Biggest Fantasy Impact Free Agent Signings

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There have been some big moves/signings so far this fantasy football off-season, but below I have highlighted the biggest impact free agent signings thus far (as we head into the second-half of March, 2016).

Doug Martin RB, TB

Doug Martin

You gotta love Doug Martin staying right where he is, as he was productive last year, and changing teams when things are working is never a low-risk situation. I doubt Martin enough to sell-high, and he can be sold high, but that does not mean I predict bust. I just love the trade value more than riding into 2016 with the guy on my roster(s).

Lamar Miller RB, HOU

Lamar Miller

Two years ago, he was No. 1 overall on my Bold Predictions List. Back then, I think I had him in the top 5RBs for the future. I think he finally arrived at that value. Congrats to all who had him prior to the hype building. It’s too late to trade for him now. Expect top 4-7RB numbers out of him 2016!

CJ Anderson RB, DEN

CJ Anderson

Most expected Denver not to match the Dolphins offer, but they did, which means they expect him to get full-time carries in 2016. They wouldn’t pay him elite money if they had plans to roll into Week 1 with a RBBC. This is great news for those who own CJ. I do question his long-term appeal, contract or not, so my advise is to sell-high, or at least test the waters. Do not sell low, in fact, don’t sell at fair market value… there is a lot of excitement around Anderson right now, so only trade him if you can sell him as a high-end RB1, and do so if you feel you need a safer RB1 or a WR1.

Matt Forte RB, NYJ

Matt Forte

Many are worried about Matt Forte this year, but I firmly believe he has one more RB1-type fantasy year left. He should get the ball a ton and his involvement in the passing game makes him a great fit for a team that could often be playing from behind.

Alshon Jeffery WR, CHI

Alshon Jeffery

While injuries are always going to limit his appeal, he is a beast when healthy no matter the situation.

Marvin Jones WR, DET

Marvin Jones

I am not as excited about this situation as most. I am not predicting bust, but Golden Tate has just as much upside in DET in 2016. In fact, I see both as high-end No. 2s vs being a team’s No. 1. Meaning, I don’t see DET having a No. 1 WR at the position. Neither sniffs fantasy WR1-type value, that’s for sure. I sell high here if I can, just because there is a lot of hype in regards to Jones and I think it’s a good time to go shop him.

Kirk Cousins QB, WAS

Kirk Cousins

I like the upside, but I’m not yet sold, and either is Washington. I’m 50/50 on him being a long-term fantasy answer for anyone’s fantasy team. The appeal is there if the price is right.

Brandon Marshall WR, NYJ

Brandon Marshall

Sell-high in dynasty, as the guy is a dinosaur in this league. He is entering his 11th season and will be 32 entering this season. He will slow soon, if not this year. He could have one more elite year left, sure, but sometimes it’s better to sell a year early than a year late (in dynasty).

Brock Osweiler QB, HOU

Brock Osweiler

Wow, $72 million on 4 years, that’s a grip of money for a passer that really wasn’t all that impressive in 2015. I love that he has DeAndre Hopkins, who will make him look more accurate than he is, and I love that the Texans have a long-term player that they believe in. I am pulling for Os, I am, and I like him on the team… I’m just not $72 million sold – yet. I doubt I will ever be at that value, even if he plays very well.

Ladarius Green TE, PIT

Ladarius Green

I love this landing spot. The kid has tons of upside and we have been waiting on him for a while. He has top 5TE upside, but is no lock to finish that good.

Coby Fleener TE, NO

Coby Fleener

Top 5TE upside is in the cards with Drew Brees throwing him the rock.

Sam Bradford QB, PHI

Sam Bradford

The jury is still out on Bradford, so be careful making him your top passer in 2016 (in any format). Philly signed Chase Daniel to a $21 million contract, which is more than back-up money, so this situation feels like the short leash kind of situation.

