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Mike Williams role to expand
Mike Williams - WR, LAC

With Tyrell Williams now in Oakland, Mike Williams' role should be expanded in 2019

Dynasty Analysis

Williams totaled 43 receptions, 554 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2018, as a part-time player. Combine that with an 83.7% first-down conversion rate and it's no wonder there are upside predictions for Williams in 2019. Williams is entering his third year in the league after being drafted seventh overall in 2017. Injuries and a full depth chart slowed his progress, but the 24 year old found success down the stretch to close the 2018 campaign, including three touchdowns over his last three regular season games. Keenan Allen will continue to operated as Philip Rivers' WR1, but the return of tight end Hunter Henry (ACL), along with a capable run-game, should provide plenty of opportunities for Williams to expand his role and his production going forward. As DLF's wide-ranging WR30, opinions of Williams' true value could be a hotly debated topic. Until it plays out during the upcoming regular season, he'll remain an upside risk-reward target for coaches willing to stomach the uncertainty. Mike Williams carries a rising DLF ADP of 50.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Chargers
Jun 16: 10:01 PM EST
Randall Cobb early connection with Dak
Randall Cobb - WR, DAL

Dak Prescott has formed an early connection with former Packer receiver Randall Cobb

Dynasty Analysis

Cobb will work out of the slot in replacement for the departed Cole Beasley. While Prescott didn't come out and say explicitly, that Cobb is an upgrade over Beasley, it's not hard to read between his lines: "You take something, approach something, go out there and he does it right the first time. When you have a guy like that, it allows you to cut the ball loose; it allows you to anticipate. It allows you to trust he’s going to be in the right spot, and he hasn’t failed in doing that." He went on to praise Cobb's flexibility and skill-set and if there's truly fire below the smoke, Cobb could be an upside sleeper target in 2019. He'll be 29 before kick off of the 2019 season and is coming off an injury-shortened campaign for the third time in three years. Everything went wrong for the Packers in 2018 and Cobb finished with a mere 38 receptions, 383 yards and two touchdowns. Now as the Cowboys' new slot receiver inside both Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, and with Ezekiel Elliott behind Prescott, it's not a stretch to believe Cobb could revisit his 2015 season when he amassed a 79/829/6 line. He's currently DLF's WR76 and his ADP (215) rests at a career-low.,

DLF Analyst:       Source: Blogging the Boys
Jun 16: 9:48 PM EST
Kerryon Johnson could have 60 catches
Kerryon Johnson - RB, DET

The Detroit Free Press is predicting Kerryon Johnson will be used more in the passing game and finish with 60 catches.

Dynasty Analysis

While you should take local media stat projections with a grain of salt, it isn't a huge stretch to think Johnson could hit that total. As a rookie Johnson had 32 receptions in just 10 games and, as the article from the DFP hinted at, Theo Riddick is not a lock to make the roster. If the Lions were to let Riddick go, Johnson would be in line for even more work in the passing game as his primary back up, C.J. Anderson, isn't known for his pass-catching ability.

Johnson is DLF's RB13 and carries an ADP of 33.83.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press
Jun 15: 6:05 PM EST
David Montgomery ADP is rising

Rookie running back David Montgomery continues to see wind in his ADP sails following his selection by the Chicago Bears in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Dynasty Analysis

Montgomery's dynasty ADP currently rests at 46, near the end of the fourth round in start-up drafts and continues to rise. In April, his ADP was 73 followed by up an uptick to 64 in May. The Bears moved on from Jordan Howard who never quite fit the new offense. With Tarik Cohen still a valuable asset, the Bears used the draft to tab an early down thumper but with some three down upside. Not known for his hands, the Bears have continued to laud Montgomery's receiving ability out of the backfield, suggesting that both Montgomery and Cohen could see time together in two-back sets. As DLF's RB20, Montgomery is clearly the back to own and is best utilized as a developmental RB3 until his usage and production are both more proven.

