Players acquired by new teams:
Brandin Cooks (acquired by NE from NO) – Weeks of trade rumors culminated in a blockbuster deal, as the Patriots sent their 1st and 3rd-round picks in 2017 to the Saints for Cooks and a 4th, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Fantasy Analysis: Wow. Whenever a young star like Cooks – still just 23 – is floated in trade rumors, you can always assume the Patriots will be involved on the other end. Still, there’s a ton to unpack here. Even though the Patriots just lost Martellus Bennett, they still have targets to distribute to Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell, Rob Gronkowski (if healthy, of course), Dwayne Allen, James White, Dion Lewis, and whoever else they throw out there in addition to Cooks. Of course, Tom Brady is basically the best to ever play, which helps, but it’s hard to imagine Cooks getting a bigger target share in New England than he did in New Orleans – and remember how frustrating Cooks has been to own for fantasy even with the high-powered Saints. There’s also the additional issue of Cooks being far better at home than on the road in his career, and more specifically, between indoor and outdoor games, as he’s averaged almost 2.5 YPC more indoors than outdoors, and over 3.0 YPC more in game in New Orleans than on the road. Nonetheless, he’s one of the NFL’s fastest players, and he gives Brady an effective deep threat, something he’s lacked on a consistent basis since Randy Moss. On the flip side, this makes 2016 breakout star Michael Thomas an almost no-doubt top-12 ADP WR in New Orleans, while Willie Snead’s stock soars as well. The Saints also added a new deep threat in Ted Ginn, so Ginn will be on the fantasy radar as well.
Alshon Jeffery (Phi from Chi) – The Eagles and Jeffery agreed to a one-year, $14 million deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Fantasy Analysis: Jeffery has had two chances at having contract-year bumps, and he’s swung and missed twice the last two seasons. Well, he decided to bet on himself again by signing a one-year deal with the Eagles, so we’ll see if he actually hits a home run this time around. He couldn’t stay on the field consistently because of a slew of leg injuries in 2015, and he t...