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Sam Darnold mocked to the Browns

In Daniel Jeremiah's first mock rookie draft of 2018, Sam Darnold heads to Cleveland.

Dynasty Analysis

Readers can see the full draft at the referenced link. Darnold is an obvious fit in Cleveland, but that could be said about any rookie quarterback in this year's class. While the Browns may prefer Josh Rosen at the top, it's not unexpected that they could steer clear of a player who doesn't wish to lace up the cleats in Cleveland. 2017 rookie DeShone Kizer was a disaster but is still extremely young and certainly has upside. The Browns can't afford another year of "hope and prayer" at the position and need a face of the franchise talent. Darnold is a good fit for that role. There's a lot of talent at the position this year so don't rule out a trade-down but with picks one and four in the first round, it's a relatively obvious, and safe, choice.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL.com
Jan 19: 11:42 PM EST
Saquon Barkley mocked to the Giants

In Daniel Jeremiah's most recent mock draft, the Giants select Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.

Dynasty Analysis

Tis the season for mock drafts and fantasy coaches get bumpy with excitement. There's no more exciting player in this year's draft than that of uber-talented Saquon Barkley. The fit for the Giants is obvious as they've struggled at the position for years while dealing with a patchwork depth chart trying to find consistency. Barkley represents a do-all three-down back that bring the potential of Todd Gurley'esque touches and production. Barkley is in a tier of his own and it will be a shock to see any draft without him sitting atop the draft board.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL.com
Jan 19: 11:34 PM EST
Jeremy Hill not expected to return
Jeremy Hill - RB, CIN

Jeremy Hill is a free agent in 2018 and it would be a surprise to see him return to the Bengals.

Dynasty Analysis

Prior to the Bengals selecting Joe Mixon in the 2017 Rookie Draft, Hill famously opined that he didn't care if the Bengals drafted a rookie running back because he was still the starter. Well, that didn't take long. After three years in Cincinnati, over 2,700 yards and 29 touchdowns, Hill could only muster a total of 116 yards with zero touchdowns in 2017. A bum ankle that did require surgery may have been the ultimate cause for his down year or it could be that he simply shrunk in the face of competition. Either way, he'll be in a new jersey when the 2018 season kicks off and at only 25 years of age, some could argue there's serious upside to end his serious slide. Hill ranks as DLF's RB59 and his ADP graph is in full decline which makes for an intriguing buy-low opportunity for inclined dynasty coaches.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Cincinnati.com
Jan 19: 11:27 PM EST
Tyler Eifert unlikely to return to Bengals
Tyler Eifert - TE, CIN

Free agent Tyler Eifert's days as a Bengal are likely over.

Dynasty Analysis

Two games, four receptions and 46 yards. That was Eiferts 2017 production. When matched with his 2016 performance of eight games, 29 receptions and 394 yards, but with five touchdowns, it's just not enough consistency or durability to invest in going forward. In fact, while he's sure to latch onto a new team for 2018, his NFL future is in doubt. Eifert has now logged two back surgeries in as many years and even had work performed on his knee. At 27 years old, he should be in the prime of his career but his body isn't holding up its end of the bargain. His days as a rising TE1 are behind him and he'll remain an end of roster stash in dynasty until he can prove far more durable in a featured role.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Cincinnati.com
Jan 19: 11:15 PM EST
Zay Jones completes shoulder surgery
Zay Jones - WR, BUF

Jones had successful shoulder surgery on Tuesday, fixing a torn labrum that he reportedly played with for much of the year.

Dynasty Analysis

The second round rookie turned in a forgettable performance in 2017, pulling down 27 receptions, 316 yards and two touchdowns, well short of expectations. Barring setback, he'll be healthy for 2018. Everything from poor quarterback play, injuries and even weather conspired against Jones in 2017. His reception to target percentage of 36.5% was horrific as Jones became just another touted young receiver to disappoint. More change is in the air for the Bills and it's hard to predict greater success looking forward. First-year head coach Sean McDermott is well thought of across the league and a new offensive coordinator, Brian Daboll, fresh off a national championship performance for Alabama, returns to the NFL with the hope of adding to his five Super Bowl rings acquired as part of the New England Patriots. This change, combined with the likelihood of yet another new face at quarterback, likely holds down Jones' current WR47 ranking on DLF's wide receiver rankings. To realize his ceiling, Jones will have to do what few have ever done in the NFL, become consistently productive as a Buffalo Bill's receiver. He has youth on his side, but little else. He's a developmental talent only in dynasty until more consistency is found.

