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Jared Cook signs his new deal
Jared Cook - TE, NOS

The Saints have signed Jared Cook to a two-year deal worth up to $19 million.

Dynasty Analysis

This will end all speculation that Cook would jump ship and sign with New England after Rob Gronkowski abruptly announced his retirement. This deal is pretty interesting. With $8 million in guaranteed money in the first year and a $15.5 million ($19 million with incentives) overall value, it's clear the Saints aren't bringing him in to be a bystander. It also means they can cut bait after one year if things don't seem to be working out. Cook is a very interesting player to own at the moment since he's 32 years old. If you're not a clear contender in dynasty leagues, this could be the time to move him.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Saints Wire
Mar 26: 12:53 PM EST
Doug Baldwin to have another surgery
Doug Baldwin - WR, SEA

Doug Baldwin is set to undergo sports hernia surgery this off-season

Dynasty Analysis

Baldwin had knee and shoulder injuries last year that limited him to catching just 50 passes for 618 yards and five scores last year. Baldwin is a key to the Seahawks offense and a highly underrated receiver when healthy. However, this has to be of great concern to his owners. At age 30, Baldwin seems to be breaking down a little. If you're a non-contender, he could be a sell candidate when he's healthy enough to string a number of good games together.

DLF Analyst:       Source: B/R
Mar 26: 12:48 PM EST
Jeremy Maclin retires

Former Eagles, Chiefs and Ravens wide receiver Jeremy Maclin has announced his retirement.

Dynasty Analysis

Maclin hasn't played since 2017, but was hoping to find a team to latch on to this season after battling hamstring injuries for most of last year. No teams stepped up to sign him, so he decided to officially call it a career today at his wife's baby shower. Maclin ends his career with 514 catches, 6,835 receiving yards and 49 touchdowns. Maclin was best served as a WR2 in dynasty leagues throughout his prime, though his 85/1,318/10 season in 2014 made him even better than that. Unfortunately, injuries have zapped him of his explosiveness and he just could never regain back into his Pro Bowl form. Maclin was likely already on dynasty waiver wires, but this makes it official.

DLF Analyst:       Source: CBS Sports
Mar 24: 7:13 PM EST
Rob Gronkowski retires

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has announced his retirement.

Dynasty Analysis

Over his nine-year career in New England, Gronkowski posted 521 catches, 7,861 receiving yards and scored a total of 79 touchdowns. His 2011 season is still the stuff of dynasty league legend when he recorded 90 catches for 1,327 yards and scored an obscene 17 touchdowns. Gronkowski will go down in the books with the likes of Tony Gonzalez, Shannon Sharpe, and Antonio Gates as one of the best tight ends of all time. The Future Hall of Famer was a dynasty pillar throughout his illustrious career and one of the most feared players in all dynasty leagues during his prime. Unfortunately, a multitude of injuries have taken their toll on Gronkowski and the decision today isn't really a shock after seeing just how hard it seemed he was working to just get on the field last season. Dynasty owners who held on to Gronkowski will get nothing in return now that he's retired and the tight end torch has clearly been passed on to the likes of Zach Ertz and George Kittle.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Mar 24: 7:03 PM EST
Marquis Young a rookie deep sleeper

UMass running back Marquis Young has drawn interest from multiple teams at his Pro Day.

Dynasty Analysis

The UMass Pro Day was well attended, primarily for receiver Andy Isabella who is quickly shooting up draft boards. But also drawing interest was running back, and NFL Combine snub, Marquis Young. According to Tony Pauline, Young met with the Patriots, Texans, 49ers and Chiefs. At his Pro Day, Young checked many boxes with good size (6'/210), a 40 in the range of 4.49 and 4.55, 36.5" vertical jump and a 124" broad jump. He also completed 20 reps on the bench press. In four years at UMass, he never eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing but never tallied more than 198 totes. His best year came in 2017 when he rushed for 982 yards on 182 carries (5.4 ypc.) with nine touchdowns. That same year he also saw 35 receptions for 280 yards and another two touchdowns. Tape on Young shows a one-cut runner with little lateral agility but a downhill run-style from a good lower base and low center of gravity. He shows good patience off his blocks with enough speed to split defenders at the second level. Marquis Young isn't a flashy runner but one with a three-down skill-set whose style fits the NFL very well and he could hear his name called in the later rounds.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Tony Pauline
Mar 24: 9:40 AM EST
Hunter Henry on track for OTAs
Hunter Henry - TE, LAC

