Fantasy Football: 2013 Free Agency Preview

1 of 7

Introduction:

ReggieBush
Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

It’s day one as we begin to put the 2012 fantasy football season behind us. Whether it ended triumphantly or it’s been over for a few weeks now, it never hurts to take a glimpse into the future. One of the most influential aspects of the off-season is free agency. Every off-season, talented players have the opportunity to from a poor situation to a favorable one.

Just last season we saw Brandon Marshall move from a struggling Miami Dolphins offense to the Chicago Bears and become the top scoring wide receiver. Increased fantasy success was also realized by Vincent Jackson, Peyton Manning and Brandon Lloyd just to name a few.

It’s important to take the time to assess each situation and figure out which players will thrive in their new situation. After each off-season, the hype that builds up to draft day always surrounds players that have changed teams. Experts speculate the extent to which a move will be advantageous for important players. More often than not, sleepers tend to not wake up and leave fantasy owners in a hole. Last season, experts suggested that Randy Moss would find his old self in San Francisco. They even tricked you into drafting Robert Meachem, which ended up being a major setback and sent countless owners to the waiver wire.

Now we will take the opportunity to look at several key players that will hit the open market in the upcoming free agency. We will assess where these players will move how it affects their stock.

2 of 7

Dwayne Bowe

DwayneBowe
CREDIT - Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESS

Current Team: Kansas City Chiefs

2013 Team: Carolina Panthers

Result: Bowe becomes a top 10 receiver.

Steve Smith will be another year older and with Brandon LaFell emerging as a nice complimentary receiver, this would seem like a good fit. Carolina needs an elite receiver to pair with their star quarterback if they are being realistic about a Super Bowl run.

3 of 7

Reggie Bush

ReggieBush
Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Current Team: Miami Dolphins

2013 Team: Green Bay Packers

Result: Bush becomes a top 10 running back.

Green Bay may be passed the phase of settling for second-rate running backs. Bush would add a dynamic threat out of the backfield as a runner and a pass-catcher.

4 of 7

Greg Jennings

Greg Jennings
Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Current Team: Green Bay Packers

2013 Team: Washington Redskins

Result: Jennings’ value slightly increases.

Green Bay will probably feel the need to address their void at running back than to retain one of their many receivers. Washington are always spenders in the off-season and could look to add a big-time receiver into the mix.

5 of 7

Mike Wallace

MikeWallace
Robert Mayer-US Presswire

Current Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

2013 Team: New York Jets

Result: Wallace's value decreases.

Wallace and the Steelers have had their share of disputes and if they don't decide to franchise tag him then it's likely that he'll hit the market. The Jets are in dire need of talent in their offense and Wallace offers the ability that they need and the swagger that fits their system.

6 of 7

Wes Welker

WesWelker
Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Current Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

2013 Team: New York Jets

Result: Wallace's value decreases.

Wallace and the Steelers have had their share of disputes and if they don't decide to franchise tag him then it's likely that he'll hit the market. The Jets are in dire need of talent in their offense and Wallace offers the ability that they need and the swagger that fits their system.

7 of 7

Jared Cook

JaredCook
Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Current Team: Tennessee Titans

2013 Team: Chicago Bears

Result: Cook becomes top five tight end.

Cook has shown big-play ability on several occasions in Tennessee and it's time that he moves to a system that will feature him in a larger role. Chicago seems like a good fit as they continue to load up on offense in preparation for a Super Bowl run in 2013.

1 of 7

Introduction:

ReggieBush
Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

It’s day one as we begin to put the 2012 fantasy football season behind us. Whether it ended triumphantly or it’s been over for a few weeks now, it never hurts to take a glimpse into the future. One of the most influential aspects of the off-season is free agency. Every off-season, talented players have the opportunity to from a poor situation to a favorable one.

Just last season we saw Brandon Marshall move from a struggling Miami Dolphins offense to the Chicago Bears and become the top scoring wide receiver. Increased fantasy success was also realized by Vincent Jackson, Peyton Manning and Brandon Lloyd just to name a few.

It’s important to take the time to assess each situation and figure out which players will thrive in their new situation. After each off-season, the hype that builds up to draft day always surrounds players that have changed teams. Experts speculate the extent to which a move will be advantageous for important players. More often than not, sleepers tend to not wake up and leave fantasy owners in a hole. Last season, experts suggested that Randy Moss would find his old self in San Francisco. They even tricked you into drafting Robert Meachem, which ended up being a major setback and sent countless owners to the waiver wire.

Now we will take the opportunity to look at several key players that will hit the open market in the upcoming free agency. We will assess where these players will move how it affects their stock.

2 of 7

Dwayne Bowe

DwayneBowe
CREDIT - Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESS

Current Team: Kansas City Chiefs

2013 Team: Carolina Panthers

Result: Bowe becomes a top 10 receiver.

Steve Smith will be another year older and with Brandon LaFell emerging as a nice complimentary receiver, this would seem like a good fit. Carolina needs an elite receiver to pair with their star quarterback if they are being realistic about a Super Bowl run.

3 of 7

Reggie Bush

ReggieBush
Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Current Team: Miami Dolphins

2013 Team: Green Bay Packers

Result: Bush becomes a top 10 running back.

Green Bay may be passed the phase of settling for second-rate running backs. Bush would add a dynamic threat out of the backfield as a runner and a pass-catcher.

4 of 7

Greg Jennings

Greg Jennings
Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Current Team: Green Bay Packers

2013 Team: Washington Redskins

Result: Jennings’ value slightly increases.

Green Bay will probably feel the need to address their void at running back than to retain one of their many receivers. Washington are always spenders in the off-season and could look to add a big-time receiver into the mix.

5 of 7

Mike Wallace

MikeWallace
Robert Mayer-US Presswire

Current Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

2013 Team: New York Jets

Result: Wallace's value decreases.

Wallace and the Steelers have had their share of disputes and if they don't decide to franchise tag him then it's likely that he'll hit the market. The Jets are in dire need of talent in their offense and Wallace offers the ability that they need and the swagger that fits their system.

6 of 7

Wes Welker

WesWelker
Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Current Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

2013 Team: New York Jets

Result: Wallace's value decreases.

Wallace and the Steelers have had their share of disputes and if they don't decide to franchise tag him then it's likely that he'll hit the market. The Jets are in dire need of talent in their offense and Wallace offers the ability that they need and the swagger that fits their system.

7 of 7

Jared Cook

JaredCook
Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Current Team: Tennessee Titans

2013 Team: Chicago Bears

Result: Cook becomes top five tight end.

Cook has shown big-play ability on several occasions in Tennessee and it's time that he moves to a system that will feature him in a larger role. Chicago seems like a good fit as they continue to load up on offense in preparation for a Super Bowl run in 2013.


Around the Web