The Fantasy Footballers’ Free Agent Predictions for 2022

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Before NFL free agency goes into overdrive this next week, the Fantasy Footballers preview NFL free agency and potential landing spots. Andy, Mike, and Jason highlight the highest-profile names and give their predictions where each will land on Tuesday’s Podcast.

Before going into each position, let’s discuss some of the different free agent terminology, timelines, and which teams have the most cap space to make a run. For each position, you’ll also see cut candidates and restricted free agent statuses which are found fully in the Team Opportunity reports in the Dynasty Pass.

Important Free Agent Categories

  • Unrestricted Free Agent- the player is allowed to sign with any team.
  • Restricted Free Agent- the player can sign an offer sheet with any team, but his 2021 team can keep him on the roster by signing him to a restricted tender. Usually, the player was an UDFA.
  • Exclusive Rights Free Agent- the player will return to his 2021 team unless the team opts to make him an unrestricted free agent.
  • Cap Hit- not necessarily how much he’s paid in a given year, but how much he’ll count against a team’s salary cap during that season.
  • Dead money- the guaranteed money left on a player’s contract at the time he is let go or traded. That money will count against a team’s cap that next year. If a player is cut after June 1, the dead money is split over the next two seasons.

Important Free Agency Dates

  • Tuesday, March 8th at 4pm ET — Franchise Tag deadline
  • Monday, March 14th — Legal Tampering Period begins (Teams are permitted to enter contract negotiations)
  • Wednesday, March 16th — 2021 league year + FA begins (at 4:00 p.m ET)

Teams With Most Cap Space

  1. Miami Dolphins- $61 million
  2. Los Angeles Chargers- $57 million
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars- $56 million
  4. Cincinnati Bengals- $48 million
  5. New York Jets- $44 million

Quarterbacks

QB Needy Teams: CAR, DEN, HOU, IND, NO, PIT, TB, WAS

Cut Candidates: Jimmy Garoppolo (30)  | 1 Year Remaining with SF | 2022 Dead Cap: $1.4 million

Restricted/Exclusive Rights Free Agents:

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    • Andy – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    • Jason – Denver Broncos
    • Mike – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Unrestricted Free Agents

    • Andy – San Francisco 49ers
    • Jason – New Orleans Saints
    • Mike – New Orleans Saints
    • Andy – Pittsburgh Steelers
    • Jason – Indianapolis Colts
    • Mike – Denver Broncos

Other Names

Runningbacks

RB Needy Teams:  ATL, TB, HOU, ARI, MIA

Cut Candidates

  • Chris Carson | 1 Year Remaining with SEA | 27 Years Old | 2022 Dead Cap: $3 million
  • Jamaal Williams 1 Year Rem. with DET | 26 Years Old | 2022 Dead Cap: $1.6 million
  • Carlos Hyde | 1 Year Remaining with JAX | 31 Years Old | 2022 Dead Cap: $450,000

Restricted / Exclusive Rights Free Agents

Unrestricted Free Agents

  • Leonard Fournette (27)
    • Andy – Miami Dolphins
    • Jason – New York Jets
    • Mike – Buffalo Bills

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    • Andy – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    • Jason – Arizona Cardinals
    • Mike – Arizona Cardinals

 

    • Andy – Arizona Cardinals
    • Jason – Atlanta Falcons
    • Mike – Denver Broncos
    • Andy – Atlanta Falcons
    • Jason – Seattle Seahawks
    • Mike – Houston Texans

Other RB Names

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Wide Receivers

WR Needy Teams:  ATL, HOU, NO, NE, CHI, DET, GB, TB, JAX, CLE, LV

Cut Candidates

  • Amari Cooper | 3 Years Remaining with DAL | 27 Years Old | 2022 Dead Cap: $6 million
  • Jarvis Landry | 1 Year Remaining w/ CLE | 29 Years Old | 2022 Dead Cap: $1.5 million
  • Cole Beasley | 1 Year Remaining with BUF | 32 Years Old | 2022 Dead Cap: $1.5 million

Restricted / Exclusive Rights Free Agents

Unrestricted Free Agents

    • Andy – Green Bay Packers
    • Jason – Green Bay Packers
    • Mike – Green Bay Packers
    • Andy – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    • Jason – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    • Mike – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    • Andy – Los Angeles Rams
    • Jason – Los Angeles Rams
    • Mike – Los Angeles Rams
    • Andy – Los Angeles Chargers
    • Jason – Los Angeles Chargers
    • Mike – Los Angeles Chargers
    • Andy – Miami Dolphins
    • Jason – Detroit Lions
    • Mike – Arizona Cardinals
  • Christian Kirk (25)

    • Andy – Chicago Bears
    • Jason – Atlanta Falcons
    • Mike – Buffalo Bills

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  • JuJu Smith-Schuster (25)
    • Andy – New York Jets
    • Jason – Buffalo Bills
    • Mike – Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Amari Cooper (27)
    • Andy – Chicago Bears
    • Jason – Indianapolis Colts
    • Mike – Miami Dolphins

Other WR Names

Tight-Ends

Cut Candidates: Cameron Brate | 2 Years Rem. with TB | 30 Years Old | 2022 Dead Cap: $1.9 million

Restricted/Exclusive Rights Free Agents: Donald Parham  | LAC | Exclusive Rights

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Unrestricted Free Agents

    • Andy – Miami Dolphins
    • Jason – Los Angeles Chargers
    • Mike – Miami Dolphins
  • Zach Ertz (31)

    • Andy – Arizona Cardinals
    • Jason – Jacksonville Jaguars
    • Mike – New York Giants

Other TE Names

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