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Steelers plan to let Le'Veon Bell walk
Le'Veon Bell - RB, PIT

The Steelers will not use any type of tag on Le'Veon Bell, making him an unrestricted free agent at the beginning of the league year.

Dynasty Analysis

With this news, the Le'Veon Bell saga seems to be coming to a close. There will surely be a huge market for him, despite him sitting out an entire year and reportedly gaining some significant weight during his down time. When healthy, Bell is one of the most dynamic and explosive runners in the game and is a true difference maker in both reality and fantasy. His landing spot will be one of the biggest stories of the off-season as he'll surely become a bellcow running back yet again and possibly take a current fantasy starter's job in the process.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Feb 20: 5:29 PM EST
Charles Clay headed to Arizona
Charles Clay - TE, ARI

The Cardinals signed tight end Charles Clay to a one-year, $3.25 million contract.

Dynasty Analysis

Clay quickly landed on his feet after being released by Buffalo last week. He may be asked to block a bit more for the Cardinals as they attempt to again maximize the value of Ricky Seals-Jones. Still, it's really hard to get too excited for either player from a dynasty perspective as they have both underwhelmed recently and now find themselves battling each other for snaps.

DLF Analyst:       Source: SB Nation
Feb 19: 3:55 PM EST
Antonio Brown meets with Steelers
Antonio Brown - WR, PIT

Antonio Brown has met with Steelers owner Art Rooney and both have apparently agreed it's time to move on.

Dynasty Analysis

Brown has dominated the headlines recently with his public request for a trade, comments about the Pittsburgh organization, and rants on elliptical machines. This news seems to confirm the Steelers will look to find a trade partner for Brown and end what has been a bizarre last few months in Pittsburgh. Many teams have supposedly been turned off by his recent diva-like antics, but there's little doubt a team will step up to the table to acquire one of the league's best wide receivers. Brown's dynasty value could take a hit based on where he lands (the Steelers have made it clear they will not trade him to the AFC North or to the Patriots), but that's hard to say until we see where he lands. Stay tuned.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Yahoo Sports
Feb 19: 11:56 AM EST
Ryan Tannehill a fit in Washington?
Ryan Tannehill - QB, MIA

Ryan Tannehill continues to be connected to Washington this off-season.

Dynasty Analysis

The Dolphins seem poised to move on from Tannehill this off-season and this speculation continues to fan the flames in regards to Alex Smith missing all of next season. Tannehill would be a serviceable player for a team next year, but his health remains a concern and he's also been a habitual underachiever throughout his career. A change of scenery is needed, though it would be very surprising to see him post numbers better than that of a QB2 or bye week fill-in. As for Smith, the continuous reports of his recovery (or lack thereof) from that gruesome leg injury paint a very bleak picture in regards to his dynasty value. He's going to be dropped in a lot of leagues this off-season.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Dolphinswire
Feb 17: 2:00 PM EST
Mark Walton arrested in Miami
Mark Walton - RB, CIN

Mark Walton was arrested on a charge of battery.

Dynasty Analysis

The arrest happened in a parking garage after a couple was filming his reaction to them asking him to move his car. While there aren't a ton of details out there, this doesn't bode well for Walton, whose dynasty value was hanging by a thread anyway. Thought to be someone who could challenge Joe Mixon and other Cincinnati runners at this time last year, Walton was only able to muster 34 rushing yards on a paltry 2.4 yards per carry last season. Walton remains a hold in deeper leagues until the matter is sorted out, but he's going to be a popular drop to make room for a lot of rookies on dynasty rosters this off-season.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Feb 17: 1:46 PM EST
Charles Clay released by Buffalo
Charles Clay - TE, ARI

Tight end Charles Clay was released by the Buffalo Bills and is now an unrestricted free agent.

Dynasty Analysis

Clay would have been under contract for $9 million next season and that just wasn't going to happen after he posted a very disappointing 21/184/0 line last season with the Bills. The eight year veteran has just over 3,600 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns during his career, but was far from the impact player the Bills hoped they had when they signed him back in 2015. Clay will likely find a new home with a needy team like Detroit, but he's far from a sure bet for any meaningful production.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Feb 17: 1:42 PM EST
Nick Foles connected to Jacksonville again
Nick Foles - QB, PHI

Multiple beat writers are suggesting mutual interest between Nick Foles and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Dynasty Analysis

Foles is still under the Eagles' team control, but that doesn't mean much in this situation. Foles is going to be in a different uniform next season one way or another. The Eagles could use the franchise tag and trade him somewhere or just let him go and look to get a compensatory pick in the 2020 draft.

