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Dalvin Cook faces uncertainty
Dalvin Cook - RB, MIN

Dalvin Cook faces an uncertain future in Minnesota

Dynasty Analysis

Cook turns 28 in August and is coming off his fourth-straight 1,000-yard campaign though his rushing production metrics dipped. Still averaging 4.4 ypc. and scoring eight touchdowns, Cook is still a productive back and remained healthy, but the Vikings clearly face a tough decision even with the veteran under contract through 2025. Backup runner Alexander Mattison is a free agent and is expected to depart for a potential starting role. Also weighing on the decision is the fact that the team holds only four selections in the 2023 NFL Draft. With such a high cap % wrapped up in Cook, it may be difficult for the Vikings to retain the veteran for the year to come. Dalvin Cook is listed as DLF's RB16 and is best rostered by competitive dynasty teams.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 27: 1:20 PM EST
Alvin Kamara's dynasty decline
Alvin Kamara - RB, NO

Alvin Kamara's dynasty ranking is in steep decline

Dynasty Analysis

Entering his age-28 season, dynasty coaches are fleeing Kamara shares as evidenced by his most recent 71 ADP value. Kamara reached a peak dynasty value during the 2021 season but a combination of team quarterback issues coupled with a legal issue stemming from a Las Vegas incident threw his value into a tailspin. Heading into 2023, there appears to be a strong likelihood the once-top back could miss a number of games due to suspension and in an offense clearly in rebuilding state, it's fair to wonder about forward-looking prospects. Listed as DLF's RB21, Alvin Kamara's value seems to have stabilized but it's difficult to project any rise until we learn more about his legal situation. Until then, he remains an upside risk-on acquisition target for competitive teams only.

DLF Analyst:       Source: DLF
Jan 27: 12:58 PM EST
Adam Thielen's future in doubt
Adam Thielen - WR, MIN

Adam Thielen is facing uncertainty about his 2023 role with the Vikings

Dynasty Analysis

Thielen remains under contract for 2023 but turning 33 in August and carrying a nearly $20M impact toward the team's cap places him in a precarious position. The veteran remained healthy and appeared in all 17 games during the 2022 season, amassing a 70/716/6 line but also turned in a relatively poor season in common metrics. With the rise of younger receiver K.J. Osborn, the team could elect to part ways with long-time Viking should he not be amenable to a salary reduction. Listed as DLF's WR63, Thielen's decline has been expected and, while he still possesses WR4 potential in 2023, his team situation remains the primary variable in his equation.

DLF Analyst:       Source: SI
Jan 27: 12:48 PM EST
Jerry Jeudy is rising
Jerry Jeudy - WR, DEN

Jerry Jeudy's dynasty ranking continues to rise

Dynasty Analysis

Late in the 2022 season, dynasty coaches seemingly had enough of the oft-injured, third-year receiver. Jeudy did manage to appear in 15 games in 2022, just missing (972) his first 1,000-yard campaign while notching a career-high 67 receptions and six touchdowns. Denver's trade for Russell Wilson was expected to pay immediate dividends and Jeudy's dynasty ranking spiked accordingly, only to slowly decline throughout the year, ending a career-low (75) ADP in December. But as his value reached a bottom, Jeudy's production saw a late-season rise, producing two 100-yard games over his final three. Turning 24 in April,, a full off-season of Russell Wilson could pay dividends for DLF's WR25, though it's hard to imagine a significant rise from his current ranking until he proves he can remain on the field for a full season.

DLF Analyst:       Source: DLF
Jan 27: 12:33 PM EST
DeVonta Smith's ranking surges
DeVonta Smith - WR, PHI

DeVonta Smith's dynasty ranking surged in 2022

Dynasty Analysis

Entering the 2022 regular season, DeVonta Smith was found with a 67 ADP value. As the 2022 season came to a close, he's now listed at a career-high ADP of 25. The value spike stands to reason given Smith's 95/1,196/7 line in only his second season. As a rookie, many shied away from the receiver due to his slight (6'/170) frame, concerned he wouldn't hold up to NFL punishment. Those concerns now removed, Smith is lauded for his precision route-running and role in an offense that also features A.J. Brown. Smith turns 25 in November, is found as DLF's WR19, and continues to rise in all dynasty formats.

