With NFL training camps in full swing, now is the time that fantasy owners really start paying attention to position battles and depth charts. However, savvy owners have already started their research by paying attention to those players that have changed teams this offseason. A change of scenery can impact a player's fantasy outlook, for good or for bad. Here are some key quarterbacks and tight ends that will be wearing a different uniform this season and what that may mean in terms of their fantasy impact.
Note: Players listed by position and then alphabetical order.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Dolphins
Fitzpatrick is on the eighth NFL team of his career and will turn 37 during the 2019 season. He had back-to-back 400-yard, four-touchdown games in 2018; he also had back-to-back sub-200-yard games in which he threw for two total touchdowns.
Impact: Fitzpatrick is not the guaranteed starter (the Dolphins acquired Josh Rosen), but he’ll likely get his share of playing time in 2019. Until a full-time QB has been identified, both should be avoided. However, it appears that Rosen has struggled so far and Fitzpatrick is the early favorite to start Week 1. None of this means he will still be the starter in Week 10.
Nick Foles, QB, Jaguars
Foles has been in the NFL for seven years but is best known for his work in the past two years in Philadelphia. He’s taken over when Carson Wentz has been injured and led the team to a Super Bowl two years ago. In five games in 2018, Foles threw for 1,143 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions.
Impact: Foles will be the starting quarterback in Jacksonville. The weapons in Jacksonville are average at best, but the Jaguars D/ST will keep the team in the game most weeks. Foles is an interesting option in two-quarterback leagues. In regular formats, he’s likely going to be a bye-week fill-in, but not much else.
Josh Rosen, QB, Dolphins
In his rookie year, Rosen threw for 2,278 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. It wasn’t a great start to his career, but Arizona didn’t exactly help him out. He didn’t have any great receivers, the run game stalled, and the coaching didn’t cater to his strengths.
Impact: In Miami, the starting position isn’t necessarily his; the team also picked up Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has had spurts of greatness. This will be Rosen’s team, though, even if he doesn’t get the Week 1 start. Miami’s receivers aren’t much better than Arizona’s, but hopefully Rosen can build off his rookie year. The Dolphins will utilize him as they want to see if he can be their quarterback of the future.
Jared Cook, TE, Saints
The 32-year-old tight end has played for four different teams in the past seven years. He’s now signed with a fifth team. He has yet to have over 900 yards or more than six touchdowns in a season. His 2018 season with Oakland was actually his best statistically, with career highs in both yards and touchdowns.
Impact: Fantasy owners are hoping Cook takes on the old Jimmy Graham role with the Saints. Tight ends in New Orleans have not excelled since Graham was traded, but Cook does look promising. He’s a TE1.
Ben Watson, TE, Patriots
Watson will turn 39 in the 2019 season, but instead of following through with retirement, he’s back with the team that drafted him in 2004. He’s four years removed from the most productive season of his career — 74 catches for 825 yards and six TDs with the Saints in 2015.
Impact: With Rob Gronkowski retired (for now), the Patriots are trying to fill the void. They also have Stephen Anderson, Andrew Beck, Ryan Izzo, Lance Kendricks, and Matt LaCosse in training camp, but Watson figures to be the focus. Watson is a TE2, but he'll have games with a 1/9/0 stat line along the way. Fantasy owners also need to note that Watson is suspended for the first four games because of violating the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.
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