Longtime Baltimore Ravens P Sam Koch announced Thursday that he is retiring from the NFL after 16 seasons with the team. (Source: NFL.com)
Fantasy Impact: Koch, who is retiring from the NFL at age 39, is the Ravens all time leader in games played, having made appearances in 256 games over the last 16 seasons. Koch averaged 45.3 yards per punt during his NFL career and made a Pro Bowl appearance for the AFC in 2015. In addition to punting, Koch has been the longtime holder for K Justin Tucker, the most accurate kicker in NFL history. Baltimore drafted former Penn State P Jordan Sout in the 4th round of last month’s NFL Draft.
NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Cincinnati Bengals have signed their 2022 1st round pick, S Daxton Hill to a rookie contract. (Source: NFL.com)
Fantasy Impact: Hill, who was selected with the 31st overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, is a versatile safety who can contribute in run and pass defense. Hill has elite speed for the safety position, posting a 4.38 40-yard dash time at the NFL Scouting Combine, and he has used that speed to make plays all over the field while playing at deep safety. Hill has a slender frame, measuring in at 6’0” and 191lbs, but he is a willing tackler who isn’t afraid of contact. Hill joins a Bengals team that made a surprising run to the Super Bowl in 2021, and a major part of their playoff run can be attributed to an impressive and difficult to duplicate +7 turnover differential in 4 postseason games. The addition of Hill helps solidify a secondary for a Bengals team that hopes to continue their ascension into perennial contenders.
The New York Jets announced Wednesday that they have signed one of their 2022 1st round picks, WR Garrett Wilson to a rookie contract. (Source: Pro Football Talk)
Fantasy Impact: Wilson, who was the number one WR prospect for many draft experts, ended up being the 2nd WR drafted in last month’s NFL draft, going 10th overall to the Jets. Wilson has elite body control, can easily adjust to off-target passes, and has been a serious threat after the catch during his collegiate career. In his last college season, Wilson recorded 1,058 receiving yards and 12 TDs while competing for targets in a crowded Ohio State WR room. Wilson joins a young and exciting offense in New York that now has Breece Hall, Michael Carter, Elijah Moore, and Corey Davis. However, Wilson and the rest of the team's skill position players' fantasy value will largely be dependent on the growth of 2nd year QB Zach Wilson.
Wed, May 18th 4:18pm EDT
By Josh Thiessen
The Washington Commanders have signed 1st round pick rookie WR Jahan Dotson to a rookie contract on Wednesday worth roughly $15.05 million. (Source: Nicki Jhabvala)
Fantasy Impact: Dotson, who was selected with the 16th overall pick in last months draft, has officially signed his rookie contract to play with the Commanders on a 4-year deal. The rookie WR will likely line up as the teams WR2 or WR3 depending on how camp this summer goes as coach Ron Rivera has also stated that Curtis Samuel is looking fantastic. Dotson is a mid first round pick in dynasty rookie drafts and is roughly a 14th rounder in redraft leagues at the moment, though he may see that increase as the summer goes on.
James Bradberry is signing a one-year, $10 million deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. The deal include $7.25 million guaranteed and the rest in incentives. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: This is a huge get for Philly as they pair Darius Slay up with James Bradberry. The two veteran corners will be a great tandem for a team that made a lot of moves this offseason after a surprising postseason appearance last year. Bradberry, at age 28, still should have a lot left in the tank and the one-year prove it deal will give him a huge opportunity to perform.
The Tennessee Titans announced Tuesday that they have signed their 2022 1st round pick, WR Treylon Burks to a rookie contract. (Source: NFL.com)
Fantasy Impact: Burks, who was selected with the 18th overall pick in last month's draft, is a massive WR (6’2”, 225lbs) with breakaway speed, making him a difficult player for defensive backs to bring down after the catch. Burks isn’t a refined route runner and he benefited from a heavy dose of manufactured touches at Arkansas, but he has strong hands and has impressed in contested catch situations. Ironically enough, the player Burks has most often been compared to is AJ Brown, the WR he will be replacing in Tennessee. Rookie WRs have taken the league by storm the past few seasons, and Burks landing spot is one of the more favorable when compared to the other top WR prospects from the 2022 draft class. Burks will be worth taking a flyer on in the middle rounds of redraft leagues and he is currently being drafted as an early to mid 1st round pick in dynasty rookie drafts.
The Arizona Cardinals announced Tuesday that they have signed 2022 2nd round pick, TE Trey McBride to a rookie contract. (Source: NFL.com)
Fantasy Impact: McBride was simply dominant at Colorado State. Per PFF, McBride produced a 38.1% dominator rating in his past two seasons, an incredible number for a receiver, but even more absurd for a TE. McBride is a high-quality TE prospect, but rookie TEs don't historically offer much fantasy relevance and his landing spot with Arizona is far from ideal. In 2022, McBride will likely play behind veteran TE Zach Ertz and be limited to playing in 2-TE sets. McBride isn’t likely to be a player worth rostering in most redraft leagues, but he could be a valuable asset in dynasty leagues for fantasy managers who are willing to roster him for the long haul.
