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Julio Jones skipping OTAs
Julio Jones - WR, ATL

Julio Jones isn't at OTAs and desires an update to his contract.

Dynasty Analysis

There isn't much to be concerned with here as star players often seek reasons to skip OTAs. Jones, 29, is signed through 2020 and has $34.4M in base salary remaining. Look for the Falcons to pony up more dollars as they seek to lock him up beyond 2020. In the meantime, Jones will continue to miss time but should not be impacted by his absence, just as he wasn't in 2017. He's been a consistent performer over the past four years since his 2013 injury, producing no less than 1,400 yards each season. Touchdown production has been erratic and he's yet to post double-digits in the statistic, finding paydirt only three times in 2017. On DLF's receiver rankings, Jones is the WR7 and his ADP (15) rests just above his career low. Jones has seen a dip in value since last year and represents a good buy-low though he'll still likely carry a premium. He'll be 30 in 2019 and will provide more value to contending dynasty coaches over that of rebuilding teams. Plan appropriately and seek acquisition if he's the missing piece for the next three years.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Ian Rapoport via Twitter
May 19: 12:00 PM EST
Allen Robinson is looking good
Allen Robinson - WR, CHI

Bears head coach Matt Nagy said of Allen Robinson: "He's ahead of the game. He's looking good. He's out here, focused, doing everything we want him to do."

Dynasty Analysis

It's good news for Robinson who tore his ACL in the first game of the 2017 season. He'll, without question, be the focus in a receiving group that has been re-tooled over the last year and lacks star power. After a breakout year in 2015 which saw Robinson produce 1,400 yards on 80 receptions and 14 touchdowns, he's yet to come close to that production, ultimately losing all of 2017 to the injury. The Jaguars felt his price was too high coming off the ACL and the Bears quickly pounced. There are a lot of questions to be answered in the Windy Cindy and Robinson projects to see a lot of double-teams until other receivers can establish themselves but targets shouldn't be an issue. On DLF's receiver rankings, Allen Robinson is found as the WR12 and his ADP (26) is holding well. Robinson is best served as a WR2 until such time as he can remove doubts about his usage and production. A new system, young quarterback and lack of established talent around him in the passing game may be too much to overcome toward a big season but he'll be the primary option.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
May 19: 11:40 AM EST
Ameer Abdullah odd man out
Ameer Abdullah - RB, DET

Ameer Abdullah was left out of the discussion by Detroit camp blogger Tim Twentyman when discussing the Lion's running back situation.

Dynasty Analysis

The question surrounded the Lion's projected first 100-yard rusher in 2018 and Twentyman mentioned Blount, Riddick and rookie Kerryon Johnson. It's not a surprise as Abdullah continues to underwhelm and lose carries in the backfield rotation. Unbelievably, the Lions haven't had a 100 yard rusher since 2013. Abdullah continues to battle injuries and posted his worst per carry average (3.3) on 165 totes in 2017. He did match a career-best 25 receptions and could battle Riddick for primary third-down duty. That said, it appears as though Abdullah's time in Detroit is drawing to a close and it's not out of the question that he's traded during the summer. In dynasty, he's best rostered only in deep leagues by coaches hoping for an upgrade via trade.

DLF Analyst:       Source: DetroitLions.com
May 18: 7:58 PM EST
Kenyan Drake could be featured
Kenyan Drake - RB, MIA

Kenyan Drake ran for 444 yards over the five weeks of the 2017 season and is a prime candidate for a featured role in 2018

