Fantasy Football NFL Free Agency Impact: Quarterbacks

Free agent signings and high-impact trades have changed the landscape for several NFL teams. What kind of impact will those moves have in fantasy football? Josh Larky and Ryan Reynolds explore fantasy-relevant quarterbacks that have changed places or re-signed.


All contract figures are from Ari Meirov’s Free Agent Tracker, and all data comes from our flagship tool, The Edge.

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Fantasy Free Agent QB Impact

Lamar Jackson

Non-Exclusive Franchise Tagged by Ravens

  • Lamar Jackson is a former MVP, who has missed five games in each of the last two years.
  • Since Jackson is a run-reliant fantasy option, the time he missed is somewhat concerning.
  • Jackson’s situation remains in flux as of this writing.
  • If Jackson remains with the Baltimore Ravens, we expect new offensive coordinator Todd Monken to be more pass-happy than former offensive coordinator Greg Roman.
  • When Jackson played last season, he was sixth among quarterbacks in fantasy points per game.
  • Jackson’s ADP is starting to slide in best ball drafts. He’s a fantasy option with a premium ceiling and an uncertain floor since we don’t know where he’ll play this season.

Daniel Jones

Re-Signed With Giants for 4 Years, $160M

  • New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones was fifth among quarterbacks in yards rushing (708) and tied for third in rushing TDs (seven) last season.
  • Jones was ninth among quarterbacks in fantasy points per game last season.
  • The additions of Darren Waller and Parris Campbell are upgrades for Jones’ passing attack.
  • Jones enters his second season in Brian Daboll and Mike Kafka’s offense.
  • We are currently targeting Jones in best ball drafts.

Geno Smith

Re-Signed With Seahawks for 3 Years, $105M

  • Geno Smith won the Comeback Player of the Year award thanks to his shockingly strong play last season.
  • Smith was eighth among quarterbacks in fantasy points per game and eighth among quarterbacks in yards rushing (366) last season.
  • Pairing running back Kenneth Walker with wide receivers DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett gives the Seattle Seahawks a top-10-caliber offense.
  • We want around an 8 percent exposure to Smith in best ball, while we’re targeting him when completing stacks with Metcalf or Lockett.

Derek Carr

Signed With Saints for 4 Years, $150M 

  • Derek Carr was 19th in fantasy points per game last season.
  • Carr’s signing is a positive for the New Orleans Saints pass catchers, but he’s more of a matchups-based streaming option in fantasy.
  • We have Carr ranked a spot or two below consensus in best ball.
  • We’d slightly elevate Carr to complete stacks with Chris Olave or Michael Thomas.

Jimmy Garoppolo

Signed With Raiders for 3 Years, $67.5M

  • Jimmy Garoppolo was 20th in fantasy points per game last year.
  • Keep in mind Garoppolo benefited from high-end playcalling and an elite supporting cast with the San Francisco 49ers.
  • The Las Vegas Raiders‘ below-average offensive line could be problematic for Garoppolo.
  • From a pure football standpoint, Garoppolo is a relatively lateral move from Carr while being a moderate downgrade in fantasy.
  • Consider Garoppolo a matchup-based streaming option in fantasy.
  • We are below consensus on Davante Adams in best ball due to the addition of Garoppolo.

Baker Mayfield

Signed With Buccaneers for 1 Year, $4M

  • There is a strong chance Baker Mayfield beats out Kyle Trask for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ starting job.
  • The dropoff from Tom Brady to Mayfield or Trask is enormous.
  • Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are a top-10 wide receiver duo in the sport, giving Mayfield some spike game potential.
  • Consider Mayfield a high-risk, matchup-based streaming option and a back-of-the-draft dart throw in best ball.


Jacoby Brissett

Signed With Commanders for 1 Year, $8M

  • Jacoby Brissett boosts all of the Washington Commanders‘ pass-catchers, as we expect him to beat out Sam Howell for the starting job.
  • Ron Rivera’s seat is hot, and Brissett is their best chance at squeaking into the playoffs.
  • Brissett’s 7.1 yards per attempt last year tied him with Kirk Cousins and put him slightly ahead of Trevor Lawrence.
  • He’s a nice late-round pick in best ball since he’ll be surrounded by one of the NFL’s better pass-catching groups.

Gardner Minshew quarterback Philadelphia Eagles

Gardner Minshew

Signed With Colts for 1-Year, $3.5M

  • Gardner Minshew reunites with former Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen.
  • The Indianapolis Colts will likely select a quarterback in the draft, making Minshew a bridge quarterback.
  • Minshew threw for 355 yards passing and two scores against Dallas last season, showing some spike game potential.

Andy Dalton

Signed With Panthers for 2-Years, $10M

  • Andy Dalton is a mentor for whichever quarterback the Carolina Panthers select at the top of the draft.
  • If Dalton plays, the Panthers have arguably the worst wide receiver room in the league.

Sam Darnold

Signed With 49ers for 1 year, $4.5M

  • Assuming Brock Purdy misses the start of the season, Sam Darnold could see time if Trey Lance struggles early in the year for the San Francisco 49ers.
  • In that scenario, Darnold will benefit from elite playcalling and one of the league’s best offensive supporting casts.
  • Darnold has been inconsistent to this point in his career, but he had some better moments with Carolina in the last two seasons.

Mike White

Signed With Dolphins for 2 years, $8M

Taylor Heinicke

Signed With Falcons for 2 years, $14M

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