Every year, NFL players change teams after their respective contracts expire. The player movement creates an opportunity for NFL players and fantasy owners alike. This article will look at the wide receivers whose contracts are up after the 2016 season and could change teams next offseason. Our goal is to identify the beneficiaries of the player movement. Free Agency impacts fantasy football and those fantasy owners who anticipate correctly the situations usually come out on top.
Alshon Jeffery – Jeffery is the superstar of this free agent class. After failing to reach a new deal with the Bears, Jeffery is playing the 2016 season on the franchise tag. The team is wanting him to put up big numbers without missing games to injury before handing over the truckload of cash Jeffery desires. There is a very real possibility that the receiver misses time to injury and the team allows him to walk in free agency. If this does happen, Chicago will be giving a huge vote of confidence to youngster Kevin White. ESPN ran an article this past week questioning whether the Bears viewed Jeffery as a “true no. 1 WR”. We see this a ploy using the media to gain negotiating leverage. It could backfire. This will be an interesting situation to watch play out.
Vincent Jackson – Jackson is a proven veteran who has seen his role diminish over time in Tampa Bay. The emergence of Mike Evans has limited the targets for Jackson. But, given the age of the veteran, we expect him to re-sign with the Buccaneers. He will get the veteran minimum so staying in Tampa is the logical move.