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Irv Smith expected to declare for NFL Draft

AL.com is reporting that tight end Irv Smith will be declaring for the NFL Draft.

Dynasty Analysis

The move has been completely expected by the All-SEC player and he'll join Noah Fant at the top of the rankings, though Smith can't match Fant's dynamic or upside at this juncture in his development. Smith isn't spectacular in any one phase of his game but he's accomplished across all of them, providing for a solid choice in the NFL Draft's second round, with some believing he could slip into the back end of the first round. Tight ends have a notoriously long integration period into the NFL and are risky fantasy selections, but first-round-selected tight ends tend to produce at a high level eventually. The tight end class, headlined by aforementioned Noah Fant, isn't particularly deep but the addition of Smith provides another name to consider in the back half of the second round in fantasy drafts.

DLF Analyst:       Source: AL.com
Jan 11: 11:21 AM EST
Josh Jacobs declaring for NFL

Via sources at AL.com, it is being reported that running back Josh Jacobs will declare for the NFL

Dynasty Analysis

It's not a surprising move though with senior Damien Harris departing, there was a possibility that Jacobs would decide to return to garner more carries and develop for another year. It's a solid decision as Jacobs appears to be the RB1 in a relatively weak running back class with no runner expected to be selected in the NFL Draft's first round. Jacobs ran for over 600 yards and 11 touchdowns, adding 20 receptions for 247 yards and three touchdowns while sharing the load as part of a three-back committee at Alabama. The 5'10/216 lb. back has the look and skill-set of a three-down player in the right system though he only has 252 carries on his resume'. The wide receiver position is the wheelhouse of the 2019 rookie class as far as fantasy is concerned but Jacobs provides an upside top-five selection for fantasy coaches needy at the position.

DLF Analyst:       Source: AL.com
Jan 11: 11:14 AM EST
Kyler Murray to enter NFL Draft

MLB's Oakland Athletics expect Oklahoma's Heisman winning quarterback, Kyler Murray, to enter the NFL Draft

Dynasty Analysis

Word is now that Murray ,selected ninth overall by the Oakland A's in June's MLB draft, is leaning toward playing football. Should he choose the NFL over MLB, he'll have to return his signing bonus and reject his $4.66M deal. It's a bit of a shock as all indications were that Murray would be heading to Oakland to play baseball. At 5'10 and 195 lbs., he doesn't carry the prototypical size sought for quarterback but with recent success of Drew Brees and Russell Wilson, teams may be willing to take another look. We'll wait until the decision becomes final but Murray entering the draft could shake up the rankings a bit in what is a weak quarterback class.

DLF Analyst:       Source: SFChronicle.com
Jan 10: 12:03 AM EST
Thomas Davis calls it a career
Thomas Davis - LB, CAR

Carolina linebacker Thomas Davis posted a video to his Twitter feed announcing his retirement Wednesday.

Dynasty Analysis

He's safe to drop in every format.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Twitter
Jan 9: 9:35 PM EST
David Montgomery declares for NFL Draft

Iowa St. running back David Montgomery has declared for the NFL Draft

Dynasty Analysis

it was a widely expected move for the productive two-year starter. In his past two seasons with Iowa St., Montgomery amassed 2,362 yards on 515 carries (4.6 ypc.) and 24 touchdowns. He also caught 58 receptions for another 453 yards. With good size at 5'11/216 lbs., Montgomery projects well to the NFL but isn't elite in any single area. 2019 marks a relatively weak running back class with no projected first-round NFL selections but Montgomery is in the mix to be one of the first two running backs off the board depending on yet undeclared Alabama back Joshua Jacobs who is a tackle-breaking machine with more apparent upside than fellow teammate Damien Harris. Either way, David Montgomery projects as a first-half of the first-round selection in dynasty rookie drafts.

DLF Analyst:       Source: David Montgomery via Twitter
Jan 8: 1:25 PM EST
Dwayne Haskins declares for NFL Draft

Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins has declared for the NFL Draft

Dynasty Analysis

Haskins was largely believed to be leaning toward jumping to the NFL in what is a very weak quarterback class. He immediately jumps to the top of the rankings at the position and is the odds-on favorite as the first quarterback selected, potentially at 1.01. The Arizona Cardinals hold the first selection but used their 2017 first-round pick on rookie Josh Rosen meaning their 1.01 will be in-play for trade. While Rosen wasn't spectacular, the Cardinals have other needs and should be looking to trade back in the first round while picking up additional selections. There are many quarterback-needy teams and it should create a hot market for Haskins. The Giants (1.06), Jaguars (1.07), Broncos (1.10), Bengals (1.11), Dolphins (1.13), Redskins (1.15) in the first half of the first round all could look to trade up.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Dwayne Haskins via Twitter
Jan 8: 1:07 PM EST
Antonio Brown has requested a trade
Antonio Brown - WR, PIT

