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D'Onta Foreman tears biceps
D'Onta Foreman - RB, IND

Newly acquired Colts' running back, D'Onta Foreman, tore his biceps, is expected to miss four months and has been placed on IR.

Dynasty Analysis

The Texans waived Foreman following reports the Texans had grown frustrated with his work habits and late meeting arrivals. He landed with the Colts nearly immediately and promptly has torn his biceps. Foreman remains an intriguing talent in fantasy but has had difficulty staying healthy. He, again, was a coveted handcuff to start 2019 as veteran runner Lamar Miller fails to inspire confidence but following his release, much of the wind had left his sails. With this injury, when combined with the depth chart of the Colts, Foreman is flirting with the fantasy waiver wire. He's currently found as DLF's RB57.

DLF Analyst:       Source: CBS Sports
Aug 19: 8:35 PM EST
D.K. Metcalf to undergo surgery
DK Metcalf - WR, SEA

Seahawks' rookie wide receiver D.K. Metcalf injured his knee last week and will undergo surgery on Tuesday.

Dynasty Analysis

The injury and surgery aren't considered significant and head coach Peter Caroll says he expects his second round selection to be ready for week one. Though not serious in nature, the rookie still needs his reps and his lack of field time is may cost him depth chart position. He's currently DLF's WR32.

DLF Analyst:       Source: CBS Sports
Aug 19: 1:27 PM EST
Marcus Mariota facing pressure
Marcus Mariota - QB, TEN

Titan's quarterback, Marcus Mariota, is facing significant pressure from Ryan Tannehill for the starting job.

Dynasty Analysis

It should come as no shock to anyone. Mariota has struggled with injury and consistency in his four years with Tennessee since being selected in 2015 with the second overall selection. He has yet to complete a full 16-game season and his high point in production came in 2016 when he produced 3,426 yards, 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions. In the two years following, he's amassed 5,750 yards, 24 touchdowns to 23 interceptions. Mariota's strength has always been his mobility and ability to escape the pocket, but as has been the case with so many other mobile quarterbacks, injuries have taken their toll and slowed his progress as he attempts to transition into more of a pocket-passer. Now with veteran Ryan Tannehill in town, it seems the Titans may be flirting with the possibility of instilling a more timing-based, pocket-passing, approach to the offense. Mariota is likely to see significant time in the Titan's third pre-season game but fantasy leaguers should watch to see which quarterback takes the field first in this game, which typically is the dress-rehearsal for the regular season to come. Marcus Mariota is very tenuously found as DLF's QB25.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Boston Globe
Aug 18: 2:04 PM EST
Ryan Tannehill making a case
Ryan Tannehill - QB, TEN

Titan's quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, is pushing Marcus Mariota for the starting job.

Dynasty Analysis

Tannehill threw two touchdowns on 12/16 attempts during week one of the preseason and followed that performance with another touchdown on 7/11 attempts in week two vs. the Patriots. In week two, Tannehill and Mariota played to a draw though there is word that some of the Titans' coaches prefer Tannehill as the starter. Tennessee did pick up Mariota's fifth-year option but he will not be receiving an extension and may very well be on a short leash once the season is underway. Tannehill, a first round selection by the Dolphins in 2012 never got over the hump and regressed badly beginning in 2016 before losing all of 2017 due to injury. Another injury-shortened season followed in 2018 before the Dolphins decided to move one. While not a highly-dynamic quarterback, Tannehill now exists on a team behind a quarterback on a similar trajectory and may very well receive the career-reboot he needs. He is found as DLF's QB35.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Boston Globe
Aug 18: 1:53 PM EST
Deon Cain shows well
Deon Cain - WR, IND

Colts' wide receiver, Deon Cain, produced 80 yards on seven-of-nine targets in the Colts' second game of the preseason.

