Chris Johnson - CJ leaves the Titans for a chance to regain his elite status with the NY Jets. Assuming Michael Vick (who we discuss below) wins the starting job, and with Decker (also discussed below) as the #1 WR, this could be a dynamic offense. I am not buying CJ as one of my starting RB's, but I'm certainly tempted to grab him as an RB3 or Flex. Let's see what he does in training camp before we see where to put him in our rankings.
Knowshon Moreno - After a huge season with the Broncos, Moreno heads to South Beach to join the Miami Dolphins. It's actually a move that I like. Remember all the hype surrounding Lamar Miller's big year when we were entering drafts last year?? All of the fantasy guru's were hyping him up. Well, 700 rushing yards and 2 measly TD's later... yeah. So back to Moreno, he finished with 1000+ rushing yards and 10 TD's. That pretty impressive, but add to that the 60 catches for 500 more yards, and 3 additional TD's, and you've got a pretty attractive RB, especially in PPR leagues. For me he's looking like a solid RB2 option. But this move also affects the Broncos RB situation, obviously, and it clearly boosts the value of Montee Ball. Ball should also be a nice RB2 option in 2014, now that he should get the bulk of the workload.
Eric Decker - Decker leaves the Denver Broncos and joins the lowly NY Jets. I wasn't a big proponent of Decker in 2013, simply because there were so many mouths to feed in Denver. I like this move for all of the Denver pass catchers (Welker and both Thomas'), first and foremost. And while Decker may be the starting WR for the Jets, I don't like him as anything more than a WR3 or WR4 in fantasy. It's less to do with him than it is with him being on the Jets. Sure, he had a stellar 2013 with 87 receptions for 1288 yards and 11 TD's, but don't assume he'll be able to come close to those stats in NY. If he reaches 1000 yards and 6 TD's, I'll be stunned. And don't forget, his value will be tied to whatever happens this year with their QB situation (Michael Vick vs. Geno Smith).
Maurice Jones-Drew - MJD heads to the Raiders, joining the always disappointing Darren McFadden. I won't recommend anyone to dive into the muddy waters here in Oakland. Who knows what that offense is going to look like. I would consider taking a flier on MJD as an RB4, I suppose, but I wouldn't get my hopes up.
DeSean Jackson - DeSean stays in the NFC East, as he leaves Philly and heads down I95 to join the Washington Redskins. Make no mistake, he won't come close to hitting his 2013 productions (82 reception, 1332 yards, 9TD's). Garcon is still the WR to target in fantasy drafts, even more so now that DeSean will draw some of the coverage. I like DeSean this year ONLY as a WR3/Flex. But what this move also does, is make Jeremy Maclin an interesting option as a high-risk/high-reward WR2. Because as of now, Maclin is top-dog in a very high-powered offense. But that's not all. Bump up Sproles in your cheatsheets, especially for you guys and gals in PPR leagues. I can see Sproles being spread out wide and also in the slot quite a bit.
LeGarrette Blount - after a pretty impressive finish to the year with the Patriots, Blount heads to the Steelers. The expectation is that Bell will be the lead RB, so Blount's value probably will be as a handcuff to Bell. You would think that a guy who rushed for 166 yards and 4 TD's in the week 19 playoff game vs Indy would be a viable fantasy option heading into the 2014 season, but barring injury, he likely won't have much value.
Michael Vick - We thought he'd be a monster in Chip Kelly's offense last year with the Eagles, but that didn't exactly pan out. Now he heads to the Jets, and obviously it's doubtful that he'll be able to be a fantasy worthy QB this year. Will he win the starting job? Probably. But there are plenty of good QB1 option out there, so at best, this might be somebody to keep an eye on as a QB2 with high upside, should he manage to catch lightning in a bottle somehow.
Matt Schaub - Remember one thing, Schaub couldn't keep his job in Houston. Will he start with the Raiders? We don't know yet, and we won't know for a while. They added James Jones and MJD, so in theory, this offense could have some success. But again, it'll be a while before we know what this offense is going to look like. For now, assuming Schaub DID win the starting job, he's still only a QB2 in fantasy.
Lance Moore - more had some productive days in New Orleans, but was never really a reliable fantasy option. He might be worth a WR5 flier with the Steelers, if he ends up as the #2 guy behind Antonio Brown. But it's expected that Markus Wheaton will make strides in 2014, and will be the #2 guy, while Moore is #3 on the depth chart.
Andrew Hawkins - Hawkins was never given a proper opportunity to shine with the Bengals, and he will likely get it with the Browns. He joins Superstar Josh Gordon and breakout TE Jordon Cameron. Depending on where they go at the QB position, Hawkins may just develop into a WR4. At this point, I have him as a WR6 to keep your eye on.
James Jones - Jones could be a guy to watch, as he joins the lowly Raiders. The hope is that he becomes a WR3, but until we know what that offense looks like, he's to be drafted as a WR5. That's a big drop in value, compared to where he was heading into 2013 fantasy drafts.
