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Sony Michel avoids structural damage
Sony Michel - RB, NEP

Updating a previous news item, an MRI has confirmed Sony Michel has avoided structural damage in his left knee.

Dynasty Analysis

He's considered week-to-week but the news is very good considering what many fans and New England beat writers were expecting. Expect Michel to miss a week or two and for James White to see increased snaps until Michel's return.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Adam Schefter via Twitter
Oct 22: 2:56 PM EST
Amari Cooper traded to Cowboys
Amari Cooper - WR, DAL

The Dallas Cowboys have acquired Amari Cooper for a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft

Dynasty Analysis

It's good news all around except for the near-term prospects Derek Carr. Cooper has been mired in a poor situation stemming back to 2017 but it's hard to pin all the blame on the Raiders and difficult to determine when things went south. In all likelihood, an additional receiver in Dallas won't immediately right the ship in Big D but it will go a long way to plugging the most notable hole. The Cowboys' receiver corps. has been, arguably, putrid and the only semblance of excitement in recent weeks has been in Dak Prescott's willingness to lean on his mobility. Even opposing defenses have stacked the box to reduce the impact of Ezekiel Elliott and dare Prescott to air it out. For Cooper, time will tell. He's a free agent in 2020 but Jerry Jones won't shy away from opening his wallet if/when it's proven Cooper can recapture the production he experienced in his first two years in the NFL. Amari Cooper is currently DLF's WR20 and likely won't see an increase immediately due to this trade.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Josina Anderson
Oct 22: 2:42 PM EST
Chris Herndon scores again
Chris Herndon - TE, NYJ

Chris Herndon scored his second touchdown in week seven.

Dynasty Analysis

Herndon is still available in many dynasty leagues and is now deserving of being added after garnering seven targets on Sunday, converting on four of them for 42 yards and his second touchdown on the year, his first coming in week six vs. the Colts. The Jets were high on Herndon out of Miami and selected him in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Rookie Draft. Rookie tight ends rarely have an impact early in their careers but opportunity and athleticism seem to be paying off for Herndon. The Jets are currently running a committee at the position with Eric Tomlinson, Jordan Leggett, Neal Sterling and Herndon all factoring, though Herndon and Leggett are the primary pass catchers. Scoop up Herndon as an upside rookie play early into his development.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Oct 22: 11:06 AM EST
Elijah McGuire returns to practice
Elijah McGuire - RB, NYJ

Elijah McGuire has returned to practice following a fractured foot suffered during the preseason.

Dynasty Analysis

McGuire was placed on injured reserve (foot) to begin the season meaning that he’ll be eligible for return in the next couple of weeks. During the preseason, many will remember the coaching staff of the Jets throwing “LaDanian Tomlinson” references when referring to McGuire’s skills as a runner. While we’re not ready to make that comparison, he carries good size (5’10/214) and possesses capable hands to increase his potential if/when called upon. Fellow back Bilal Powell is 29 years old and exited week seven after suffering a neck injury though it doesn’t appear it’s a serious injury. Isaiah Crowell remains the primary option in the backfield but has never eclipsed 1,000 yards or seven touchdowns meaning there’s potential for McGuire should he return healthy and be given an opportunity to produce. McGuire should be rostered in all dynasty formats on pure youth and potential.

DLF Analyst:       Source: JetsWire.com
Oct 22: 10:51 AM EST
Sony Michel MRI results later today
Sony Michel - RB, NEP

Sony Michel will have an MRI later on Monday

Dynasty Analysis

It seems the fan base and New England media experts are bracing for the worst. Michel, during the preseason, was dogged by reports that many medical staff flagged him for poor knees, especially his left one, during the medical examination portion of the NFL Combine process. To make matters worse yesterday, it was Michel's left knee that buckled awkwardly. Prior to yesterday's injury, he rushed for 316 yards and four touchdowns over his three games, easily establishing himself as the new starter for the Patriots. Now, while all involved hold their collective breath and hope for a positive outcome, James White's touches will increase while the Patriots seek another veteran option.

DLF Analyst:       Source: PatsPulpit.com
Oct 22: 10:32 AM EST
Kenny Golladay second in snap share
Kenny Golladay - WR, DET

Kenny Golladay is garnering a greater snap share than Golden Tate and is second among Detroit's receivers.

