NFL Free Agency Predictions!


The new NFL league year starts on March 13th but the "legal tampering" period starts this Monday on the 11th. So before that time comes, I've listed most of the relevant free agents to fantasy football and their possible destinations. Where could guys like Le'Veon Bell, Nick Foles, Tyrell Williams and Jared Cook land? Also, be sure to also shoot me a follow on Twitter @ktompkinsii! Let's get into it!


Quarterbacks

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Nick Foles

Prediction: Jacksonville Jaguars

Reportedly having agreed to a deal with Jacksonville, Nick Foles would step into a starting role with the team for 2019 barring anything unforeseen. Foles’ options in the passing game would be rather limited but would be an upgrade for Dede Westbook, D.J. Chark, and a returning Marqise Lee as well as providing balance to a Leonard Fournette-led run game.


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Ryan Fitzpatrick

Prediction: Washington Redskins

With the horrific spiral fracture suffered by Washington QB Alex Smith last season, the Redskins currently employ Colt McCoy as their 2019 starter at the position. While McCoy is an excellent backup quarterback in the NFL, it’s hard to imagine the Redskins being content with McCoy as the full-time starter in 2019. Washington could bring in Ryan Fitzpatrick, who on a cheap deal, could provide some fireworks and prop up the meager pass-catching options in Washington.


Running Backs

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Le’Veon Bell

Prediction: New York Jets

With several Brinks trucks available to dump money on some free agents this offseason, the highest priced and arguably most sought after free agent could be playing his home games at MetLife Stadium as a member of Gang Green. The Jets can pay Le’Veon Bell, give him whatever money he wants and let him run wild while Sam Darnold continues his maturation as an NFL starting quarterback. What better present for the 2nd year signal caller than a premier running back to take the pressure off?


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Tevin Coleman

Prediction: Oakland Raiders

Not a lot of tread on his tires and just 25 years of age, Tevin Coleman could get heavy volume for the Raiders should he head there in 2019. The Raiders do not have any capable backs currently on their roster to handle a full complement of carries, so with that potential workload, Coleman could find himself in the top 20 running backs in fantasy football based on volume and the opportunity that would be available.


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Mark Ingram

Prediction: New Orleans Saints

There’s nothing particularly sexy about this prediction, as the market for a 29 year old back like Mark Ingram could be drier than the other FA running backs. The Saints could certainly still use him to divide up the workload with Alvin Kamara and with it being very unlikely Ingram receives 20+ carries anywhere, Ingram should settle for something similar to the role he’s had in New Orleans, so why not go back?


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T.J. Yeldon

Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs

With a commitment to Damien Williams recently, that doesn’t mean the Chiefs won’t acquire or draft a running back to complement him and Darrell Williams. I think they’ll complement Damien Williams with T.J. Yeldon, who could provide a spark in the screen game and with pass catching work. Let’s face it, anybody with any stake in the Chiefs offense is at least a decent option in fantasy leagues and Yeldon signing with the Chiefs would greatly boost his fantasy profile for 2019.


Wide Receivers

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Golden Tate

Prediction: New Orleans Saints

After a midseason trade to Philadelphia that was a bust for both parties, I can see Golden Tate reuniting with former Saints OC Joe Lombardi in New Orleans. Tate would be a great fit in the slot for Drew Brees, giving him an option over the middle that is currently lacking in the Saints offense with Ben Watson retiring. Brees made a name out of Willie Snead in previous years, he can definitely use a household name there. New Orleans would love to push their chips into the middle for a final run or two at a Super Bowl, which would mutually benefit both Brees and Tate. There's a good, immediate fit here.


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Adam Humphries

Prediction: Denver Broncos

Denver could use a veteran pass catcher like Adam Humphries to come in and relieve some pressure off of the young Broncos core. Sure, they have Emmanuel Sanders still in the fold, but he’ll be 32 at the start of the 2019 season and coming off a torn Achilles’ tear, that's a risky bet to assume Sanders will recover to full strength or even be on the roster. Sanders could be a cap casualty with that cut only costing $2.6m in dead cap (per Spotrac) and in the last season of his deal. Humphries could come right in and step into that role at the same cost or potentially cheaper than the close to $12m Sanders would make this season. He'd be a nice fit in the slot for new Broncos QB Joe Flacco.


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John Brown

Prediction: New England Patriots

It's pretty clear New England needs a field stretcher. The Patriots' weapons in the passing game looked very slow and that was made even worse without Josh Gordon in the fold. Enter John Brown, who may have the most talent of any of the free agent receivers with him. When utilized last season, Brown showed the burst that took the top off of defenses for years. Aptly nicknamed “Smoke”, Brown is still only 28 years old and New England would be an ideal landing spot for Brown.


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Tyrell Williams

Prediction: San Francisco 49ers

Tyrell Williams may get the most money of any of the free agent pass catchers, but could be a nice fit staying out west in San Francisco to pair with George Kittle and Dante Pettis. Williams has always produced, but hasn't seen the most targets as a secondary option for Jimmy Garoppolo. He received over 100 targets in 2016 when seemingly every Chargers pass catcher got hurt and no more than 69 in the last two seasons in Los Angeles. At only 27 and a vertical threat at a premium size (6'4", 205 lbs.), Williams could be a part of a burgeoning triumvirate in the Bay Area as the 49ers try and assert themselves in the NFC West. The sky is the limit if he can get consistent triple-digit targets.

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Antonio Brown

Prediction: Oakland Raiders

The Raiders have the picks to make a bold acquisition, they're outside of the AFC North, and Jon Gruden has always had effusive praise for Antonio Brown. With somewhat questionable antics since the end of the 2018 from Brown, he may have done more harm than good in the eyes of general managers and evaluators across the league. Gruden and Mayock want to rebuild the Raiders from the ground up and that plan could include Brown. They could float out the #27 overall pick out to Pittsburgh and still have two first round picks left to improve their squad. I can definitely see Oakland pulling the trigger here on Brown.


Tight Ends

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Tyler Eifert

Prediction: Denver Broncos

We know Joe Flacco loves his tight ends, so why not take a chance on a comeback story on a rebuilding offense? A 1 year, incentive laden deal could prove dividends in the event that Tyler Eifert shows no ill effects from the litany of injuries he’s suffered. I can think of many worse risks to take than putting a year into a very talented player like Eifert who has the ability but has been sidelined by repeated injuries?


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Jared Cook

Prediction: Oakland Raiders

One of, if not the only bright spot among offensive players for the silver and black last season, Jared Cook could end back up in Oakland (or wherever they decide to play in 2019). Cook will see a very competitive market but I think newly appointed GM Mike Mayock and HC Jon Gruden will find a way to keep this Cook in the kitchen for 2019 and beyond.


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