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Blake Bortles signs extension through 2020
Blake Bortles - QB, JAC

Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles has signed a three-year, $54 million deal keeping him in Jacksonville until 2020. The contract is worth up to $66.5m and includes $26.5m guaranteed money.

Dynasty Analysis

Bortles, currently our QB29 in dynasty ADP, receives a lot of stick for his NFL play. But through the last three seasons, he's finished as the overall QB3, QB8, and most recently, QB13. Keep in mind last year, he was without his top receiving weapon Allen Robinson.

While there is understandable hesitation in relying on him as a fantasy starter based on the real-life play, he is a solid, cheap option at the QB position. Specifically in 2QB and superflex leagues, being able to acquire a player who has been this consistent over the past few years can be a huge help.

With big changes coming at the position throughout the league, the 26-year-old, fifth-year starter could be someone to target heading into 2018 if you stream or don't like too invest too much at quarterback. If you own him, you're getting great value, so hold unless his value increases.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Jacksonville Jaguars
Feb 25: 7:40 AM EST
Emmanuel Sanders likely staying in Denver

In the linked article by Chris Wesseling, he cites Ian Rapoport saying the "Broncos don't wish to deal" Emmanuel Sanders.

Dynasty Analysis

At this time of year, there's a lot of smoke and mirrors in play and with the Broncos desiring a proven quarterback to lead the club in 2018, it's wise for them to put up the appearance that no changes will be taking place to the starting wide out situation of Demaryious Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. True intentions may be very different than spoken word in this situation but the Broncos have little behind Thomas and Sanders. Soon to be 31 years of age, Sanders' production has been on the decline since 2015 and injury in 2017 reduced his games played to 12. DLF's receiver rankings finds Sanders as the WR37 and an ADP in free-fall. He'll make for an intriguing buy-low dynasty candidate as a complementary player should he remain healthy in 2018.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL.com
Feb 24: 12:34 PM EST
Brandon Bolden retained by Patriots
Brandon Bolden - RB, NEP

The New England Patriots have re-signed running back Brandon Bolden to a one-year, $880,000 deal.

Dynasty Analysis

It's important to stay on top of any and all running back movement in New England, since they've had four different leading rushers in the last five seasons. However at 28 years old and now entering his seventh year as a Patriot, don't expect Brandon Bolden to have a major impact - whatever happens with the rest of the group.

Bolden is a core special-teamer and solid teammate, but your focus should be on the other players in the backfield. Where will Dion Lewis (RB35) land? Will Rex Burhead (RB53) return? What's the deal with Mike Gillislee (undrafted)? As we wait to see how the situation unfolds, it's still best you steer clear of Bolden on dynasty rosters.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Field Yates on Twitter
Feb 24: 9:49 AM EST
Chris Ivory released
Chris Ivory - RB, JAC

In a long expected move, the Jaguars have released Chris Ivory

Dynasty Analysis

Ivory will turn 30 in March and was inactive multiple times to end the 2017 season. In all likelihood he'll land at least one more one-year deal but is all but off the dynasty radar as is. This news is more important for T.J. Yeldon owners as he's now the clear backup for Leonard Fournette and is a free agent in 2019. At 24 years of age, there's plenty of runway for the 6'1"/223 lbs. back as he seeks a starting gig. On DLF's dynasty positional rankings, Ivory currently sits as the RB73 while Yeldon is holding as the RB50. For aggressive dynasty owners, expect Yeldon's ADP to be on the incline as we near kick off to the 2018 season. He's an intriguing buy-low target now as his ADP has remains near a career-low.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL.com
Feb 23: 1:11 PM EST
Saquon Barkley could fall on draft day

MMQB author Peter King admits that while Saquon Barkley is elite, the law of supply and demand may hurt is value on draft day.

