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Gus Edwards breaks out
Gus Edwards - RB, BAL

The undrafted rookie out of Rutgers ran for 115 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries

Dynasty Analysis

Virtually unknown in fantasy, owned in 0% of leagues, Edwards came from nowhere to seemingly take control of the Ravens' backfield in week 11. After Alex Collins scored his seventh rushing touchdown, the Baltimore rushing attack consisted of Lamar Jackson and Edwards, with the 6'1/238 lbs. back showing plus-level leg drive and more lateral agility than would be expected. Edwards ran a 4.52 40 at Rutgers Pro Day and jumped a very respectable 34.5" in the vertical, showing the lower body explosion we saw during his runs for week 11 demonstrated. Coach John Harbaugh lauded Edwards' performance and suggested there's more work waiting for him in week 12. Simply put, if you have waiver wire priority or bid dollars remaining, this is why you've waited. Edwards may fade back into anonymity as quickly as he broke from it, but every year an unknown back or two break onto the scene and Edwards is staking his claim to be the second following Phillip Lindsey. Add him in all formats!

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Nov 20: 10:16 AM EST
Nick Vannett splitting time
Nick Vannett - TE, SEA

Tight end Nick Vannett is seeing a majority of the snaps but is rotating with Ed Dickson.

Dynasty Analysis

Vannett has seen 59% and 60%, respectively, of total offensive snaps over the past two weeks, compared to Dickson's 31% and 35%. Since Dickson's return, the share is somewhat consistent but the production from both has not been. Fresh off a week nine performance where he reeled in six receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown, Vannett's follow-on performance yielded one reception for eight yards though the reception was a touchdown. Going forward, Vannett's role in fantasy will be as a TE2 until either he or Dixon either command a larger percentage of offensive snaps, or see more consistent production. Vannett is DLF's TE40.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Football Guys
Nov 14: 9:19 AM EST
Doug Baldwin continues to struggle
Doug Baldwin - WR, SEA

Doug Baldwin is still without a touchdown or a 100 yard game

Dynasty Analysis

Baldwin continues to dominate the share of offensive snaps and has only fallen below 86% once since week five. But in that time, his high water production mark was in week six when he tallied six receptions for 91 yards and that came against Oakland. Since that game, he's only amassed 11 receptions for 142 yards, far below expectations for 2018. Baldwin continues to be hampered by a knee injury and likely won't be healthy all year though it appears the injury is a minor variable in the equation of his flagging production. Tyler Lockett's role continues to increase, David Moore is stealing targets and the Seahawks appear more dedicated to the run-game. Regardless of the factors, fantasy coaches badly need Baldwin to find his footing as the playoffs loom but there exists little indication his prospects will turn in short order. Doug Baldwin, now 30, is best used as an upside WR3 and his DLF WR18 ranking is sure to fall.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Nov 14: 9:09 AM EST
C.J. Anderson waived
C.J. Anderson - RB, CAR

The Panthers waived C.J. Anderson

Dynasty Analysis

Somewhat shockingly, Anderson was never given the opportunity to be the "thunder" to Christian McCaffrey's "lightining" in the Panthers' backfield. Anderson surpassed the 1,000 yard mark in 2017 and the fit in Carolina was obvious. Instead, under Norv Turner, he quickly became an afterthought. In the end, the Panthers couldn't justify more than 9.39% of total offensive snaps for Anderson and they decided to move on. For Anderson, though the fit wasn't there, he should find work again relatively quickly, San Francisco immediately coming to mind. Until he signs elsewhere, it's best to sit on your hands.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Nov 13: 11:22 AM EST
Denzel Perryman out for season
Denzel Perryman - LB, LAC

ILB Denzel Perryman has been lost for the season due to a left knee injury

Dynasty Analysis

Perryman was tied for second on the team in tackles with 51 but is a somewhat mediocre producer in IDP leagues. Always having the potential for a big game, Perryman more often scores in the single digits in tackle-heavy scoring formats. If you hold him, it's safe to cut bait. In his place, one of either Hayes Pullard or Kyle Emmanuel will likely try to fill the void. Neither has been a noteworthy producer as of yet and better options exist elsewhere.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Nov 13: 11:15 AM EST
Nick Chubb breaking tackles
Nick Chubb - RB, CLE