DLF Analyst:       Source: CBS Sports
Jan 17: 9:09 PM EST
Marcus Mariota faces more uncertainty in 2018
Marcus Mariota - QB, TEN

The Titan's next head coach will be Mariota's third since since his 1.02 selection in 2015

Dynasty Analysis

Head coach Mike Mularkey is out and a new head coach will be coming in. A head coach can have a material impact on the performance of any player but even moreso for the starting quarterback. Mariota, who just completed his third year in the NFL, regressed in all meaningful statistical categories in 2017, his touchdown total cut in half from 26 to 13. If that wasn't bad enough, he'll now have to clear yet another hurdle as he acclimates to a new head coach. Receiver Corey Davis is beginning to emerge and the Titans will likely tab running back, Derrick Henry, as the starter, making for a young and exciting trio at the skill positions. Mariota currently occupies the QB9 slot in DLF's dynasty rankings but his 2017 ADP History shows an unsurprising decline in value from the start of the 2017 season. He concluded 2017 as the QB18 in fantasy. He's a back end QB1 but best suited as an upside QB2 in dynasty until he shows more consistency and Tennessee lands a head coach that can maximize his talents in space. He's a buy-low candidate for coaches willing to roll the dice.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Titans Online
Jan 17: 8:47 PM EST
Chris Thompson should be ready for camp
Chris Thompson - RB, WAS

After fracturing his fibula in Nov., Chris Thompson is on pace to return when training camp begins.

Dynasty Analysis

The 27 year old running back was enjoying a career year before the bad break and the Redskins never found a suitable replacement. Through ten games, Thompson was only averaging just over six carries and four receptions per contest but was churning out yardage, a combined 804 in total and 6 six touchdowns. Even with missing his last five games to end 2017, Thompson still finished as the RB24 (PPR), a solid RB3 flex complement. He'll be 28 in mid-October but as long as he returns to full health, Thompson is likely to be a solid PPR performer again. He's currently ranked as DLF's RB33 and his ADP trend is on the rise.

DLF Analyst:       Source: CBS Sports
Jan 16: 9:13 AM EST
Reuben Foster arrested for marijuana possession
Reuben Foster - LB, SFO

After 'failing' a drug test during the NFL Combine in 2017, Reuben Foster's most recent transgression paints an unclear picture and likely forfeits significant money as well.

Dynasty Analysis

Foster was arrested in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Friday night and may be facing league discipline. Should that occur, Foster will forfeit $2.5M of guarantees during the remaining years of his contract, ending in 2020. At this juncture, a suspension would seem likely triggering the forfeiture for the 2016 first round (31st overall) selection. Foster missed multiple games in 2017 due to various injuries and never found consistency but remained a high-upside rookie IDP target. He'll likely remain a popular upside sleeper target in tackle-heavy IDP formats but his future remains uncertain at best.

DLF Analyst:       Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Jan 15: 12:20 PM EST
Willie Snead a restricted free agent
Willie Snead - WR, NOS

Willie Snead is a restricted free agent in 2018

Dynasty Analysis

It was a bust of a year for Willie Snead and his fantasy owners. Eight receptions on 16 targets for 92 yards and zero touchdowns to end 2017 isn't a stat line many were expecting. Snead never got it going after serving a three game suspension for violation of the league's substance abuse policy. He then battled hamstring issues and had problems finding a role after fellow receiver Brandon Coleman performed well enough in Snead's absence to keep his snaps and production immaterial. Coming off two years with a combined 1,879 receiving yards and seven touchdowns, 2017's disappearing act thrusts the receiver into uncertainty for 2018. The Saints may try to sign Snead to a long term deal, capitalizing on his down year, but as a restricted free agent, a one year deal may be just as likely. Willie Snead sits as the WR53 in DLF's receiver rankings and his ADP continues to trend down making for a risk-reward buy-low play in dynasty.

