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Ben Watson suspended for PED use
Ben Watson - TE, NEP

Ben Watson will be suspended for the first four games of the season due to PED's.

Dynasty Analysis

Both Ben Watson and the Patriots apparently knew of the impending suspension during contract talks, so this news shouldn't affect his position on the team. However, Watson remains an uninspiring option at the tight end position, and likely loses any value he had gained upon signing with New England. Austin Seferian-Jenkins (DLF TE25) and Matt LaCosse (DLF TE62) stand to benefit from this suspension, but both will need to make major developmental strides to become serious fantasy factors in 2019.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Mike Reiss Via Twitter
May 26: 5:51 PM EST
Greg Olsen medically cleared for all activities
Greg Olsen - TE, CAR

Greg Olsen has been medically cleared for all football related activities.

Dynasty Analysis

Olsen started in nine games last year before having surgery in December to repair a break in his foot. During the off-season he was pursued by multiple news organizations for a broadcasting position, but it appears Olsen with play football for at least one more season. It is expected that he will be brought along slowly during team activities to help preserve him for the regular season.

He is currently ranked as DLF's 32nd dynasty TE, but is an excellent cheap option to target for contending teams. Greg Olsen was on pace to produce a 48/517/7 line last year, which would have culminated in him being the TE8 in PPR leagues. Recent trades on MFL.com show that Olsen can often be bought for merely a fourth-round rookie pick. While healthy, Olsen has a good opportunity to put up low-to-mid TE1 numbers in 2019.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Max Henson Via Twitter
May 26: 2:55 PM EST
Erik Swoope signs with Oakland

Erik Swoope signs a one-year contract with the Oakland Raiders.

Dynasty Analysis

Swoope was a popular dynasty sleeper two years ago, but has yet to live up to the hype. Over the past two seasons he has caught just 23 balls for 384 yards and four touchdowns, ceding snaps to Jack Doyle and Eric Ebron in Indianapolis.

Oakland is an intriguing landing spot with no sure-fire starters currently rostered at the tight end position. Swoope will battle Darren Waller, and rookie fourth-rounder Foster Moreau to be the top pass-catching TE for the Raiders, making him a name to monitor during the off-season in deeper dynasty formats.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Rotoworld.com
May 25: 1:24 PM EST
Tyler Kroft breaks foot during OTAs
Tyler Kroft - TE, BUF

Tyler Kroft will undergo surgery to repair a break in his foot sustained during the opening days of OTAs.

Dynasty Analysis

This is an unfortunate situation for Kroft who looked like the front-runner to start in Buffalo after being signed to a three-year, $18.75 million contract during the off-season. This injury will likely keep Kroft sidelined throughout the pre-season, and may result in a PUP designation to start the season. Veterans Lee Smith and Jason Croom will battle rookie third-rounder Dawson Knox for positioning on the depth chart, but it is unlikely that any of Buffalo's tight ends' prove relevant for fantasy during the 2019 season. Dawson Knox will likely see a small bump in rookie ADP now that there is a clearer path to starting, but this injury should have little effect on the value or production of Josh Allen and his receiver corps..

DLF Analyst:       Source: Vic Carucci Via Twitter
May 25: 12:45 PM EST
Chad Kelly gets another opportunity with Colts
Chad Kelly - QB, IND

Chad Kelly was signed by the Colts after impressing during Indy's rookie mini-camp.

Dynasty Analysis

Kelly had a strong college resume, but fell to the final pick in the 2017 draft due to concerns regarding his character. After missing his rookie season with a wrist injury, Kelly impressed during the 2018 pre-season for the Broncos. He compiled a 66.6% completion percentage for 466 yards and three touchdowns, with two interceptions. Chad Kelly was waived by the Broncos on October 24th after he drunkenly tried to break into a stranger's house following a team holiday party.

Chad Kelly has the talent to supplant Jacoby Brissette as the primary back-up to Andrew Luck, but character issues remain a major concern. A strong pre-season from both Brissette and Kelly could lead the Colts to trade Brissette at a premium, as he enters the final year of his rookie contract. Kelly, currently unranked on DLF, is an intriguing deep stash in two-quarterback leagues, but carries a high risk of unemployment if he receives another strike on his record.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Colts.com
May 25: 10:54 AM EST
Julian Edelman receives extension
Julian Edelman - WR, NEP

Edelman will receive a two-year, $18M extension with $12M guaranteed making him a Patriot through 2021.

