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Dez Bryant turning down multi-year offers

Dez Bryant has reportedly turned down a multi-year contract offer from Baltimore in hopes of landing a one-year deal and testing the market next off-season.

Dynasty Analysis

Getting cut from Dallas has apparently not affected Bryant's self-confidence or shattered his self-esteem. The Ravens reportedly offered him "Crabtree money," which would mean somewhere around three years and $21 million to sign. Instead, Baltimore signed Willie Snead to the two-year, $10.4 million offer sheet ultimately not met by the Saints. Bryant will likely find a home shortly after the draft and is clearly betting on himself here. It's a risk for a player who may have declining ability but there's also something about players in contract years that make for a lot of fun in dynasty leagues. Stay tuned.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL.com
Apr 25: 3:43 PM EST
Paul Perkins already dealing with early injury
Paul Perkins - RB, NYG

Paul Perkins was sidelined at Giants minicamp due to a pectoral injury.

Dynasty Analysis

Perkins apparently suffered the injury on his own as he was training for the upcoming season. It's yet another tough blow to a player the Giants were counting on last season only to be severely disappointed. With New York rumored to be in the market for Saquon Barkley in the draft, Perkins' dynasty value is clearly on the ropes.

DLF Analyst:       Source: PFT on NBC
Apr 25: 10:48 AM EST
Rob Gronkowski to return for the 2018 season
Rob Gronkowski - TE, NEP

Rob Gronkowski will return to the Patriots for the 2018 season.

Dynasty Analysis

There was some talk of Gronkowski retiring but that's seemingly been put to rest. He'll return as perhaps the greatest TE weapon in all of dynasty leagues but his value is starting to decline as it looks like any upcoming season could be his last. Contending teams should love to have him but rebuilding teams should be seriously considering moving him prior to the season or risk losing him for nothing over the next year or two.

DLF Analyst:       Source: CBS Sports
Apr 25: 10:39 AM EST
DeVante Parker has fifth year option exercised
DeVante Parker - WR, MIA

The Dolphins have exercised the fifth year option in wide receiver DeVante Parker's contract, keeping him under team control through 2019.

Dynasty Analysis

The annual hype train for Parker went full steam ahead last off-season and he responded with a thud-like 57 catches for 670 yards and one touchdown last year. Over his three year career, Parker has at total of just 139 receptions for 1,908 yards and eight touchdowns. The former first round pick faces a serious make or break season as the Dolphins could still cut ties with him after the season since his contract is guaranteed for injury only. Parker's dynasty value is at an all-time low so he's likely a hold candidate for owners.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Apr 25: 10:36 AM EST
Todd Gurley has fifth year option exercised
Todd Gurley - RB, LAR

The Rams have exercised Todd Gurley's fifth-year option, keeping him under team control through 2019.

Dynasty Analysis

A year ago, this looked unlikely. Now, it's a no-brainer. Gurley had a monster breakout season with a combined 19 touchdowns and over 2,000 yards from scrimmage, leading some to believe he should have been the NFL's MVP. Gurley is a RB1 in dynasty leagues and owners should be comforted to know he's staying in Los Angeles for the foreseeable future and not being coached by Jeff Fisher.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Apr 25: 10:22 AM EST
Dalvin Cook recovering well
Dalvin Cook - RB, MIN

All indications are that Dalvin Cook has recovered well from a torn ACL in his left knee and should be ready for the start of training camp in July.

Dynasty Analysis

Cook got off to a good start in 2017 to begin his NFL career, rushing for 354 yards and two touchdowns on just 74 carries (4.8 YPC). Just as owners were descending from the clouds, Cook suffered a tear of his left ACL, ending his season. The Vikings went on to run the ball well and nearly made the Super Bowl. Fast forward to 2018 and Jerick McKinnon, the Vikings most dynamic runner, departed to San Francisco leaving the productive Latavius Murray as the only other back of note. It's good news that Cook should be healthy to open camp though there's no great reason to rush him back to a full workload early in team activities. Into the season, it's expected that Cook will take over primary-back duties but Murray is certain to factor in and touches could be inconsistent to begin the season. On DLF's Dynasty Running Back rankings, Cook is the RB7 and his ADP (14) has begun a slow climb in recent months. Cook, still only 22 years old, is a solid round two selection in new start-up dynasty drafts and a solid acquisition target if he carries any discount.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Twin Cities Pioneer Press
Apr 25: 10:05 AM EST
Melvin Gordon to have option exercised
Melvin Gordon - RB, LAC

The Chargers plan to exercise the fifth-year option in Melvin Gordon's contract, keeping him in Los Angeles through 2019.

