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Josh Gordon debuts for Seahawks
Josh Gordon - WR, SEA

Josh Gordon made his season debut for the Seahawks in week ten, producing 27 yards on two receptions

Dynasty Analysis

Gordon logged a 38% snap share and while he only produced two receptions, both were significant third down conversions, key to the Seahawks' walk-off field goal victory in San Francisco. The 28 year old should see an increased role going forward as Tyler Lockett picked up a late-game leg injury, though he doesn't seem to be in danger of missing extended time. The Seahawks have quietly developed an impressive receiving corps. for Russell Wilson and Gordon slots in nicely alongside both Lockett and rookie D.K. Metcalf. Now ranked as DLF's WR49, Josh Gordon's day in the sun as a high-upside-capable WR1 may now be behind him, but he remains a dynamic receiving threat with an ability to turn in impressive, though inconsistent, games in the second half of the season. Gordon remains a last-flex starter until production proves otherwise.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Nov 12: 5:27 PM EST
Chris Herndon placed on I.R.
Chris Herndon - TE, NYJ

The New York Jets placed tight end Chris Herndon on I.R., ending his season.

Dynasty Analysis

No need to do the math on his production, it's one reception for seven yards. He suffered a fractured rib on one of his 16 offensive snaps on Sunday. First hit with a four game suspension to start the season, Herndon returned and immediately suffered a hamstring injury which cost him the next four games. He saw his first action this past Sunday, tallied the reception and is now done for the year. Quarterback Sam Darnold believed the Jets' offense would be unstoppable once Herndon returned and while that may be a slight exaggeration, whether it is true or not we'll now have to wait until 2020 to find out. Herndon will turn 24 early in 2020, is ultra-athletic and should be a dynamic force in the offense should he remain off the trainer's table. Ranked as DLF's TE16, Chris Herndon should undoubtedly remain rostered in dynasty formats but should be treated as an upside TE2 until he proves he can return and be consistently productive.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Chris Cimini on Twitter
Nov 12: 5:10 PM EST
Antonio Callaway benched

Browns receiver Antonio Callaway was benched in week ten for disciplinary reasons

Dynasty Analysis

Head coach Freddie Kitchens wouldn't elaborate on the move but rumor was that Callaway was late to a team function. Already on thin ice due to repeated transgressions and a four-game suspension to begin 2019, it's fair to wonder just how much more rope the Browns will give their mercurial receiver. Now 3-6 on the season with few signs of greater dynamic or chemistry, the Browns' playoff hopes remain slim and only a miracle will find them in the post-season. With expectations for 2019 running well ahead of current performance, don't expect the coaching staff to simply accept poor discipline. On the season, Callaway has amassed eight receptions for 89 yards with no touchdowns. He's ranked as DLF's WR83.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Cleveland
Nov 11: 12:00 PM EST
Brian Hill scores again
Brian Hill - RB, ATL

Falcons running back Brian Hill scored his second touchdown of 2019 in relief of Devonta Freeman during the Falcons upset of New Orleans in week ten.

Dynasty Analysis

The bigger news here is Freeman's foot injury and upcoming MRI. Ito Smith's season has already ended and should Freeman miss any time, Hill will see volume touches and will be a hot commodity in fantasy heading into week 11. Hill, recently turned 24, carries good size (6'1/219) has a three-down skill set though hasn't garnered significant carries since being drafted in the fifth round of 2017. Thus far in 2019, he's seen 28 rushing attempts, already a career high. He's now scored once on the ground and once through the air as his touches have increased due to injury above him on the depth chart. With the Falcons' season all but over, expect the team to give Hill a long look for a potential greater role as they prepare for the 2020 NFL Draft and season. Brian Hill is found as DLF's RB85 and dynasty coaches with open roster space should consider an immediate addition based upon the likelihood of greater touches over the remaining games of 2019.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Nov 11: 11:51 AM EST
Devonta Freeman exits with foot injury
Devonta Freeman - RB, ATL

Devonta Freeman exited Sunday's game against the Saints with a foot injury and will undergo an MRI on Monday