DLF Analyst:       Source: DLF Player Profile
Jan 15: 12:06 PM EST
Marcus Mariota can't carry Titans in Foxborough
Marcus Mariota - QB, TEN

Marcus Mariota threw for 254 yards and two scores, plus ran for 37 more yards on the ground against the Patriots. That wasn't enough to lift the Titans to victory.

Dynasty Analysis

Marcus Mariota has been flat out misused, mistreated, and flat out ignored by his coaches in Tennessee. The Titans had the best offensive weapons they've put together in years in 2017, but still couldn't put together a consistent offense. A lot of people want to say that Mariota regressed in 2017. It was mainly poor coaching and his health that held him back from taking the next steps in development. Hopefully 2018 brings about some offensive change in scheme for the Titans. If that happens Mariota will be a great buy. If not, the Titans are doomed for mediocrity yet again.

DLF Analyst:       Source: TitansOnline.com
Jan 15: 1:26 AM EST
Corey Davis scores twice in playoff loss to Pats
Corey Davis - WR, TEN

Corey Davis caught his first and second career touchdowns in the Titans playoff loss against the Patriots this week.

Dynasty Analysis

Finally Corey Davis puts together a real WR1 performance and it doesn't even matter because the Patriots are the devil. This performance will be what buoys Corey's dynasty stock all off-season because there really wasn't anything else to get excited about all season with him. Corey was never really healthy all season thanks to a naggin hamstring problem. Look for a big bounce back in year two. Buy low while you still can.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Tennessean.com
Jan 15: 1:20 AM EST
Devonta Freeman finds the end zone in playoff loss
Devonta Freeman - RB, ATL

Devonta Freeman recorded the Falcons' only receiving touchdown in their playoff loss against the Eagles. He only managed yards on the ground.

Dynasty Analysis

Devonta Freeman has had an up and down 2017 season. Some of it can be tied to his health. Some of it can be tied to the Falcons offensive coming back down to earth as a whole. The truth is though, Freeman still likely has a bright future. Thanks to Freeman's monstrous contract the Falcons will likely part ways with Tevin Coleman here in the near future leaving the backfield primarily to Freeman. If he can find his rhythm on the ground again next year Freeman will find his place again at the RB1 table.

DLF Analyst:       Source: WashingtonPost.com
Jan 15: 1:13 AM EST
Matt Ryan fails to finish in Philadelphia
Matt Ryan - QB, ATL

Matt Ryan finished with 210 passing yards and a touchdown in the Falcons playoff loss to the Eagles, but failed to find Julio Jones in the end zone for the potential winning touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Dynasty Analysis

Matt Ryan is still an underrated dynasty quarterback. He will never repeat his outstanding 2016 performance, but he is what he is: a back end QB1 or elite QB2 option. Ryan has put up solid stats year after year, and will only improve in year two with Sarkisian at the helm for Falcons calling the plays. Matt Ryan coming up short in the playoffs offers yet another great buy window for the franchise quarterback.

DLF Analyst:       Source: WashingtonPost.com
Jan 15: 1:09 AM EST
Julio Jones drops 101 yards on PHI in playoff loss
Julio Jones - WR, ATL

Julio Jones caught nine receptions for 101 yards, but failed to hall in the potentially game-winning touchdown in Atlanta's playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Dynasty Analysis

This kind of game is the story of Julio Jones' career. Matt Ryan gets him the ball consistently, but fails to find the end zone when it counts. That kind of result has worn down some dynasty owners that used to be thoroughly infatuated with Julio. It turns out 90 catches and 1400 yards just isn't good enough anymore. Julio's price will somehow drop this off-season, and he'll continue putting up ridiculous numbers, albeit with meager touchdown output.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Philly.com
Jan 15: 12:57 AM EST
Ben Roethlisberger to return in 2018

Roethlisberger answered a lot of questions immediately following Sunday's loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars by saying he's looking forward to returning in 2018.