Dynasty Analysis

Dynasty league owners should take note the Chargers haven't officially exercised the option and have just said they plan to. When and if this occurs, Gordon should be penciled in as the team's bellcow over the next two years. Gordon posted his first 1,000 yard campaign last year and now has 24 total touchdowns over the past two seasons. Unfortunately, he's also failed to reach four yards per carry in any of his three seasons in the league. Still, Gordon's receptions have increased each year as he posted a career high 58 catches last year as well, making him a nice weapon in dynasty leagues. All of this information makes it fair to wonder if Gordon's value has hit its high mark. He's a hold candidate in dynasty leagues but owners hoping for more may be disappointed in 2018.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Apr 24: 10:35 AM EST
Amari Cooper's fifth-year option picked up
Amari Cooper - WR, OAK

The Raiders have exercised Amari Cooper's fifth-year team option, keeping him under team control through 2019.

Dynasty Analysis

New Head Coach Jon Gruden has been on record stating Cooper will be the focal point of the passing offense next season. This will be a critical year for Cooper as he comes off a very disappointing 2017 campaign that featured an underwhelming 48/680/7 line. The Raiders are showing some real faith in Cooper here and he's a prime bounce back and possible buy low candidate in dynasty leagues.

DLF Analyst:       Source: CBS Sports
Apr 24: 10:29 AM EST
Reuben Foster could be out
Reuben Foster - LB, SFO

GM John Lynch has said that if Foster's charges are true, "he won't be part of this organization".

Dynasty Analysis

It's an ominous statement that could well spell the end of Foster's days in San Francisco and, perhaps, the NFL. On DLF's IDP LB rankings, Foster is currently the LB19, no doubt falling on his continuing domestic issues and the case that is about to play out. All signs seemingly point to the charges being true at this point but Foster will get his day in court. Until then, we suggest making other plans at LB while keeping Foster rostered just in case he receives a favorable ruling and is able to continue his career.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Cam Inman via Twitter
Apr 24: 10:23 AM EST
2018 NFL Draft may be most intriguing ever

Ian Rapoport reported that one GM has predicted the 2018 NFL Draft will possess the most first round trades ever.

Dynasty Analysis

We agree. With five quarterback selections in the first round a near certainty, it's not a stretch to think a sixth (Mason Rudolph) could slip into the end of the first round as teams look to trade up to lock up a fifth year option on the rookie passer. The smokescreens are as thick as we've ever seen just days before the draft and Cleveland, holding the first selection overall, is doing its best to ensure that they make it appear as though every top quarterback is in play. With so many quarterbacks in the mix, and no far-and-away leader atop the list, Cleveland is in the driver's seat with the first and fourth overall selections. While common logic suggests that Darnold would seem to be best suited to be first-selected, it also stands to reason the Browns could select Saquon Barkley and still be in fine shape to draft the best remaining quarterback at 1.04. Too many NFL teams need quarterback help and this draft has all the makings of one possessing an incredible number of first round trades.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Ian Rapoport via Twitter
Apr 24: 10:17 AM EST
Sony Michel could slip

According to a pre-draft report, Sony Michel's stock value could slip due to medical issues.

Dynasty Analysis

Every year, these type of reports emerge just prior to the draft. No doubt many are rooted in truth, but many others are complete nonsense. Luckily for the fantasy community we can wait to see what transpires before making our selections as NFL teams vote their confidence in the form of a high draft selection. Michel missed only two games over the past three seasons at Georgia but "The Ringer" host Mike Lombardi says he's been hearing Michel's medical grade is "iffy". There was no detail on these medical issues but, if true, you can expect Michel to slip into, perhaps, the middle of the second round.