Dynasty Analysis

Golladay has amassed 303 snaps to Tate's 267. Only Marvin Jones (314) has garnered a larger share. It shows the hype is real about Golladay and how the Lions feel about the second-year player. Golladay is currently the WR24 in PPR formats, noteworthy in that the Lions were on bye for week six. Adjusted for his average, he's on par with Golden Tate's current WR17 production. Tate is a free agent in 2019 and all indications are the Lions will allow him to walk as he expects to command a larger number than Detroit is comfortable with. With Marvin Jones locked in until 2021, expect to see Jones and Golladay as Detroit's twin-towers together for at least two more seasons following 2018, but with Golladay as a fixture on the outside commanding nearly 100% of offensive snaps.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Football Guys
Oct 20: 12:08 PM EST
Laquon Treadwell continues to produce

Laquon Treadwell is on pace to have a career-best season in his third year.

Dynasty Analysis

That's not hard to accomplish given Treadwell's performance in his previous two season, but it's still noteworthy he's playing on greater than 50% of offensive snaps and is clearly running as the WR3. The receiving corps. is dominated by Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs but any injury would immediately elevate Treadwell's value. Current projection finds Treadwell with 51 receptions, 480 yards and three touchdowns while his targets are on pace to increase over two-fold to 77 from 2017's 35. Not stellar production to be a fantasy starter but should the injury bug bite, Laquon Treadwell's is ideally situated to capitalize. Largely off the fantasy radar, he's worthy of a stash in deeper leagues.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Oct 20: 11:54 AM EST
Chris Carson snaps dropping
Chris Carson - RB, SEA

Chris Carson's snaps have decreased since his week four injury

Dynasty Analysis

Carson totaled only 27 (42%) of snaps in week six after playing 35 (58%) in week five. Mike Davis arrived on the scene once again in week four and has since siphoned snaps away from both Carson and rookie Rashaad Penny, rendering Penny unplayable in fantasy. Unfortunately, the snap share renders all Seattle running backs a risky proposition week-over-week and, most likely, a last-flex option at best. Until Carson can reclaim a more significant snap share, he's best left on your bench.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Football Guys
Oct 20: 11:42 AM EST
DeVante Parker a trade target?
DeVante Parker - WR, MIA

DeVante Parker's name has been trending with the NFL trade deadline approaching

Dynasty Analysis

The only problem is head coach Adam Gase said he hasn't had discussions about trading Parker. What we know, of course, is that head coaches can't be trusted nor are they necessarily in the loop if the front office is ready to move on. A change of scenery would likely play well for Parker as he's never been able to make good on expectations due to a litany of injuries year over year. The fourth year player has yet to play a full 16 game season and has appeared in only 15 games over the past two years. He's questionable again in week seven though all indications are that he's ready to start once again. Owners of Parker have little option other than holding as his dynasty value has cratered and his upside far exceeds anything to be received in return. A trade providing a new opportunity would be best for all involved. Parker has fallen to DLF's WR49.

DLF Analyst:       Source: DolphinsWire.com
Oct 20: 11:33 AM EST
Carlos Hyde traded to Jacksonville
Carlos Hyde - RB, JAC

The Jacksonville Jaguars acquired Carlos Hyde from the Browns for a future fifth round selection.

Dynasty Analysis

It's a blow to Hyde's value but he was not having great success in Cleveland. Hyde has managed a meager 3.4 ypc. average but does have five touchdowns on the year, most of the short variety but none in the past two weeks. Jacksonville has had trouble keeping a healthy stable of running backs and Leonard Fournette remains on the training table as he recovers from a troublesome hamstring. T.J. Yeldon has filled in admirably but is best suited as an upside third-down back, having never been a between-the-tackles talent. Yeldon is also a free agent in 2018 making Hyde a possible longer -term hedge should Fournette not receover and show a level of durability. For Hyde, it's an obvious downgrade in value but fantasy owners will now be able to safely move onto more capable starters, and productive, starters. For the time being, expect Yeldon to remain the starter while Fournette continues to rehab. Word on the street still has Fournette returning following the Jaguars' week nine bye.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Oct 19: 4:09 PM EST
Nick Chubb elevated to starting role
Nick Chubb - RB, CLE

