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Eli Manning facing pressure
Eli Manning - QB, NYG

Head coach of the New York Giants, Pat Shurmur, failed to endorse Eli Manning as the starter for week three during a postgame press conference

Dynasty Analysis

The end draws nigh and it's simply a matter of "when" not "if". The Giants have dropped two-straight, losing in week two to the surging Bills, 28-14, after being rolled by the Cowboys in week one, 35-17. In Manning's defense, he has produced 556 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the two games, but the Giants have been playing from behind and are devoid of any energy or spark. Simply put, they aren't competing for a playoff spot and have little to lose by fast-tracking rookie, Daniel Jones', status and development, though timing will be hotly debated. With tilts vs. the Buccaneers (1-1) and the Redskins (0-2) looming before the Patriots (2-0) in week five, the Giants will need to thread-the-needle as to when to drop the inevitable axe on Manning's starter status. The 38 year-old Eli Manning, currently found as DLF's QB37, is best served only as an emergency fantasy quarterback in deep-roster dynasty leagues.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ProFootballTalk
Sep 16: 12:25 PM EST
Marquise Brown's snaps increase
Marquise Brown - WR, BAL

Marquise Brown saw the field on 65% of Baltimore's offensive snaps in week two

Dynasty Analysis

This compares with a mere 18% in week one. While he didn't score during week two's tilt against the Cardinals, he worked his increase in snaps into eight receptions for 86 yards. Through two weeks, Brown has now amassed 12 receptions, 233 yards and two touchdowns and has the all the makings of being a draft-day fantasy steal in the second round of rookie drafts. The emergence of Lamar Jackson as a dynamic dual-threat quarterback in his first year as a starter has played perfectly into Brown's ridiculous long speed and play-making ability, similar to that of Tyreek HIll and Patrick Mahomes. At this pace, Brown's snaps will only increase as he pushes for serious rookie-of-the-year candidacy. Currently DLF's WR35, Marquise Brown is on the incline and is now squarely in upside-WR3 territory in his rookie year.

DLF Analyst:       Source: CBS Sports
Sep 16: 12:08 PM EST
Teddy Bridgewater now a starter

Teddy Bridgewater will assume the starting quarterback role while Drew Brees misses time due to an injured thumb

Dynasty Analysis

The 26 year-old threw for 165 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in replacement of Brees in a week two loss vs. the Rams. Bridgewater has seen limited work since his last full year as a starter in 2015. In four games with limited snaps for New Orleans in 2018, he amassed only 118 yards with a touchdown and an interception. With Brees set to miss at least six weeks with ligament damage in his thumb, Bridgewater will be forced into the starting role as an audition for future work. He makes a low-upside acquisition for quarterback-needy teams but should resume his bench role following Brees' return. Soon to be 27, Bridgewater, currently DLF's QB34, will be auditioning for a starting role elsewhere in 2020.

DLF Analyst:       Source: USA Today
Sep 16: 11:54 AM EST
Mason Rudolph now a starter
Mason Rudolph - QB, PIT

Mason Rudolph will be the starting quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers for the remainder of the 2019 season.

Dynasty Analysis

The 24 year-old sophomore quarterback was drafted by the Steelers in 2018, selected 76th overall in the third round. In relief of Roethlisberger during week two vs. the Seahawks, Rudolph looked the part while throwing for 112 yards, two touchdowns and one interception on 12-of-19 passing. It's a big blow to the, now, 0-2 Steelers who have had to weather the loss of all-pros Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown prior to kick-off of the 2019 season and now their starting quarterback. Rudolph will have a chance to showcase his abilities as a starter toward giving Pittsburgh something to consider heading into the off-season as Roethlishberger is a free agent in 2020. Rudolph is set to take a massive jump in value over the next 48 hours as DLF's QB41. A waiver wire check is needed for immediate acquisition if available.

DLF Analyst:      
Sep 16: 11:42 AM EST
Ben Roethlisberger done for season

The Steelers have announced that Ben Roethlisberger will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of 2019

Dynasty Analysis

Roethlisberger immediate grabbed his elbow following a throw during Sunday's game and it had the look of a serious ligament injury. Roethlisberger, recently extended through 2021, has discussed retirement in the past though has recently expressed a desire to continue playing prior to this injury. Expectations will be for a return under center in 2020, but it would be no surprise if he, instead, decides to hang up the cleats. The Steelers have seen massive changes over the past 18 mos. and the beat goes on. Ben Roethlisberger finishes 2019 with 351 passing yards, no touchdowns and one interception. He's currently DLF's QB23. Mason Rudolph will take control under center and should be owned in all leagues.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Steelers
Sep 16: 11:23 AM EST
Drew Brees suffers thumb injury
Drew Brees - QB, NOS

Drew Brees suffered a torn ligament in the thumb of his throwing hand which will require surgery. He will miss a minimum of six weeks.

