The NFL’s new league year begins on Wednesday. Before that, the legal tampering period, during which many big, new free-agent deals are announced, will commence on Monday. In short, the NFL off-season is about to swing into action. Today, I’m looking at eight free agents—two at each major fantasy position—that could swing value for your dynasty teams.


Kirk Cousins

About: Cousins has been in Minnesota for the past six seasons. That followed six seasons with Washington. He’s consistently put up numbers and made teams competitive wherever he’s gone. He was 50-37-1 in Minnesota, and he’s thrown for 39,471 yards and 270 touchdowns. Cousin is coming off an Achilles tear, but he never had his success by running. He should be fine leading a team, and it would be a significant upgrade for whoever gets him. I’m leaning toward Atlanta, which would be a solid fantasy boost for Cousins and the weapons around him.

Russell Wilson

About: His time in Denver didn’t go as planned. He was just 11-19 and seemingly got a lot of blame for the team’s lack of success. Is that fair? Probably not. He had 6,594 yards, 42 touchdowns, and just 19 interceptions during his seasons there. Wilson is motivated and still has something left in the tank. I could see him being an upgrade, or at least a bridge, in a few spots. I’m most intrigued to see if he lands in Las Vegas—with a great deep threat in Davante Adams—or Pittsburgh, with a solid cast of weapons all around him.

Running Backs

Saquon Barkley

About: He was viewed as a generational talent when he went second overall to the Giants. He had some injuries in New York, and the Giants never had an incredible team, but still, he put up some big numbers. Doubtless, the Giants would like to have him back, but I think Barkley will move on to a team where he can be a difference-maker. The rumor that has made the most sense to me is the Houston Texans, where he’d be paired with a good, young quarterback and offense. Adding Barkley to C.J. Stroud, Nico Collins, Tank Dell, and the newly re-signed Dalton Schultz would give them a serious boost.

Derrick Henry

About: Henry is a beast with the ball in his hands. In eight years in Tennessee, he’s rushed for 9,502 yards and 90 touchdowns. Now, he hits the free agent market. He’s an aging running back who’s always been more of a bruiser than a dynamic receiver. In the right situation, his short-term value could get a boost. There are two spots where I’d love to see him land—the Dallas Cowboys or the Buffalo Bills. While James Cook was good in 2023, Henry would bring another dimension for the Bills and might be the back that would finally get them to give Josh Allen a break in the Red Zone. Henry also would be a great fit in Dallas, where he could be the perfect pounding running back to give the offense a dimension it was missing in 2023.

Wide Receivers

Calvin Ridley

About: It’s a good draft that should help wide-receive needy teams. Regarding the free agent class, Mike Evans re-signing in Tampa Bay and Michael Pittman and Tee Higgins getting the Franchise Tag makes Ridley one of the most interesting options. He had a great start with the Falcons, then missed nearly two full seasons, during which time he was traded to the Jaguars. Ridley caught 76 passes for 1,016 yards and eight touchdowns. I think he still has some good big-play ability. Re-signing with Jacksonville would make some sense, but if not, I’d be interested in seeing him with Lamar Jackson in Baltimore.

Marquise Brown

About: Brown isn’t a WR1. We’ve seen that through his time in Baltimore and then with the Cardinals. That doesn’t mean he can’t offer some decent value to NFL and fantasy teams. He needs the right situation. I like him as a complimentary deep ball player. Michael Gallup and Brandin Cooks didn’t provide enough consistency for the Cowboys in 2023. But pairing Brown with an alpha receiver like CeeDee Lamb would be interesting.

Tight Ends

Noah Fant

About: Fant has talent but has never been in a great situation. He had middling quarterback play during his time with the Broncos, then got buried on a run-first team behind a trio of good wide receivers in Seattle. Now, he’s a free agent. I know the quarterback play remains unsettled, but I’d love to see him back in Denver to provide a good, veteran option for whichever young or journeyman quarterback gets a shot. He’d be a big upgrade over Adam Trautman and add stability, given that Greg Dulcich can’t get on the field.

Mike Gesicki

About: Gesicki got the Franchise Tag from the Dolphins in 2022, but he didn’t fit the scheme for Mike McDaniel. In 2023, he signed a one-year deal with the Patriots. I thought it would be a chance for Gesicki to reset and rebuild his value. It didn’t happen. Now, he’s on the market again. He showed prowess as a pass catcher early in his career with the Dolphins, but he was largely irrelevant the past two seasons. If he can land in the right spot, I could see him making an impact again. I could see him being a pass-catching upgrade over Tyler Conklin for the Jets, albeit one that comes at an affordable price.

Matthew Fox is a die-hard NFL fan and Broncos’ homer. He’s a member of the FSWA. You can find more from him on Twitter @knighthawk7734 or as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast, a part of the Campus2Canton Network.

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