Dynasty Analysis

This is noteworthy as Cain has been have a terrific camp following a lost 2018 due to an ACL injury. Cain was having a great camp in 2018 as well before being shelved for the season. There's plenty of opportunity for snaps behind T.Y. Hilton should Cain continue his development. Rookie Parris Campbell remains sidelined due to a hamstring and Cain is taking advantage. The Colts tabbed Devin Funchess from Carolina to start across from Hilton but there's plenty of pessimism surrounding Funchess' ability to be consistently productive providing for further opportunity to those below. Deon Cain should be rostered in deerp dynasty leagues and currently sits as DLF's WR102.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Aug 18: 1:32 PM EST
Jakobi Meyers continues strong preseason
Jakobi Meyers - WR, NEP

Patriots' rookie wide receiver, Jakobi Meyers, continued his strong preseason showing by catching all six targets for 82 yards.

Dynasty Analysis

This was a nice follow-on performance to his week one game vs the Lions where he tallied a 6/69/2 line on eight targets. On August 12th, when Bill Belichick was asked about Meyers' development, he said: "He's got a long way to go in this league." and "I certainly wouldn't put him into that seasoned veteran category." It's typical Bill Belichick coach-speak but also makes sense as Meyers is a rookie and, as of now, has exactly two pre-season games of experience. But there's no denying he's made the most of his snaps. The Patriots are anything but established at the receiver position behind veteran Julian Edelman and the door is wide open for Meyers. He's currently found as DLF's WR83 and is rising.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Aug 18: 1:19 PM EST
Tony Pollard rises to occasion
Tony Pollard - RB, DAL

Tony Pollard rushed for 42 yards and a touchdown in his second pre-season game vs. the Rams

Dynasty Analysis

He also had a single reception for nine yards. When asked about Elliott following the game, Jerry Jones opined: "Who? Zeke who?". In week one, he produced 16 yards on four carries. While Jones' comment was surely in jest, one can't expect Elliott to take it as anything other than a slight and a tactic to turn up the heat as leverage to get him to sign. No one is suggesting, at this point, that Pollard will open the season as the starter and all expectations are that Elliott will eventually sign though he has threatened to sit out all of 2019 without a new contract in place. Tony Romo recently stated that Zeke is a "coin flip" for playing in week one. It's squarely another game of NFL-chicken as both sides wait for the other to give in as the clock keeps ticking. Elliott could play without having a single snap in the preseason but fantasy owners would much prefer seeing the star back in camp sooner rather than later but, until that time, Tony Pollard's stock is rising and there remains the possibility he will be behind Dak Prescott as the Cowboys open the regular season. Tony Pollard has risen to DLF's RB73.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL
Aug 18: 11:58 AM EST
Derwin James could miss season
Derwin James - DB, LAC

Chargers' safety, Derwin James, could miss the entirety of the 2019 season following a stress fracture in his right foot.

Dynasty Analysis

It's a huge loss for the Chargers. The hope is that James will return in November but it's a tenuous timeline until more is learned following his surgery by notable specialist James Anderson. The sophomore safety was drafted in the first round (17th overall) in the 2018 NFL Draft and was a high producer from game-one, producing 105 tackles, three interceptions and 3.5 sacks while reaching the pro-bowl. Until he returns, it seems likely Adrian Phillips will slide in to the lineup. Derwin James is the DB3 in DLF's IDP rankings.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL
Aug 18: 11:36 AM EST
Avery Williamson tears ACL

Jets inside linebacker, Avery Williams, will miss the entirety of the 2019 season after suffering a torn ACL.

Dynasty Analysis

Williamson, a defensive signal caller for the Jets, was playing with the backups to help them get aligned when he was struck by a diving teammate on a play in the end zone. Initially, it was believed he had suffered only a sprain but an MRI confirmed the torn ACL. In 2018, Williamson tallied a team-high 120 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles. He will likely be replaced by Neville Hewitt or Anthony Wint. Avery Williamson is currently found as DLF's LB27.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL
Aug 18: 11:24 AM EST
Josh Gordon conditionally reinstated
Josh Gordon - WR, NEP