DLF Analyst:       Source: DLF
Jan 27: 12:24 PM EST
Rashod Bateman tumbles
Rashod Bateman - WR, BAL

Rashod Bateman's dynasty value tumbled in 2022

Dynasty Analysis

Bateman's dynasty ADP reached a peak (32) in October as the sophomore receiver scored two touchdowns in his first two games of the 2022 season. What followed was a collapse in productivity and yet another injury that ended his season late in October, finishing with 15 receptions, 285 yards, and those same two touchdowns. As the regular season came to a close, Bateman's ADP had fallen to 78 but has since begun to rebound. Still only 23, the third-year receiver is mired in the league's 28th-ranked passing attack and start quarterback Lamar Jackson's contract status remains in limbo for the time being. Enterprising risk-on dynasty coaches have begun accumulating Bateman with the hope he remains healthy in 2023 and Jackson is, once again, under center. Rashod Bateman is found as DLF's WR33.

DLF Analyst:       Source: DLF
Jan 27: 12:14 PM EST
Leonard Fournette could be cut

Leonard Fournette could be cut this offseason

Dynasty Analysis

The Bucs face a challenging cap situation and Lombardi Lenny devolved into Letdown Lenny with miserable metrics most of the season, though he still amassed 73 receptions across his 16 games, enough to keep him on the dynasty radar as a back-end RB1 performer with a RB2 value. Somehow, Fournette only recently turned 28 but no longer possesses speed or elusiveness, rendering him a reception and touchdown-dependent option. He's certain to draw interest from competitive NFL teams but profiles as a sell-now dynasty asset to less informed dynasty coaches focusing on his 2022 RB11 finish (PPR). He's found as DLF's RB27.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Fox Sports
Jan 25: 12:46 PM EST
Zay Flowers a first-round selection?

Boston College receiver Zay Flowers was selected with the last pick in the first round by the Chiefs in Mel Kiper's most recent mock draft.

Dynasty Analysis

Juju Smith-Schuster and Mecole Hardman are both free agents and Hardman is nearly a guarantee to depart. The Chiefs selected Skyy Moore in the 2022 NFL Draft and traded for Kadarius Toney later in the season but it stands to reason the team could take another swing at finding consistent production following the loss of Tyreek Hill. Flowers is NFL-ready, possesses plus-level speed and agility while also running a full route tree, making him a sneaky back-end first-round selection. He's listed as DLF's WR7 and our R17 overall.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 25: 12:34 PM EST
Bijan Robinson a Cowboy?

Bijan Robinson is selected by the Cowboys, 26th-overall, in Mel Kiper's most recent mock draft.

Dynasty Analysis

This is the first time we've seen Robinson mocked to the Cowboys and, should it come to pass, is certain to draw mixed reviews. On one hand, Robinson's time with the Texas Longhorns would make him a popular selection and there's no questioning his athletic profile nor his generational abilities. On the other hand, a selection of Robinson also suggests Ezekiel Elliott is out and those rostering Tony Pollard would be left wondering just how much value he has as the Cowboys' second fiddle and with another frustrating committee the result. Despite the league's continued devaluation of running backs, Robinson's status as first off the board at the position and within the first round are both guarantees. Robinson is found as DLF's RB1 and our R1 overall.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 25: 12:18 PM EST
Quentin Johnston the WR2

Quentin Johnston is selected as the WR2, 22nd-overall, by the Ravens in Mel Kiper's most recent mock draft

Dynasty Analysis

The Ravens have been unable to find success in their receiver room, even with oft-injured Rashod Bateman in the mix. A selection of Johnston would provide an immediate passing-game upgrade and a large target for Lamar Jackson, who figures to return to the team on a new monster contract in 2023. Johnston profiles as a difference-making receiver with size and length while drawing a recent comp to Cincinnati standout Tee Higgins. The issue is that with a limited route tree and raw skillset, Johnston also possesses a low floor. A selection by the Ravens won't sit well with dynasty coaches who remain uninspired by the team's passing attack but there would be no doubting his early-career role. He's listed as DLF's WR3 and the R5 overall.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 25: 12:09 PM EST
Jaxon Smith-Njigba the WR1

