Top 7 free agency winners and losers (Fantasy Football 2022)

NFL free agency always drastically changes the landscape of fantasy football and this year was no exception! We’ve seen Russell Wilson head to Denver in a massive trade, Mitch Trubisky head to Pittsburgh, the Jags spare no expense improving their receiving corps, Tom Brady doesn’t retire, Carson Wentz signs with Washington, Cincinnati strengthens his offensive line and Amari Cooper lands in Cleveland. With all of these big changes (and many more we haven’t mentioned), we’ve tapped into our featured experts to share their take on who the biggest winners and losers are after the first few days of free. referee! There are also more signings to come, so keep up to date with all the latest news with our Fantasy News and Scores app, which is on both the App Store and Google Play.

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Q1. Which player has seen their fantasy value increase the most as a result of a recent trade and why?

James Conner (RB – ARI)
“Conner is the big winner in free agency. The Arizona Cardinals re-signed their RB1 a season ago to a three-year, $21 million extension, locking him in as their man for the foreseeable future. It’s an awesome signing for fantasy football, as it puts Conner firmly in the top 12 of running back conversations, especially with Chase Edmonds landing in Miami. The former Steelers running backs finished the 2021 season tied for second in goal-line runs and third in touchdowns (18). Conner received a tremendous amount of work in the passing game with Edmonds out of the lineup in Weeks 9-14 and Week 18. Over those six games, Conner averaged a fantastic 26.2 points and 5.5 targets per game while running a route on 61% of the Cardinals’ setbacks. .”
Andrew Erickson (FantasyPros)

by James Connor fantastic value jumped with his re-signing with the Cardinals. This time, he will be the leader of this high-scoring offensive. When Connor was the lead dog in 2021, he was the RB4 due to his inside-out touchdown on offense. He’ll have to do a better job rushing next season (3.7 YPC), but if he continues to see the red zone work, the double-digit touchdowns could be repeated. Connor is a borderline RB1 around 2022.”
Steven Pintado (The Fantasy Coaches)

Christian Kirk (WR-JAC)
“Although he was a bit of an afterthought in Arizona heading into the 2021 season, Kirk led the Cardinals in yards, targets and receptions. Injuries played a part in Kirk’s success, but he just signed a huge contract to be the No. 1 wide receiver in Jacksonville. Doug Pederson will overhaul the offense, and the Jaguars have focused on adding weapons for second-year quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Whether or not the Jaguars will be a good team is up for debate, but their offense should improve with the addition of Pederson and more firepower in the skill positions.
Mike Maher (FantasyPros)

CeeDee Lamb (WR – DAL)
“The track is clear for Lamb in Dallas now that the Cowboys have traded Amari Cooper to the Browns. Cooper’s departure coupled with the Dolphins’ signing of Cedrick Wilson puts Lamb in line for an assortment of targets. Michael Gallup has joined Dallas, and we know Jerry Jones is going to add more talent to WR, but Lamb is set to be an alpha receiver for the first time in his career, and I think he’ll do well.
Pat Fitzmaurice (FantasyPros)

Q2. Which player saw their fantasy value decrease the most as a result of a recent trade and why?

DJ Chark (WR-DET)
“I don’t exactly like Chark’s compatibility with the Detroit Lions. Sure, the wide receiver depth chart is barren behind Amon-Ra St. Brown and Josh Reynolds, but the style suited to Jared Goff doesn’t project. Goff’s average throwing depth has declined over the past four seasons, with his last mark of 2021 (6.8) ranking last among 38 qualified quarterbacks. , he ranked sixth in the NFL in catches 20-plus yards (13) before his injury.Goff averaged 13 completions from 20-plus yards over the past two seasons.
Andrew Erickson (FantasyPros)

“It may be an unpopular choice, but Chark DJ signing with the Lions wasn’t ideal for his fantasy value. The hope was that he could land somewhere more attractive like Kansas City, Green Bay, Dallas, Washington or even Philadelphia. In Detroit, he’s likely to be stuck with Jared Goff or a lackluster rookie quarterback. It’s only a one-year deal, so Dynasty managers need to be patient while Chark tries to stay healthy and rebuild his worth. The redraft and top ball managers, however, should pay close attention to how Detroit fills out its offense over the next few weeks.
Mike Maher (FantasyPros)

Antonio Gibson (RB–WA)
“Gibson investors were rigged in the cruellest possible way this week when it was initially reported that JD McKissic had agreed to sign with the Bills. Washington has used McKissic as a designated passer to catch up for the past two seasons. His departure would have paved the way for Gibson, a former college receiver, to get more work on transmissions, and the subsequent uptick in receiving stats could have given Gibson the top-of-the-line RB1 upside down.Alas, McKissic apparently changed his mind and decided to re-sign with Washington, where he will continue to be a pebble in the shoes of Gibson stakeholders.
Pat Fitzmaurice (FantasyPros)

Damien Harris (RB–NE) | Rhamond Stevenson (RB–NE)
“The New England Patriots core running backs are taking a hit with the return of James White to the team. We all thought we’d get away with just a Harris/Stevenson backfield, which would have been lovely. Unlike Brandon Bolden, White is a confident running back in attack. This could lead to White seeing the passing work and critical drives during games. We are heading into another season of a boring traffic jam in the background.
Steven Pintado (The Fantasy Coaches)

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