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Joe Mixon slims down
Joe Mixon - RB, CIN

Joe Mixon showed up to the start of training camp at 218 lbs., 12 pounds lighter than his 2017 playing weight.

Dynasty Analysis

Mixon's value has been all over the map since his somewhat disappointing 2017 campaign. Now as the unquestioned starter with Jeremy Hill in New England, Mixon has a chance to make good on the increasing hype. In 2017, Mixon looked sluggish and indecisive running behind a relatively poor offensive line. In addition, Giovani Bernard should retain third-down duties as a capable complement to Mixon's style. Mixon tallied 626 yards on 178 carries with four touchdowns in a part-time role. Expectations are clearly for greater than 1,000 yards in 2018. Shedding the weight should allow for a more elusive and nimble style with a lower pad level. Joe Mixon is DLF's RB12 and his ADP (23) reflects the current level of expectation held by dynasty coaches. He remains an intriguing upside running back available near the end of the second round in new drafts.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Bengals.com
Jul 19: 11:18 AM EST
Christian Kirk only on special teams?
Christian Kirk - WR, ARI

In the "Quick Slants" discussion, Mike Jurecki does not mention Christian Kirk when speaking about at WR2, WR3 and WR4 behind Larry Fitzgerald

Dynasty Analysis

The second round selection, number 47 overall, was praised coming out of college for his route running and dynamic with the ball in his hands, some comparing him to O'Dell Beckham Jr. With Larry Fitzgerald locked in as the WR1 and both John Brown and Jaron Brown departing during the off-season, it's a free-for-all on the receiver depth chart. Only Chad Williams, Brice Butler and J.J. Nelson were mentioned with Kirk only mentioned as a special teams player, specifically on punt returns. Kirk is still a rookie and, as such, expectations must always be lowered, but should this prediction prove true it would be a disappointing start to Kirk's NFL career. On DLF's receiver rankings, Kirk is found as the WR33 and WR4 on the rookie rankings.

DLF Analyst:       Source: AZCardinals.com
Jul 19: 10:03 AM EST
Brandin Cooks signs 5-year extension
Brandin Cooks - WR, LAR

The Rams and wide receiver Brandin Cooks have agreed on a five-year extension

Dynasty Analysis

Cooks was shipped to the Rams from the Patriots this off-season in a somewhat shocking event. After losing Sammy Watkins to the Chiefs, Cooks was quickly added to fill the gap. Third year quarterback, Jared Goff, is now in command of an offense that could, arguably, rekindle memories of The Greatest Show on Turf. With Watkins, Goff turned in a QB9 performance in 2017. In New England, Cooks regressed slightly but still managed 65 receptions, 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns. Now across from Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp with Todd Gurley in the backfield, the question to be asked is, "Are there enough targets/touches to go around?" As DLF's WR18, he's dynasty valued as a WR2 but carries extra risk until we see how he's utilized. In any case, the weapons now possessed by the Rams should keep defenses 'honest' and away from stacking the box to limit Todd Gurley.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL.com
Jul 17: 2:31 PM EST
Devin Funchess in contract year
Devin Funchess - WR, CAR

Devin Funchess, in his first full year as the WR1 for the Panthers, is in a contract year.

Dynasty Analysis

Contract years and wide-receivers are often a match made in heaven, especially as the arguable focal point of a passing attack. Funchess logged 63 receptions, 840 yards and eight touchdowns while playing most of the year as WR1, filling in for the traded Kelvin Benjamin (Bills). Following the trade, Funchess appeared to find immediate footing before settling into an inconsistent producer role in fantasy. With only a single 100 yard effort (108) in week 12, Funchess struggled in his remaining five games to end 2017. With a healthy Greg Olsen returning, the rookie D.J. Moore occupying a starting role across the formation and Christian McCaffrey set to be a dynamic threat out of the backfield, all arrows would seemingly be pointing up for Funchess - but fantasy coaches are a fickle bunch and will want to see production first. The 24 year old Funchess is DLF's WR29 and his ADP (75) offers intriguing upside for risk-taking coaches. His age, physical presence, role and contract year variables are tough to ignore but he'll have to show well before receiving an upgrade.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Panthers.com
Jul 16: 10:14 PM EST
D.J. Moore looks more than ready
D.J. Moore - WR, CAR

Panthers.com reporter Max Henson says Moore has looked "more than ready to contribute"

Dynasty Analysis

It's not often a rookie receiver has a noteworthy first year, but Moore would seem to be primed for just that as he appears set to start across from Devin Funchess. Out of Maryland as the 24th overall selection in 2018's rookie draft, Moore doesn't carry fantastic physical size at 5'11 but his 215 lbs. brings a load and he's dynamic in his routes and more so with the ball in his hands. Moore is best not relied upon as anything more than a WR5 in his rookie year until he proves otherwise, but it's hard not to like his prospects in an offense which jettisoned Kelvin Benjamin in 2017. The aforementioned Funchess should command the lion's share of targets along with veteran tight end Greg Olsen and sophomore runner Christian McCaffrey but some targets should remain for Moore. DLF's receiver rankings find Moore as the WR25, lofty value for an unproven rookie but representative of both his drafted situation and receiving skills.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Panthers.com
Jul 16: 10:01 PM EST
Kenneth Dixon avoids PUP list
Kenneth Dixon - RB, BAL

Baltimore running back Kenneth Dixon has avoided the PUP list.