Foles is a tough player to really put value on as he's had some serious ups and downs throughout his seven year career with the Eagles, Rams and Chiefs. He's posted a 68:33 touchdown-to-interception ratio throughout his career. but that also includes a 27:2 season with the Eagles and a 7:10 year with the Rams, showing just how streaky he can be. Still, Foles would likely be an upgrade over Blake Bortles and this story simply won't go away. Foles should be looked at as a dynasty league backup or bye-week fill-in, though one who can win fantasy football games for you when he gets hot....or doom you when he's not.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Bleeding Green Nation
Feb 14: 12:22 PM EST
Pierre Garcon has option declined

Pierre Garcon's contract option was declined by San Francisco, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Dynasty Analysis

Many will take this as a sign the 49ers are making room for Antonio Brown. However, Garcon was on a five-year, $47.5 million contract and posted just 24 catches for 286 yards last season, making that contract virtually impossible to justify, regardless of the 49ers interest in Brown. The former 6th round pick of the Colts has had a fantastic 11-year career with 628 catches, 7,854 yards and 38 touchdowns with the Colts, Redskins and 49ers. After appearing in just 16 games over the past two years, it's fair to wonder just how much he may have left in the tank. Garcon is a hold candidate as long as you have room on your roster until he finds a new home. However, it's also pretty likely he becomes a bit of a dynasty roster clogger for the rest of his tenure in the NFL.

DLF Analyst:       Source: PFT on NBC
Feb 14: 11:47 AM EST
Isaiah Crowell a likely cut candidate
Isaiah Crowell - RB, NYJ

The Jets are expected to release Isaiah Crowell after re-tooling their running back corps this off-season.

Dynasty Analysis

The Jets are fully expected to go after running backs like Le'Veon Bell and Tevin Coleman in free agency this off-season. If and when they sign either of those two players, add a different free agent or draft a running back to add to their group, Crowell is reportedly going to be the odd man out. Crowell has been a very streaky player throughout his career and that didn't change last season. A new team could actually do wonders for Crowell as he's rarely been on the roster of winning football teams. At this point, Crowell is a hold in dynasty leagues, though one owners can't be holding too much confidence in.

DLF Analyst:       Source: PFT on NBC
Feb 13: 11:02 PM EST
Case Keenum's time in Denver coming to an end
Case Keenum - QB, DEN

Case Keenum is unlikely to return to Denver next season.

Dynasty Analysis

The Broncos traded for Joe Flacco today and that's clearly going to make Keenum expendable. Keenum is on the hook for $7 million for next season and has a $21 million cap hit with an $18 million base salary remaining on his contract. If the Broncos end up having to release Keenum, they’d get $11 million in cap space but take a $10 million hit in terms of dead money. With the financial ramifications, it’s doubtful a team really trades for Keenum and takes on that kind of financial commitment, so you can realistically expect the Broncos to release Keenum after finding no takers. It's quite possible Keenum finds a home as a bridge quarterback, but the more likely scenario is him finding his way to a backup job.

DLF Analyst:       Source: CBS Sportsline
Feb 13: 10:55 PM EST
Joe Flacco dealt to Denver
Joe Flacco - QB, DEN

The Ravens have reportedly reached an agreement to trade quarterback Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos, in exchange for a mid-round pick in this year's NFL Draft.

Dynasty Analysis

The Broncos have long been searching for a replacement for Peyton Manning and they'll roll with Flacco as soon as this trade becomes official at the start of the new league year. It's a little surprising the Broncos aren't aiming a little higher, but they have talent to surround Flacco and GM John Elway has long been a fan of veteran quarterbacks. The dynasty value of Flacco doesn't change much as he's still going to be a QB2 and dynasty backup or bye week fill-in on rosters. The value of Case Keenum takes a nose dive as he disappointed in his one year with the Broncos and will most likely released very soon. The market for Keenum will be very soft and he'll likely land as a backup somewhere.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Feb 13: 12:22 PM EST
Cardinals sticking by Rosen
Josh Rosen - QB, ARI

The Cardinals are holding firm that Josh Rosen is their quarterback of the future.