Dynasty Analysis

The imminent future is secure for one of Tom Brady's most trusted receiving weapons. Edelman isn't showing signs of slowing down - finishing 2018 with his 2nd best year on a yards per game basis in a suspension shortened season. Edelman, like most aging players, is getting put out to pasture early. You can net him as a 7th round dynasty startup selection according to DLF May mock drafts, as WR37. Edelman finished 2018 as the WR13 in points per game in PPR leagues. Excellent production and a role that won't change for WR4 prices makes him an excellent veteran target, especially if you're uninspired by the rookies available to you in the late second or early third of rookie drafts.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Mike Garafolo via Twitter
May 21: 1:01 PM EST
Sammy Watkins looks incredible
Sammy Watkins - WR, KCC

NFL Network's Peter Schrager says Kansas City receiver Sammy Watkins "looks incredible!"

Dynasty Analysis

We've essentially heard that in year's past and fantasy coaches are still waiting for the production to match the expectation. That said, Watkins came out on Twitter to say: "I will be the best this year mark my word I want it more now than I ever did before in my life...". The full Tweet can be read in the linked article. Watkins showed flashes last year though in only 10 games and finished the season with 40 receptions, 519 yards and three touchdowns. What's different in 2019 is that the future for star receiver Tyreek Hill is looking bleak as he fights potential domestic violence charges. His case was reopened following release of a troubling and shocking recorded conversation which, should he be found guilty, could end Hill's career. In fact, the content was such that even if not found guilty, the Chiefs could still elect to cut bait. Either way, it seems as though Watkins is going to ascend to the WR1 role for 2019 and will be on the receiving end of Patrick Mahomes' lasers. Watkins has failed to live up to the hype in all but his rookie year and his DLF ranking now rests at 23. His ADP (45) was resting at a career-low but has rebounded sharply since the news on Hill emerged. Watkins will remain a high-ceiling/high-risk addition as an acquisition target but few carry his vast potential should the stars align and his health is maintained.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ArrowheadPride
May 20: 9:46 PM EST
Leonard Fournette pleads no contest

Leonard Fournette pleaded no contest for driving on a suspended license after he was nabbed for doing 37 mph. in a 25 mph zone.

Dynasty Analysis

No word as to whether he pulled a hamstring during the stop. The speed demon won't serve any time and the Jaguars are not expected to pursue any other punishment. He was arrested after it was learned he was driving on a suspended license and had a warrant out for his arrest due to other traffic violations. Fournette and former Jaguar running back, T.J. Yeldon, were famously taken to task by Tom Coughlin after appearing disinterested on the sideline to close out the season in 2018. What followed was a messy back-and-forth with Coughlin suggesting the Jaguars would be seeking to recover bonus money paid to Fournette as part of his rookie contract. Since that time, it appears as though all has been forgiven and the two sides are now squarely focused on 2019. Fournette has fallen to DLF's RB18 and his ADP (32) is just off a career-low mark. Risk averse coaches may wish to steer clear of Fournette and his oft-injured status but there's no doubting his upside should he remain healthy for a complete 16-game season.

DLF Analyst:       Source: JaguarsWire
May 20: 9:29 PM EST
Cooper Kupp on track
Cooper Kupp - WR, LAR

Cooper Kupp is recovering well from his torn ACL and head coach Sean McVay said he's "...right on track with where we want him to be."

Dynasty Analysis

Kupp refused to commit to a return date when asked by reporters but he worked through individual drills on Monday during team OTAs. In his second season, he amassed 40 receptions for 566 yards and six touchdowns in eight games before suffering a torn ACL. As a rookie, he totaled 62/869/5. Quarterback Jared Goff immediately developed chemistry and the two were hooking up early and often before the injury struck. Now, looking to 2019, the goal has always been for Kupp to be fully healthy by kick-off of week one and he appears on track to meet that challenge. Fantasy coaches can expect to see very little of Cooper Kupp in the pre-season. He's found as DLF's WR16 and his ADP (44) has remained consistent, even following the injury.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
May 20: 9:14 PM EST
Tyler Eifert update brings good news
Tyler Eifert - TE, CIN

Tyler Eifert is doing "pretty much everything" thus far early in camp as he recovers from a broken ankle suffered early in 2018.