Tue, May 17th 2:29pm EDT
By Josh Thiessen
Free Agent RB Phillip Lindsay has reportedly come to terms with the Indianapolis Colts on a one year deal with contract details yet to be released. (Source: Mike McCartney on twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Lindsay was a surprise breakthrough star for the Broncos back in 2018 when he debuted as a undrafted RB out of Colorado as he went off for nine TD's through just eight games started in his first season. The Colorado running back is still not worth too much of a look in fantasy as he is nothing more than a depth add for the Colts as Jonathan Taylor remains firmly implanted atop the Colts depth chart and as the top running back in the league. Lindsay is likely to be used in a similar way that Marlon Mack was used prior to his departure to the Houston Texans which was a very small role resulting in his desire to leave, the depth chart for the Colts will likely also see Nyheim Hines remain in his role as the main pass catching back ahead of Lindsay as well.
The New York Jets announced Monday that they have signed EDGE defender Jermaine Johnson to a rookie contract. (Source: NFL.com)
Fantasy Impact: Johnson, who many fantasy analysts believed was worth a top 10 pick, fell all the way down to pick number 26 overall in the NFL Draft. After selecting CB Sauce Gardner and WR Garrett Wilson with early 1st round picks, the Jets traded back into the 1st round to select Johnson, capping off an exceptional day 1 of the draft for GM Joe Douglas. Johnson will join a defense that struggled last season under rookie head coach Robert Saleh. Saleh was hired by the Jets in 2021 with the expectation that he could turn around the team's porous defense, and the addition of Gardner and Johnson should make that process a little easier for the 2nd year head coach.
The Houston Texans announced Monday that they have signed their 2022 2nd round pick, WR John Metchie to a rookie contract. (Source: NFL.com)
Fantasy Impact: Metchie, like most Alabama WRs in recent years, is an advanced route runner who was able to consistently get separation against defensive backs in the SEC. With his smaller stature and lack of high-end speed, Metchie projects to be a slot WR at the NFL level. Metchie tore his ACL in the 2021 SEC Championship Game, which may cause him to miss early season games during the 2022 season. Although Metchie doesn’t profile as a player who will be an elite NFL WR, he has an opportunity to play right away for the Texans once healthy, and he may prove to be a consistent high-floor player if he can earn enough of a target share in Houston’s offense.
The Indianapolis Colts announced Monday that they have signed their 2022 2nd round pick, WR Alec Pierce to a rookie contract (Source: NFL.com)
Fantasy Impact: Pierce had an early breakout age at Cincinnati and was a big contributor to the Bearcats’ College Football Playoff run in 2021. In his last season at Cincinnati, Pierce recorded 884 receiving yards and 8 TDs while functioning as a large and fast downfield threat. Pierce will compete with the often injured Paris Campbell and Ashton Dulin for a starting WR spot and the opportunity to play alongside WR Michael Pittman. The Colts acquired veteran QB Matt Ryan this offseason in hopes of elevating a passing attack to better compliment the team's strong running game, and Pierce’s early development may play a key role in making that vision a reality.
The Atlanta Falcons announced on Monday that they have signed free agent WR Geronimo Allison. (Source: Atlanta Falcons )
Fantasy Impact: Allison was invited to participate in the Falcons rookie minicamp over the weekend and impressed the team enough for them to offer him a contract. Allison will join a WR room that includes 2022 1st round pick Drake London, Bryan Edwards, Olamide Zaccheaus, Auden Tate, and KhaDarel Hodge. This isn’t a deep WR group behind London, so Allison may have a chance to see the field more often than he has in past seasons. Allison opted out of the 2020 COVID-19 season and appeared in three games for the Lions last season but didn’t record a reception. Allison shouldn’t be viewed as a draftable player in redraft leagues at this point, and he should be left on the waiver wire in most dynasty leagues unless reports from Falcons training camp this summer indicate he is impressing.
Mon, May 16th 11:18am EDT
By Sam Ryner
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that CB Jaire Alexander and the Green Bay Packers have agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension that will pay the All Pro CB $84 million. (Source: Adam Schefter, ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: The Packers’ GB Brian Gutekunst indicated earlier this offseason that the team intended to extend Alexander and the team made that a reality on Monday. Alexander has been one of the best CBs in the NFL during the first four seasons of his career and he will now be paid like one. Alexander only played in four regular season games last season due to a shoulder injury, but he was named 1st-Team All Pro in 2020. He has led the Packers in pass breakups in each of his first three seasons.
