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Mac Jones to enter NFL Draft

Alabama quarterback Mac Jones will enter the 2021 NFL Draft.

Dynasty Analysis

Jones is coming off a historic season that featured 4,500 passing yards, 41 touchdowns and just four interceptions while leading Alabama to yet another National title. Jones had one more year of eligibility left, but waited patiently for his turn behind Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa and performed so well this season that he really had nothing to prove. While not the threat of others in this class with his legs, Jones has elite decision making and a very accurate and strong arm. He'll be in play for teams in the middle of round one and would be a very intriguing option in the second round of rookie drafts if he was to land on a team like New England or Indianapolis.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL.com
Jan 15: 1:38 PM EST
Jaylen Waddle to enter NFL Draft

Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle is declaring for the NFL Draft.

Dynasty Analysis

Overshadowed a bit by teammate DeVonta Smith, Waddle himself is an elite talent at the position. After a torrid start to the season featuring over 550 yards and four scores in just four games, Waddle fractured his ankle and missed the rest of the regular season. He showed his toughness by playing in the National Championship game, but he did so clearly at less than 100%. Waddle is a candidate to be a top 15 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and could be the one player who could infiltrate the top four selections in rookie drafts at the expense of Smith, Ja'Marr Chase, Travis Etienne, or Najee Harris. Regardless, he's going to be a fixture in the middle of round one of rookie drafts all off-season.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL.com
Jan 15: 1:33 PM EST
Justin Fields fails to capitalize

Justin Fields completed just 17-of-33 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for an additional 67 yards in the Ohio State blowout loss in the National Championship loss to Alabama.

Dynasty Analysis

Fields needed a perfect performance for the Buckeyes to compete and it just didn't happen. While Fields should be commended for playing through injury, this performance all but eliminated any chance Jacksonville would take him over Trevor Lawrence in the upcoming NFL Draft, regardless of if Urban Meyer ultimately becomes their coach. Fields remains a first round draft prospect and should compete with the likes of Zach Wilson (BYU) and Trey Lance (NDSU) to be the second quarterback taken. Fields remains a late second round rookie draft prospect in traditional dynasty formats and a top two or three pick in superflex or 2QB leagues.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 12: 1:18 PM EST
Najee Harris ends brilliant college career

Najee Harris rushed for 79 yards and two touchdowns, and caught seven passes for 79 yards and another score in Alabama's National title win against Ohio State.

Dynasty Analysis

Harris ends his Alabama senior season with 1,466 rushing yards, 43 catches, 425 receiving yards and 30 total touchdowns. Harris averaged 5.8 yards per carry against elite competition every week and clearly looks the part of a bellcow running back at the next level. He is likely going to find himself drafted in the late first or early second round in the upcoming NFL Draft. Depending on his landing spot, Harris is clearly in play to be the 1.01 in 2021 dynasty rookie drafts.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 12: 1:09 PM EST
DeVonta Smith destroys Ohio State

Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith posted 12 catches for 215 yards and three touchdowns in the National Championship win against Ohio State,

Dynasty Analysis

Even more impressive, Smith recorded that ridiculous stat line in just one half of action before exiting the game with a hand injury after the first play of the third quarter. Simply amazing. The Heisman winner ends the season with a ridiculous 117 catches for 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns. Much will be made of his lack of size and scouts will clearly try to nitpick his stature, but dynasty owners shouldn't be fooled - this kid can play. While the comps to Marvin Harrison are clearly premature, Smith is undoubtedly going to be in the mix for a top four selection in rookie drafts, along with Najee Harris, Travis Etienne and Ja'Marr Chase.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 12: 12:55 PM EST
Devonta Freeman resurfaces with Buffalo
Devonta Freeman - RB, BUF

Former Giants and Falcons running back Devonta Freeman has signed with the Buffalo Bills practice squad.

Dynasty Analysis

With Zack Moss on the shelf with an ankle injury, the Bills needed some depth in their running back room and they look to have settled on Freeman. Light years from his former All-Pro form, Freeman posted a 54/172/1 rushing line with seven catches for 58 receiving yards and one total touchdown in five games played for the Giants before being injured this season. The Bills will likely have TJ Yeldon and Taiwan Jones active this week, but could use Freeman behind Devin Singletary should they advance to the AFC Championship game. Freeman has looked washed up the past two seasons and shouldn't be on the dynasty radar unless something unforeseen happens in the next couple of weeks. At this point, he simply needs to be put on watch lists.