Dynasty Analysis

Eifert has undergone season-ending surgery in each of the past three seasons. In 2015, his last full season, he reeled in 52 passes for 615 yards and 13 touchdowns, putting himself squarely on the fantasy radar for 2016, but has fallen to the dreaded IR in each season since. Eifert has signed a one-year deal and, at only 28 years of age, could still salvage his career if he can avoid the knife, or at least the trainer's table, in 2019. The Bengals run a tight end friendly system and Andy Dalton, who may be in a make-or-break season himself under center, has shows a rapport with Eifert in years past. There's enough intrigue here for dynasty coaches seeking low-cost depth at the position. Tyler Eifert has fallen a bit off the radar as DLF's TE35 and may be available in upcoming rookie/FA drafts.

DLF Analyst:       Source: BengalsWire
May 20: 9:05 PM EST
Ezekiel Elliott handcuffed in Vegas
Ezekiel Elliott - RB, DAL

Ezekiel Elliott was handcuffed in Las Vegas after knocking a security guard to the ground at a music festival. He was handcuffed and escorted away from the event, but no charges were filed.

Dynasty Analysis

This is a bad look for Elliott. Worse yet, TMZ got video of the entire altercation. While it wasn't particularly violent, Jerry Jones and fantasy owners have to be shaking there heads over the matter. Elliott has already served a suspension in 2017 stemming from domestic violence accusations, so for now we'll have to wait and see if the league office will deem this latest dust up as worthy of discipline. Elliott owners should have no reason to fear his long-term outlook, but it wouldn't hurt to have Tony Pollard and/or Mike Weber on your bench for insurance if Elliott were to miss any time.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Mike Freeman on Twitter
May 20: 1:44 PM EST
Reuben Foster carted off practice field
Reuben Foster - LB, WAS

Washington linebacker Reuben Foster was carted off the practice field today after suffering a left leg injury.

Dynasty Analysis

It's been a tumultuous couple of years for Foster since leaving Alabama. Character and injury concerns caused him to drop in the draft and legal issues have caused him to miss time and led to his release from the team that drafted him. Once considered a slam dunk IDP prospect, Foster's many issues have dropped him to LB54 in DLF's rankings. It's too early to tell if the linebacker will miss this season, but it's never a good sign when a player needs assistance off the field.

Washington currently has Shaun Dion Hamilton or Josh Harvey-Clemons as the next man up, but they could look outside of the roster for a replacement. Washington's other starting inside linebacker, Mason Foster, led the team in tackling in 2018 with 131 combined tackles (81 solo). He will likely be tasked with doing the same in 2019.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter
May 20: 11:20 AM EST
Ryan Griffin released by Houston
Ryan Griffin - TE, HOU

Ryan Griffin was released by Houston today.

Dynasty Analysis

This move has been anticipated since Griffin was arrested during the 2019 NFL draft for allegedly breaking a hotel window. He has since been charged with vandalism and public intoxication. The release of Griffin creates an opportunity for newly signed third-round pick Kehale Warring to see starter snaps if he can best 2018 third-rounder Jordan Akins and 2018 sixth-rounder Jordan Thomas for the top pass-catching tight end spot on the Texans. All three should see a small rise in value following the release of Griffin, but it is unclear who will emerge as the best fantasy option for 2019.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Houston Chronicle
May 17: 7:11 PM EST
Shane Ray signs with Baltimore
Shane Ray - LB, DEN

Shane Ray signs a one-year deal with the Ravens.

Dynasty Analysis

A first round pick by the Broncos in 2015, Shane Ray had an excellent sophomore campaign recording eight sacks, but has struggled with injuries ever since. Ray will look to re-establish his value on a Baltimore team that lacks high-end pass-rushing talent.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL.com
May 17: 6:39 PM EST
Michael Floyd signs with Baltimore
Michael Floyd - WR, BAL

Michael Floyd signed a one-year deal with the Ravens.

Dynasty Analysis

This will be Michael's fifth team in the last four years after he flamed out in Arizona. During his last 26 games he has amassed a paltry 24/220/2 receiving line, despite ample opportunity for relevant snaps. Floyd has a fair shot of making it onto the Ravens' final roster, but has little chance of producing fantasy-relevant-numbers.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Kevin Patra NFL.com
May 17: 6:29 PM EST
Jamie Collins is heading back to the Patriots
Jamie Collins - LB, CLE

Jamie Collins was signed to a one-year deal with the patriots.

