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John Ross wreaking havoc in space
John Ross - WR, CIN

Sophomore receiver John Ross is healthy and has been dynamic with the ball in his hands this off-season.

Dynasty Analysis

He's also reported to have struggled with "contested catches" but the Bengals are doing what they can to feature him in routes designed to create space for the speedster. Ross' lone touch of 2017 came on a rushing attempt, ending with a fumble. He's struggled physically and mentally in returning from his 2017 injury, but he's working on his confidence and is trending up. Ross is currently the WR76 on DLF's receiver rankings, showing that he's off the radar. With an ADP of 134, he can be had in the 11th round and presents a fantastic risk-reward play for a creative coach with an already-established receiving corps. The Bengals haven't proven they can yet use a slot-specialist to the best of his abilities, but Ross has the dynamic to be a productive sleeper in 2018.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Bengals.com
Jun 17: 8:10 PM EST
Michael Gallup developing rapport
Michael Gallup - WR, DAL

Rookie Michael Gallup and Dal Prescott are said to be developing a rapport.

Dynasty Analysis

With big shoes to fill following the departure of Dez Bryant, any positive news for the 2018 third round selection is welcome. This bit of news comes from a "mailbag" article and lacks any substance, but the author does mention Gallup finding ways to "generate space" and he has "been reliable catching the ball". The Colorado St. propsect was a fast-riser in fantasy circles into the NFL Draft and he's found his way into the back end of some 12-team rookie drafts. It's a tall order for the 6'1/205 lb. rookie but Gallup possesses the size and dynamic, when combined with a long runway for production, to be an intriguing risk-reward selection, especially near the top of the second round of rookie drafts. On DLF's overall receiver rankings, Gallup sits as the WR44 and the WR5 on the rookie receiver rankings. His rising ADP (90) suggests high expectations near the seventh round in new start-up drafts. His value is elevated due to the expectation of Gallup being a starter from day-one.

DLF Analyst:       Source: DallasCowboys.com
Jun 17: 7:50 PM EST
Tyrod Taylor looks to be the starter
Tyrod Taylor - QB, CLE

While Baker Mayfield is currently second on the depth chart, he's nowhere close to overtaking Tyrod Taylor at this point in his development.

Dynasty Analysis

It's no surprise as Mayfield, like most all rookie quarterbacks, would be best served by holding a clipboard for the first year until the game slows down for him. The Browns should be in no hurry to reproduce past failures as they look to secure a new face of the franchise. Taylor, acquired by the Browns in exchanged for the 65th overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, brings veteran leadership and mobility to the position and should provide a spark to the recently retooled offense. Soon to be 29, Taylor will have a year to prove his worth but all expectations find the Browns handing the reins to the first overall selection (Mayfield) in the 2018 NFL Draft no later than 2019 and, in all likelihood, at any point the Browns fall from playoff contention. Tyrod Taylor is listed as DLF's QB27 while Baker Mayfield is found as the QB18. Taylor can be used as a QB3 and, perhaps, a QB2 for coaches willing to address the position via other means beyond 2018.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Boston Globe
Jun 17: 7:37 PM EST
Saquon Barkley shines in receiving drills
Saquon Barkley - RB, NYG

At the close of the off-season program, Saquon Barkley answered any lingering questions about his receiving skills.

Dynasty Analysis

In the "5 takeaways" article, Giants.com reporter John Schmeelk said: "Barkley dropped only one or two passes throughout all of spring practice and ran every route you want a running back to run. He caught passes in the flat, over the middle on circle routes, and deep down the field on wheel routes. Linebackers have absolutely no shot of covering him. We’ve also seen a lot of empty sets from the Giants offense, with Barkley (and other running backs) split out wide." It's just another indication of the special talent that Barkley is. He's the complete package of raw power, agility, speed, intelligence wrapped into a humble, hard-working, package. While he's the easy choice as the top rookie off the board in rookie drafts, Barkley is also currently RB2 overall on DLF's running back rankings and his ADP (6), believe it or not, is still climbing. Barkley is a generational talent who is good enough to be selected highly as a cornerstone piece even without having played a snap yet in the NFL.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Giants.com
Jun 16: 9:07 PM EST
Carlos Hyde in a crowded depth chart
Carlos Hyde - RB, CLE

Carlos Hyde performed well in camp but the Browns are "nowhere close" to determining how to split the work.