Nick Chubb is now a starter following the trade of Carlos Hyde to Jacksonville

Dynasty Analysis

It's about time! Chubb is averaging 10.8 ypc. on 16 rushes with two touchdowns on the year and will now get to strut his stuff as a starter though he will be sharing touches with third down specialist Duke Johnson. The second round rookie has looked good but on limited work as the Browns have finally shown some semblance of an offense following their 1-31 record over the previous two seasons. Chubb's average per rush is certain to fall but he should immediately provide an RB2 presence in fantasy lineups. He'll assume the role of a two-down back and has yet to secure a reception on the season. Chubb is DLF's RB14 overall and his first start will come vs. a vulnerable Tampa Bay defense.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Oct 19: 3:58 PM EST
Josh Gordon's snaps increase
Josh Gordon - WR, NEP

Josh Gordon played 63 of 78 (81%) snaps in a dramatic win vs. the Chiefs on Sunday night

Dynasty Analysis

That is what we've been waiting for! In the two games prior, Gordon logged 18 snaps a piece leaving fantasy owners to wonder if it was hamstring caution at play or, perhaps, game script. While that answer won't be definitively known, it appears now to be the former as Gordon trailed only Julian Edelman (91%) in snaps at receiver in the big win. Despite the snaps, and leading the Patriots in targets (9), Gordon only managed five receptions for 42 yards. A long pass interference call negated what would have likely been a touchdown otherwise, salvaging the mediocre night. But, a follow-on performance in week seven vs. the Bears would signal "all systems go" for what dynasty owners hope will be a productive Brady-to-Gordon connection. Not getting ahead of ourselves, treat Gordon as an upside WR3 until we see his utilization in week seven.

DLF Analyst:       Source: PatsPulpit.com
Oct 15: 10:55 AM EST
Eric Ebron surging in Indianapolis
Eric Ebron - TE, IND

Eric Ebron continues to produce as a top tight end in fantasy.

Dynasty Analysis

On the season, Ebron has amassed 26 receptions, 255 yards and five touchdowns on 45 targets. He continues to produce while 2017 starter Jack Doyle remains on the shelf with a hip injury. He's currently the TE3 (PPR) in fantasy and remains a top target of Andrew Luck. How Ebron performs upon Doyle's return is anyone's guess but he's certain to lose some measure of snaps and targets as Doyle remains a capable receiver and viable blocker. That said, Ebron has performed too well to for the 1-4 Colts to consider a material reduction. Eric Ebron is DLF's TE9 but is on the rise.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Oct 14: 10:58 AM EST
D.J. Moore's snaps holding steady
D.J. Moore - WR, CAR

D.J. Moore's snaps count ranks fourth among Carolina receivers.

Dynasty Analysis

Moore has logged roughly 45% (62) of total offensive snaps over the past two weeks and his rookie production (6/103/1) has been largely disappointing. He's been outsnapped by Jarius Wright and Torrey Smith in addition to WR1 Devin Funchess. D.J. Moore is found as DLF's WR30. He's not likely to be a consistent producer in 2018 but remains a solid dynasty hold or and acquisition target from disillusioned coaches.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Football Guys
Oct 14: 10:43 AM EST
Calvin Ridley's snaps improving
Calvin Ridley - WR, ATL

Calvin Ridley played 65% (47) in week five.

Dynasty Analysis

Surprisingly, Mohamed Sanu led all receivers with 82% (59) while Julio Jones is second with 74% (53). Ridley's week five snaps was his second highest on the season after week one. He's been alternating between mid-50s and mid-60s percentage of snaps with week six projected as the former should the trend hold. The trend is far more likely simply a result of three-wide sets based on down, distance and score. Of course, the most noteworthy stat is Ridley's six touchdowns to Julio Jones' 0. It's hard to rank a receiver who receives 60% of snaps as a WR2 but it's all about production. Ridley has well out-produced expectations, especially when considering his snap count and we're most comfortable with him as a high-upside WR3 for 2018. His long term dynasty arrows are pointing directly up!

