Fantasy: Looking ahead to 2012 Free Agency

| December 16, 2011

When it comes to Fantasy Football, particularly in Dynasty formats, half of the fun (and battle) is figuring out where players will land during the off-season.

Will your star wide receiver and impending unrestricted free agent land in a pass-heavy offense with a superstar quarterback? Could that talented back-up tailback you’ve been hanging onto for two years finally sign with a team that will give him a regular workload? Is that talented pass-catching tight end that has been sitting behind a superstar at his position finally get his break?

For Dwayne Bowe, Michael Bush, and Martellus Bennett owners, those are some very important questions.

Today, I won’t be doing any analysis, but I’ll simply be previewing the upcoming free agents at Fantasy Football-relevant positions (and fullback. Burn!).

Some notes:

  • Although I do my due diligence, this won’t be perfect. I don’t have contract info on 100% of the players at these positions, but I do for most of them and definitely for the relevant to semi-relevant players. If you see something that appears to be off, let me know and I’ll investigate.
  • Key: UFA means Unrestricted Free Agent (can sign with any team). RFA means Restricted Free Agent (current team has first shot at the player). ERFA means Exclusive Right Free Agent (As long as the current team picks up the player’s salary, they will stick around).
  • Players are sorted in three ways: (1) By Position, (2) By Free Agency Type, which is explained in the point above, and (3) by a ‘ranking’, if you will. Obviously, Drew Brees has the most appeal among UFA quarterbacks, but the rest are debatable. They’re simply ranked as close to the appeal of NFL teams as possible, but – for the love of the McCown brothers – please don’t take them as in stone and trash everything in the comments section.
  • With only about a half-dozen exceptions, I included only players currently rostered. I did throw in a few players who were cut earlier this year (eg. McNabb, Berrian) and who weren’t rostered this season (Pennington, Owens).
  • Finally, thanks to Rotoworld.com (most notably Evan Silva, who does the dirty work), for their fine contract database. It certainly helped fill most of the gaps I had.

UPDATE – Down at the bottom of the page, you’ll now see a ‘Need Chart’. This ranks each team by position to show you which teams have the biggest (and smallest) need at each of the four main positions.