According to Jeff Rison of BrownsWire.com, Nick Chubb leads all running backs with missed tackles per attempt

Dynasty Analysis

The survey data must be relatively shallow as Chubb has only been the starter for four weeks, but based on the chart found at the linked story, Chubb is sporting a 0.29 missed tackles per attempt (MT/ATT). Closely behind is Melvin Gordon (.26), Marshawn Lynch (0.25), Alex Collins (0.24) and Kareem Hunt (0.24). Those who followed Chubb into the NFL aren't surprised as his lower leg drive and plus-level agility provide a powerful-yet-agile amount of lateral ability for an increased likelihood of either eluding or breaking would-be tacklers. In four games as a starter, Chubb has rushed 78 times for 406 yards and three touchdowns. These totals peg Chubb as a cornerstone RB1 in dynasty and highlights what dynasty coaches should be seeking in rookie running backs. He was often selected in the back-half of the first round in rookie drafts this past off-season. He's found as DLF's RB11.

DLF Analyst:       Source: BrownsWire.com
Nov 13: 9:46 AM EST
Brandon Marshall resurfaces in New Orleans

The Saints have signed wide receiver Brandon Marshall to a one-year deal.

Dynasty Analysis

Marshall will finally get his chance at playing in a playoff game for the first time in his career as the Saints quickly moved to grab him to replace the recently injured Dez Bryant. Marshall should slot in as a red zone threat in the dynamic Saints offense but expectations should be tempered. Marshall was outplayed by David Moore in Seattle this year en route to losing his job and has clearly lost a step or two as injuries and Father Time have started to catch up with him. Marshall is worth a flyer on competing dynasty teams but it's going to hard to trust him as he'll be a distant third in the New Orleans pecking order.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter
Nov 12: 12:43 PM EST
Aaron Jones explodes
Aaron Jones - RB, GBP

Aaron Jones exploded for 145 yards and two touchdowns in a week 11 match-up against the Dolphins

Dynasty Analysis

He also added three receptions for 27 yards. Jones ran wild through gaping holes on Sunday as he and the Packers gashed the Dolphins badly. It's Jones' third straight week with double-digit carries and the workload should now be consistent with Ty Montgomery traded to Baltimore prior to this year's deadline. The fantasy community has been intrigued by Jones since his rookie year (2017) and now will get a chance to see what he can do as a full-time player. At 5'9/208 lbs., Jones blends versatility with more power than would be expected and should continue to produce behind an offense built around the passing game on the arm of Aaron Rodgers. Jones carries a gaudy 6.8 ypc. average that certainly will come down as carries rise, but until then, fantasy owners should continue to play him as an RB2 in all formats.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Nov 12: 12:38 PM EST
Josh Reynolds should see increased role
Josh Reynolds - WR, LAR

With the season-ending injury to Cooper Kupp, Josh Reynolds should immediately step into the WR3 role.

Dynasty Analysis

Behind Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods, Reynolds should see material targets and would be a viable WR4/5 fantasy player given the Rams' explosive offense though it's advised to wait to see how he's utilized before inserting him into your lineup. Reynolds has produced only seven receptions for 98 yards but caught two touchdowns, his only two on the year, during a week-eight tilt against the Packers. He's found as DLF's WR92 showing that he's not on the radar for many, but will be following Kupp's injury. Add him immediately in all formats.

DLF Analyst:      
Nov 12: 12:30 PM EST
Cooper Kupp tears ACL
Cooper Kupp - WR, LAR

Cooper Kupp tore his ACL and will miss the rest of the season.

Dynasty Analysis

It's a bad blow for Kupp and the Rams. He's genuinely a talent and the Rams are in the mix for a Super Bowl run. He finishes the year with 49 receptions, 566 yards and six touchdowns and likely now yields to Josh Reynolds who is slated to soak up his targets. If there's any good news, it's that the injury comes early enough such that Kupp should be ready for kick-off of the 2019 season, though probably won't see the field until pre-season games at the earliest.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Adam Schefter via Twitter
Nov 12: 12:20 PM EST
Keith Kirkwood promoted in New Orleans
Keith Kirkwood - WR, NOS

The New Orleans Saints have promoted receiver Keith Kirkwood from the practice squad to the active roster.

