Fantasy Football Impact: Top 25 NFL players who changed teams
Now that we’re in August, and the start of the NFL season is five weeks away, it’s time to start thinking about winning your fantasy football league. In order to do that, or to win serious money in daily fantasy, you’re going to need some sleepers.
The following is a list of players that have new homes for the 2016 season. These guys are sure to shake up the chemistry of their new team. Some will get new life, some will get lost in the depth chart. Either way, don’t sleep on the impact they will have in their new uniform.
1. Lamar Miller (Miami to Houston)
This is one of those cases where a change in scenery is going to be great. Lamar Miller is from Miami, played college in Miami, was drafted by Miami, and played his first four NFL seasons in Miami. It’s time to get out of Miami. Lamar will be the de facto “guy” in Houston. With a new quarterback in town as well, and no real competition for the top spot, Miller will get a lot of opportunity in Houston. He was 18th in the league in rushing last season, but played on a pass happy team. Miller is steady and reliable, only missing three games in four years. The Texans have a new workhorse. His fantasy value in both leagues, and daily fantasy is very high.
2. Martellus Bennett (Chicago to New England)
This is one of those moves that may not translate to a lot of fantasy production, but it is definitely going to impact NFL games. Martellus Bennett seems to be getting better since taking the NFL scenic route to the hottest landing destination for veterans, the New England Patriots. Bennett will without a doubt be receiving catches from the best QB he has ever played with in Tom Brady, starting in week five that is. Another thing to keep in mind is Rob Gronkowski is at his best when the Pats lineup another quality tight end. That Pats offense is going to be dangerous in a way they haven’t been since Aaron Hernandez lined up with Gronk. There will be plenty of two touchdown Sundays for both Gronk and Bennett. Something to keep in mind when drafting, the signing of Bennett could also limit Gronk’s huge days.
3. DeMarco Murray (Philadelphia to Tennessee)
In case you forgot, DeMarco Murray led the league in rushing two years ago. Yes, that is a long time for an NFL running back, and yes, that was behind one of the best offensive lines in a decade. However, DeMarco is still in great shape, and last year was a complete disaster in Philadelphia. The Eagles coach actually lost his job because of it. Wrong place, wrong time, wrong system, wrong fit. This will be a rejuvenation for Murray in a place that really wants him. The Tennessee Titans have not seen a running back of this quality since the early CJ2K days. They have been making concentrated efforts to improve their offensive line, and did that once again this year by drafting offensive tackle Jack Conklin. They also signed Texans guard Ben Jones in the off-season. DeMarco will be the man in Tennessee, and be a lot closer to Dallas Cowboy DeMarco, than Philadelphia Eagle DeMarco Murray. Titans fans are excited to have him. He should get 55-65 percent of snaps, with rookie Derrick Henry getting some work too. Murray could end up being a really good value play in daily, and a steal in fantasy leagues.
4. Brock Osweiler (Denver to Houston)
The Houston Texans have had bad luck with quarterbacks in the last few years. The list of names on the back of the jersey under center have been second to only the Cleveland Browns. Maybe, just maybe, they have finally found their man in Brock Osweiler. One thing is for sure, there will be no QB controversy unless Osweiler gets hurt. I expect the Texans to bang it ahead with Lamar Miller fairly often, but I also expect Osweiler to sling it. He has a couple of dangerous weapons at his disposal in DeAndre Hopkins, and Cecil Shorts III. Hopkins is one of the hottest names on the NFL receiver list right now. Osweiler played pretty well last year filling in for Peyton Manning in Denver, while looking over his shoulder the whole time. This will be different. Brock could be a really decent late round pick up in your fantasy league, and a solid play from week-to-week in daily fantasy.
5. Mohamed Sanu (Cincinnati to Atlanta)
What a great deal for Mohamed Sanu. He went from playing alongside A.J. Green, with Andy Dalton slinging him the ball in Cincinnati, to playing alongside Julio Jones, with Matt Ryan slinging him the ball in Atlanta. Get use to hearing Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu this year folks. The Falcons have one of the Top 5 offensive lines in the game, one of the Top 5 quarterbacks in the game, and one of the Top 5 receivers in the game. Then you have Deveonta Freeman, and Mohamed Sanu. I hope opposing defenses are ready. Sanu should be a great pick-up every single week in daily fantasy, and should be gone by the 8th Round of all fantasy leagues.
6. Chris Ivory (N.Y. Jets to Jacksonville)
Chris Ivory was one of the more coveted free agent running backs this off-season, in a year that saw several. He finished sixth in rushing last season, on a New York Jets team that surprisingly had one of their best passing years in recent memory. He has been steady and reliable the last several seasons, and proved he could carry the load last season with 247 carries for 1,070 yards. In Jacksonville he is going to have the benefit of teammates like Blake Bortles, Allen Robinson, and Allen Hurns, to keep defenses honest. Ivory may split some time with T.J. Yeldon, but he will for sure be the number one guy in the backfield. Chris Ivory will be a solid number one guy in your fantasy leagues, and in daily fantasy play. If you end up with Ivory as your number two guy in your league, you’re doing pretty good.
