2018 Football Draft Kit: Players on the Move
2018 Football Draft Kit: Players on the Move

This article is part of our Football Draft Kit series.

Conventional wisdom states that the NFL offseason is more style than substance until the draft, with most of the big-name movers in March only available because they're flawed. Last year's crop of acquisitions did nothing to dispel that notion, producing three players – Case Keenum, Brandin Cooks, Jared Cook – who finished as top-15 scorers (barely) at their positions. The 2016 class was only marginally better, highlighted by DeMarco Murray as a solid RB1 and Rishard Matthews and Mike Wallace on the WR2/3 borderline.

The last true impact class of offseason movers from a fantasy perspective was in 2015, when DeAngelo Williams, Darren McFadden and Frank Gore finished sixth, 13th and 14th, respectively, among running backs in an ugly year for the position, with Brandon Marshall (No. 3 WR), Jeremy Maclin (No. 15) and Michael Crabtree (No. 16) also enjoying strong seasons in new locations. 2013 and 2014 were closer to the two most recent seasons, featuring Reggie Bush, Anquan Boldin, Emmanuel Sanders and Golden Tate as the only veterans to achieve fantasy stardom in their first seasons with new teams.

2018 could very well turn out to be an exception like 2015, after a revival of the trade market – along with the availability of Kirk Cousins – created the most interesting pre-draft offseason in recent memory. Players changing teams include two of 2017's top six scorers at QB, six of the top 20 at RB, two of the top 15 at WR and the

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Jerry Donabedian
Donabedian is an Assistant Football Editor at RotoWire. He writes and edits articles and covers breaking news. Jerry was a 2018 finalist for the FSWA's Player Notes Writer of the Year and DFS Writer of the Year awards. A Baltimore native, Donabedian roots for the Ravens and watches "The Wire" in his spare time.
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