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Frank Clark traded to the Chiefs
Frank Clark - DE, SEA

In return the Seahawks will receive pick 29 in 2019, a 2020 second round pick, and they will swap their 2019 third round picks.

Dynasty Analysis

Clark will create a fearsome, pocket collapsing duo with DT Chris Jones in Steve Spagnuolo's 4-3 defensive front. While he had has his fair share of off-the-field concerns, Clark has shown off his brilliance as a pass rusher through his first four seasons, compiling 35.0 sacks and 72 QB hits over that span. Fantasy owners can breathe a sign of relief in the fact that he will continue to maintain his DE tag with a long term deal done. Clark is currently ranked as the DLF staff's DL9. He has a shot to end the year as the DL1, being on a team that forces opposing offenses to keep up with Mahomes and Co. If you can stomach the potential for possible suspensions in the future, feel comfortable as Clark as your DE1. If not, this may be a window to sell. With the focus on Jones and Clark, there may be a chance for a sleeper DE to emerge coming off the opposite side. Names to watch are Alex Okafor, Breeland Speaks, and newly acquired Emmanual Ogbah. Clark's former team will face the difficult task of replacing his production, which likely won't come from any of the players currently on their depth chart. They will hope a strong rookie EDGE class will soften the blow, but their two picks at 21 and 29 overall may have them missing out without a trade up.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Adam Schefter via Twitter
Apr 23: 1:53 PM EST
Jonathan Stewart retires

Jonathan Stewart has retired after 11 NFL seasons.

Dynasty Analysis

Carolina signed running back Jonathan Stewart to a one-day contract so he could retire as a Panther today. Early in his career, Stewart was easily one of the most coveted running backs in dynasty leagues. After all, he rushed for nearly 2,000 yards and scored 20 touchdowns in his first two seasons in a part-time role alongside DeAngelo Williams. Owners were salivating at the thought of Stewart eventually becoming a three-down workhorse back, trading massive assets to acquire him. Unfortunately, Stewart never lived up to the massive hype, despite becoming Carolina's all-time leading rusher. In fact, Stewart scored just 31 more touchdowns in his last nine seasons in the league. Injuries zapped him of his explosiveness early in his career and he simply never recovered. He'll always be remembered as a player who never reached his potential, but also shouldn't really be looked at as a dynasty punching bag since he did produce over 7,000 rushing yards throughout his career.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Apr 23: 11:45 AM EST
TJ Yeldon signs with Buffalo
TJ Yeldon - RB, BUF

The Bills have signed running back TJ Yeldon to a two-year contract.

Dynasty Analysis

Yeldon hoped to cash in this off-season with a long-term contract with a big guarantee. While terms of his deal haven't been disclosed, it's safe to say he's disappointed with how his market failed to materialize and forced him to settle for just a two-year deal. This is a sneaky pickup for the Bills, who now have LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore and Yeldon in the backfield. While Yeldon has never been a dynamic runner (he's averaged right around four yards per carry during his four year career in Jacksonville), he's caught 171 passes and proven to be more than capable out of the backfield. This is a signing that's likely more valuable in reality than fantasy, but Yeldon still carries sleeper value. After all, Gore is 35 and McCoy is 30. This signing could indicate the Bills are going to go with a full-blown committee or even looking to move McCoy, as they have in the past. Yeldon (RB48, overall ADP of 115), McCoy (RB47, ADP of 127) and Gore (RB83, ADP of 240) will likely need to be separated or have an injury occur for their ranking or ADP to increase.

DLF Analyst:       Source: CBS Sports
Apr 22: 1:25 PM EST
Demaryius Thomas signs with New England

Demaryius Thomas has inked a one-year deal with New England that could pay him up to $6 million.

