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Carson Wentz out indefinitely
Carson Wentz - QB, IND

Carson Wentz is out indefinitely with a foot injury.

Dynasty Analysis

Uh oh. The oft-injured Wentz felt a twinge in his foot and is undergoing further testing. It's a red flag for a quarterback who desperately needs to put together a healthy and effective season to rekindle his fantasy value. The Colts have turned to Jacob Eason at the moment, but are likely to add a veteran in the upcoming days. There's no need to panic at the moment, but owners of Wentz are likely going to be hitting refresh on the googler for the next few hours.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jul 30: 2:17 PM EST
Trevor Lawrence impressing early
Trevor Lawrence - QB, JAC

Jacksonville's first-overall selection at quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, has been impressing early in camp with his skill set.

Dynasty Analysis

Camp onlookers have said the differences between Minshew and Lawrence have been obvious with the draft's top selection simply having better size, velocity and overall skill set. The rookie led an early touchdown drive completing impressive throws to veteran Marvin Jones and second-year receiver Laviska Shenault, ultimately hitting Jones in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown. Obviously still very early, there's no doubt Lawrence will be under-center in week one and DLF's QB6 will need to shine early to make good on his premium-laden ranking.

DLF Analyst:       Source: USA Today
Jul 30: 8:43 AM EST
D. Peoples-Jones could take leap

Browns sophomore receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones could be set for a big leap in year two.

Dynasty Analysis

A top high school recruit with offers from top colleges, Peoples-Jones elected to attend Michigan and quickly fell from the radar due to poor statistical numbers from an extremely poor offense. The large and dynamic receiver posted a 14/204/2 stat line in his rookie season, showing big play potential and more consistency late in the year. He's reportedly capable of lining up across the formation at all positions and should see a material increase in snaps in 2021. He's found as DLF's WR83 and is a fine sleeper target for the potential of an increasing role.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Cleveland Browns
Jul 30: 8:28 AM EST
Jalen Reagor fails test
Jalen Reagor - WR, PHI

Eagles sophomore receiver Jalen Reagor failed his conditioning test on Wednesday

Dynasty Analysis

Reports are that starting tight end Dallas Goedert did the same, though due to a mistake on the drill. It's not the end of world but it is concerning given Reagor's uninspiring rookie campaign following his first round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft. A slow start is not ideal. Now entering his second season, Reagor is reportedly dealing the murder of a childhood friend and may not have been mentally prepared. While this is a minor setback to start training camp, Reagor, DLF's WR47, should be in shape shortly as he attempts to recover some of his lost ADP which peaked at 51 early in 2020 but now rests at 109.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Jul 30: 8:22 AM EST
Rashaad Penny slims down
Rashaad Penny - RB, SEA

Seattle running back Rashaad Penny has dropped his weight to 223 lbs., approximately seven pounds less than 2020.

Dynasty Analysis

A first round pick in 2018, Penny has yet to reward dynasty coaches who took the leap of faith as he's been beset by injury. Now slimmer and reportedly much quicker, Penny should have every opportunity to see snaps behind starter Chris Carson. Still only 25, this will be a make or break year for Penny, DLF's RB58. Penny will be a free agent in 2022.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Tacoma Tribune
Jul 30: 8:15 AM EST
Courtland Sutton holding back

Denver head coach Nick Fangio said receiver Courtland Sutton may be "holding back" in camp following his return from a torn ACL.

Dynasty Analysis

The full quote can be seen via the link. Return from an ACL injury requires both physical and mental rehabilitation with the psychological aspects often taking much longer to overcome. It stands to reason Sutton will need to ramp-up slowly in camp while he learns to trust the joint again. Falling to WR26 on DLF's rankings, Sutton has been in steady decline from his peak in early 2020 but could be a value-based addition heading into his age-26 season. He'll need to stay healthy and will be impacted by a less than ideal quarterback situation in the near-term but with sophomore receiver Jerry Jeudy starting across from him, Sutton does possess potential volume upside in 2021.

DLF Analyst:       Source: AJ Schulte via Twitter
Jul 30: 8:09 AM EST
Darrell Henderson won't play

Rams running back Darrell Henderson won't play in the pre-season according to Sean McVay

Dynasty Analysis

The quote from the head coach during the opening of camp was: “No, Darrell will not play in a preseason game. I can promise you, you’re not seeing Darrell Henderson in the preseason." It's obvious that McVay and the Rams are treating Henderson as their RB1 and won't risk injury before NFL week one. This will give dynasty coaches the opportunity to get a long look at rising running backs Xavier Jones and Jake Funk for the opportunity to be the RB2 for 2021. Darrell Henderson is found as DLF's RB27 representing near-term upside value with potential longer term implication.

