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In this edition of the preseason fantasy football Top 150 PPR rankings, we discuss players who were impacted by free agents who left their teams this off-season. For example, we will cover the impact a player like Calvin Ridley leaving Jacksonville could have on the rest of the Jaguars’ skill position players heading into 2024.

After this week, we will begin to look at the NFL draft to see which players could have the most to gain or lose from their team’s picks. For now, let’s dive into some players who got a boost in value by other players leaving their teams in free agency. 

 

Baby Don’t Come Back!

 

  • Player: Josh Palmer
  • Team: Los Angeles Chargers
  • Overall Ranking: 81 (ECR 129)

The Chargers are vacating a league-high 395 targets after watching Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Gerald Everett leave the team this off-season. These departures should immediately vault Josh Palmer into a nearly every-down role.

In his career, Palmer has played over 80% of the snaps in just 14 games. In those contests, Palmer has averaged 8.4 targets and 14.7 PPR PPG. That production would have made Palmer the WR18 in 2023. Jim Harbaugh did show a tendency to lean on veteran players from his time in San Francisco so Palmer could be in for a big role next season.

 

  • Player: Michael Wilson
  • Team: Arizona Cardinals
  • Overall Ranking: 131 (ECR 163)

We could have easily made Michael Wilson a player in our next article, but no matter what Wilson should be on our fantasy radars in 2024 with the departure of Marquise Brown. First, Kyler Murray has supported two top 48 wide receivers in three of his first four seasons as a starter.

Next, Offensive Coordinator Drew Petzing coached in Minnesota (Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen) and Cleveland (Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham) where they featured two dominant wide receivers. Even if the Cardinals select a wide receiver in round 1, Wilson should return value at his current ADP.

 

  • Player: Zay Jones
  • Team Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Overall Ranking: 132 (ECR 144)

Replacing target hog Calvin Ridley with Gabe Davis should immediately float targets to the other key pieces in the Jaguars offense. Players like Evan Engram and Christian Kirk should be the logical boost, but we shouldn’t forget about Zay Jones.

Jones finished as the WR26 in 2022, and even in an injury riddled 2023 campaign, Jones still averaged 12 PPR PPG in the four games he played over 75% of the snaps. That production would still put him inside the top 40 for wide receivers last season.

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# Name Team Pos
Christian McCaffrey SF RB
Tyreek Hill MIA WR
CeeDee Lamb DAL WR
Breece Hall NYJ RB
Ja’Marr Chase CIN WR
Amon-Ra St. Brown DET WR
Bijan Robinson ATL RB
Garrett Wilson NYJ WR
Justin Jefferson MIN WR
Kyren Williams LAR RB
A.J. Brown PHI WR
Jahmyr Gibbs DET RB
De’Von Achane MIA RB
Jonathan Taylor IND RB
Alvin Kamara NO RB
Saquon Barkley PHI RB
Davante Adams LV WR
Isiah Pacheco KC RB
Chris Olave NO WR
Brandon Aiyuk SF WR
Puka Nacua LAR WR
Marvin Harrison ARI WR
Derrick Henry BAL RB
Drake London ATL WR
Nico Collins HOU WR
Travis Etienne JAC RB
Josh Jacobs GB RB
Deebo Samuel SF WR
Rachaad White TB RB
Mike Evans TB WR
Sam LaPorta DET TE
Jalen Hurts PHI QB
Cooper Kupp LAR WR
Amari Cooper CLE WR
James Cook BUF RB
Joe Mixon HOU RB
Josh Allen BUF QB
Patrick Mahomes KC QB
Lamar Jackson BAL QB
Stefon Diggs HOU WR
D.J. Moore CHI WR
Travis Kelce KC TE
C.J. Stroud HOU QB
Jaylen Waddle MIA WR
D.K. Metcalf SEA WR
Mark Andrews BAL TE
Zay Flowers BAL WR
Tee Higgins CIN WR
DeVonta Smith PHI WR
Kenneth Walker SEA RB
Joe Burrow CIN QB
Michael Pittman IND WR
Dalton Kincaid BUF TE
Trey McBride ARI TE
George Pickens PIT WR
Dak Prescott DAL QB
James Conner ARI RB
David Montgomery DET RB
Aaron Jones MIN RB
Marquise Brown KC WR
Zamir White LV RB
Christian Kirk JAC WR
Rhamondre Stevenson NE RB
Rashee Rice KC WR
Evan Engram JAC TE
Malik Nabers NYG WR
Jaxon Smith-Njigba SEA WR
Raheem Mostert MIA RB
Tank Dell HOU WR
Tony Pollard TEN RB
George Kittle SF TE
Kyler Murray ARI QB
Jordan Love GB QB
Anthony Richardson IND QB
Brock Purdy SF QB
Keenan Allen CHI WR
Chris Godwin TB WR
Ladd McConkey LAC WR
Terry McLaurin WAS WR
Devin Singletary NYG RB
Zack Moss CIN RB
Jake Ferguson DAL TE
Jayden Reed GB WR
Calvin Ridley TEN WR
Diontae Johnson CAR WR
Brian Thomas JAC WR
D’Andre Swift CHI RB
Jerome Ford CLE RB
DeAndre Hopkins TEN WR
Brian Robinson WAS RB
Austin Ekeler WAS RB
Aaron Rodgers NYJ QB
Courtland Sutton DEN WR
Dallas Goedert PHI TE
Joshua Palmer LAC WR
Jonathon Brooks CAR RB
Kyle Pitts ATL TE
Javonte Williams DEN RB
Khalil Shakir BUF WR
Jayden Daniels WAS QB
Jameson Williams DET WR
Najee Harris PIT RB
Curtis Samuel BUF WR
Justin Herbert LAC QB
David Njoku CLE TE
Mike Williams NYJ WR
Jordan Addison MIN WR
Jaylen Warren PIT RB
Ezekiel Elliott DAL RB
Rico Dowdle DAL RB
Nick Chubb CLE RB
Christian Watson GB WR
Jakobi Meyers LV WR
Brandin Cooks DAL WR
Adam Thielen CAR WR
Trevor Lawrence JAC QB
Tua Tagovailoa MIA QB
Jared Goff DET QB
Tyler Lockett SEA WR
T.J. Hockenson MIN TE
Tyjae Spears TEN RB
Gus Edwards LAC RB
J.K. Dobbins LAC RB
Jaleel McLaughlin DEN RB
Chase Brown CIN RB
Pat Freiermuth PIT TE
Matthew Stafford LAR QB
Caleb Williams CHI QB
Keaton Mitchell BAL RB
Justin Fields PIT QB
Cole Kmet CHI TE
Romeo Doubs GB WR
Rashid Shaheed NO WR
Cade Otton TB TE
Zach Charbonnet SEA RB
Kirk Cousins ATL QB
Keon Coleman BUF WR
Xavier Worthy KC WR
Geno Smith SEA QB
Rome Odunze CHI WR
Daniel Jones NYG QB
Will Levis TEN QB
Dalton Schultz HOU TE
Darnell Mooney ATL WR
Zach Ertz WAS TE
Wan’Dale Robinson NYG WR
Michael Wilson ARI WR
Rashod Bateman BAL WR
Lucas Krull DEN TE
Demario Douglas NE WR

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