Dynasty Analysis

There's not much shock value here but Drake does appear to be flying under the radar in start-up drafts. In DLF's running back rankings, Drake is found as the RB27. Turning 24 years of age in January, 2018, he remains young, has the size (6'1/216) to be featured and has only 35 year old Frank Gore and rookie Kalen Ballage behind him. The runway appears to be clear for Drake in 2018 though his ADP (62) suggests he's being valued as an RB3. In his two weeks (13 &14) with over 20 carries, Drake amassed 234 yards and a touchdown. In the the final three weeks to end the season, he saw 43 carries for 210 yards and another touchdown, a nearly five ypc. average. Should Drake be able to remain healthy, 2018 looks like the year he could break out and due to his ability to receive out of the backfield, could well push for a top-ten finish among all running backs. Look to acquire Drake at an RB3 value as a player who could deliver RB1 upside in some weeks. He's untested as a starter but carries a high degree of intrigue as a risk-reward addition.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Chris Wesseling
May 15: 11:51 PM EST
John Ross healthy and feeling good
John Ross - WR, CIN

Bengals' sophomore receiver John Ross said this is "the best I've felt since I went into my last year of college".

Dynasty Analysis

If feeling healthy equated to fantasy production, Breshad Perriman and Josh Doctson would be fantasy superstars. That said, Ross never got his feet under him as a rookie in 2017 and fumbled on his only touch of the season, a 12 yard run. Ross is ultra-dynamic with the ball in his hands and should see plenty of touches in offensive coordinator Bill Lazor's new offense but it's up to Ross to earn the routes. At this point, it appears as though the Bengals are all-in on his potential and development, providing for a very intriguing buy-low or sleeper acquisition. Few are expecting anything from Ross as the WR75 on DLF's receiver rankings. His ADP (158) shows that he can be had in/near round 13. The speedster should see the field a lot to kick-off the 2018 season and he's sleeper candidate with a good level of upside in new dynasty drafts or as a throw-in for trade negotiations.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Bengals.com
May 15: 11:17 PM EST
Christian Kirk's character not an issue
Christian Kirk - WR, ARI

Cardinals' coach Steve Wilks insists he feels "very good" about rookie Christian Kirk

Dynasty Analysis

Kirk was charged with property damage and disorderly conduct from an incident back in February but the Cardinals head coach is standing by their information and research. It's a slightly disappointing development and blemish on Kirk's character but as long as this is an isolated incident, it shouldn't have long lasting effects. Kirk has been slipping into the second round of fantasy rookie drafts and currently sits as the WR4 on DLF's rookie receiver rankings. On DLF's overall receiver rankings, Christian Kirk is found as the WR32 showing that strong upside is expected

DLF Analyst:       Source: AZCardinals.com
May 15: 11:02 PM EST
Dez Bryant still unsigned

According to Ian Rapoport, a Dez Bryant signing in Green Bay is not imminent

Dynasty Analysis

It's not shocking that Bryant has yet to sign with a new team but the veteran's market has been surprisingly chilly. Still only 29 years old, Bryant certainly has something to offer a new club but it appears he's viewed as a low-upside possession receiver at this point in his career. It's to Bryant's advantage to be patient and wait for camp injury or desperation to eventually provide an opportunity. Bryant has not eclipsed 1,000 yards since 2014 as injury and erratic quarterback play both took their toll. Yet, despite the low yardage total, he's still accumulated 17 touchdowns. He isn't a receiver who can be a focal point of a passing attack any longer and will need to play a complementary role within an established aerial attack if he's to regain his fantasy form but, at this point, his value continues to wane. On DLF's dynasty receiver rankings, Bryant has plummeted to WR39 and his ADP (83) is setting new lows almost daily. Dynasty owners should hold as little value will be returned in trade. Acquirers can perform a buy-low attempt though with a high degree of risk.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Ian Rapoport via Twitter
May 15: 10:55 PM EST
DeVante Parker receives praise
DeVante Parker - WR, MIA

Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post relays that Head Coach Adam Gase says Parker is "off to a very good start".

Dynasty Analysis

Not really surprising nor is it really newsworthy due to the fact that Parker has always had the size and talent to be a difference-maker but each season has been derailed by injury. Fantasy coaches have lost trust and most are in "show me" mode. Still, Parker has mouth-watering intrigue should he put it all together and makes for a good fantasy risk-reward acquisition for teams already possessing receiver depth. Gase went on to praise Parker for his independence, work ethic and maturity while chalking up his poor performance over the past three years as "bad luck".