Travis Benjamin WR, SD

Travis Benjamin

This is a good spot for him. He still has a lot to prove. He has nice appeal given most are still undervaluing him quite a bit. That could change as ADPs update over the next few weeks.

Full List Of Signings/Free Agents

Below are the full list of recently signed QBs, RBs, WRs and TEs, as well as unsigned players at each position.

QBs Signed

Kirk Cousins (Re-signed 1-year, $19.953M deal with WAS)
Sam Bradford (Re-signed 2-year, $36M deal with PHI)
Brock Osweiler (Signed 4-year, $72M deal with HOU)
Chase Daniel (Signed 3-year, $21M deal with PHI)
Matt Moore (Re-signed 2-year, $3.5M deal with MIA)
Chad Henne (Re-signed 2-year, $8M deal with JAX)
Matt Schaub (Signed 1-year, $1.75M deal with ATL)
Colt McCoy (Re-signed 3-year, $9M deal with WAS)
Drew Stanton (Re-signed 2-year, $6.5M deal with ARZ)
Dan Orlovsky (Re-signed 1-year, $1.065M deal with DET)
Matt Cassel (Signed 1-year, $2M deal with TEN)
Luke McCown (Re-signed 2-year, $3M deal with NO)
Scott Tolzien (Signed 2-year, $3.5M deal with IND)
Kellen Clemens (Re-signed 1-year, $1.065M deal with SD)

QBs Still Unsigned

Robert Griffin III, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tarvaris Jackson, Brandon Weeden, Jimmy Clausen, Bruce Gradkowski, Charlie Whitehurst, T.J. Yates, Michael Vick, Matt Flynn, Josh Freeman

RBs Signed

Doug Martin (Re-signed 5-year, $35.75M deal with TB)
Lamar Miller (Signed 4-year, $26M deal with HOU)
Matt Forte (Signed 3-year, $12M deal with NYJ)
C.J. Anderson (Re-signed 4-year, $18M deal with DEN)
Chris Ivory (Signed 5-year, $32M deal with JAX)
Khiry Robinson (Signed 1-year, $1.75M deal with NYJ)
Bilal Powell (Re-signed 3-year, $11.25M deal with NYJ)
Shaun Draughn (Re-signed 1-year deal with SF)
Robert Turbin (Signed 1-year deal with IND)
Travaris Cadet (Re-signed 1-year, $840K deal with NO)
Jacquizz Rodgers (Re-signed 1-year deal with CHI)
Mike Tolbert (Re-signed 2-year, $3.3M deal with CAR)

RBs Still Unsigned

Arian Foster, James Starks, Chris Johnson, Christine Michael, Alfred Morris, LeGarrette Blount, Ronnie Hillman, Tim Hightower, Ahmad Bradshaw, Chris Polk, Bobby Rainey, Jonathan Grimes, Donald Brown, Stevan Ridley, Pierre Thomas, Lance Dunbar, Joique Bell, Montee Ball, Anthony Dixon, Bryce Brown, Matt Asiata, Reggie Bush, Dan Herron, DuJuan Harris, Jordan Todman, Fred Jackson, Steven Jackson, Kendall Hunter, Toby Gerhart, Bernard Pierce

WRs Signed

Alshon Jeffery (Re-signed 1-year, $14.599M deal with CHI)
Brandon Marshall (Second-Round Tender)
Marvin Jones (Signed 5-year, $40M deal with DET)
Travis Benjamin (Signed 4-year, $24M deal with SD)
Mohamed Sanu (Signed 5-year, $32.5M deal with ATL)
Brian Quick (Re-signed 1-year, $1.75M deal with LAR)
Rishard Matthews (Signed 3-year, $15M deal with TEN)
Mike Wallace (Signed 2-year, $11.5M deal with BAL)
Andre Holmes (Re-signed 1-year, $3M deal with OAK)
Jermaine Kearse (Re-signed 3-year, $13.5M deal with SEA)
Marc Mariani (Re-signed 1-year deal with CHI)
Rod Streater (Signed 1-year, $810K deal with KC)
Darrius Heyward-Bey (Re-signed 3-year, $3.8M deal with PIT)
Keshawn Martin (Re-signed 2-year, $3M deal with NE)
Brandon Tate (Re-signed 1-year deal with CIN)