Dynasty Analysis

The MMQB is a great read and this edition is particularly good. King suggests that there exists too much need at other premium positions for most teams to pull the string on Barkley near the top of the draft. Consider last year's premier running backs and their drafted positions: Dalvin Cook (41), Joe Mixon (48), Alvin Kamara (67) and Kareem Hunt (86). Kamara and Hunt were second round selections that filled up the stat sheet in 2017 and will be marquee names in 2018 dynasty drafts. History has shown there exists little true need to over-draft a running back. That doesn't rule out the "generational talent" of Barkley from a higher selection, but King continues to suggest that premium positions may drop his draft-day value. Barkley remains the clear 1.01 fantasy draft player and we will be shocked if he falls outside the top eight selections of the NFL Draft. Regardless of his ultimate NFL Draft selection, he's as easy a selection at 1.01 in fantasy rookie drafts as you will find.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Sports Illustrated
Feb 22: 11:51 PM EST
Josh Gordon likely going nowhere
Josh Gordon - WR, CLE

Josh Gordon is an exclusive rights free agent in 2018 and will likely be a Brown through the 2019 season

Dynasty Analysis

If Josh Gordon signs his one-year tender offer, he'll be a restricted free agent in 2019, giving the Browns some level of control through the 2019 season. This will allow Cleveland to determine if Gordon has his life together while getting a full season under his belt in 2018. There's a lot of time between now and kick off of the 2018 season and time has never been a friend to Gordon. His history combined with Cleveland's continuing quarterback woes will keep his value lower than his talent would suggest. At 27 years of age on 4/13/18, Gordon could still string together many years of top production if his head is on straight. Until then, he'll remain a high-risk player that can't be counted on, but with the talent to be a difference-maker as a WR3. His DLF Dynasty positional ranking rests at WR32 and his ADP is on a sharp incline. As a dynasty asset target, his intrigue is undeniable, at least to the level of his risk.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Sports Illustrated
Feb 22: 11:35 PM EST
Tyrod Taylor's situation a complete mystery
Tyrod Taylor - QB, BUF

It's anyone's guess what ends up happening with Tyrod Taylor for 2018

Dynasty Analysis

In the linked story and video, Ian Rapoport suggest that Buffalo MAY choose to pay Taylor's looming $6M roster bonus as the Bills do not wish to part ways with the 28 year old quarterback without knowing who will replace him. This would leave Taylor with a somewhat manageable $10M base salary for 2018 allowing the Bills to choose to keep him while drafting and grooming his replacement or draft his replacement and trade him away. Frankly, it appears as though Buffalo's best option may be to hang onto Taylor while planning to start the new face of the franchise in 2019.. Either way, Tyrod Taylor's future is nearing an end due to sporadic play and the Bills' draft capital, currently holding picks number 21 and 22 in the first round along with two second round selections. In DLF's dynasty rankings, Taylor current sits as the QB23 and his ADP is in free-fall.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL.com
Feb 22: 11:08 PM EST
Kirk Cousins could prefer Minnesota
Kirk Cousins - QB, WAS

ESPN's Courtney Cronin reports the Vikings could be a potential fit for Kirk Cousins.

Dynasty Analysis

This report is more about connecting dots than reporting facts but it's important to note Cousins has said publicly he'd like to join a team ready to contend. It's hard to find a team with a better fit combined with a need than Minnesota. The addition of Cousins would certainly help maintain the values of Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, among others. This is the first of what will be a large number of speculative reports but it's one to keep in mind as free agency hits. Cousins would be a nice fit in Minnesota and should be a nice QB2 wherever he ends up.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Feb 22: 12:38 AM EST
Alshon Jeffery has rotator cuff surgery
Alshon Jeffery - WR, PHI

Alshon Jeffery will be out the next six months after having rotator cuff surgery.

Dynasty Analysis

Alshon Jeffery had surgery on a torn rotator cuff on Wednesday and will be out for six months. The report indicates Jeffery will be out all the way into the preseason and could even hinder his ability to be ready for the season opener. Amazingly, Jeffery played the entire season with the injury. While this could affect his short-term ADP slightly, chances are Jeffery's long-term dynasty value is unaffected with this news. As such, he could be a buy low candidate this off-season.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Feb 22: 12:33 AM EST
Jonathan Stewart a cut candidate

Jonathan Stewart is reportedly a candidate to be released by Carolina.

