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: Packers

New Team: Bears

Former Packer tight end Jimmy Graham finds a new home in the same division. The Veteran tight end has signed a two year 16-million-dollar deal with the Chicago Bears. The deal guarantees Graham 9 million.

*Fantasy Impact: The team has been looking to upgrade at tight end but this isn’t the answer. Graham is well past his prime and has underwhelmed in Seattle and Green Bay and that is with Elite Quarterback play. Graham moves to a team that is very unsettled at that position so he can not be viewed as more than a backend TE2.

WR Stefon Diggs

Previous Team: Vikings

New Team: Bills

The Buffalo Bills have acquired WR Stefon Diggs from the Minnesota Vikings. ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported the trade consists of the following: Buffalo will give up a 2020 1st, 5th, 6th, and a 2021 4th in return they will receive Diggs and a 2020 7thround pick.

*Fantasy Impact: Stefon Diggs will remain a high end WR2 with the move to Buffalo. This move will solidify Josh Allen as a top eight quarterback. Also after the moves we seen so far it would now not be crazy to say that Josh Allen should be taken before Deshaun Watson this fall in drafts. Kirk Cousins fantasy stock as well as Adam Thielen’s takes a hit.

WR Amari Cooper

Previous Team: Cowboys

New Team: Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to a massive five year 100 million dollar deal with wide receiver Amari Cooper. 60 million of that deal is fully guaranteed. Cooper gets to stay a Cowboy like he expressed he wanted.

*Fantasy Impact: Cooper will be a high end WR2 with matchup dependent WR1 upside. Dak Prescott’s value remains locked in as a QB1. Cooper has had some injury concerns over his young career, but does have upside especially with the emergence of wide receiver Michael Gallup last season.

WR Randall Cobb

Previous Team: Cowboys

New Team: Texans

James Jones of the NFL Network reported Monday night that the Houston Texans have agreed to a three year 27 million dollar deal with veteran receiver Randall Cobb. The deal guarantees Cobb 18.75 million dollars.

Fantasy Impact: Cobb is a proven slot receiver that has shown he can be a dependable target for his quarterback. However, the loss of DeAndre Hopkins leaves this wide receiver room very underwhelming. Cobb would have made for a nice addition prior to the Hopkins trade but he cannot be viewed more than a WR4 or WR5 in most leagues in 2020.

QB Drew Brees

Previous Team: Saints

New Team: Saints

Drew Brees and the Saints finally get a deal done. This was expected to happen as Brees tweeted out back in January he was going to return to the team. It is said to be a two year 50 million dollar deal for the super bowl winning quarterback. Just think this was a discounted team friendly deal.

*Fantasy Impact: The return of Brees to the Saints is good news for Michael Thomas and Jared Cook and the rest of his supporting cast. Brees will be a high end QB2 in all formats and leagues.

QB Teddy Bridgewater

Previous Team: Saints

New Team: Panthers

The Carolina Panthers are reportedly signing free agent quarterback teddy Bridgewater to a three year 60 million dollar deal. With news breaking that the team is looking to move Cam Newton Bridgewater will become the new likely starter.

*Fantasy Impact: Teddy was a serviceable quarterback in terms of a real life quarterback, but for fantasy he offered little upside while filling in for Drew Brees last season. Teddy will be a backend QB2 in all formats in 2020. Curtis Samuels value takes a slight dip here as Teddy typically doesnt throw balls deep but DJ Moore should eat underneath and stay on the radar as a solid WR2.

RB Jordan Howard

Previous Team: Eagles

New Team: Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins and free agent running back Jordan Howard are close to a two year deal worth over 10 million dollars according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

*Fantasy Impact: This move makes Howard a back end RB2 as of now. We fully expect the team to add another back through this years draft to take over as the starter for the 2020 season.

QB Tom Brady

Previous Team: Patriots

New Team: Buccaneers

Adam Schefter is reporting that the Goat has found his new home. The former Patriot has an agreement in place to be the next quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A source claims the deal will be worth around 30 million per year. Brady is a Buc.