Dynasty Analysis

Diagnosed as a foot sprain, the MRI will tell the story as to how much time Freeman is expected to miss. He hasn't played in a full 16-game season since 2016 and only has two full seasons logged in his six year career. On the year, Freeman has only tallied 371 yards on 107 attempts and has yet to score a touchdown on the ground, though does have three touchdowns on 38 receptions, proving his worth in the passing game. Recently signed to a large contract, the Falcons do have a potential out in 2020 though it would carry a $6M dead cap hit and the move isn't likely. Backup Ito Smith's season has already ended as he was sent to I.R. last week and 2017 fifth round selection Brian Hill has been showing well in relief but the Falcons will be extremely thin at the position should Freeman miss time. The 27 year old runner is ranked as DLF's RB24 but is likely to see further declines into the end of 2019.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Ian Rapoport via Twitter
Nov 11: 11:40 AM EST
Austin Hooper to miss some time
Austin Hooper - TE, ATL

Falcons tight end Austin Hooper will undergo and MRI will miss "some time" after taking a low hit in the fourth quarter against the Saints

Dynasty Analysis

Hooper was able to get to the medical tent but was limping badly. While the Falcons are 2-7 and won't be going to the playoffs, Hooper has arguably been the best player on the field and is running as the TE1 in fantasy with 608 yards and six touchdowns on 56 receptions. Backup Luke Stocker would fill in as the starter should Hooper miss significant time. Austin Hooper is ranked as DLF's TE4 and at only 25 years of age, looks to be entrenched as a top option at tight end for years to come.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Ian Rapoport via Twitter
Nov 11: 11:23 AM EST
Ito Smith lost for the season
Ito Smith - RB, ATL

The Falcons have placed running back Ito Smith on injured reserve, ending his season.

Dynasty Analysis

Smith is done for the year after he suffered a scary concussion in week seven. He was a hot sleeper pick going into the season after the departure of Tevin Coleman. Instead, Smith was only able to post 106 yards and one touchdown on 22 carries. His dynasty value is dimming as the Falcons are likely to bring in a lot of new pieces on offense and could overhaul their backfield. Smith is a weak hold in dynasty leagues at this point.

DLF Analyst:       Source: CBS Sports
Nov 9: 3:03 PM EST
Deon Cain released by Indianapolis

The Colts have released wide receiver Deon Cain.

Dynasty Analysis

Cain was waived to make room for Chad Kelly to be on the active roster as Jacoby Brissett nurses his injury. It's a new low Cain as he has simply failed to produce coming off a lost rookie season. Cain shined last preseason and looked like a star in the making, but a torn ACL has derailed his career. This season, Cain has only been able to post four catches for 52 scoreless yards as he's fallen behind Zach Pascal and Chester Rogers on the roster. Indianapolis will likely attempt to stash him on waivers if nobody places a claim on him. Stay tuned.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Colts Wire
Nov 9: 2:57 PM EST
Mike Davis released by Chicago

The Bears have released running back Mike Davis.

Dynasty Analysis

Davis had been used sparingly behind David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen this season after being signed to a two-year, $6 million contract this off-season. This surprise release is reportedly so the Bears can get a compensatory pick in next year's draft. Davis' dynasty value was on life support, but this will actually help it as he should be claimed by a RB-needy team somewhere and have a chance at more meaningful playing time. There are worse pickups on your waiver wire at the moment. Teams like Detroit and Miami are sure to kick the tires here.

DLF Analyst:       Source: CBS Sports
Nov 9: 2:41 PM EST
Derrius Guice activated from I.R.
Derrius Guice - RB, WAS

Derrius Guice has recovered from his knee injury and has been activated from injured reserve

Dynasty Analysis

Guice is on track to play in week 11 following the team's week ten bye. Guice has played in only one game this season, in week one, when he tallied ten rushes for 18 yards and three receptions for 20 yards. It should give the running game a boost though Adrian Peterson continues to defy father time and continues to be moderately productive. For the 22 year old Guice, sky is the limit for his upside but he'll have to prove he can stay off the trainer's table and be productive for multiple games before his value starts to increase. As DLF's RB31, Guice possesses an immense opportunity to outplay his ranking though recent history looms large. Risk averse dynasty coaches may wish to move on from the oft-injured back given his imminent return while those with the intestinal fortitude and depth may wish to execute a risk-on acquisition if the price is right.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Field Yates via Twitter
Nov 8: 11:00 AM EST
Sterling Shepard facing I.R.