The Dolphins moved on from elite possession receiver Landry Jones leaving Parker as pre-season WR1 in an offense that badly needs production. It was a bold move to be sure. Kenny Stills will start alongside Parker and Danny Amendola, signed in the off-season, will likely play in the slot. Parker is now 25 years old and is unquestionably now in make-or-break mode. He's an unrestricted free agent in 2020. In DLF's dynasty receiver rankings, DeVante Parker is found as the WR34 and his ADP (72) sits at a career low.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Palm Beach Post
May 11: 9:58 AM EST
Baker Mayfield will start on bench
Baker Mayfield - QB, CLE

In this week's edition of "Hey, Mary Kay", Mary Kay Cabot suggests Hue Jackson is "very committed to starting Tyrod Taylor" to begin the season

Dynasty Analysis

It certainly makes sense to start the veteran and allow Mayfield to acclimate to the speed of the NFL while wearing a ball cap and holding a clipboard. There's no reason to rush the young rookie as he learns the playbook and Taylor provides plenty of upside in the retooled offense. Taylor's mobility will provide yet another dynamic defenses will have to contend with. While undersized when compared to prototypical passers, Mayfield has received high marks for his competitiveness, intelligence and confidence. Cabot also reminds readers the Browns have the fifth hardest schedule in 2018. Look for Cleveland to find time for Mayfield, especially if they fall out of the playoff hunt in the second half of the season. Baker Mayfield is found as the R19 (Rookie) on DLF's Rookie Top 50, QB2 on the rookie quarterback rankings and QB20 on DLF's overall quarterback rankings.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Cleveland.com
May 8: 9:37 PM EST
Corey Coleman may be on trading block
Corey Coleman - WR, CLE

In this week's edition of "Hey, Mary Kay", Mary Kay Cabot suggests the Browns' drafting of receivers has put Core Coleman on notice.

Dynasty Analysis

No one should be shocked by this news. Coleman, still only 23 years old, has been dismal and injury plagued. In two years, he's logged 19 games and amassed 56 receptions, 718 yards and five touchdowns, well short of expectations for a receiver who many compared to Steve Smith. Cabot goes on to say that it is her belief Coleman would be moved for a "decent offer". It's a move that certainly would make sense following the acquisition of Jarvis Landry, retention of the enigmatic Josh Gordon and young receivers Rashard Higgins and Ricardo Louis, who both have had moments. This in addition to the drafting of troubled rookie Antonio Callaway and the virtually-unknown Damion Ratley. Coleman's value continues to slip and he now appears as the WR48 on DLF's receiver rankings. His ADP (102) continues to fall and is currently at a career-low. Coleman is now in roster-clogger land as a player that can't be cut but shouldn't exist on the waiver wire either. If you don't own Coleman, there's no reason to. If you do own Coleman, hold for one more season to see if he's able to, finally, put a full year together.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Cleveland.com
May 8: 8:53 PM EST
Mark Ingram suspended four games
Mark Ingram - RB, NOS

Mark Ingram has been suspended four games for a violation of the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs.

Dynasty Analysis

Looks like Ingram may have been trying to get an edge on sophomore running back Alvin Kamara. The suspension puts even more wind in the sails of Kamara, who has been flying off the board in the first round of start-up dynasty drafts. Ingram, RB19 on DLF's running back rankings, will turn 29 near the end of the 2018 season and had a career season in 2017, tallying 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns as the early-down back for the Saints. This will no doubt affect his current ADP (46) ranking as he'll miss a quarter of the upcoming season. In dynasty leagues, Ingram is worth a hold for competing teams as an RB3 with RB2 upside but inconsistency will continue to hold down his value.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Nick Underhill via Twitter
May 8: 8:32 PM EST
C.J. Anderson signs in Carolina
C.J. Anderson - RB, CAR