Dynasty Analysis

The six weeks is thought to be a best-scenario and it could be longer. It's a tough blow for the 40 year-old quarterback but could have been worse. As it is, he should return for the last third of the season and be available with plenty of time before fantasy playoff weeks. Brees hasn't shown his age in 2019, throwing for 370 yards and two touchdowns in a week one victory vs. the Texans. Now over 40, any missed time will negatively impact his fantasy value at an increased rate. Brees is currently found as DLF's QB20 and is best owned by competitive teams. Savvy owners needing QB1 play for a playoff run can consider a reduced-price acquisition here.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Ian Rapoport via Twitter
Sep 16: 11:07 AM EST
Derrius Guice lands on injured reserve
Derrius Guice - RB, WAS

Derrius Guice has been placed on injured reserve and will miss at least the next eight weeks.

Dynasty Analysis

The hits just keep coming for Guice, who has only finished one game in his career without getting injured to this point. After undergoing surgery for his torn meniscus, Guice will now miss at least eight weeks and could be out the entire season. Adrian Peterson will continue gaining short-term value the longer this timeline gets extended. Guice has great potential in theory, but these injuries are troublesome. His ADP of 50 is bound to continue dropping.

DLF Analyst:       Source: PFT on NBC
Sep 13: 2:37 PM EST
Ronald Jones flops in week two
Ronald Jones - RB, TBB

Ronald Jones had just nine yards on four carries in Tampa Bay's week two win against Carolina.

Dynasty Analysis

Sigh. After a solid opener where Jones looked like he was going to make good on some moderate preseason hype. he took a major backseat to Peyton Barber this week. It seems the Bucs are settling on Barber as their lead back and Jones may be hard pressed to provide any sort of value in the short-term. At this point, it may take an injury to Barber or a string of ineffective games for Jones to really get his shot. Right now, the "b" word that rhymes with "rust" is seeming more and more realistic. After all, Barber is no Saquon Barkley. Currently our RB43, Jones' dynasty outlook looks a little dim at the moment.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL.com
Sep 13: 2:32 PM EST
OJ Howard posts a goose egg on TNF
OJ Howard - TE, TBB

OJ Howard was held without a catch in Tampa Bay's week two win against Carolina.

Dynasty Analysis

Howard now has just four catches for 32 yards on the season. The dynasty alarm is going at full blast now as it seems clear Bruce Arians is unwilling to feature a tight end, even one with Howard's unique skill set. This could open a nice "buy low" window for Howard if owners are willing to sit him on their benches in the short-term. At this point, Howard can only be left on dynasty benches for the time being. Currently our TE5, Howard is going to see his ranking and ADP start to dip if this trend continues.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL.com
Sep 13: 2:28 PM EST
Derrius Guice out 6-8 weeks
Derrius Guice - RB, WAS

Derrius Guice has undergone surgery to repair a torn meniscus and will be out 6-8 weeks.

Dynasty Analysis

The dynasty community waited an entire year to see Guice after he tore his left ACL last preseason. Now, his injured right knee casts more doubt on his short and long-term future. Guice has amazingly been injured in two of his three career appearances and while this could just be another blip on the radar, his dynasty ADP of #51 overall and running back ranking of #21 are both going to fall after this news. Meanwhile, Adrian Peterson is once again going to have solid value for the next couple of months and possibly beyond. Guice is a hold in dynasty leagues and Peterson could make for a solid buy for contending teams.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Sep 12: 1:52 PM EST
Hunter Henry fractures his tibia
Hunter Henry - TE, LAC

Hunter Henry fractured his kneecap and will miss extended time.

Dynasty Analysis

The Chargers are hoping Henry only misses 4-6 weeks with the injury, but it's anyone's guess as to how long he'll be out. On the plus side, he's not being placed on injured reserve and out for the entire season as of yet. This a tough blow to the dynasty stock of a talented player who simply cannot stay healthy. With a fractured kneecap, torn ACL, lacerated kidney and other minor knee injuries as part of his short tenure in the NFL, his ADP of 64 and ranking as the dynasty TE6 are sure to suffer now. In the meantime, Virgil Green stands to benefit the most and is worth a speculative pickup. All Henry owners can do is hold tight and reject the inevitable terrible trade offers coming their way from the poachers in their league.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Sep 11: 4:08 PM EST
Quincy Enunwa will miss remainder of season
Quincy Enunwa - WR, NYJ

Quincy Enunwa is done for the season after injuring his neck in week one vs. the Bills.

