2020 Free Agent Tracker

Updated: Apr 15, 2020

With everything going on in the world around us with the coronavirus and the sports world being placed on hold, one thing we can look forward to this week is the start of the NFL free agency period. All of us in the fantasy football industry know that this period marks the start of the new NFL season and more importantly the start of the next fantasy football season. The series of moves that will happen over the next few weeks will start to shape the outlook of the fantasy landscape in 2020, and we at The Elite Fantasy will cover and track all the moves via this tracker for all the offensive moves during this period. So lets take a look at where these players are going.

QB Ryan Tannehill

Previous Team: Titans

New Team: Titans

On Sunday news broke that Ryan Tannehill and the Titans have reached an agreement to keep the signal caller in Tennessee. The Titans have signed Tannehill to 4 year 118 million dollar contract. The 2020 and 2021 season being fully guaranteed for 61 million dollars. This moves shows the confidence the team has in Tannehill after he led them to the AFC championship game last season. The signing of Tannehill now opens up the door for the team to use their one and only Franchise tag on running back Derrick Henry, which should happen today as the tag window closes on Monday afternoon.

*Fantasy Impact: This move doesn't change our thinking on Ryan Tannehill as he is still viewed as a quarterback two in one quarterback leagues. He is a middle of the road option in two quarterback or super flex leagues as the Titans are a run first team.

TE Hunter Henry

Previous Team: Chargers

New Team: Chargers

News came out over the weekend that the Los Angeles Chargers did what was expected and used their lone Franchise Tag on tight end Hunter Henry. The Chargers knew the demand for a premium tight end was going to be high, and Henry would draw interest from multiple teams. By tagging Henry this guarantees the Chargers to keep him in the Powdered Blue for at least one more season. The 25 year old will earn between 10.5 -10.8 million as the price tag for positions being tagged has yet to be reported.

*Fantasy Impact: Last season Henry was being drafted as a top 5 tight end, despite an injury riddled 2018. That high praise would end rather quickly in 2019 as he was injured right out of the gate in 2019 forcing him to miss several weeks. Once he returned he had a massive game then went quite the rest of the season. We have Henry as a top ten option this season but no where close to a top five. The injury concern and question mark at quarterback severely hinder the tight ends outlook this season, thus making him not worth where he will be likely taken this fall.

RB Damien Williams

Previous Team: Chiefs

New Team: Chiefs

Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Super Bowl Champion Chiefs are going to pick up the option on the should've been super bowl MVP Damien Williams. Williams is set to make 2.3 million in 2020.

*Fantasy Impact: Williams left many owners feeling underwhelmed in 2019 considering where he was taken in drafts in the fall. Many were high on him after a strong post season in 2018, and many will be high on him again after another strong showing in the 2019 post season. For us at The Elite Fantasy we just find it tough to trust in Williams as Andy Reid just doesn't seem committed to him solely as that true lead back. We fully expect another back to be added either through free agency or the draft that will have a negative effect on Williams as his upside will be capped.

QB Dak Prescott

Previous Team: Cowboys

New Team: Cowboys

Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the Dallas Cowboys have placed the exclusive franchise tag on the young quarterback. This move was expected if a deal wasn't agreed upon up by the tag deadline and one has not been reached. Placing this tag on Prescott locks him up and doesn't allow another team to offer him a deal. This deal may also open up an avenue for the team to lock up wide receiver Amari Cooper as well.

*Fantasy Impact: Dak will be on the QB1 radar in all fantasy league formats this season. Dak had his best season as a pro last season which made him a top three fantasy quarterback. We feel Dak will be a top 10 quarterback in 2020, but a top three finish too us seems unlikely.

RB Derrick Henry

Previous Team: Titans

New Team: Titans

The Titans have done what was expected and have placed the franchise tag on stud running back Derrick Henry. The move will keep the back in town for the 2020 season as the two sides try to reach a long term deal or the team decides to move on from the back in 2021.

*Fantasy Impact: Henry will be a RB1 in all fantasy formats this season. He will be one of the top backs taken off the board this fall. Henry has work horse appeal that he showed in the 2019 post season, but lacks the PPR appeal due to him not being on the field when trailing. We see him being over drafted.

RB Kenyan Drake

Previous Team: Cardinals

New Team: Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals have placed the transitional tag on free agent running back Kenyan Drake. This means that the team has the right to match any offer Drake will receive during free agency.

*Fantasy Impact: Kenyan Drake will be a RB2 with David Johnson now heading to Houston. Chase Edmonds will also receive a tick up in value with the veteran shipping out to Texas.

WR AJ Green

Previous Team: Bengals

New Team: Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals have placed the franchise tag on the veteran wide receiver. Despite Green’s wishes to not be tagged the organization obviously planning on drafting their future franchise QB Joe Burrow wanted to lock in their star receiver. It has been reported that Burrow told the Bengals he wanted to play with Green, and if that is indeed the case the organization certainly obliged.

*Fantasy Impact: Green, when healthy, is locked in WR1. However, over the last several years staying healthy has been a problem for the wide out. We view Green as a 4th to 5th round pick as a backend WR2 or front end WR3. Green will likely be over drafted; don’t be the one to do it.

RB Kareem Hunt

Previous Team: Browns

New Team: Browns

The Cleveland Browns have placed a 2nd round tender on RB Kareem Hunt. This means all teams are able to offer a deal to Hunt and sign him, it would just cost them their second round pick. Hunt’s off field concerns may make him unappealing to other teams, and this is why the Browns pry felt ok placing the tender on him.

*Fantasy Impact: Hunt has all the talent and ability in the world, but the off field antics continue to be a dark cloud. Hunt if back in Cleveland will be a RB3 with occasional RB2 upside.

WR DeAndre Hopkins

Previous Team: Texans

New Team: Cardinals

In A shocker the Texans are trading star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and a 2020 4th rounder to Arizona in exchange for David Johnson, a 2020 2nd rounder, and a 2021 4th rounder.

*Fantasy Impact: DeAndre Hopkins will remain an Elite WR1 in addition he makes Kyler Murray a border line Elite option in 2020 moving forward.

RB David Johnson

Previous Team: Cardinals

New Team: Texans

In a shocker the Arizona Cardinals are trading David Johnson, a 2020 2nd round pick, and a 2021 4th pick to the Texans for DeAndre Hopkins and a 2020 4th round pick.

*Fantasy Impact: David Johnson becomes a RB2 as he will see lots of work in this offense. QB Deshaun Watson’s value takes a massive hit and falls outside the top 5 for us. With an injury prone Will Fuller, Kenny Stills, and nothing after he will be in trouble this season.

TE Hayden Hurst

Previous Team: Ravens

New Team: Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons have traded a 2020 2nd and 5th round pick to the Ravens for tight end Hayden Hurst and a 2020 4th round pick according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

*Fantasy Impact: Hayden Hurst falls into a very favorable spot where he should shine. Hurst was a top draft prospect at the position, who just ended up on a team stacked at the position. Hurst should become the Falcons TE1 and benefit like Hooper did with defenses focusing on Julio and Ridley leaving him open often. Hurst will be a very popular sleeper this coming season.

TE Blake Jarwin

Previous Team: Cowboys

New Team: Cowboys

Free-agent TE Blake Jarwin agreed to terms on a three-year contract worth up to $24.25 million to remain with the Dallas Cowboys. The deal includes $9.25 million guaranteed.

*Fantasy Impact: This deal pretty much signifies the end for Jason Witten in Dallas. Jarwin could be a sneaky option at the position this draft season. We have Jarwin as a TE2 with backend TE1 upside.

TE Jimmy Graham

Previous Team: P