The Giants are considering placing receiver Sterling Shepard on injured reserve after lingering symptoms from his second concussion of the season

Dynasty Analysis

Shepard visited a concussion specialist on Wednesday though there has been no official report of the outcome of that visit. With a bye week following this Sunday's game and a 2-7 record, it would seem the best course of action would be to send Shepard to I.R. to allow for full recovery in preparation for 2020. Shepard and the Giants have experienced a frustrating season thus far in 2019 and his 25/267/1 stat line was far from expected following the departure of Odell Beckham, but quarterback play, mid-season injury to Saquon Barkley and defensive issues sunk the G-Men out of the gate and things haven't gotten much better since. Shepard, still only 26, is DLF's WR46.

DLF Analyst:       Source: SNY
Nov 8: 10:51 AM EST
Chris Herndon feels great
Chris Herndon - TE, NYJ

Following Thursday's practice Chris Herndon says he feels "great" and is very close to making his 2019 debut

Dynasty Analysis

The Jets need all the help they can get though fill-in tight end Ryan Griffin has performed well in recent weeks, adding another receiving dimension to a team badly needing it. Herndon suffered a hamstring pull upon his return from his four game suspension. Head coach Adam Gase has yet to determine when Herndon will return to the field but all signs point to this week vs. the Giants. The 23 year old was widely expected to be a dynamic receiving threat in 2019 prior to his suspension and subsequent injury and there's still time to show well for the future with the games that remain but the time is now for Herndon to get on the field and get his game-conditioning back. Chris Herndon is DLF's TE15 and makes for a low-value upside acquisition from coaches frustrated with his 2019 status.

DLF Analyst:       Source: New York Jets
Nov 8: 10:38 AM EST
Brandin Cooks excited about return
Brandin Cooks - WR, LAR

Rams receiver Brandin Cooks says he's "...far from that end destination when it comes to this game."

Dynasty Analysis

Cooks reportedly received good news following his visit with a concussion specialist and while he won't suit up in week 10, it doesn't sound like he's far from returning to the field. Having suffered now two reported concussions in 2019, many assumed the worst, and for good reason, about Cooks' future but for now that fear was too preliminary . Recently turned 26, Cooks has a lot of football left should be able to steer clear of further concussions and his optimism should give fantasy players optimism as well. That said, 2019 will likely go down as Cooks' worst of his career as he currently holds a 27/402/1 stat line on the season. Brandin Cooks is DLF's WR19 and he'll need to reestablish production if he is to retain this current ranking.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Brandin Cooks via Instagram
Nov 8: 10:22 AM EST
A.J. Green suffers setback
AJ Green - WR, CIN

Bengals' receiver A.J. Green has suffered a setback in his recovery and is out indefinitely

Dynasty Analysis

Following a workout earlier this week, Green's ankle did not respond well and began swelling. He tore multiple ligaments during the preseason and hasn't seen the field since and it's safe to wonder if he'll return in 2019. The Bengals didn't move on from the 2020 free agent and Green, himself, has said he wants to remain with the team for the long haul but it's beginning to look like the club may have missed an opportunity to receive compensation for an aging player who has struggled with injuries over the past few years. Now 31, and turning 32 prior to kickoff of the 2020 season, the odds that Green won't play another down in the NFL continues to rise and even if he does return to the field, his best production is clearly in the review mirror at this point in his career. A.J Green is currently ranked as DLF's WR37 and the pace of his descent continues to increase.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Nov 8: 10:05 AM EST
Cam Newton placed on injured reserve
Cam Newton - QB, CAR

The Panthers have placed quarterback Cam Newton on IR, ending his season.

Dynasty Analysis

This move is hardly shocking as Newton has simply been unable to recover from his Lisfranc injury he sustained in the preseason. Kyle Allen will now get an extended look as the Panthers starter and could have a legitimate chance to keep the job beyond this year. As for Newton, this is clearly going to put his future with the franchise in serious doubt. The Panthers would save $19.1 million by releasing him and only carry $2 million in dead money with that release or even a trade. Newton has simply never been the same since his MVP season and could always make up for a lack of accuracy with his strength and mobility. With the elusiveness he once had now zapped by injuries, it's fair to wonder just what his future holds as he's never been successful as a pure drop back passer. Newton is currently our QB14, but that seems quite generous at the moment and is sure to drop now.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Nov 5: 4:59 PM EST
Gardner Minshew back to the bench
Gardner Minshew - QB, JAC

The Jaguars will start Nick Foles at quarterback after their bye week.

