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Same Faces, New Places: 4 NFL Players Who Have Fantasy Football Upside With New Teams

Mike Esposito
New York Giants v Cleveland Browns
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NFL free agency was highlighted by several landscape-changing transactions, including All-Pro receivers being traded and a Super Bowl MVP signing with a new team. However, only a select few of these players are primed for big fantasy football seasons with their new squads.

With that in mind, here are four players with new teams that have high upside heading into the 2019 fantasy football season.

4. Jared Cook, TE, New Orleans Saints

Jared Cook put together a career year in 2018, while catching passes from Derek Carr in Oakland. Now that Drew Brees will be throwing him the ball in New Orleans, you can't help but think that he's in for a massive fantasy season. Brees has been known to lean on his tight ends, especially in the red zone, and also targeted TEs on 19.6 percent of his pass attempts last season. This all clearly bodes well for Cook's fantasy outlook, making him a TE1 week in and week out in 2019.

3. Nick Foles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Nick Foles is now the starting QB for the Jacksonville Jaguars and has a lot of fantasy potential heading into the season. The Jaguars have a strong running game that Foles can lean on and a vastly underrated group of receivers that includes potential fantasy breakout Dede Westbrook. Once everything starts to click in his new offense, the 2018 Super Bowl MVP should be in the top-10 QB conversation almost every week.

2. Le'Veon Bell, RB, New York Jets

After sitting out the entire 2018 season, rust may be a temporary issue for Le'Veon Bell when he sees his first taste of game action this year. However, the two-time All-Pro back should be in for a massive fantasy season once he gets his legs under him. With a second-year quarterback in Sam Darnold and marginal receiving talent on offense, expect the Jets to lean heavily on Bell both in the running game and as a receiver out of the backfield. He should be a first-round fantasy pick that ends the 2019 season as a top-10 RB.

1. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Cleveland Browns

Of any player that changed teams this offseason, Odell Beckham Jr. has to be in the best position to succeed. The three-time Pro Bowler will be the undisputed No. 1 receiver in an offense that has Baker Mayfield under center – a clear upgrade over his old quarterback, Eli Manning. Getting on the same page with Mayfield may take a couple of weeks, but once he and Baker are in sync, expect OBJ to put up monster numbers in Cleveland. Beckham could be the No. 1 WR by season's end.

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