Dynasty Analysis

It's a story well understood for dynasty leaguers as Isaiah Crowell was traded to the Jets, Hyde came to town and the Browns followed up with a second-round selection of rookie runner Nick Chubb in the 2018 NFL Draft. We'll have to wait for the end of training camp to find out how this situations plays out the only certain role is that of Duke Johnson, who has a very disparate skill set to that of Hyde and Chubb. The Browns moved Johnson around the formation and will again, meaning that one of the other two will be on the outside looking in, at least in 2018. It would be a surprise if the established veteran, Hyde, were to see Chubb start ahead of him, but Chubb is an accomplished runner and looked fantastic to end his career in Georgia. Hyde, for his part, has always flashed ability but never achieved the consistency to be an RB1 in fantasy. It's a situation sure to dog the values of all involved until more clarity is found. Unsurprisingly, Nick Chubb is found as DLF's RB15 due to youth while Carlos Hyde sits as the RB31. Duke Johnson is not far behind at RB34, especially valuable in PPR formats.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jun 15: 6:34 PM EST
Christian Kirk battling for WR2
Christian Kirk - WR, ARI

In the "Top Takeaways" article, Kirk was mentioned as being in the mix for the WR2 role.

Dynasty Analysis

It's far too soon for that prediction to be made but it is noteworthy. Kirk has had a "solid" camp and is competing for the role with J.J. Nelson, Chad Williams and Brice Butler. The Cardinals also signed Greg Little most recently though it's hard to project him sticking on the roster. With Larry Fitzgerald fully expected to retire following this season, the Cardinals badly need the young receivers to step up and Kirk was drafted to do just that. Kirk is found as DLF's WR32 and his ADP (67) shows that he's not flying under the radar.

DLF Analyst:       Source: AZCardinals.com
Jun 15: 6:21 PM EST
Martavis Bryant may be suspended - again
Martavis Bryant - WR, OAK

The Las Vegas Review Journal is reporting the Oakland Raiders fear Martavis Bryant will be suspend due to another failed test.

Dynasty Analysis

While there has been no official word as of this update, another failed test would likely result in a suspension of no less than a year after missing all of 2016 due to repeated violations. It would be a significant blow to Bryant's fantasy stock following his trade to the Oakland Raiders. Still only 26, and with an ultra-high ceiling and game-changing receiving ability, we hope this isn't the case but won't be shocked when the official news finally does break. Bryant tallied 603 yards and three touchdowns in part-time duty with the Steelers in 2017 following their selection of rookie JuJu Smitch-Schuster. Drama ensued and the Steelers elected to move on trading him to the Raiders for a 2018 third-round selecton. Clearly, Bryant's past and mediocre production has effected his draft stock as he appears as DLF's WR52 while hs ADP (103) has been in a slow slide following a resurgence in 2017.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Las Vegas Review Journal
Jun 15: 6:13 PM EST
Elijah McGuire looks like LaDainian Tomlinson
Elijah McGuire - RB, NYJ

According to the Jets' running back coach, Stump Mitchell, McGuire reminds him a lot of HoF back LaDainian Tomlinson

Dynasty Analysis

McGuire is expected to be the third-down back which is noteworthy. Mitchell's full quote was: “Eli looks fantastic to be perfectly honest. I’ll tell you who I see Eli as — and he’s in the Hall of Fame. Eli has the skill set to be a LaDainian Tomlinson if he was given that opportunity. That’s not what presents itself to him at this particular point in time. But skill set, he can do it all. He can catch. He can run. He can run routes as a receiver." McGuire looks like he's added muscle in the off-season and with Bilal Powell still on the roster and, newcomer, Isaiah Crowell now in town, there will be competition for the role, but in the NFL, anything is possible. In his rookie year, McGuire ran for 315 yards on 88 carries (3.6 ypc.) with a single touchdown and also tallied 17 receptions with another touchdown. As DLF's RB68, there looks to be upside present while all eyes remain on Powell and Crowell. Still only 24 years of age, he's worth acquiring now on the cheap.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NY Daily News
Jun 15: 6:01 PM EST
Kendrick Bourne continues to surprise
Kendrick Bourne - WR, SFO