According to Jason La Canfora, Antonio has "requested but not demanded" a trade

Dynasty Analysis

The Steelers, still mired in the unfolding saga of Le'Veon Bell, have a new major distraction brewing and the odds have now swung in favor of Brown being traded. It's going to take a couple of tumblers to drop into place but you can bet the Steelers are motivated to see Brown out of Pittsburgh and the feeling will most certainly be mutual from Brown. The most likely scenario would appear to be a restructure of his contract which would make a trade far more palatable to acquiring teams. A trade prior to March 14 would also incur a $21.2M cap hit but also see a modest 2019 cap savings. It's still early and it's possible Brown relents but it would seem too much water is now over the damn and that Brown has played his last snap as a Steeler.

DLF Analyst:       Source: CBS Sports
Jan 5: 1:11 PM EST
Reuben Foster charges dropped
Reuben Foster - LB, WAS

The state of Florida dropped the domestic abuse charges against Reuben Foster of Washington Thursday. He remains on the Commissioner's List at this time.

Dynasty Analysis

He was released by San Francisco when the charges were filed. There's too much smoke around Foster for there not to be some kind of fire. If you are risk-averse, he's probably long off your radar. Even if you are a forgiving soul, you're probably still squeamish about dealing for him. He is a buy-low opportunity, but I wouldn't give anything of real value for him.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 3: 10:12 PM EST
Antonio Brown won't be traded?
Antonio Brown - WR, PIT

Antonio Brown won't be traded unless something changes contractually.

Dynasty Analysis

In short, the Steelers would incur a dead-money cap hit north of $21M if they released him prior to June 1. On some teams, this may be a reasonable sum to get rid of a distraction, but not with Pittsburgh, who are well known to be very frugal. But, should the Steelers be willing to trade him, that number would fall to only $7M but any draft pick compensation would be in 2020 or beyond. One other scenario could be a restructure-and-trade scenario if Brown is very motivated to exit, which he very well could be. While the Steelers are fresh off the Le'Veon Bell saga, which technically is still unfolding, the appetite for carrying a further disgruntled Antonio Brown may be far less. It remains to be seen. While this whole saga continues to play out into the off-season, Brown's dynasty value has begun a slow slide and he's now found as DLF's WR8.

DLF Analyst:       Source: USA Today
Jan 2: 1:09 PM EST
Leonard Fournette on way out?

The Jaguars have notified Leonard Fournette that his contract guarantees for the final two years of his contract have been voided

Dynasty Analysis

It's a shocking development to say the least and reeks of heavy-handed Tom Coughlin influence. It's safe to assume the Jaguars have been frustrated with Fournette's continuing injury issues coupled with noticeable frustration from the player as the Jags continue to put a poor product on the field. It appears Jacksonville is about to clean house though targeting your highly drafted (2017) running back in such a way is a dubious move at best. For his part, Fournette's constant ankle issues are an issue and have obviously affected his weight and conditioning. He looked noticeably lighter to begin the season but suffered a hamstring injury early which cost him half the season before returning in week 10, only to then be suspended for week 13 for a fight occurring week 12. Upon returning, Fournette appeared much heavier than earlier in the season and lacking burst and power. The final straw for management seems to have come as Fournette and T.J. Yeldon, himself a free agent in 2019, were 'caught' on camera sitting on the bench next to each other with their arms crossed seemingly uninterested in the game.

Injury frustrations aside, it's hard to side with the Jaguars here as it's obvious poor field performance, coaching and management have played a significant role in player relations. Yeldon is certain to move on in free agency and it now appears Fournette will be released or traded as well. It's safe to assume there's little way either player will wish to return. Fournette's situation could get dicey if Jacksonville decides to play hardball with contractual obligations though it's unknown at this time what that could mean. His value had already been in deep decline and may continue until more about his future becomes clear, likely as we near the NFL Draft. Turning 24 in less than a month, Fournette has unquestionable skills when healthy but it's safe to wonder if he'll ever be healthy again. He'll have an entire off-season to focus on his health, conditioning and his determination to prove the Jaguars wrong in 2019. All signs point to Fournette being traded early or released in 2019. He's currently found as DLF RB14.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Dec 31: 9:42 AM EST
Hunter Henry set to return
Hunter Henry - TE, LAC

Hunter Henry is set to return (ACL) in the Chargers' wild card game vs. the Ravens.