Aaron Wilson of Sports Talk 790 reports that former Texas A&M OL Kenyon Green and the Houston Texans have agreed to terms on a 4-year, $15.9 million deal that is fully guaranteed. (Source: Aaron Wilson, Sports Talk 790)
Fantasy Impact: Green, who was the 15th overall pick in last month’s draft, is a versatile lineman who should be able to step in and contribute from day one. Green saw action at every position on the offensive line during his three years at Texas A&M, but he is expected to play left guard for the Texans. In 2022, Green will be tasked with helping keep QB Davis Mills upright and creating rushing lanes for two new Texans' RBs in veteran Marlon Mack and rookie Dameon Pierce.
Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports reports that free agent DE Melvin Ingram is signing with the Miami Dolphins. (Source: Jordan Schultz)
Fantasy Impact: The addition of Ingram continues a massive roster overhaul this offseason for the Dolphins. Ingram, who’s a 3-time pro bowler, played 6 games with the Steelers in 2021 before being traded to the Chiefs. Ingram only recorded one sack during the regular season with the Chiefs, but he elevated his play in the playoffs, recording two sacks and three quarterback hits in three postseason games. Ingram brings a veteran presence to an up-and-coming roster that hopes to compete with the powerhouse that is the Buffalo Bills for the AFC East Championship.
Sat, May 14th 1:04am EDT
By Sam Ryner
The Pittsburgh Steelers announced on Friday that they have agreed to terms on an undisclosed four-year deal with WR George Pickens. (Source: NFL.com)
Fantasy Impact: Pickens appeared to be on track to be the top-ranked WR in the 2022 draft class after a dominant true freshman season for the Georgia Bulldogs in 2019. Pickens’ sophomore campaign wasn’t quite as successful and then he tore his ACL before the 2021 season. Pickens is undoubtedly talented, but the injury and whispers of off-the-field issues pushed him out of the 1st round of last month’s NFL Draft. Pickens is a big-bodied outside receiver who consistently gets clean releases off the line of scrimmage, has excellent ball skills, and will go up and win 50/50 balls. Pickens’ fit with the Steelers is an interesting one, as they currently roster Dionte Johnson and Chase Claypool who typically line up outside just like Pickens. It’s unclear who will man the slot or what Pickens’ role will entail as a rookie, so the Steelers will be an offense for fantasy managers to monitor in training camp.
The Buffalo Bills announced on Friday that they have agreed to terms on an undisclosed four-year deal with RB James Cook. (Source: NFL.com)
Fantasy Impact: If the last name and running style look familiar and you are getting a deja vu feeling, it’s because Dalvin Cook and his younger brother, James, do share some common traits on the gridiron. James, similar to his older brother, has incredibly quick acceleration and cuts on a dime, though the younger Cook does have a much smaller frame at 5’11 and 199 pounds, potentially limiting his ability to be a workhorse at the NFL level. While at Georgia, Cook functioned primarily as a receiving back, never having more than 12 carries in a game. However, Cook was drafted to an ideal situation, where he gets to join the high-powered and pass-heavy Bills' offense. The great landing spot has catapulted Cook into being drafted in the back half of the first round in dynasty rookie drafts.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the New Orleans Saints and WR Chris Olave have agreed to terms on a 4-year, fully-guaranteed $19,271,874 contract. (Source: Adam Schefter, ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: It was a big day for the Saints passing offense, as the team agreed to terms with Olave, their 1st round pick in last month's draft, and signed veteran WR Jarvis Landry. Olave enters the NFL as what many draft analysts considered the most pro-ready rookie WR. Olave is a technically sound route runner with the speed to take the top off of defenses. The main knock on Olave is that he hasn’t been much of a threat after the catch and has gone down easily, but he brings a polished skill set to the NFL which should allow him to contribute right away. Olave is worth a late-round dart throw in redraft leagues and he can be had with a mid 1st round rookie draft pick in most dynasty leagues.
Free agent wide receiver Jarvis Landry is finalizing a deal to sign with the New Orleans Saints. (Source: Jordan Schultz on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Landry has been highly-sought after this offseason, with multiple teams looking to sign him after his release from the Browns. He will ultimately land in New Orleans, joining a wide receiver room that already includes Michael Thomas and Chris Olave. This move will be very beneficial for Jameis Winston's fantasy outlook, but it might slightly hurt the value of Chris Olave and Alvin Kamara.
The Las Vegas Raiders traded wide receiver Bryan Edwards to the Atlanta Falcons on Friday. (Source: Vincent Bonsignore on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Edwards and a 2023 seventh-round pick were sent to Atlanta with a 2023 fifth-rounder heading back to Las Vegas in exchange. Edwards was a popular wide receiver prospect coming out of South Carolina in 2020 but he never broke out with the Raiders, catching just 45 balls for 764 yards and four touchdowns over his two NFL seasons. His outlook in Atlanta doesn't improve much after the Falcons used the 2022 No. 8 overall pick to pair Drake London with future star tight end Kyle Pitts. That leaves Edwards as the No. 3 option in the Atlanta passing game at best. He is worth holding onto only in deeper dynasty formats going forward but isn't worth a spot in redraft leagues.