Fantasy Football Impact of Jimmy Garoppolo to the Raiders
Ted breaks down what Jimmy G's move to Vegas means for fantasy football.
In a move so exciting that Rapoport couldn't help himself and essentially announced it five minutes before the “legal tampering” period, Jimmy Garoppolo has signed with the Las Vegas Raiders. What does this mean for Jimmy G's fantasy value, as well as the rest of the Raiders' offense? Let's get right into it.
Fantasy Impacts of Jimmy Garoppolo to the Raiders
Winner: Jimmy G
Of his most likely landing spots, this is the best for the veteran signal-caller. The Raiders have a much better supporting cast than his other suitors (notably the Jets and Texans). It's hard to match the weapons Garoppolo was working with in San Francisco, but Davante Adams, Darren Waller, Josh Jacobs and Hunter Renfrow is not a bad consolation prize. And while moving away from Kyle Shanahan will almost certainly hurt his currently elite efficiency numbers, Garoppolo will be reuniting with Josh McDaniels, under whom he had success as a backup filling in for Tom Brady in New England. Derek Carr was a backend QB2 (QB19 in points per game) in McDaniels' first year in Vegas, and I expect Jimmy G to have a very similar year. He's not on the radar in 1-QB leagues due to a lack of upside, but is certainly a starter in Superflex. His current Best Ball ADP of QB29 should also move up slightly, if only because his job is now more guaranteed than a few of the names above him.
Neutral: Raiders' Offensive Weapons
For the aforementioned Adams, Waller, Jacobs and Renfrow, the addition of Jimmy G is solid, but not hugely exciting. Jimmy G is a capable NFL QB, and likely to keep the offense more productive than any rookie the Raiders could have drafted at seven overall. But he's not an upgrade on Carr, and certainly not as exciting as the brief whispers that Aaron Rodgers might be heading to Vegas to reunite with his favorite target in Adams. I won't be moving any of these guys in my rankings much, if at all, as a result of this news.
Potential Loser: Rookie QB4 (Will Levis?)
This is a much more speculative take, but the Raiders signing Jimmy G may take them out of the running for selecting a quarterback with their seventh overall pick in this year's draft. Don't get me wrong, it's still a possibility: Jimmy G is injury prone, and it wasn't long ago that the 49ers traded up to select Trey Lance second overall despite having Garoppolo under contract … and that was coming off a Super Bowl run. But given public information, spending $34 million guaranteed on a signal-caller decreases the chance that the Raiders take another with their first pick this year. Currently the most-mocked QB for the Raiders at seven has been Will Levis, who may end up slipping in both real and Dynasty drafts if Vegas decides to go another way with their top selection.