Dynasty Analysis

It's a huge boost to the Chargers to haven't had consistency from the position since losing Henry in a pre-season game. It's a very quick return and he'll likely play limited snaps but it's what fantasy owners want to see as we head into the off-season. Henry's ADP (80) dipped significantly following the injury but should continue to climb as long as he suffers no further setbacks. Just recently turning 24, he's found as DLF's TE8 and should make for an intriguing risk-reward TE1 play in 2019.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Adam Schefter via Twitter
Dec 31: 9:16 AM EST
Tom Brady plans to keep playing
Tom Brady - QB, NEP

During a recent interview, Brady exclaimed that he not only expects to play in 2019, but also beyond.

Dynasty Analysis

Why wouldn't he? The GOAT has regressed slightly but is still performing at a high level with a single game remaining in 2018's regular season. With 4,105 yards, 25 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, Brady is still a dependable QB1. His 11 interceptions is his highest total since 2013 and his 2018 quarterback rating of 95.4 sits just above his 2013 rating of 87.3 - again, with one game to play. While not much has changed physically with Brady, it seems as though Rome is burning around him. Rob Gronkowski has faded badly, Josh Gordon has been suspended indefinitely and the relationship between he and Bill Belichick has never been under more scrutiny as further details of discord continue to emerge. Both he and Gronkowski have one year remaining on their contracts and more than a few believe Gronk won't return. Smart money is seemingly on both Brady and Gronkowski finishing out their contracts together via one more year in New England with major change following in 2020. Tom Brady has fallen to DLF's QB22.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Dec 29: 12:16 PM EST
John Ross has seven touchdowns
John Ross - WR, CIN

John Ross, a deep-sleeper heading into 2018, has seven touchdowns on only 20 receptions in 2018

Dynasty Analysis

Ross, returning from a famously disastrous 2017 campaign where he garnered a single touch resulting in a lost fumble, was a hot name as a deep-sleeper prior to the season. While his touchdown total seems to have supported that notion, his 20 receptions on 53 targets remains an area of significant concern. The sophomore speedster out of Washington is arguably the fastest player in the NFL but has had difficulty finding his footing in Cincinnati who was decimated by significant injury at nearly every offensive position. It's hard to say whether Ross' value will jump heading into 2019 or if major roster change will strike the Bengals' this off-season leading to further uncertainty. As DLF's WR75, he's still on the radar but clearly not viewed as having tremendous upside in dynasty.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Dec 29: 12:04 PM EST
Chris Godwin moving up?
Chris Godwin - WR, TBB

With DeSean Jackson wanting out of Tampa Bay and late-bloomer, Adam Humphries, due to be a free agent in 2019, Chris Godwin may see an increase in snaps.

Dynasty Analysis

Truth be told, Godwin was a volume snap player in 2018, though was very inconsistent due to Tampa Bay's quarterback play coupled with DeSean Jackson's injury status. Humphries and Godwin were substantially similar in offensive snap share in the second half of the season behind Mike evans, Humphries emerging as the far more consistently productive receiver. With one game remaining, Godwin has amassed 53 receptions, 728 yards and five touchdowns though much of his production, including four of his five touchdowns, came in the first half of the year. Still only 22 years of age, any increase in snaps or role will upgrade Godwin's value substantially in 2019. Chris Godwin is found as DLF's WR27 showing his upside hasn't been missed by the dynasty community.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Dec 29: 11:53 AM EST
DeSean Jackson wants out
DeSean Jackson - WR, TBB

It seems DeSean Jackson wants out of Tampa Bay and has put his house up for sale

Dynasty Analysis

It appears as though he wants to return to Philadelphia in 2019 though there's no word whether there exists mutual interest and the Eagles' cap situation is an issue. Jackson hasn't played a full 16 games since 2013 and missed four games this year. He managed 41 receptions, 774 yards and four touchdowns as the deep threat in Tampa in 2018. The Eagles are most assuredly moving on from Mike Wallace and it remains to be seen if they will attempt to retain Golden Tate though their aforementioned cap-room makes it an unlikely proposition. For Jackson, who will play most of 2019 at 32 years of age, his best years are behind him and he'll be no better than an upside WR4 for competitive dynasty teams. He's found as DLF's WR81 due to advancing age and inconsistent production.

