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Deshaun Watson suitors emerge
Deshaun Watson - QB, HOU

The Jets and Dolphins are considered the most likely landing spots should quarterback Deshaun Watson force a trade out of Houston.

Dynasty Analysis

Watson is clearly irate with the Texans organization and while trading a franchise quarterback in his prime years is nearly unheard of, Watson is beyond frustrated and reportedly wants a new start. The Jets and Dolphins have assets the Texans would likely desire in a trade - each has a top three draft choice, a second first round pick this year and some young players they could offer. While this is all merely speculation at this point, it's apparent Watson's future in Houston is in question and while there are upwards of 20-25 teams who would be salivating over getting him, the Jets and Dolphins have the most to offer and ultimately, Watson's no-trade clause could allow him to choose where to go. Regardless, Watson is going to be an elite asset at the position in dynasty leagues moving forward and this story is just beginning.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 20: 1:58 PM EST
Adam Trautman top rated rookie tight end
Adam Trautman - TE, NOS

New Orleans tight end Adam Trautman was PFF's top rated rookie tight end.

Dynasty Analysis

You wouldn't expect a rookie tight end with just 15 catches for 171 yards and one touchdown to be the cream of the crop, but this was no ordinary year. First, the rookie tight end class was one of the weakest in the last several years. Second, Trautman proved to be an exceptionally good blocker and that helped his cause. Our TE26, Trautman could have some sneaky value heading into next year as the Saints could look to move on from Jared Cook, especially after his stone hands help cost them their season in a playoff loss to Tampa Bay. The Saints traded a lot of draft capital to move up and grab Trautman last year and his development will be interesting to watch in dynasty formats.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 20: 1:05 PM EST
Justin Jefferson top rated rookie wide receiver

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson was named PFF's top rated rookie receiver this season.

Dynasty Analysis

Our current WR5 was an absolute steal in 2020 rookie drafts last Spring. Despite being taken after the likes of CeeDee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy, Jalen Reagor and possibly some others, Jefferson exploded for 88/1,400/7 last year and emerged as one of greatest assets in all of dynasty fantasy football. While the Vikings may still be looking for their long-term option at quarterback, Jefferson looks to be a fixture in dynasty leagues for the foreseeable future. When you consider the top receiver (Davante Adams) posted a score of 92.2 and Jefferson recorded a 90.4, that pretty much tells you everything you need to know about his future.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 20: 12:54 PM EST
Jonathan Taylor top rated rookie running back
Jonathan Taylor - RB, IND

According to PFF, Jonathan Taylor was this year's top rated rookie running back.

Dynasty Analysis

After Taylor's slow start, the rookie really turned it on at the end of the season. Two factors that contributed to Taylor's 83.9 overall grade was his pure rushing grade of 91.2 (behind only Derrick Henry) and the fact he dropped just one of his 38 targets this season. After a huge end to the 2020 season, Taylor is entrenched as a top five running back asset in dynasty leagues and could be leaned upon even more as the Colts will now have a new quarterback under center for the fourth straight season.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 20: 12:46 PM EST
Justin Herbert top rated rookie quarterback
Justin Herbert - QB, LAC

According to PFF, Justin Herbert was the top rated rookie quarterback this season.

Dynasty Analysis

No surprise here as Herbert took over on short notice when Tyrod Taylor was hurt early in the season and never looked back en route to 4,336 passing yards and a rookie record 31 touchdown passes. Herbert's PFF grade of 80.1 is impressive and solidifies his standing as a QB1 in yet another way. A new coaching staff is a bit of a concern for Herbert moving forward, but our current QB8 looks to be a staple in dynasty lineups for years to come.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 20: 12:40 PM EST
Philip Rivers will retire

Colts 39-year-old quarterback Philip Rivers has said he will be retiring.

