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Top 10 NFL Free Agent Quarterbacks & Tight Ends (2024 Fantasy Football)

Top 10 NFL Free Agent Quarterbacks & Tight Ends (2024 Fantasy Football)

While a few teams are still fighting for the right to be called Super Bowl champions, most teams have turned their attention to the offseason game planning. The 2024 NFL Draft is the highlight of the offseason. However, free agency plays a critical role in building Super Bowl contenders.

Let’s break down the top five upcoming free agent quarterbacks and tight ends with an early look at how fantasy players should view them for 2024 redraft leagues and dynasty leagues.

Free Agent Quarterbacks

1) Kirk Cousins (QB – MIN)

Unfortunately, Cousins suffered a torn Achilles in Week 8, ending his season. However, the veteran averaged 18.7 fantasy points per game, making him the QB6 among quarterbacks with at least six starts in 2023. While the Vikings will explore younger options at the quarterback position, Cousins could return this offseason despite his injury and age. The perfect outcome for fantasy players is for the veteran to return to Minnesota. Cousins was great for the fantasy value of Justin Jefferson, T.J. Hockenson and Jordan Addison.

  • Early Redraft Outlook: Low-end QB1 that will get drafted later than he should.
  • Offseason Dynasty Outlook: Potential buy-low QB2 candidate for contending teams in superflex leagues.

2) Baker Mayfield (QB – TB)

Mayfield had a productive 2023 season. He was the QB10 for the year, averaging 16.1 fantasy points per game, finishing higher than Tua Tagovailoa and Trevor Lawrence. However, the former No. 1 overall pick was the QB17 on a points-per-game basis among quarterbacks with at least six starts. Mayfield has played well enough to earn a long-term contract with an NFL team, but the question is which team. Hopefully, he is back in Tampa Bay on a Geno Smith-like deal, giving the team options in the future and Mayfield a massive pay raise.

  • Early Redraft Outlook: Mid-range QB2 with upside, depending on who he signs with in free agency.
  • Offseason Dynasty Outlook: A potential sell-high candidate whose future is not as clear as many would hope.

3) Jacoby Brissett (QB – WAS)

The veteran quarterback joined the Commanders this past offseason, hoping to be the starter. Instead, Brissett only attempted passes in Week 15 and 16 but never got the chance to start. He did play well on his 23 pass attempts, completing 78.3 of the attempts for 224 yards and three touchdowns against two talented defenses. Furthermore, Brissett averaged 15.8 fantasy points per game in his 11 starts with the Cleveland Browns in 2022. While the veteran might land a starting role in free agency, it likely will only be as a one-year bridge guy option.

  • Early Redraft Outlook: A low-end QB2 if he lands a starting role this offseason.
  • Offseason Dynasty Outlook: Worth rostering in superflex leagues as a high-end backup that has been solid as a starting quarterback in the past.

4) Ryan Tannehill (QB – TEN

After five years in Tennessee, Tannehill will likely play elsewhere in 2024. He had a solid run with the Titans, averaging 18.7 or more fantasy points in his first two years with the team. Tannehill was once one of the more underrated fantasy quarterbacks, totaling seven rushing touchdowns in 2020 and 2021. Unfortunately, his production fell off a cliff after losing A.J. Brown in a trade to the Philadelphia Eagles two years ago, averaging only 188.7 passing yards and 11 fantasy points per game. Tannehill should stick around as a backup quarterback, but his days as a starter are likely over.

  • Early Redraft Outlook: None, not even worth drafting in superflex leagues.
  • Offseason Dynasty Outlook: A potential QB4 in deeper superflex leagues with the hope that he is either a bridge gap option or a high-end backup with the chance to start.

5) Gardner Minshew (QB – IND)

Many were excited to see Anthony Richardson under center this year. Unfortunately, his rookie season lasted only four games because of a shoulder injury, making Minshew the starter for most of 2023. The veteran was a solid streaming option, especially in superflex leagues. However, he struggled to end the season, totaling zero passing touchdowns in four of the final eight games. Minshew is a top-end NFL backup quarterback but shouldn’t be a starter. Therefore, his fantasy value is limited next year regardless of where he signs in free agency.