According to GM Tom Telesco, Hunter Henry should be ready for the start of OTAs

Dynasty Analysis

It's good news for Henry who suffered an ACL injury before 2018 kicked off but returned for he playoffs, if only for limited snaps. Entering his fourth season, Henry was expected to be the lead tight end for the Chargers as the aging (soon to be 39) Antonio Gates took a back seat to the up-and-comer. Gates is said to be considering a return for 2019 but a health Henry would be certain to be the TE1 within the offense. In 2017 playing clearly behind Gates, Henry still amassed 45 receptions, 579 yards and four touchdowns so there's little wonder why he'll be a hot commodity in 2019. Henry currently sports an 81 ADP in DLF's Dynasty ADP and is currently found as DLF's TE7. He'll remain an attractive acquisition target heading into the 2019 season.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Al Butler via Twitter
Mar 24: 9:04 AM EST
Jared Cook to sign with New Orleans
Jared Cook - TE, NOS

Jared Cook is close to signing with the New Orleans Saints.

Dynasty Analysis

The landing spot is certainly a good one on paper as Cook will attempt to fill the shoes left open ever since Jimmy Graham left town so many years ago. The Saints have been able to get by with players like Josh Hill and Ben Watson, but Cook is clearly an upgrade for them, He had a career season with the Raiders last year, posting a 68/896/6 line in the process. While owners shouldn't expect Graham-like production, Cook is a good bet to post back-end TE1 numbers in an offense as explosive as that in New Orleans. The ten-year veteran looks like a nice buy in dynasty leagues for contending teams. Just keep in mind he's not exactly a spring chicken at this point in his career and likely doesn't have a ton of seasons left in him.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL.com
Mar 21: 1:45 PM EST
Randall Cobb signs with Dallas
Randall Cobb - WR, DAL

The Cowboys have signed wide receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year, $5 million deal.

Dynasty Analysis

Cobb will presumably take over slot duties from Cole Beasley, who left via free agency and joined the Buffalo Bills. Cobb could be a bargain for Dallas, but he's nowhere near the player he was back in 2014 when he posted 91 catches for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns. In fact, he's only been able to muster less than 1,700 receiving yards and ten touchdowns over the past three seasons combined. Cobb is a bounceback candidate in Dallas, but dynasty owners should be wary of overpaying for his services.

DLF Analyst:       Source: USA Today
Mar 19: 6:13 PM EST
Blake Bortles signs with Rams
Blake Bortles - QB, LAR

Free agent Blake Bortles has signed a one-year deal with the Rams

Dynasty Analysis

Bortles will play a back up roll behind 2018's QB7, Jared Goff. His continued his regression from 2015, throwing for less yards and less touchdowns year over year ending 2018 with 2,719 yards, 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. While many continued to support Bortles as a back-end QB1, his continual statistical decline hasn't supported that status since, arguably, 2016. The 27 year old will certainly look for a starting role in 2020 in free agency and will look to fill-in should Goff fall to injury in 2018. Beyond that unfortunate event, Bortles is only rosterable in deep leagues or as a desperation 2QB stash for patient coaches. His relatively young age finds Bortles as DLF's QB34 as he may still get one more opportunity to showcase his skills as a starter in coming years.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL.com
Mar 18: 8:55 PM EST
Tyreek Hill under investigation
Tyreek Hill - WR, KCC

There is an investigation involving juvenile battery involving the son of Tyreek Hill.

