2021 Fantasy Football Production Opportunity Preview: AFC

 


Charles 'Herms' Herrmann (@HermsNFL) The Lateral Chief Editor

Back at it again, folks! For anyone who checked out the NFC edition of this two-parter, we thank you kindly. To keep it brief, the goal of this article is to take stock of each team's available opportunities (things such as vacated targets, unaccounted carries, etc.) while also listing the names of players set to potentially leave. As stated in the last edition, this exercise does not account for/attempt to project which players a team will sign or draft in April but merely serves to frame what the state of each team is before any of that fun stuff happens. 

Essentially this is a cheatsheet you can refer back to starting today when the legal tampering period for NFL free agency begins to look at and say "wow, what do ya know, looks like X player landed on Y team with some rushing work available; maybe they could be a contributor here?"

Nothing complicated, nothing to take without a grain of salt, but maybe this will be handy for you. With that said, here comes the AFC production opportunity.

[SOURCES: AirYards.com & Spotrac.com]

AFC NORTH

Baltimore Ravens


Upcoming Free Agents of Note: RB Mark Ingram II (signed with HOU), WR Willie Snead IV

Vacated Targets: 70 (17.9% of all team targets) 

Unaccounted Carries: 85 (15.3% of all team carries)

Potential beneficiaries: RB J.K. Dobbins

Fantasy Relevant Team Needs: WR

Cincinatti Bengals

Upcoming Free Agents of Note: WR A.J. Green, WR John Ross III

Vacated Targets: 169 (29.9% of all team targets)

Unaccounted Carries: 69 (16.7% of all team carries)

Potential beneficiaries: N/A 

Fantasy Relevant Team Needs: N/A (could argue TE perhaps)

Cleveland Browns

Upcoming Free Agents of Note: WR Rashard Higgins

Vacated Targets: 73 (15.6% of all team targets)

Unaccounted Carries: 10 (2% of all team carries)

Potential beneficiaries: WR Donovan Peoples-Jones?

Fantasy Relevant Team Needs: N/A

Pittsburgh Steelers

Upcoming Free Agents of Note: WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, RB James Conner

Vacated Targets: 235 (36.1% of all team targets)

Unaccounted Carries: 175 (46.9% of all team carries)

Potential beneficiaries: N/A

Fantasy Relevant Team Needs: RB

AFC SOUTH

Houston Texans

Upcoming Free Agents of Note: RB Duke Johnson Jr., WR Will Fuller V

Vacated Targets: 150 (28.5% of all team targets)

Unaccounted Carries: 88 (25.8% of all team carries)

Potential beneficiaries:  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Fantasy Relevant Team Needs: Damn near everything (especially if QB Deshaun Watson is traded; you can Google that if need be)

Indianapolis Colts

Upcoming Free Agents of Note: RB Marlon Mack, WR T.Y. Hilton, WR Zach Pascal, TE Mo Alie-Cox

Vacated Targets: 290 (54.3% of all team targets)

Unaccounted Carries:
 43 (9.3% of all team carries)

Potential beneficiaries: WR Michael Pittman Jr.

Fantasy Relevant Team Needs: WR? 

Jacksonville Jaguars

Upcoming Free Agents of Note: WR Keelan Cole, WR Chris Conley, RB Chris Thompson

Vacated Targets: 297 (50.9% of all team targets)

Unaccounted Carries: 46 (13.6% of all team carries)

Potential beneficiaries: Any of the WRs between LaViska Shenault Jr, D.J. Chark, and perhaps Collin Johnson?

Fantasy Relevant Team Needs: RB

Tennessee Titans

Upcoming Free Agents of Note: TE Jonnu Smith, WR Corey Davis

Vacated Targets: 289 (50.9% of all team targets)

Unaccounted Carries:
27 (5.1% of all team carries)

Potential beneficiaries:
 N/A

Fantasy Relevant Team Needs: WR?

AFC EAST

Buffalo Bills

Upcoming Free Agents of Note: WR John Brown

Vacated Targets: 111 (19.4% of all team targets)

Unaccounted Carries:
26 (6.3% of all team carries)

Potential beneficiaries:
 WR Gabriel Davis?

Fantasy Relevant Team Needs: Some would argue RB

Miami Dolphins

Upcoming Free Agents of Note: RB Matt Breida

Vacated Targets: 94 (17.1% of all team targets)

Unaccounted Carries:
145 (33.8% of all team carries)

Potential beneficiaries:
 N/A

Fantasy Relevant Team Needs: WR, RB

New England Patriots

Upcoming Free Agents of Note: RB James White, WR Damiere Byrd

Vacated Targets: 181 (43.1% of all team targets)

Unaccounted Carries:
105 (20.9% of all team carries)

Potential beneficiaries:
 N/A

Fantasy Relevant Team Needs: WR

New York Jets

Upcoming Free Agents of Note: WR Breshad Perriman, RB Frank Gore

Vacated Targets: 139 (29.9% of all team targets)

Unaccounted Carries:
245 (60.3%)

Potential beneficiaries:
 WR Denzel Mims?

Fantasy Relevant Team Needs: An offense

AFC WEST

Denver Broncos

Upcoming Free Agents of Note: WR Tim Patrick, RB Phillip Lindsey (both RFAs)

Vacated Targets: 103 (19.3% of all team targets)

Unaccounted Carries:
121 (27.3% of all team carries)

Potential beneficiaries:
 Tough to say, but the remaining WR corps is talented

Fantasy Relevant Team Needs: QB, RB?

Kansas City Chiefs

Upcoming Free Agents of Note: RB Le'Veon Bell, WR Sammy Watkins, WR Demarcus Robinson

Vacated Targets: 197 (32.2% of all team targets)

Unaccounted Carries: 
109 (27% of all team carries)

Potential beneficiaries:
 N/A

Fantasy Relevant Team Needs: WR?

Las Vegas Raiders

Upcoming Free Agents of Note: RB Devontae Booker, WR Nelson Agholor

Vacated Targets: 147 (28.2% of all team targets)

Unaccounted Carries:
99 (21.6% of all team carries)

Potential beneficiaries:
 WR Bryan Edwards?

Fantasy Relevant Team Needs: N/A

Los Angeles Chargers

Upcoming Free Agents of Note: TE Hunter Henry

Vacated Targets: 147 (24% of all team targets)

Unaccounted Carries:
109 (23.3% of all team carries)

Potential beneficiaries:
 N/A

Fantasy Relevant Team Needs: TE?, WR?


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