DLF Analyst:       Source: DLF Player Profile
Jun 15: 5:25 PM EST
Trayveon Williams says league will pay

Rookie running back Trayveon Williams says "the league will pay" and he expects to "have a day one impact" after he was selected in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Dynasty Analysis

If Williams' game day performance can match his hubris, the Bengals may have an upside player on their hands. During camp, reports were that Williams received a "ton of work" while Mixon was out and fellow rookie Rodney Anderson continues to recover from an ACL injury. Veteran runner Giovani Bernard is still in the mix as Mixon's primary change of pace back and should command touches but Williams has compact size (5'8/206) matched with an intriguing skill-set. That said, touches will be hard to come by as long as Mixon and Bernard remain off the trainer's table. As DLF's RB89, Trayveon Williams carries late-round sleeper appeal only in deeper leagues and his future rests on the long term status of Bernard.

DLF Analyst:       Source: USA Today
Jun 15: 12:41 PM EST
Daniel Jones the real deal
Daniel Jones - QB, NYG

ESPN analyst Chris Mortensen said early skeptics of rookie quarterback Daniel Jones now believe he's the "real deal" after watching him in camp.

Dynasty Analysis

Dave Gettleman came under fire once again when the Giants selected Jones sixth overall in the 2019 rookie draft. It's wasn't so much that Jones isn't a talent as it was most believe he would have been available much later in the first round. But the old adage of the draft is if you fall in love with a player, go get'em or be prepared to lose him. Gettleman did just that, selecting Jones with the early selection as opposed to risking a trade-back maneuver. As good as reports have been on Jones, it's still fully expected that Manning will be under center for most of the year barring injury or a dismal first eight games, the latter an even-odds bet. 2QB leaguers or those looking for developmental talent can acquire Jones on the cheap until he's under center. He's currently found as DLF's QB33 and his ADP 233 has been stable since the draft.

DLF Analyst:       Source: USA Today
Jun 15: 12:27 PM EST
David Moore makes big jump
David Moore - WR, SEA

Seahawks' head coach Pete Carroll said sophomore receiver David Moore has "made a big jump"

Dynasty Analysis

Carroll, never known for hyperbole (as if), lauded Moore's flexibility and is now moving him around the formation, saying he's really "stepped up". With the departure of Doug Baldwin this off-season, there's a lot of targets to be spread around and Tyler Lockett is the only sure-thing among so many young receivers on the depth chart. Jaron Brown has also recently received praise and rookie DK Metcalf was selected highly during this year's draft and may have an inside track to start based on syze and physique alone. Brown did haul in 53 receptions for 445 yards and five touchdowns though did fade down the stretch in 2018 as he apparently hit the rookie wall. Moore may be available in your free agent pool as DLF's WR100. On the fringe of the fantasy radar in dynasty leagues, there is some intrigue here while the Hawks attempt to fill the void left by Doug Baldwin.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Seahawks
Jun 14: 7:44 PM EST
Daniel Brown a surprise standout
Daniel Brown - TE, NYJ

Daniel Brown has been impressing coaches with his abilities as a receiver.

Dynasty Analysis

A converted wide receiver, Brown posted a 35/317/1 line between the 2016 and 2017 seasons, but became an after thought for the Bears with the addition of Trey Burton. Now joining the Jets, Brown could find himself as the TE2 on the depth chart, but is highly unlikely to surpass promising second year tight end Chris Herndon. Brown is a player to watch, and may offer some starting appeal during the first two weeks of the season as Chris Herndon serves a likely suspension stemming from a DWI in January.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jun 14: 10:48 AM EST
Rishard Matthews signs with Saints

Rishard Mathews has signed with the Saints

Dynasty Analysis

Rishard Mathews had two productive seasons in Tennessee in 2016 and 2017, posting receiving lines of 65/945/9 and 53/795/4 respectively. Last year was a down year as he battled injuries and eventually requested a trade from the Titans due to a reduced role. He was then traded, spending two weeks with the Jets before eventually landing on injured reserve.

The New Orleans receiving group has flashed at times, but no one has been able to truly separate themselves as the clear number two for the team. There is significant opportunity for a veteran to sneak in and win the role while the Saints continue to push for another Super Bowl with Brees at the helm. Mathews is a good deep dart throw that can often be found on your waiver wire. He could offer WR3 numbers if he is able to make the team, and secure the second wide receiver spot on the Saints' depth chart.

