Anyone who has played football in their life loves when they are the star of the team and feel like they are on top of the world. Then when another player gets in the way of that glory and you end up stuck in a timeshare or even as a backup, you want to switch teams. Many NFL players are in the position of wanting to switch teams to show their skills. For many of them it would also drastically increase their fantasy value. Below is five players who’s fantasy value would improve in a new uniform. Now none of these moves are likely to happen, but fantasy owners can dream right?
1) Tevin Coleman to the Redskins
Last season Coleman broke out from a disappointing rookie season to show he has a starting running back skillset. In 2016 Coleman had 941 scrimmage yards and 11 total touchdowns despite only having 149 total touches. Coleman averaged a touchdown every 13.5 touches and 6.3 yards per touch last season. However, he is stuck behind Devonta Freeman on the depth chart. Now Freeman is clearly the better running back of the two, but the Falcons are lucky to have two excellent runners. If Coleman was traded to the Redskins, he would be put on a high powered offense lacking a difference making in the backfield. Coleman would take over as a three down back for the Redskins and provide a dynamic playmaker in the receiving game from the backfield. To keep the Falcons happy, the Redskins can ship back Rob Kelley and picks to Atlanta so the Falcons can keep their running back depth. With Coleman in D.C. the Redskins’ offense would take the next step forward with Coleman potentially putting up 1,800 scrimmage yards and 16 total touchdowns as the feature back.
2) Mark Ingram to the Packers
Last season the Saints ranked in the middle of the pack in every major rushing category, in large part thanks to Ingram’s career year. For the first time in his career, Ingram topped the 1,000 rushing yard mark and finished with over five yards per carry. Ingram’s 2016 performance was even more impressive, given head coach Sean Payton’s desires to force feed Tim Hightower touches last season. Hightower averaged a whole yard less per carry and yet Hightower got 133 carries; only 72 less than Ingram’s 205. During the offseason the Saints made the right decisions to sign Adrian Peterson and draft Alvin Kamara. However, that puts a big dark cloud over Ingram’s fantasy value. If Ingram was traded to the Packers it would allow the team to shift Ty Montgomery into a third down role, what he is best suited for, and make Ingram the feature back. Ingram would then be in-line for 260 carries, easily topping his career high of 226 back in 2014.
3) Laquon Treadwell to the Chiefs
Treadwell was a first round pick last year but rarely got on the field as a rookie, finishing the year with only one catch for 15 yards. Many hoped Treadwell would step up in year two, but in the offseason the Vikings resigned Adam Thielen to a big contract and then signed Michael Floyd. Currently Treadwell sits fourth on the depth chart behind Stefon Diggs, Thielen and Floyd. Given that the team has publicly backed Floyd even after his four game suspension for DUI, it will be hard for Treadwell to move up the depth chart. During the offseason the Chiefs released Jeremy Maclin out of the blue and the team is hopeful to replace him from within house. However, none of the players on the roster have the talent of Treadwell. If traded, Treadwell could start day one and become a very nice fantasy player. Matching him and his strength opposite of Tyreek Hill and his speed would give the Chiefs a dynamic young duo at receiver. In Kansas City, Treadwell could shine and produce a 60 catch, 800 yard and six touchdown season.
4) Cameron Brate to the Cardinals
By some madness O.J. Howard fell all the way down to pick 19 during the 2017 NFL draft and the Buccaneers happily turned in the card for him. However, the team might have forgotten how well Brate played in 2016. Posting career-highs across the board, Brate finished with 57 catches on 81 targets for 660 yards and eight touchdowns; tied for the league lead among tight ends. In addition to Howard the team also drafted receiver Chris Godwin in the third round and signed DeSean Jackson in free agency. With more mouths to feed on offense, Brate’s targets are expected to decrease this season. The Cardinals resigned Jermaine Gresham in the offseason, but Brate would be a huge upgrade and provide the team with another consistent weapon in the passing game. In Arizona, Brate could put up similar numbers like he did last year; finishing with about 55 catches, 650 yards and seven touchdowns.
5) Jimmy Garoppolo to the Jaguars
Last season everyone got to see Garoppolo play as a starter and he performed well. In the two games Garoppolo started he had 42 completions on 59 attempts for 496 yards and four touchdowns before getting hurt late during the week two game against Miami. As long as Tom Brady is around, Garoppolo will be on the bench, but imagine what he could do with his own team. In Jacksonville, Bortles seriously regressed after a decent 2015 season and has to prove this season he is the quarterback for the team going forward. However, picture Garoppolo leading the Jaguars with Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns at receiver, Leonard Fournette at running back and a good young defense; he could be a Pro Bowl player.