Recent fantasy analysis
The second day of the NFL’s legal tampering window featured a flurry of deals with important fantasy implications.
Let’s take a look at all the notable skill-position signings from Tuesday and what they’ll mean for fantasy owners.
This post will be updated if more signings occur before the end of the night.
Breshad Perriman, Browns
Contract: 1 year, $4 million
Perriman has been a massive bust since being selected in the first round of the 2015 draft by the Ravens. However, he did manage to contribute to the Browns’ offense in December with stat lines of 2-81-0, 1-31-1, 2-76-0, and 3-45-1. With Jarvis Landry, Antonio Callaway, Rashard Higgins, and tight end David Njoku in Cleveland’s pecking order, Perriman is unlikely to make a fantasy impact in 2019.
Zach Zenner, Lions
Zenner is back with Detroit, a team whose depth chart he’s failed to rise in four seasons with the club. For the moment, he’s the main backup to Kerryon Johnson, though Theo Riddick is still in the fold as a pass-catching specialist. With the Lions’ emphasis on the run, you should expect them to add more competition, meaning there are zero guarantees that Zenner will keep his roster spot.
John Brown and Cole Beasley, Bills
Brown’s contract: 3 years, $27 million
Beasley’s contract: 4 years, $29 million
Remember when the Rams and Bears rebuilt their receiving corps to help the development of their second-year quarterbacks Jared Goff and Mitch Trubisky? The Bills appear to be following that same model with the additions of an underrated deep threat in Brown and a veteran slot receiver in Beasley.
Together they’ll join promising late-season star Robert Foster to form an intriguing trio designed to take advantage of Josh Allen’s unique skill set.
Read the full breakdown here.
DeVante Parker, Dolphins
Contract: 2 years, $13 million
Parker wasn’t a free agent, but it was widely believed the Dolphins would release him this offseason, making this extension surprising enough to warrant a mention. The 26-year-old’s talent has never been the problem, it’s his dedication and worth ethic that have held him back.
With a new regime in town, there must be hope that they can get a different result. As a fantasy owner, however, I’d be hesitant to view him as anything more than a late-round flier.
Latavius Murray, Saints
Contract: 4 years, $14.4 million
Murray may not be a true lead back in the NFL, but he’s consistently shown an ability to deliver when called upon in relief or as part of a tandem. That’s why joining the Saints puts him in the perfect position to excel as the sidekick to Alvin Kamara.
The former Viking will slide into the very fruitful Mark Ingram role. After serving his four-game suspension at the start of last season, Ingram finished as the RB20 in fantasy over his final 12 outings, even with Kamara putting up top-five numbers during that stretch.
Murray is more than capable of replacing Ingram as a power back who handles a portion of the goal-line work and sees added volume in blowouts. Running behind a quality Saints offensive line, Murray will flirt with low-end RB2 numbers, with his best fantasy performances coming in games when New Orleans is heavily favored.
Teddy Bridgewater, Saints
In the short term, signing on to be the Dolphins’ starting quarterback likely would have been Bridgewater’s best chance at immediate production. However, he’s elected to stay in New Orleans and be the understudy to 40-year-old Drew Brees.
From an upside perspective, that’s actually the best decision Bridgewater could have made for 2019 and beyond. If Brees were to miss time, Bridgewater would take over a loaded offense that he’s spent a year familiarizing himself with and features one of the best blocking lines in football.
For now, the 26-year-old will continue to learn from his veteran teammate while preparing to be his eventual successor, which helps secure the dynasty values of receivers Michael Thomas and Tre’Quan Smith.