When preparing for your Fantasy draft, one of the most important things to be aware of the offseason moves that may have changed player value. Basically you need to know which players are on which teams.
While that sounds crazy, you don’t want to be the guy at the draft that proudly announces his pick of Arian Foster, running back, Houston Texans… when Foster is no longer on the Texans.
Come prepared with knowledge of who has changed teams in the offseason. Also, be sure to be aware how these key offseason moves affect certain player’s fantasy values.
We take a look at the biggest players at each position who changed teams this offseason, to help prepare you for 2016 fantasy drafts.
While there are many more players in different uniforms, these are a few to keep your eye on.
Impact 2016 Offseason Moves
Robert Griffin III, Cleveland Browns
After sitting out the 2015 season wearing a Washington Redskins jersey, RG3 is penciled in as the Browns starter for 2016. RG3 has shown flashes of promise, but he needs to be used effectively and he needs to be protected. He’s had success with his feet, amassing 826 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns in his rookie season. This number was almost halved in 2013 with 489 (and no touchdowns). However, the running is what has gotten RG3 injured. Until he can be more careful, it is a risk to have him running for 800-plus yards.
The biggest drawback to RG3 for fantasy purposes is that he doesn’t have many weapons to throw the ball to. The Browns are likely going to resort to running the ball (with Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson?) as the receiving corps consists of rookie Corey Coleman, Andrew Hawkins, Taylor Gabriel and Gary Barnidge. RG3 is worth consideration in two-quarterback leagues, but can be left alone in standard leagues.
Lamar Miller, Houston Texans
Fantasy owners of Lamar Miller in 2015 remember how frustrating it was to own him. He was under-utilized in Miami and, hopefully, is in a much better situation in 2016 with the Houston Texans. In 2015, he had three games with over 100 rushing yards and 10 games with under 50 rushing yards. In the passing him, he was just as hit or miss. He had five games with five or more receptions and five games with zero or one reception.
Houston has a run-first offense, and Miller will be the focal point. With Brock Osweiler at the helm, learning a new offense, expect a lot of running and short passing downs. Miller should be involved in the passing game as well, giving him even more value in PPR leagues. He has RB1 value, although fantasy owners who have been burned may be a little wary.
Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions
Despite many rumors indicating that he’s coming back, the football player formerly known as Megatron has hung up his cleats for good. What this means for the Lions receiving corps is that Golden Tate steps into the No. 1 receiver role and a spot was open for a No. 2. Enter Marvin Jones. In 2015, Jones put up some of his best numbers in the three seasons he has played in the NFL. He had 65 receptions for 816 receiving yards, both career highs. He had four touchdowns (down from 10 in 2014).
Without a large sample size, it’s hard to tell how productive Jones will be in Detroit’s offense. Matthew Stafford attempted 592 passes in 2015 (7th highest in the league) compared to Andy Dalton (386 pass attempts in 13 games). The Lions are going to be a pass-first offense, which does bode well for Jones. He’s played behind A.J. Green for three years, and now, technically he’ll be the No. 2 to Golden Tate, although both receivers will be on the field for most passing downs. In terms of fantasy, Jones is a WR3 with upside.
Ladarius Green, Pittsburgh Steelers
After patiently waiting for Antonio Gates to retire, Green finally decided he wanted to be the No. 1 tight end on a team. Heath Miller retired and the Steelers were on the market for a tight end. It was a good fit for Ladarius Green, and he signed a four-year, $20 million contact in March to become part of the Pittsburgh Steelers. With the way Ben Roethlisberger relied on Miller, Green could be one of the more high impact offseason moves to take place.
In 2015, Green had 37 receptions for 429 yards and four touchdowns. Miller had 60 receptions for 535 yards and two touchdowns. While the yards were low, those numbers were about average for his career. It’s hard to predict exactly how the Steelers will use Green, but if it is in the same vein as last year, Green has TE2 value. Keep in mind that he did have offseason ankle surgery and has not yet participated in any workouts. He should be fine for the pre-season, but just keep an eye on him.
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