The Carolina Panthers have signed C.J. Anderson to a one-year deal

Dynasty Analysis

The signing makes a ton of sense as the Panthers attempt to replace the power-back role to complement Christian McCaffrey. In his five season in the NFL, the 27 year-old Anderson has rushed for more than 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns. His role will be obvious but he'll have to compete with Cameron Artis-Payne for the honor. Anderson had his best year as a pro, at least in rushing yards, in 2017 when he rushed for 1,007 yards and three touchdowns. He was also healthy and appeared in all 16 games for the first time in his career. Look for McCaffrey to remain the top back to own in Carolina though Anderson may have some late round intrigue. On DLF's running back rankings, C.J. Anderson is the RB41.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
May 7: 9:08 PM EST
Nyheim Hines role not yet clear
Nyheim Hines - RB, IND

The Colts bypassed the opportunity to add a proven carry-the-load running back during the NFL Draft, leaving a wide-open competition for touches

Dynasty Analysis

The Colts drafted speedster Nyheim Hines and added the larger Jordan Wilkins late. This is seen as a big vote of confidence for Marlon Mack and his complement, Robert Turbin.. Which back receives the most touches will depend on which offense Frank Reich rolls onto the field. Hines turned in an impressive 4.38 40 but is only 5'8/198 lbs. Wilkins has been compared by one Ole Miss blogger to former Colt Edgerrin James for his ability to his patience and vision. At 6'1/216 lbs., Wilkins has the size to be a bell-cow runner if he develops. As it stands, expect to see a lot of Marlon Mack due to versatility with Turbin used on short-yardage and, potentially, goal line situations. Again, however, should Reich favor a sideline-to-sideline scheme, Hines could see a material number of touches. On DLF's rookie running back rankings, Hines is found as the RB9 and Wilkins as the RB16.

DLF Analyst:       Source: StampedeBlue.com
May 5: 9:55 AM EST
J'Mon Moore has innate ability to get deep
J'Mon Moore - WR, GBP

The Packers believe J'Mon Moore has the speed and physicality to be a deep threat

Dynasty Analysis

At the Combine, Moore could only muster a 4.60 40 but at his Missouri Pro Day, Packer college scouting director Jon-Eric Sullivan had Moore timed at 4.49, solidifying what they "saw on film". Moore said of his Combine performance: "I had never run a 4.6 in my life". He used that poor time as motivation to work harder in the following drills and leading up to his pro day and caught the eye of the Packers coaches. Green Bay drafted multiple large-bodied receivers and it's anyone's guess as to which could see the most playing time in three-wide sets, a spot currently held by Geronimo Allison who is a free agent in 2019. At Missouri, Moore compiled 122 receptions, 2,029 yards and 18 touchdowns in his final two years. On DLF's rookie receiver rankings, Moore is slotted as the WR14.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Packer Report
May 5: 9:35 AM EST
Ricky Seals-Jones gets expanded role

Cardinals sophomore tight end, Ricky Seals-Jones, is in line for an expanded role in 2018

Dynasty Analysis

The Cardinals failed to address the tight end position in the NFL Draft leaving Seals-Jones as the only healthy tight end on the roster with a real chance for increased snaps. Jermaine Gresham tore his Achilles in the last game of of 2017 and likely won't be ready for the start of the season. Seals-Jones, yet another converted basketball player, flashed brightly in weeks 11 and 12 of the 2017 season by compiling 7 receptions, 126 yards and three touchdowns in those two games alone. He would only tally 5 receptions, 75 yards and 0 touchdowns over the remaining games. The Cardinals are showing tremendous confidence in Seals-Jones and he's worth low-end TE2 consideration until hear/see more out of the desert. On DLF's dynasty tight end rankings, Ricky Seals-Jones is current the TE29.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Mike Jurecki via Twitter
May 4: 10:24 AM EST
Jason Witten retires
Jason Witten - TE, DAL

Adam Schefter is reporting that Cowboys tight end Jason Witten has called it a career and will retire to join the broadcast booth Monday Night Football.

