Looking ahead at 2018 free agency for fantasy

Dynasty players should be looking down the road for what could change in next year's free agency. George Kritikos looks at the outlook.

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(Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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Looking ahead at 2018 free agency for fantasy


Based on the title, this article could be seen as premature. But for dynasty owners, they understand that forethought is essential to stay ahead of the competition. That doesn’t mean just staying active, but to search for player opportunities within an NFL offense. Injuries, suspensions, and even poor play are not predictable. Free agency, on the other hand, is something we can examine early with a higher level of accuracy.

NFL teams are already planning for next year’s free agency. Let’s do the same.

Quarterback

This is a marquee class of quarterbacks who will/could enter into unrestricted free agency after the season. Most are not likely going to change teams, but expect a few opportunities available based upon 2017 play and available market dollars. Here is an abbreviated list of key players:

Name Age 2017 Team 2017 Salary (in MMs)
Drew Brees 38 NO $24.3
Kirk Cousins 28 WAS $23.9
Sam Bradford 29 MIN $18.0
Matt Stafford 29 DET $17.7
Josh McCown 37 NYJ $6.0
Teddy Bridgewater 25 MIN $1.7
Derek Carr 26 OAK $1.3
Jimmy Garoppolo 25 NE $0.9

Within this group, Brees, Stafford, and Carr will all be safe and should see contract extensions assuming none of them look to retire. Cousins should be on that list, but Washington seems content to let things ride out a little longer. The remaining players are where we could see a few speculative additions, especially in superflex and two-quarterback leagues.

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George Kritikos is new to the PFF Fantasy team for 2017. He has a professional background in analytics and has focused his writing on the dynasty format and player analysis since 2013.

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