DLF Analyst:       Source: New York Post
Jan 12: 12:42 PM EST
Chase Claypool ends on a high note
Chase Claypool - WR, PIT

Pittsburgh rookie receiver Chase Claypool posted five catches for 59 yards and two touchdowns in the Steelers stunning playoff opening loss against the Browns.

Dynasty Analysis

Claypool had an up and down season where he supposedly had his reps limited so he wouldn't hit the rookie wall. During the regular season, Claypool posted an impressive 62/873/9 line, though he only scored once in the final six regular season games. The playoff line was a positive one for him and represented his third multi-score game of the year. Claypool's future dynasty value is attached to that of JuJu Smith-Schuster of James Washington, both of whom will be free agents this off-season. If Smith-Schuster was to re-sign in Pittsburgh, Claypool would be relegated back to being the third receiver behind Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson. If Washington comes back as well, that would eat even more into his playing time. However, if JuJu and Washington both sign elsewhere, Claypool's value would rise exponentially as a full-time starter. With those issues and the quarterback position in flux, Claypool remains a strong hold in dynasty circles, albeit one with some serious upside.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 11: 7:08 PM EST
Jonathan Taylor emerges as a top option
Jonathan Taylor - RB, IND

Jonathan Taylor posted 78 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries in the Colts playoff loss to the Bills.

Dynasty Analysis

Taylor had an incredibly slow start to the season, leading many to believe he could have been overdrafted in 2020 rookie drafts. However, Taylor really turned it on in the second half of the season, averaging more than 100 rushing yards per game and even breaking the Colts record for rushing yards in a game with 253 in the regular season finale. When you consider the Colts have had the likes of Marshall Faulk, Eric Dickerson, Edgerrin James and others through the years, that's a pretty impressive feat. Taylor has cemented himself as a one of the top running back assets in all of fantasy football and a first round pick in startup leagues.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 11: 6:57 PM EST
Deonte Harris leads the Saints
Deonte Harris - WR, NOS

Deonte Harris led the Saints in catches, yards, and targets in the Saints playoff opener, catching all seven of his targets for 83 yards.

Dynasty Analysis

There has been some buzz building around Harris in the past few weeks and he cashed in with a career game in the Saints playoff opener. While mostly a special teams player, Harris looked more than comfortable as a receiver and made Emmanuel Sanders (two catches for three yards) a total afterthought. While this is just one game and far from a pattern, Harris makes for an interesting speculative add off the waiver wire if you can snag him for free in a deeper league. With nothing to lose other than a deep roster spot, you could certainly do worse than taking a chance on Harris.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 11: 6:50 PM EST
Taylor Heinicke makes his case to stay
Taylor Heinicke - QB, WAS

Washington quarterback Taylor Heinicke posted 306 passing yards, 46 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the Football Team's playoff loss against Tampa Bay.

Dynasty Analysis

Heinicke was supposed to be thrown to the wolves after Dwayne Haskins was released and Alex Smith was unable to suit up in the playoff opener. That clearly didn't happen as Heinicke showed poise in the pocket, escapability and a surprisingly accurate throwing arm. While this is an extremely small sample size, Washington has to be wondering if they have a possible candidate for the quarterback position right in house. While the chances of Heinicke actually earning the job are remote, especially with players like Jacoby Brissett, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Mitch Trubisky likely hitting the free agent market and numerous others like Matt Stafford and Matt Ryan possibly available via trade, there is at least some intrigue here. Heinicke is unranked in our latest run of rankings, but is worth a roster stash in deep leagues if you can get him for free off the wire.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 11: 6:42 PM EST
Michael Pittman ends on a high note
Michael Pittman - WR, IND

Michael Pittman caught five passes for 90 yards in the Colts playoff loss against the Bills.