After Saquon Barkley, it's a toss up as to which back will be second off the board. Until recently, Derrius Guice easily held onto the RB2 ranking but teams are said to be put off by his mysterious answers during interviews and questions about character. Michel's teammate Nick Chubb, if not for an ACL injury, would likely be the consensus RB2 from this class and is still in the running. All recent indications prior to this report have been that Michel has overtaken Guice as the only other first-round-selected running back. We'll know soon enough.

DLF Analyst:       Source: The Ringer NFL Show
Apr 24: 10:05 AM EST
Mike Williams healthy at last
Mike Williams - WR, LAC

Sophomore receiver Mike Williams said he's finally healthy after a disappointing rookie campaign

Dynasty Analysis

Williams had a medical flag (neck) coming out of Clemson in 2017 and quickly "tweaked" his back early in camp. What followed was a disappointing season in which he could only muster 11 receptions and 95 yards. It's not an uncommon road for rookies at the next level and fantasy coaches can use these events to their benefit. As it stands, Williams is still only 23 years of age and has fantastic size at 6'4/218 lbs. On DLF's Wide Receiver rankings, Williams can be found as the WR31 and his ADP (79) continues to decline. Still young and with plenty of upside, Mike Williams represents and intriguing buy-low target prior to the NFL Draft where draft selection value reaches its apex.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Chargers.com
Apr 24: 9:52 AM EST
Saints decline to match offer to Willie Snead
Willie Snead - WR, BAL

The Saints have declined the offer sheet Willie Snead signed with the Ravens, making the signing with Baltimore official.

Dynasty Analysis

The signing likely takes the Ravens out of the mix for Dez Bryant and re-shapes their receiving corps at the same time. Baltimore has now added John Brown, Michael Crabtree and Snead to their offense, giving Joe Flacco an entirely new corps of receivers. The big loser here is Breshad Perriman, who has clearly lost the faith of the team. Meanwhile, the dynasty value of Cameron Meredith just stabilized a bit, though it was clear the Saints were going to be counting on him anyway.

DLF Analyst:       Source: CBS Sports
Apr 23: 9:58 AM EST
NFL Draft - Wide Receiver Report

With less than a week to go until the the Cleveland Browns are on the clock with the first selection of the NFL Draft, the rookie wide receivers continue to lose value to the running backs.

Dynasty Analysis

One only need check DLF's rookie receiver rankings to understand the variability of views about this year's class of receivers. With six DLF writers ranking rookie receivers, three different names appear on top: DJ Moore, Courtland Sutton and Calvin Ridley. Of those same six rankers, five different names appear as the WR2 in this class. Sutton is the size-dynamic player with the most intrigue but a wet blanket has been thrown on him in the recent past as multiple scouts and analysts have emerged saying he's not a first-round talent. Beyond Sutton, Kirk, Moore and Ridley all have legitimate first-round ability but also carry more risk than desired. Drafted situation will play a huge role for these names and it's likely greater consensus will occur following the draft. As it stands, look for the running backs to dominate 1.01 - 1.05, with the potential as far out as 1.07. This will push receivers into the bottom of the first round. As a dynasty coach if you are a receiver-needy, this is a fine time to sell out of that mid-first-round selection to land a top already-established younger NFL receiver and allowing your trade partner to assume the risk of the draft.

DLF Analyst:       Source: DLF Rookie Rankings
Apr 21: 2:27 PM EST
NFL Draft - Running Back Report

The NFL Draft is less than a week away and all fantasy eyes will be on the running backs

Dynasty Analysis

The 1.01 in dynasty rookie drafts is a foregone conclusion (Barkley) and the real game begins at 1.02. Derrius Guice was the odds-on favorite to be second off the board but news continues to swirl that coaches are none to impressed by his character and mysterious answers during interviews. Six running backs from this year's draft are near-locks to be fantasy first-round selections: Saquon Barkley, Derrius Guice, Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, Rashaad Penny and Ronald Jones. Michel, in fact, appears to be gaining favor over Guice and may now sneak into the NFL Draft's first round. As much as 1.01 is a given, no such statement can be made about 1.02. Guice and Michel both carry three-down potential while Chubb appears better suited as an early-down component. Jones appears to have the most dynamic of all backs not named Barkley while Penny seems to carry the most intrigue. It's not out of the question that this year could see six running backs selected in rookie drafts prior to the first wide receiver. As is always the case, however, expect at least a couple of these backs to fall to less than desirable situations and for the the middle of the first round rookie picks to lose some value.

