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With so many players changing teams, Fantasy owners are left wondering what their Fantasy value will end up being with their new club. Some players will excel in their new homes while others may see a decrease in value.
Brock Osweiler, Cleveland Browns — It’s safe to assume that Osweiler will have even less Fantasy value than he did with Houston since there really aren’t any receivers to throw to in Cleveland. As a matter of fact, there’s a good chance he doesn’t even stay in Cleveland long enough to play a game. Osweiler finished his 2016 campaign averaging 15.5 Fantasy points per game while throwing more interceptions than touchdowns. He also only had six games in which he scored 20 or more Fantasy points and became waiver wire fodder as the season went along. Long story short when it comes to Osweiler, he isn’t worth drafting.
Mike Glennon, Chicago Bears — With Jay Cutler gone in Chicago, the Bears brought in Glennon as his successor. He played in only one game in 2016, but his numbers aren’t that far off from the guy he replaced. His last full season was 2013, when he averaged just over 16 Fantasy points per game and tossed 19 touchdowns to nine interceptions in 13 games played. If the format isn’t a two-quarterback league, Glennon doesn’t have much Fantasy value heading into the 2017 season, especially with Jeffery in Philadelphia and the receiving corps a little thin.
Browns QB Brock Osweiler.
Brandin Cooks, New England Patriots — Fantasy owners are clamoring over the trade that sent Cooks from New Orleans to New England. His Fantasy value skyrocketed as a result and should excel even more with Tom Brady throwing to him now. After a season that saw Cooks see 117 targets and accumulate over 1,100 yards, the sky is the limit for him in 2017 with the defending Super Bowl champions. As much as his value has seemed to change, he still remains a late second to early third-round pick in drafts.
Brandon Marshall, New York Giants — After a down year in 2016 with the Jets, Marshall will look to bounce back with the G-Men. Last season saw Marshall with the second lowest receptions total of his career while averaging just over six Fantasy points per game. That was with shoddy quarterback play. Now with Eli Manning throwing to him, most figure Marshall can have a career revival with the Giants. He should have no problem getting close to the 129 targets he saw last season and could even surpass that number. Marshall was going in the second to third round of drafts last season and could expect a slight bump in his ADP due to the new offense he will be playing in. With the type of production he could give Fantasy owners, he could return to Fantasy glory in 2017.
Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles — The newest Eagles receiver saw his lowest reception total since 2012 and should be a welcome addition to a revamped Eagles offense that now consists of Jeffery, Jordan Matthews and Torrey Smith. After averaging less than eight Fantasy points per game last season, Jeffery will look to show Fantasy owners he’s still the threat he used to be. If the Eagles can get Carson Wentz to take a step forward in his progression, Jeffery could see himself as a WR1 once again and could easily return his second-round value in drafts.
Giants WR Brandon Marshall.
Torrey Smith, Philadelphia Eagles — Over the last two seasons in San Francisco, Smith averaged six and less than four Fantasy points per game for his Fantasy owners. But 2017 could be a rebound season for him in a suddenly better looking offense. Alongside Matthews and Jeffery, these Eagles receivers could be very dangerous. Fantasy owners shouldn’t expect Smith to be anything more than what he has been his entire career…a deep threat.
Dwayne Allen, New England Patriots — With the loss of Martellus Bennett, the Patriots are once again stacked at the tight end position along with Rob Gronkowski. Granted, Allen hasn’t done much the last two seasons with Andrew Luck throwing to him but now he has Brady. Allen has had 81 targets tossed his way over the last two seasons combined but that could all change in this offense, especially if Gronk goes down with an injury again.
Eddie Lacy, Seattle Seahawks — Lacy is taking his less than eight Fantasy points per game from Green Bay to Seattle and could provide a boost to the Seahawks run game and to Fantasy owners as well. Running behind a stout offensive line in Seattle could be just what Lacy needs to get his career back on track after a dismal two seasons for the Packers. There is a good chance that he can recapture his 2013 form, when he rushed for almost 1,200 yards and double-digit touchdowns while averaging 14 Fantasy points per game and proving he was an RB1. Fantasy owners shouldn’t fall over themselves in drafts to get Lacy, though. A lot has to go right in order for him to justify his second round value.
Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots — The Patriots keep finding ways to utilize players that the rest of the league doesn’t. Adding Burkhead to an already impressive stable of pass catching backs is right out of the Patriots playbook. Last season with the Bengals, Burkhead averaged almost seven Fantasy points per game while catching all but three passes tossed his way. While Burkhead probably won’t be the main pass catching running back as long as Dion Lewis and James White are there, there is clearly a role for him in that offense. Burkhead may be the perfect player for a Fantasy owner who subscribes to the zero running back theory. You can grab him late in your drafts and possibly get Danny Woodhead type production.