Dynasty Analysis

There are no charges filed and it's not even clear if Hill suspected of any wrongdoing. The only thing crystal clear is there are police reports indicating Hill's son has a broken arm. It's unclear if Hill is suspected in the alleged battery or if the focus is on someone else. News is coming out fast and furious and it would be irresponsible of us to speculate too much. However, if Hill is somehow involved in any manner, this is going to get very interesting, very fast. We've already seen the Chiefs exhibit a no tolerance policy when it comes to domestic violence. Just ask Kareem Hunt.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Mar 15: 6:39 PM EST
Ryan Tannehill traded to Tennessee
Ryan Tannehill - QB, TEN

Ryan Tannehill has been traded to the Tennessee Titans

Dynasty Analysis

No surprise here as the new coaching staff in Miami seeks a fresh start. Tannehill spent six seasons in Miami and finishes with a respectable 123:75 touchdown-to-interception ratio though has suffered with recurring injuries in recent years. The 30 year old will slot in behind starter Marcus Mariota and could see field time due to Mariota's inability to stay off the training table. Miami is quickly running out of options for a veteran signal caller and may need to resort to backup Brock Osweiler if they can't make an addition soon. The Fins are certain to address the deficit in the upcoming NFL Draft. Tannehill has been losing value in each of his past six seasons and will fall to back-up valuation in the near term. Ryan Tannehill is currently found as DLF's QB31 but is certain to decline quickly.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Mar 15: 2:10 PM EST
Kareem Hunt suspended eight games
Kareem Hunt - RB, CLE

The NFL has suspended Browns running back Kareem Hunt eight games for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

Dynasty Analysis

This has to be considered a win for the Browns as Hunt will be eligible to play the second half of the season. Nick Chubb will be the bellcow running back for Cleveland throughout the first half of the season, but Hunt will surely carve into that workload during the stretch run. One a one-year deal, Hunt will have a lot to prove both on and off the field. His dynasty value is somewhat stable as the Browns will have some serious decisions to make if this goes well. Chubb remains a prime asset in dynasty leagues as we simply don't know what will happen long-term for the Browns. As for Duke Johnson, this is a really interesting development. With Hunt available for the Browns for half the season, it seems Johnson may just be traded. Stay tuned as he's a sneaky buy low in dynasty leagues at the moment.

DLF Analyst:       Source: The Sporting News
Mar 15: 12:04 PM EST
Malcolm Brown tendered
Malcolm Brown - RB, LAR

Restricted Free Agent (RFA) Malcolm Brown received an original-round tender offer from the Rams

Dynasty Analysis

At that level, the Rams won't receive any compensation for Brown should he depart as he went undrafted, but they would be in line to match or exceed any offer received. Brown rushed for 212 yards on 43 totes, good for a career-best 4.9 ypca. in 2018 before suffering a broken collarbone, ending his campaign. Given Todd Gurley's ongoing knee concerns and CJ Anderson's uncertainty to return to the Rams, Brown could be in line for more work should Anderson depart. The 5'11/225 lb. back carries good size and runs well between the tackles and could be a sneaky handcuff if things falls just right for the soon-to-be 26 year-old. On DLF's running back rankings, Brown can be found as the RB81, making for a respectable low-value target heading into the 2019 season. Watch free-agency for an opportunity add Brown on the cheap if CJ Anderson signs elsewhere.

DLF Analyst:       Source: USA Today
Mar 14: 9:39 PM EST
Jordan Matthews resurfaces with the 49ers
Jordan Matthews - WR, SFO

Wide Receiver Jordan Matthews has signed a one year deal with the San Francisco 49ers.

