The Other Guys


With the first wave of free agency over and done with, there are still a handful of players worth monitoring closely in dynasty leagues. This group has been deemed as too risky, too old or too injured to have been signed right away, so many of them will be forced to sign one -year, “prove it” deals. With teams looking to address needs through the upcoming draft as well, the market for many of these players simply dried up quickly. Meanwhile, dynasty league owners should take a wait and see approach with all these players instead of just cutting bait or trading them for less than market value. Let’s take a look at some of the players left and what situations could be best for their dynasty value.


Michael Vick

There may have never been a player with the highs and lows of Vick in dynasty leagues. When he’s healthy and clicking on all cylinders, few players can put up the fantasy points Vick can. Now 33 years old, Vick is searching for what would likely be his final shot at a starting job in the NFL. He still possesses elite athleticism and can flick it as well as just about anyone, but injuries and turnovers will always be his downfall.

Best Landing Spot: NY Jets

Josh Freeman

Freeman was an epic disaster last year after being being acquired by the Vikings. On the season, he played in just four games, completing just 42.9% of his passes and throwing for two touchdowns and four interceptions. His Monday Night Football start was one of the worst ever seen in fantasy or reality and it’s safe to say he’s regressed since an extremely bright start that included a season where he threw for 25 touchdowns and just six interceptions in Tampa Bay. Freeman (like Vick) is hoping to land a starting job, but there aren’t many to be had. At just 26, there’s still hope. The best thing going for Freeman may be the weak quarterback class entering the league.

Best Landing Spot: Oakland Raiders

Ryan Fitzpatrick

The Titans unbelievably have gone with Charlie Whitehurst as their backup to Jake Locker, leaving Fitzpatrick as the odd man out. At this point, we know what Fitzpatrick is (a decent backup) and what he is not (elite in any way). However, if he lands in a place with an unsettled quarterback situation, we’ve seen him be serviceable in dynasty leagues and put up some relatively decent numbers.

Best Landing Spots: Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders

Running Backs

Knowshon Moreno

With every passing day, it seems more and more likely Moreno ends up back in Denver on a team friendly deal. After posting his first 1,000 yard rushing season and scoring 13 total touchdowns, you can bet each and every one of his owners hopes that happens. Face it, Moreno is worth much more in Denver playing with Manning than he would be anywhere else. Meanwhile, owners of Montee Ball continue to bite their fingernails.

Best Landing Spot: Denver Broncos

Maurice Jones-Drew

MJD has been a fantasy staple for the better part of the last eight seasons, but the reality is he turns 29 this month and his market is developing very slowly. After averaging a career low 3.4 yards per carry, many think he may have hit the wall. Regardless, there’s a chance Jones-Drew just had an off season, was still nicked up and struggled playing for a truly dreadful team. Time will tell, but MJD seems to be bigger in name than game at this point.

Best Landing Spot: NY Jets

LeGarrette Blount

Blount has has his fair share of ups and downs in his career, but last year was great as he posted 772 rushing yards on just 153 carries (five yards per carry) and took over as the lead back for New England late in the season. Unfortunately, the playoffs gave us exactly what we’ve come to expect from Patriot running backs – unpredictability. He had 166 yards and four touchdowns in New England’s Divisional Round win over the Colts, but only six yards on five carries against the Broncos in the AFC title game. Still, New England does like him and likely gives him the best shot at success in fantasy or reality.

Best Landing Spots: NY Jets, New England Patriots

Andre Brown

The oft-injured Brown was a fantasy dynamo in 2012, but really struggled last season with the Giants after breaking his leg in the preseason. He could be a nice, low-risk bargain for a team lacking for punch at the position. While he won’t get a starting job anywhere, there’s a chance he could carve out some playing time or be a decent injury replacement.

Best Landing Spots: Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, NY Jets

Wide Receivers

Sidney Rice

Calling Rice oft-injured is a slap in the face to anyone in a cast. Fact is, Rice is seemingly always hurt and can’t be counted on to be productive any longer. He’s been living on his “Favre Season” for much too long now. If he can get himself healthy and in game shape, the talent is still there. Just don’t hold your breath.