WRs Still Unsigned

Anquan Boldin, Rueben Randle, James Jones, Brandon LaFell, Percy Harvin, Nate Washington, Roddy White, Marques Colston, Leonard Hankerson, Lance Moore, Andre Johnson, Wes Welker, Hakeem Nicks, Jordan Norwood, Chris Givens, Jeremy Kerley, Riley Cooper, Greg Jennings, Andre Caldwell, David Nelson, Nick Toon, Bryan Walters, Seyi Ajirotutu, Jason Avant, Ricardo Lockette, Brian Tyms

TEs Signed

Ladarius Green (Signed 4-year, $20M deal with PIT)
Ben Watson (Signed 2-year, $7M deal with BAL)
Coby Fleener (Signed 5-year, $36M deal with NO)
Antonio Gates (Re-signed 2-year, $11M deal with SD)
Dwayne Allen (Re-signed 4-year, $29.4M deal with IND)
Zach Miller (Re-signed 2-year, $5.5M deal with CHI)
Marcedes Lewis (Re-signed 3-year, $12M deal with JAX)
Craig Stevens (Re-signed 1-year, $2M deal with TEN)
Jermaine Gresham (Re-signed 1-year, $3.5M deal with ARZ)
Logan Paulsen (Re-signed 1-year, $840K deal with WAS)
Garrett Celek (Re-signed 4-year, $14M deal with SF)
Rhett Ellison (Re-signed 1-year, $2.25M deal with MIN)
Rob Housler (Re-signed 1-year, $760K deal with CHI)
Michael Hoomanawanui (Re-signed 3-year, $5.1M deal with NO)
Tim Wright (Re-signed 1-year deal with DET)
Kellen Davis (Re-signed 1-year, $965K deal with NYJ)

TEs Still Unsigned

Vernon Davis, Owen Daniels, Jared Cook, Garrett Graham, Clay Harbor, Andrew Quarless, Scott Chandler, Daniel Fells, Tony Moeaki, Jim Dray, David Johnson, Jeff Cumberland


  1. allaroundgoodegg on March 16, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    Marshall just had a 1500 – 14 TD season. He is extremely consistent and has put up over 20 points 10 of 16 weeks and never scored less than 10. That’s the definition of “plug and play”.

    Everyone knows that he is a workout machine and takes fantastic care of his body. He’ll be a very solid starter for the next 3 years.

    • Smitty on March 17, 2016 at 2:07 am

      Three years? Wow. Hey, anything can happen, and some receivers have played well past 33, but it’s more rare than most think. Steve Smith is an example of an old guy breaking through, but typically, at 32-33, the drop off is serious. So, I’m thinking sell this year, if not later in the season, as I still think he can have 1 more year left. But, selling early while he has the kinda value you’re promoting (see, now is the time to sell 🙂 ), to me it’s go time on the selling. It doesn’t mean he can’t do well this year, I want to repeat that, but clearly he still has great value, and an injury-filled season would have you struggling to get much at all for him this time next year. Always trust your gut, though, buddy! Nice take! Keep it coming.

  2. Allen Hooten on March 20, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Smitty, good information! Thanks!

  3. Darin Blickem on March 21, 2016 at 9:55 am

    What do you think about Donald Brown going to the Pats? What are his chances of a) sticking on the roster & b) being productive if he does.

    • Smitty on March 23, 2016 at 3:46 am

      Tough to say, Darin, but great question. I think in larger leagues, he is worth grabbing, but honestly I’m not expecting much. That can change, he has enough talent I guess to do well if thrown into a starter role, and with NE, anything is possible with their rotation. But, I am not going to hold out much hope if I own him, that’s for sure.

      Keep up the good posting!!

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