Dynasty Analysis

The deal is worth just over one-million dollars, ($250,000 guaranteed,) but could reach five-million dollars with incentives. This is an excellent landing spot for Collins who put up some of his best years in New England before seeing his fantasy appeal diminish after being traded to the Browns in 2016. He is currently DLF's 33rd ranked dynasty linebacker, but should see a rise in value now that he has found a home.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Ian Rapoport Via Twitter
May 17: 5:56 PM EST
Tyler Eifert a full participant at OTAs
Tyler Eifert - TE, CIN

After suffering a gruesome leg injury last season, Eifert is hoping to use his one-year deal to return to form after a series of injuries have derailed the past few years of his career.

Dynasty Analysis

When he's been on the field, Eifert has shown he can be a dangerous weapon in the passing game — most notably when he recorded 13 touchdowns in 2015 in just 13 games. Unfortunately, injuries have been the story of Eifert's career. Since being drafted in 2013, the Bengals tight end has played in only 43 games of a possible 96.

Still just 28, Eifert can likely be had for cheap in most leagues. DLF's Trade Finder shows Eifert has been traded for late-round picks and, perhaps stinging the most, FAAB dollars. If you're thin at the tight end position or are looking for a low-risk, high-upside play, Eifert isn't the worst option. An Eifert comeback would not only be one of the best stories in the NFL, it could also give you a potential sell-high option before your league's trade deadline. If he doesn't pan out, at least you didn't have to give up much to get him.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Fletcher Page, Cincinnati Enquir
May 15: 9:21 PM EST
Darron Lee traded to Chiefs
Darron Lee - LB, NYJ

The Chiefs have agreed to terms with the Jets to exchange fourth-year linebacker Darron Lee for a sixth-round pick.

Dynasty Analysis

Despite grading out with Pro Football Focus' fifth-best score in coverage for a linebacker with at least 400 such snaps in 2018, the former first round pick of the Jets had worn out his welcome. Even with Adam Gase assuming the role of interim GM just today, he wasted no time moving Lee out of town. While Lee sports an athletic profile and has excelled in coverage, he's been less than stellar in run defense.

In three seasons with the Jets, Lee averaged 79 combined tackles a season and has not been much of a factor in pass rush. After being blanked in his first two campaigns, he intercepted three passes last season. In Kansas City he will presumably slide into the Will linebacker role in the Chiefs new 4-3 base, and he will compete with Anthony Hitchens and Dorian O'Daniel for a role in sub packages.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter
May 15: 8:36 PM EST
Doug Baldwin insinuates retirement

The former Seattle wide receiver appears to announce his retirement from the NFL through a series of heartfelt tweets

Dynasty Analysis

Baldwin went on Twitter Sunday night to write a letter to his younger self, detailing important events throughout his life that brought him to this moment. He describes moments from his childhood, his successes and failures, and people who have impacted his life and shaped him into the man he is today. The closing tweet he sends out is a "Game of Thrones" GIF which reads "My watch has ended" insinuating that he has taken his last snap in the NFL.

The writing was on the wall for Baldwin after a injury riddled 2018 season and having to undergo surgery on both his shoulder and his groin in the offseason. The Seahawks decided to prepare for a future without Baldwin by drafting Ole Miss wide receiver DK Metcalf with the 64th pick of the 2019 NFL draft. Metcalf will look to fill the void Baldwin is leaving behind with his elite size and speed. He currently sits as DLF's WR29. The Seahawks will also rely on veterans Tyler Lockett and David Moore for the upcoming season. Lockett currently sits as DLF's WR41 and looks to improve on his impressive 2018 season which consisted of 965 yards and 10 touchdowns. David Moore currently sits as DLF's WR115 and looks to take a leap forward in his third year with the departure of Baldwin.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
May 13: 11:33 AM EST
Geno Smith expected to sign with Seattle
Geno Smith - QB, LAC

The Seahawks are expected to sign the journeyman QB this week.

Dynasty Analysis

Smith will come in to compete with former Broncos first-rounder Paxton Lynch to back up Russell Wilson. Smith spent last season behind Philip Rivers in Los Angeles, but hasn't played significant minutes since 2014. With the way Seattle favors the run, even if Wilson were to go down, the winner of the back-up QB battle in Seattle will likely have very little fantasy appeal even in superflex leagues.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Jordan Raanan via Twitter
May 13: 11:10 AM EST
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