New Reality No.159: 2021 Free Agents, Best of the Rest

Navigating the ever-changing landscape of dynasty fantasy football

The 2021 NFL free-agent class is loaded with big names at the skill positions. Those were covered in Part 1 of this series. Now, Part 2 covers the best of the rest with dynasty implications in the offseason and beyond:


This collection is a hodge-podge of ambiguous Where are they now? profiles of previous producers. Newton has been rushing-or-bust this season, even more than earlier in his career. Winston, a fellow top NFL Draft pick, is under a similar low-budget contract to reclaim his career in 2020. Taysom Hill got the nod as the starter with Drew Brees out, which could be a telling sign in and of itself for Winston's future Week 1 starting opportunities in 2021 and beyond. Rivers was the classic win-now stopgap option last offseason and the Colts are benefitting most of the way through the season. Rivers would play the same role next offseason with his contract expiring with Indianapolis. Fitzpatrick has emerged with starting opportunities around the NFL over the years despite being viewed more as a backup from the dynasty lens. He is poised to be the best bang for the buck quarterback-premium dynasty trade acquisition from this list for the cost of a late rookie pick or trade throw-in, yet again in the coming months. Garoppolo and Smith are interesting cut candidates to monitor. Garoppolo has largely been adequate-at-best within the smooth Kyle Shanahan system, but his bulging contract has very little dead money remaining if the 49ers move on this offseason. Smith was an overt cut earlier in the season but his return to play - and performing solidly - changes the dialogue around Washington as Smith could be a 2021 veteran stopgap to a yet-to-be-drafted rookie in the offseason. Smith would have a moderate amount of dead cap associated with his release, but is a restructure or a roll with him for one more season candidate next year.

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