Free Agent Fallout: NFC North

March 25, 2018


NFC North




QB - Mitchell Trubisky


RB - Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen


WR - Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel


TE - Trey Burton, Adam Shaheen




Allen Robinson - This is a great situation for A-Rob for the next 3 years and potentially more. He is a long and athletic playmaker that plays above the “rim” and is set to replace the Alshon Jeffery roll in the Bears offense. He has a great chance to develop chemistry with Trubisky for the future and be a WR1 for the years coming. I have Jeffery projected to be the WR12 this year because it may take some in game time to grow together. It should pick up toward the end of the season and be a solid low end WR1. But watch out for him to make a big leap in 2019.



Taylor Gabriel - This is also a very solid landing spot for Gabriel because of the coaching staff that the Bears hired. Head Coach Matt Nagy was the OC for the Chiefs who used a lot of gadget plays for various playmakers in the offense. Gabriel can fill a hole in the offense of Tyreek Hill. I believe he could be a Tyreek Hill lite and be a Top 25 player in the future. Like Robinson it will probably take some time to adapt to the new system and also their is expected to be 1 or 2 more additions so I would not expect him to do much in his first season with the Bears.



Trey Burton - This is a solid addition as well to the Chicago Bears because it adds depth and allows for even more teaching to Adam Shaheen. Burton allows for the growth of Shaheen and also better development from a second year QB as a safety blanket.


Overall this free agency period for the bears has been very beneficial for the growth of Mitch Trubisky. They are building an offense around their young QB and the offense is looking to be a force in the future. The RB core is still young and Cohen should be a weapon that the head coach can use in varied ways in the offense. Look for this offense to take a step up this year, but will become a force to be reckoned with in 2019 and beyond





QB - Kirk Cousins


RB -  Dalvin Cook, Latavius Murray


WR -  Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Laquon Treadwell


TE - Kyle Rudolph



Kirk Cousins - Well, thats alot of money so it better workout


Overall I’m not too excited about the Kirk Cousins signing, although I do understand he was the best QB available for their team. What's not appealing to me is how frequently Cousins spreads the ball around. That's never good for fantasy because spreading the ball makes individual players less valuable. I am a Diggs guy and still have him in my Top 15 WRs. But I dropped Theilen to WR22 and that still could be high because Treadwell and Wright could dig into their production. Dalvin Cook is very well setup to have a bounce back year and I have him at RB 6 currently. He is a way better version of Chris Thompson with Running ability and smooth hands out of the backfield. I have Rudolph at TE11 which is solid and he has more upside than that because of his redzone ability. For Kirk Cousins I have him at QB8 right now because of the time it takes to get acclimated to a new system.






QB - Matthew Stafford


RB -  Legarrette Blount, Theo Riddick, Ameer Abdullah


WR - Marvin Jones, Golden Tate


TE - Luke Wilson





LeGarrette Blount - Love it, this is a great football signing for the Lions team. They have needed a bruiser back since the Joique Bell/Mikel Leshoure days. For fantasy football, I don't like these types of RBs. They are way to TD dependent and inconsistent it's just a case of good NFL RB but mediocre fantasy RB.



Luke Wilson - I don't really know what to do with this signing. They don't have another TE currently on the roster so he should get a very solid target share. He is an unknown because of his past production and this year will be a litmus test for his future in fantasy.


Overall for the Lions they have upgraded their offense at the running back position because they now have a true 2 down RB to take carries and also have the passing game options out of the backfield to keep other teams on their toes. Their passing game continues to get better as Stafford continues to grow without Megatron and his numbers are very consistent every year at around QB10. As for the WR, Marvin Jones continues to be undervalued each year and has the opportunity to be a WR1 again although I wouldn't predict that.





QB - Aaron Rodgers


RB - Jamaal Williams, Aaron Jones, Ty Montgomery


WR - Davante Adams, Randall Cobb, Geronimo Allison, Ty Montgomery


TE Jimmy Graham



Jimmy Graham - Nope, I cant get hyped about another Green Bay TE again. They have just never been able to use a TE with Rogers very effectively. Yes, I do understand that Graham is more athletic and gifted than Finley and Bennett ever were. But I just can't justify a Top 5 TE spot for him, which is why I have him at TE7.


Overall for the Packers are always great under Aaron Rodgers. I will continue to put Rodgers at QB1 till he shows signs of downgrade. For the RB position it is still wide open, Aaron Jones has the highest upside in this Packer offense because of his explosiveness and his pass catching ability. But Jamaal Williams is steady and will be safe to gain 3 or 4 yards and help the Packers move more consistently. Not even mentioning the RB/WR that is Ty Montgomery who I believe still has the highest upside. I would rank the RB’s in this order - Montgomery, Jones, Williams. As for WRs Adams is a sure fire WR1 in this offense and Cobb looks to be a WR ⅔. They will probably add another WR in free agency or through the draft so this offense is still not complete.



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