2023 Fantasy Football Key Offseason Moves

by Dennis Sosic
2023 Fantasy Football Key Offseason Moves

Welcome Fantasy friends and foes as we continue to add to our famous Fantasy Six Pack Draft Kit. I tackle the 2023 Fantasy Football Key Offseason Moves to provide the Fantasy impact and identify whose stock went up and which players took a downward turn in value after switching uniforms.

Does Aaron Rodgers still have it?

Can Miles Sanders be featured back in Carolina?

Will D.J. Moore and DeAndre Hopkins elevate their offenses?

Does Darren Waller continue to shine with the Giants?

The answers to those questions and much more will be answered in the 2023 Fantasy Football Key Offseason Moves.

2023 Fantasy Football Key Offseason Moves

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Quarterback

The most excitement resulting from quarterbacks changing teams is that the Aaron Rodgers saga finally ended. Everyone knew Rodgers would be moved, but the appalling drama surrounding it seemed endless. The outcome of Rodgers going to the New York Jets raises plenty of fantasy questions. Is Rodgers on the decline? Can Garrett Wilson rise to be a version of Davante Adams for Rodgers? Of course, only time will tell, but you know that Rodgers will be highly motivated to prove everyone wrong and thrive in New York.

Derek Carr heads to New Orleans, which will have a friendly group of weapons. Carr helped Davante Adams be the WR2 overall in fantasy so that he can provide fantasy numbers. He has passed for over 4,000 yards in four of the last five seasons. He steps into an offense with a young ascending Chris Olave, a returning Michael Thomas, and weapons out of the backfield. Carr remains a valuable fantasy commodity as your second quarterback in Superflex leagues.

Jimmy Garoppolo. is a curious case. He has a reputation as a game-manager and is returning from a foot injury but should be ready for Week 1. It's hard to trust Garappolo as more than a bye-week fill-in in favorable matchups.

Baker Mayfield was recently named the Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting quarterback for the 2023 season. Mayfield has been relatively inconsistent in his five-year NFL career but steps into a Bucs offense with two elite wide receivers, Chris Godwin and Mike Evans, and a promising featured back, Rachaad White. It's hard to trust Mayfield, but he might surprise a few weeks. But The challenge will be rostering and starting him the other weeks of the season.

Running Back

The recent signing of Dalvin Cook by the New York Jets culminated in a sweep of running backs on the move this offseason. The Jets still have concerns about Breece Hall fully recovering from his ACL surgery, prompting them to sign the former Vikings running back. Although Cook rushed for 1,173 yards and eight touchdowns last season, the eye test shows some decline in his game. Cook steps into a time-sharing role with Hall in New York, which plummets him down the fantasy rankings to RB32.

The Philadelphia Eagles were not satisfied with Miles Sanders coming off his career season, so they allowed Sanders to leave and sign with the Carolina Panthers. Sanders walks into a featured back role on a Panthers offense led by a rookie quarterback. He will be given plenty of looks and should be efficient behind a Panthers offensive line that made D'Onta Foreman look good last season. Sanders will be a high-end RB2 in Carolina as long as he can remain healthy, which is currently in question.

The Eagles found two running backs, Rashaad Penny and D'Andre Swift, to take over their backfield. Both backs produce when they are healthy, but they miss too many games for fantasy managers to have much confidence outside of utilizing them as flex options.

Jamaal Williams and his league-high 17 rushing touchdowns leave the Detroit Lions to head to sign with the New Orleans Saints. Williams will play a similar short-yardage/goal-line back role with the Saints but will start as the primary back for the first three weeks of the season during Alvin Kamara's suspension.

David Montgomery leaves the Chicago Bears to slide directly into the Williams role with the Detroit Lions. Look for Montgomery to get plenty of looks in an explosive Lions offense despite sharing touches with rookie Jahmyr Gibbs. Montgomery becomes a valuable RB2/flex option for fantasy managers.

Wide Receiver

Two of the biggest game-changers among the wide receivers changing addresses are D.J. Moore and DeAndre Hopkins.

Moore heads to the Chicago Bears in a draft day trade to be the main target for sophomore quarterback Justin Fields. Fields was desperate for an elite wide receiver and will find Moore the receiver that will elevate his play and the entire Bears offense.

Hopkins heads to the Tennessee Titans to be the WR1 for veteran signal-caller Ryan Tannehill, who just went through his worst NFL season. Look for Tannehill to rebound along with the Titans offense, with the immense talent of Hopkins providing the spark that the offense desperately needed.

Brandin Cooks finally escaped Houston and arrived in a Dallas Cowboys offense where he will be their WR2 opposite CeeDee Lamb. Cooks remains a WR3 in fantasy, and he should provide the big-play ability for Dak Prescott and the Cowboys' offense while taking pressure off Lamb. Seems like an ideal fit.

Allen Lazard follows Aaron Rodgers to the New York Jets to play opposite Garrett Wilson. Lazard has chemistry with Rodgers, which should result in some confidence that he can steadily influence the new Jets offense, but he has a limited fantasy outlook.

JuJu Smith-Schuster leaves the explosive Kansas Chiefs offense to the conservative Patriots offense. A trade of Patrick Mahomes to Mac Jones doesn't seem fair, but JuJu will still give fantasy managers a WR3 option in PPR formats.

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Tight End

The fantasy star of the tight ends changing addresses is Darren Waller. Waller was deemed uncoverable and looked like the Waller that posted consecutive 1,000+ yard seasons for the New York Giants during the 2019-2020 season. He continues to climb draft boards up to TE6 with his highlights and established chemistry with quarterback Daniel Jones. His changing address has motivated Waller to take over as the primary target for Jones and should be heavily targeted for fantasy managers as their top tight end.

Dalton Schultz averaged six touchdowns across the last three seasons, being the security blanket for Dak Prescott in Dallas. Schultz stays in Texas but heads to Houston, hoping to provide security for rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud in Houston. Look for Schultz to match his fantasy production and remain a TE1.

Hayden Hurst has not reached the level of success that Schultz has in recent seasons but steps into a similar situation with his move to the Carolina Panthers. Hurst will be the security blanket for the top pick of the 2023 NFL Draft, quarterback Bryce Young. Hurst will not be more than a TE2 or a bye-week fill-in for fantasy managers.

Mike Gesicki stays in the AFC East with his move to the New England Patriots. However, he must share tight-end touches with Hunter Henry, which doesn't provide much confidence for consistent fantasy production.


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