Players acquired by new teams:
Connor Barwin (DE/OLB, signed by LAR from Phi) – The veteran pass rusher moves to the West Coast to play for Wade Phillips on a one-year contract, per ESPN’s Adam Caplan.
Fantasy Analysis: The good news: Barwin will get to play for Phillips, who culled a ton of production out of several different defenders in Denver. The bad news: Barwin will likely switch to an LB designation. Barwin is coming from a 4-3 defense as a DE, but Phillips is expected to install his 3-4 defense in Los Angeles, which would make Barwin’s best fit as an OLB. Even DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller struggled to be dominant fantasy factors as OLBs. Barwin only had 34 tackles and 5 sacks last season. His 2.5 FPG were low by DL standards, but when translated to LB, they’re abysmal. There’s a good chance Phillips will get more out of Barwin than the Eagles did last year, but it’s not likely to be enough to roster him as an LB, even in deep leagues.
Jabaal Sheard (DE/OLB, signed by Ind from NE) – Sheard signed a three-year deal worth up to $25.5 million, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. He’ll bring help off the edge to a defense that struggled to create pressure last season.
Fantasy Analysis: Sheard had a promising 2015 in New England, but an inconsistent and frustrating 2016 season sent him into free agency with some question marks. A closer look at the numbers shows the biggest statistical difference in his 2015 and 2016 lies in his 4 extra forced fumbles and a few extra sacks in 2015. After underperforming early in the 2016 season, Sheard was moved down the rotational depth chart (including being benched a few times). New England rotates their EDGE players just as frustratingly as they do their RBs, but a straight benching is an indication that Sheard may not have given his all last season. He’ll get a clean slate in Indy, but even if he can re-create his sold 2015 season, he is likely to do it from the LB designation. Indianapolis has been a 3-4 defense for several years, so unless something changes this offseason, Sheard will be collecting his 35-45 tackles and 5-8 sacks as an OLB. That would severely hamper his IDP value.
Calais Campbell (DE, signed by Jac from Ari) – The 9-year veteran leaves the only NFL team he’s ever played for to boost the right side of a young but improving Jacksonville D-Line.
Fantasy Analysis: At first glance, it may seem like Campbell is a redundant piece, as the Jags dropped a lot of money on DT Malik Jackson in 2016, and last season Campbell often lined up where Jackson does. But Campbell will move into the ...