The NFL has conditionally reinstated Patriots' receiver Josh Gordon

Dynasty Analysis

Gordon has struggled with mental and substance abuse issues and hasn't logged a full season since 2012. Over the past four years, he has appeared in only 22 games, though 2018 did see him produce 720 yards and three touchdowns on 40 receptions over 11 games. The Patriots continue to struggle in finding receiver talent across from veteran Julian Edelman and, should Gordon finally remain 'healthy', he would immediately slide in as a starter. At this juncture, Gordon's value is strictly dependent on his ability to remain with the team and unsuspended. Until he proves otherwise, the 28 year-old remain a high-ceiling value target in new dynasty start-ups or a roster-hold in established leagues. Josh Gordon is found as DLF's WR67.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL
Aug 18: 11:12 AM EST
Carlos Hyde may not make cut
Carlos Hyde - RB, KCC

The Athletic's Nate Taylor suggests running back Carlos Hyde may not make the 53-man roster

Dynasty Analysis

This would be surprising and seems to be a big leap with the Chiefs not yet playing their second game of the pre-season. Looking at the Chiefs' roster, it's easy to forecast Damien Williams as the lead back with rookie Darwin Thompson in the mix for backup duties along with Darrell Williams and Tremon Smith fighting with Hyde for a spot. Second-year player, Smith, is converting to running back from cornerback. Surveying this group, it's hard NOT to forecast Hyde adding a veteran presence behind Williams, potentially with an opportunity to take over the lead role should Williams falter or fall to injury at any point. Carlos Hyde, now 28 years of age, currently sits as DLF's RB56.

DLF Analyst:       Source: The Athletic
Aug 15: 8:07 PM EST
Mike Gesicki disappointing
Mike Gesicki - TE, MIA

Mike Gesicki has been a disappointment thus far in camp, struggling to create separation against linebackers nor physically outplaying defensive backs.

Dynasty Analysis

Gesicki's inability to win matchups as a pass-catcher is concerning, especially given his substantial physical gifts displayed at the 2018 combine. Currently ranked as DLF's TE19, Mike Gesicki is still young but will need to show a few 'wow' plays during the preseason to avoid a large fall in ADP. Veteran Nick O'Leary is currently the top pass-catching tight end in practices, but is not a substantial road block if Gesicki starts showing promise.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Miami Herald
Aug 15: 4:53 PM EST
Delanie Walker expects to play
Delanie Walker - TE, TEN

Delanie Walker is feeling good and believes he'll see action versus the Patriots.

Dynasty Analysis

It looks like Walker is fully recovered after missing most of 2018 due to injury. While the coaches may choose to rest him for another week, all signs point to Delanie being fully incorporated when the season comes around.

Currently DLF's TE27 and 35 years old, Delanie Walker is a excellent bet to outplay his dynasty ranking, making him a good target for contending teams. While a lot of new talent has been added to the Titans' offense, Walker should remain a favorite target of Mariota and potentially flirt with TE1 numbers in 2019.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Jim Wyatt Via Twitter
Aug 15: 4:07 PM EST
Golden Tate suspension upheld
Golden Tate - WR, NYG

Golden Tate will miss the first four games of the 2019 season due to an upheld suspension.

Dynasty Analysis

This was expected after Tate self-reported that he had taken banned fertility drugs during the offseason. Currently DLF's WR51 and 31 years old, Tate could be a good buy low target for competing teams, as his 2018 fantasy finish was largely diminished by a mid-season trade to the Eagles. Now with the Giants, it would not be surprising to see him become the favorite target when he returns from suspension. Wide receivers Cody Latimore, Bennie Fowler, and rookie Darius Slayton will compete in the preseason to play in place of Tate during his suspension, but the main beneficiaries will likely be Sterling Shepard (thumb), Evan Engram, and Saquon Barkley.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NYGiants Via Twitter
Aug 14: 1:01 PM EST
Josh Rosen pushing to start
Josh Rosen - QB, MIA

Josh Rosen has opened up each practice this week playing with the first-team offense.

Dynasty Analysis

Rosen appears to be developing nicely in his second season after playing significantly behind Ryan Fitzpatrick early on in the offseason. While it is unclear who will be the starter come week 1, it seems like it's just a matter of time before the Dolphins see what they have in their young signal caller. Josh Rosen is DLF's QB28, but faces an uphill battle to gain value as he works with a weak supporting cast, and will likely be trailing often when the regular season rolls around.