DLF Analyst:       Source: John Hendrix Via Twitter
Jun 13: 10:38 AM EST
Marquise Brown cleared for individual drills
Marquise Brown - WR, BAL

Ravens rookie wide receiver Marquise "Hollywood" Brown participated in his first drills on Wednesday.

Dynasty Analysis

While Brown won't participate fully until training camp, this is a positive sign in his recovery from foot surgery. As the first wideout selected in the NFL draft, Brown will carry a lot of expectations into his rookie campaign. DLF's community rookie rankings poll shows the dynasty community has Brown pegged as the 12th pick in the first round, which is an incredible value for a rookie with the best NFL Draft capital at his position.

While undersized, Brown was still an electric playmaker at Oklahoma, racking up 132 receptions, 2,413 yards and 17 touchdowns in two seasons. Dynasty owners will have to monitor his recovery and hope that he and quarterback Lamar Jackson can develop a quick chemistry, as Baltimore averaged just 22.5 pass attempts and 159.1 passing yards in Jackson's seven starts last season. If Baltimore is as dedicated to the run in 2019 as they were in 2018, Brown will need to be efficient as a receiver and will likely need a few manufactured rushes to have a shot at being a top fantasy option this season.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Jamison Hensley on Twitter
Jun 12: 10:07 PM EST
Dawson Knox continues to shine
Dawson Knox - TE, BUF

In his "7 observations" article highlighting Buffalo Bills training camp, Joe Buscaglia says rookie tight end Dawson Knox continues to "make plays"

Dynasty Analysis

Knox has been developing a "little rapport" with sophomore slinger Josh Allen and has been targeted often in camp. This all said, it's still only spring and rookie tight ends have recently encountered long odds for being effective early in their careers. Buscaglia goes on to say Knox also has been credited with drops and a fumble so the report isn't quite as shiny as it could have been. The dynasty community has taken notice as his ADP (204) is at a career high and is on the rise. Knox is currently found as DLF's TE35 showing he's not expected to materially contribute in year-one but is on the radar for further development.

DLF Analyst:       Source: WKBW
Jun 12: 9:53 PM EST
Marlon Mack is the guy in Indy
Marlon Mack - RB, IND

Colts head coach Frank Reich called Marlon Mack "the main guy" in Indy's backfield.

Dynasty Analysis

This only confirms what we already believed after Indy opted against drafting a running back and added only Spencer Ware during free agency. Reich did add that he views Nyheim Hines as the "main third down" guy, but he thinks that rookie receiver Parris Campbell could impact Hines' slot role.

Mack ran for 908 yards and nine touchdowns on 195 attempts and added 17 receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown in the passing game. Mack's ADP sits at 35.00 and is currently ranked as DLF's RB16.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Kevin Bowen on Twitter
Jun 12: 9:45 PM EST
Jordan Wilkins battling
Jordan Wilkins - RB, IND

Colts' sophomore running back Jordan Wilkins is battling Jonathan Wlliams and Spencer Ware for a roster spot.

Dynasty Analysis

Wilkins, a fifth round selection in 2018, was a fantasy darling early into training camp but all that glittered wasn't gold as the season came and went. Wilkins finished with a respectable 336 yards on 60 carries (5.6 ypc.) and also chimed in with 16 receptions on 17 targets, showing he possesses some three-down ability. But as the linked story reminds us, 2017 rookie runner, Marlon Mack, is the clear starter in the backfield and looks primed for a good year as long as he can steer clear of the trainer's table. For Wilkins, beating out veteran Spencer Ware may be a tall order and should that even occur, he'd be no better than third on the depth chart behind third-down specialist Nyheim Hines. Only the deepest of dynasty formats would find Wilkins off the waiver wire. Nothing to see here without some unforeseen event shaking up the depth chart during the off-season.Jordan Wilkins is found as DLF's RB75

DLF Analyst:       Source: 1070 the Fan
Jun 12: 9:43 PM EST
Todd Gurley expected to participate
Todd Gurley - RB, LAR

Head coach Sean McVay Exclaimed "absolutely" when asked if Todd Gurley would participate in training camp.