Kendrick Bourne was listed as the "Surprise offseason standout" by ESPN

Dynasty Analysis

We mentioned Bourne recently in that he and Jimmy Garoppolo have been hooking up consistently in camp. The 49ers have arguably one of the weakest receiver groups in the NFL and the 2017 undrafted free agent Bourne showed well to end the year. He's continued that momentum in camp while still being an unknown in fantasy. There's no reason to rush out and add Bourne unless you have an open roster spot but an unknown player who consistently receives positive press in camp from a weak roster is always a deep sleeper target. He's a way-off-the-radar receiver appearing as DLF's WR107.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jun 15: 5:40 PM EST
Mike Williams focused and looking good
Mike Williams - WR, LAC

Chargers' Head Coach Anthony Lynn said of Williams: "Mike's looked good".

Dynasty Analysis

The Chargers working Williams back in slowly and not allowing him to do too much but Williams is focused and aggressively working on his route running. The second-year player had a forgettable rookie season but wasn't healthy all year due to a back ailment. Now, fully healthy and getting up to speed, he's finding himself all over the formation and being used in multiple receiving roles. As the seventh overall selection in the 2017 NFL Rookie Draft, the 6'4 220 lb. receiver has a lot to prove and seems poised to do just that. His lost season has dropped his stock value materially and Williams is found as DLF's WR34 while his ADP (84) rests at a career low. But at only 23 years of age, there's plenty of runway for the sophomore player and his value has never been better. He's an intriguing buy-low prospect for a rebuilding dynasty team.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Chargers.com
Jun 13: 8:46 PM EST
Jordan Wilkins receiving first-team work
Jordan Wilkins - RB, IND

Colts' rookie running back has received reps with the first-team

Dynasty Analysis

It's early in camp and any number of events could be a catalyst for the fifth round selection to receive first-team snaps, but it's good news regardless for a rookie in a somewhat unsettled backfield. Fellow rookie Nyheim Hines projects as a special teams return specialist while sophomore runner Marlon Mack should present the most three-down ability though will likely split duties with veteran Robert Turbin. At 6'1/216 lbs., WIlkins carries intriguing size on a depth chart lacking it, but as a somewhat single-dimensional fifth round rookie, it's tough to project material carries in 2018. In his favor, the path to meaningful snaps would seem to be a short one which could provide a valuable opportunity early in his career, which is a best-case scenario for dynasty owners willing to take the plunge with a late-round pick. Wilkins is DLF's RB85 and he's well-below the radar, meaning he could be an intriguing training camp addition in deeper leagues.

DLF Analyst:       Source: George Bremer via Twitter
Jun 13: 8:16 PM EST
Jared Cook impressing Jon Gruden
Jared Cook - TE, OAK

Head Coach Jon Gruden says that he underestimated tight end Jared Cook

Dynasty Analysis

Whether this is typical Jon Gruden hyperbole or a noteworthy comment for dynasty owners to take note of will be seen in time. What we know of Cook is that he's, at best, a 600 yard tight end with minimal touchdown production with little upside from those numbers. That all said, should the 31-year-old Cook command a large number of snaps in the offense, he could be a sleeper at the position given other receiving options. As DLF's TE31, little is expected of the underwhelming Cook and he remains a desperation or bye-week fill-in play until he proves otherwise.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Mercury News
Jun 13: 7:52 PM EST
Jay Ajayi to be lead back
Jay Ajayi - RB, PHI

Eagles' running back coach Duce Staley confirmed Jay Ajayi will be on top of the depth chart but still part of a committee

