year Deal With Redskins

DR: Considering the fact that the Redskins have screwed most everything up this offseason, they did a great job signing Pryor. Pryor and Josh Doctson will be the outside receivers for the Skins with Jamison Crowder remaining in the slot. Pryor is an explosive player and certainly as good if not better than Pierre Garcon.

MD: The Redskins are a bit of an enigma right now. Will this team still be led by Kirk Cousins next year? DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon are now gone. Where does Pryor fit in on the depth chart with Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson? Pryor broke out last year, yet I'm still a bit hesitant. I need more consistency and I'm not willing to reach for him if he's the third or fourth mouth to feed in Washington's offense.

Washington & Kirk Cousins Agree To One-Year Contract

DR: The drama continues in Washington, but at least they have a starting QB--for now. Signing Cousins was a necessity if the team wanted any shot to make the playoffs. Now they have a year to figure out the plan: either fire Bruce Allen and try to sign Cousins long-term or draft Cousins' successor in two months. Most importantly, Cousins' Fantasy value remains steady so long as he is in DC.

MD: One year, $23.94 million. Whew. From the little research I just did, Cousins is the second-highest paid QB in 2017 (as of now), behind only Andrew Luck. I'm in the wrong profession. Cousins apparently has beef with Washington management. I'm not surprised. The team is still owned by Dan Snyder after all. The Redskins need to figure out how to get on Kirk's good side though. I'm not sold on his talent, but you can't let a QB that led you to the postseason to just walk away. I prefer Cousins in real life over Fantasy so I probably wouldn't take him as anything more than a backup in any format.

Torrey Smith & Alshon Jeffery Sign With Eagles

Adam Ronis (AR): It's surprising to see less talented receivers get multi-year contracts, while Jeffery settles for a one-year deal. He's either banking on himself to put up big numbers and earn big money or teams want him to show better durability and stay on the field before committing. Jeffery had 821 yards receiving in 12 games last season, missing four games due to a PED suspension. Jeffery is a WR2 and this is a boost for Carson Wentz. Smith won't have great fantasy value as he won't get the volume with Jeffery, Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz there. He will be used to stretch the field and Wentz gets some weapons he needed.

DR: Wentz finally gets two big targets who can make a difference in Philly. The big question is whether Doug Pedersen will screw it up somehow?

MD: Jordan Matthews owners in Dynasty leagues are feeling gut-punched. At least Matthews only has one year left on his contract and he could probably use the change in scenery in 2018 (or sooner). Also, I guess the Nelson Agholor and Dorial Green-Beckham experiments are over as well? They are both under contract through 2018 (for now). If the price is right, I’ll take a shot at Alshon in a dynasty but I’m likely undervaluing him as a low-end WR2 with more floor than ceiling. Torrey Smith? No thanks. Maybe if he’s on the waiver wire in a deep league!

DeSean Jackson Headed to Tampa Bay

AR: This is an excellent move for the Buccaneers. Jackson is a great fit. He provides the speed and deep threat opposite Mike Evans. Jackson has five 1,000 -yard seasons in his nine-year career and averaged 17.9 yards per catch last season. Jackson is always boom or bust since he doesn't get the heavy volume. Jackson should score more than he did last season when he scored four times, putting Jackson in the WR3 range. This is beneficial for the fantasy stock of Jameis Winston.

DR: Perfect fit here for both the player and team.

MD: For those looking to make a run at a championship, I wouldn’t mind trading a future third for Jackson. Again, this is assuming you have a legit shot at a championship!

Brandon Marshall Inks Contract to Join ODB With the G-Men

AR: This is a good move for the fantasy value of Marshall. Forget about last season's stats. Marshall isn't done. He suffered from poor quarterback play and a bad offense. Marshall will be a red zone threat and see his touchdown increase. Of course, the Giants need to improve the offensive line and Eli Manning needs to play better than he did last season. Marshall is a WR2.

DR: He makes their WR corps unstoppable, but their real problem is still their OL and their running game.