Dynasty Analysis

Pittman ended his rookie season with a 40/503/1 line in 13 games played. The playoff game was a much needed bright spot in an otherwise nondescript year. On the plus side, TY Hilton's future is uncertain and Pittman could very well be the top target on the team next season. While he has a long way to go in order to match the value of many other receivers from the 2020 rookie class, this game was a bright spot for Pittman, who will enter the off-season as a possible buy low target as our WR41.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 11: 6:29 PM EST
Jalen Hurts could move back to the bench
Jalen Hurts - QB, PHI

The Eagles have fired Head Coach Doug Pederson, leaving the quarterback situation in flux.

Dynasty Analysis

Hurts replaced an ineffective Carson Wentz this year and nearly led the Eagles to the playoffs. With Pederson gone, speculation is the Eagles will bring in a coach and charge him with the task of bringing Wentz back to an All-Pro level since his contract is such an albatross to the franchise. While there is a long way to go until the beginning of next season, this news wasn't the best for Hurts and his short-term dynasty future. However, this could represent a nice buy low opportunity for Hurts, who had risen all the way up to QB14 in our rankings.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 11: 6:19 PM EST
Carson Wentz could start in Philly again
Carson Wentz - QB, PHI

The Eagles have fired Head Coach Doug Pederson, opening the door for a new coach to mend fences with Carson Wentz.

Dynasty Analysis

The relationship between Wentz and Pederson was reportedly damaged beyond repair and the firing of Pederson seems to confirm that. Wentz was benched for a more effective Jalen Hurts, but his contract makes him nearly impossible to cut and very difficult to trade. With the Eagles brass seemingly choosing Wentz over Pederson, the expectation is a new coach will be brought in to "fix" Wentz. Once a top five dynasty asset at the position, Wentz has had his ranking drop all the way to QB20. While it looks like he'll get one more chance with the Eagles, this next year is obviously going to be pivotal for his future.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 11: 6:09 PM EST
Zack Moss done for the year
Zack Moss - RB, BUF

Zack Moss will not play in the rest of the postseason as he deals with an ankle injury.

Dynasty Analysis

A preseason rookie draft darling, Moss was serviceable this season, but far from an impact player. He finishes the year with 481 rushing yards, 14 catches, 95 receiving yards and five touchdowns. The Bills clearly chose to be a pass-first team this season and relied more on Josh Allen's ability than anything else. While Devin Singletary was far from a dominant runner himself, it still seems the Bills are content with a 1-2 punch at the position, limiting the upside of both players at this point in time. On the positive front, this injury doesn't look like something that will be a long-term concern for Moss, who remains a dynasty hold as our RB31, ironically right behind our RB30, his backfield mate Devin Singletary.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 11: 6:02 PM EST
Cam Sims finishes on high note
Cam Sims - WR, WAS

Washington Football Team receiver Cam Sims posted 104 yards on 7-of-13 receiving during the team's loss to Tampa Bay in the first round of the playoffs.

Dynasty Analysis

The game was Sims' second 100-yard performance of the year though the receiver didn't become a fixture as a starter until mid-season. An extended rights free agent (ERFA) in 2021, odds are the recently turned (1/6) 25-year-old will return to the team in 2021 as a rising presence across from fellow receiver Terry McLaurin. Over his last five regular season contests, before his playoff outburst, Sims garnered 33 targets, converting 19 of them for a somewhat pedestrian 232 yards and no touchdowns. Sparsely ranked as DLF's WR102, Sims can be added immediately in deeper dynasty leagues though significant risk abounds as the team heads into the off-season fully expecting to address the receiver position.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 10: 10:54 AM EST
Aaron Jones could be Miami-bound
Aaron Jones - RB, GBP

Pro Football Focus predicts Packers running back Aaron Jones will sign with the Dolphins in free agency

Dynasty Analysis

It's largely believed Jones won't return to the team and he'll be looking to capitalize on back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons with 25 rushing touchdowns in addition to 96 receptions, 829 receiving yards and an five touchdowns as a receiver over that same span. Fellow backfield mate Jamaal Williams is also a free agent and the team selected plus-sized back AJ Dillon in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, giving the team multiple options to avoid the big price tag of Jones. While a move to Miami makes sense and the Dolphins have the cap-space to do so, the acquisition would result in a dramatic loss of value to recent riser Myles Gaskin, who many have pegged as the team's starter in 2021. It highlights the risk associated with off-the-radar players rising to prominence before a looming off-season filled with draft selections, trades and free agency additions. Aaron Jones, DLF's RB13, possesses dynasty risk before his situation plays out but recent production, youth and skill set should keep him in focus for the foreseeable future.

