Free Agent Frenzy, Pt. 4

After the torrent of activity to start the week, things slowed a bit on Thursday. But we still had a few moves with some interesting repercussions for fantasy. Let’s dive in.

Patriots land Gesicki

The Patriots made a splash, signing Mike Gesicki to a free agent deal. It’s a one-year deal worth $9 million and an interesting move after the Patriots dealt Jonnu Smith to the Falcons Monday. The Patriots still have Hunter Henry at tight end, but Gesicki could give them another passing weapon. In 2021, he caught 73 passes for 780 yards, which led to Miami placing the Franchise Tag on him in 2022. With Tyreek Hill in town last season, Gesicki’s targets dipped. Still, I like him as a TE2 in New England.

Quarterback Roulette

The QB carousel continues to spin as a number of QBs landed on Thursday. Drew Lock agreed to return to the Seahawks, while Cooper Rush went back to the Cowboys. Gardner Minshew signed with the Indianapolis Colts providing a veteran option along with a likely draft pick at the No. 4 slot. None of them are big moves for fantasy. The most intriguing fantasy move was Marcus Mariota landing with the Eagles, providing some solid insurance behind Jalen Hurts. It doesn’t move the fantasy needle, as yet, but Mariota could be a viable fantasy option if Hurts misses time.

Giants add receivers

The Giants needed to make moves with the receiving corps and on Thursday the team added two for Daniel Jones. First, the team signed free agent receiver Parris Campbell, who spent his rookie contract with the Colts. Campbell struggled with injuries his first three seasons but managed to catch 63 passes for 623 yards and three touchdowns last season. He gives Jones another weapon and could have WR3 upside.

The Giants also agreed to terms with Darius Slayton, who has been with the Giants since being drafted in 2019. Slayton joins Sterling Shepherd and Isaiah Hodgins in returning to the offense. That in addition to new tight end Darren Waller gives the Giants the makings of a re-shaped receiving corps, which should also see the return of second-year man Wan’Dale Robinson. At this point Campbell, Waller and Robinson are the players I’m most interested in for fantasy.

Bears add two weapons

The Chicago Bears continue to make over their offense as well, adding running back D’Onta Foreman and tight end Robert Tonyan. Tonyan provides veteran presence along with Cole Kmet. Tonyan had 11 touchdowns in 2020 and caught 53 passes for 470 yards in 2022 with the Packers. He provides depth and another weapon.

Foreman was part of the rushing attack for the Panthers in 2022, taking a lead role after Christian McCaffrey was traded to the 49ers. He carried 203 times, starting nine games and rushing for 914 yards and five touchdowns. Foreman joins Khalil Herbert as the top options for the Bears’ rushing game after David Montgomery signed with the Lions. Foreman has RB3 potential depending on how his role shakes out with Herbert.

Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.

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