Best Landing Spots: Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, St. Louis Rams

Santonio Holmes

Holmes has worn out his welcome in New York and the Jets have finally cut bait with the former Super Bowl MVP. Holmes lacks big play ability and is likely getting more attention in dynasty leagues because of his name value, but there could be some moderate production (or sneaky trade value as a seller) here if he lands in the right spot.

Best Landing Spots: Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers

Kenny Britt

There are few players at any position on this list as talented as Britt, but he’s also deemed as damaged goods. He disappeared last season in Tennessee and seriously needs a new start. At just 25 years of age, there’s still time for Britt to resurrect his career, but it’s going to take a team with a good coaching staff and Britt himself being  willing to work to get back into the lineup.

Best Landing Spots: St. Louis Rams, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks

Miles Austin

Seeing a theme here? Simply put, this is a bad year to be a receiver on the market who has a history of injuries. Austin will likely continue to have hamstring issues moving forward, but he still does possess some talent and ability to make a difference for a team.

Best Landing Spots: Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks

Tight Ends

Jermichael Finley

Finley (neck) still hasn’t been cleared to play after his scary injury last season. If he can return to form, he could prove to be a serious bargain for a team out there – Finley is one of the few true game breakers on this list.

Best Landing Spot: New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons

Owen Daniels

Daniels has always been productive when (you guessed it) he’s healthy. He’s looking for his last nice payday and could be a good addition for a contender.

Best Landing Spot: New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons

Where do you hope to see some of these players land? Let us know in the comments section!

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  1. Scott O

    March 19, 2014 at 6:45 am

    I’ve heard rumblings of L.Moore going to New England or Pittsburgh. What are your thoughts on him having value in either organization?


  2. Ken Kelly

    March 19, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Moore is going to have value wherever he lands, but at age 30, his best days are behind him. He seems destined to be a WR4/5 or flex player on dynasty teams. I’ve seen NE and PIT rumored as well.

    He is the epitome of what I call the “DRE,” or “dynasty roster eater.” He’s good enough to be on teams, but not someone you can rely on to play very often. These players tend to gum up rosters and prevent owners from taking much needed flyers on younger players.

    • Brett

      March 19, 2014 at 9:15 pm

      That’s exactly what he did to me. I held him all season last year hoping for him to show some spark of what happened in 2012 and it just wasn’t there. A couple of times I could have pulled the trigger on another prospect WR or a few good Linebackers that I passed up. Needless to say he’s hitting the FA in our league as well as the NFL this year.

      • Robert

        March 20, 2014 at 8:25 am

        I’ve always felt Lance Moore is a very fine NFL player, but I dropped him after the 2010 season, when I realized how rarely I could start him.

        From 2011-13, he’s had only four difference-making games (~20, 22, 22 & 27 pts). I’ll be generous and give him fifteen other serviceable fantasy games, which I’d guess averaged less than 14ppg. 60% DUDS + 35% bleh? You’d do better streaming off waivers each week.

        Roster clogger? Try TOILET CLOGGER! Mad skills tho.

        • SJ

          March 20, 2014 at 8:44 am

          Those sound like Non-PPR ponits – for PPR players (the best players :P_) hes been solid for most of his career, especially considering how up and down the Saints offense runs its fantasy players. Only last year was he a complete and utter dud. Now his value may very well be shot. He could have one season left, but it looks unlikely.

  3. eNdblu

    March 19, 2014 at 9:01 am

    “NFL: AroundTheLeague @NFL_ATL
    Maurice Jones-Drew to visit Steelers on Wednesday nfl.com/news/story/0ap…”
    LeVeon Bell owners hold their breath………

    • Aaron

      March 19, 2014 at 9:46 am

      MJD owners approve!! Although I actually think NJY would be a better fit since he wouldn’t have much competition.

    • mratlanta

      March 19, 2014 at 9:51 am

      I don’t think there is anything to worry about there. Even if they signed him it would be to fill the Dwyer role as a backup.

    • SJ

      March 20, 2014 at 8:49 am

      I wouldnt be concerned if I had Bell either. Just another washed up vet with too much use on his legs. MJD will be best used to spell Bell from time to time, not compete for touches. There’s not much to look forward to for MJD owners no matter where he lands. Last year was the most you’ll get out of him before he retires.