DLF Analyst:       Source: USA Today
Jul 29: 10:23 AM EST
Dawson Knox expected TE1
Dawson Knox - TE, BUF

Bills tight end Dawson Knox is still expected to start the season atop the depth chart

Dynasty Analysis

GM Brandon Beane said of Knox: “I thought Dawson really did a great job" while also mentioning recent addition Jacob Hollister and even Tommy Sweeney in the same quote. It was far from a ringing endorsement and the team was fully expected to bring in other competition during the off-season, most notably Zach Ertz who remains with the Eagles. The addition of Hollister adds legitimate competition though neither he nor Knox appear to be inspiring options. A training camp trade should not be considered off the table. Knox has put in the work the work this off-season but it remains to be seen if he can leverage that to greater things on the field in 2021. He remains a sparsely ranked TE37 on DLF's tight end rankings.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Buffalo Rumblings
Jul 29: 9:58 AM EST
Deonte Harris gets a DUI
Deonte Harris - WR, NOS

Saints receiver Deonte Harris was arrested in July for an alcohol related DUI

Dynasty Analysis

The diminutive return specialist has been trending of late due to the expectation of a potentially larger role in 2021. While still unranked on DLF's dynasty receiver rankings, Harris has been on the fringe and may still increase in value with a strong training camp though a looming suspension could balance those scales.

DLF Analyst:       Source: USA Today
Jul 29: 9:46 AM EST
Elijah Moore running with second-team
Elijah Moore - WR, NYJ

Jets rookie slot receiver Elijah Moore is running with the second-team offense as training camp opened.

Dynasty Analysis

Crowder's return likely sealed the rookie's fate as it was he, along with Keelan Cole and Corey Davis who lined up with the ones. Moore projects well as a potential production level slot receiver lauded for his receiver IQ but it's going to take time for Moore to carve out a consistent role within the young offense. Elijah Moore is found as DLF's WR34.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Ralph Vacchiano via Twitter
Jul 28: 6:33 PM EST
Michale Carter runs with first team
Michael Carter - RB, NYJ

Jets rookie running back Michael Carter was running with the first-team as training camp opened.

Dynasty Analysis

It's no real surprise as all signs pointed to the rookie seeing a majority of the touches at running back though veteran Tevin Coleman and Ty Johnson are certainly going to factor. It's still way too early to call the race and it has all the feel of a dreaded running back by committee, but Carter, DLF's RB32, is trending in the right direction.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Connor Hughes via Twitter
Jul 28: 6:29 PM EST
Henry Ruggs adds weight
Henry Ruggs - WR, LVR

Raiders sophomore receiver Henry Ruggs said he gained 13 lbs. this off-season in order to become a more physical player.

Dynasty Analysis

That should put Ruggs near 200 lbs. and hopefully won't impact his game-breaking speed, though the team struggled to consistently get him involved in his rookie year. at his lighter weight. Ultimately, Ruggs only produced a 25/452/2 stat line, far from expectations. Now found as DLF's WR56, he'll need to double 2020's production to see a significant increase in his dynasty value.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Tashan Reed via Twitter
Jul 28: 6:20 PM EST
Aaron Rodgers deals for Randall Cobb
Randall Cobb - WR, GBP

The Green Bay Packers have completed a trade with the Texans for slot receiver Randall Cobb.

Dynasty Analysis

Yes, you read that headline correctly. Rodgers apparently was willing to return to Green Bay for one more season as long as they met some of his demands, one of which was apparently bringing Cobb back into the fold. The move throws some cold water on the dynasty value of Amari Rodgers and puts Cobb back on the radar. A free agent bust with the Cowboys and Texans, Cobb returns to Green Bay where he started his career and was a fairly reliable slot weapon. While he won't be the Cobb who posted an inexplicable 91/1,287/12 line in 2014, you can safely bet he could post 50 catches and a handful of scores this year. Somewhere out there our own Ryan McDowell (a highly devoted Cobb enthusiast for years) is smiling.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter
Jul 28: 9:51 AM EST
Jimmy Garoppolo still the 49ers starter
Jimmy Garoppolo - QB, SFO

Jimmy Garoppolo is reportedly still at the top of the 49ers quarterback depth chart.

Dynasty Analysis

Trey Lance has yet to sign his rookie deal, so Head Coach Kyle Shanahan saying there is no quarterback competition right now needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Still, Garoppolo has proven to be a solid contributor when healthy and is reportedly motivated to keep Lance off the field as long as possible. While Jimmy G is no longer the future for San Francisco, his early season performance will serve as a tryout for other teams. As for Lance, he remains a strong hold as the most polarizing quarterback prospect we've seen in some time.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jul 27: 7:37 PM EST
Odell Beckham back on the field
Odell Beckham - WR, CLE

Wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. was present for the start of Browns training camp.