Dynasty Analysis

That might be the only 'absolute' statement applied to Todd Gurley this off-season and it's a good sign. What isn't known is, well, anything else. As pointed out in the linked article, the question isn't whether or not Gurley was injured late in the seasin but what, instead, the exact nature and severity of whatever the injury was. In a low scoring Super Bowl game, Gurley barely saw the field during the Rams' loss fueling varied guesses as to what the actual injury was or could be. Common belief currently centers on the dreaded "arthritis", destroyer of careers, especially in running backs.

There has been no certain confirmation of arthritis but dynasty owners aren't taking any chances, sending his ADP (14) to recent lows and dropping his DLF ranking to RB8. This leaves Gurley clearly out of the first round and, potentially, a major high-ceiling value target for coaches willing to accept risk. The Rams retained backup runner Malcolm Brown and selected rookie Darrell Henderson in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, both moves suggesting greater play-making depth was needed. Despite whatever Gurley may be suffering from, he still managed to amass 1,251 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns along with 59 receptions and another four touchdowns in 2018. But over his last four regular season games, he only eclipsed 12 carries once and his production tailed-off badly during his final two games. In the Super Bowl, he only saw 11 total touches for a total of 34 total yards. Todd Gurley remains an extremely intriguing early second round selection in new startup drafts but now carries a prominent caveat emptor designation.

DLF Analyst:       Source: LA Times
Jun 12: 9:31 PM EST
Christian Kirk earning praise
Christian Kirk - WR, ARI

Arizona head coach Kliff Kingsbury named Christian Kirk as a player who has quickly learned the new offense.

Dynasty Analysis

This news should not be surprising as Kirk played under a similar style offense under Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M. Sumlin and Kingsbury and Sumlin have some of the same influencers and Kingsbury served as Sumlin's offensive coordinator in 2012, the year Johnny Manziel won the Heisman.

Kirk had a decent rookie season, posting 43 catches, 590 yards and three touchdowns in just 12 games. A foot injury ended his rookie campaign early, but all reports have stated he is healed and ready to go. Reports that he is ahead of the curve should excited fantasy owners, since Arizona has a lot of young talent at the receiver position after drafting three rookies: Andy Isabella, Hakeem Butler and Keesean Johnson. Any leg up in a crowded room is good news. Ultimately Arizona's offense will only go as far as another rookie, Kyler Murray, can take them, but if Kingsbury's offense can translate to the NFL, the Cardinals could have a passing attack that rivals the Rams. Kirk is DLF's WR31, currently wedged between Mike Williams and Tyler Boyd.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Evan Silva on Twitter
Jun 12: 9:25 PM EST
Sony Michel knee scoped
Sony Michel - RB, NEP

According to a source, Sony Michel had his knee scoped, explaining his absence for the last weeks of training camp.

Dynasty Analysis

Michel has been sidelined since May. The news could have been worse and there doesn't seem to be much concern regarding the procedure or Michel's health. Before the 2018 NFL Draft, Michel was reported to be off the boards of multiple teams due to a bone-on-bone condition, though reports varied as to the validity of the diagnosis. In the end, the Patriots selected Michel with the 31st selection in the first round. Though he did miss time due to a knee injury, he still tallied 931 yards and six touchdowns in his rookie season. The Patriots raised eyebrows during the 2019 NFL Draft by selection running back Damien Harris and reports continue to swirl that Harris has looked good in camp and could threaten Michel's touches. Knee issues are never good for a running back's fantasy value and, to wit, his ADP (41) has been in recent decline. Sony Michel is still found as DLF's RB16 and is a back-end RB2 in dynasty, with catalysts to move significantly either way in 2019. Dynasty owners of Michel should also target Harris as a hand-cuff.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Jeff Howe via Twitter
Jun 12: 9:11 PM EST
Tyreek Hill avoids criminal investigation
Tyreek Hill - WR, KCC

District Attorney Steve Howe said Friday there is no active criminal investigation of Tyreek Hill

Dynasty Analysis

District Attorney Steve Howe said Friday on the criminal investigation into Tyreek Hill, “It is not an active investigation.” Howe followed up by saying, “As in any case, if we receive additional evidence we reevaluate.”

