Top 5 Big Fantasy Football Faces in New Places - Wide Receivers

By Carl Tempesta
Carl Tempesta

Wide Receivers have been pretty active this year in NFL free agency.  Although there hasn’t been any big name transitions, we have seen some solid players move from one team to another. In season long fantasy football, these newly signed receivers may emerge as fantasy starters and are worth a second look.

1. Travis Benjamin – Browns to Chargers
When asked if it was hard to leave the Cleveland Browns, Benjamin responded “not at all”.  Benjamin finished in the top 30 among wide receivers in standard scoring fantasy football leagues last season. His starting quarterbacks were Johnny Manziel, Josh McCown, Connor Shaw, and Austin Davis. He now has Phillip Rivers. With defenses focusing heavily on Keenan Allen and Antonio Gates, look for Travis Benjamin to breakout in fantasy football this season.  He should be drafted in most leagues, regardless of format and size.

2. Chris Hogan – Bills to Patriots
It is hard to keep the only free agent wide receiver that signed with the New England Patriots off this list. Hogan finished the 2015 season with only 36 receptions for 450 yards and two touchdowns. At 6’1”, the 220 pounder is not only the tallest wide receiver on the Patriots, but also the biggest. If Hogan can surpass Danny Amendola and Keshawn Martin, he will be worth a late round draft pick in all formats.

3. Marvin Jones – Bengals to Lions
Many believe Jones to be the best wide receiver in free agency this year. He signed a massive 5 year/40 million dollar contract with the Detroit Lions.  In 2015, he finished the season with 65 receptions for 816 yards and four touchdowns. With Calvin Johnson gone, Golden Tate becomes the top wide receiver, making Jones the second. The Lions do not have a solid running game, so expect Matthew Stafford to pass as much this season as they did last season. There is fantasy upside with Jones, but there’s a chance he will be the same player we’ve seen the last two seasons.

4. Rishard Matthews – Dolphins to Titans
Matthews is a player we saw in many ‘fantasy football sleeper’ articles last season. He had a couple good games, but suffered a season ending rib injury in week 12. Along with Matthews, the Titans also signed Demarco Murray, which should help the passing game significantly. Matthews joins Kendall Wright, Dorial Green-Beckham, Justin Hunter, Harry Douglas, and Dexter McCluster. Unless there is a significant injury, I see Rishard Matthews having a very similar role in Tennessee as he did in Miami.

5. Mohamed Sanu – Bengals to Falcons
Sanu has been in fantasy football sleeper territory for a while now. However, he may have found a better fit in Atlanta. Sanu finished last season with only 33 receptions for 394 yards. He also had 10 attempts rushing the ball, which resulted in 71 yards and two touchdowns. With defenses focusing heavily on Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman, Sanu may get enough looks to make a fantasy impact. It looks like he will be filling Roddy White’s role on the Falcons this season.  The question is, will he be the Roddy White of 2015 or 2014.

Other notable free agents at the wide receiver position include: James Jones, Andre Johnson, Anquan Boldin, Greg Jennings, Roddy White, and Mike Wallace.