Dynasty Analysis

In his interview he said "it's just time" and "I'm excited to go coach high school football." Rivers never became a top echelon fantasy starter though had multiple years of significant production and remained a trusted asset throughout his career. The move comes at the right time for the Colts who will now begin a search for their next face of the franchise, perhaps turning back to, now free agent, Jacoby Brissett on a on a short-term deal while selecting a rookie from the deep 2021 draft class. Possessing a solid defensive unit and young play-makers on offense, the Colts are well positioned to transition beyond Rivers.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 20: 9:15 AM EST
John Kelly resurfaces with Cleveland
John Kelly - RB, CLE

The Cleveland Browns have signed running back John Kelly to a reserve / futures deal.

Dynasty Analysis

Kelly was last seen with the Rams, who let him go during their final cuts. While this move is far from a headliner, one only needs to look a little deeper to see it's at least notable. Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt are clearly two of the best running backs in football, but Chubb is only under contract for one more season. As one of the most run-centric teams in the NFL, anyone who makes this roster shouldn't be ignored. After D'Ernest Johnson faceplanted after Chubb was injured this season, the Browns could use some more insurance in the backfield. While a lot of things have to fall into place for Kelly to be relevant, he bears putting on your dynasty watch lists.

DLF Analyst:       Source: clevelandbrowns.com
Jan 19: 6:45 PM EST
Ravens release Mark Ingram

The Baltimore Ravens have released veteran running back Mark Ingram.

Dynasty Analysis

The 31-year old Ingram didn't look the same this season en route to a modest 299 rushing yards and two touchdowns on just 72 attempts. As the season wore on, Ingram was simply phased out of the offense in favor of Gus Edwards and rookie JK Dobbins. Ingram posted his third 1,000 yard season just last year, but his 4.2 yards per carry average was his lowest since 2012. If Ingram wants to continue playing, there's surely going to be a team out there willing to make him part of a committee or sign him as veteran insurance to their starter. However, it looks like Ingram's best days are now behind him and the future of the former Heisman Trophy winner is murky at best. Ingram is currently our RB67 and that seems likely to drop even further unless he somehow finds himself in a surprisingly desirable destination.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 19: 6:30 PM EST
Robert Griffin III released by Baltimore

The Ravens have released quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Dynasty Analysis

RGIII's stay in Baltimore lasted three seasons and they were mostly uneventful. While once heralded as the next great dual threat quarterback, Griffin proved to have some talent but also a horrible tendency to be injured. The seven year veteran is now 30 years old and will look for his fourth NFL franchise in search of a backup job. There are legitimate questions as to if his career will even continue. Meanwhile, the Ravens look to move ahead with Tyler Huntley and Trace McSorley to backup all-world talent Lamar Jackson. Griffin belongs on dynasty waiver wires and seems likely to stay there permanently.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL.com
Jan 19: 6:22 PM EST
Justin Fields declares for the draft

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields has declared for the 2021 NFL Draft.

Dynasty Analysis

Fields will be one of the more polarizing prospects in this year's class. With Trevor Lawrence the clear favorite to go first overall, Fields will be in play at every pick thereafter, including with the Jets at #2. He was simply electric at Ohio State with 5,701 passing yards, 1,133 rushing yards, 86 total touchdowns and just nine interceptions. In any other year. A tough, mobile and accurate quarterback, Fields looks to be the favorite to be the second quarterback taken along with Mac Jones, Zach Wilson, and Trey Lance. Fields will also be a popular second choice in superflex or 2QB drafts and should be a second rounder in traditional rookie draft formats.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 19: 6:16 PM EST
Deshaun Watson tension building
Deshaun Watson - QB, HOU

Reports are that Texans star quarterback Deshaun Watson remains extremely upset with the organization and a separation could be looming

Dynasty Analysis

The report follows an Adam Schefter Tweet in which he said sources close to Watson relayed "if his anger level after they traded DeAndre Hopkins last offseason was a two, this time, it's a 10." Watson then Tweeted "I was on two and I took it to 10" removing any doubt about his feelings. Even without DeAndre Hopkins in the mix, Watson eclipsed a 70% (70.2) completion percentage and led the NFL with 4,823 passing yards while throwing 33 touchdowns to only seven interceptions. These numbers are remarkable considering the loss of Hopkins prior to week one, injury to off-season acquisition Brandin Cooks and the late-season suspension to Will Fuller. In what looms as a complete rebuild for the team, it's not out of the question Watson, still only 25 and DLF's QB5, is playing elsewhere in 2021.