Quarterback Halfback Wide Receiver
Rk Player Tm Type Rk Player Tm Type Rk Player Tm Type
1 Drew Brees NO UFA 1 Ray Rice BLT UFA 1 Vincent Jackson SD UFA
2 Matt Flynn GB UFA 2 Matt Forte CHI UFA 2 Wes Welker NE UFA
3 Josh Johnson TB UFA 3 Marshawn Lynch SEA UFA 3 Dwayne Bowe KC UFA
4 Alex D. Smith SF UFA 4 Michael Bush OAK UFA 4 Marques Colston NO UFA
5 Kyle Orton KC UFA 5 Peyton Hillis CLV UFA 5 Steve Johnson BUF UFA
6 David Garrard N/A UFA 6 Cedric Benson CIN UFA 6 Brandon Lloyd STL UFA
7 Jason Campbell OAK UFA 7 Tim Hightower WAS UFA 7 Pierre Garcon IND UFA
8 Dennis Dixon PIT UFA 8 Mike Tolbert SD UFA 8 DeSean Jackson PHI UFA
9 Drew Stanton DET UFA 9 Kevin Smith DET UFA 9 Reggie Wayne IND UFA
10 Chad Henne MIA UFA 10 Jason Snelling ATL UFA 10 Robert Meachem NO UFA
11 Donovan McNabb N/A UFA 11 BenJarvus Green-Ellis NE UFA 11 Mario Manningham NYG UFA
12 Shaun Hill DET UFA 12 Ryan Grant GB UFA 12 Laurent Robinson DAL UFA
13 Rex Grossman WAS UFA 13 Justin Forsett SEA UFA 13 Plaxico Burress NYJ UFA
14 Vince Young PHI UFA 14 Earnest Graham TB UFA 14 Terrell Owens N/A UFA
15 Chad Pennington N/A UFA 15 Derrick Ward HOU UFA 15 Danny Amendola STL UFA
16 Josh McCown CHI UFA 16 LaDainian Tomlinson NYJ UFA 16 Josh Morgan SF UFA
17 Chris Redman ATL UFA 17 Cadillac Williams STL UFA 17 Steve Smith PHI UFA
18 Dan Orlovsky IND UFA 18 Maurice Morris DET UFA 18 Mark Clayton STL UFA
19 Brady Quinn DEN UFA 19 Ronnie Brown PHI UFA 19 Jerome Simpson CIN UFA
20 Charlie Whitehurst SEA UFA 20 Tashard Choice BUF UFA 20 Eddie Royal DEN UFA
21 Sage Rosenfels MIN UFA 21 Mewelde Moore PIT UFA 21 Braylon Edwards SF UFA
22 Charlie Batch PIT UFA 22 Ryan Torain WAS UFA 22 Mike Sims-Walker N/A UFA
23 Byron Leftwich PIT UFA 23 Jerome Harrison DET UFA 23 Roy E. Williams CHI UFA
24 David Carr NYG UFA 24 Jackie Battle KC UFA 24 Harry Douglas ATL UFA
25 Kellen Clemens STL UFA 25 Thomas Jones KC UFA 25 Roscoe Parrish BUF UFA
26 Luke McCown JAX UFA 26 Chester Taylor ARZ UFA 26 Early Doucet ARZ UFA
27 Derek Anderson CAR UFA 27 Steve Slaton MIA UFA 27 Jerricho Cotchery PIT UFA
28 Caleb Hanie CHI UFA 28 Rock Cartwright OAK UFA 28 Deion Branch NE UFA
29 Jake Delhomme HOU UFA 29 Kevin Faulk NE UFA 29 Devin Aromashodu MIN UFA
30 Kyle Boller OAK UFA 30 Jerious Norwood STL UFA 30 Ted Ginn SF UFA
31 Mark Brunell NYJ UFA 31 Lorenzo Booker MIN UFA 31 Chaz Schilens OAK UFA
32 A.J. Feeley STL UFA 32 Sammy Morris DAL UFA 32 Anthony Gonzalez IND UFA
33 Jeff Garcia HOU UFA 33 Matt Lawrence BLT UFA 33 Lavelle Hawkins TEN UFA
34 Kevin O’Connell NYJ UFA 34 Harvey Unga CHI UFA 34 Domenik Hixon NYG UFA
35 JP Losman MIA UFA 35 Donte’ Stallworth WAS UFA
36 Tyler Palko KC UFA 1 Arian Foster HOU RFA 36 Andre Caldwell CIN UFA
37 Tom Brandstater STL UFA 2 Kahlil Bell CHI RFA 37 Donnie Avery TEN UFA
3 LaRod Stephens-Howling ARZ RFA 38 Patrick Crayton SD UFA
1 Brian Hoyer NE RFA 4 Lex Hilliard MIA RFA 39 Legedu Naanee CAR UFA
2 Chase Daniel NO RFA 5 Kregg Lumpkin TB RFA 40 Greg Camarillo MIN UFA
3 Richard Bartel ARZ RFA 6 Cedric Peerman CIN RFA 41 Derek Hagan BUF UFA
7 Stefan Logan DET RFA 42 T.J. Houshmandzadeh OAK UFA
1 Max Hall ARZ ERFA 43 Bryant Johnson HOU UFA