DLF's Trade Finder shows a large variance of perceived value for Rosen in two-QB leagues, going for as little as a fourth-round rookie pick, and as much as Calvin Ridley. Given his high variance in perceived value, Rosen is both a buy low and a sell high candidate, depending on how your league-mates value him.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Cameron Wolfe Via Twitter
Aug 14: 12:35 PM EST
Kenyan Drake in walking boot
Kenyan Drake - RB, MIA

Kenyan Drake appeared at Wednesday's practice in a walking boot.

Dynasty Analysis

Drake sustained the injury on Tuesday, hobbling off the field of his own volition. While we don't currently know the details of his injury, any missed time could be devastating to his value in 2019 as he is currently in a heated battle with Kalen Ballage for the lead role.

Kenyan Drake is currently DLF's RB35, but could see a strong drop in ADP if he is sidelined for any significant amount of time. Kalen Ballage, DLF's RB58, should inversely climb as Drake falls, and should receive the vast majority of first team snaps in his absence. Mark Walton and Myles Gaskin just became a bit more intriguing, and should be heavily scrutinized in case Drake were to miss extended time.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Cameron Wolfe Via Twitter
Aug 14: 11:40 AM EST
Terry McLaurin will have early role
Terry McLaurin - WR, WAS

Albert Breer is reporting Redskins' third-round receiver selection, Terry McLaurin, will have an early-season role.

Dynasty Analysis

McLaurin raced up draft boards due to his leadership and route running but could only muster pedestrian production while at Ohio State. The Redskins' coaches have lauded his speed, toughness and versatility as he is able to play all three receiving roles. It's been a complete rebuild at receiver for Washington and it appears they have found a good foundation block in McLaurin who has developed chemistry with quarterback, and fellow rookie, Dwayne Haskins. The 6'0/210 lbs. notched a 4.35 40 at the NFL Combine. He's found as DLF's WR69.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Albert Breer via Twitter
Aug 12: 5:15 PM EST
Chad Beebe does it all
Chad Beebe - WR, MIN

Vikings team reporter Eric Smith reports receiver Chad Beebe put on a show at receiver before turning his attention to special teams as a holder.

Dynasty Analysis

Beebe, a second year player out of N. Illinois did catch some buzz as a rookie in 2018 for his camp performance but it never transferred to the regular season and he only amassed 39 yards on four receptions while appearing in only three games. The slot receiver's prospects may be looking up as the Vikings now show Beebe listed as third on the depth chart, pushing Laquon Treadwell to fourth. In an offense featuring both Adam Thielen and Stephon Diggs, Beebe could play a vital role from the slot and hold sleeper potential for 2019. Beebe still projects as a long shot as DLF's WR115, but field time during the regular season should put him on the radar.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Vikings
Aug 11: 7:17 PM EST
Jerick McKinnon could start on I.R.
Jerick McKinnon - RB, SFO

The Athletic's Matt Barrows believes Jerick McKinnon could start the season on I.R.

Dynasty Analysis

That would seem the most plausible course of action as McKinnon suffered a setback in his recovery from his 2018 ACL. Starting the season on I.R. would shelve him for at least the first 8 games of the 2019 season, thus allowing the 49ers to kick the can down the road as he continues to rehab. This would bode well for Tevin Coleman who remains on top of the depth chart with Matt Breida in the mix for material touches as well. It's another shot into the bow of McKinnon's dynasty value which continues to slide. He's now found as DLF's RB44 with and ADP of 139.

DLF Analyst:       Source: The Athletic
Aug 11: 6:44 PM EST
Anthony Miller has sprained ankle
Anthony Miller - WR, CHI

Updating our previous report on Bears' receiver Anthony Miller, the Bears are reporting he has a sprained ankle

Dynasty Analysis

It's good news for the sophomore player many are drafting as a young sleeper. Bears' head coach Matt Nagy says he's unsure how much time the injury will cost Miller, who came down awkwardly on his leg in Saturday's practice. It is not believed the injury will cost Miller any regular-season time which would seemingly point to a "low-ankle" variety as opposed to the dreaded "high-ankle" which often can take 4-6 weeks to heal.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Bears via Twitter
Aug 11: 12:30 PM EST
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