Dynasty Analysis

Ravens' training camp opens on July 19th and Kenneth Dixon has steered clear of the PUP list following a torn meniscus in 2017. Both Terrance West and and Danny Woodhead have departed leaving Alex Collins with a tenuous hold as the early-down runner while Dixon looks to get back on track. Dixon is still likely rostered in all deeper dynasty leagues and should be as he possesses better carry-the-load size over Collins. That said, with only one year of experience, consisting of 12 games, significant ground is to be made up should he expect to carve out a greater role, though Alex Collins did fade down the stretch in 2017. Collins owners should consider a handcuff with Dixon while acquisition price remains low. Dixon is found as DLF's RB 70 and his ADP (158) has bounced off the bottom.

DLF Analyst:       Source: BaltimoreBeatdown.com
Jul 16: 9:51 PM EST
Le'Veon Bell will play with franchise tag
Le'Veon Bell - RB, PIT

Le'Veon Bell and the Pittsburgh Steelers made progress in contract negotiations but couldn't get a deal done, meaning Bell will play one more year under the franchise tag

Dynasty Analysis

Ian Rapoport has heard that Bell turned down a five year, $70M offer with more than $30M over two years. If true, the proposed deal would have easily made Bell the top paid back in the league. Instead, he'll play for one year and $14.5M and the odds of him returning to the Steelers in 2019 just got a lot slimmer. The 26 year-old runner had another solid season with nearly 1,300 yards and nine touchdowns in 2017. That said, Bell has never reached double digit rushing touchdowns and only once has played all 16 games. It stands to reason the Steelers may part ways with Bell's demands after 2018. Until then, Bell remains an elite dynasty runner but has fallen to the RB4 on DLF's running back rankings and his ADP (7) remains stable. There should be a big market for Bell in 2019 but no certainty the offensive dynamic will remain the same on a new team. While still a top back, he's a risk-on acquisition beyond 2018 until we know more about his long-term situation.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Ian Rapoport via Twitter
Jul 16: 9:38 PM EST
DeMarco Murray chooses retirement

DeMarco Murray has chosen to retire from the NFL instead of waiting for a new free agent contract.

Dynasty Analysis

Murray played seven years with the Cowboys, Eagles and Titans. He'll undoubtedly be remembered for his epic 2014 season when he rushed for 1,845 yards and 13 touchdowns for Dallas. Unfortunately, he's also going to be looked at in dynasty leagues as a player who seemed to lose a step after carrying the ball 392 times that year. Murray was good but never really great in every other season as he had only two other 1,000 yard campaigns and failed to score double digit rushing touchdowns in any other season. He ends his career with 7,174 rushing yards, 2,165 receiving yards and a total of 55 touchdowns. Murray could have likely landed a veteran contract with a team that endures a camp injury but chose to hang it up instead. Murray can be safely dropped from dynasty league rosters unless you want to hold out, thinking he'll have a Favre-ian change of heart.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jul 13: 1:40 PM EST
JuJu Smith-Schuster will see 100 targets

Jeremy Fowler of ESPN suggests JuJu Smith-Schuster will see 100 targets in 2018

Dynasty Analysis

For reference, Smith-Schuster saw 79 targets in 2017 as a rookie, converting them to 58 receptions, 917 yards and seven touchdowns. The increase in targets, should he convert at the same pace, would equate to a 26% increase in production, or 73/1155/9. In only his second year, that level of production pegs him as a low-end WR1. Starting the season at only 21 years of age, Smith-Schuster would seem to have a very bright future ahead of him as he lines up across from HOF receiver Antonio Brown. Brown is aging and Ben Roethlisberger's career is drawing to a close so risk abounds but, for the near future, Smith-Schuster should remain on your radar at the very beginning of the third round in new startup drafts. He's currently slotted as DLF's WR13 and his ADP (28) is on a slow incline.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jul 11: 8:51 AM EST
LeSean McCoy's future uncertain
LeSean McCoy - RB, BUF

LeSean McCoy's future is very much in doubt following the horrific battery of a woman, Delicia Gordon, who was at one time connected with McCoy.