Dynasty Analysis

A classic New England move if there ever was one, the Patriots are taking a flier on yet another veteran who may or may not have anything left in the tank. Thomas was a dynasty league staple in lineups for the better part nearly a decade, amassing 688 catches, 9,330 yards and scoring 62 touchdowns in 132 career games (all but seven of those with Denver). After being traded to Houston last season, the former All-Pro ruptured his achilles and the Texans opted not to bring him back at a robust $14 million he would've been owed this season. At 31 years of age, Thomas clearly believes he has something left to give, but the currently unknown guaranteed money is going to be a key here - if New England failed to give him much in terms of guarantees, it's quite possible they're just going to wait and see how his recovery goes and aren't saving a spot for him on their 53-man roster. If there are some solid guarantees, they clearly believe he can help. Currently our WR66 with an ADP of 235, this news is going to vault Thomas back on the dynasty radar. However, if you have an owner who believes Thomas is poised for a massive comeback (his pre-injury deterioration and recovery from this most recent injury make that a clear long shot even after New England lost Rob Gronkowski and Chris Hogan this off-season), it's time to move him.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Boston Herald
Apr 16: 8:02 PM EST
Russell Wilson signs extension
Russell Wilson - QB, SEA

The Seattle Seahawks have reached an agreement with with Russell Wilson which will keep the quarterback in the Emerald City for the next four years

Dynasty Analysis

It's a 4-year, $140M deal with a $65M signing bonus and a no-trade clause. The deal came in a mere half-hour before the Wilson-imposed deadline. Wilson has been a pillar of performance and high-values since entering the league in 2012, throwing for at least 30 touchdowns in three of the last four years though 2018 did see a decline in both passing and rushing yardage. In 2018, Wilson only finished as the QB10 in fantasy, largely due to bigger numbers by quarterbacks around the league in combination with slowly eroding production behind a fading offensive line and sub-par receiving corps. It remains to be seen if the Seahawks will upgrade both of these deficits in the upcoming draft. But for Russell Wilson fans, it's a great day in that the hometown hero will remain in Seattle for the foreseeable future. He's found as DLF's QB7.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Adam Schefter via Twitter
Apr 16: 9:06 AM EST
Delanie Walker not ready
Delanie Walker - TE, TEN

Delanie Walker said he remains without a timetable for return as he continues recovering from an ankle injury suffered in week one.

Dynasty Analysis

Anyone who recalls the injury, recalls it was of the gruesome variety. Walker will turn 35 shortly before kickoff of the 2019 season and it's uncertain if he'll be hampered by the ankle, though all signs point to the Titans simply taking it slow with the veteran. Even before his 2018 campaign ended, his numbers had been showing signs of a downward trend and he only tallied three touchdowns in 2017, less than half his 2016 production of seven. Tight ends have been extending their careers of late and Walker should resume his TE1 role in an offense sorely needing receiving weapons. Walker's TE1 role in fantasy, however, is likely behind him now but he may still salvage upside TE2 value as long as he remains healthy and hasn't lost his downfield dynamic. He's found as DLF's TE29 and his ADP (203) is just off his career low.

DLF Analyst:       Source: John Glennon via Twitter
Apr 15: 8:27 PM EST
Chris Hogan signs in Carolina
Chris Hogan - WR, CAR

The Panthers signed Chris Hogan to a one-year deal.

Dynasty Analysis

7/11, as he was once dubbed early in his career with the Dolphins (due to always being open), knew the Patriots wouldn't be bringing him back and he was free to sign elsewhere. Ultimately, a market never transpired for the 31 year old veteran so he had to settle for a one-year deal with the Panthers. Hogan saw a rise in value heading into 2018 with Julian Edelman suspended but he never broke through and only amassed 532 yards and three touchdowns on 35 receptions. The yardage total was his second-highest in a career that started in 2013 and he's never totaled more than 41 receptions in any season. With DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel locked in as starters, Hogan will fight for a chance to start on the outside but doesn't project as anything more than a last-flex start in emergency situations at best if he sticks on the roster heading into regular season. Hogan is found as DLF's WR75.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Apr 12: 3:33 PM EST
Ty Montgomery lands with the Jets
Ty Montgomery - RB, NYJ

