We all know that the NFL’s Offseason could have an Impact on this Year’s fantasy football: aside from new teammates, a new coach, new pressure and a clean slate there are many variables when considering a player joining a new team. Ideally, your candidates will be settling into their roles and emerge as a leader such as a Kaepernick rather than be thrown into a new squad. This could have a detrimental impact on his performance and take weeks for him to adapt. Weeks are precious in our fantasy leagues.
Thus, as NFL teams prepare for training camp, there will be many new faces playing with new teams around the league. Again, many of the league’s offseason transactions will have an impact on this year’s fantasy football season. While it is only July this is the time to get an advantage over the others in your fantasy leagues and start making a list, checking it twice so come draft time you ready to go to war and pick your dream team. To get ready for draft day we will start looking at key moves in the NFL offseason.
Here’s a look at some of the key moves to consider.
With Nick Foles taking over at QB in Philadelphia, it became time for the versatile Michael Vick to go. Vick signed with the New York Jets, who started rookie Geno Smith a year ago. Vick will compete with Smith for the starting spot. Should he win the job, he will have former Broncos WR Eric Decker as a weapon. Decker played the previous four seasons in Denver and had 87 receptions for 1,288 yards and 11TDs last year in an offense that featured Demaryious Thomas and Wes Welker. He will be the No. 1 receiver in New York.
The Oakland Raiders were very active this offseason. The Raiders, coming off a 4-12 season, traded for former Texans QB Matt Schaub to run the offense. He will have a serious set of offensive weapons as Oakland resigned RB Darren McFadden and then went out in the free agent market and signed Maurice Jones-Drew. The pair will give Oakland one of the best RB tandems in the league. Add former Green Bay WR James Jones to the mix as Schaub’s No. 1 target and the Raiders should score more than 20 points per game.
There is a new coach in Washington in Jay Gruden, which means a new offense for QB Robert Griffin III. He’ll have a new receiver in DeSean Jackson, acquired in the offseason free agent market from Philadelphia. With a QB like Griffin, Jackson could put up some serious numbers and don’t forget his abilities as a punt and kick returner.
There was plenty of action this offseason in the free agent market. The transactions mentioned above are just some of the many that will have an impact not only on Sundays, but in this season’s fantasy seasons as well. We suggest you start making a list of these key moves and how they may impact your team/picks.