7. Travis Benjamin (Cleveland to San Diego)
Travis Benjamin was the number one guy in Cleveland in Gordon’s absence. He caught 69 balls for almost 1,000 yards last season. He has top gear speed and is versatile enough to step in and return punts. He will now be the number two guy in San Diego behind Keenan Allen. A solid running back core to go along with a Pro Bowl quarterback will help Benjamin get targets. If he gets the right looks, watchout! He is a big time playmaker and the move from Cleveland to San Diego improves his fantasy stock greatly. It will make him a more consistent play, and gives him opportunities to have huge days opposite of Allen. This is another guy that should be considered a borderline number one receiver, and a very solid number two. He shouldn’t last past Round 8 in any fantasy league, and will be a good play every week in daily fantasy.
8. Robert Griffin III (Washington to Cleveland)
RG3 is back! The Cleveland Browns finally have a franchise QB again. The Browns playoff drought ends this year. Well, I don’t know if any of that is actually true, but it will be nice to see Robert Griffin III back under center as the starting quarterback again. Griffin was always an exciting player, capable of putting up big fantasy numbers. But, injuries, disagreements with coaches, and battling Kirk Cousins his whole career in Washington impeded his strides. This is another guy that could be rejuvenated by a fresh start, in a fresh city. He also got some great news last week in that Josh Gordon was reinstated to play this year, minus a four game suspension. I don’t think for a second that the Browns are a playoff team this year, but if RG3 can stay healthy, he should have plenty of opportunity to do what he does, and that is make big plays. The Browns will need that early and often this season. If healthy, I think he could have some Russell Wilson type days. Not a Russell Wilson like season, but definitely Russell Wilson like days. Use caution drafting him high in your fantasy leagues, but keep him in mind as a good value play in daily fantasy.
9. Arian Foster (Houston to Miami)
Here is a fun, interactive game…do a Google image search for Arian Foster. I’ll wait. Notice anything odd? The majority of the pictures are of him standing on the sideline. Not a ton of action shots. This, unfortunately, has been a theme for Arian while at Houston. He is another guy hoping that a fresh start, in a new city, is exactly what he needs. Foster and Lamar Miller pretty much switch roles, and Arian is hoping Miami is kinder to him than Houston was. While he will face the same issues Miller did, being that Miami and Tannehill will run a three receiver spread and throw a lot, Foster brings a different skill set than Miller did. The Dolphins may have got the steal of the draft by adding Laremy Tunsil with the 13th overall pick. If Foster still has the burst and quickness, Pouncey and Tunsil could provide some gaps. The fortunate thing, I guess, about Foster’s long list of injuries is that for the most part it is not knee issues. The majority of his issues have been hamstring and groin related. Maybe he just needs time to heal, and a breath of fresh Miami air. I would give you fantasy advice here, but honestly, your guess is as good as mine. If healthy, I don’t think there is any doubt he will have a couple of really big fantasy days.
10. Matt Forte (Chicago to N.Y. Jets)
If Chris Ivory was the most coveted running back in free agency this off-season, Matt Forte was number two. He was probably number one, in my opinion, depending on where he landed. He finished 11th in rushing last season. The Chicago Bears kind of unceremoniously told him peace out at the end of last season. He is 30 years old, and is already dealing with back issues early on in N.Y. Jets training camp. He will be the Jets number one guy, and you have to love his duel threat ability. But, he will be splitting time with Khiry Robinson who the Jets signed this off-season, and Bilal Powell. He has been amazingly reliable through his first eight seasons, considering how much he touches the ball. I am afraid he may not see the success in New York, that he experienced in Chicago. Still a big fan, but I am not willing to draft Forte before Round 5 due to age, health concerns, and splitting time. His daily value will also be very selective.
11. Mark Sanchez (Philadelphia to Denver)
12. Anquan Boldin (San Francisco to Detroit)
13. Coby Fleener (Indianapolis to New Orleans)
14. Andre Johnson (Indianapolis to Tennessee)
15. Reggie Bush (San Francisco to Buffalo)
16. Khiry Robinson (New Orleans to N.Y. Jets)
17. Alfred Morris (Washington to Dallas)
18. Steven Ridley (N.Y. Jets to Detroit)
19. Rueben Randle (N.Y. Giants to Philadelphia)
20. Rishard Matthews (Miami to Tennessee)
21. Leonard Hankerson (Atlanta to Buffalo)
22. Mike Wallace (Minnesota to Baltimore)
23. Brandon LaFell (New England to Cincinnati)
24. Nate Washington (Houston to New England)
25. Jared Cook (St. Louis/L.A. to Green Bay)
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