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Fantasy Football Analysis of Latest NFL Moves: Mike Williams, Keenan Allen, Russell Wilson

Jack gives his fantasy football takes on the biggest recent moves across the NFL.

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 24: Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers lines up for a play in the first quarter of the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 24, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

As the NFL Offseason continues to march on, let’s look at some recent signings and trades and analyze their fantasy football impacts.

Keenan Allen Gets Traded to the Chicago Bears

Prior to free agency, it was no secret that the Chargers were going to look to shed some salary due to their cap situation. This led them to trade long-time wide receiver Keenan Allen to the Chicago Bears for a 2024 4th-round draft pick.

The 2024 season will be Allen’s first with a new team and he is coming off of one of his best seasons, having caught 108 passes for 1,243 yards and seven touchdowns last season. He will pair very nicely with D.J. Moore and allow the Bears’ new quarterback (likely Caleb Williams) to have two very reliable targets. While Allen is getting older and has had some injuries over the past few seasons, there is no doubt that he is one of the league’s best receivers when he is healthy.

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Mike Williams Signs with the New York Jets

One of the Jets’ top priorities this offseason was to add another strong receiving option to complement Garrett Wilson. They did just that by signing Mike Williams. While he missed most of last season with a torn ACL, Williams has been productive in past seasons and is one of the best jump ball receivers in the NFL.

He immediately slots in as the WR2 in New York and allows the Jets’ offense to have multiple receiving threats. While durability is a bit of a concern, Williams should be able to have a strong bounce-back season this year with the Jets.

Russell Wilson Signs with the Pittsburgh Steelers

When the Broncos decided to move on from Russell Wilson, it was going to be interesting to see where he decided to play next season. He ended up choosing to sign a one-year deal with the Steelers, and he will be their starting quarterback next season as the team looks to reshape its offense under new offensive coordinator Arthur Smith.

Wilson is coming off a solid season in Denver, where he threw for 3,070 yards with 26 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. While Wilson may no longer be in his prime, he is still a reliable veteran option who will be an upgrade at quarterback for the Steelers next season.

Calvin Ridley Signs with the Tennessee Titans

One of the biggest surprises of the free agency period was Calvin Ridley opting to sign with the Tennessee Titans. There were multiple reports that he was likely going to sign with either the Patriots or the Jaguars, but the Titans were quietly able to get a deal done with the star receiver.

Last season, Ridley caught 76 passes for 1,016 yards and eight touchdowns. He will now form an elite tandem with DeAndre Hopkins, giving the Titans one of the best wide receiver duos in the NFL. While quarterback Will Levis is still developing, giving him two elite options to throw to should help him progress nicely.

Diontae Johnson Gets Traded to the Carolina Panthers

After how last season went, it was obvious that the Panthers were going to focus on getting quarterback Bryce Young some help at receiver and they did just that by trading for Diontae Johnson. Johnson caught 51 passes for 717 yards and five touchdowns last season and is just two years removed from a 1,161-yard, eight-touchdown season.

Johnson immediately becomes the top weapon in the Panthers’ offense and will be in a position to receive a lot of targets in the passing game. While it is expected for the Panthers to continue to add pieces to their offense, Johnson looks well set up to produce his second career 1,000-yard season this season in Carolina.