MD: Passing the ball wasn’t the issue for the Giants. I do think this hurts ODB’s Dynasty value if ever so slightly. There’s at least a better argument against him being the No. 1 pick in startups. Marshall is another guy who I would be targeting if I want to make a run at a championship. People moved away too early from Anquan Boldin a few years back and he was more than OK for a few weeks even last season. Marshall is another guy who I think could grind out another 2 or 3 years with WR2 production.

Brock Osweiler to Browns... but will he stay?

AR: All indications are Osweiler won't stay with the Browns and if he does, there' no lock he starts. The Browns were way under the salary cap and basically paid to acquire a second-round draft pick. This move opens the door for Tony Romo to land with the Texans.

DR: The Browns got a second round pick to take Osweiler. If they can leverage him at that pick to get Garoppolo that would be genius!

MD: You almost never see contract dumps in the NFL, but here we are. I don’t like anything the Browns do but maybe they’ll get this one right. If the Texans can land Tony Romo and the Browns somehow acquire Jimmy Garoppolo, then all of this will make sense. Romo in Houston would be huge for DeAndre Hopkins, that’s for sure.

Kenny Britt Signs With Cleveland Browns

AR: Britt had injuries and immaturity early in his career, but had a real good season with the Rams last season and it was more impressive considering his poor quarterback play and that could be the same case with the Browns. Britt had his first 1,000-yard season with 1,002 yards and five touchdowns. His fantasy value will depend on the quarterback.

DR: Potentially losing Pryor and picking up Britt is like trading in my Lexus for a Toyota Camry.

MD: Ugh. Who on Earth would guarantee $17 million to Kenny Britt? Hard pass in any format.

Dwayne Allen to Pats

AR: Allen is a good tight end, but has trouble staying healthy. The Patriots love to use two tight-end sets, but he's behind Rob Gronkowski. He's a TE2 that gets a boost if Gronkowski misses time.

DR: Brilliant pickup by the Patriots as Martellus Bennett was more trouble than he was worth. Allen is solid enough to help if/when Gronk gets injured.

MD: Underrated as an in-line blocker and always dangerous where it counts in the red zone. High-end TE2 and a TE1 when Gronk is out.

Kenneth Dixon Hit With Four-Game Suspension

AR: Dixon has blown a big opportunity. He looked real good as the season went along, but this doesn't help. The Ravens signed Danny Woodhead and he will be heavily involved in the passing game. The Ravens will likely add another running back, but this is crushing for Dixon.

DR: Now we all know why the Ravens went out and signed Danny Woodhead. I like Dixon, but missing the first four games puts a crimp in his Fantasy value.

MD: Seriously? Dixon didn’t look like a world-beater but there was certainly a ton of potential for growth in this offense. The arrival of Woodhead does nothing to whet my Dixon appetite.

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Jay Cutler released, Mike Glennon signed by Bears

DR: The biggest waste of money since....Brock Osweiler!

MD: Mike Glennon has no business getting that much money. Sure, I wouldn’t mind him as a backup, but this is just ridiculous. I'm smoking a cigarette later in memory of Cutler's time in Chicago.

Robert Woods Leaves Buffalo For Los Angeles Rams

DR: Woods played his college ball at USC so I am sure he is glad to be home. Woods is a downgrade from Britt which is scary to say since I think Britt is overrated.

MD: We know who Woods is by this point. No ceiling, no big upside. Just Another Guy.

Pierre Garcon Signed By San Francisco 49ers

DR: Shanahan coaxed the most of out Garcon back in DC; I am sure he will get the most out of him now in SF.

MD: Reuniting with Kyle Shanahan is nice but the 49ers need impact. This isn’t impact.

Lance Kendricks Joins The Packers

MD: You certainly could do a lot worse for a No. 2 TE. He's reliable and can stay in-line to block with the best of them. Bad news for Richard Rodgers owners.

Bears Sign Kendall Wright To One-Year Deal

MD: Kendall Wright certainly needs a change of scenery after losing his way in Tennessee. He should fit in well as a slot option alongside Cameron Meredith and Kevin White. I think this is a good spot for Wright and he certainly would be an easy-to-acquire buy-low candidate.


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