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Alshon Jeffery stays with Eagles
Alshon Jeffery - WR, PHI

The Eagles have exercised receiver Alshon Jeffery's 2020 contract

Dynasty Analysis

They also made the same decision with Carson Wentz and Zach Ertz though neither were in danger. For Jeffery, however, the Eagles gave no clear indication they were certain to bring him back after finishing his third season with the team, and only playing in 23 games over the past two. Recently turned 30, the decision to bring him back wasn't one based on production as Jeffery only produced 43 receptions, 490 yards and four touchdowns in 2019 and is still recovering from Lisfranc surgery which could cost him games early in the season. Instead, GM Howard Roseman said his work ethic, desire to win and relationship with Carson Wentz were all items "people don't get to see" were all variables in the team's move to exercise his 2020 contract. When healthy, Jeffery can be a difference-maker but dynasty owners have grown frustrated with constant inconsistency and injury. As DLF's WR57, most have written off Alshon Jeffery but he's a good bet to well outplay his dynasty ranking if he can remain on the field in 2020. The problem remains he's only produced one 16 game season in the past four years.

DLF Analyst:       Source: CBS Sports
Mar 28: 8:49 AM EST
Devin Funchess expected to sign in Green Bay
Devin Funchess - WR, GBP

The Packers are expected to sign wide receiver Devin Funchess

Dynasty Analysis

The news isn't official yet though it appears it's only a matter of time. The Packers often find their receivers via the NFL Draft so this signing can't be ignored. Funchess, who played in part of one game for the Colts in 2019 before falling to a broken collarbone, never made it off injured reserve and was allowed to depart in free agency. Should he ultimately sign in Green Bay, it will be an upgrade to his status and he'll carry sleeper value in 2020. The Packers have a younger version of Funchess, Allen Lazard, who emerged late in 2019 so it's unlcear what the starting lineup will look like when the season opens in week one of 2020. Until his role is more clear, Funchess will remain an upside sleeper only and should be rostered in deeper leagues. He's found as DLF's WR87 but his value will rise once the signing is official.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Tom Pelissero via Twitter
Mar 25: 11:42 AM EST
Tajae Sharpe signs with Minnesota
Tajae Sharpe - WR, MIN

The Vikings have signed wide receiver Tajae Sharpe

Dynasty Analysis

It's an upgrade for the Vikings as they allowed Laquon Treadwell (ATL) to depart via free agency but he's not likely to replace the production of departed Stefon Diggs (BUF). Now 25, Sharpe spent his first three years with TEN and produced a 25/329/4 stat line in 2019 and should be even-odds at surpassing those totals in 2020. While the Vikings are certain to be addressing the position in the upcoming NFL Draft, and potentially again in free agency, Sharpe has the size and experience to compete for a starting role and now possesses sleeper status for 2020. He's found as DLF's WR91 and is likely to rise in coming weeks.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Ian Rapoport via Twitter
Mar 25: 11:34 AM EST
Breshad Perriman signs with Jets

The New York Jets have signed wide receiver Breshad Perriman to a one-year contract, valued at $8M

Dynasty Analysis

The Jets moved quickly to replace departed Robby Anderson, signing Perriman, another deep threat, who reclaimed his career in 2019 with a 36/645/6 stat line with the Buccaneers. Perriman, now 26, will be playing for his fourth team in five years and the odds are against him repeating his production again in 2020. While with the Bucs, Perriman played between both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin while quarterback Jameis Winston led the league in passing yards. He will find the reception and yardage much harder to come by with the Jets. Unless the Jets make a splash in free agency, Perriman does project as a starter on the outside so runway to production is there should he find chemistry with quarterback Sam Darnold. Breshad Perriman is DLF's WR 63.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Adam Schefter via Twitter
Mar 25: 11:03 AM EST
Robby Anderson signs with Carolina
Robby Anderson - WR, CAR

The Panthers have signed receiver Robby Anderson to a two-year deal valued at $20M.

