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Fantasy Football Impact: Free Agency Day One Tampering Window

Let's take a look at the moves some teams have already made and how they'll impact the fantasy football landscape in 2021.
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The NFL's official tampering window opened yesterday and teams have already begun to make their moves. Before the official free agency window opens on Wednesday afternoon, let's take a look at the moves some teams have already made and how they'll impact the fantasy football landscape.


Ryan Fitzpatrick Washington

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Ryan Fitzpatrick: The Washington Football Team will bring in some competition for Taylor Heinicke. The veteran journeyman finds a new home to sling the ball all over the field. Signing Fitzpatrick is a fortuitous move for most of Washington's offensive players. The fantasy football value for Terry McLaurin and Antonio Gibson remains at a high level.

Jameis Winston: The Saints are in an interesting spot this offseason due to Drew Brees announcing his retirement. Consequently, they have locked up Winston and Taysom Hill for the short-term. Alvin Kamara's fantasy football value is still through the roof, but Michael Thomas's value will take a hit due to his 2020 season.

Running Backs

Mark Ingram Texans

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Mark Ingram: It's been a struggle over the past year for Ingram, but he has a new home in Houston after the Ravens let him walk at the end of the 2020 season. Signing Ingram seems to be a 'prove-it' scenario, as the Texans will give Ingram one more attempt to show what he has left in the tank. Furthermore, this transaction will create some competition in Houston's backfield.

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Carlos Hyde: The Jaguars seemingly made another budget move by signing Hyde, but his presence should create competition in the running backs room and provide extra motivation for James Robinson. I would advise fantasy football owners to not let the addition of Hyde scare you away from Robinson, however.

Wide Receivers

Corey Davis Jets

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Corey Davis: This was the most interesting signing of day one. After finally enjoying a breakout season at the end of his deal in Tennessee, the former Titan finds a new home with the J-E-T-S. As of right now, Davis is hard to value when it comes to fantasy football. It will depend heavily on what the team does or doesn't do regarding their quarterback situation.

Nelson Agholor: Here we have another instance of a receiver signing a deal fresh off the best season of their career. Agholor will be looking to continue that level of play with a Patriots team that is looking to build a contending roster through free agency. New England spent a ton of money to place reinforcements around Cam Newton, who also re-signed with the team. As a flyer in later rounds, Agholor could hold some worthwhile fantasy football value this season.

Tight Ends

Jonnu Smith Patriots

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Jonnu Smith: As previously alluded to, the Patriots are building their roster via free agency in hopes of getting back to the top of the AFC East after an atypical down season in 2020. Jonnu Smith's fantasy football value increases slightly in this equation. If Smith and Newton can develop the level of chemistry Cam had with Greg Olsen in Carolina, it should pay off. Keep Smith on that watch list during your fantasy football drafts later this year.

Rob Gronkowski: Speaking of former Patriots players, Gronk is running it back with Tom Brady one more time down in Tampa Bay after last season resulted in a Super Bowl victory. Proceed with caution, however, because I'm not sure he holds much fantasy football value in the early season. Looking back at 2020, Grankowski's performance was inconsistent throughout the entire campaign. Then again, that season followed some time off due to his initial decision to retire in 2019. Only time will tell for Grankowski, but he is a late-round flyer selection at best this fantasy football season.