2020: Dynasty/Fantasy Offseason News, Observations, Rumors (2/23/2020)
Every few days on FFM, in the offseason, per usual, I’m going to share some observations from the latest football news and share any rumors/interesting conversations I’m coming across. Two or three items every few days, as I have things of interest to share.
In no particular order…
*I have a ton of Washington Redskins-related notes, so this edition is the all-Redskins version…for no particular reason other than I find there are many things happening now tied to Washington, oddly…and there are many non-Washington things for fantasy that tie into the Redskins, so buckle up for a Redskins-themed ride that veers all over:
-- Former Ron Rivera beloved TE Greg Olsen passed on the Redskins opportunity and signed a deal with Seattle. A couple things come to mind about this…
NFL player’s loyalty lies with what is best for them and their desires, as they should. Olsen used Washington/Rivera as leverage, as much as he used his future ill-fated foray into broadcasting as leverage to get Seattle to waste a lot of money here – with Seattle having several defensive free agents needing consideration or backfilling they spent up on an old/breaking down tight end. Olsen wants to win a title and make a lot of money…better chances in Seattle than Washington…you can’t blame him.
…Washington could have ponied up, but they actually did a smart thing and didn’t overpay a near-washed-up veteran. Maybe things are changing in Washington!
…Carolina could’ve stuck with Olsen like Jerry Jones clings to the ghost of Jason Witten and how the Chargers begged Antonio Gates to keep playing for years. Matt Rhule is no fool (and the more I learn about him the more I am in love with what is to come, I believe). Carolina and Washington are not really playing for 2020, so smart moves by both teams to pass on Olsen.
-- However, what if Washington is getting ready to tap into a Ron Rivera favorite and trade for/sign Cam Newton?
If Washington gets some CAP allowance for Alex Smith’s issues, why not sign a high profile mobile QB to be like their geographical rivals – the Ravens. Cam could pump some life into the fanbase and allow them to groom (forget about) Dwayne Haskins.
I think Rivera is going to hate Haskins, as a player and in the locker room…and with Bruce Allen not there to protect Haskins, and Haskins not ‘Rivera’s guy’…but Cam is.
Washington could get very interesting, in a weak division, with the signing of Cam Newton…and that would help Terry McLaurin and Steve Sims working with Cam’s style of passing game (working speedsters).
-- OK, if the Redskins get a decent QB like Cam Newton (who looks in fabulous shape per his workout videos) and they re-sign free agent OL Brandon Schreff and then their OL leader Trent Williams returns – suddenly the Redskins have some offensive pieces putting together.
Adding a legit starting QB, not the best but better than Haskins, and then bringing back Trent Williams, who could be the top OL if he were in free agency – that’s two huge upgrades. I think Williams is likely to return to work with Rivera, and now that Allen is gone. That locker room will change some in a hurry with Cam and Trent walking in.
There’s hope for Washington…it’s in reach…we’ll see if they can grab it.
-- The Redskins released Jordan Reed. It feels like Reed’s career might be over…the foot injuries and concussions…and they might be, BUT – he’s only 29 years old (will be 30 in July). Greg Olsen will turn 35 years old in March 2020. Reed could be ‘fresh’ and ready for a second act.
If you believe that… How about this matchmaking? Jordan Reed goes back to work with the coach who made him a star, who made his name a ‘position profile’ to target/search for/draft. It was only a few years ago that Reed became a star, and everyone was looking for a Jordan Reed-type TE, a ‘move’ TE…all thanks to Reed AND Sean McVay, the TE coach then O-C for Washington at the time. Jordan Reed signs a one-year deal with the Rams maybe?
Gerald Everett will be punted and the Tyler Higbee 2020 enthusiasm takes a hit…and Reed becomes a 2020 top…what?...top 15-20 PPR TE for 2020?
If Reed signs with the Rams, his fantasy excitement regenerates.
If Reed signs with 30 other teams, no one cares.
The Rams + 30 teams = 31 teams, did I miss one? Yes, what if he signs with the New England Patriots on a one-year deal as Tom Brady returns? That would spike him as well.
You didn’t realize Jordan Reed was so exciting in February 2020, did you?
-- What might Ron Rivera do with this defense?
First thing was dumping Josh Norman, again (traded away in Carolina as well). He’s got some issues with CB Quinton Dunbar, who is very good, but not a great fit for the zone style of Rivera…and Dunbar wants a new deal. Guess what? James Bradberry is a free agent…guess where he is likely going to sign in a few weeks?
Rivera would love to have Luke Kuechly. Guess what? Cole Holcomb might be his Luke Kuechly. Holcomb was my #1 rated ILB for the 2019 NFL Draft…over Devin Bush and Devin White.
Rivera has pieces…potential here…and this is a bad NFC East…
-- Adrian Peterson was confirmed to return to the Redskins…what does this mean for Derrius Guice for fantasy/dynasty?
You should see where we value him on our 2020 Dynasty rankings/valuations -- just published last week, and we will update all throughout the offseason. Also, Guice was part of a recent special report on undervalued RBs for 2020 – we address the AP impact for Guice’s 2020 there in more detail.
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2020 Dynasty Offseason/Best Ball Subscriptions Now Available
It’s time for season #2 of our last season’s debut subscription…Dynasty Offseason/Best Ball.
I created Dynasty offseason as a way to communicate rankings/valuations on (500+) existing players (and also 400+ IDPs) for Dynasty and Keeper planning purposes (trades, etc.) as well as getting the jump on Best Ball/MFL drafts that begin in February and run all the rest of the year.
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Dynasty Offseason subscriptions will be available when College Football Metrics begins (1/3/20), and you can purchase as a combo or just individually the one you want/need. However, the Dynasty Offseason rankings, etc., will not kickoff until right after the Super Bowl (articles and reports will post in January but player rankings/mock drafts not until past the Super Bowl)…and then we pile in material daily/weekly until opening day of the new NFL season.
If you were not a part of the Dynasty Offseason program last year, I will have more details on it on my playoff game recaps in 2020 and some additional explanation on Best Ball/MFL leagues, how to get started in them, how they work, etc. – if you’re not doing Best Ball/MFLs…you are missing out.
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