Dynasty Analysis

Kirkwood will take the roster spot of Dez Bryant, who was placed on injured reserve this morning. Kirkwood has been impressing the coaches all off-season and has reportedly shined on the practice squad. While he's unlikely to make much of an impact, Kirkwood should be on dynasty radars at the moment.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Nola.com
Nov 10: 2:53 PM EST
Jonnu Smith running as TE1
Jonnu Smith - TE, TEN

Jonnu Smith is running as Tennessee's TE1 in replacement of Delanie Walker

Dynasty Analysis

Smith has tallied 79% and 76% of total offensive snaps, respectively, in weeks eight and nine, on par with his usage from week two following the injury to Delanie Walker. But unlike his production from early in the season, Smith is starting to accumulate more targets and, even if only modest in total, greater production as well. Over his past two games, Smith has converted on four-of-five targets for 44 yards and a touchdown. Walker will be 35 when the 2019 season kicks off and is no certainty to return as he rehabs a badly dislocated ankle with ligament damage. Smith, a third-round selection by the Titans in 2017 would be in line for the starting role should Walker not return. Due to his lack of productivity, Jonnu Smith may be swimming in your free agent pool and is worth an addition in deeper leagues.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Football Guys
Nov 10: 12:56 PM EST
Dion Lewis seeing increased snaps
Dion Lewis - RB, TEN

Dion Lewis' workload continues to increase as does his production.

Dynasty Analysis

Lewis hasn't been out-snapped by Derrick Henry since week three, the only week Henry saw a greater share. In two of the last three games, Lewis has seen no less than 73% of total offensive snaps, totaling a season-high 84% (59) during week nine. As expected, Lewis is doing most of his fantasy damage in PPR leagues as he's produced 10, receptions, 124 yards and one touchdown in his past two games. But during those two games, he's also seen 32 rushes for 153 yards. It's obvious the Titans have committed to getting Lewis more involved and it's paying dividends. Lewis will be facing off against his old team (Patriots) in week 10 and should be heavily involved in the passing game once again. The 28 year-old back is best suited as an upside RB3 but may take a jump in value if he performs well for a third straight week. Lewis is found as DLF's RB37.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Football Guys
Nov 10: 12:45 PM EST
Joe Schobert set to return
Joe Schobert - LB, CLE

Joe Schobert is set to return after missing the past three weeks with a hamstring

Dynasty Analysis

In the linked article, Schobert sheds light on what it's like to suffer a significant hamstring injury and the difficulty in returning. Prior to his injury during the week six game vs the Chargers, Schobert was his old self racking up double digit IDP performances. Now, with virtually no production over the past four weeks, he looks to be good to go for week 10 against the Falcons. IDP players should watch the news, however, as the Browns have a bye in week 11 and the coaching staff may desire to sit Schobert one last week to ensure he's fully healed. if he's starting and healthy, he should be a top-10 IDP performer for the remainder of the year.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ClevelandBrowns.com
Nov 10: 12:32 PM EST
Zay Jones Buffalo's WR1
Zay Jones - WR, BUF

Zay Jones continues to lead all Bills' receivers in snaps week to week

Dynasty Analysis

If your season rests upon the prospects of any player in Buffalo, it's best to look to 2019. Finding a fantasy difference maker out of Buffalo is akin to finding a needle in a haystack while wearing a blindfold. That said, a quick look at the snap counts of Bills' receivers finds Zay Jones clearly running as the top option. From the beginning of the season, Jones has eclipsed 90% of total offensive snaps five times with his low mark (63%) occurring in week three. In fact, in no week has he been out-snapped at the receiver position. Jones' snaps may be an exercise in proving that volume does not necessarily equate to production as he has only tallied 27 receptions for 316 yards and two touchdowns but much of that can be blamed on erratic and poor quarterback play. Still only 23 years of age, the 6'2/200 lb. receiver may be an attractive buy-low target for fantasy coaches with an open roster spot and an eye beyond 2018. Zay Jones is found as DLF's WR78

DLF Analyst:       Source: Football Guys
Nov 10: 12:22 PM EST
Jeff Heuerman seizing opportunity
Jeff Heuerman - TE, DEN

Jeff Heuerman has averaged over 80% of all offensive snaps since week four.