Dynasty Analysis

This should come as no surprise as the aging Stewart posted a career low in yards per carry average. The Panthers will likely be in the market for a new lead runner in the 2018 NFL Draft to pair with Christian McCaffrey. Stewart will likely resurface as a platoon back somewhere but the days of him being relevant in dynasty leagues could be over. He'll go down as one of the most disappointing players in recent memory as a talented back who just never took full advantage of his opportunities.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Feb 21: 11:51 AM EST
Jarvis Landry gets tagged by Miami
Jarvis Landry - WR, MIA

The Dolphins have designated Jarvis Landry as their franchise player.

Dynasty Analysis

Landry will now return to the Dolphins either as their franchise player or as a result of a long-term extension they're reportedly still working on. Landry has been ultra productive during his four years in Miami, catching a total of 400 passes and leading the league in receptions last season with 112, a career high. While not the most explosive receiver on the planet (he averaged just 8.8 yards per catch last year and 10.0 for his career), Landry has been a reliable source for catches and a legitimate chain mover. His touchdown total of nine from last season could be a bit of an anomaly but Landry is a great player to have in PPR leagues. Staying in Miami should keep his ADP right around 30 and leave him as a great WR2 in dynasty PPR formats.

DLF Analyst:       Source: CBS Sports
Feb 20: 9:17 PM EST
Doug Martin released by Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released veteran running back Doug Martin.

Dynasty Analysis

This move is not a surprise as Martin has struggled both on the field and off in the past two seasons. Considering the crowded free agent and draft classes, Martin might be lucky to find a roster spot moving forward. As a result, his dynasty value is nearly gone.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Rick Stroud (Twitter)
Feb 20: 2:19 PM EST
Saquon Barkley could run in 4.3 range at Combine

Daniel Jeremiah believes Barkley could run in the 4.3s in his 40 during the NFL Combine

Dynasty Analysis

As if! Whether he runs in the 4.3s or, far more likely, in the 4.4s, Barkley is secure at the top of most all fantasy rookie drafts. This speaks far more about the do-all back and the expectations for him at the next level. There's virtually no scenario that sees Barkley fall outside of the 1.01 in fantasy rookie drafts and he's as exciting a player as were Todd Gurley and Adrian Peterson when they entered the NFL. His position in dynasty drafts overall may depend on his drafted situation but no situation sees him fall below rookie RB2 Derrius Guice. Barkley should vie for top five for all running backs in inaugural dynasty drafts before he takes his first NFL snap.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL.com
Feb 19: 2:49 PM EST
Lamar Jackson better as a wide receiver?

Bill Polian believes that Lamar Jackson is too short to play quarterback and should switch to wide receiver

Dynasty Analysis

In comments that can be read via the link, Polian believes Jackson is too short, too slight and without the accuracy to make it as a quarterback but that he does possess the athleticism and acceleration to excel as a wide receiver. It's another bold call from Polian and while he could be correct based on one-dimensional physical traits, there are too many other factors that play into Jackson's potential for him to consider such a move. Beyond the plight of Jackson is the greater story of ALL the quarterbacks in this year's first round. For as many comments in favor for any one of the slingers exists off-setting comments to the downside. It's clear there is no single headliner at the position in this year's draft but, instead, a full six who could hear their name called in the first round with arguably five who could be first off the board.

DLF Analyst:       Source: SB Nation
Feb 19: 2:34 PM EST
Case Keenum still likely to return to Minnesota
Case Keenum - QB, MIN

All signs continue to point to Keenum returning to the Vikings in 2018 via franchise tag.

Dynasty Analysis

In what is perhaps the most intriguing off-season situation, the Vikings have multiple options to consider for their quarterback position. Keenum isn't a prototypical face-of-the-franchise quarterback but few could argue his 2017 results. He only amassed a 22:7 touchdown to interception ratio in 2017 but completed over 67% of his passes on his way to a 98.3 quarterback rating. But the "you can't measure heart" cliche aptly applies. The Vikings will likely bring back Teddy Bridgewater or Sam Bradford as well while letting the remaining player to enter free agency. This would likely play out again at the end of 2018 when Minnesota will need to determine how to address the position once more. It's not out of the question that the Vikings would use a mid-round pick on a rookie quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft. In DLF's dynasty rankings, Keenum is unsurprisingly ranked as the QB25 with an ADP of nearly 200. He's a high QB3, borderline QB2, in dynasty if he secures the starting role to kick off 2018.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Feb 19: 2:14 PM EST
DeMarcus Lawrence expected to remain in Dallas

