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Michael Fabiano's 2020 fantasy free agents


The Kansas City Chiefs are your Super Bowl LIV champions! So, with the end of one NFL season starts what could be one of the most fascinating offseasons ever with the large number of big-name players who are slated to become free agents. Keep in mind, NFL teams can begin using their franchise and transition tags from Feb. 25 through March 10. Teams can start negotiations with free agents March 16 ahead of the start of free agency on March 18 at 4 p.m. ET. With that in mind, here are the names fantasy fans need to keep tabs on ahead of the start of the free-agent frenzy.

Fabiano's 2020 Top 200 Players

Note: Ages are at the start of the 2020 NFL season.

* -- Unrestricted free agent
** -- Restricted free agent
*** -- Exclusive restricted free agent
+ -- Retired


Dak Prescott* (27): Reports suggest the Cowboys will place their franchise tag on Prescott, who was the QB2 this past season. He'll remain in Big D and be in the mix as a top-five quarterback (again).

Jameis Winston* (26): Winston threw for 5,109 yards, the eighth-most in NFL history in 2019. He also had a league-high 30 interceptions, though, so Winston comes with a lot of risk in fantasy leagues.

Drew Brees* (41): Brees ranked seventh in fantasy points per game (20.4) among quarterbacks in 2019. He'll likely be back with the Saints in 2020 and remain a top-10 fantasy field general.

Ryan Tannehill* (32): Tannehill ranked second in fantasy points per game (22) among quarterbacks over his last 10 games, behind only Lamar Jackson. The Titans might franchise him in 2020.

Tom Brady* (43): Brady finished as the QB12 in 2019. The Raiders and Chargers will be in on him if the Patriots pass, but that's unlikely. Regadless, Brady's days as an elite fantasy quarterback are over.

Philip Rivers* (39): The Chargers might decide to move on from Rivers, who ranked just 17th in fantasy points among quarterbacks this past season. He'll be ranked as a No. 2 fantasy option regardless.

Marcus Mariota* (27): Mariota's time in Tennessee seems to be over, as the Titans will likely either franchise Tannehill or add a free agent like Rivers. Mariota won't have much fantasy value in drafts.

Teddy Bridgewater* (28): The Saints are unlikely to keep Brees, Bridgewater and Taysom Hill this offseason, according to coach Sean Payton. Bridgewater won't be on the fantasy radar in 2020.

Kyle Allen** (24)
Case Keenum* (32)
Jeff Driskel* (27)
Eli Manning*+ (39)
Taysom Hill** (30)
Matt Moore* (36)
Brandon Allen** (28)
Chase Daniel* (34)
Colt McCoy* (34)
Trevor Siemian* (29)
Chad Henne* (35)
Drew Stanton* (36)
Nate Sudfeld* (27)
A.J. McCarron* (30)
Josh McCown* (41)
Mike Glennon* (31)
Brett Hundley* (27)
Blaine Gabbert* (31)
Blake Bortles* (29)
Geno Smith* (30)
Nick Mullens** (25)

Running backs

Derrick Henry* (26): Henry, who led the NFL in rushing yards and was the RB5 this past season, will be looking for a Ezekiel Elliott level contract. He'll be a top-eight overall selection in 2020 drafts.

Austin Ekeler** (25): Ekeler averaged a ridiculous 26.75 fantasy points in four games without Melvin Gordon in 2019. He'll be a 2020 first rounder if Gordon is no longer in the backfield mix.

Melvin Gordon* (27): Gordon seems unlikely to be back with the Chargers, but he'd be a great fantasy fit with the Houston Texans or Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Keep tabs on where he lands in 2020.

Kenyan Drake (26): Drake ranked third in fantasy points among all running backs in Weeks 9-17, which is the time he played for the Cardinals in 2019. He could be a high-end No. 2 back in drafts.

Kareem Hunt*** (25): Hunt could wind up in the first-round fantasy conversation if he lands with a team that makes him a featured runner in 2020. Staying in Clevelend would limit his potential, obviously.

Lamar Miller* (29): Miller is coming off a torn ACL and MCL and is unlikely to be back in Houston. A starting gig will be tough to find for the veteran, who has fallen swiftly in fantasy land.

Carlos Hyde* (29): Hyde ranked 12th in rushing yards among running backs in 2019, but he's no lock to find a starting job (even if he stays in Houston). At this point, Hyde is a RB3/4 at best.

Jordan Howard* (26): Howard "hopes" to be back with the Eagles, but the team is very likely to utilize Miles Sanders as their featured back in 2020. JoHo will be a late rounder in 2020.

Chris Thompson* (30): Thompson has been unable to avoid injuries in recent seasons. He'll need to land in a pass-laden offense to have fantasy appeal. C.T. is a late-rounder at best, for now.

Matt Breida** (25): Breida, who didn't get a single touch in the Super Bowl, would have more fantasy value away from the Niners' crowded backfield. He'll be worth a late rounder in drafts.

