The 2021 NFL Season has come to an end and the upcoming offseason looms. All 32 franchises are preparing for the major events stemming over the course of the next few months, which include the scouting combine, free agency, and the NFL Draft.
As we know, free agency is a major component to team building with rosters frequently changing. Landing spots determine how we view, rank, and value players in the fantasy football landscape. As the beginning of free agency looms, teams will release veterans for salary cap purposes and others will be re-signed and franchise tagged.
Listed below is every major quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, and offensive lineman. As free agency approaches, we'll update landing spots for all players and add significant cap casualties to the list.
Shoutout to OverTheCap.com for the financial information. Everything is sourced from OTC.
The quarterback position is alarmingly underwhelming. There may not even be a single starter from this list, though Marcus Mariota, Teddy Bridgewater, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Jameis Winston should have the best chance to potentially return surplus value.
Running back certainly has more intriguing options, with veteran Melvin Gordon as the headliner at the position. Ironically, his departure from Denver might be fantasy players' biggest dream being realized.
There are quality players listed in this pool, ranging in roles, age, and even price. Leonard Fournette, Raheem Mostert, Rashaad Penny, James Conner, and Chase Edmonds are some of the more intriguing names.
The crown jewel of this free agency class lands at the receiver position. Wide receiver is absolutely loaded with talent — from the elite tier all the way down to role players. Both Davante Adams and Chris Godwin are expected to receive the franchise tag and never reach the market, but there are still plenty of great options at the position — none better than Allen Robinson.
Two more intriguing names to watch that could be one the move are Mike Williams and Cedrick Wilson Jr. Williams is coming off a career season and is slated to receive a major payday and potentially a No. 1 WR role. Wilson, on the other hand, has been a backup to a tremendous group in Dallas but found his way onto the field by way of injury this past season and shined with his opportunities. He should see a much bigger role wherever he lands in 2022.
Notably, the tight end position has had some elite talent in fantasy leagues but has been notoriously thin otherwise. There are a handful of players to watch at tight end — Rob Gronkowski could be on the move with Tom Brady "retired" and Dalton Schultz has developed into one of the more underrated players at the position.
The highly athletic and exciting 2017 tight end class that includes Evan Engram, David Njoku, O.J. Howard, and Gerald Everett are all slated to reach the market, too.
Offensive lineman don't directly impact fantasy football scores, but as we know, everything begins in the trenches in football and that's why we're following the biggest additions and losses up front. There are teams — like the Cincinnati Bengals — that could certainly use upgrades nearly across the board. The "hog mollies" are capable of impacting per-touch efficiency and production for both the passing and rushing game.
The most notable offensive lineman and the players with the most snaps logged are listed in this pool. The biggest names include LT Terron Armstead, RG Brandon Scherff, and C Ryan Jensen.