2 Chris Greisen DAL ERFA 1 LeGarrette Blount TB ERFA 44 Bernard Berrian N/A UFA
2 Isaac Redman PIT ERFA 45 Eric Weems ATL UFA
3 Lance Ball DEN ERFA 46 Jerheme Urban KC UFA
Tight End 4 Antone Smith ATL ERFA 47 Rashied Davis DET UFA
Rk Player Team Type 5 Chauncey Washington DAL ERFA 48 Maurice Stovall DET UFA
1 Jermichael Finley GB UFA 49 Jason Hill JAX UFA
2 Fred Davis WAS UFA 50 Michael Clayton NYG UFA
3 Jeremy Shockey CAR UFA Fullback 51 Michael Spurlock TB UFA
4 Jacob Tamme IND UFA Rk Player Team Type 52 Brett Swain SF UFA
5 Joel Dreessen HOU UFA 1 Ahmard Hall TEN UFA 53 David Anderson WAS UFA
6 Martellus Bennett DAL UFA 2 Jacob Hester SD UFA 54 Devin Thomas NYG UFA
7 John Carlson SEA UFA 3 Le’Ron McClain KC UFA 55 Malcom Kelly WAS UFA
8 Visanthe Shiancoe MIN UFA 4 Moran Norris SF UFA 56 Courtney Roby NO UFA
9 Scott Chandler BUF UFA 5 Michael Robinson SEA UFA 57 Matt Slater NE UFA
10 Kellen Davis CHI UFA 6 David Johnson PIT UFA 58 Ruvell Martin BUF UFA
11 Randy McMichael SD UFA 7 Jerome Felton IND UFA
12 Daniel Fells DEN UFA 8 Owen Schmitt PHI UFA 1 Mike Wallace PIT RFA
13 Billy Bajema STL UFA 9 Spencer Larsen DEN UFA 2 Adrian Arrington NO RFA
14 Bo Scaife CIN UFA 10 Leonard Weaver PHI UFA 3 Patrick Turner NYJ RFA
15 Alex Smith CLV UFA 11 Mike Cox ATL UFA 4 Kevin Ogletree DAL RFA
16 Dante Rosario DEN UFA
17 Matthew Mulligan NYJ UFA 1 Marcel Reece OAK RFA 1 Preston Parker TB ERFA
18 Leonard Pope KC UFA 2 Brock Bolen JAX RFA 2 Jordan Norwood CLV ERFA
19 Justin Peelle SF UFA 3 Tony Fiammetta DAL RFA 3 Seyi Ajirotutu CAR ERFA
20 Anthony Becht KC UFA 4 Chris Pressley CIN RFA 4 Jesse Holley DAL ERFA
21 Donald Lee CIN UFA 5 Brit Miller STL RFA 5 Stephen Williams ARZ ERFA
22 Kris Wilson BLT UFA 6 Dominique Curry STL ERFA
23 Stephen Spach STL UFA 1 Richie Brockel CAR ERFA
24 Reggie Kelly ATL UFA
25 Richard Quinn WAS UFA
26 Clark Harris CIN UFA Kicker
27 Tory Humphrey NO UFA Rk Player Team Type
1 Neil Rackers HOU UFA
1 Bear Pascoe NYG RFA 2 Matt Prater DEN UFA
2 Zach Potter JAX RFA 3 Nick Folk NYJ UFA
3 Jake O’Connell KC RFA 4 Mike Nugent CIN UFA
4 Kory Sperry SD RFA 5 Rian Lindell BUF UFA
6 Josh Scobee JAX UFA
1 Jake Ballard NYG ERFA 7 Phil Dawson CLV UFA
2 Michael Palmer ATL ERFA 8 Jay Feely ARZ UFA
3 Jeron Mastrud MIA ERFA 9 Connor Barth TB UFA
4 Martin Rucker JAX ERFA 10 Steve Hauschka SEA UFA
5 Anthony Hill IND ERFA 11 John Kasay NO UFA
12 Shayne Graham BLT UFA
13 Dave Rayner BUF UFA
1 Graham Gano WAS RFA

Need Chart

1 = Major Need … 32 = Low Need

Rk QB HB WR TE
1 WAS CIN JAX NYG
2 CLV SL MIN CHI
3 JAX TB SL MIA
4 SEA CLV SF PIT
5 DEN SEA CHI CIN
6 OAK BLT CLV SD
7 PHI DEN NE CAR
8 MIN CHI SD MIN
9 MIA MIN NYJ BUF
10 ARZ GB CIN KC
11 KC PHI CAR NYJ
12 PIT KC HST IND
13 NYG NYJ IND DAL
14 SL NYG TB NO
15 NYJ PIT MIA ATL
16 BUF JAX BLT WAS
17 DAL SD DEN HST
18 CHI DET BUF SL
19 ATL ARZ ARZ JAX
20 DET ATL NYG SF
21 CAR MIA NO PHI
22 TB DAL ATL OAK
23 IND WAS DAL SEA
24 GB TEN OAK TB
25 NO BUF PHI TEN
26 SF NE WAS DEN
27 BLT IND TEN ARZ
28 CIN SF KC DET
29 SD OAK SEA BLT
30 TEN HST DET CLV
31 HST CAR PIT GB
32 NE NO GB NE

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