Most Undervalued Free Agency Moves
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The first week of free agency has passed and most of the big names have signed to their respective teams. We can now envision which players will benefit from their new teams and those that will be constrained in fantasy football. Here are three underrated free agency moves that you should keep in the back of your mind once draft season rolls around.
Los Angeles Chargers Upgrade Their Offensive Line
The Los Angeles Chargers needed to upgrade their offensive line. They were Pro Football Focus’ worst rated offensive line in 2020. Last week, they signed the best center in football, Corey Linsley, and also guards Matt Feiler and Oday Aboushi.
Spending a combined $85 million on the offensive line will certainly improve the Chargers’ offense all around. Despite a terrible o-line, Austin Ekeler managed 4.5 yards per rush in 2020. When combined with his already prevalent pass-catching ability, he could be a top-12 running back in 2021.
These new signings will also help reigning rookie of the year Justin Herbert. In 2020, Herbert was sixth in passing yards, 13th in overall QBR and threw 31 touchdowns, the most ever by a rookie. It is scary to think about what this man could do with better protection.
Though I do not expect the Chargers’ offensive line to become one of the best in the league in one year, it will certainly help their offensive production in 2021. Because of this, you should target Chargers players early in drafts in 2021.
New York Giants Sign Kenny Golladay
The New York Giants signed Kenny Golladay to a four-year, $72 million deal. This brings a true No. 1 wideout to the Giants, the first since Odell Beckham, Jr. Although Golladay’s value will be discussed closer to draft season, the greatest benefit goes to none other than Daniel Jones.
Throughout the past two seasons, it is safe to say that Daniel Jones has been a disappointment. In 2020, the G-men were 31st in points scored and 31st in offensive yards. Despite Jones’ below-average play, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton and Evan Engram were rarely on the field at the same time.
On paper, this should be a good offense. Paring the best free agent wide receiver in this year’s class with offensive weapons they could draft certainly will make them more respectable. Daniel Jones could be a legitimate sleeper in drafts in 2021.
Tennessee Titans Sign Anthony Firsker
The Tennessee Titans re-signed tight end Anthony Firsker to a one-year deal. This was following the departure of Jonnu Smith to the New England Patriots and Corey Davis to the New York Jets.
Right now, the Titans have A.J. Brown out wide, Anthony Firsker and who else? I fully expect A.J. Brown to be heavily targeted in 2021. He could easily be a WR1 in fantasy football, perhaps the No. 1 overall receiver. Other than him, the Titans do not have anyone else on the roster of relevance.
In 2020, Firsker had 39 catches for 387 yards and a single touchdown. This includes Week 6 where he had eight catches for 113 yards and a touchdown, when Jonnu Smith was out with an injury.
The Tennessee Titans lean heavily on Derrick Henry’s running ability and play-action from Ryan Tannehill. This heavily favors the tight end and explains why Jonnu Smith was a fantasy-relevant tight end the past few seasons.
In 2020, Firsker stepped up when Jonnu Smith was absent and even played well in his presence. The Titans’ confidence in Firsker’s abilities was evident by letting Jonnu Smith walk in free agency. Anthony Firsker will need to take a huge step forward to fill holes in Tennessee’s offense and allow him to be a reliable tight end in fantasy football in 2021.