      • phantasy5

        March 20, 2014 at 2:28 pm

        I went through the same thing with Turner 2 seasons ago! You’re expecting the “guy of old” but you get the “old guy” instead. I feel their pain, sometimes you just have to cut your losses and move on by finding a young player off waivers/trade.

        • coach

          March 20, 2014 at 8:27 pm

          i think you’re off base. if he signs with the jets i think he’ll have a very good year.

          • SJ

            March 21, 2014 at 11:23 am

            Okay, but in what way, exactly?

            They Jets havenet had a “very good” RB since Thomas Jones in 2009, and that team’s OL was tops in the league. MJD is far past his prime. When it comes to NYJ RB’s, I’ll believe it when I see it.

  4. Aaron

    March 19, 2014 at 9:45 am

    So what you are saying is that Carolina needs wide receivers? I have to imagine they look for at least two in this draft.

  5. Sam

    March 19, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Great article Ken. Thoughts on Chris Johnson? I realize he’s not a FA yet, but will likely be moved this offseason.

  6. bigefat

    March 19, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Why hasn’t Carolina made some of these players offers? Is it just Cap issues? Are they going to hope they can Rebuild their WR core through the draft? Seems more than risky! If I was Cam I wouldn’t have agreed to a new deal until the had at least 2 pass catchers in house! I don’t even think they have ONE right now!

    • SJ

      March 20, 2014 at 8:55 am

      The Panthers do have cap issues. CAR has less than 10M to sign players, including their upcoming draft picks, so it appears unlikely they’d be willing to make any big additions at WR. Theyre prime candidates to bring in a top rookie WR or two, and maybe they’ll get a mediocre vet WR on the cheap to take a starting spot this year. Theyve shifted gears with their receiving corps.

    • phantasy5

      March 20, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      I feel bad for Cam owners, that is a travesty!

  7. Sultan of Swat

    March 20, 2014 at 6:45 am

    Will Greg Olsen challenge for a similar stat line to the 1,215 and 16 that Jimmy Graham put up last year? Carolina’s offense will flow through Olsen.

    • SJ

      March 20, 2014 at 8:56 am

      I dont think Olsen has that kind of ability to put up numbers comparible to Graham. He’ll try, I’m sure, but even with more targets, he will still be close to his career averages more than not.

  8. JBFootball

    March 20, 2014 at 10:28 am

    A little off topic but I didn’t know where to ask this. I’ve been offered Gio Bernard for Charles and Knile Davis. Is that a good move considering Charles will turn 28 during next season?

    • SJ

      March 20, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      Wow – that would make me really have to think about it, and I’m an avid fan of Bernard. Just so much acticipation with that move, on the Charles and Bernard end.

      Not sure I believe Bernard has the natural ability of Bernard, but as you allude to, Charles is 28 and coming off a moster workload. How many more years does he have left. Hmmm

  9. phantasy5

    March 20, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    I’m curious about Chris Johnson’s landing spot even though he’s not a F/A, he’ll be playing for another team for sure. It’s been said that NYJ, Oak, & Jax are the possible landing spots…UGH!!! He’d be better off restructuring his deal and staying in Tenn. I suppose he could thrive in NY? I definitely don’t want him in Oak. And Jax may not be too bad if they go with a rookie QB which = lots of carries. I guess Rex & Gus would run the ball quite a bit, but O-lines are a concern too.
    P.S. Is Kirk Cousins going anywhere? Is it possible he gets traded on Draft Day? I know he’s not a F/A but there was talk of him being traded….anyone hear anything?

    • SJ

      March 20, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      Yeah, he and Moreno are the only “wildcards” left in FA.

      Theyre probably the only two players really worth tracking at this point in FA, given that that’ll likely shift a teams RB depth chart down a peg, with them the starter and curtailing value. Just gonna have to wait it out…

  10. bryan

    March 20, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    with the majority of rb needy teams filling there needs with free agence,,, does that say anything about the class of draftable rb coming out this year,, seems to me that a team in need of a rb could draft one if there is one or two worth the pick

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