Dynasty Analysis

The last time we saw Beckham, he was channeling his inner Daniel LaRusso and trying to make a high flying tackle, thus tearing his ACL in the process. Once the most feared player in all dynasty leagues, Beckham faces the most pivotal season in his career. After dominating the NFC in his first five seasons with the Giants, OBJ has simply looked lost in the Cleveland offense and the Browns have actually performed better when he hasn't been on the field. Beckham has the talent to re-emerge as a weekly fantasy threat, but he has an uphill road to climb in a run-first offense that likes to spread the ball out. At WR36, there's some value to be had here for dynasty owners willing to take a calculated gamble.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL.com
Jul 27: 7:32 PM EST
Deshaun Watson saga continues
Deshaun Watson - QB, HOU

Deshaun Watson won't face depositions until February at the earliest.

Dynasty Analysis

The legal process moves slower than a 40-year old running back. With the NFL still not stepping in and suspending Watson, he's conceivably cleared for camp. However, he's made it crystal clear he wants nothing to do with the Texans. Meanwhile, Houston has reportedly softened its stance on trading Watson and is reportedly looking for a combination of five (!) first round picks or players in exchange. In other words, this is going nowhere. Watson reported to camp in order to get his salary, but he's not expected to play in Houston this season as he's facing more than 20 accusers of sexual misconduct. In short, this thing is a total disaster and those who have Watson need to be prepared to be without his services this season as no team in their right mind would trade to acquire his services at the moment.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jul 27: 10:22 AM EST
Chris Hogan signs with New Orleans
Chris Hogan - WR, NOS

The New Orleans Saints have signed free agent wide receiver Chris Hogan to a one-year deal.

Dynasty Analysis

The news here is more relevant on the Michael Thomas front, as the addition of Hogan is seemingly the next red flag on Thomas' health. At this point, it would be pretty surprising to see Thomas ready for the beginning of the season and it seems more likely we don't see him until October, at best. It's a concerning injury trend for Thomas and one that has seen his ADP drop all the way down into round three. Meanwhile, there's room for a receiver to emerge in New Orleans and savvy dynasty owners are gobbling up shares of Deonte Harris and Marquez Callaway. It's unlikely Hogan emerges from the group and is likely waiver wire fodder at the moment.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jul 27: 10:08 AM EST
Logan Thomas signs contract extension
Logan Thomas - TE, WAS

Washington tight end Logan Thomas signed a three-year contract extension.

Dynasty Analysis

Terms were not disclosed, but you can imagine it represents a hefty raise for the former Virginia Tech quarterback turned tight end who posted a 72/670/6 line in his breakout season. Thomas is 30 years old, so his runway is a little shorter than many other tight ends coming into the league. Still, you could do much worse than Thomas as your weekly starter as he provides solid red zone appeal and a solid weekly floor. You can find Thomas currently as our dynasty TE15 and also likely find it amazing that Washington can convert a quarterback into a serviceable tight end but can't seem to pick a nickname.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jul 27: 9:59 AM EST
Preston Williams lands on the PUP list

The Dolphins placed wide receiver Preston Williams on the PUP list.

Dynasty Analysis

There was some hope Williams could avoid the list and start training camp healthy. Unfortunately, he's still not fully healed from the foot injury that ended his season after week seven last year. Williams not has an uphill battle to be fantasy relevant again as the Dolphins have added Will Fuller and Jaylen Waddle to pair with DeVante Parker in a re-shaped receiving corps. While there is still some sleeper appeal here, Williams looks like a deep roster stash at this point.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Armando Salguero on Twitter
Jul 27: 9:55 AM EST
Aaron Rodgers shows up for camp
Aaron Rodgers - QB, GBP

Aaron Rodgers was present for the start of Packers training camp.

Dynasty Analysis

Rodgers is likely going to receive some huge concessions from the organization, including some contract restructuring and the promise given to not tag him in any way this off-season, thus ensuring his freedom to seek employment elsewhere. The Packers will likely now have Rodgers in tow for the upcoming season and attempt to convince him to stay with the franchise long-term. It's been a crazy turn of events the past few months, but it looks like it's going to culminate in Rodgers choosing not to retire. The arrow is now pointing back up or is at least stable for the likes of Rodgers, Davante Adams and Aaron Jones, among others.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jul 27: 9:50 AM EST
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