With the Super Bowl now firmly in the rearview mirror, we turn our attention to the 2020 offseason. Free agency can often be fool’s gold as veteran players who succeeded in a certain scheme sign with new teams as older, much richer and in a new scheme. But there are players good enough to succeed in all systems. Here are my top-10 unrestricted free agents from a fantasy perspective and where they’d fit best:
1. Amari Cooper, WR, CowboysDealt with a foot issue for much of 2019 season, but still played in all 16 games and had arguably the best year of his career. In 25 games with Dak Prescott, Amari is averaging 5.3 catches for 76.5 yards and 0.56 TDs. One of the game’s premier route-runners and lid-lifters, Cooper won’t turn 26 until June.
Cowboys – Clear rapport with Dak Prescott, can’t be certain Michael Gallup is a WR1.
Cardinals – Can’t run a 4-WR base with one plus WR (Christian Kirk). Kyler Murray needs help.
Eagles – Embarrassingly poor WR play last season, an upgrade is a massive priority.
2. Dak Prescott, QB, CowboysTook a big leap forward in 2019, going from game-manager to difference-maker. Dak set career-highs in passing yards (4,902), yards per attempt (8.2) and touchdown passes (30). He also had a strong 1.8% interception rate and was fourth-best in the league in sack rate. Could argue Dak is entering his prime at age 26.
Cowboys – Would be criminal for the Cowboys to allow Dak to walk after they wasted $90M on Ezekiel Elliott. If Dak hits the open market, almost every team without a franchise QB will come calling.
3. Hunter Henry, TE, ChargersLooked completely recovered from the 2018 ACL tear in 2019. Played in 12 games, recording a 55-652-5 line despite the presence of Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Austin Ekeler and Melvin Gordon. Won’t turn 26 years old until December. Was third among all tight ends in yards per route run in 2017 and seventh in 2016. A true “move” tight end.
Patriots – Assuming Tom Brady is back, he desperately needs inside receivers who can win 1-on-1 matchups.
Chargers – Regardless of whether it’s Tyrod Taylor or someone from outside the organization at QB, letting go of a homegrown talent like Henry would be a mistake.
Packers – Green Bay rarely spends big in free agency, but they need another option behind Davante Adams. Jimmy Graham is no longer viable at age 33.
4. Robby Anderson, WR, JetsHas been buried under poor quarterback play and egregious coaching over the last two seasons. But Anderson remains an ideal player in today’s NFL, in the mold of Will Fuller. Elite speed at plus size with an ability to run intermediate routes, as well. Has averaged at least 14.0 yards per reception in all four NFL seasons.
Packers – Speed is an ideal complement to Davante Adams.
Broncos – We know Courtland Sutton is an alpha WR, Anderson would fit well as a 1A.
Eagles – Team speed on offense was a glaring problem last season.
5. Derrick Henry, RB, TitansIt was a D-Hember to remember once again last season as Henry went berserk over the final two months of the season again. Led NFL in rushing yards. Difficult spend in free agency however as Henry’s pass-game limitations have been identified by multiple coaching staffs. Henry will only be worth his salary if a team commits to feeding him 20-25 times per game, which is inherently a negative-EV strategy.
Titans: Given the current QB situation, Titans have proven they can at least compete with Henry as the focal point.
Redskins: Derrius Guice can’t get healthy and Adrian Peterson turns 35 in March. Skins are dumb enough to break the bank on Henry.
Texans: If Texans are going to insist on not using Duke Johnson and ramming Carlos Hyde into the line, they could at least get an upgrade in Henry.
— Breshad Perriman, WR, Bucs
— Austin Hooper, TE, Falcons
— Melvin Gordon, RB, Chargers
— Kenyan Drake, RB, Cardinals
— AJ Green, WR, Bengals