Dynasty Analysis

News emerged on day one of the NFL Draft that Witten would be retiring. Following a meeting with owner Jerry Jones, and potentially a sweetened offer, Witten has, indeed, decided to hang up the cleats as expected. Witten, drafted in 2003, should be a first ballot Hall of Fame inductee with 1,152 receptions, 12,448 yards and 68 touchdowns. He was a class act throughout his career and we expect he'll have a long and successful career as well in the booth. We wish him the best of luck to him and his family.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Adam Schefter via Twitter
May 3: 8:30 AM EST
Devin Funchess still number one
Devin Funchess - WR, CAR

The Charlotte Observer suggests that Panthers' wide receiver Devin Funchess is locked in as the Panthers' X receiver

Dynasty Analysis

The "X" is typically a team's number one receiver and it makes sense that Funchess would, at least to start the season, retain the role he finished with in 2017. Following the departure of Kelvin Benjamin to Buffalo, Funchess was tasked to be the Panthers' lead receiver. He responded by pulling down eight touchdowns from 63 receptions and 840 yards but faded badly down the stretch, only tallying nine receptions for 137 yards in the final four weeks of the year. He did, however, score twice in those four weeks, saving the fantasy stat-sheet. Heading into 2018, expect Funchess to be more motivated as he's in the last year of his contract and is only 23 years of age. The Panthers' selected rookie DJ Moore in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, which should help reduce double-team and bracket coverage schemes used to limit the big receiver. On DLF's dynasty receiver rankings, Funchess can be found as the WR25 and his ADP (55) rests at a career-high. In dynasty, he carries an ideal risk-reward level suitable for cheap acquisition and is best used as a WR3 who may produce more than a few WR1 games in 2018.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Charlotte Observer
May 2: 11:38 PM EST
Breshad Perriman a Free Agent in 2019

The Baltimore Ravens did not exercise Perriman's fifth year option making him a free agent in 2019.

Dynasty Analysis

Perriman has been one of the more disappointing rookies busts in recent years as he lit up the Combine in 2015 but could never overcome the injury bug. He missed all of 2015, Was mostly healthy for 2016 but didn't eclipse 500 yards and missed more time in 2017, ultimately producing only 77 yards on 10 receptions. Perriman is certainly not without talent or speed and he'll enter his final year as a Raven needing a huge season to save what's left of his career. At only 24 years of age, there should be plenty of tread left on his tires if he could muster a healthy season, though the Ravens added Willie Snead, Jon Brown and Michael Crabtree during the off-season in addition to drafting two rookie tight ends. The writing is on the wall that the Ravens don't expect Perriman to factor in 2017. We don't either. He's best left on the waiver wire as he sits as the WR97 on DLF's dynasty receiver rankings.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Mike Garafolo via Twitter
May 2: 11:04 PM EST
Phillip Dorsett a Free Agent in 2019
Phillip Dorsett - WR, NEP

The Patriots did not exercise Phillip Dorsett's 2019 option making him a free agent in 2019

Dynasty Analysis

There's not a lot of shock and awe present in this news item as Dorsett could only muster 12 receptions and 194 yards and didn't find the end-zone in 2017. The shock would have been present if they Patriots had exercised his option. The undersized slot receiver will hit the open market in 2019 and will likely struggle to establish a consistent role with a new team once again. It will take a number of injuries in 2018 for Dorsett to even have an opportunity to produce. In dynasty, he's best left on the waiver wire.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Mike Garafolo via Twitter
May 2: 10:56 PM EST
Eagles sign RB Josh Adams
Josh Adams - RB, PHI

The Phiadelphia Eagles signed RB Josh Adams following the 2018 NFL Draft

Dynasty Analysis

The 6'2/213 prospect was a free-agent following the NFL Draft and the Eagles were quick to pounce. At Notre Dame, Adams tallied 3,201 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns while also showing some ability as a receiver as well though not a strength. He tore his ACL as a junior. He's slow to accelerate given his size but once at speed shows power and the ability to withstand contact. He's powerfully built which adds strength but reduces agility and acceleration which makes for a downhill, single-dimensional, runner.

DLF Analyst:      
Apr 29: 9:35 AM EST
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