Gus Edwards** (25)
Peyton Barber* (26)
DeAndre Washington* (27)
Brian Hill** (25)
Jalen Richard (27) -- signed a 2-year extension with the Las Vegas Raiders
Frank Gore* (37)
Jonathan Williams* (26)
Marshawn Lynch* (34)
LeSean McCoy* (32)
Dontrell Hillard** (25)
Bilal Powell* (32)
Wendell Smallwood* (26)
Kenjon Barner* (31)
Devontae Booker* (28)
Dwayne Washington* (26)
Corey Clement** (26)
Theo Riddick* (29)
Isaiah Crowell* (27)
Ty Montgomery* (27)
Jeff Wilson** (25)
J.D. McKissic** (27)
Darren Sproles*+ (37)

Wide receivers

Amari Cooper* (26): Cooper, who finished as the WR10 in 2019, could be slapped with the transition tag by the Cowboys. He's likely to remain in Big D as the team's No. 1 wide receiver.

A.J. Green* (32): The Bengals could decide to use the franchise tag on Green, but he might be better off on a team like the Patriots for fantasy purposes. The Raiders could take a look, too.

Emmanuel Sanders* (33): Sanders was able to overcome an Achilles injury to produce good totals in 2019. He'll likely be a WR3/4 in 2020 drafts, but the veteran still has something left in the tank.

Robby Anderson* (27): Anderson had a hot finish to the 2019 season, and he could have more fantasy value as a field stretcher outside of the Big Apple next season. Right now, he's a WR3/4 in drafts.

Breshad Perriman* (27): Perriman was a major fantasy asset at the end of last season, but that was only after Mike Evans and Chris Godwin were injured. He won't have a ton of 2020 draft appeal.

Randall Cobb* (30): Cobb had his share of nice stat lines in 2019, but his ceiling is pretty low overall with Cooper and Michael Gallup in the mix. Cobb will be a WR4 type in fantasy drafts.

Allen Lazard** (25): Lazard showed some flashes of potential in Green Bay last season, but the Packers need an upgrade at their No. 2 wideout spot. Lazard will have late-round appeal in 2020.

Larry Fitzgerald (37): Fitzgerald will remain with the Cardinals on a 1-year deal in 2020, but he'll be worth no more than a late rounder in fantasy drafts behind Christian Kirk and Andy Isabella.

Danny Amendola* (35): Reports out of Detroit suggest the Lions will re-sign Amendola in the offseason. He'll be a late rounder in 2020 fantasy drafts, at best, and limited to PPR formats.

Zach Pascal (26) -- signed a 1-year extension with the Indianapolis Colts
Demarcus Robinson* (26)
Phillip Dorsett* (27)
Kendrick Bourne** (25)
Nelson Agholor* (27)
Devin Funchess* (26)
Ted Ginn* (35)
Demaryius Thomas* (33)
Tajae Sharpe* (26)
Keelan Cole** (27)
Geronimo Allison* (26)
Josh Gordon* (29)
Damiere Byrd* (27)
Cody Latimer* (28)
Isaiah McKenzie** (29)
Seth Roberts* (29)
David Moore** (25)
Marcus Johnson** (26)
Pharoh Cooper* (25)
Jaron Brown* (30)
Tavon Austin* (29)
Chester Rodgers* (26)
Justin Hardy* (29)
Tim Patrick** (27)
Laquon Treadwell* (25)
Dontrelle Inman* (31)
Keelan Doss** (24)
Chris Hogan* (32)
Robert Foster** (26)
Jordan Matthews* (28)
Jermaine Kearse* (30)
Corey Coleman* (26)
Rashard Higgins* (26)
Travis Benjamin* (31)

Tight ends

Austin Hooper* (26): Hooper ranked third among tight ends in fantasy points per game (14.7), but he's no lock to remain in Atlanta in 2020. He'd be a hot commodity if the Falcons fail to re-sign him.

Hunter Henry* (26): Henry had career highs in targets, catches and yards despite missing time due to injuries in 2019. He'll be a top-10 tight end in 2020 regardless of where he calls home.

Eric Ebron* (27): Colts GM Chris Ballard said "we'll probably move on" from Ebron this offseason, so he'll have a new home next season. He'll likely be a fantasy TE2 wherever he lands in 2020.

Jason Witten* (38): Witten finished as the TE11 last season despite his extended age. He's reportedly unsure if he'll return or retire ahead of 2020, but he'll be just a late rounder regardless.

Darren Fells* (34)
Tyler Eifert* (30)
Greg Olsen (35) -- signed a 1-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks
Jacob Hollister** (27)
Blake Jarwin** (26)
Ricky Seals-Jones** (25)
Charles Clay* (31)
Marcedes Lewis* (36)
Ross Dwelley** (25)
Nick Vannett* (27)
Vernon Davis*+ (36)
Mo Allie-Cox (27)
Like Willson* (30)
Garrett Celek* (32)
Richard Rodgers* (28)
Ben Watson* (40)
Nick O'Leary* (28)


Greg Zuerlein* (33)
Younghoe Koo (26) -- signed a 1-year extension with the Atlanta Falcons
Zane Gonzalez** (25)
Mason Crosby* (36)
Dan Bailey* (32)
Ka'imi Fairbairn* (26)
Kai Forbath* (33)
Joey Slye (24) -- signed a 1-year extension with the Carolina Panthers
Chase McLaughlin** (24)
Daniel Carlson** (25)
Aldrick Rosas** (26)
Sam Ficken** (28)
Adam Vinatieri* (48)
Nick Folk* (36)

Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. You can follow Michael on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram for the latest fantasy football news and analysis!