Dynasty Analysis

When asked about the possibility of selecting Kyler Murray with the #1 overall selection in this year's draft, new Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury simply stated, "Josh is our guy." While encouraging to Rosen, this story is not going away any time soon after Kingsbury told reporters he'd take Murray first in the draft while he was still the Head Coach at Texas Tech. The reality is Rosen had a pretty poor season, but much of that can be blamed on a weak supporting cast. Still, until the card is submitted, this story is going to follow the Cardinals franchise. New York would be a possible landing spot for Rosen should they trade him away, though it's hard to say if the Giants would give up a high first round pick or a player like Odell Beckham to get that done.

With quarterbacks at a premium, it's also not out of the realm of possibility to see the Cardinals use the pick on Murray and have two young signal callers to build around. After all, the Browns were rumored to be considering taking both Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold last year with their two top four picks, just to play it safe and increase their chances of hitting on a franchise quarterback.

DLF Analyst:       Source: LA Times
Feb 12: 6:11 PM EST
Kyler Murray chooses football over baseball

Oklahoma quarterback and professional baseball prospect Kyler Murray has chosen to pursue an NFL career.

Dynasty Analysis

Murray will be an intriguing draft prospect now that he's officially spurned the Oakland A's, who drafted him at #7 overall in last year's MLB draft. Murray is likely giving up more money to play football, but it clearly seems that's his true passion. The Heisman trophy winner was amazing last season as he threw for 4,361 yards, with 42 touchdowns and just seven interceptions at Oklahoma. When you add his 1,001 rushing yards and 12 additional touchdowns on the ground, you have an extraordinarily productive NFL quarterback prospect who is reminding many of the electric Michael Vick. Much will be said about Murray's height (5'10"), but a team will undoubtedly spend a high first round draft pick on him now that we know he's committed to the NFL. Murray looks like a second round dynasty rookie draft pick this Spring, though one with a high boom or bust chance.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NBC Sports
Feb 12: 1:05 PM EST
Antonio Brown found guilty, tweets a goodbye
Antonio Brown - WR, PIT

Antonio Brown was found guilty of reckless driving and tweeted a goodbye message to Pittsburgh.

Dynasty Analysis

It was a pretty busy morning for Brown, who was found guilty of reckless driving stemming from a citation for going 100 mph in a 45 mph zone back in November. Brown responded in classic Brown fashion with a tweet saying that read, "Thank you SteelerNation for a big 9 years...time to move on and forward.........#newdemands." One can only surmise this is a trade demand from Brown, who has obviously grown disenchanted with the Steelers franchise. Pittsburgh is now poised to move on with an offense featuring the likes of James Conner and Juju Smith-Schuster instead of Brown and franchise holdout Le'Veon Bell.

As for Brown, he's clearly one of the best wide receivers in the game. While he may desire a trade to San Francisco, the Steelers are inevitably going to simply look for the best deal they can. As much as Brown is ready to move on, the proud Pittsburgh franchise seems equally ready to send him packing. His dynasty value really can't go up much in a new setting and could conceivably go down, depending on what ends up happening with him. Stay tuned.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Antonio Brown on Twitter
Feb 12: 12:59 PM EST
Demaryius Thomas released by the Texans

The Texans have released wide receiver Demaryius Thomas.

Dynasty Analysis

The Texans traded a fourth round pick to the Denver Broncos in exchange for Thomas' services as they attempted to make a deep playoff run last season. Thomas was set earn $14 million next season and that was just too much for Houston to swallow after he posted just 23 catches for 275 yards and two touchdowns in seven games before tearing his Achilles during his disappointing tenure in Houston.

Thomas will attempt to rehab and find a new team next season. However, it's clear his best days are behind him and his owners may very well have a veteran roster clogger on their hands for the time being. Thomas is a dynasty hold at the moment and trade candidate for non-contenders if he returns and is overvalued by dynasty owners chasing past performance.