Dynasty Analysis

It's good news for Ajayi owners after he was traded away from Miami in 2017. Hopes were dashed following the trade as Ajayi became a low-carry rotational option for the Eagles on his way to 873 yards and one rushing touchdown, his only two 100 yards games coming as a member of the Dolphins. Of course, Darren Sproles is returning, second year runner Corey Clement has looked solid while Wendell Smallwood is still lurking about. On the positive side, LeGarrette Blount took his talents to Detroit and Ajayi's 4.2 ypc. season average, 5.8 in his final seven regular season games, begs to be fed early and often. It would certainly seem that Ajayi is in prime position to score well as an upside RB3 for dynasty owners. On DLF's running back rankings, you'll find Ajayi as the RB22 with his ADP (68) fading slightly. At only 24 years of age, there may be enough fire below the smoke here to acquire Ajayi if he can be had at a reasonable cost.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NBC Sports
Jun 12: 8:45 PM EST
Joe Williams impressing Coach Shanahan
Joe Williams - RB, SFO

Head Coach Kyle Shanahan is seeing "a different mindset" out of Williams and that he's "put on a lot of muscle mass and he took advantage of the year not playing"

Dynasty Analysis

Williams came out strong in the pre-season, rushing for 130 yards and 5.2 yards per carry. He then suffered a minor foot injury and was shut down for the season, mostly due to lack of consistency, fumbling issues and being outplayed by fellow rookie Matt Breida. It appears as though the light is on for Williams and he's making the most of his opportunities to stick on a roster that may not have the flexibility to carry him as a fourth back in the rotation. Williams has great NFL size and an NFL skill-set but Shanahan has gone out of his way to mention ball control concerns on numerous occasions. Williams would do well to ensure that phrase is left in his rookie year. As DLF's RB86, he's flirting with being unranked entirely and he'll struggle to move up unless he can beat out Breida for the RB2 honors behind off-season acquisition Jerick McKinnon. Williams is a deep roster add at best but is still only 24 years of age.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NBC Sports
Jun 12: 8:26 PM EST
Devontae Booker should be used heavily
Devontae Booker - RB, DEN

It appears as though Devontae Booker will be featured heavily to begin the season

Dynasty Analysis

The actual quote by the Post's Kyle Fredrickson reads: "C.J. Anderson‘s departure to Carolina opens up plenty of carries in a backfield that should feature a heavy dose of Devontae Booker and a yet-to-be-determined second option. " It certainly stands to reason but dynasty owners have seen the stock value of rookie, Royce Freeman, shoot up in recent weeks since the NFL Draft. In fact, Booker is DLF's RB51 while Freeman is the somewhat astonishing RB24, Booker doesn't have a lot of supporters in the dynasty space and last year's fast-riser, De'Angelo Henderson, is fading quickly and nearly off the radar entirely. Recently turned 26 and in his third year, Booker hasn't yet eclipsed 700 yards rushing but has shared the backfield with the under-appreciated Anderson. With Booker almost certain to start the season as the starting back and with receiving ability to boot, he's a nice buy-low target for a player still young enough to produce if he can stay healthy. At his current RB51 value, he's worth an immediate inquiry, especially if you already own Freeman.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Denver Post
Jun 12: 8:16 PM EST
Justin Jackson is competition for RB2
Justin Jackson - RB, LAC

The Los Angeles Chargers have a wide-open battle for the RB2 and Justin Jackson is not a long shot for the role.

Dynasty Analysis

At 6' and 200 lbs., Justin Jackson almost went undrafted. At the NFL Combine he posted a 4.52 40, 38.5" vertical jump and a 122" broad jump, all sufficiently positive marks. Out of Northwestern (Big 10), Jackson finished as the NCAA's 11 leading rusher - as in the HISTORY of the NCAA, with 5,440 yards and 41 touchdowns on the ground over his four years. He's no slouch in the passing game either with 122 receptions over the same period. With 1,142 carries in college, Jackson is sixth in the history of the NCAA in this metric. Whether or not this workload impacts Jackson's performance remains to be seen but, early in camp, he's showing well and giving second-year player, Austin Ekeler, a run for his money. Ekeler is supremely versatile and likely still has the edge in the battle but it's a duel to watch into late August. Incumbent starter, Melvin Gordon, has been healthy of late but should the injury bug bite, the RB2 in the Chargers' offense could be a valuable and productive player. Jackson is found as the RB17 on DLF's rookie running back rankings.

DLF Analyst:       Source: BoltBeat.com
Jun 10: 10:41 AM EST
Chris Conley healthy and battling for WR3
Chris Conley - WR, KCC

Chiefs' Head Coach Andy Reid said of Conley: “He’s been phenomenal. He’s way ahead of where we expected him. We actually backed him down, he was doing so much and we want to get him through this whole thing healthy. He has actually had a very good camp.”