The New York Jets have signed running back Ty Montgomery

Dynasty Analysis

The former receiver turned running back was a once the starter in Green Bay, but fizzled out before being dealt to Baltimore. If you recall, it was Montgomery who inexplicably returned a kick out of the end zone only to fumble it away in a crucial game last year for the Packers. Two days later, Green Bay shipped him out of town. Montgomery was a bit of a bust in Baltimore as well, rushing for just 83 yards on 15 carries and catching only ten passes in his six games as a Raven as well. In New York, Montgomery will presumably back up Le'Veon Ball and also be used in special packages as a receiver. While it's possible our current RB65 could regain some value, he's also clearly going to be an afterthought in the Jets backfield. At this point, Montgomery looks like a handcuff for Bell owners and a dynasty roster clogger for others.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL.com
Apr 12: 10:26 AM EST
Sterling Shepard receives extension

The Giants extended wide-receiver Sterling Shepard with a four-year $41M contract

Dynasty Analysis

It's a fantastic deal for a receiver who has never eclipsed 900 yards receiving. With Odell Beckham Jr. now in Cleveland, the Giants had to ensure their top receiver stayed in New York, though it would seem they overpaid greatly to accomplish that. In three years, Shepard has amassed 190 receptions for 2,286 yards and 14 touchdowns. He'll be the odds-on favorite for targets in 2019, though sophomore runner Saquon Barkley may challenge. Operating as the certain WR1, there exists a long runway for Shepard to finally surpass the 1,000 yard plateau and his career-high of eight touchdowns (scored as a rookie) may serve as the over/under - Shepard has only six over his past two seasons. Sterling Shepard is currently found as DLF's WR40 and his ADP (97) had been eroding until Beckham's trade this off-season. There's simply too much risk to acquire Shepard for dynasty owners believing there's upside to his current ranking. With a fading Eli Manning at the helm and no other established receiving threats outside of tight end Evan Engram, all signs point to another poor season for the G-men in 2019.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Mike Garafolo via Twitter
Apr 10: 9:20 PM EST
Austin Seferian-Jenkins signs with New England

The Patriots have signed tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins to a one-year contract.

Dynasty Analysis

The Patriots flirted with Jared Cook, but he ultimately chose to play in New Orleans, leaving New England to pursue another avenue to replace the newly retired Rob Gronkowski. They have seemingly settled on ASJ for the time being. Seferian-Jenkins was the best tight end on the market, but that's really not saying much. Despite showing flashes throughout his five year career, ASJ has never completed a season healthy and has played in more than nine games just once during that span. The former second round pick has undeniable talent, but his health history makes him a potential "sell high on the hype" player in dynasty leagues, You can spin this however you want, but the bottom line is ASJ is no Rob Gronkowski. His current ADP as the TE27 will surely rise, but this may be your best time to cash out for a second or third round rookie selection.

DLF Analyst:       Source: CBS Sports
Apr 10: 2:52 PM EST
Nick Chubb still starting
Nick Chubb - RB, CLE

The Browns acquired Kareem Hunt in the off-season leaving fantasy owners wondering what to expect in 2019 for sophomore Nick Chubb.

Dynasty Analysis

This story comes to you via Scott Petrak who writes for the Chronicle-Telegram and the Medina Gazette. The Browns stunned fantasy owners just at a time when they were expecting big things for 2019 rookie Nick Chubb. Duke Johnson is on the way out and Chubb produced 996 yards and eight touchdowns on 192 attempts, good for a 5.2 ypc. average. He even chipped in with 20 receptions and another two touchdowns via the passing game. It's no secret Chubb will be the starter to open the season as Kareem Hunt has been suspended for the first eight games of 2019. But what should fantasy owners expect following Hunt's return? Hunt is on a one-year deal and it stands to reason conditioning could be an issue when he returns. He's far too talented not to see the field but the expectation is for Chubb to continue where he left off to end 2018. True to these words, Chubb is still found as DLF's RB8 and his ADP (15) has seen little downturn following Hunt's acquisition. With Cleveland's offense now looking like it never has in the past, replete with young and dynamic talent, Chubb's value should remain high and should be an acquisition target if he's on-sale in dynasty leagues

DLF Analyst:       Source: BrownsZone
Apr 7: 3:43 PM EST
Josh Rosen trade looking likely
Josh Rosen - QB, ARI

Washington trading with Arizona for Josh Rosen is looking more likely as we near the NFL Draft.

