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2018 Fantasy Football Key Offseason Moves

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It’s already August, which means one more month until the regular season officially starts. Free agency is always an interesting time for football fans every year. Some shake-ups we kind of expect to happen, while others come as a complete shock. This offseason featured quite a bit of change and fantasy owners should take note.

As the first week of training camp is officially in the books, we finally got to see how some of these players with new teams have looked. But before we know it, it’ll be week one of the NFL season.

2018 Fantasy Football Key Offseason Moves

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Some players have an opportunity to regain some positive fantasy value with their new team. While others went to a team where we just have to wait and see how they adapt to their new surroundings.

I will take a look at some of the biggest changes some players face as the new season quickly approaches. Here are some of the top players with altering fantasy values after changing teams this offseason.

Brandin Cooks, WR, Los Angeles Rams

With Sammy Watkins leaving for Kansas City, the Rams quickly went out and acquired speedster Brandin Cooks from the New England Patriots back in early April. It’s now back-to-back years that Cooks has changed teams.  The 24-year-old is coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons with the Saints and Patriots.

The Rams became a top-10 passing offense last season after Sean McVay took over head coaching duties. Cooks now enters the 2018 season as one of the targets, if not the top, for Jared Goff. Rookie Cooper Kupp ended up leading the team in receiving last year with 869 yards on 62 catches. Robert Woods was on pace to lead the team but missed four games due to injury.

The good news for Cooks owners is that he has finished as WR13, WR9 and WR15 respectively in the past three seasons. The bad news is he now joins an offense with crowded competition fighting for targets.

Todd Gurley, Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods all caught at least 55 passes a year ago. Targets drive production at the wide receiver position and Cooks may end up with the lowest amount of targets since seeing just 69 during his rookie season.

The current ADP of Cooks sits at WR18. With many mouths to feed in Los Angeles, view Cooks as a mid to low-end WR2 this season.

Dion Lewis, RB, Tennessee Titans

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The 2017 season was a career year for Dion Lewis. He racked up a career-high in carries, yards and touchdowns and even finished as a top-15 running back in PPR leagues. The 5’7″ running back proved himself as one of the most efficient at his position last season. He ranked top-10 in yards per carry, breakaway runs, evading tackles and catch rate. He validated himself throughout the course of the season, earning himself a big four-year deal with the Titans.

Now with joining the Tennessee Titans, Lewis is sure to play a pretty significant role alongside Derrick Henry. One main concern with the 27-year-old is that 2017 was his only career full season without missing time. Lewis figures to get heavy involvement in the passing game while Henry serves more as the between-the-tackles running back.

Lewis currently holds some fantasy value at his current ADP of 64. This puts his selection around the back-end of the fifth round while teammate Derrick Henry is coming off the board in the third. He has a real shot of outscoring Henry this fantasy season – especially in PPR leagues. I believe that at his current price, Lewis is the better fantasy option within the Titans backfield.

Allen Robinson, WR, Chicago Bears

Allen Robinson caught one pass last season before tearing his ACL in week one. The Bears went out and signed Robinson to a three-year, $42 million deal earlier in the offseason. They brought him in as a focal point within the aerial attack this season with second-year pro Mitch Trubisky under center.

Not since Alshon Jeffery in 2014, have the Bears supported a 1000 yard receiver . With a new head coach and offensive coordinator, the Bears offense will be much more aggressive this season. Robinson wasn’t the only big addition to the Bears offense this offseason. Tight end Trey Burton and speedster Taylor Gabriel made their way to Chicago as well.



Tarik Cohen looks poised for an increased role catching passes out of the backfield in his second year as well. Factoring in all of this, it’s currently unclear just how many targets Robinson will see this season. What is pretty clear is that he’s Trubisky’s main target and he’ll end up leading the team in receiving this upcoming season.

The 24-year-old currently holds an ADP of WR21. It will be extremely tough for him to maintain the target share he saw in Jacksonville now that he has more competition for targets. View Robinson as a back-end WR2 this season.

Jimmy Graham, TE, Green Bay Packers

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After leaving Russell Wilson and Seattle in the offseason, Jimmy Graham signed a three-year deal with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. With Jordy Nelson now out the door, that leaves Graham poised for a larger role in the Packer offense in 2018. Last year, he led all tight ends in touchdown receptions (10) and red zone catches (16).

In the 16 games played last season, Graham finished as a TE1 in 12 of those games. He also remains as one of the most consistent tight ends since joining the NFL in 2010. In fact, Graham finished as a TE1 in six of his eight seasons in the league, while also finishing as the No.1 overall tight end twice.

Aaron Rodgers, on the other hand, has not had much success with his tight ends throughout his career. Since 2010, he’s only supported a TE1 just twice – with an average finish of the TE1 coming in at TE22.

Despite all of this, Graham is a 6’7″ former basketball player who is one of the best red zone threats in all of football. Entering one of the best passing offenses in the league, Graham has a good shot to become a go-to target for Rodgers. He’s a pretty safe bet to become the highest scoring tight end ever for Aaron Rodgers and currently holds an ADP of TE4.

Allen Hurns, WR, Dallas Cowboys

After spending the first four seasons in Jacksonville, Hurns has now found a new home in Dallas. He enters the 2018 season as a very intriguing late-round option in fantasy drafts. Roughly 44 percent of the target share from a year ago opens up with the departure of Dez Bryant and Jason Witten during the offseason.

As it stands right now, Allen Hurns looks to be Dak Prescott‘s No. 1 option in a run-oriented offense. The WR1 Dak Prescott has supported in his two-year career has finished as WR32 and WR24 respectively in 2016 and 2017. In fact, Prescott has supported a WR1 that averages 72 catches, 835 yards and five touchdowns per year in the past two seasons. That stat line would have finished as the WR24 a year ago.

Hurns is being selected at the back-end of the ninth round of fantasy drafts. Coming off the board as WR42, he looks like a late-round steal at his current asking price. The depth behind Hurns at the wide receiver position in Dallas is very weak. The guys behind Hurns are Terrance Williams, Michael Gallup and Cole Beasley.

With a wide-open opportunity to lead the Cowboys in receiving this season, Hurns remains one of the biggest steals in the later rounds of fantasy drafts this season.

Trey Burton, TE, Chicago Bears

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It’s been a while since the Bears have had a fantasy relevant tight end. You need to go back to the 2014 season when Martellus Bennett racked up 90 catches for 916 yards and six touchdowns. Back in March, Burton signed a four-year $32 deal with Chicago.

Matt Nagy, now head coach of the Bears, had great success with Travis Kelce in Kansas City. In that time, Kelce averaged 84 catches, 1,081 yards and six touchdowns per season. He now brings in Trey Burton to try to turn around their success with the tight end position. Nagy previously stated that Burton will play the Travis Kelce role in the Bears’ offense this season.

 


As training camp continues, it seems like the stock of Burton just continues to rise. He’s currently the ninth tight end taken off of draft boards. He’s a fine late-round target if you are unable to get one of the top tight ends in the early rounds of fantasy drafts. The 26-year-old has a good shot at finishing inside the top-10 in fantasy leagues this season given the opportunity that awaits him.


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About Michael Trivisonno

Michael is a huge NFL and sports fan who has been competing in fantasy football for the past five years. His love for fantasy football goes beyond FantasySixPack as he was also a Cleveland Browns News Correspondent for FantasyPros.com during the 2017 season. If you want to follow more of his writing, be sure to follow him on Twitter @Mike_Triv.

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