DLF Analyst:       Source: CBS Sports
Jan 17: 12:09 PM EST
Jared Goff still the quarterback "right now"
Jared Goff - QB, LAR

In his post-game interview following the Rams loss to the Packers, head coach Sean McVay said of Jared Goff, "Yeah, he's the quarterback right now"

Dynasty Analysis

Goff has regressed in both years following his 2018 season which ended in a 13-3 loss to the Patriots in the Super Bowl. In 2020, he posted a fair-but-lackluster 3,952 yards with 20 touchdowns to 13 interceptions, ending in a loss to the Packers in the playoffs. While it's hard to read too much into McVay's short answer to the reporter's question, especially considering the recent end to his 2020 season, he did little to inspire confidence that he's fully behind Goff for 2021. There's little chance Goff would be cut as it would carry a huge $65.5M dead cap charge vs. $34.6M to keep him on the roster. A trade this off-season remains the greatest possibility if McVay believes an upgrade is available but the likelihood is that Jared Goff, DLF's QB15, remains under center in 2021. He's firmly a QB2 asset in dynasty.

DLF Analyst:       Source: USA Today
Jan 17: 11:38 AM EST
Mac Jones to enter NFL Draft

Alabama quarterback Mac Jones will enter the 2021 NFL Draft.

Dynasty Analysis

Jones is coming off a historic season that featured 4,500 passing yards, 41 touchdowns and just four interceptions while leading Alabama to yet another National title. Jones had one more year of eligibility left, but waited patiently for his turn behind Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa and performed so well this season that he really had nothing to prove. While not the threat of others in this class with his legs, Jones has elite decision making and a very accurate and strong arm. He'll be in play for teams in the middle of round one and would be a very intriguing option in the second round of rookie drafts if he was to land on a team like New England or Indianapolis.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL.com
Jan 15: 1:38 PM EST
Jaylen Waddle to enter NFL Draft

Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle is declaring for the NFL Draft.

Dynasty Analysis

Overshadowed a bit by teammate DeVonta Smith, Waddle himself is an elite talent at the position. After a torrid start to the season featuring over 550 yards and four scores in just four games, Waddle fractured his ankle and missed the rest of the regular season. He showed his toughness by playing in the National Championship game, but he did so clearly at less than 100%. Waddle is a candidate to be a top 15 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and could be the one player who could infiltrate the top four selections in rookie drafts at the expense of Smith, Ja'Marr Chase, Travis Etienne, or Najee Harris. Regardless, he's going to be a fixture in the middle of round one of rookie drafts all off-season.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL.com
Jan 15: 1:33 PM EST
Justin Fields fails to capitalize

Justin Fields completed just 17-of-33 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for an additional 67 yards in the Ohio State blowout loss in the National Championship loss to Alabama.

Dynasty Analysis

Fields needed a perfect performance for the Buckeyes to compete and it just didn't happen. While Fields should be commended for playing through injury, this performance all but eliminated any chance Jacksonville would take him over Trevor Lawrence in the upcoming NFL Draft, regardless of if Urban Meyer ultimately becomes their coach. Fields remains a first round draft prospect and should compete with the likes of Zach Wilson (BYU) and Trey Lance (NDSU) to be the second quarterback taken. Fields remains a late second round rookie draft prospect in traditional dynasty formats and a top two or three pick in superflex or 2QB leagues.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 12: 1:18 PM EST
Najee Harris ends brilliant college career

Najee Harris rushed for 79 yards and two touchdowns, and caught seven passes for 79 yards and another score in Alabama's National title win against Ohio State.