Dynasty Analysis

Fantasy-wise, it's no more than a lateral move as he'll still compete for receptions with D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel and Ian Thomas but Anderson likely has higher upside consistency should he function as the WR2 ahead of Samuel. Soon-to-be 27, Anderson is best served as an inconsistent WR4 but has the potential to upgrade this status with a new team and incoming quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. His past two seasons have produced an average of 51 receptions, 765 yards and 5.5 touchdowns which seems realistic again in 2020, at least until proven otherwise. Robby Anderson is found as DLF's WR48.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Adam Schefter via Twitter
Mar 24: 3:23 PM EST
Cam Newton released

The Panthers have released quarteraback Cam Newton

Dynasty Analysis

It's really no surprise though the Panther's did recommit to Newton not long ago, this action representing a complete about-face. Soon-to-be 31, Newton still has another big contract in his future though may need to sign a shorter team structured contract to prove his health before landing a much larger payday in a future year. Multiple teams still have open, or less than ideal, quarterback situations to which Newton would be an immediate upgrade so he won't be a free agent for long. While the move will continue to sting for 'Superman', the change of scenery will go a long way toward recapturing his love of the game and lost trademark enthusiasm. Cam Newton is DLF's QB14.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Adam Schefter via Twitter
Mar 24: 3:13 PM EST
Phillip Dorsett signs with Seattle
Phillip Dorsett - WR, SEA

The Seahawks have signed wide receiver Phillip Dorsett

Dynasty Analysis

Dorsett is a slot-receiver specialist, spending his past three years in New England and should fit well with Seattle's current receiver corps. and scheme, providing Russell Wilson with another speed weapon. He hasn't produced more than 500 yards receiving since 2016, his last year with the Colts but did produce a career high five touchdowns in 2019. Dorsett will remain a fringe receiver prospect in dynasty and, now 27, should produce inconsistent but upside games on occasion though can't be counted on as anything more than an emergency fill-in as needed. Dorsett is found as DLF's WR100.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Josina Anderson via Twitter
Mar 24: 3:01 PM EST
Dion Lewis signs with Giants
Dion Lewis - RB, NYG

According to sources, Dion Lewis has been signed by the New York Giants to a one-year deal.

Dynasty Analysis

Lewis had been playing behind Derrick Henry in Tennessee over the past two years and was thought to be a high-upside PPR third-down+ option but was, instead, largely a non-factor after scoring only three combined touchdowns over 32 games. He did see 155 carries in 2018, averaging a meager 3.3 ypc., improving that mark to 3.9 in 2019 though on only 54 attempts. Turning 30 shortly after kick-off of the 2020 season, Lewis will now slide in behind Saquon Barkley, fantasy's top running back, and barring injury, will fade into anonymity. He's found as DLF's RB75 and has little appeal in dynasty.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Josina Anderson via Twitter
Mar 23: 4:19 PM EST
Kyle Allen traded to Washington
Kyle Allen - QB, WAS

The Panthers have traded quarterback Kyle Allen to the Redskins in return for a fifth round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft

Dynasty Analysis

The move gives sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins competition though he's fully expected to be under center come week one. Allen was serviceable for the Panthers in 12 games after a hot start. He threw 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions over those games, finishing 5-7. Recently turned 24 years of age, it's a good landing spot for a potential starting role should Haskins falter though dynasty owners will need to be patient while the situation plays out. Kyle Allen is DLF's QB38 and represents a low-value handcuff in deeper dynasty leagues.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Mar 23: 3:43 PM EST
Brian Hoyer will compete to start
Brian Hoyer - QB, NEP

Patriots newly signed quarterback Brian Hoyer will be given a chance to start

Dynasty Analysis

What were the odds of another Brian Hoyer update? Hoyer signed a one-year $1M contract and could make $2M more form incentives. It's nowhere near starter's money though at this juncture, Hoyer could be considered even-odds to be under center in week one unless the team makes further moves, something not out of the question. He has played for seven different NFL teams and this is his fourth stint with the Patriots. He saw one game in 2019 with the Colts in which he attempted 65 passes, completing 35 of them for 372 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions. Anything is possible but he only carries value for those in the most dire of situations at quarterback.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Ian Rapoport via Twitter
Mar 23: 8:13 AM EST
Nelson Agholor signs with Las Vegas
Nelson Agholor - WR, LVR

The Raiders have signed Nelson Agholor to a one-year contract.

Dynasty Analysis

The Raiders have a gaping hole at wide receiver and are hoping Agholor can resurrect his career in the desert. With Tyrell Williams and Hunter Renfrow as the best two options for the Raiders at the moment, this seems like a solid landing spot to do just that. Agholor was once a first round draft pick, but his five years in Philadelphia were mostly a disappointment as he recorded just 224 catches for 2,515 yards and 18 total touchdowns. Agholor is currently our WR81 with an ADP of 234, so there's obviously room for his value to rise. However, the Raiders are clearly in the market to add more receivers and will likely do so in the draft or through free agency. Stay tuned.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Mar 21: 3:08 PM EST
Malcolm Brown will compete for lead role
Malcolm Brown - RB, LAR

Rams running back Malcolm Brown will compete for the lead running back role following the release of Todd Gurley