  • Early Redraft Outlook: Not worth drafting, even in superflex leagues.
  • Offseason Dynasty Outlook: A potential QB4 in superflex leagues with the hope that he gets to start because of an injury.

Free Agent Tight Ends

1) Dalton Schultz (TE – HOU)

Schultz has been a solid low-end TE1 for fantasy players since taking over as a starter in 2020. The veteran has at least five receiving touchdowns in three consecutive years, including his first with the Texans. While C.J. Stroud‘s favorite weapons were Nico Collins and Tank Dell, Schultz ranked third on the team in targets per game (5.9). According to Over the Cap, Houston will have the third-most cap space this offseason. Hopefully, that leads to Schultz signing a long-term deal and continuing to catch passes from the star rookie quarterback.

  • Early Redraft Outlook: Low-end TE1 with upside if he remains in Houston.
  • Offseason Dynasty Outlook: Safe floor low-end TE1/high-end TE2 to pair with a still-developing young tight end.

2) Hunter Henry (TE – NE)

When the Patriots signed Henry and Jonnu Smith during the 2021 offseason, many had high hopes for the duo. Instead, Smith had a limited role and got traded for a late-round draft pick this past offseason, while Henry has been a touchdown-or-bust-type tight end. Despite New England’s disastrous offense, the veteran had six receiving touchdowns this season, the second-most among tight ends. With the Patriots entering a rebuilding phase, Henry has likely played his final game with the team. Hopefully, he lands somewhere with a competent passing attack.

  • Early Redraft Outlook: A potential streaming option with upside, depending on where he lands in free agency.
  • Offseason Dynasty Outlook: A mid-TE2 and a potential buy-low or avoid candidate, pending the trade price.

3) Gerald Everett (TE – LAC)

The Chargers didn’t adequately replace Hunter Henry after he left in free agency. While Everett has been a solid contributor, he never became a consistent fantasy option. He was the TE23 in 2023, averaging 5.7 half-point PPR fantasy points per game, his lowest total since leaving the Los Angeles Rams. The veteran tight end has never averaged more than 6.9 fantasy points per game or totaled 600 receiving yards any year in his career. Everett likely won’t return to the Chargers with the team well over the salary cap.

  • Early Redraft Outlook: A potential streaming option, depending on where he signs this offseason.
  • Offseason Dynasty Outlook: Someone to leave on the waiver wire in shallower leagues or consider as a low-end TE3.

4) Tanner Hudson (TE – CIN)

Many had Irv Smith Jr. as a sleeper candidate entering the 2023 season. Yet, he wasn’t the Cincinnati tight end with fantasy value. Hudson was the TE29, averaging 5.1 half-point PPR fantasy points per game. The veteran had some viable weeks as a streaming option. He was the TE13 from Week 9 through Week 15, averaging 6.5 half-point PPR fantasy points per game. The Bengals have several critical free agents this offseason, headlined by Tee Higgins. However, Hudson is a restricted free agent and is all but a lock to return.

  • Early Redraft Outlook: Shouldn’t get drafted in standard-size leagues but could have some weekly streaming appeal.
  • Offseason Dynasty Outlook: Worth adding off the waiver wire as part of a Joe Burrow-led offense.

5) Mike Gesicki (TE – NE)

While he was once considered an up-and-coming young tight end, Gesicki has fallen off the fantasy football radar. The former Penn State star had a breakout year in 2020, averaging 8.9 half-point PPR fantasy points per game, totaling six receiving touchdowns. However, he fell out of favor in Mike McDaniel’s offense in Miami and joined the Patriots this past offseason. Unfortunately, Gesicki averaged only 14.4 receiving yards and three fantasy points per game despite the team lacking consistent weapons.

  • Early Redraft Outlook: Not worth drafting, but could become a few-week streaming option if he lands a starting role on a high-powered offense.
  • Offseason Dynasty Outlook: A speculative add off the waiver wire but unlikely to ever have enough fantasy value to start.

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