DLF Analyst:       Source: CBS Sportsline
Feb 12: 12:36 PM EST
Kareem Hunt signs with the Browns
Kareem Hunt - RB, CLE

The Cleveland Browns have signed running back Kareem Hunt to a one-year deal.

Dynasty Analysis

The fact Hunt received a second chance isn't all that shocking. However, getting it with the Browns prior to his suspension being announced is a bit of a surprise. Cleveland GM John Dorsey drafted Hunt when he was with Kansas City and clearly believes his talent outweighs the PR hit the Browns are going to take here. In terms of dynasty value, we're clearly in a "wait and see" mode here. Hunt will be suspended for most, if not all of next season before hitting restricted free agency at this time next year. The Browns are hoping his suspension is shorter than anticipated and the financial risk is minimal. They already have Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson in tow and adding Hunt could just make this offense that much more explosive.

The real hit here could be with Johnson, who the Browns could make available for a trade. At this point, Hunt looks like a hold, while Chubb and Johnson could be buy low candidates from owners who are overreacting to the news.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Feb 12: 12:26 PM EST
Josh Jacobs ranked sixth overall

In Daniel Jeremiah's top 50 prospect list, Alabama running back Josh Jacobs is found at #6.

Dynasty Analysis

The high ranking is a bit of a surprise for 2019 as the running back class is not considered strong and the first round is expected to be heavily defensive. Jeremiah was effusive in his praise of Jacobs due to build and skill-set and we don't necessarily disagree with his upside at the position though opinion is mixed. He has the capability to be a three down back at the next level but isn't a lock to be drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft. Drafted situation will be key toward early success. Jacobs is currently ranked as DLF's rookie RB4 and the R10 overall in the Rookie Top 50.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL.com
Jan 24: 11:50 PM EST
Alex Smith future still uncertain
Alex Smith - QB, WAS

Hogs Haven writer Mark Tyler mocks Missouri quarterback Drew Lock to the Redskins with the 15th pick in the first round

Dynasty Analysis

The mock draft can be seen via the attached link. Alex Smith was spotted at a Washington Wizards game sporting a huge brace on his injured right leg. Recent quotes from Redskins' management have also expressed patience and optimism about Smith's return such that it's becoming more obvious there isn't a lot of optimism about his ability to return by the beginning of the season. Smith's fantasy value continues to slide and he's now found as DLF's QB33. He can still be rostered but now no greater than an emergency QB3 behind two solid starters.

DLF Analyst:       Source: HogsHaven.com
Jan 24: 11:42 PM EST
Larry FItzgerald signs one-year deal

Larry Fitzgerald has been re-signed for 2019 and will play one more year, his 16th season.

Dynasty Analysis

Larry Legend is back! It's a minor surprise given the Cardinals' league-worst finish and change in coaching staff. Kliff Kingsbury will be the team's third head coach in three years but should bring a renewed focus on offensive production. Fitzgerald's numbers (65/698/5) dipped significantly in 2018 but it's hard to pin the blame on his advancing age as no Cardinal skill-position player performed well and numbers were down across the board. Given his reduced production, the Legend still finished as PPR's WR28. Fitzgerald will turn 36 just prior to kickoff of the 2019 NFL season and is DLF's WR64. He can be rostered in dynasty formats as a last-flex option but doesn't possess enough upside for anything more than depth for competing teams.

DLF Analyst:       Source: azcardinals.com
Jan 23: 11:19 AM EST
Nick Foles a Jaguar?
Nick Foles - QB, PHI

With John DeFillippo being named as offensive coordinator in Jacksonville, Nick Foles could follow.

Dynasty Analysis

The Jaguars are in dire straits at the position and DeFillipo and Foles enjoyed Super Bowl success in 2017. Blake Bortles has had his last chance and the Jags are certain to upgrade at the position. With Foles looking for a starting role as a free agent in 2018, the fit in Jacksonville is too perfect to ignore. Foles is a quality person and has shown shown toughness and the ability to be productive in tight spots for Eagles in 2018 and 2018. He'd be an immediate upgrade over Bortles giving the Jaguars immediately leadership and hope for the near-term. Nick Foles, only 30 years of age, is rising as DLF's QB35.

DLF Analyst:       Source: 1010xl.com
Jan 21: 4:59 PM EST
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