Biggest Fantasy Football Winners and Losers from NFL Free Agency

Daniel Stack@@stacdemonContributor IIMarch 22, 2013

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 30:  Wide receiver Danny Amendola #16 of the St. Louis Rams makes a diving catch against cornerback Marcus Trufant #23 of the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 30, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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In the past 10 days, we have seen prospective free agents move at a frenetic pace to places of greener pasture. The fallout from all these moves is causing seismic shifts to not only the landscape of the NFL, but also the fantasy value for those impacted by the flurry of moves in the last week.

The following players have had their fantasy values significantly impacted, whether it is by their own volition or from other dominoes falling. As with any other free-agency frenzy, there will undoubtedly be winners and losers.

So, here is a breakdown of all the winners and losers from a fantasy perspective.


Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
With the signings of Mike Wallace, Dustin Keller and Brian Hartline also deciding to stick around in South Beach, Tannehill’s stock is on the rise, as he now has legitimate weapons to play with.

Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions
It’s not like Reggie Bush was useless while he was in Miami, quite the contrary, but considering that Bush is back with an explosive offense and is now the Lions’ main ball carrier, his value is most definitely on the rise.

Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Manning already had a an excellent receiving corps to work with, but now that he has possession-receiver extraordinaire Wes Welker in the fold, Manning now arguably has the finest collection of receivers in the league. Talk about an embarrassment of riches.

Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons
After years of toiling in St. Louis, Jackson will now be part of a winning franchise and an explosive offense to boot. While the mileage is great with Jackson, a new winning environment could help rejuvenate his career.

Daryl Richardson, St. Louis Rams
Now that Jackson is gone, being the Rams’ lead back is Richardson’s job to lose. When given the chance for carries, Richardson showed he can be an explosive playmaker. Don’t forget about Isaiah Pead as well.

Danny Amendola, New England Patriots
Talk about a monumental shift in value! In St. Louis, Amendola was just another good receiver in the league. Now Amendola has the chance to be a top-10 option with Tom Brady as his quarterback. Yeah, he can be that good.

David Wilson, New York Giants
With the Giants electing not to bring back Ahmad Bradshaw, the bulk of the carries should go to second-year phenom David Wilson. Wilson is a fascinating playmaker and if the Giants don’t sign another running back, Wilson is the best bet to receive carries inside the 20s (with Andre Brown being a goal-line vulture).

Brandon Myers, New York Giants
Myers was more than a serviceable tight end in Oakland this past year, but now that he is part of an effective offense with Eli Manning throwing him passes, his value has now skyrocketed. Don’t be surprised if he ends up as a top-five option at tight end.

Mike Goodson, New York Jets
With opportunity comes expectations and with Shonn Greene in Tennessee now, Goodson has a good shot (while competing with Bilal Powell) to become the Jets’ featured running back.

Rashard Mendenhall, Arizona Cardinals
Now out of a crowded Steeler backfield, Mendenhall will have every opportunity to make a name for himself in Arizona as the Cardinals’ lead back.


Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs

While he got his payday, and that’s nice for him, Bowe staying in Kansas City will not endear himself to fantasy players despite the addition of Alex Smith.

Mikel Leshoure, Detroit Lions

Leshoure may get some goal-line and short-yardage carries, but his carries will significantly decrease with the addition of Bush to the Lions.

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

With Mike Wallace in Miami, Big Ben will be without his favorite deep threat and he’ll now have to rely on solid but unspectacular options in Antonio Brown and Heath Miller. Expect the Steelers to address the wide-receiver position in the draft.

Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons

Still without a job, Turner will never have it as good as he did in Atlanta. Wherever he ends up, Turner will be nothing more than a secondary option.

Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams

Granted, Jared Cook will make for a solid tight end, but Bradford will have a hard time finding a receiver with a skill set that Amendola possessed. As such, Bradford may regress a bit in 2013 and be nothing more than a low-end No. 2 quarterback.

Greg Jennings, Minnesota Vikings

Going from Aaron Rodgers throwing you the ball to Christian Ponder throwing it to you is like switching from a Ferrari to a Pinto. When it comes to drafting Jennings this year, vastly lower expectations.

Shonn Greene, New York Jets

Greene will not be a forgotten man in Tennessee, but the guy went from being the main ball carrier for the Jets to being Chris Johnson’s understudy.

Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals

With Arizona signing Mendenhall, the Cardinals had no need for the oft-injured Wells anymore. Wells’ fantasy value is now on life matter what team he may eventually end up with.


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