Dynasty Analysis

Minshew was a surprise contributor after Foles went down with a broken clavicle in week one, posting 2,285 passing yards, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions, despite having an awful mustache. Minshew likely would have kept the job with Foles healthy had he not endured an epic meltdown this past week in London that featured four different fourth quarter turnovers. Minshew's dynasty value will drop now, but he should remain rostered should Foles look like "Rams Foles" instead of "Eagles Foles" moving forward.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Nov 5: 3:46 PM EST
Mark Walton suspended four games
Mark Walton - RB, MIA

The NFL has suspended Dolphins running back Mark Walton four games for violating the conduct and substance abuse policy.

Dynasty Analysis

The suspension is a result of his three off-season arrests, not a new infraction. Still, it's a stark reminder of Walton's checkered past and comes at a terrible time as he has vaulted to the top of the depth chart in Miami. Kalen Ballage will take over, with rookies Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskin finally getting some run. Gaskin is the more intriguing of the two, though neither are exactly sending dynasty owners running to spend their FAAB balance. Walton's dynasty value will take a hit here, but he should have a chance to stabilize it if he returns later this year and resumes his role as the starter. Still, it's hard to believe the Dolphins won't address this position in the off-season. Meanwhile, it seems the dark cloud over Miami just won't go away as they've celebrated their first win by losing their two most important offensive players in Walton and Preston Williams.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Nov 4: 6:53 PM EST
Donte Moncrief claimed by Carolina
Donte Moncrief - WR, CAR

The Carolina Panthers have claimed Donte Moncrief off waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Dynasty Analysis

Moncrief was an abject disaster in Pittsburgh this year, showing unreliable hands and a lack of difference making ability. He'll attempt to resurrect his career and dynasty value with wide receivers coach Jim Hostler, who coached him during his more successful time in Indianapolis. At this point, Moncrief looks like the fourth receiver on the depth chart, behind DJ Moore, Curtis Samuel and Jarius Wright. Barring an injury ahead of him on the depth chart, Moncrief is best left on the dynasty waiver wire as this looks to be little more than a flier for the currently Cam Newton-less Panthers.

DLF Analyst:       Source: PFT
Nov 4: 4:34 PM EST
DeSean Jackson likely done for the year
DeSean Jackson - WR, PHI

DeSean Jackson will have surgery to repaid a core muscle and will likely miss the rest of the season.

Dynasty Analysis

Jackson started off his Eagles reunion tour with a bang in week one with eight catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately, he's been out since week two with an abdominal injury. Jackson attempted to play through it this week, but ultimately only made it through just one series before having to exit the contest. Jackson looked to be the field stretching weapon the Eagles really needed this season, but instead he'll now undergo surgery and be sidelined at least 4-6 weeks, with the chances of him playing at all again this season looking very slim. If he recovers fully, he should be back in Philly next year, though he does have an $8.2 million cap hit, so that's no guarantee. At this point, Jackson is who he is. When healthy, he's bound to have big games and duds as the prototypical "boom or bust" wide receiver dependent on big plays instead of volume. The 32-year old is a dynasty hold as our WR62, but not one you're overly excited about at this point in his career.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NJ.com
Nov 4: 4:09 PM EST
Preston Williams out for the year

Miami wide receiver Preston Williams is out for the year with a knee injury.

Dynasty Analysis

The undrafted free agent has been a bit of a revelation for the hapless Dolphins, posting 32 catches for 428 yards and three touchdowns this season. Williams was on his way to a career day with five catches for 72 yards and a pair of touchdowns before being carted off the field yesterday as well. This injury throws some cold water on his ascending value, but he's clearly a player to keep on dynasty rosters through his rehab as he showed some real ability. Wiliams had risen all the way to #23 on our rookie rankings and while this will obviously slow his rise, it could also result in a nice buy low opportunity for rebuilding teams. The only concern with Williams is his troubled past and the fact he's going to have one thing that's never good with these types of players - free time.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Miami Sun-Sentinel
Nov 4: 3:00 PM EST
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