DLF Analyst:       Source: Football Guys
Oct 14: 10:29 AM EST
Breshad Perriman signs in Cleveland

The Browns signed Breshad Perriman, formerly in Baltimore

Dynasty Analysis

Cleveland is getting desperate, as evidenced by this signing, for healthy receivers with Rashard Higgins out, Derrick Willies now on injured reserve and Antonio Callaway's inconsistent play. There's always a chance Perriman finally puts it together after three years of disappointing play in Baltimore, but it's unlikely Clevland is that situation. No action needed here, just a note to be aware of.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Adam Schefter via Twitter
Oct 13: 11:42 AM EST
Keke Coutee establishing himself
Keke Coutee - WR, HOU

Keke Coutee is now healthy and has produced in back to back games for the Texans.

Dynasty Analysis

In his past two games, Coutee has delivered 17 receptions, 160 yards and one touchdown on 22 targets. The slot specialist can feast in between DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller and though he's fighting a hamstring injury, he appears healthy enough to start in week six vs. the Cowboys. We saw Coutee hitting the waiver wire early in the season but savvy coaches added the rookie shortly thereafter and are now being rewarded. Coutee, a fourth round selection in the 2018 NFL Rookie Draft, is 5'11/180 lbs but is a good route runner and a dynamic safety blanked for Deshaun Watson. He's currently found as DLF's WR72, making him a viable acquisition target though his value may be too high given current production. Wait for back-to-back poor showings before attempting to acquire for a reduced cost.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Oct 10: 9:42 PM EST
Tarik Cohen sees increased snaps
Tarik Cohen - RB, CHI

Tarik Cohen's snap percentage has increased over his past three games.

Dynasty Analysis

Cohen's snaps, as a percentage of total offensive snaps, has increased every week over his past three games. 32%, 41% and 48% are his snap totals from weeks two through four before Chicago's bye during week five. As would be expected, his increased snaps have come at the expense of Jordan Howard who has logged three games of decreasing snaps. Cohen's performance was non-descript until week four when he totaled seven receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown. He also chipped in with 13 rushes for another 53 yards. Most importantly, Cohen showed the dynamic we saw when he was a rookie in 2017. Cohen doesn't have much value in standard scoring formats but could be a viable flex-start in PPR leagues. He's a risky start due to game script each week but few players carry the quick-twitch traits to score well in fantasy that Cohen does.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Football Guys
Oct 10: 9:34 PM EST
Jordan Howard not frustrated
Jordan Howard - RB, CHI

Jordan Howard dismissed the notion that he was "frustrated" by his lack of touches in a blowout win vs. the Dolphins in week four.

Dynasty Analysis

Liar! Howard's snap shares have continued their decline from 73% in week two, to 62% in week three, to 54% in week four. The Bears were on bye in week five. Not so coincidentally, Tarik Cohen's snap share has increased over that same three-week span. Head coach Matt Nagy says Howard continues to have a "big-time role" but went on to say that script or situation will continue to be the driving factor dictating how touches will be handed out. For his part, Cohen looked ultra-dynamic and added a dimension that Howard has not shown in 2018. Thus far, Howard has amassed only 203 yards on 64 carries, good for a 3.2 ypc. average and has only a single touchdown. With the Dolphins and the Patriots next up over the next two weeks, Howard has a chance to produce if given the touches to do so. Fantasy coaches should continue to watch his snap count during these next two weeks to determine how the remainder of 2018 will fare.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Chicago Sun Times
Oct 9: 8:51 PM EST
Jamaal Charles signs in Jacksonville
Jamaal Charles - RB, JAC

The Jacksonville Jaguars and Jamaal Charles have agreed to a deal

Dynasty Analysis

He's baaaack. The signing comes on the heels of Corey Grant's season ending injury and Leonard Fournette's balky hamstring. T.J. Yeldon will continue to operate as the primary ball-carrier and deep-roster coaches looking to throw the dice can hazard a cheap waiver bid for the 31 year-old Charles, but keep expectations low. Charles is likely not in game shape and his snaps will likely be limited in the near-term unless Yeldon falls to injury himself.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Adam Schefter via Twitter
Oct 9: 8:40 PM EST
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