Dynasty Analysis

Once a fairly highly coveted dynasty asset, Matthews has really declined in recent years. After averaging 900 yards per season and scoring 19 touchdowns in his first three years, Matthews has bounced from Buffalo, back to Philadelphia and to San Francisco. Over the past two years, Matthews has been able to only post 45 catches for 582 yards and scored just three times. He'll attempt to resuscitate his value with the 49ers and land on a depth chart without a ton of talent. Still, it would be surprising to see Matthews rise back to prominence as his injuries have zapped him of much of his explosion and after the catch ability.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Niners Nation
Mar 14: 6:45 PM EST
Kevin White resurfaces in Arizona
Kevin White - WR, ARI

Former Bears wide receiver Kevin White has signed with the Arizona Cardinals.

Dynasty Analysis

White was the 7th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft as a highly coveted and productive receiver from West Virginia. He proved to be a massive bust as injuries held him to appear in just 14 games over the span of four years, yielding just 25 total catches for 285 scoreless yards for the Bears in the process. White will look to resurrect his career in Arizona, but odds are long he can do that. Even when healthy last year, White was only able to catch four passes and has never been able to adjust to the NFL game. He can be left on dynasty waiver wires.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Mar 14: 5:52 PM EST
Teddy Bridgewater officially back with the Saints

Teddy Bridgewater has officially re-signed with the New Orleans Saints.

Dynasty Analysis

Bridgewater was courted by the Dolphins last night, but ultimately decided to stay in New Orleans. It's a bit surprising as it was clear he could have been the starter with the Dolphins next season in an effort to re-coup his value. Instead, he'll serve as Drew Brees' backup for at least one more season, with the hope he can one day take over the helm for the Saints. Bridgewater is a tough hold in dynasty leagues.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Mar 14: 5:48 PM EST
Jordy Nelson gets his walking papers

The Raiders have released wide receiver Jordy Nelson.

Dynasty Analysis

The 33-year old Nelson is now two full years removed his last effective season and seems to be running on fumes a bit. No longer a fantasy force, Nelson will likely be forced to settle for a one-year deal somewhere in an attempt to continue his career. He can still be relevant in the right situation, but he's looking like a dynasty roster clogger and his owners are likely hoping he retires so they can cut bait without worrying about him producing for another fantasy team who swoops in and grabs him.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter
Mar 14: 4:28 PM EST
Golden Tate signs with the New York Giants
Golden Tate - WR, NYG

The Giants have signed Golden Tate to a four-year, $37.5 million deal that includes $23 million in guaranteed money.

Dynasty Analysis

Huh? And we thought the Tevin Coleman signing was odd. This one takes the cake as the Giants seemingly can't decide if they're in or out this year. It's fair to wonder if GM Dave Gettleman felt some heat after dealing away Odell Beckham, Jr. and is concerned over his job security if the Giants truly hit tank mode. In New York, Tate will get plenty of targets as the Giants will employ Tate, Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram as their main pass catchers. It's a pretty good landing spot for Tate, despite a curious contract offer from a team that seems like they're a bit of a rudderless ship at the moment.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter
Mar 14: 4:04 PM EST
Bruce Ellington signs with New England
Bruce Ellington - WR, NEP

The Patriots have signed wide receiver Bruce Ellington.

Dynasty Analysis

Ellington has amassed 79 career catches for 769 yards and five touchdowns during stints with the 49ers, Texans and Lions. This is an under the radar signing for the Patriots who are dangerously thin at wide receiver. Ellington will likely compete with Braxton Berrios for time and could be a bit of a dynasty sleeper. Who knows. He could catch 100 passes next year or be cut tomorrow. Such is life with the Patriots and fantasy football. As it stands, Ellington is simply a name to file away in dynasty leagues in case the Patriots fail to address the position further.

DLF Analyst:       Source: 247 Sports on Twitter
Mar 14: 3:57 PM EST
John Elway praises Joe Flacco
Joe Flacco - QB, DEN

John Elway was recently quoted as saying Joe Flacco is just now "entering his prime."

Dynasty Analysis

Elway is clearly on the hot seat in Denver after failing to successfully address the quarterback position. It seems the reason may be because he's now gone insane.

DLF Analyst:       Source: James Palmer on Twitter
Mar 14: 1:37 PM EST
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