DLF Analyst:       Source: John Clark via Twitter
Dec 29: 11:42 AM EST
Josh Doctson remains inconsistent
Josh Doctson - WR, WAS

Josh Doctson has been an inconsistent performer in 2018 but has remained healthy while the Redskins have seen enormous quarterback issues in 2018

Dynasty Analysis

Doctson is on pace to set a career high in yardage, needing only three yards to surpass his 2017 total of 502. Most importantly, he's remained healthy even as though the Redskins' quarterback situation has been a fire drill all season. It's not certain quarterback Alex Smith will be able to return following his gruesome spiral fracture and subsequent infections, which are said to be threatening his career. What is certain is that the Redskins will address the position during the off-season via the draft, in free agency or in trade. The carousel at quarterback hasn't helped Doctson's development and 2019 will be a critical year. He'll remain on the fantasy radar as no more than a last-flex emergency player until he proves otherwise. Josh Doctson is currently DLF's WR61.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Dec 25: 8:17 PM EST
Robert Foster locking up WR2 role
Robert Foster - WR, BUF

Undrafted Alalbam rookie Robert Foster continues to develop and appears to be the front-runner for the WR2 role heading into 2019.

Dynasty Analysis

Over the past six weeks, Foster has become a target hog for rookie quarterback Josh Allen, garnering 20 targets over the past three weeks alone as his role has grown. His snap share as a total of offensive snaps has averaged greater than 90% over that period and he's trending upward as the WR2 behind Zay Jones. The Bills continue to rebuild and have great need at both tight end and running back but their defense remains stout and prospects are finally looking up for Buffalo faithful. For owners of Fosster, there's even greater reason for optimism as he's shown the ability to be a downfield threat with capable hands and should have little competition heading into OTAs in 2019. As DLF's WR91, he's barely on the radar and makes for an intriguing acquisition in dynasty.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Dec 25: 8:07 PM EST
Chris Herndon seizing opportunity
Chris Herndon - TE, NYJ

Chris Herndon posted a season high 82 yards and a touchdown on six receptions

Dynasty Analysis

The Jets were desperate for tight end help and it appears as the position may no longer be one of need as the rookie continues to impress. Herndon continues to dominate the snap share and continues to develop into the only reliable 'move' tight end on the roster. On the year, Herndon has amassed 38 receptions for 494 yards and four tight ends, but those numbers are sure to increase in 2019 as a full-time starter. Drafted in the fourth round, Herndon has shown reliable hands and plus-level dynamic as a target for fellow rookie, and developing quarterback, Sam Darnold. The tight end position, historically, has a long integration period in the NFL and a rookie producing early is relatively rare. As DLF's TE27, he's on the radar but seems to have a long runway toward an even greater ahead in 2019. Add him this off-season as a back-end TE1 with upside.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Dec 25: 7:57 PM EST
Elijah McGuire's future role a mystery
Elijah McGuire - RB, NYJ

Elijah McGuire has tallied 137 yards and three touchdowns on 49 carries, adding nine receptions for 102 yards and another touchdown over his past three games.

Dynasty Analysis

His fantasy points look much better than his per-carry average as his touchdowns have inflated his scoring. It's fair to wonder what McGuire's role will be with Isaiah Crowell (IR) still in the picture and under contract until 2021. The Jets are also rumored to be interested in Le'Veon Bell, of whom any acquisition of would certainly squash any near-term value. An acquisition of Bell, or another back, would point to Crowell's almost-certain release, relegating McGuire to back-up duties once again in 2019. How McGuire fares in his final game in week 17 vs. New England may help determine the Jets' willingness to stick with him as the starter in 2019 but his fantasy future is fraught with risk as much as there is upside. As DLF's RB59, the 24 year old back carries major sleeper potential for enterprising coaches willing to add him in the off-season in the face of this uncertainty.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Dec 25: 7:13 PM EST
Chris Carson finishing strong
Chris Carson - RB, SEA

Chris Carson has 71 carries for 296 yards and four touchdowns over his past three games

Dynasty Analysis

It puts Carson over 1,000 yards for the season to go with eight touchdowns with one game remaining, a home game vs. the Cardinals. Granted the strong games have come against both San Francisco and Kansas City, two less than stout run defenses, but it shows what Carson is capable of if healthy and carrying a full load. He'll finish with another poor defense in week 17 but figures to receive less work as Seattle's playoff prospects are secure. Carson, still only 24, isn't a free agent until 2021 and looks talented enough to hold rookie, Rashaad Penny, off from the starting role in 2019 but that eventuality may come down to staying off the trainer's table. As DLF's RB44, there's great value to be had for coaches willing to acquire him in the face of a running back by committee in 2019 and beyond.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Dec 25: 6:56 PM EST
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