Jaxon Smith-Njigba is the WR1 in Mel Kiper's most recent mock draft

Dynasty Analysis

The top three rookie receivers are as much up in the air as are the rookie quarterbacks but a selection of Smith-Njigba by the Jets with the 13th-overall selection would not be a complete surprise. The Jets continue to rebuild and now have quarterback issues once again after the epic flameout of sophomore Zach Wilson. With other young receivers Garrett Wilson and Elijah Moore already on the roster, some could consider the selection of another receiver, especially one not possessing the size of fellow rookie Quentin Johnston (6'4/215), somewhat of a luxury pick. Smith-Njigba couldn't follow on to his monster 2021 campaign due to a long-term hamstring injury but he's still in the mix for top receiver off the board in April. He's listed as DLF's WR1 and our R3 overall.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 25: 12:01 PM EST
Anthony Richardson top-ten

Rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson is selected ninth-overall by the Panthers in Mel Kiper's most recent mock draft

Dynasty Analysis

Richardson is a swing-for-the-fences selection due to his intriguing blend of arm strength and mobility but it comes with huge question marks about just how raw he is as a quarterback. The 6'4/232 lbs. quarterback has the mobility and speed to change the game but with only a single year as a starter in his time at Florida, a poor 53.8% completion percentage, and extremely pedestrian 17:9 touchdown to interception ratio, it's difficult to say how this will play out over the long term. It would be a shock to see Richardson under center early in 2023 and a selection by the Panthers likely means that Sam Darnold could return for one more year while the rookie is groomed. Richardson is found as DLF's QB3 and the R25 overall.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 25: 11:53 AM EST
Bryce Young the QB2

Bryce Young was the second quarterback selected in Mel Kiper's most recent mock draft

Dynasty Analysis

Mocked to the Colts with the fourth-overall selection, Young could fall from first-overall due to lack of size. It's hard to imagine that, given the need for quarterbacks in 2023, Young won't be off the board by the second-overall selection but with many of the needy teams selecting within the first seven picks, those within the top four may be willing to wait it out in hopes of landing one of Young, C.J. Stroud our Will Levis. Young is still the popular choice for first quarterback selected but with all three names possessing different traits, beauty will be in the eye of the beholder. Young is found as DLF's QB1 and our R16 overall.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 25: 11:43 AM EST
C.J. Stroud the top quarterback

C.J. Stroud was the first quarterback selected in Mel Kiper's most recent mock draft

Dynasty Analysis

It's hard to know whether Kiper is going for shock value here or if, indeed, he believes Stroud possesses the greatest chance to be the first quarterback off the board. To wit, he said in his write-up: "Houston still has several needs, but it should start with Stroud. I have Stroud just barely behind Will Levis (Kentucky) and Bryce Young (Alabama) in my rankings, but it's going to be a close race through April.

There are likely four quarterbacks who will be selected in the first half of the 2023 NFL Draft and each of them possesses different characteristics depending on what the prospective team is seeking. Stroud presents as an extremely accurate, strong-armed, pocket passer who has enough mobility to be intriguing. The criticism relates to his off-schedule ability and lack of perceived desire to use his mobility consistently. It's no secret the Texans will use their second-overall selection on one of the top passers in this year's draft though Alabama's Bryce Young is still considered the top-overall prospect. C.J. Stroud is found as DLF's rookie QB2 and the R18 overall.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 25: 11:16 AM EST
Evan Engram could return
Evan Engram - TE, JAC

There is mutual interest between Evan Engram and the Jaguars for the free agent player to return on a new contract.