DLF Analyst:       Source: DLF Rookie Rankings
Apr 21: 1:31 PM EST
NFL Draft - Quarterback Report

With less than a week to go until the NFL Rookie Draft, the rookie quarterbacks continue to garner a lot of attention.

Dynasty Analysis

When the NFL Draft gets underway next Thursday, the quarterback position will be in focus. It's a near certainty now that five quarterbacks will be selected in the first round: Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson. Outside of these five, there's a possibility that Mason Rudolph could also slip into the first round due to the fact that teams receive a fifth-year option for players selected in the first round. For the quarterback position, this is an important option for teams to consider. In all likelihood, at least three of these quarterbacks will be selected before the sixth selection. The order they come off the board is anything but certain though but Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen appear to be in the best position. That said, word coming out of Cleveland would seem to suggest that Josh Allen may be atop their list but fantasy coaches should trust very little as the draft nears due to misinformation being the name of the game. The general belief for 2018 is that none of these names represent tremendous face-of-the-franchise value but the fact is, too many teams have a dire need at the position and can't afford to wait.

DLF Analyst:       Source: DLF Rookie Rankings
Apr 21: 1:14 PM EST
Breshad Perriman's dynasty value shrinking

With the impending addition of Willie Snead, Breshad Perriman's dynasty value is on the ropes.

Dynasty Analysis

The Saints are not expected to match the offer sheet of Willie Snead, meaning the Ravens will have added Snead, John Brown and Michael Crabtree this off-season to re-vamp their receiving corps. Add in the possibility of another rookie or two joining the fold and it looks like Baltimore has finally given up on the former first round pick. The Ravens have taken the likes of Travis Taylor, Mark Clayton and Perriman in the first round in club history and none have panned out. Perriman caught just ten passes for 77 yards last season and simply hasn't shown much thus far. If the Saints do indeed fail to match the offer sheet to Snead, Perriman is going to see the waiver wire in a lot of dynasty leagues.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL.com
Apr 20: 11:17 AM EST
Willie Snead signs offer sheet with the Ravens
Willie Snead - WR, BAL

The Ravens have signed Willie Snead to a two-year offer sheet worth up to $10.4 million.

Dynasty Analysis

The Saints are highly unlikely to match this offer as they've already added Cameron Meredith to the fold. The Ravens will have totally overhauled their receiving corps by adding Snead, Michael Crabtree and John Brown through free agency. The Saints effectively gave up on Snead after his three-game suspension last year but Baltimore will give him a legitimate chance to regain his value.

DLF Analyst:       Source: PFT on NBC
Apr 20: 10:37 AM EST
Brandon Marshall released by the Giants

The Giants have released Brandon Marshall.

Dynasty Analysis

Marshall's tenure in New York lasted just one season as he recorded just 18 catches for 154 yards before being shut down for the season due to injury. Marshall is now coming off two very poor seasons and it seems like the 1,502 yards he posted for the Jets back in 2015 was a decade ago. The 34-year old Marshall should find a landing spot somewhere but his days of being a dominant force in fantasy could very well be over. He remains a hold in dynasty leagues as we wait to see where he may end up.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN.com
Apr 20: 10:33 AM EST
Broncos cut CJ Anderson

The Denver Broncos have released running back CJ Anderson.

Dynasty Analysis

Releasing Anderson will save the Broncos $4.5 million against the salary cap. They'll presumably move forward with a combination of Devontae Booker and De'Angelo Henderson at running back. However, savvy dynasty owners won't lift a finger until the draft rolls around and we see what other plans Denver may have for the position. It's unlikely Saquon Barkely will be available for them but it's a possibility. As for Anderson, he shouldn't have a hard time finding work after performing fairly admirably for Denver over the past five years. Unfortunately, he may need to wait until after the draft comes and goes to find a new home.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL.com
Apr 16: 11:04 AM EST
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