Brandon LaFell - LaFell never did blossom with the Panthers, and we'll have to see where he lands on the Patriots' depth chart. I am not optimistic, at best he might be somebody to target as a late round flier. The Patriots you want to draft begin with Edelman, and then flip a coin on Amendola, Dobson, and Thompkins. After that, there's LaFell. He has his work cut out for him, but if Dobson and Thompkins continue to be up-and-down like they were in 2013, LaFell may be the #2 or #3 guy. But I highly doubt he'll be able to pull it off.
Emmanuel Sanders - Anybody catching passed from Manning is worth drafting! Joining the Broncos has definitely boosted Sanders' stock. He should fill the void left by Decker, and if he comes close to reqching the same level of production, he'll be a viable WR3/Flex option.
Ben Tate - he leaves the shadow of Arian Foster and heads to the Browns as their likely starting RB. Can he seize the moment and shine? I think he could be a viable RB2, to be honest. But I can't possibly draft him as such. I am grabbing him if he's there when I'm aiming for my RB3, because ideally I am only looking to own 1 Brown in 2014, and that's the 2nd best WR in all of fantasy football, the one and only Josh Gordon!
Hakeem Nicks - Nicks was a huge disappointment in 2013. NO TOUCHDOWNS. ZERO! Can he regain his former glory with Andrew Luck and the Colts? By former glory, I mean 2010 and 2011, when he had a combined 2,250 yards and 18 TD's. He's still only 26 years old. If he's healthy, he could be very productive there in Indy. It depends if Wayne is back to full strength, right? Hilton is obviously a good option as a low-end WR2, so Wayne and Nicks for me are basically borderline WR4's. I'd feel more comfortable rolling the disce with Nicks as a WR5.
Steve Smith - Hard to believe this guy is still in the league. He leaves the Panthers to join the Ravens, and I kind of like where he landed. Torrey Smith is still the guy to target, again he's in the WR2/WR3 territory, but Steve Smith is right there in the WR3/WR4 range. I mean, they didn't have anybody else to throw to in 2013, with Pitta injured for the majority of the year. Steve Smith could easily grab 60 catches for 800 yards and 6 TD's, and I think he exceeds that estimate. But make no mistake, I'm only taking him at a VALUE pick, there are a ton of guys with higher upside that I'm looking at when I go to grab a WR3/WR4, so ideally I am taking him as my WR5.
Golden Tate - Tate was one of those guys you never wanted to start unless it was for a bye week. Well that may change with the Lions. We've been waiting for somebody to take advantage of the fact that Calvin Johnson is always double covered, and Tate is in position to be that guy. He managed to hit 900 yards and 5 TD's in Seattle's run-heavy offense, so you have to assume he's in line to at least match those totals. I think he may eat into Reggie Bush's production receiving-wise, so if there's a negative for any Lion, it's probably Reggie. But for sure, this move boosts my love for Stafford in 2014. I'm one of those guys who's passing on the Manning/Brees/Rodgers train, I'm grabbing 1 top-tier RB and 2 top-tier WR's in the first 3 rounds, and grabbing my Stafford later on down the line.
Toby Gerhart - Gerhart never became anything behind AP, but he showed promise at times when AP was injured. With the Jaguars, he has a good chance of getting 25-30 carries per game. With that, there becomes an inevitable chance to score TD's and to produce fantasy points. Now, this feels a lot like last year when we thought Lamar Miller was poised to have a big year in Miami. That failed miserably. So it's one of those "roll the dice" situations. Remember the Rams RB situation as we headed into the 2013 fantasy draft? Pead or Richardson, that's what we were being sold by fantasy guru's. Well, as it turned out, it was Zac Stacy. So we can have visions of Gerhart being "the guy" in Jacksonville, but when it comes down to it, you never know!
Rashad Jennings - Jennings had a nice year in Oakland, he was a nice RB2 option for 2nd half of the 2013 season. With the Giants, he seems like a solid bet to carry the load. Wilson is coming off a major injury, and Hillis is just a change-of-pace kind of guy at this stage of his career. Jennings is a bit older, at 29 years old, but, he doesn't have a lot of wear and tear on the tires, as this is only his 5th year in the league. I am high on Jennings as an RB3 with RB2 potential for 2014.
Brandon Myers - Myers had a nice 2012 season with Oakland, nabbing 4 TD's and 800 yards, so we thought for sure that his move to the Giants in 2013 would increase his productions. After all, we had just watched Martellus Bennett post solid numbers with the Giants in 2013, and Myers seemed to be a more talented TE. Well, it didn't pan out, as Myers only hit about 500 yards with the Giants. With the Bucs, can he produce? Doubtful, simply because there just hasn't been a productive Buc TE in recent years. If anything, he may be worth a flier as a TE2.
Donald Brown - Brown finished the season strong with the Colts, and looked very solid in the playoffs. But now he joins the Chargers, where Mathews seems to have shed the disappointment that was the 2012 season, and finally kicked into high gear. And with Woodhead still in the mix, Brown figures to be nothing more than a change-of-pace guy, so he fall off the collective fantasy radars, unless we see a significant injury to Mathews.