Dynasty Analysis

Head coach Jay Gruden seems to be on the "win now" train and with the Arizona Cardinals smitten with rookie quarterback Kyler Murray, the table is set for a draft day trade. The Redskins hold the 15th selection in the upcoming draft and while they may have their eyes fixed upon one of this year's rookies, it seems as though they also have Rosen in their sights as well. Rosen struggled as a rookie with Arizona though the blame isn't purely on his shoulders. The injury bug played a large role and the Cardinals regressed badly with few receiver targets outside of the aged Larry FItzgerald. For his part, Rosen completed only 55% of his passes for 2,278 yards, 11 touchdowns to 14 interceptions. While Washington would be an upgrade for Rosen and his fantasy owners, It's hard to predict much upside for the sophomore quarterback who would see his second offensive coordinator in two years. Josh Rosen is found as DLF's QB23 and his ADP (218) is leveling off following a steep decline. Rosen is best treated as developmental quarterback until he proves otherwise.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Apr 7: 3:30 PM EST
Ravens holding running back workouts
Mark Ingram - RB, BAL

The Ravens have recently held workouts with Eddie Lacy and Josh Jacobs.

Dynasty Analysis

While the Ravens are likely doing their due diligence with Lacy, the Jacobs visit is very interesting, especially to owners of Mark Ingram. It seems apparent the Ravens are serious about finding a new backfield mate for him and that could cause a serious ding to his dynasty value. Ingram's March ADP of 93 is sure to rise after leaving New Orleans for Baltimore, but this news could limit just how much it rises in April. Stay tuned on this front or move Ingram at what could be his highest dynasty point in quite some time if you're convinced this isn't a smokescreen by the Ravens.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Ravens
Apr 6: 4:26 PM EST
Mark Walton released by Cincinnati

The Bengals have released running back Mark Walton.

Dynasty Analysis

Walton has been arrested at least three times over the past few months and even the ever-patient Bengals franchise had seen enough. Walton was a rookie sleeper out of Miami last year, but saw very little time behind Joe Mixon last year. After misdemeanor arrests for battery and marijuana possession, Walton hit the trifecta with a felony arrest for carrying a concealed weapon, marijuana possession and reckless driving. It's quite possible Walton's career may be over before it even started. He looks like a drop in dynasty leagues.

DLF Analyst:       Source: WLWT5 Cincinnati
Apr 6: 4:21 PM EST
Ryan Grant resurfaces in Oakland
Ryan Grant - WR, OAK

The Raiders signed Ryan Grant to a one-year, $2.5 million deal.

Dynasty Analysis

Grant was a bust in Indianapolis last year as he posted just 35 catches for 334 yards and one touchdown after inking a one-year deal worth $5 million. The Colts had seen enough and didn't want him back this season, so the Raiders pounced and found a replacement for the departed Seth Roberts. Grant is the WR94 with an ADP of 239 - it's unlikely that rises much as he'll now compete with Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams for targets. He's no sure bet to make the team and would have dynasty value if he cracks the 53-man roster and wins the slot receiver job, which at this point has to seem rather unlikely. Grant is not a priority pickup at the moment.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Apr 6: 4:16 PM EST
Seth Roberts signs with Baltimore
Seth Roberts - WR, BAL

Seth Roberts and the Ravens have agreed to a one-year deal.

Dynasty Analysis

Over his four years in Oakland, Roberts was very up and down on a game-to-game basis, but oddly averaged around the same numbers each and every season. With anywhere between 32 and 45 catches, 397 and 494 yards and one to five touchdowns in each of those four seasons, he was the definition of average. At this point, it looks like he'll have a role on the Ravens with just Willie Snead and Chris Moore left to gobble up targets after the departures of John Brown and Michael Crabtree this off-season. It's a fairly uninspiring move for Baltimore, but they're clearly expected to address the position in the off-season. Roberts could find himself on the ADP map, but it seems unlikely, despite a positive landing spot.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Ravens
Apr 6: 4:10 PM EST
Will Fuller progressing well
Will Fuller - WR, HOU