*Fantasy Impact: Tom will have a far better cast around him skill wise this fantasy season which will put him as a backend QB1. The wide outs value should remain the same as they will be WR1’s in all formats. The biggest tick up would have to go to OJ Howard. He becomes an intriguing option this coming season as Brady will look to the big bodies tight end to make plays.

TE Jason Witten

Previous Team: Cowboys

New Team: Raiders

The Las Vegas Raiders have agreed to a one year 4.75-million-dollar deal with veteran tight end Jason Witten.

*Fantasy Impact: This does nothing fantasy wise as this can be viewed as a leadership move for the Las Vegas Raiders and their young players. Witten offers little to no fantasy value as Darren Waller is the tight end to own in this offense.

QB Phillip Rivers

Previous Team: Chargers

New Team: Colts

Adam Schefter has reported that the Colts and free agent quarterback Phillip Rivers have agreed to a one year 25-million-dollar deal. As everyone expected Rivers is the Colts 2020 starting quarterback.

*Fantasy Impact: Rivers will still remain a QB2 in all formats, but the Colts skill position players will all see a bit of a uptick in value as Rivers is a improvement over Brissett.

QB Nick Foles

Previous Team: Jaguars

New Team: Bears

The Chicago Bears have traded the Jacksonville Jaguars their compensatory 4th round pick for Quarterback Nick Foles. The Bears will take on the massive contract Foles signed last off season as reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

*Fantasy Impact: Foles was shipped to the Bears to help push Mitchell Trubisky. Foles have been rumored to the Bears pretty much all off season due to his history with head coach Matt Nagy. The immediate impact on or fantasy world is Gardner Minshew will now be the leader of a rebuilding Jaguars offense and be a mid-tier QB2.

RB Todd Gurley

Previous Team: Rams

New Team: Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons and Running Back Todd Gurley have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal. The 25-year-old back was just released on Thursday after team was unable to trade him off. One of the teams that had interest in the trade but not the price tag was the Falcons. So with that said it appears their wait and see approach worked out well.

*Fantasy Impact: With Devonta Freeman being released Gurley essentially will be left with the backfield to himself. This is unless the Falcons do what many expect and that is draft a back next month. For now Gurley can be viewed as a RB2 in most fantasy leagues.

RB Melvin Gordon

Previous Team: Chargers

New Team: Broncos

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that free agent running back Melvin Gordon and the Denver Broncos have agreed to a 2 year 16-million-dollar deal. Gordon false short of the money the Chargers were willing to pay him last off season. The bills were said to have some interest in Gordon as well however the back is staying in the AFC West.

*Fantasy Impact: Gordon should slot in the Denver offense as the team’s number one running back which should put him as a RB2 in most fantasy leagues. Lindsay takes a hit in value as he will figure to take on the Austin Ekeler role which would equate to a RB3 at best. Royce Freeman becomes essentially non-existent in the fantasy world.

TE Eric Ebron

Previous Team: Colts

New Team: Steelers

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Eric Ebron and the Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed on a two year 12-million-dollar deal. The former Lion and Colt will look to give Pittsburgh a viable tight end they haven’t had since Heath Miller retired.

*Fantasy Impact: Ebron figures to slot in ahead of Vance McDonald who has underwhelmed as a Steeler mainly due to injury. Ebron will be a huge red zone weapon and can be viewed as a back end TE1 to high end TE2 in most fantasy formats.

WR Emmanuel Sanders

Previous Team: 49ers

New Team: Saints

Former 49ers’ WR Emmanuel Sanders reached agreement on a two-year, $16 million deal with worth up to $19 million the New Orleans Saints, per source.

*Fantasy Impact: This is a great spot for Sanders to land. He will be in a high powered offense working off the best wideout in the league. Sanders can be viewed as a WR4 with WR3 upside in most fantasy leagues. He is a real nice best ball get as he should have a few big games this season.