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2020 Offseason Moves ‘Tournament’ (AFC Final Four 'Winner's Bracket')

Date:
April 9, 2020 12:00 PM
April 10, 2020 9:25 PM

2020 Offseason Moves ‘Tournament’ (AFC Final Four 'Winner's Bracket')

 

This year, for judging the offseason, now that we are through the bulk of free agency (and pre-Draft), we’re going to rank the team’s offseason moves within their divisions #1 (best) through #4 (worst). One division each day.

The best team (in our judgement) moving on to the final four of their conference, where we’ll rank those winners until we get to the final two (the Super Bowl matchup of the offseason moves) and then crowning one ‘the best’ team of the offseason…and the same finding single ‘worst’ team of the offseason.  

Looking at each team’s adds and losses together in one spot is often eye opening on just what certain teams really accomplished for the upcoming season. We’ll rank them and add some positive or mocking commentary all the way through...there are some teams that…that…I have no idea what they are doing.

And we’re looking at JUST the impact to 2020’s chase – 2021 draft picks or contract logic doesn’t matter. We’re just looking at a +/- player or talent impact to the 2020 cause.

Today we look at: the AFC Winner's Bracket Final Four...

AFC FINAL FOUR ‘Winner’s Bracket’

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1) AFC SOUTH: INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Key adds: Philip Rivers, Xavier Rhodes, DeForest Buckner

Key losses: #13 draft pick, Eric Ebron, Pierre Desir

Net pos./neg./neutral: POSITIVE impact.

Commentary: The much-needed bump at QB alone makes this a winning offseason. DeForest Buckner for a #13 is quite a stretch, considering ‘costs’, but it appears the Colts smell blood in the water/know they have one shot with Rivers and need players now. They had a plan and followed it pretty well – get better via veterans for right now.

 

2) AFC EAST: MIAMI DOLPHINS

Key adds: Byron Jones, Kyle Van Noy, Shaq Lawson, Ereck Flowers, Emmanuel Ogbah

Key losses: Reshad Jones

Net pos./neg./neutral: POSITIVE impact.

Commentary: The Dolphins are definitely in the running for the best offseason of 2020…in part, because they had nowhere to go but up. Miami did basically the opposite of New England – anti-gutting. They added a bunch of talent, spent a bunch of money, and had already lost/traded/gutted everyone last season.

 

3) AFC WEST: LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

Key adds: Eli Apple, Cory Littleton, Jeff Heath, Carl Nassib, Jason Witten, Maliek Collins, Nick Kwiatkoski, Marcus Mariota

Key losses: Tahir Whitehead, Karl Joseph

Net pos./neg./neutral: POSITIVE impact.

Commentary: Mike Mayock stripped several smart, cost-effective pieces for the team and a couple instant starters, while losing nothing, really. The Las Vegas Raiders are building something…

 

4) AFC NORTH: CLEVELAND BROWNS

Key adds: Case Keenum, Kevin Johnson, Jack Conklin, Karl Joseph, Austin Hooper, Andrew Billings

Key losses: Christian Kirksey, Joe Schobert, Eric Murray, Justin Burris

Net pos./neg./neutral: POSITIVE impact.

Commentary: The really key adds are Conklin and Hooper…both nice upgrades (yes, the analysts were all wrong about David Njoku). Losing Kirksey-Schobert hurts, but the Browns had some depth to play with there. It’s a step in the right direction.

 

 -- I wrestled back and forth between Indy, Miami, and Las Vegas for the ‘best in class’ for the AFC offseason. Cleveland wasn’t really standing out here.

Las Vegas didn’t have ‘star power’ moves per say, but the volume of savvy additions – it’s really a smart way of filling the gaps, increasing the talent in spots people don’t notice as much.

Miami brought in volume and bigger names in the volume, so I gave them a slight edge over Las Vegas.

I went back and forth deciding on Miami or Indy, but when I considered that the Colts added a real QB (the most important position) and one of the best DTs in the game – their 2020 impact takes a potential last place team and makes them a potential playoff and/or division winner threat. Miami got better but won’t likely see the playoffs because of their offseason moves but Indy added the right positions and could make a jump if everything holds together.

The Indianapolis Colts move on to the ‘Super Bowl’ finals for best offseason (so far) to face the NFC finalist.




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2020 Dynasty Offseason/Best Ball Reports and Rankings Are Constantly Adjusting To All The Changes!

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.

The fastest growing success percentage/money earning with FFM scouting/rankings/etc. is in those Best Ball/MFLs – draft a deep roster and forget it until the season begins, and then just watch the results…no lineup settings, no trading. Just pay to compete, out-draft everyone else, and try and cash in on our early/better read on things.

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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