While the criminal case examining Tyreek Hill is not currently active, he is in no way free and clear. There is an ongoing case against him with the Kansas Department for Children and Families that when resolved will trigger Roger Goodell to decide Hill's Fate. We've seen many times before that the NFL does not need criminal charges to issue a suspension if the player's alleged actions reflect poorly on the NFL community. Hill remains in a slightly better state of limbo, but this news doesn't do much to clarify his current and future outlook in the NFL.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NBCSports.com
Jun 7: 12:38 PM EST
DeVante Parker best player in camp
DeVante Parker - WR, MIA

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald is reporting that Miami receiver DeVante Parker has been the best player in camp over the past five weeks.

Dynasty Analysis

OTA programs have officially begun! It's not official until we have a report of DeVante Parker rocking practice. Parker signed a two-year contract back in March of this year, obviously a vote of confidence by the new coaching staff in Miami. What can't be argued is the 26 year old's size and skill set when healthy. What also can't be argued is the sheer amount of time Parker has spent on the training table. In four years as a Dolphin, he's only amassed 163 receptions, 2,217 yards and nine touchdowns with 2018 showing as his poorest year as a pro, all but falling from the fantasy radar. If healthy, Parker will be the WR1 and be a high-ceiling player. But fantasy coaches will not be quick to forget the past four years of unfulfilled promises. To wit, DeVante Parker rests as DLF's WR72 and his ADP (168) is near a career low. He remains a late-mid round flier on the chance he remains healthy and finally produces across 16 games.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Miami Herald
Jun 6: 8:49 PM EST
Sony Michel missing time
Sony Michel - RB, NEP

Paul Perillo at Patriots.com is reporting rookie Damien Harris has received a lot of work with "Sony Michel missing workouts for undisclosed reasons"

Dynasty Analysis

With any luck, it's not as ominous than it sounds. Michel has missed time due to knee ailments and following the NFL Combine, some teams reportedly had removed Michel from their draft boards due to a potential bone-on-bone condition. That said, Michel had a strong rookie season with 931 yards and six touchdowns on 209 carries (4.5 ypc.). Somewhat surprisingly, he could only muster seven receptions, perhaps due to the presence of James White and Rex Burkhead. If there are two words fantasy running back owners do not want to hear it's "knee issues", just ask Todd Gurley owners. Michel went on to miss three regular season games in 2018, otherwise he would have surpassed 1,000 yards as a rookie. Michel's ADP (38) did suffer following the Patriots' selection of Harris during the 2019 NFL Draft and his DLF RB15 status is tenuous at best. It could be the Patriots are simply limiting his reps or it could be the selection of Harris portends something more. Expect to see Michel's value continue to slide as we head into draft season. Only the regular season is likely to restore any lost value. Should there be no fire below this smoke, Michel's upside is certain to exceed his risk.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Patriots
Jun 6: 8:28 PM EST
Gus Edwards role unchanged
Gus Edwards - RB, BAL

In an interview with ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley, Gus Edwards says he's getting reps with the ones.

Dynasty Analysis

It's not out of the question Edwards continues to rep with the ones but after acquiring the tackle-breaking Mark Ingram during the off-season, along with rookie Justice Hill during the draft, there's little chance Edwards is going to see a material workload. Ingram, now 29, is a lock to open the season behind Lamar Jackson with two-down specialist Edwards coming off the bench to lighten the load. To his credit, Edwards did amass 718 yards and two touchdowns on 137 attempts (5.2 ypc.) but did most of his work between the 20s. After a brief few moments in the sun, he has now slipped to DLF's RB81 and his ADP (225) rests at a low. Edwards has some value in deep dynasty leagues or as a two-down handcuff for Ingram owners though he's only a sophomore in the NFL.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Jamison Hensley via Twitter
Jun 6: 7:56 PM EST
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