Dynasty Analysis

Brown turns 27 in May and has been effective in a back-up role behind Todd Gurley over that past two seasons though the Rams offensive line was woeful in 2019. In his past two campaigns, Brown has amassed 112 carries, 467 yards and five touchdowns as a runner along with seven receptions and another touchdown as a receiver. He will compete with 2019 rookie Darrell Henderson for the lead role though the Rams were far more of a committee team in 2019. It remains to be seen if a committee is the favored approach going forward or, perhaps, it was necessitated by Todd Gurley's questionable knees. In either case, the cap-strapped Rams aren't likely to make a splash in free agency to bring in a high-profile name which bodes well for both Brown and Henderson, at least in 2020. Dynasty owners shouldn't count out Brown, DLF's RB55, as he carries NFL size (5'11/222), possesses underrated hands and has the experience and trust to win the lead role. At a significant discount to Darrell Henderson, Malcolm Brown should be owned in all formats on the possibility he emerges as the lead runner when the 2020 season kicks off.

DLF Analyst:       Source: LA Rams
Mar 21: 9:55 AM EST
Darrell Henderson will compete for lead role

Rams 2019 rookie Darrell Henderson will compete for the lead running back role following the release of Todd Gurley

Dynasty Analysis

At this juncture, Henderson's only competition will be Malcolm Brown, who has looked good in spot duty himself. Henderson struggled as a rookie with 147 yards on 39 carries though PFF recently ranked the Rams' offensive line as #31 overall in effectiveness. Carries were hard to come by in 2019 as the Rams favored the the pass and mixed in all three top runners, and Henderson did show flashes of his agility and speed on multiple runs but suffered an ankle injury in his final game against San Francisco and ultimately underwent surgery. He's expected to be fully healthy when training camp opens. It's hard to predict which back will emerge as the featured runner and the Rams tend to favor a committee approach of late but Henderson's value, currently DLF's RB29, is set to soar on the prospects of a potential lead role. He'll turn 23 in August and all arrows are pointing up.

DLF Analyst:       Source: LA Times
Mar 21: 9:43 AM EST
Emmanuel Sanders signs in New Orleans

The Saints have signed wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to a two-year deal valued up to $19M.

Dynasty Analysis

It's a fantastic landing spot for Sanders, who recently turned 33. The Saints get a veteran presence to start across from Michael Thomas and Sanders gets a legitimate shot at a Super Bowl run in 2021 and 2022. He's struggled with injuries over his past four years and was shipped from Denver to San Francisco in mid 2019 when the Broncos had fallen from playoff contention. On the year, Sanders hauled in 66 receptions for 869 and five touchdowns, mustering only two 100 yard performances over ten weeks with the 49ers, though San Francisco is well known as a run-based team. Now on the receiving end of passes from Drew Brees, Sanders has a real chance at legitimate production in his age-33 season and DLF's WR59 will be an intriguing acquisition target for depth on competing dynasty teams.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Mar 20: 10:44 PM EST
Melvin Gordon signs with Denver
Melvin Gordon - RB, DEN

The Broncos have signed Melvin Gordon to a two-year, $16 million deal.

Dynasty Analysis

It really wouldn't be free agency season without a legitimate curveball being thrown at us and leave it to the Denver running back depth chart to do just that. Gordon held out last season and bet on himself to get a big deal. Instead, he has to settle for a two-year pact with the Broncos for less money than the Chargers offered him last season. In Denver, he'll form a probable 1-2 punch with Phillip Lindsay, putting both of their values in the "stock down" division for the time being. Gordon is currently our RB14 and Lindsay is our RB26. It's safe to say both of those values are going to fall after this surprising news. Meanwhile, Royce Freeman owners have to be severely disappointed as well.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Mar 20: 2:13 PM EST
Eric Ebron signs with Pittsburgh
Eric Ebron - TE, PIT

The Steelers have signed tight end Eric Ebron to a two year, $12 million contract.

Dynasty Analysis

Ebron has never been lacking talent, but has also been wildly inconsistent throughout his career. He'll join a Steelers team that has been searching for a consistent threat at the position since the retirement of Heath Miller. The former #1 pick is still just 26 years old and should find himself with plenty of opportunities to contribute, as long as he can beat out veteran Vance McDonald. If this ends up being a bit of a tight end time-share, neither player is likely going to be too start-worthy in the short-term, though. Ebron is currently our TE19 with an ADP of 229. It's tough to see that moving up too much until the dust settles, but he has potential to rise yet again if he can emerge as a security blanket for a healthy Ben Roethlisberger, who loves targeting his tight ends.

