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Blake Bortles signs with Green Bay
Blake Bortles - QB, GBP

The Packers have signed veteran quarterback Blake Bortles to a one-year deal.

Dynasty Analysis

The Packers needed a third quarterback behind Aaron Rodgers and Jordan Love, so Bortles is an easy fit there. Once heralded as the savior of the Jaguars, Bortles once threw for 4,400 over yards and 35 touchdowns in a season, but has never been able to shake the turnover bug and will now join his third team in as many years after stops with the Rams and Broncos. Even in his current salty mood, this move isn\'t likely to upset Rodgers. Still, it\'s noteworthy as Bortles could be one Jordan Love injury or face plant away from starting some games again. At this point, Bortles is off the dynasty radar.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
May 12: 5:35 PM EST
Julio Jones rumored to be a Colts target
Julio Jones - WR, ATL

Wide receiver Julio Jones could be a target of the Indianapolis Colts.

Dynasty Analysis

It\'s pretty easy to connect the dots here, so take this with a grain of salt. The Colts have loads of cap space and are one of only a handful of teams who could take on Jones\' contract. In addition, they have a need at wideout as they currently boast the likes of the aging TY Hilton and unproven Michael Pittman, among others. The Falcons haven\'t closed the door on trading Jones, but also aren\'t aggressively looking for suitors. This will simply be a situation to monitor moving forward. Julio Jones is currently our dynasty WR39 and a prime target for contending dynasty teams.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Horseshoe Heroes
May 12: 2:36 PM EST
Kerryon Johnson was almost a Dolphin?
Kerryon Johnson - RB, PHI

The Miami Dolphins were reportedly next in line to claim Eagles running back Kerryon Johnson had he passed through waivers.

Dynasty Analysis

If true, this is still some rather interesting news. Miami was one of the most likely teams to address the position through the draft, but failed to do so in a very meaningful way, adding only Gerrid Doaks late in seventh round. With Myles Gaskin, Salvon Ahmed, Malcolm Brown and Doaks on the roster, the Dolphins could still add another runner this off-season, so dynasty owners should be very aware of the possibility this turns into a mess of a timeshare. As for Johnson, he didn\'t land in a great place for his value and will likely need an injury to Miles Sanders to be dynasty relevant this season.

DLF Analyst:       Source: SB Nation
May 12: 2:31 PM EST
Tim Tebow resurfaces with the Jaguars
Tim Tebow - TE, JAC

Jacksonville has signed former quarterback Tim Tebow as a tight end.

Dynasty Analysis

In a Steve Spurrier-like move, Urban Meyer is attempting to get the band back together. This is more about the link between player and coach than it is about Tebow being a quality NFL tight end. It\'s unlikely he\'s going to be able to crack the 53-man roster this year, but you never know with Urban Meyer, who has proven to march to the beat of his own drummer very quickly in the NFL. Tebow is well off the dynasty radar and if he catches a pass from Trevor Lawrence this season, things have likely gone horribly wrong in Jacksonville.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
May 12: 2:25 PM EST
Damiere Byrd signs with Chicago
Damiere Byrd - WR, CHI

The Bears have signed receiver Damiere Byrd to a one-year contract

Dynasty Analysis

The 28-year-old will play for his fourth team in what will be his sixth year, 2020 with the Patriots where he produced at 47/604/1 stat line, his best season as a professional. It's a low value addition but Byrd enters a situation with upside as the Bears are still reportedly looking to trade Anthony Miller. It's not an addition which moves the needle in dynasty without multiple injuries above Byrd on the depth chart. Byrd is unranked on DLF's receiver rankings.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Mike Garafolo via Twitter
May 5: 7:55 PM EST
Kerryon Johnson to be waived
Kerryon Johnson - RB, PHI

The Lions are waiving running back Kerryon Johnson

Dynasty Analysis

Johnson, still only 23, wasn't able to remain healthy in his first two years, playing in only 18 games. In 2020, he did appear in 16 games but only saw 52 carries, producing 181 yards and two touchdowns. The Lions signed Jamaal Williams in free agency, most recently with the Packers, who effectively rendered Johnson unneeded and then drafted Jermar Jefferson in the seventh round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Johnson is still young and is certain to find work quickly though it remains to be seen if he can shed the injury bug and resurrect his NFL career. He's found as DLF's RB58.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Ian Rapoport via Twitter
May 5: 7:34 PM EST
A. Okwuegbunam won't be ready

Broncos sophomore tight end Albert Okwuegbunam likely won't be ready for training camp as he rehabs from a torn ACL

Dynasty Analysis

The recently-turned 23-year-old saw the field last October in his rookie year, producing nine receptions and 105 yards in his first two games, scored his first touchdown in his third game and tore his ACL in his fourth, ending his season. The team won't rush Drew Lock's Missouri teammate back quickly but it's not out of the question that he'll return late in camp or during the pre-season. While Noah Fant is entrenched as the TE1 in the Broncos offense, the athletic Okwuegbunam could press for snaps should he return fully healthy and without setbacks. He's found as DLF's TE29.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Ryan O'Halloran via Twitter
May 3: 9:49 AM EST
Courtland Sutton should be healthy

