5 Impending NFL Free Agents who could be Under the Radar Fantasy Performers on new teams in 2020
Looking at the free agents, it will be the quarterbacks will grab the headlines and the big money. There are no QB’s listed here, because lets be honest, they’re getting enough press heading into free agency. However, dozens of skill position players are on the verge of switching teams in 2020 and several will have fantasy relevance. Obvious names potentially moving on include Melvin Gordon, Austin Hooper, and Amari Cooper. But there are plenty of under the radar (i.e.: Cheaper) guys who could turn out to have fantasy value on a new team. Here are five players who are poised for good seasons on new teams.
RB, Jordan Howard, Philadelphia Eagles
Being traded to the Eagles after a sub-par season with the Bears, Howard had much to prove. He increased his yard per carry from 3.7 to 4.4. Through the first nine games before getting hurt, he led the team in rushing and had seven total touchdowns. In fact, he’s had at least seven touchdowns in all four of his NFL seasons. His lack of pass-catch ability prevent him from being one of the top line free agents. He’s best suited as part of a one-two punch.
Best Fit: Buffalo Bills
RB, Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins
Even as he approaches the age of 30, primarily as a pass-catching back, Thompson still has the quickness to be effective. He averaged 9 yards a catch last year (and a whopping 13.1 in 2017). Thompson can still make an impact on 3rd down for a team that needs more multidimensional weapons and a security for its quarterback as a receiver and a blocker. If he can stay healthy, think poor mans James White.
Best Fit: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
WR, Devin Funchess, Indianapolis Colts
After a solid, albeit unspectacular career in Carolina, 107-1,389-12 in two years as a full time starter, Funchess was brought to Indy on a one-year deal for his size to be the compliment to TY Hilton’s quickness. Unfortunately, Funchess broke his clavicle in week one. Expect another one year deal with a team lacking size at wide receiver, preferably one with a top shelf quarterback to maximize his potential for a long-term contract in 2021.
Best fit: Baltimore Ravens
WR, Rashard Higgins, Cleveland Browns
Its no surprise that Higgins opportunities plummeted with the addition of Odell Beckham, but to only have three catches off of eleven targets, while being a healthy scratch for multiple weeks is indefensible. Over a two year period in 2018-19, Higgins had a respectable 66 catches on teams with far less talent. A team with superior coaching and quarterback play could turn Higgins into a viable, low-cost #2 option.
Best Fit: Green Bay Packers
TE, Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals
After playing in only 28 games over the previous five seasons since notching his only pro bowl bid, Eifert played all 16 games in 2019. He had a respectable 43 catches for the worst team in football. Tight end’s have shown to be productive well into their 30’s, (Tyler turns 30 around week 1). He represents a potential bargain for a team that can’t afford the higher tier free agents at the tight end position.
Best Fit: Atlanta Falcons