Dynasty Analysis

There's so much to report on here but we're simply not going to get into the details as the news is coming at breakneck speed and truth and fiction are nearly impossible to figure out at this juncture. It's safe to say that, taking a purely fantasy football angle here, LeSean McCoy's future in the NFL hangs in the balance of what is to come. As you look to your team's future either as a holder of McCoy or with a draft to come, do so while understanding the risks. McCoy is currently ranked as DLF's RB24.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Mike Garafolo via Twitter
Jul 11: 8:39 AM EST
C.J. Anderson may be next Stephen Davis
C.J. Anderson - RB, CAR

In his Grill Bill segment, Panthers' blogger Bill Voth says C.J. Anderson was the best addition for the Panthers this off-season

Dynasty Analysis

We agree! Carolina's front office seems particularly smitten with their new inside runner and Anderson is fresh off his first 1,000 yard (1,007) campaign, though he only scored three touchdowns on the ground. While not known for his hands out of the backfield, he did secure 28 receptions and another touchdown. At only 27 years of age, Anderson should still have a lot remaining in the tank but has only one year (2017) in which he played all 16 games. Taking over for the departed Jonathan Stewart came with virtually no fanfare but he's primed for material snaps in a system that features the running game. While all dynasty focus will remain on sophomore Christian McCaffrey, savvy dynasty coaches should be able to acquire Anderson on the cheap as a potential last-flex weekly play. On DLF's dynasty running back rankings, Anderson can be found as the RB41 and his ADP (118) is coming off a three-year low showing that there's a lot of sleeper potential available should his carries pan out as expected.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Panthers.com
Jul 6: 3:31 PM EST
Chase Edmonds sees first-team snaps
Chase Edmonds - RB, ARI

Chase Edmonds has received a "slice" of first-team reps with the absence of David Johnson

Dynasty Analysis

One shouldn't read too much into the "first-team" mention as the backfield is certain to run through the able legs of David Johnson who will be healthy to start 2018. After Johnson, the depth chart is completely up in the air for the Cardinals' running game. Edmonds is the most dynamic back and carries better-than-expected size at 5'9 and 210 lbs. He's a threat both on the ground and out of the backfield in the passing game. But the Cardinals also have D.J. Foster and T.J. Logan for competition and each has flashed at times in 2017. It's a situation to to monitor as the primary back-up to David Johnson would have immense value should Johnson fall to injury once again. On DLF's rookie running back rankings, Chase Edmonds is valued as the RB12 and as the RB71 on the combined list. He's worth a shot in rookie drafts in the third round, especially for owners of David Johnson.

DLF Analyst:       Source: AZCardinals.com
Jul 5: 4:17 PM EST
Deshaun Watson isn't changing
Deshaun Watson - QB, HOU

Rookie phenom Deshaun Watson exclaimed "I don't want to change anything that got me here" when asked whether he would consider changing his style to avoid injury.

Dynasty Analysis

Watson went on to say "there's no point in switching up the routine" even though it's his second ACL (different knees) in his last three years. The point is that history suggests quarterbacks like Watson fall to injury at an increased rate without better adapting to the NFL game. NFL defensive players have far more speed and strength than Watson is accustom to, increasing the chances of falling to injury each time he escapes the pocket. That said, Watson's latest ACL injury was of the non-contact variety suffered in practice. If not for his 2017 injury, Watson may have run-away with rookie of the year honors after amassing almost 1,700 yards and 19 touchdowns to only eight interceptions in only seven games. Watson is found as the QB4 on DLF's quarterback rankings and his ADP (56) rests at a career high. Dynasty coaches have been snatching up Watson prior to the sixth round in new drafts which is a testimonial to his value given the depth of the quarterback position. There's no more exciting prospect at the position but he comes with a significant injury flag should he not reform.

DLF Analyst:       Source: DailyPress.com
Jul 5: 4:05 PM EST
Reuben Foster suspended two games
Reuben Foster - LB, SFO

As expected, Reuben Foster was suspended for two games to start the 2018 season.

Dynasty Analysis

Foster was ultimately suspended for weapons and drug offenses but dodged the far more serious domestic battery charges which may have well ended his career. As it stands, Foster gets the equivalent of a fresh start and has every opportunity to reform past behavior and focus on staying on the field. If he can, he possesses immense upside as DLF's LB12.

DLF Analyst:       Source: 49ers.com
Jul 5: 3:48 PM EST
Aaron Jones suspended two games
Aaron Jones - RB, GBP

Aaron Jones was suspend two games by the NFL in response to a marijuana-related offense earlier in the year.