Dynasty Analysis

Big Ben laid much of the blame on himself but an overconfident Pittsburgh team as a whole, when combined with a leaky defense, ultimately sunk the Steelers on Sunday. Many questions loomed as to whether Roethlisberger would return in 2018 and backup quarterback Josh Dobbs has been a trending acquisition late into the season but with little question now remaining that Ben will be returning, it's safe to move on from Dobson and fill the roster spot with a player with more immediate upside.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NY Post
Jan 14: 9:52 PM EST
Derrius Guice to enter the 2018 NFL Draft

Derrius Guice will forego his Senior season and enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Dynasty Analysis

A possible (if not likely) first round NFL pick, Guice will be squarely in the mix for the 1.02 in rookie drafts behind only Saquon Barkley this Spring. Guice is an explosive athlete with massive potential at the next level. While his yards per carry average has dropped off over his three years at LSU, that can simply be attributed to the increase in carries he's had over the same span. The intrigue with Guice is his landing spot. Since he's considered a mid-to-late first round pick, it's quite possible he goes to a solid team and immediately lands in a haven for fantasy production, similar to that of Dalvin Cook last year. We'll have tons of information on Guice all off-season but you can pencil him in towards the top of your initial rookie draft big board.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 11: 11:31 AM EST
Calvin Ridley to enter the 2018 NFL Draft

Calvin Ridley will forego his Senior season at Alabama and enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Dynasty Analysis

Add another intriguing name to the draft class. Ridley will be a very curious case going into rookie drafts this Spring as a talented receiver who was only able to post moderate stats over his three college seasons. In fact, his best year came as a Freshman in 2015 when he caught 89 passes for 1,045 yards and seven touchdowns. His catch totals dropped off each year after and while his yards per catch average this year was a career-best 15.3, it's fair to wonder just how good he is. That being said, Ridley is widely regarded as one of this year's most talented wideouts and could very well be the first receiver off the board in fantasy and reality. Most who have followed Alabama over the past few years know his stats suffered due to the Crimson Tide not needing to throw much and not really having great quarterback play in general.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 11: 11:24 AM EST
Marshawn Lynch a candidate to be cut
Marshawn Lynch - RB, OAK

All signs seem to point Marshawn Lynch not returning to the Raiders in 2018.

Dynasty Analysis

Lynch's salary is set to double in 2018 and his two-year deal was structured to be, really, a one-year deal. Surpassing 10,000 yards for his career was a major accomplishment but it's no stretch in guessing that new head coach Jon Gruden will want a new start with all eyes on the future. Lynch's antics were a bit of a distraction and while fans embraced him, there has been talk that his presence didn't add leadership value in the locker room and on the field. Lynch is currently the RB47 in DLF's dynasty rankings there's little reason to expect an increase in his value.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Silver and Black Pride
Jan 9: 10:18 AM EST
Lamar Miller's status uncertain as the starter
Lamar Miller - RB, HOU

Lamar Miller's production continues to be unimpressive and the Texans could address the position in the off-season.

Dynasty Analysis

Miller's 888 rushing yards and three touchdowns weren't what fantasy owners were looking for in 2017. He did pull down 36 receptions, 327 yards and another three touchdowns as a receiver but the Texans need a greater threat in the backfield in 2018. Head coach Bill O'Brien likes using different skill sets in the backfield and was content to rotate his backs as needed, especially considering Miller's propensity for landing on the trainer's table. But head coaches tend to rotate players more when one hasn't stepped up to command more snaps. This would seemingly be the case with Miller and it seems the Texans may address the position again in 2018. Miller sits as the RB 20 on DLF's running back rankings and his ADP is in decline while he produced as the RB13 (PPR) in 2017. If he's starting in 2018, he'll remain a risk-on RB2.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 9: 9:50 AM EST
Robby Anderson falls short of 1,000 yard season
Robby Anderson - WR, NYJ

Robby Anderson just missed the 1,000 yard plateau in his second season

Dynasty Analysis

Anderson's DLF ADP has been on a steady incline and his current WR38 status provides for an intriguing buy-low WR3 target. Anderson produced 63 receptions, 941 yards and seven touchdowns on a team with continuing quarterback unrest and no solid WR2 target. The 24 year old receiver's production tailed off in the second half of 2017 as defenses realized there were few other receiving threats in the passing game. Still, Anderson produced as the WR16 (PPR) and has youth and size on his side to eclipse 1,000 yards as a third-year receiver in 2018. The Jets need to solidify the quarterback position but the arrows continue to point up for Anderson.

DLF Analyst:       Source: DLF Player Profile
Jan 9: 9:36 AM EST
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