2014 Fantasy Football: 5 Players Whose Value Decreased After Free Agency

2014 Fantasy Football: 5 Players Whose Value Decreased After Free Agency

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This has been one of the most newsworthy free agency periods in recent memory. From a fantasy perspective, free agency is great. Players sign with a new team, increasing the value of themselves and their former teammates. However, there is a dark side to free agency. Sometimes, a player signs with a team that completely hurts his fantasy value for the upcoming season. Here are the five players whose value decreased during free agency.

5. Rashad Jennings

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5. Rashad Jennings

Rashad Jennings
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Rashad Jennings signed a four-year deal with the New York Giants. The Giants running game with mediocre at best. The team used David Wilson, Andre Brown, Peyton Hillis and even brought back Brandon Jacobs. Jennings proved that he can be the every-down back while filling in for Darren McFadden in Oakland. However, with the Giants re-signing Hillis and Wilson still under contract, Jennings may not have the same value in 2014.

4. Jamaal Charles

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4. Jamaal Charles

Jamaal Charles
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Now, before you freak out that Jamaal Charles is still a top-three running back, I agree. The one thing that scares me with Charles in 2014 is the loss of offensive line help during free agency. Left tackle Branden Albert, and guards Jon Asamoah and Geoff Schwartz were all gone in less than two hours. Charles is still a first-round pick, but expect one or two less goal-line scores.

3. Donald Brown

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3. Donald Brown

Donald Brown
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Despite being a backup in the first few weeks of the 2013 season, Donald Brown emerged as the Indianapolis Colts No. 1 rusher. He finished 26th in fantasy among running backs. Surprisingly, he signed a three-year deal with the San Diego Charges. It's not like the Chargers needed another running back. They already have Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead. Brown is no more than an RB4 and handcuff for Mathews.

2. Emmanuel Sanders

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2. Emmanuel Sanders

Emmanuel Sanders
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Emmanuel Sanders signed with the Denver Broncos, most likely as Eric Decker's replacement. Sanders finished as the 34th-best wide receiver while with the Pittsburgh Steelers. While Decker, Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas were able to score at least 10 touchdowns in 2013, Sanders has no chemistry with Peyton Manning. He should have signed with the Kansas City Chiefs alongside Dwayne Bowe.

1. Eric Decker

Eric Decker
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1. Eric Decker

Eric Decker
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As if this wasn't the obvious choice, Eric Decker's fantasy value has dropped significantly this offseason. Going from Peyton Manning to Geno Smith as your quarterback will hurt even the best of wide receivers. He will now also play across from Darrelle Revis twice a year. With no supporting cast around him, you would be wise to avoid Decker this fantasy season. If he plays well in 2014, then maybe you take him in 2015.


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