The NFL’s new year is set to kick off March 15th with 2021 free agency. There are plenty of big name players set to change teams this year and we’ll be keeping track of who’s going where along with instant fantasy football analysis.
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WR JuJu Smith-Schuster re-signs with the Pittsburgh Steelers — We know what JuJu can do in Pittsburgh but it is a crowded offense relying on an aging Ben Roethlisberger. I’d treat JuJu as a low-end WR2/high-end WR3.
WR Will Fuller signs with the Miami Dolphins — Fuller has been boom-or-bust with Deshaun Watson so him with Tua Tagovailoa isn’t a sure thing. Still, he’s on a prove-it deal and is perfect alongside DeVante Parker. I’d consider him a low-end WR2 to start.
QB Mitchell Trubisky signs with the Buffalo Bills — Trubisky vs Josh Allen camp battles, LET’S GO!
TE Kyle Rudolph signs with the New York Giants — Rudolph gives the Giants a solid red zone threat but he’s nothing more than a streaming option behind Evan Engram.
RB Kenyan Drake signs with the Las Vegas Raiders — How to destroy Josh Jacobs’ fantasy value: First, get rid of all good O-linemen. Second, sign Drake to take away all pass value from Jacobs. Perfect. Jacobs is starting to feel like an RB2 to me this year.
TE Jared Cook signs with the Los Angeles Chargers — Cook caught seven touchdowns last year with the Saints and steps into the hole left by Hunter Henry. Not a bad sleeper option at the position.
C Matt Sakura signs with the Miami Dolphins — The Dolphins improve their O-line.
WR Rashard Higgins re-signs with the Cleveland Browns — Higgins flashed last year and will have another year to build upon it in Cleveland.
OL Gabe Jackson traded to the Seattle Seahawks — Oh thank God.
WR Curtis Samuel signs with the Washington Football Team — Washington is building themselves an offense. Both Samuel and McLaurin can be fantasy viable in this offense, especially if Ryan Fitzpatrick is starting.
TE Gerald Everett signs with the Seattle Seahawks — Everett has put forward some strong fantasy outing when he was featured in the Rams offense. The Seahawks certainly like to target their tight ends making Everett a nice TE sleeper for 2021.
RB Marlon Mack re-signs with the Indianapolis Colts — Coming off an Achilles tear, staying in Indy is likely the best thing for Mack.
C Rodney Hudson traded to the Arizona Cardinals — The Cardinals just added one of the best centers in the game. This Arizona offense is going to be fun to watch.
WR A.J. Green signs with the Arizona Cardinals — Great landing spot for Green as he won’t be the no. 1 option and plays with a great quarterback in Kyler Murray.
WR John Brown signs with the Las Vegas Raiders — Love this. Just plug him into Nelson Agholor’s role—a role which Agholor finished with almost 900 yards and 8 touchdowns in—and let’s ride!
RB Lamar Miller signs with the Washington Football Team — I don’t see Miller really as anything more than a camp body right now. Don’t think he impacts Antonio Gibson’s value at all.
C Alex Mack signs with the San Francisco 49ers — I’m going to be buying so much of the 49ers offense this year in fantasy, even if they retain Jimmy Garoppolo as their starting QB.
OT Trent Williams re-signs with the San Francisco 49ers — Huge for the 49ers offense. Retaining one of the best left tackles in the league is great for Kyle Shanahan’s offense.
RB Jamaal Williams signs with the Detroit Lions — Not. A. Fan. Williams was predominately used in the passing game for the Packers which means he’s likely to cut into D’Andre Swift’s target share. An RB committee on a bad team is not something to be excited about.
OL Germain Ifedi signs with the Chicago Bears — The Bears trying to sure-up their O-line for starting quarterback Andy Dalton.
WR Emmanuel Sanders signs with the Buffalo Bills — Love this signing. Sanders still has plenty to offer and could emerge as the Bills no. 2 receiver alongside Stefon Diggs.
QB Jacoby Brissett signs with the Miami Dolphins — A great backup for Tua Tagovailoa and possible starter given how much Brian Flores likes flipping between his QBs.
WR Marvin Jones Jr. signs with the Jacksonville Jaguars — Jones joins D.J. Chark and Laviska Shenault in the Jags passing game. A nice veteran presence and could continue to be a touchdown machine with Trevor Lawrence under center.
QB Tyrod Taylor signs with the Houston Texans — The Texans have found their Deshaun Watson replacement.
QB Andy Dalton signs with the Chicago Bears — After making a strong push for Russell Wilson reportedly, the Bears settled for Dalton. Unless they draft a QB, Dalton seems to likely be the starter for 2021.
WR John Ross signs with the New York Giants — Ross flashed fantasy potential at the start of 2019 but then lost the season to injury and did the same thing in 2020. He has the speed to be a playmaker in New York and alongside Darius Slayton, the Giants have two home run hitters down the field.
RB Darrel Williams re-signs with the Kansas City Chiefs — Good backup to Clyde Edwards-Helaire but nothing more than that.
TE Hunter Henry signs with the New England Patriots — Jonnu Smith SZN was fun while it lasted. Henry and Smith together is great for the Patriots in real football terms, not so great fantasy-wise. Who knows though, given the Patriots pass catchers, they both could see 80+ targets.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick signs with the Washington Football Team — As of now, Fitzmagic just has Taylor Heinicke to beat out for starting gig in Washington. If Fitzmagic starts, that’s a good sign for Terry McLaurin’s 2021 fantasy value.
QB Jameis Winston re-signs with the New Orleans Saints — We’ll see who’ll start for the Saints in 2021, but there’s no better team for Winston’s fantasy ceiling than Nola.
OL Matt Feiler signs with the Los Angeles Chargers — Chargers continue to invest in their O-line which is great news for their offense.
WR Corey Davis signs with the New York Jets — Davis goes to become the No. 1 receiver in New York and I’m here for it. This does do bad things to Denzel Mims’ ceiling.
RB Carlos Hyde signs with the Jacksonville Jaguars — This move actually is a boost of confidence in my mind for James Robinson as Hyde is clearly a backup running back.
TE Rob Gronkowski re-signs with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — The only team Gronk was ever going to play for. Still rank him a back-end TE1, high TE2.
WR Kendrick Bourne signs with the New England Patriots — Another wide receiver to New England. Bourne had his moments in San Francisco as a role player.
WR Phillip Dorsett signs with the Jacksonville Jaguars — Dorsett adds reliable depth to the Jaguars.
WR Nelson Agholor signs with the New England Patriots — Agholor had a career year last year with the Raiders and now will be one of the top options in New England, a team that needs all the pass-catchers it can get.
C Corey Linsley signs with the Los Angeles Chargers — The Chargers improving an O-line that ranked 29th last year in Football Outsiders’ Adjusted Line Yards. Good news for Justin Herbert and Chargers’ backfield.
OG Joe Thuney signs with the Kansas City Chiefs — HUGE for KC after cutting both their starting tackles. Thuney is one of the best, most consistent guards in the NFL and will be a big time addition to the Chiefs O-line.
TE Jonnu Smith signs with the New England Patriots — HUGE get for the Patriots who desperately need all the pass catcher help they can get. Love Smith’s potential for 2021.
OL Pat Elflein signs with the Carolina Panthers — The Panthers add to their league average O-line last year.