Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Free Agent Moves - Late March - Offense

Mike Vick NYJ QB - The former Virginia Tech star’s play and health have both steadily eroded in recent years, but he likely still has the edge on Geno Smith. The Jets signed him to a one-year, $5 million contract as a prove-it contract, to see if he can produce like he did a few years ago. We at FFEE think Vick will start, miss a few games at the end of the year, and put up 3000 passing yards, 500 rushing yards and 20 total TDs in 2014.

Maurice Jones-Drew OAK RB– Oh the Raiders… What can you say, the 29 year old former rushing champ is now in the black hole, making the Oakland backfield a fantasy quagmire.  Darren McFadden may have the upper hand on MJD as the incumbent, but Jones-Drew has a real shot to open the season as the starter. We expect a RB by committee approach until one of the RBs gets injured. Whoever doesn’t, will turn into a top 15 producer at that time.  If healthy, expect 800 combined yards and 5-7 TDs from Jones-Drew in 2014.

LeGarrette Blount PIT RB– The Oregon alum, only 27 years old, rushed 153 times for 772 yards (5.0 YPC) and seven touchdowns in New England last season, operating as the Patriots' lead back down the stretch. In Pittsburgh, Blount will serve as a battering-ram change-of-pace back behind Le'Veon Bell with the chance to vulture a few TDs. The only way Blount has value for 2014 is as a handcuff. He doesn't play in the passing game and has a history of fumbling. We expect 300 yards and 5 TDs from him in 2014.

Kenny Britt STL WR – One of the most frustrating dynasty players of the past 5 years, Britt has signed a 1 year $2.9 million deal with Saint Louis. It's a minimal gamble by the Rams and there's no denying Britt's talent, as he has previously flashed No. 1 receiver skills. But we haven't seen it much since 2010. Britt has battled knee issues the past few years and could possibly be damaged goods. He also hasn't been a model citizen, racking up multiple off-field incidents. However, Britt is still just 25 years old. He could easily become the Rams' No. 1 receiver in 2014. At 6-foot-3 and 223 pounds, Britt is an ideal X receiver. We like Britt’s chances with his former head coach Jeff Fischer, so we’ll buy for now, expecting 60 catches for 900 yards and 6 TDs in a bounce back year for Britt.

Knowshon Moreno MIA RB – The former Denver Bronco was at his best last season as a pro (1587 total yds, 13 TDs) on his way to a top-five ranking among all fantasy RBs. The Dolphins will run early and often, so expect solid numbers, but in a weaker offense in Miami, Moreno will slip to RB2 status assuming he wins the starting job. We have Moreno at 1200 total yards and 8 TDs for 2014.

Brandon LaFell NEP WR – The 2010 third round pick was a stable, consistent third option in Carolina throughout his career. You could pencil him in for 600 yards and 5 TDs on the regular. Now a Patriot, he'll battle Aaron Dobson for the starting "X" job and also provide support to Julian Edelman/Danny Amendola in the slot. We still expect LaFell to be a solid third option, but in a higher octane offense, expect a slight bump in production. We’re looking at 60 catches for 750 yards and 6 TDs.

tags: NFL, NFL free Agency, Vick, Britt, Moreno, LaFell, Blount, Jones-Drew, MJD, fantasy football, free agent, offense, stats, scoring, football, NFL Football.

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