The NFL’s official opening for transfers began yesterday, and teams have already started making their moves. Before the official Free Agency window opens on Wednesday afternoon, we look at the strides some teams have already made and their impact on the fantasy football landscape.


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Ryan Fitzpatrick: Washington’s football team will hold a game for Taylor Heinicke. A veteran finds a new home to throw the ball all over the field. Signing Fitzpatrick is a boon for most of Washington’s offensive players. The value of fantasy football for Terry McLaurin and Antonio Gibson remains high.

Jameis Winston: The Saints are in an interesting situation this season with Drew Brees having announced his retirement. As a result, they suspended Winston and Taysom Hill for a short time. Alvin Kamara’s value in fantasy football is still intact, but Michael Thomas’ value is undermined by his 2020 season.


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Mark Ingram: Ingram didn’t have it easy last year, but he found a new home in Houston after the Ravens let him go at the end of the 2020 season. Signing Ingram seems like a proof of the script, as the Texans will give Ingram another chance to show what he still has in his tank. Additionally, this deal will provide some competition in the Houston backfield.

Carlos Hyde: It appears the Jaguars have made another budget move with the contracting of Hyde, but his presence should bring competition to the running backs room and give extra motivation to James Robinson. Still, I would advise owners of fantasy football not to be put off by the addition of Hyde with Robinson.

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Corey Davis: This is the most interesting signing of the first day. After finally having a breakthrough season at the end of his contract at Tennessee, the former Titan finds a new home in J-E-T-S. Right now, Davis is struggling to be evaluated in fantasy football. A lot of that will depend on what the team does or doesn’t do in the quarterback situation.

Nelson Agholor: Here’s another case of a receiver having the best season of his career and signing a contract. Agholor will try to continue that level of play with a Patriots team looking to build a competitive team through free agency. New England spent a lot of money to place reinforcements around Cam Newton, who also re-signed with the team. Agholor, an outlier in the later rounds, could provide decent value in Fantasy Football this season.

Tight ends

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Jonna Smith: As previously mentioned, the Patriots are rebuilding their team through Free Agency in hopes of returning to the top of the AFC East in 2020 after an uncharacteristic offseason. Jonnu Smith’s fantasy football value rises slightly in this comparison. If Smith and Newton can develop the same chemistry Cam had with Greg Olsen in Carolina, it should pay off. Keep an eye on Smith during your fantasy football drafts later this year.

Rob Gronkowski: Speaking of former Patriots players: Gronk runs again with Tom Brady in Tampa Bay after winning the Super Bowl last season. Be careful, because I’m not sure he has much value in Fantasy Football early in the season. As for 2020, Grankowski has been inconsistent throughout the campaign. This season also followed a hiatus due to his initial decision to retire in 2019. Only time will tell for Grankowski, but in this fantasy football season, he is at best a late round pick for the Flyers.

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