Dynasty Analysis

The 25 year old has now scored in back to back weeks as well, his first two touchdowns on the year. Known far more as a blocking specialist, Heuerman wasn't expected to produce materially behind sophomore tight end Jake Butt but another knee injury ended Butt's season and Heuerman has begun to find his stride. Week nine saw 10 receptions, 83 yards and his second touchdown. The 10 receptions, matched his total from weeks four-through-eight. Demaryius Thomas was shipped to Houston and Heuerman could continue to factor in the passing game . He's not a high upside tight end during most weeks, but last week's performance shows that only an opportunity need be provided for production to follow. Continue to treat Heuerman as a back-end TE2 until we see more consistency.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Football Guys
Nov 9: 10:39 PM EST
Jack Doyle back in the mix
Jack Doyle - TE, IND

Jack Doyle played 73% (57) of the offensive snaps in week 8

Dynasty Analysis

The increased snaps comes at the expense of Eric Ebron who has performed well in Doyle's absence. Unsurprisingly, Doyle converted on those snaps in week eight by producing six receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown. Ebron managed to find the end zone as well but his snap count fell to 22% (17), his lowest of the season. Doyle, now healthy, should continue to run as the primary tight end option though look for Andrew Luck to continue finding both big bodies. It's very possible the tight ends will continue to jockey for position through the remainder of the season, making each a risky start. Our money is on Doyle continuing to be the primary producer.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Football Guys
Nov 9: 10:31 PM EST
Dez Bryant may have a torn achilles
Dez Bryant - WR, NOS

Dez Bryant went down on the last play of practice Friday with what the Saints believe is a torn Achilles tendon.

Dynasty Analysis

Unreal. Bryant is getting an MRI right now and a second opinion to confirm, but it's all but certain he'll be lost for the year. If it is indeed confirmed and, in fact, a torn Achilles, that's very likely going to end Bryant's career. Recent research indicates only 2/3 of NFL players ever play again after such a tear and of those who return, their production is drastically decreased. As a 30-year old receiver who was already having trouble getting separation and who carries some significant baggage, it would be hard to see someone take the plunge and bring him into camp next season. At this point, dynasty owners should hold on to him and pray for a different MRI result. However, those same dynasty owners should be scouring the waiver wire to find a player to use the roster spot you're about to vacate.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Nov 9: 4:42 PM EST
Dez Bryant signs with New Orleans
Dez Bryant - WR, NOS

Dez Bryant has reached a one year deal with the New Orleans Saints.

Dynasty Analysis

The Saints are clearly going all in this year as they bring in Bryant and his 73 career touchdowns. Dez hasn't been the same dominant force as he was a few years ago, but the Saints are intrigued enough by his red zone ability to believe he'll make a difference for their team. Bryant will be the third option at best in New Orleans behind Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara, making him likely a touchdown dependent WR3 the rest of the way. It's going to be very interesting to see what he has left in the tank as he attempts to resurrect his career. In dynasty circles, Bryant is more of a sell candidate than buy candidate if owners in your league are overestimating his value.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Nov 7: 12:52 PM EST
A.J. Green to miss multiple games
A.J. Green - WR, CIN

A.J. Green is seeing a specialist for his recent foot injury and is expected to miss "some games"

Dynasty Analysis

Some are reporting it could be as few as two games but it seems as that is the low mark on the bar. Either way, given the Bengals next two weeks with games vs. New Orleans and Baltimore, the timing couldn't be much worse. Green has amassed 43 targets over the past four weeks though only with a single touchdown on 25 receptions. Tyler Boyd will climb to the WR1 role and some combination of John Ross, Alex Ericson and Josh Malone will have to absorb the targets and production. Erickson has played at least 75% of total offensive snaps in two of the past three weeks though John Ross has now returned to practice. No clear indication is apparent at this time.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Adam Schefter via Twitter
Nov 5: 10:12 PM EST
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