Dynasty Analysis

Engram bet on himself and it's going to pay off. He immediately established a productive relationship with Trevor Lawrence and it's no surprise the team wants him back. The team made an unexpected trip to the playoffs in 2022 and possesses the second-best cap situation heading into 2023, the path of least resistance is for the 28-year-old to remain in Duval county on a new contract. Evan Engram is found as DLF's TE15.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ProFootballTalk
Jan 24: 5:14 PM EST
Ezekiel Elliott future in focus
Ezekiel Elliott - RB, DAL

Ezekiel Elliott is not expected to return to the team in 2023.

Dynasty Analysis

Drafted in 2016, Elliott has played well and has been productive for a long time in Dallas but it's obvious to all his time has come to an end. No longer with the dynamic or agility to carry the load, the team faces questions with Tony Pollard entering free agency, Elliott himself looking like a shell of his former self and, once again, an unfavorable cap situation. The Cowboys, no doubt, would love to see Pollard return and while they could apply the franchise tag to retain him, either situation likely spells the end of Elliott's tenure with the team. Found as DLF's RB27 and entering his age-28 season in 2023, Elliott's ranking is on the decline and there remains little to no confidence he'll be anything other than a touchdown-dependent asset going forward.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Star Telegram
Jan 23: 10:42 AM EST
Tony Pollard breaks leg
Tony Pollard - RB, DAL

Tony Pollard fractured his left fibula in the team's playoff loss to the 49ers

Dynasty Analysis

The timing couldn't have been much worse for Pollard or the Cowboys and he's expected to undergo surgery. Entering his age-26 season in 2023, the dynamic runner enters his first free agency period and all indications are that he and the team both desire a return to Dallas but, without a favorable cap situation, it remains to be seen how the dust settles. The team does have an out with veteran Ezekiel Elliott and a departure in 2023 has been long expected. Found as DLF's RB16, he has been on the rise all season and with the prospect of a greater workload coming in 2023, he'll be an intriguing upside-potential target depending on his ultimate landing spot.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Todd Archer via Twitter
Jan 23: 10:32 AM EST
Michael Mayer comp

ESPN's Matt Miller compares rookie tight end Michael Mayer to T.J. Hockenson

Dynasty Analysis

It's a fair play-style comparison that fits. Mayer carries an extra 20 lbs. and may not measure up to his 6'4" list but this will be answered next month during the NFL Combine. Dynasty managers will have to take a leap of faith as rookie tight ends often possess a long integration time into the NFL with many not panning out. To his credit, Mayer has been considered an elite-level prospect for over two years and his production at Notre Dame backs the grade. He's found as DLF's TE1 and our R8 overall.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 22: 10:45 AM EST
Jaxon Smith-Njigba comp

ESPN's Matt Miller compares Ohio State receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba to CeeDee Lamb

Dynasty Analysis

Maybe if you squint while looking into the sun. Smith-Njigba is listed at a similar 6'1/200 lbs. stature but that is where the primary similarities end in our estimation, and there's every possibility he measures-in slightly below 6'. Both do possess good hands but Lamb presents as a long target with plus-level route agility and speed after the catch. Smith-Njigba presents more as a technician with a high degree of route IQ to make up for his questionable long speed. Some of the speed concerns can be answered during the upcoming NFL Combine but Lambs' multiple years of collegiate domination provided for a more confident ceiling-potential grade. Smith-Njigba couldn't follow-on to his monster 2021 season due to a recurrent hamstring injury but should still hear his name called in the first half of the first round during the NFL Draft. He's listed as DLF's WR1 and the R3 overall.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 22: 10:38 AM EST
Jordan Addison comp

ESPN's Matt Miller compares USC receiver Jordan Addison to Keenan Allen

Dynasty Analysis

It's a comp we've heard before and it's far more relative to play style than physical comparison. Allen, standing at 6'2/211 lbs. possesses probably three additional inches and 40 more pounds to that of Addison, but there are similarities in route intelligence and after-the-catch physicality. That's where the comparison ends, however. Addison will look to follow-on to many other recent USC receivers to advance to the next level with success but his slight build remains a concern to some. He's listed as DLF's WR2 and the R4 overall.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 22: 10:27 AM EST
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