Dynasty Analysis

Harris ends his Alabama senior season with 1,466 rushing yards, 43 catches, 425 receiving yards and 30 total touchdowns. Harris averaged 5.8 yards per carry against elite competition every week and clearly looks the part of a bellcow running back at the next level. He is likely going to find himself drafted in the late first or early second round in the upcoming NFL Draft. Depending on his landing spot, Harris is clearly in play to be the 1.01 in 2021 dynasty rookie drafts.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 12: 1:09 PM EST
DeVonta Smith destroys Ohio State

Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith posted 12 catches for 215 yards and three touchdowns in the National Championship win against Ohio State,

Dynasty Analysis

Even more impressive, Smith recorded that ridiculous stat line in just one half of action before exiting the game with a hand injury after the first play of the third quarter. Simply amazing. The Heisman winner ends the season with a ridiculous 117 catches for 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns. Much will be made of his lack of size and scouts will clearly try to nitpick his stature, but dynasty owners shouldn't be fooled - this kid can play. While the comps to Marvin Harrison are clearly premature, Smith is undoubtedly going to be in the mix for a top four selection in rookie drafts, along with Najee Harris, Travis Etienne and Ja'Marr Chase.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 12: 12:55 PM EST
Devonta Freeman resurfaces with Buffalo
Devonta Freeman - RB, BUF

Former Giants and Falcons running back Devonta Freeman has signed with the Buffalo Bills practice squad.

Dynasty Analysis

With Zack Moss on the shelf with an ankle injury, the Bills needed some depth in their running back room and they look to have settled on Freeman. Light years from his former All-Pro form, Freeman posted a 54/172/1 rushing line with seven catches for 58 receiving yards and one total touchdown in five games played for the Giants before being injured this season. The Bills will likely have TJ Yeldon and Taiwan Jones active this week, but could use Freeman behind Devin Singletary should they advance to the AFC Championship game. Freeman has looked washed up the past two seasons and shouldn't be on the dynasty radar unless something unforeseen happens in the next couple of weeks. At this point, he simply needs to be put on watch lists.

DLF Analyst:       Source: New York Post
Jan 12: 12:42 PM EST
Chase Claypool ends on a high note
Chase Claypool - WR, PIT

Pittsburgh rookie receiver Chase Claypool posted five catches for 59 yards and two touchdowns in the Steelers stunning playoff opening loss against the Browns.

Dynasty Analysis

Claypool had an up and down season where he supposedly had his reps limited so he wouldn't hit the rookie wall. During the regular season, Claypool posted an impressive 62/873/9 line, though he only scored once in the final six regular season games. The playoff line was a positive one for him and represented his third multi-score game of the year. Claypool's future dynasty value is attached to that of JuJu Smith-Schuster of James Washington, both of whom will be free agents this off-season. If Smith-Schuster was to re-sign in Pittsburgh, Claypool would be relegated back to being the third receiver behind Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson. If Washington comes back as well, that would eat even more into his playing time. However, if JuJu and Washington both sign elsewhere, Claypool's value would rise exponentially as a full-time starter. With those issues and the quarterback position in flux, Claypool remains a strong hold in dynasty circles, albeit one with some serious upside.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 11: 7:08 PM EST
Jonathan Taylor emerges as a top option
Jonathan Taylor - RB, IND

Jonathan Taylor posted 78 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries in the Colts playoff loss to the Bills.

Dynasty Analysis

Taylor had an incredibly slow start to the season, leading many to believe he could have been overdrafted in 2020 rookie drafts. However, Taylor really turned it on in the second half of the season, averaging more than 100 rushing yards per game and even breaking the Colts record for rushing yards in a game with 253 in the regular season finale. When you consider the Colts have had the likes of Marshall Faulk, Eric Dickerson, Edgerrin James and others through the years, that's a pretty impressive feat. Taylor has cemented himself as a one of the top running back assets in all of fantasy football and a first round pick in startup leagues.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 11: 6:57 PM EST
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