Broncos receiver Courtland Sutton "is doing terrific" in his rehab (ACL), began running routes in March and should be ready for the start of training camp

Dynasty Analysis

It's a great sign for the team's WR1 after Sutton tore his ACL early during the 2020 season. His return should do wonders for the quarterback competition to play out between Drew Lock and newly acquired Teddy Bridgewater, in addition to helping sophomore receiver Jerry Jeudy take his next steps in development. After producing 1,112 yards and six touchdowns in 2019, Sutton's early ACL injury cost him nearly all of 2020 while taking some of his dynasty value as well. With a new season on tap and Sutton's rehab going well, his DLF WR25 ranking and ADP (55) are on the rise again.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Ryan O'Halloran via Twitter
May 3: 9:38 AM EST
Feleipe Franks signs with Atlanta
Feleipe Franks - QB, ATL

The Falcons have signed rookie UDFA quarterback Feleipe Franks

Dynasty Analysis

The large (6'6/228) specimen of a quarterback played four years in Florida, ultimately giving way to fellow rookie Kyle Trask, before transferring to Arkansas for his fifth and final collegiate year. In 2020, Franks produced 2,107 yards, 17 touchdowns to only four interceptions. In 2018, Franks produced 2,457, 24 touchdowns and six interceptions while rushing for 350 yards and seven additional touchdowns, looking the part of a potential NFL draftee. But in 2019, he suffered a particularly gruesome ankle fracture and dislocation similar to that of NFL quarterback Dak Prescott. The injury gave rise to Trask as the new starter for the Gators while Franks rehabilitated his ankle and transferred to Arkansas. Franks possesses all the necessary physical traits to develop as a passer in the NFL though is extremely raw in areas of intelligence and pocket-presence. The Falcons are arguably the perfect location for Franks to develop without pressure to start anytime soon. He's unranked on DLF's rookie rankings and is only on the radar for dynasty selection in super-flex league formats.

DLF Analyst:       Source: AJC
May 3: 9:00 AM EST
Hayden Hurst fifth-year option declined
Hayden Hurst - TE, ATL

The Falcons have elected not to exercise the fifth-year option of tight end Hayden Hurst

Dynasty Analysis

It stands to reason following the team\\\'s selection of the generational tight end Kyle Pitts with the fourth overall selection in the NFL Draft. He will become a free agent in 2022. In 2020, Hurst didn\\\'t deliver on the high expectations following the exit of Austin Hooper, but still produced a respectable 56/571/6 stat line for the struggling team, enough to keep him on the roster for the final year of his contract, but certainly not production to keep Pitts off the field in his rookie year. Hurst, still only 27 and DLF\\\'s TE22, is likely to continue to slide down the rankings as he nears his free agency season while his value will ultimately be determined by his next team\\\'s situation. He\\\'ll be a risk-on TE2 at best until Pitts is comfortable enough to take over the starting role.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Jeremy Fowler via Twitter
May 3: 8:45 AM EST
Kenneth Gainwell drafted by Philadelphia

The selected Memphis running back Kenneth Gainwell with the No. 150 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Dynasty Analysis

Gainwell had to wait longer than expected, but landed on his feet with the Eagles in round five. His draft stock obviously took a decent hit over the past few months and it looks like the Eagles will employ him as a possible passing down back or special teams player. He's likely not much of a threat to take too many carries away from Miles Sanders, though Gainwell could obviously work his way into a bigger role with a solid camp. His draft weekend tumble likely takes him into the third round of rookie drafts.

DLF Analyst:      
May 1: 2:09 PM EST
Tylan Wallace drafted by Baltimore
Tylan Wallace - WR, BAL

The Ravens selected Oklahoma State receiver Tylan Wallace with the No. 131 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Dynasty Analysis

Baltimore entered the draft needing to surround Lamar Jackson with weapons and have done just that by adding Rashod Bateman and now Tylan Wallace. Those two will join Sammy Watkins, Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin in what now looks like a crowded receiver room. With this many mouths to feed and a run-centric offense in general, Wallace's stock takes a hit with this landing spot. He's looking more like a late round selection in rookie drafts at this point.

DLF Analyst:      
May 1: 1:28 PM EST
Miles Boykin served notice
Miles Boykin - WR, BAL

The Ravens continue to address the receiver position during the NFL Draft

Dynasty Analysis

Following selections of Rashod Bateman in the first round and Tylan Wallace in the fourth, it's the veteran Boykin who stands to lose snaps in 2021. After two disappointing season since being a third-round selection in 2019, Boykin hasn't been able to leverage a poor depth chart into significant production. While he did produce career high in production across the board in 2020, compiling a 19/266/4 stat line, it won't be enough to hold his position following the team's draft day additions. In his age-25 season, Boykin is in a make-or-break season entering his third year and remains a fading sleeper as DLF's WR82.