Dynasty Analysis

The suspension isn't a surprise and, once again, Jones is slated to miss time during the regular season and cede carries to fellow sophomore runner, Jamaal Williams. The dynasty community continues to be higher on Jones, though the gap is narrowing. Jones is somewhat undersized (5'9/205) to carry the load but has looked dynamic with the ball in his hands while Williams has better size (6'0/212) and had his moments in 2017 as well. Both backs are locked into a committee rotation shared with Ty Montgomery and the missed time will only help Williams to establish greater dependability for the Packers. On DLF's running back rankings, Jones is found as the RB28 and Williams as the RB40. Until more is learned about the committee and how carries will be shared, it's a situation to avoid in earlier rounds and dynasty owners would be well-served to handcuff both Jones and Williams.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Mike Garafolo via Twitter
Jul 5: 3:41 PM EST
Aaron Jones needs to improve
Aaron Jones - RB, GBP

In a Q&A chat with readers, Aaron Nagler suggests that only improved pass protection stands between Aaron Jones and a greater workload

Dynasty Analysis

The Packers’ running back depth chart may be the most watched situation this off-season. Should a bell-cow back emerge, he’ll immediately garner back-end RB1 value behind the high-powered offense led by Aaron Rodgers. Fellow backfield running mate, Jamaal Williams, performed well in 2017 and Ty Montgomery remains in the mix but seems best suited as a running-back/wide-receiver hybrid making for a muddy situation at best. It’s a toss-up as training camp is due to get under way shortly and all signs currently point to a running back by committee. But if Jones continues to falter in pass protection, Jamaal Williams may emerge as the back to own in Green Bay. Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams are listed as the RB28 and RB41 respectively on DLF’s running back rankings showing that DLF writers believe Jones will emerge as the eventual starter. It’s a situation to monitor during the pre-season.

DLF Analyst:       Source: PackerNews.com
Jun 29: 8:29 PM EST
Andrew Luck is pain free
Andrew Luck - QB, IND

Andrew Luck is reporting no pain in his throwing shoulder

Dynasty Analysis

No shoulder has received more attention over the past 18 months than that of Luck’s. After missing all of 2017, Luck’s dynasty value has nosedived and he’s no longer seen as a sure-fire QB1. There’s arguably no better risk-reward value than Luck in 2018, especially for those coaches already possessing a top name at quarterback. The Colts have been extremely slow and deliberate with his rehabilitation in hopes of ensuring the problem remains in his past and,, while there is no guarantee he can return with the upside he once had, all eyes will be on Andrew Luck in week one. Luck is still found as the QB8 on DLF’s quarterback rankings and his ADP (118) shows just how deep the quarterbacks are in 2018. Consider Luck as a high-ceiling QB2 once you have an established starter and other positions become thin.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Indy Star
Jun 29: 7:59 PM EST
Marlon Mack to benefit from Turbin suspension
Marlon Mack - RB, IND

Marlon Mack figures to receive more carries following the four game suspension of Robert Turbin

Dynasty Analysis

Mack has been getting a ground-swell of support recently as Nyheim Hines has been talked up as being primarily a return specialist with potential spot duty on third downs. Fellow rookie, Jordan Wilkins, carries the size of a carry-the-load back but is very raw and likely will receive minimal touches as long as Mack remains healthy though may be best suited for short yardage duty. It’s a situation that carries no guarantees but offers fantastic upside if Mack can perform. On DLF’s running back rankings, Mack is found as the RB32 and his ADP (86) suggest an eighth round risk-reward selection which could provide production well beyond his current value. Expect his ADP to climb into training camp.

DLF Analyst:      
Jun 29: 7:44 PM EST
Robert Turbin suspended four games
Robert Turbin - RB, IND

Turbin will be suspended four games to start the 2018 season due to a PED violation.

Dynasty Analysis

It appears as though Turbin wanted to get ahead of the impending news and made the announcement himself along with an apology. While he doesn’t state what the violation was specifically for, it appears as though it won’t be contested and the four game ban is a certainty. While unfortunate for Turbin, this will come as welcome news for Marlon Mack owners in addition to followers of rookies Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins. Turbin isn’t likely to produce materially at this point in his career and is best left as a last-roster-spot addition for owners of Mack.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Robert Turbin via Twitter
Jun 29: 7:41 PM EST
Rex Burkhead may retain goal line duties
Rex Burkhead - RB, NEP

It’s only a guess this early, but Burkhead is best suited to be the workhorse back at/near the goal line

Dynasty Analysis

The Patriots’ backfield is well known to be guesswork at best every year as they keep a very deep depth chart at the position relying on the strength of role playing specialists as opposed to a single workhorse. Burkhead was ultra-productive in spot-duty in 2017, providing for eight combined touchdowns including 30 receptions over 10 games. While dynasty coaches would love to see rookie Sony Michel become the bell-cow, and more than a few pundits suggesting that could be the case, we don’t see coach Belichick moving away from the production and efficiency Burkhead provided, especially noting Michel’s poor habit of putting balls on the ground while at Georgia. Burkhead is ranked as DLF’s RB44 and his ADP (133) value presents a risk-laden 11 round opportunity for bold drafters.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jun 29: 7:24 PM EST
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