Fantasy Football 2014: Free-Agent Destinations with Major Fantasy Implications

With Hakeem Nicks’ chances to re-sign with the Giants “close to zero,” as Jordan Raanan of the Star-Ledger reports, Nicks will likely have a new home this coming year.
For whatever reason it was, Nicks had an absolute dismal season while recording no touchdown catches in 2013. He and Eli Manning could never connect, even though Nicks had a respectable 56 receptions for 896 yards. Perhaps a change of scenery could do him well.
Nicks has been notably linked with two clubs and depending on what transpires on the free-agent market, it could drastically alter his fantasy value.
First, Nicks could actually stay in New York and join the Jets, as Seth Walder of the Daily News reports. If that came to fruition, Nicks’ value would take a major hit. Playing with either Geno Smith or a new quarterback—if the Jets go that route—would only negatively affect Nicks’ fantasy relevance.
The Jets have not been known to be an offensive juggernaut (especially in the passing game) and Nicks would only be a marginal fantasy contributor if he did wind up there.
Conversely, Nicks could see his fantasy stock soar through the roof if he connects with another team he has been linked with and that is Detroit, as Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Playing opposite Calvin Johnson and hooking up with Matthew Stafford in the Lions’ high-octane offense could get Nicks back on course in an instant.
So, for fantasy purposes, let’s hope Nicks joins Detroit. If he does, he could once again become a high-end No. 2 WR. However, if he signs with the Jets, he would be at best a low-end No. 3 WR or perhaps even a No. 4 WR for fantasy purposes.

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