DLF Analyst:      
May 1: 12:59 PM EST
Tom Brady receivers another receiver
Tom Brady - QB, TBB

The Buccaneers added slot-specialist receiver Jaelon Darden in the fourth round of the NFL Draft providing Tom Brady with yet another weapon.

Dynasty Analysis

Darden doesn't project to factor any time soon as the Buccaneers hold an embarrassment of riches at the position. On the surface, Darden would immediately compete with Antonio Brown, Scotty Miller, Justin Watson and 2020 rookie Tyler Johnson but faces an uphill climb before seeing material snaps. As for Tom Brady, who will play at least one more season and potentially one following, the receiver room is stacked and the team looks poised to defend its 2020 championship. Brady is found as DLF's QB22 and is a valuable QB1 as long as he remains under-center.

DLF Analyst:      
May 1: 12:38 PM EST
Christian McCaffrey has new backup

Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey has a new backup following the team's selection of Chuba Hubbard in the NFL Draft

Dynasty Analysis

Hubbard should have little problem climbing the depth chart to be McCaffrey's immediate backup and could be pressed into duty should McCaffrey suffer any setbacks following his injury-plagued 2020 season. All reports have have McCaffrey returning to form in 2021, breathing life back into his DLF dynasty RB1 value after seeing action in only three games last season. Hubbard should provide no threat other than in a limited change-of-pace role, potentially serving an important function in keeping McCaffrey fresh and, hopefully, injury free.

DLF Analyst:      
May 1: 12:28 PM EST
Rhamondre Stevenson drafted by Patriots

Patriots selected Oklahoma running back Rhamondre Stevenson with the No. 120 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Dynasty Analysis

In a COVID world with few certainties, it's comforting to know the Patriots can still take a solid rookie running back and ruin his dynasty prospects. Stevenson will join a crowded depth chart in New England and on a team unwilling to ever rely on just one runner consistently. His selection is destined to be a better pick in reality than fantasy. Stevenson's rookie draft stock is going to fall based on his landing spot, making him a later round prospect in most formats.

DLF Analyst:      
May 1: 12:25 PM EST
Amon-Ra St. Brown drafted by Detroit

The Lions selected USC receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown with the No. 112 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Dynasty Analysis

After the Lions passed on the top receivers in the draft to take Penei Sewell, they unexpectedly had St. Brown drop to them in round four. It's a great development for the Lions and for dynasty owners as St. Brown lands in one of the most desirable spots for a receiver. While there are a lot of questions about just how good he'll be, the depth chart in Detroit is ripe for taking as they currently "boast" the likes of Quintez Cephus, Breshad Perriman and Tyrell Williams. The draft capital used (or not used) on St. Brown creates some risk, but he'll be a solid dart throw in round two of most rookie drafts this off-season.

DLF Analyst:      
May 1: 12:19 PM EST
Patriots add a running back
Damien Harris - RB, NEP

The Patriots added running back Rhamondre Stevenson in the fourth-round of the NFL Draft, providing competition for top options Damien Harris and Sony Michel.

Dynasty Analysis

Damien Harris currently sits atop the depth chart but the Patriots have long utilized a deep role-based rotation at running back and Stevenson will likely slide into the short-yardage role behind Harris, aside James White as the primary third-down option. Harris produced 691 yards and two touchdowns on 137 carries and will compete again directly with Sony Michel for the primary role. Until a carry-the-load options emerges, the entire depth chart at the position will continue to be faded in dynasty. Harris is listed as DLF's RB37 and has upside should the stars align but he's a risk-on asset until this occurs.

DLF Analyst:      
May 1: 12:19 PM EST
Tevin Coleman has competition
Tevin Coleman - RB, NYJ

Jets running back Tevin Coleman has competition for touches following the team's selection of Michael Carter in the fourth round of the NFL Draft

Dynasty Analysis

Truth be told, Coleman will receive competition from every back on the depth chart as he's never produced more than 167 carries and that came in 2018 while in San Francisco. Injury and role have limited Coleman's production since coming into the league and while he sits atop the depth chart in New York, the addition of Carter should siphon touches once again, especially on down-and-distance situations. Coleman, DLF's RB64, is a an extremely tenuous RB1 for the Jets and no better than a risk-on RB3 in fantasy even with a consistent role.

DLF Analyst:      
May 1: 12:07 PM EST
Michael Carter drafted by the Jets
Michael Carter - RB, NYJ

The Jets selected North Carolina running back Michael Carter with the No. 107 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Dynasty Analysis

Overshadowed by his teammate Javonte Williams in the days leading up to the draft, Carter lands in perhaps the best situation of them all. The depth chart in New York is ripe for the taking as it currently boasts the likes of Ty Johnson, Josh Adams, Tevin Coleman and La'Mical Perine. There's a chance Carter gets overdrafted in rookie drafts as some owners assume he's going to walk in to start. However, Carter does now become one of the highest boom or bust picks in this year's rookie draft.

DLF Analyst:      
May 1: 11:21 AM EST
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