The Cowboys are expected to use the franchise tag on DeMarcus Lawrence

Dynasty Analysis

It's not out of the realm of possibility that the Cowboys and Lawrence are able to work out a long term deal but the Dallas may wish to push the deal out a year while they wait to see if Lawrence can have a follow-on year to his 14.5 sack performance in 2017. At only 26 years old when the season kicks off, health is his own limiting factor and IDPs perform best when no change to their situation takes place. On DLF's dynasty IDP rankings, Lawrence is the DL14 and should be increasing in value should he remain in Big-D. He's not out of the discussion for top DE in 2018.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Feb 19: 1:10 PM EST
Dion Lewis to hit the open market
Dion Lewis - RB, NEP

Dion Lewis is a free agent in 2018 and is not likely to receive the franchise tag from the Patriots

Dynasty Analysis

The Patriots just don't pony up big dollars to retain most free agents and prefer, instead, to fill roles from the depth chart. New England always keeps a large number of running backs in their stable and all perform well, meaning that Lewis will be free to test the open market. He should be the top back to make it to the free agent market and should find plenty of suitors for his complementary style. At 5'8" and 195 lbs., Lewis runs bigger than his size would suggest and he's accomplished in the passing game as well. He'll turn 28 shortly after kickoff of the 2018 season and should have 2-3 years of production ahead of him for his last contract. In DLF's dynasty rankings, Lewis' value has a wide range and currently sits as the RB38 and an ADP of 81. His 2018 value will largely depend on role with his new team and he should be a valuable complementary piece in PPR leagues in the right situation. His DLF ADP graph is on a steep incline.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Feb 19: 12:56 PM EST
Allen Robinson expected to remain in Jacksonville
Allen Robinson - WR, JAC

Allen Robinson is expected to receive the franchise tag

Dynasty Analysis

It's not a big surprise and the Jaguars don't have any other targets for the tag in 2018. It just makes too much sense as Robinson remains a top-flight receiver and needs to prove he's healthy after falling to an ACL in the first game of 2017. He'll be 25 when 2018 kicks off so he's got plenty of runway in front of him and should he remain healthy and productive, he'll command a top contract for 2019. On DLF's receiver rankings, Robinson since as the WR16 and his ADP of 26 is starting to recover after falling due to injury. He'll be a solid acquisition target in dynasty if you can get him at or above his current ADP.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Feb 19: 12:34 PM EST
AJ McCarron suddenly a free agent
AJ McCarron - QB, CIN

AJ McCarron has won his grievance against the NFL and will now be an unrestricted free agent.

Dynasty Analysis

McCarron won a previous grievance filed against the Bengals that gives him an accrued season for 2014. He now has the required four seasons accrued to make him an unrestricted free agent, rather than a restricted one. The distinction is a big one as McCarron will now hit the open market with teams able to sign with no compensation heading to Cincinnati. His name will likely be thrown around with the Jets, Broncos, Browns, Bills and many other quarterback needy teams. McCarron has sneaky QB2 value as a future starter with some upside. If he's sitting on your wire, he's worth a shot as a potential top-30 dynasty quarterback.

DLF Analyst:       Source: PFT on NBC
Feb 15: 5:25 PM EST
Larry Fitzgerald to return in 2018

Larry Fitzgerald has informed the Cardinals he will return for a 15th season.

Dynasty Analysis

Good news for Fitzgerald owners here today as it seems he was seriously considering retirement. Fitzgerald, 34, has posted 1,234 catches for 15,545 yards and 110 touchdowns over his Hall of Fame Career. While not as explosive as he once was, Fitzgerald hasn't slowed down much in his 30s, en route to posting over 100 catches in each of the past three seasons and scoring 21 touchdowns in the process. While he's no longer a true WR1 to build around, Fitzgerald represents perhaps the top target amongst contending dynasty teams as a player who could put them over the top at a price that isn't going to hamstring a dynasty franchise long-term.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Feb 15: 11:21 AM EST
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