Running Back

The offseason is here!  One of the biggest dates for dynasty owners to know is March 14, 2018.  Why?  Because that is the day the 2018 Free Agents are available for NFL teams to sign.  There are plenty of big names on this list that are surely owned in your leagues.  Be ahead of the game, know who's coming, and who's going, and react accordingly!

Below, you will find my notes on all of the most notable unrestricted free agent QB's, RB's, WR's, and TE's.  Keep in mind, there will be cuts (oh, hey, Doug Martin), but this is a great place to start as these guys are all currently scheduled to hit the open market.

As always, let us know what you think via the comments section below, or hit us up on Twitter.  Be sure to listen to the podcast for updated cuts and signings as well as reactions from Matt Renshaw and myself.

-Justin Williams

QB  |  RB  |  WR  |  TE

Running Back

 PLAYER2017 TEAMNOTES
Le'Veon Bell Dynasty DadsLe'Veon BellSteelersThe franchise tag is something all players try to avoid, but running backs especially hate it. Unfortunately for Bell, all signs point to the Steelers hitting him with a tag that should be worth around $14.5 Million. If Bell somehow hits the open market, most NFL GM's will be drooling at the opportunity to have him on their roster. Bell will be 26 years old in 2018, but has said that he plans to retire if the Steelers place the franchise tag on him. Are you ready for some drama?
Isaiah Crowell Dynasty DadsIsaiah CrowellBrownsIt's difficult to put any of the Cleveland Browns terrible season on Crowell. The entire team under-performed. Crowell is likely to hit the market and should be regarded as one of the top targets for any team looking for a young (25 years old) running back.
Orleans Darkwa Dynasty DadsOrleans DarkwaGiantsY'all remember Paul Perkins or Wayne Gallman? Yeah, turns out Orleans Darkwa is a superior RB. Darkwa literally had a career year in just about every category statistically. If you ask me, the Giants would be silly to let him walk, but with the position being in such a "dime a dozen" market, it wouldn't surprise me. Darkwa could be a solid RB2 or flex in 2018 if he lands on the right team.
Jerrick McKinnon Dynasty DadsJerrick McKinnonVikingsWith Dalvin Cook in town, and Latavius Murray sticking around, it may be a good time for Jerrick McKinnon to cash in on a productive year. JMK enjoyed a career high in rushing and receiving yards in 2017, and would have offers from multiple teams if he hits free agency.
Jeremy Hill Dynasty DadsJeremy HillBengalsI think it's obvious Jeremy Hill is terrible. Maybe that's just me, but this former 2nd round pick has done nothing but disappoint in Cincy. To think he'll do anything else in a different jersey seems far fetched. There have been whispers in the past that Hill isn't very liked in the locker room...and that's saying a lot when we're talking about the Cincinnati Bengals.
Carlos Hyde Dynasty DadsCarlos Hyde49ersThe 27 year old RB wants to stay in San Francisco and see how things play out with Jimmy Garoppolo. He went as far as to say in late December, that the 49ers will play in the 2019 Superbowl. While Hyde hasn't been stellar, he has been productive. It will be interesting to see how this one plays out with '17 rookies Joe Williams and Matt Breida behind him.
Eddie Lacy Dynasty DadsEddie LacySeahawksEddie Lacy will probably get signed for a league minimum contract somewhere, but his time as a fantasy-relevant player are behind him. It was fun while it lasted, right?
Frank Gore Dynasty DadsFrank GoreColtsGore is confident he is playing next season, but all signs point to the Colts letting him walk. Obviously long in the tooth, Gore still played well enough to garner attention in free agency. His landing spot will be intriguing, to say the least.
Rex Burkhead Dynasty DadsRex BurkheadPatriotsBurkhead cashed in on a couple of good games in 2016 by hitting free agency and being signed by the Pats. Now, Rex has had a decent season, and definitely raised his stock, but he hasn't blown anyone away. You never know what the Patriots will do though, only time will tell. I view Rex as a bench RB in most dynasty league formats, with the potential to be a bye week fill-in.
Dion Lewis Dynasty DadsDion LewisPatriots2017 was a banner year for Lewis. Career high in carries, yards, TD's, and games played. The Pats usually don't pay guys, but I'd imagine Lewis would take a pay cut to play for one of the best teams in the league. Lewis is the most talented RB on the Patriots roster and I'm sure New England will at least consider signing Dion to a decent contract.
Jamaal Charles Dynasty DadsJamaal CharlesBroncosOver the age of 30, and a healthy scratch in his final 2 games in Denver, Charles did manage over 4 yards per carry in the dreaded Broncos offense. There should be some interest out there, but don't expect Charles to be signed until the preseason.
Terrance West Dynasty DadsTerrance WestRavensT-West was a pleasant surprise in 2016 when he had a career high in carries, rushing, and touchdowns, but 2017 was a polar opposite. With the Ravens finding a gem in Alex Collins, a receiving threat in Danny Woodhead, and Buck Allen and Kenneth Dixon locked into contracts, it doesn't make sense to bring back West. Expect him to sign as a backup this offseason.
Legarrette Blount Dynasty DadsLegarrette BlountEaglesCompared to his TD production in New England in 2016 (18), the 2017 campaign for Blount was a disappointment (2). With Ajayi in the house, and Blount over 30 years old, it makes sense for the Eagles to let him walk. Blount should sign a short term deal with a deal looking for a power back.
Kerwynn Williams Dynasty DadsKerwynn WilliamsCardinalsIn 6 starts for the Cardinals in 2017, Williams managed 426 yards on 120 carries and a TD. Kerwynn Williams won't be signed by a team to start, but dynasty owners should take note as he could land as a RB2 on an NFL roster and claim handcuff status.
Darren Sproles dynasty dadsDarren SprolesEaglesSproles suffered an ACL tear in Week 3 this season and most speculated that would be the end of the line. Sproles will be 35 in 2018, and will have difficulty fetching much interest in the open market early.

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