DLF Analyst:       Source: PFF
Jan 10: 10:43 AM EST
Corey Davis heads to Washington?
Corey Davis - WR, TEN

Pro Football Focus predicts Tennessee receiver Corey Davis will sign with the Washington Football Team in free agency.

Dynasty Analysis

Davis was a late bloomer and it took four years, a declined fifth-year option and a contract year for the receiver to post his best year of production in 2020, 65/984/5, falling 16 yards shy of his first 1,000 yard campaign. A combination of size, fifth overall selection in 2017 and relative youth (26) is sure to draw interest from around the league making it less likely the Titans will seek to return Davis to the team when they could have done so on the cheap as part of the fifth-year option. There's little question the Football Team could use a big receiver across from budding star Terry McLaurin though the receiver is certain to have multiple options from which to choose. DLF's WR42 presents as an intriguing value-based addition ahead of his free agency move.

DLF Analyst:       Source: PFF
Jan 10: 10:28 AM EST
JuJu Smith-Schuster a Jet?

Pro Football Focus predicts Pittsburgh wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster will sign with the Jets in free agency

Dynasty Analysis

The Jets have become a four-letter word in fantasy and this move would likely result in further decline of both Smith-Schuster's ADP and his dynasty ranking. Currently DLF's WR20, the bloom is already off the rose as the rise of Diontae Johnson, James Washington and rookie Chase Claypool made for inconsistent weekly targets and production, though he did manage to remain healthy in 2020. Never proving he could be a WR1 without the mercurial Antonio Brown across from him, the team appears far less enamored with the young 24-year-old and all signs point to a separation. As one of the youngest rookies to enter the NFL, Smith-Schuster is now in the prime of his career as he hits the open market though it remains to be seen if the receiver and teams can come to an agreement on terms for his first big contract. He remains a risk-on acquisition until his new team is learned.

DLF Analyst:       Source: PFF
Jan 10: 10:17 AM EST
Will Fuller could move on
Will Fuller - WR, HOU

Pro Football Focus predicts Texans free agent wide receiver Will Fuller will sign with the Packers

Dynasty Analysis

The stars seem to be aligned for this move though Fuller's six game PED suspension to end 2020 does add a new wrinkle. The Texans had an opportunity to trade away Fuller, with interest from Green Bay, prior to the deadline in 2020 but, in another dubious decision in a long line of poor decisions and trades, elected to hang onto the would-be free agent. In a year that couldn't have gone much worse for the team, Fuller would be suspended shortly thereafter and now seems destined to move on with team gaining nothing in the loss. Recent reports also suggest star quarterback Deshaun Watson is at odds with the team over its recent choice for GM. With the cupboard largely bare of 2021 draft capital and possessing questionable offensive talent outside of Watson, there's work to be done if the team hopes to be competitive in the near future. The Texans remain cap-limited and aren't likely to to retain Fuller though it's not out of the realm of possibility if the receiver is willing to offer a home town discount to remain paired with Watson. Look for Fuller, DLF's WR36, to be playing elsewhere in 2021.

DLF Analyst:       Source: PFF
Jan 10: 10:03 AM EST
Allen Robinson likely to depart
Allen Robinson - WR, CHI

Pro Football Focus suggests Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson will depart in free agency in 2021

Dynasty Analysis

This seems all but ordained. It's not out of the question Robinson returns to the team on a franchise tag but the Bears are strapped financially and Robinson's projected $18M minimum tag figure, may be too rich. Robinson has expressed frustration with the team and has yet to experience consistent quarterback play, yet he still produces, finishing 2020 as PPR's WR7. It seems all but certain Robinson will exit-stage-left from Chicago and will likely prioritize a combination of contract and quarterback in his decisioning. Allen Robinson is DLF's WR16.

DLF Analyst:       Source: PFF
Jan 9: 12:13 PM EST
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