Dynasty Analysis

Conley was lost for the season to a ruptured Achilles in week five of 2017 but is back and on the road to full health as Reid's comment shows. After acquiring receiver Sammy Watkins in the off-season, the "X" (Watkins) and "Z" (Tyreek Hill) are set and only one starting spot remains to be filled. The battle looks to be Conley's to lose. With only Damarcus Robinson De'Anthony Thomas and other lesser names to contend with, Conley should is the odds-on favorite to be the WR3 in an offense that is young and dynamic. He's also in the final year of his contract, making him a free agent in 2019. Conley is completely off-the-radar and does not appear in DLF's receiver rankings making him the deepest variety of deep sleepers. For dynasty owners, it's a story to watch but there's little to act on at this juncture.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ArrowheadPride.com
Jun 10: 10:16 AM EST
Julian Edelman PED suspension
Julian Edelman - WR, NEP

Julian Edelman has been suspended four games to start the 2018 season for a violation of the PED policy.

Dynasty Analysis

Edelman issued an apology while also appealing the ruling. He already missed the entire 2017 season due to a torn ACL and sitting out the first four games of the season is another blow for his owners. Tom Brady continually performs well regardless of the receiver sets and personnel so there's not much concern here but Edelman's return would have been a boost. Now 32 years old, Edelman is getting on in age but does play a role that should allow him to continue to thrive upon his return. He's a free agent in 2020 on a relatively cheap contract for the Patriots through 2019 which helps ensure his status. Edelman appears as DLF's WR66 and his ADP (95) has been recovering with the expectation of a healthy start to 2018. He's sure to slip a bit on the news of the suspension. Dynasty coaches should only consider Edelman if competitive while Chris Hogan and Kenny Britt now possess greater luster with Malcolm Mitchell as a deep sleeper.

DLF Analyst:       Source: nfl.com
Jun 10: 10:01 AM EST
Chris Carson stands out
Chris Carson - RB, SEA

In a Q&A with Seahawk's Head Coach Pete Carroll, Chris Carson was the first player mentioned when asked which players stood out.

Dynasty Analysis

Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin were also mentioned but Carson was the first name out of Carroll's mouth. The full quote was: “Chris has looked incredible the whole time, the entire off-season. He hasn’t missed one snap of anything. He just looks so fit, he’s just so cut and quick and explosive and all that. He might be the guy, when you look at everybody, who jumps out in that regard.” Carson was a hot-add in 2017 before suffering a season ending injury to his left leg in week four. The Seahawks went on to select rookie Rashaad Penny in the first round of the 2018 NFL Rookie draft who the fantasy community immediately annointed as the new starter. This would seem to still be the case, but Carson is young and is also built ( 5'11/218) like a starting back. First round selections, aside from quarterbacks, don't often sit to start the season. It will be battle to watch in camp. Carson is found as the RB62 and his ADP (166) remains in a free-fall.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Seahawks.com
Jun 9: 2:22 PM EST
Corey Coleman still running with starters
Corey Coleman - WR, CLE

In the most recent "Browns Mailbag", Corey Coleman is still running with the starters in three-wide receiver sets.

Dynasty Analysis

It was reported earlier that rookie Antonio Callaway was believed to be selected either to replace Coleman or possibly as insurance against losing Josh Gordon to another failed test or in restricted free agency in 2019. In reality, it seems to be that Callaway was drafted due to the value the Browns had on him in the fourth round. Callaway immediately injured his groin in camp which has allowed Coleman to remain with the first team in three-wide wide sets. The Browns did acquire Jarvis Landry during the off-season to pair with Gordon leaving little doubt that, barring some new event, the WR3 is the only starting role up for grabs. Fantasy owners should have every expectation for third-year Coleman to remain in this role and may even see increased targets due to the attention given to Landry and Gordon in the passing game. But coach Hue Jackson has all but said that training camp later this summer is where this will be decided. Corey Coleman has fallen to the WR48 on DLF's receiver rankings.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ClevelandBrowns.com
Jun 9: 1:59 PM EST
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