Dynasty Analysis

Enunwa missed all of 2017 after injuring his neck during training camp so it's fair to wonder if he'll return at all or simply choose to retire. He missed five games in 2018 and managed 38 receptions for 449 yards and one touchdown. The Jets traded for Demaryious Thomas (NE) following week one and he will likely slide into the starting lineup following a short integration period. It's a sad finish for the 27 year old Enunwa and he'll likely fall from the dynasty radar. He's currently ranked as DLF's WR83.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NY Post
Sep 11: 10:08 AM EST
Tyreek Hill out 4-6 weeks
Tyreek Hill - WR, KCC

Chiefs' receiver, Tyreek Hill, will miss 4-6 weeks with a rare sternoclavicular joint injury but will not be placed on IR

Dynasty Analysis

The good news here is that Hill avoided a break or fracture to his collarbone. The injury won't impact Hill's dynasty value though could take longer than the 4-6 week timeline. The Chiefs' don't have their bye until week 12 meaning Hill will miss all games until his return. He's currently ranked as DLF's WR7

DLF Analyst:       Source: CBS Sports
Sep 11: 10:00 AM EST
Tevin Coleman has high-ankle sprain
Tevin Coleman - RB, SFO

49er running back, Tevin Coleman, has been diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain

Dynasty Analysis

The news came directly from head coach Kyle Shanahan and it will be a week-to-week injury. High-ankle sprains are notoriously tricky to recover from and are prone to reinjury if the player returns too early. Expect Coleman to ride the pine for 4-6 weeks. Until his return, Matt Breida will take over as the RB1 with Raheem Mostert operating as his back-up. Breida, himself, is anything but durable and the 49ers may quickly find themselves searching the open-market for running back depth. Coleman is found as DLF's RB29 and should see his value decline in coming weeks.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Cam Inman via Twitter
Sep 10: 8:42 PM EST
Raheem Mostert moving up
Raheem Mostert - RB, SFO

49er running back, Raheem Mostert, will move up the depth chart following Tevin Coleman's high-ankle sprain

Dynasty Analysis

Mostert tallied 40 yards on nine carries while reeling in a single reception for zero yards. Matt Breida's role is set to increase dramatically but Mostert should see material carries behind the brittle starter. While not a high-end hand-cuff, Mostert is capable and could provide emergency fill-in production for those reeling from week one injuries.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Sep 10: 8:37 PM EST
Antonio Brown accused of rape
Antonio Brown - WR, NEP

New England Patriot receiver, Antonio Brown, has been accused of rape by his former trainer.

Dynasty Analysis

The hits just keep on coming. After a circus-like off-season as an Oakland Raider, a childish display of emotion following his release prior to week one and his ultimate landing in New England, now comes word of serious rape accusations. The accusation accuses Brown of three separate assaults upon the same woman stemming back to 2017 who reportedly is in possession of profane text messages from Brown regarding the incident. Brown is still slated to be available for the Patriots in week two but it's not out of the question that they decide to part ways with the mercurial receiver rather than face backlash and distraction following a dominating performance in week one vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers. It's anyone's guess as to how this will play out in the coming weeks and Brown remains ranked as a very tenuous WR18 on DLF's wide receiver rankings.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NY Times
Sep 10: 8:26 PM EST
Darren Waller plays on 100% of snaps
Darren Waller - TE, OAK

Raiders' tight end, Darren Waller, played on all offensive snaps

Dynasty Analysis

That would be 55-of-55 offensive snaps. Head coach Jon Gruden was effusive in his praise stating: "We're going to get the ball to Waller." He secured 7-of-8 targets producing 70 yards. As long as he remains healthy, expect Waller to play a heavy share of snaps and be targeted early and often behind new WR1, Tyrell Williams. Waller, currently DLF's TE22, should be on the rise in the weeks to come.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Myles Simmons via Twitter
Sep 10: 8:14 PM EST
Demaryius Thomas traded to the Jets

Demaryius Thomas was traded to the New York Jets in exchange for a sixth round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Dynasty Analysis

New coach Adam Gase wasn't pleased with his receiving corps on Sunday, even going as far as publicly calling out a few players, including Robby Anderson. Thomas had his best years with Gase in Denver, though that was some time (and a blown achilles) ago. Thomas will have a better chance at meaningful playing time in New York and looked spry in the final preseason game for New England. Still, we haven't seen vintage Thomas in some time and it's hard to see him carving out really meaningful dynasty value.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Sep 10: 6:06 PM EST
AJ Brown takes control in NFL debut
AJ Brown - WR, TEN

AJ Brown caught three passes for 100 yards in his NFL debut for the Tennessee Titans.

Dynasty Analysis

Brown looked the part in this one as he caught three of his four targets from Marcus Mariota. While the Titans offense is far from dynamic, Brown looked like a bona fide NFL player, while his teammate Corey Davis didn't catch a single pass. This will be a situation to monitor in the coming weeks as Brown looks poised for a big early season role.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL.com
Sep 8: 4:23 PM EST
Gardner Minshew shows well in relief
Gardner Minshew - QB, JAC

Rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew took over for an injured Nick Foles and completed 22-of-25 passes for 275 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception.

Dynasty Analysis

Minshew wasn't expected to play at all this season, but was thrust into the fire when Nick Foles suffered a broken collarbone. Minshew was not great this preseason (and that's an understatement), but the former Mike Leach slinger from Washington State could have a chance to start another game next week. While expectations should be low, Minshew is worth a pickup in deep dynasty leagues for the moment, just in case.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL.com
Sep 8: 4:21 PM EST
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