With NFL free agency happening this week, many fantasy footballers are waiting in anticipation to find out which fantasy-relevant moves will become reality. Here are 10 Fantastic Free Agency Fits for fantasy football purposes. The following are signings that I would love to see happen this week.
Rather than forcing a needlessly long intro here, let’s just get to the list:
WR Jakobi Meyers returns to New England
I think Meyers re-signing with the Patriots is highly beneficial to both parties. New England gets a steady possession receiver to serve as a catalyst in that receiving room. Drafting a more dynamic play-maker should still be a priority. Meyers gives whichever Patriots quarterback seizes the starting job a dependable option. In return, Meyers gets to return to a heavily-utilized role with (hopefully) a real, NFL-caliber offensive coordinator this season.
TE Mike Gesicki to Carolina
After recent transactions, Carolina finds themselves short on established play-makers. That could be a problem given that the Panthers made the move to No. 1 for a quarterback. A dependable tight end is a rookie passer’s best friend, and Gesicki is someone who brings high upside at the position due to his athletic abilities. Obviously, Gesicki is not going to be the only move the Panthers need to make this off-season. He would be a solid addition to an offense that needs to accumulate steady talent amongst all the future changes.
RB Jamaal Williams stays with Detroit
The Lions have to keep this guy. Williams was the heart and soul of Detroit’s offense in 2022, and he complements the more explosive but less dependable D’Andre Swift perfectly (or maybe Swift complements Williams). We know about the short touchdown prowess, but even more importantly, Williams is a leader on that team and fully embodies what Dan Campbell wants to build there.
RB Kareem Hunt to Seattle
Now that Seattle has locked in Geno Smith for a few more years, the Seahawks must find ways to help improve the offense around him. They drafted well last year and came away with two promising starting tackles. They have DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett as well. I think Hunt is a perfect fit as a pass-catching threat to complement Kenneth Walker and will add a new dimension to Pete Caroll’s offense.
RB Damien Harris to Buffalo
In order to move the needle on their chances of finally unseating the Chiefs in the AFC, the Bills need to add another arrow to their quiver, so to speak. Josh Allen’s heroics can sometimes be affected by Buffalo’s late-season weather. The Bills need a sturdier running back who can shoulder a heavier workload when needed in certain games. Someone like Harris would be instrumental in making defenses respect the Bills’ running game. Harris would supplement James Cook’s skill set as well.
RB D’Onta Foreman returns to Carolina
With all the big changes going on in Carolina, it’s not hard to imagine that they are maybe a year or two away from seriously contending (despite playing in the NFC South). Given that, I would like to see the Panthers bring back Foreman on a short term deal rather than spending valuable — and now scarce — draft capital on a running back whose career might be half way over before Carolina is good enough to think about contending. Foreman showed he can shoulder the load last year after the Christian McCaffrey trade. He deserves another chance in 2023. Then, once the Panthers’ front office has more of the pieces in place in 2024 or 2025, they can draft a young stud running back.
WR Adam Thielen reunites with Stefon Diggs in Buffalo
As a Vikings fan, how fun would it be for Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen to reunite in Buffalo? Thielen was reportedly playing hurt towards the end of last year, and he still managed to catch 70 passes and seven touchdowns. Thielen is still a great threat in the red zone, and that attribute would be a welcome addition in Buffalo. There would be no question that Diggs would be the No. 1 target at this stage of their careers, and Thielen would help fill the void opposite Diggs that deep threat Gabe Davis just hasn’t been able to consistently fill.
WR Allen Lazard to Dallas
CeeDee Lamb emerged as the alpha receiver we all were hoping for in 2022, but Dallas needs a legit threat aside from him. Lazard is not the flashiest name, but he is a solid deep threat option that would help open things up for Lamb as well as the Cowboys’ running game. Lazard is coming off a career year of sorts, catching 60 balls for almost 800 yards in 15 games for the Packers last season. He would add another wrinkle to Dallas’ offense.
WR Juju Smith-Schuster to Green Bay
Christian Watson emerged as an exciting talent for the Packers as the season progressed, but Green Bay needs more weapons, especially if Jordan Love is the new quarterback in Title Town. Much like a tight end, Smith-Schuster would be a great security blanket of sorts for Love and the Packers, soaking up targets from the slot. Stylistically, this would be a great fit as Watson’s speed would clear all kinds of space for Smith-Schuster. Such a signing would clear up Green Bay to perhaps also address the tight end position early in the draft, which would be a double-win for Love.
WR Mecole Hardman to Los Angeles
Even with Keenan Allen returning to LA, the Chargers need to get more speed on the outside to fully maximize Justin Herbert’s talents. Allen and Mike Williams are not exactly spring chickens, and regardless, their games are not building on explosiveness like Hardman’s is. That added juice would go a long way towards taking the Chargers’ offense to that next level. This is a team that everyone expects to make leaps towards Super Bowl contention, and Hardman would go a long way towards that goal. He would be a much better real life signing than in fantasy, however.
What did you think of our 10 Fantastic Free Agency Fits for Fantasy? Which free agents to you want to land where? What are some of your favorite fits?
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