With free agency just around the corner I’ll be highlighting
some of the biggest names available at each skill position. I’ll
match each player with a team that I think would be a best-case
scenario for his fantasy value in 2019. Up next are the Wide Receivers.
After spending time with the Lions and
Eagles in 2018, Golden Tate finds himself on the market in
really likes him, but the veteran receiver hasn’t hauled in 70
catches or more since 2015. Cobb had a relatively quiet end to
his days in Green Bay but is still only 28 years old and should
be headed for a lucrative free agent market. Unfortunately, much
of his career has been plagued by injuries that have taken a toll
on what many considered to be elite catching and playmaking ability.
Cobb’s apex came in 2014, when he caught 91-1287-12, a season
which featured five games of 100+ yards. It’ll be hard to replicate
that type of greatness, but even his 2017 numbers (80-954-8) show
he can get it done when healthy.
Best fit: Cowboys
The Cowboys have Amari
Cooper, who’s still relatively young, and could use another
flexible WR with some experience as a go-to, possession target.
Gallup developing into a viable deep threat and few exciting
options besides Beasley (who could be out the door) to operate
out of the slot, Cobb makes a lot of sense heading into the 2019
Other possibilities: Ravens, Lions, 49ers, Redskins
A truly talented WR and red zone target, Moncrief is coveted
by fantasy owners for his ability to find the end zone. His debut
season in Jacksonville was a bit of a washout, with just 48-668-3,
but the Jags offense was never the right fit for the Mississippi
product. He was a consistent scoring threat throughout his Colts
tenure and could get right back to the 6-8 TD range on the right
Best fit: Ravens
is just 22 and still has a lot learn about running a full-fledged
passing attack, but having a red zone weapon like Moncrief could
make him a truly fearsome weapon inside the 20. While Jackson
develops, the Ravens receivers will continue to run simple isolation
routes, which forces them to win one-on-one battles – where Moncrief
There’s a particular skill set here with Brown, and it
involves shifty moves and game-changing TDs. Brown’s season
in Baltimore had some awesome highlights early on, but he wasn’t
the right fit with Jackson after Joe Flacco lost the job to injuries
and ineffectiveness. He had three touchdowns in the first four
games and boasted a 34-601-4 line after nine weeks but caught
just eight passes the rest of the season with Jackson at the helm.
He’s still a reliable and exciting playmaker, and he’s
healthy – so he could provide decent value for a team in
need of his services. Best fit: Broncos
Since he played so well alongside Flacco, it makes sense that
he’d make the trip to Denver alongside Joe, doesn’t it? He won’t
cost an arm and a leg (about $6 million per year?), and while
there are a bunch of teams who could be in play for such a young,
effective deep threat – for instance, he’s familiar with
the Bruce Arians playbook and could be a cheaper alternative to
– the Broncos are the best fit.
Other possibilities: Bucs, Packers, Redskins, Colts
It’ll be interesting to see what the price on Tate will
be, considering his stellar career thus far and his slowly creeping
age – 31. Plenty of WRs have been productive for several
years after turning 30, but I suspect the competition won’t
be fierce for Tate, given the recency bias of his mediocre 2018.
Tate hauled in 90+ receptions in four straight seasons before
breaking the streak last year, dipping to 74-795-4 in 15 games.
Best fit: 49ers
Tate doesn’t have the top-end athleticism of a Demaryius Thomas (a free agent this season but coming off a devastating
Achilles tear) or Donte Moncrief (above), but he fits what Kyle
Shanahan expects from wide receivers, including some after-the-catch
elusiveness and high football IQ. He could end up back with the
Lions or even in Dallas, but the 49ers have money to spend and
Tate could be a solid addition for Jimmy Garoppolo (torn ACL),
who’s expected to be back for the start of the 2019 season.
Other possibilities: Cowboys, Lions, Redskins, Titans
Humphries, a reliable, sure-handed target who went undrafted
out of Clemson a few years back, is coming of an impressive season
for the Bucs where he caught 76-816-5 and saw 105 targets. The
Bucs may spend the money and bring him back, but he will definitely
get a lucrative offer from a contending team. There’s probably
not a coordinator who wouldn’t be interested in what Humphries
offers in terms of a possession/red zone combo, but there’s
one team that has made a habit of turning guys like him into stars.
Best fit: Patriots
Humphries fits nearly perfectly into the Pats scheme and he could
be an upgrade over Chris Hogan, who’s headed to free agency
after a lackluster, injury-plagued season. He’s in his prime
and doesn’t have too much wear, considering he saw limited
snaps his first couple seasons. Last year’s 72.38% catch
rate is just what Belichick is looking for from his receivers,
and we saw in the playoffs and Super Bowl that Tom Brady can still
put it right on the numbers when he needs to.