Day 2 of NFL free agency didn’t let off the gas. We saw three new teams get new starting quarterbacks and a Drew Brees return to New Orleans. If you’re looking at how all of this news affects your dynasty teams, look no further. Below is a recap of all the moves from the second day of free agency and advice on how you can capitalize on it.
Day 1’s recap can be found here: http://www.dynastyhappyhour.com/article.php?a=29715W99026X679D664
Tom Brady signs with Tampa Bay
Something I thought I would never see: Tom Brady in a non-Patriots jersey. Wow. For Brady, this is an instant upgrade in weapons. Instead of Julian Edelman, Mohammed Sanu, and Ben Watson, Brady will be heaving passes to Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and O.J. Howard (assuming Bruce Arians remembers to pencil Howard into the game plan). Brady gets a bump in his dynasty stock - as much as any 42-year-old quarterback can get.
Teddy Bridgewater signs a three year/$63 million deal with Carolina
The second shoe to drop on Day 2 of NFL free agency was Cam Newton and the Panthers announcing they were looking to part ways via trade. It didn’t take long for his replacement to be found in Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater’s value obviously skyrockets, especially in Superflex leagues. He will be surrounded by Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore, and Curtis Samuel as the Panthers transition to a Matt Rhule-run offense. Bridgewater looked serviceable in relief of Drew Brees this past season but struggled to put up big fantasy numbers. For now, I’m slotting him in at QB22 behind Drew Lock and in front of Gardner Minshew.
Phillip Rivers heads to Indianapolis
After rumors of Rivers and Indianapolis having a lot of common interest, Rivers is officially a Colt. Rivers inherits one of the best offensive lines in the league. He has a capable tandem in the backfield in Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines and T.Y. Hilton and Parris Campbell as his top wideouts. Hines and Campbell seem to be the biggest benefactors of the short yards per attempt style Rivers has adopted. Fire Rivers up for another year, but know a capable Brissett is currently waiting in the wings.
Drew Brees signs a two year deal to stay in New Orleans
It wasn’t ever seriously considered that Brees would play elsewhere. This two year deal gives more credence to the thought of him playing past the 2020 season, though we all are well aware of Sean Payton’s interest in transitioning towards Taysom Hill whenever Brees and the Saints decide to part ways. Brees was very efficient when on the field in 2019, as he ended up QB8 in points per game. I would expect him in the 8-12 range again in 2020.
Jordan Howard inks a deal with Miami for 2 years/$10 million
Howard couldn’t have landed in a better spot. While his contract is mediocre and the Dolphins are likely to add a back in the draft, Howard at least looks to be part of a committee. Howard is viewed as worse than he actually is in dynasty circles. He is 25 years old, has had multiple 1,000 yard seasons, has a career average of 4.3 yards per carry, and scored 30 touchdowns in 48 starts. While he likely never gets a three-down role, he was very relevant in Philadelphia before going down with an injury.
49ers extend a 2nd round tender to Matt Breida
There can never be enough backs for Kyle Shannahan. While this is great news for the 49ers, the fantasy implications are tougher to decipher. Breida is an extremely talented back when healthy. The “when healthy” part is the only problem. He is already splitting carries with Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman on top of getting nicked up consistently. There’s a lot of ways Breida can become a has-been but I just can’t quit him. I’m holding him and seeing what shakes out in the backfield after the August cuts.
Other Notable Transactions
Chase Daniels is scooped up by the Lions
Matthew Stafford shed his early career “injury prone” status with eight straight 16-game seasons. Following the 2018 season, it was announced he played with broken bones in his back and in 2019 he again missed time with the same ailment. Two back injuries in succession has led the Lions to give decent backup money to Daniels. He is a capable backup and should be owned in Superflex leagues.
Nate Sudfeld re-signs with Philadelphia on a one-year contract
Anyone who is backing up Carson Wentz is a player I want on the end of my dynasty rosters, especially in Superflex leagues. See if Sudfeld is just sitting on your waiver wire. If so, grab him for nothing and see if he gives you some trade capital with the Wentz owner should Wentz go down. We’ve seen him do so in three consecutive seasons.
Jerick McKinnon restructures his contract to stay in San Francisco
McKinnon hasn’t played a single regular-season snap after being signed as the lead back for Kyle Shannahan before the 2018 season. If McKinnon survives the cuts in August, he would be in a competition with Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman, and Matt Breida for carries in the Bay Area. I’ve never been big on McKinnon and this backfield remains overcrowded. Sell if you can get something.
Falcons give original tender to Brian Hill
This move is rather uninspiring as the Falcons would only receive a 5th round pick if they decline to match another team’s offer to Hill. Falcons are on the fast track towards a rookie running back leading their backfield in 2020. It, along with the Chiefs starting job, are the two most coveted landing spots for 2020 rookie backs in dynasty terms.
Packers bring back Jake Kumerow
Kumerow stepped up as a target Rodgers trusted when Davante Adams was out in 2019. While he will be a nice name to watch again in training camp, Kumerow will likely be buried in the depth chart as the Packers look to upgrade their wide receivers in the draft.
Keelan Cole receives a 2nd round tender from Jacksonville
Cole, while buried on the depth chart behind D.J. Chark, Dede Westbrook, and Chris Conley, has played in every game in his three years as a Jaguar. He boasts a healthy 15.4 yards per reception with 104 receptions during that time frame. If there is a handcuff when it comes to wide receivers, Cole is it. If any of the three aforementioned names go down, Cole has fantasy relevance.
Jason Witten is headed to Las Vegas
The near 38-year-old still has more football in him. The landing spot is extremely odd with both Darren Waller and Foster Moreau atop the tight end depth chart in Vegas. I can’t imagine a scenario where Witten is relevant on a week-to-week basis. Then again, he did get a deal worth up to $4.75 million...
Jaguars release Geoff Swaim
This was expected as we drew nearer to free agency. This move helps save Jacksonville over $3.5 million against the cap and Swaim was uninspiring in his six games. This opens the door for second-year player Josh Oliver, a third round pick in 2019. Sophomore players are criminally undervalued if they were duds in year one, so look to get Josh Oliver at a value.