2023 NFL Free Agency Tracker: Defensive Linemen


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2023 NFL Free Agency Tracker: Defensive Linemen

The Fantasy Points staff is covering every major skill player transaction from the 2023 off-season in our 2023 NFL Free Agency Tracker articles. We broke down all the important free agency signings and trades from a fantasy perspective in articles sorted by position. The articles are ordered by players changing teams ("New Homes") and by players sticking with their 2022 teams ("Staying Put"). The players are also ordered by their potential fantasy impact for the 2023 season in each section. Be sure to also check out Graham Barfield’s “Fantasy Fallout” pieces on the biggest transactions of the off-season.

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NOTE: Players are loosely ranked based on talent, age, plus previous and expected future fantasy relevance.

New Homes

Javon Hargrave (SF, 30) — Hargrave trades coasts for another contender to the tune of 4 years/$84 Million with $40 Million guaranteed.

Fantasy Points: Hargrave was disruptive on a crowded D-line in Philly. Despite hovering around a 65% snap share, Hargrave had 11 sacks in 2022 while hitting the 60-plus tackle mark for the third time in four years. The 49ers have been dying to have a force in the middle after trading away DeForest Buckner a few years ago, only to watch Solomon Thomas and Javon Kinlaw routinely disappoint. With Hassan Ridgeway now in Houston, Hargrave should see his snaps tick up and will have Nick Bosa to take the attention of opposing O-lines away.

Zach Allen (Den, 26) — Allen stays out West, as he takes a 3-year/$47 Million deal to play for Denver.

Fantasy Points: Allen’s star is still on the rise. He’s improved esach year both statistically and on tape. Last season, Allen posted 5.5 sacks and 10 TFL in 13 games. He’s got a DL3 floor and a DL2 upside.

Others Changing Teams

Kaden Ellis (Atl, 28) — Ellis signed a 3-year/$21 Million deal to try and help Atlanta’s pass rush.

Marcus Davenport (Min, 27) — Davenport signed a 1-year/$13 Million deal with Minnesota. Davenport is incredibly inconsistent and injury-prone but if he can stay healthy, he’s got upside on a “prove it” deal.

Arden Key (Ten, 27) — Key — 3-year/$21 Million — played incredibly well last season and could be a breakout IDP asset in Tennessee next to Jeffery Simmons.

Staying Put

None of note.

Others Staying Put

None of note.

Justin has been holding down the IDP fort for John Hansen and the crew since 2015. In addition to projections and articles, he also hosts an all-IDP podcast called “The IDP Corner,” where he is joined by his fellow FantasyPoints IDP contributor Thomas Simons, along with other special guests.