Head coach Bill O'Brien says there's a chance wide receiver Will Fuller could return by training camp

Dynasty Analysis

Fuller is a big-play threat who has been consistently productive when on the field. The problem being that Fuller has fallen to injury in all of his three years in the NFL, limiting his time on the field. In 2018, he suffered a torn ACL and appeared in only seven games. In three years, Fuller has logged only 31 games but has scored in 13 of them. A first round selection (21st overall) in 2016, if Fuller can remain off the trainer's table in 2019, he stands to be an extremely productive WR2 across from top receiver DeAndre Hopkins. That's a big "if" but not out of the realm of possibility. Despite his most recent setback, his ADP (73) remains stable and he's found as DLF's WR30 showing that hope springs eternal once again.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Sarah Bishop via Twitter
Apr 5: 8:23 AM EST
Alfred Blue signs in Jacksonville
Alfred Blue - RB, JAC

Alfred Blue has signed a one-year contract in Jacksonville.

Dynasty Analysis

The soon-to-be 28 year-old will take on the role of veteran backup to the enigmatic Leonard Fournette in 2019. The Jaguars also have Thomas Rawls and David Williams on the roster but Blue should easily slot in ahead of both as Fournette's primary change-of-pace option. The bigger question here is Fournette's ultimate fate in Jacksonville following the dramatic events which closed out the 2018 campaign, when VP of Football Operations Tom Coughlin called out Fournette and fellow running back T.J. Yeldon for "disrespectful" actions while sitting alone on the bench during the final week of the season. All signs point to the parties involved clearing the air and Fournette carrying the load in 2019, barring further injury, with Blue receiving a handful of carries in relief. Alfred Blue will remain a weak handcuff in case of injury, at best, and is found as DLF's RB98.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ProFootballTalk
Apr 1: 10:04 PM EST
C.J. Anderson signs in Detroit
CJ Anderson - RB, DET

The Detroit Lions have reached an agreement with running back C.J. Anderson on a one-year deal.

Dynasty Analysis

The backfield in Detroit is getting crowded with Anderson joining sophomore Kerryon Johnson, veteran third down specialist Theo Riddick and the scrappy-but-productive Zach Zenner. The one-year contract will allow the recently-turned 28 year-old to showcase his abilities once more in hopes of landing a more lucrative deal in 2020. After showing well for the Rams following a knee injury suffered by Todd Gurley, Anderson ran wild and seemingly was on track to be a hot commodity in the free agent market in 2019. That never transpired and Anderson now finds himself as the backup to Johnson, who appears to be in line for less of a workload in order to preserve his health. Anderson's lone 1,000 yard season came in 2017 when with Denver and he was summarily shipped to Carolina in 2018. Following nine games as a Panther, he eventually found his way to Los Angeles where he ran for nearly 300 yards along with two touchdowns in his final two regular season games, followed by further production in the playoffs. It's a bit of a head-scratching move, especially for Anderson, though it's not out of the question that he splits early-down duties with Johnson. Think of him as an upside RB4 in dynasty until he proves otherwise. He won't carry enough value to sell but there is sleeper potential as an acquisition target. You'll find C.J. Anderson as DLFs RB58.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Adam Schefter via Twitter
Apr 1: 9:54 PM EST
Marlon Mack primed for big season?
Marlon Mack - RB, IND

Head coach Frank Reich has a goal to be a top-five rushing team in 2019

Dynasty Analysis

This goal will highlight the skills of Marlon Mack who, even with a nagging hamstring injury, was able to compile 908 yards and nine touchdowns on 195 carries. Now healthy and running behind a dominant offensive line, Mack should benefit greatly from being fully healthy and, especially, being the focal point of the rushing attack. The Colts haven't added significant competition yet in the off-season and while they are expected to address the position via the NFL Draft, a healthy Marlon Mack will be difficult to unseat in 2019. He's currently found as DLF's RB21.

DLF Analyst:       Source: USA Today
Mar 30: 10:41 AM EST
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