DLF Analyst:       Source: CBS Sports
Mar 20: 2:01 PM EST
Robby Anderson still a free agent
Robby Anderson - WR, CAR

Free agent receiver Robby Anderson remains a free agent

Dynasty Analysis

The author of the story likens the the lack of news on Anderson as "radio silence." Anderson was looking to break the bank as a free agent, looking for up to $15M annually but seems to be receiving a frosty response. It could simply be that Anderson, not a particularly high profile receiver, continues to have discussions without them getting to the media. Or, it could be that Anderson's primary trait as a deep-threat receiver, when combined with questionable character, isn't something teams are willing to ante up for. Continued lack of news does play to the Jets benefit for bringing him back, though at a much cheaper contract cost than Anderson would like. Robby Anderson is certain to find a home soon but his value would likely increase outside of New York. He's currently found as DLF's WR42.

DLF Analyst:       Source: The Athletic
Mar 20: 10:52 AM EST
Todd Gurley signs in Atlanta
Todd Gurley - RB, ATL

The Falcons have signed running back Todd Gurley to a one-year deal, reportedly for $5M

Dynasty Analysis

It's a one-year prove-it deal and is contingent on Gurley passing a physical as would be expected. He couldn't have asked for a better landing spot as the Falcons moved on from Devonta Freeman this off-season and have a gaping hole at the RB1 position. The Rams were recently graded #31 in offensive line performance by Pro Football Focus while Atlanta faired only slight better at #24. Gurley, who turns 26 in August, is coming off a season in which he produced 14 total touchdowns, down from 2018's 21 and his ypc. average dropped from 4.9 to 3.8. Receptions also dropped from 59 to 31. Was his reduced production a function of poor offensive line play or something greater.

At the heart of Gurley's prospects is his knee health. As 2018 came to a close, word emerged he was suffering from an "arthritic component" in one or both of his knees, most notably his surgically repaired (ACL) left knee. It stood to reason as his usage in the 2018 playoffs and the Super Bowl indicated something more sinister than simply "game flow" as was initially the explanation. What followed was a whirlwind off-season which saw significant speculation about just how bad Gurley's knees may be. It's important to note that neither the Rams nor Gurley have provided any indication as to how advanced his condition may or may not be. It seems that may be answered in the coming year beginning with his physical. Should he pass his physical, arrows should be pointing up for Todd Gurley, currently DLF's RB15. There may be no greater risk-reward player in 2020 and expectations should be tempered until after his physical is performed and his contract becomes official.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Atlanta Falcons
Mar 20: 9:50 AM EST
Todd Gurley on trade block
Todd Gurley - RB, ATL

The Rams continue to have trade discussions surrounding running back Todd Gurley

Dynasty Analysis

This has been rumored for some time but it appears as though the fire beneath the smoke is intensifying. It remains to be seen who would, or could, step up to take on Gurley's massive contract but a trade out of Los Angeles would be welcomed by all. It is believed the Rams may simply cut the back if no trade can be finalized. Latest reports are that Tampa Bay may be the front runner. He'll turn 26 in August and is coming off a season which saw Gurley produce 14 total touchdowns, down from 2018's 21 and his ypc. average dropped from 4.9 to 3.8. Receptions also dropped from 59 to 31. Speculation remains that Gurley's workload was managed early in the year to provide for a late season push due to an arthritic component in his knees, but there's has been no confirmation of either and the Rams faded badly as 2019 came to a close.

Either way, a trade out of L.A. is best for dynasty owners toward determining if he can return to a true bell-cow, fantasy-leading back, once again. Gurley is DLF's RB15 and represents an intriguing risk-reward scenario with both ceiling and floor potential. While a new starting situation will likely raise his value, it will come with an attached level of risk which will keep his dynasty value lower than those with better prospects above him. More on Todd Gurley when his future is known.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ProFootballTalk
Mar 19: 11:23 AM EST
Gardner Minshew takes the helm
Gardner Minshew - QB, JAC

With the trade of quarterback Nick Foles to Chicago, Gardner Minshew is now the clear QB1 in Jacksonville.

Dynasty Analysis

The 2019 rookie was thrust into the spotlight in 2019 after injury to Foles and immediately garnered cult-status with his play, mustache and wardrobe. He finished the season with 3,271 yards, 21 touchdowns to only six interceptions while his passing yardage per game faded in his last five games. It's not out of the question Jacksonville remains active in free agency with multiple high-profile quarterbacks on the market or they could add a developmental player via the draft with one of their 12 2020 draft picks. Minshew showed enough to be an intriguing quarterback under center but the team is certain to add competition in short order. Gardner Minshew is DLF's QB30.

DLF Analyst:      
Mar 18: 1:31 PM EST
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