The 2024 NFL Season begins with free agency. The league year officially began Wednesday, and we have seen a barrage of signings announced. In part one, I looked at the big moves at quarterback and running back. Today, it’s time to look at receivers and tight ends. Let’s see how the Dynasty landscape is changing.

Wide Receivers

Michael Pittman, Indianapolis Colts

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About: Pittman got the Franchise Tag but worked out a long-term deal quickly. That’s great news for the Colts and their fans. He was WR13 last season despite missing a game. Now, he’s locked in as the team’s WR1 and gives Anthony Richardson a great weapon. I like him as a WR1 in Dynasty.

Diontae Johnson, Carolina Panthers

About: With the middling passing game in Pittsburgh in 2023, Johnson finished as WR45, missing four games as well. He moves to a Panthers team that needs weapons for Bryce Young. I like the potential with head coach Dave Canales, too, who gave a lift to the Buccaneers’ offense with Baker Mayfield and Mike Evans in 2023. Through Week 11 in 2023, Adam Thielen was WR10 for the Panthers. Johnson is younger and a better option. He has a strong WR2 upside this season and is a low-end WR2 for me in Dynasty. His move to the Panthers should also be a boost for George Pickens’ value.

Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

About: Evans finished as WR7 for the Buccaneers last season. He’s also never had less than 1,000 yards in his career. With Mayfield also back, the Buccaneers’ offense is returning all its big pieces in 2024. Evans is getting older, and a change at Offensive Coordinator could give the offense a bit of a hit. I like Evans back in Tampa Bay. He’s still a WR2 for me.

Gabe Davis, Jacksonville Jaguars

About: This is an interesting signing. Davis is the ultimate boom-bust receiver. He was maddening for fantasy while with the Bills, sometimes putting up huge numbers and sometimes putting up a zero. That inconsistency made it difficult to rely on him in a fantasy lineup. Will this move to the Jaguars be any better? Christian Kirk and tight end Evan Engram appear to be the most reliable pass catchers. This signing doesn’t move the needle much for me at present. Davis is still a WR4.

Darnell Mooney, Atlanta Falcons

About: Mooney had some productive seasons with the Bears, but ultimately, his role in the passing game was too inconsistent. In Atlanta, he is paired with Kirk Cousins in what should be an improved pass offense. Still, it’s not quite wheels up. Drake London figures to be the top receiver and Kyle Pitts won’t be far behind. The team also has a great weapon in the backfield in Bijan Robinson. Still, we’ve seen Cousins support a number of weapons in the right offense. That gives Mooney some upside. For now, he’s a WR4 for me, but there’s potential to finish higher.

Jerry Jeudy, Cleveland Browns

About: Once a First-Round pick, things never panned out for Jeudy in Denver. He finished as WR50 in 2023. Now, he gets a fresh start in Cleveland. The Browns already have Amari Cooper, David Njoku, and Elijah Moore. They’re also a run-first offense with Kevin Stefanski. Some are excited for Jeudy to finally pay off the lofty fantasy expectations he came with as a rookie. I’m more cautious. Moore was WR54 in 2023. I suspect Jeudy and Moore will alternate serving as the No. 3 option in the passing game. I have Jeudy as a WR4 for now, with Moore in the WR5 range. In addition, I think this severely limits the potential for Cedric Tillman, who’s an end-of-roster stash for me.

Other Receiver Signings
  • Isaiah McKenzie has been traded to the New York Giants. Reunited with Brian Daboll, this is a lift to Special Teams. However, I’m still not adding him to the roster in fantasy.
  • DeVante Parker signed a one-year deal with the Eagles. Parker is at the phase of his career where he provides veteran depth, but he’s not worth a roster spot at present.
  • Noah Brown re-signs with the Houston Texans. We saw Brown explode at times in 2023. If everyone is back and healthy for the Texans, I don’t think he’s much of a factor. Still, he might be worth an end-of-bench stash.
  • Jalen Reagor signs a one-year deal with the Patriots. Reagor was once a high-draft pick that never hit. Will he be an answer for the Patriots? That’s unclear. For now, I’d say he’s an end-of-bench stash.

Tight Ends

Dalton Schultz, Houston Texans

About: After a good run in Dallas, Schultz signed a one-year deal with the Texans in 2023. He looked to be a strong fit, finishing as TE10. He returns on a three-year deal. He’s a great fit in a good offense. He has TE1 upside, but I like him as a high-end TE2.

Hunter Henry, New England Patriots

About: Over three years for the Patriots, Henry was a rock in the passing game. He caught 17 touchdowns and was often the most reliable part of the pass offense. He gets a new, three-year deal and figures to be the primary pass-catching tight end and one of the Patriots’ best offensive weapons yet again. He’s a TE2 for me.

Noah Fant, Seattle Seahawks

About: I had some hope that Fant would find a new landing spot, but instead he returns to the Seahawks on a two-year deal. That means Fant, D.K. Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, and Jaxon Smith-Njigba are all back. That’s great for the Seahawks but not ideal for fantasy. Fant remains a low-end TE2 option.

Mike Gesicki, Cincinnati Bengals

About: Gesicki gets a second straight one-year deal. This time, he’s with a potentially much more robust passing offense. With Tyler Boyd looking like he might move on, that could open up more for the tight end. Gesicki had some good seasons in Miami, and I hold out hope we might see something close to that again. He’s a TE2 for me.

Irv Smith, Jr., Kansas City Chiefs

About: Smith is also on his second one-year deal. His signing with the Bengals didn’t yield much in 2023, but I raised an eyebrow at his deal with the Chiefs. Could it be an audition? Could Travis Kelce be thinking about moving on? Too many unknowns to feel confident, so he remains a TE3 but a player I might look to stash just in case.

Gerald Everett, Chicago Bears

About: Everett is a solid, veteran contributor. He signs a decent sized deal with the Bears, but we’ve seen this before. Robert Tonyan signed last year and made little impact because Cole Kmet is the top option at the position. Everett is a TE3 for me.

Other Tight End Signings
  • Drew Sample signs with the Bengals. He’s been their blocking guy, and I think that continues. I’m not rostering him.
  • Colby Parkinson signs with the Rams. Tyler Higbee is still there, and even his usage is somewhat inconsistent. Right now, I’m not rostering Parkinson.
  • Will Dissly signs with the Chargers. Could Dissly have a fantasy impact? It’s possible, but I think the Chargers will make other moves here as well. He’s a TE3 for me.
  • Charlie Woerner to the Falcons. This feels like a blocking tight end signing, so he’s not on a fantasy roster for me.
  • Adam Trautman re-signs with the Broncos. Trautman is likely the team’s starting tight end, but he was last year, and that didn’t mean much. He’s a TE3 for me.

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