Hey friends, it’s been awhile. I think last time we checked in it was the day after the Super Bowl.
I took a little break from writing the newsletter to recharge*, but I’m back now for a Friday edition and to chop up the biggest moves from NFL free agency so far.
*become obsessed w/ Top Shot and NFTs
There’s been a ton of reshuffling across the league and naturally there’s lots to cover, but we’re going to take the BuzzFeed route and dish my TOP 5 MOVES FROM NFL FREE AGENCY AS IT IMPACTS THE FANTASY LANDSCAPE FOR 2020. Let’s do it…
1. Everyone signs a multi-year, hundreds of million dollar deal with the Patriots. Not quite, but it sure feels like that. The Pats signed both Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith to multi-year deals in a move that harkens back to the Gronk/Hernandez 2-TE set days in New England. They also signed Kenrick Bourne and Nelson Agholor to multi-year deals, further committing to the bit of rostering the most underwhelming WRs possible. It’s hard to know what Belichick is doing, but for now it looks like the team will be stuck in purgatory mode—maybe good enough to sneak into the playoffs, but not good enough to win the whole shebang.
2. Ryan Fitzpatrick signs a 1-year, $10 million deal with the Washington Football Team. Matthew might fire me for not leading with the Fitzpatrick signing, so the least I can do is let him break down his thoughts on the signing:
3. Kenyan Drake signs a 2-year, $11 million deal with the Raiders. Oof. Oooooooooof. This is brutal for fantasy. Less than a year removed from Josh Jacobs going in the late first and early second round of drafts, the Raiders sign Drake to a fully guaranteed contract. The team also re-signed Theo Riddick to serve as the passing-down back, which means Drake and Jacobs will likely not catch many passes, while also cannibalizing each other in the rushing department and at the goalline. Brutal.
4. Will Fuller sings a 1-year, $10.6 million deal with the Dolphins. Fins up, baby. Obviously it’s a downgrade going from Deshaun Watson to just about anyone and I’m more optimistic on Tua’s development than the average fan, but I think Fuller will succeed in this offense as the lid-lifter alongside DeVante Parker—a role he excelled in for many years flanking DeAndre Hopkins. I think Mike Gesicki and Preston Williams take the biggest hits here from a target perspective, but this should be great overall for the offense’s efficiency and Tua’s progression.
5. Corey Davis signs a 3-year, $37.5 million deal with NYJ. Honestly, this is like a 19-way tie for the #5 move of FA. Curtis Samuel to WFT is fun. Andy Dalton to Chicago is fun-ny. The Davis signing is interesting in that the Jets now seemingly have 13 WR2s while the Titans WR2 is now...Cameron Batson? Nick Westbrook-Ikhine? Your guess is as good as mine, but one thing is for certain: the Big Dog is gonna eat this year.
That’s it for today. Have a great weekend and we’ll be back again next Friday.