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Kareem Hunt confident he's a Brown
Kareem Hunt - RB, CLE

Browns running back Kareem Hunt is confident he'll remain in Cleveland

Dynasty Analysis

Though he's a free agent, the Browns are expected to tender him highly after finding success in pairing him with fellow back Nick Chubb as a 1-2 punch, with Hunt handling primarily third down duty. Hunt saw 37 receptions, turning them into 285 yards and one touchdown, chiming in with an addition 179 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. he was suspended for the first eight games of 2019. Hunt was in the news again for all the wrong reasons early in the off-season but no league punishment is forthcoming. Turning 25 a month prior to kick off of the 2020 season, he's well positioned to be a starter again in 2021 should he be able to remain on the field and productive. But, as a restricted free agent, there's a chance he finds his way to a new team before the new season is underway. Kareem Hunt is found as DLF's RB18.

DLF Analyst:       Source: USA Today
Feb 19: 1:15 AM EST
Greg Olsen joins Seahawks
Greg Olsen - TE, SEA

Tight end Greg Olsen is joining the Seahawks on a one-year deal

Dynasty Analysis

It's a good signing for the Seahawks but it puts a dagger in the hearts of Will Dissly and Jacob Hollister owners, though Hollister is a restricted free agent and may not return to the team. The signing gives Olsen the best shot of seeing a deep playoff run in what will likely be his last year as a professional. In 2019, Olsen played 14 games and amassed a 52/82/2 line, though the Panthers struggled with quarterback consistency throughout the year. Olsen, soon to be 35, has plenty of dynamic left and should remain an upside TE2 in 2020 as long as he remains off the trainer's table. He's found as DLF's TE33 and only has value for competing dynasty teams.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Feb 19: 12:59 AM EST
Drew Brees will return to Saints

Drew Brees announced on Instagram that he will be returning to the Saints for the 2020 season

Dynasty Analysis

It was widely expected but it's nice to have the official word from Brees himself. There's no risk of Brees departing in free agency and there's no guarantee that 2020 will be his last, though that seems to be the expectation. He will remain a high-upside QB1 for at least one more year and is best owned by competitive dynasty teams.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Drew Brees via Instagram
Feb 18: 12:33 PM EST
Dion Lewis likely to be cut
Dion Lewis - RB, TEN

Titans running back Dion Lewis will likely be cut

Dynasty Analysis

This should be a surprise to no one as the Titans are somewhat cap strapped given their need to resign surging Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry. The Titans can save $4M against the cap through Lewis' release. In two years with the Titans, the 29 year old tallied only 716 yards and one touchdown on the ground. He did most of his damage as a receiver with 84 receptions, 564 yards and two touchdowns though it's not enough to make him anything other than expendable. Turning 30 shortly after kick-off of the 2020 season, Lewis will likely catch on with another team as he does have reduced mileage on his legs and could be a role player, but he holds little-to-know value on even the deepest of dynasty leagues.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Feb 17: 11:44 AM EST
Jacoby Brissett could be cut
Jacoby Brissett - QB, IND

Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett could be a cut candidate

Dynasty Analysis

It would be a costly move for the Colts though they have plenty of cap space if desidred. While GM Chris Ballard said "the jury's still out" on Brissett as a starter, it's hard to imagine he won't be under center when the 2020 season kicks off. That said, some big names at quarterback will/could be on the market giving the Colts options. Brissett is a locker room player and well liked by the team and management so the article appears to be far more a guess than anything specifically heard. Either way, the Colts must get better at the receiver position after losing free agent acquisition Devin Funchess (collar bone) in week one, T.Y. Hilton fighting injury all season and getting very little from rookie Parris Campbell. Expect the Colts to address receiver early in the NFL Rookie Draft and/or during free agency. Jacoby Brissett is DLF's QB25.

DLF Analyst:       Source: USA Today
Feb 16: 12:44 PM EST
Derek Carr may be traded
Derek Carr - QB, OAK

The Las Vegas Raiders may trade quarterback Derek Carr

Dynasty Analysis

Rumors continue to spread of the Raiders' willingness to offer Tom Brady $60M over two years which certainly means Carr would not be in their plans. It would be the first big domino to fall and Carr would immediately find multiple trade suitors, Chicago being one of them. Carr threw for 4,054 yards and 21 touchdowns to only eight interceptions in 2019, good but not great touchdown production. Blame shouldn't rest solely on Carr's shoulders alone as the team's Antonio Brown experiment failed horribly and the resulting receiver corps. was among the league's worst. Simply put, Carr has been good enough to be clearly in limbo, not good enough to be the unquestioned starter but not nearly as bad as many. In all likelihood, Carr's future in Las Vegas will come down to Tom Brady's decision to stay in New England or end his career with a change of scenery. Derek Carr is currently found as DLF's QB27.

DLF Analyst:       Source: CBS Sports
Feb 16: 12:25 PM EST
David Njoku could be traded
David Njoku - TE, CLE

Browns tight end David Njoku could be traded during the off-season

Dynasty Analysis

It should come as no surprise that Njoku may be on the trade block and while he's certain to have some value remaining, he hasn't come close to reaching expectation following his first round selection in 2017. Following his 2018 performance when he tallied a 56/639/4 line, Njoku struggled with injury in 2019 and managed only 41 yards and a single touchdown. There's arguably been no more frustrating and disappointing performer at the position given Njoku's high ceiling and play-making ability when healthy. A change of scenery is probably best for all involved and even the addition of the ultra-dynamic Odell Beckham Jr. in 2019 couldn't spark the offense. Still only 23, Njoku's upside remains intact though he's quickly losing his luster in dynasty. He's found as DLF's TE15 and he remains an upside sleeper target for 2020.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Feb 15: 3:06 PM EST
Robby Anderson not expected to re-sign

Robby Anderson is not expected to re-sign with the Jets and will find his way to a new team in free agency

Dynasty Analysis

No surprise here and it's long been expected that Anderson will be playing with a new team shortly after free agency opens. It's a tight free agency market at wide receiver, headlined by A.J. Green, and Anderson will be in demand. The soon-to-be 27 year old deep threat has struggled with poor quarterback play throughout his career though started to find a level of production with Sam Darnold late in 2019. The right situation could spike Anderson's prospects and ranking, currently DLF's WR44, though he'll need to improve his annual reception total if he's to climb out of his WR4 status in fantasy. Robby Anderson has significant sleeper potential should he land within a dynamic offense with proven leadership at quarterback.

DLF Analyst:       Source: The Athletic
Feb 15: 2:57 PM EST
Leonard Fournette future undetermined

Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette's long term future in Jacksonville is undetermined

Dynasty Analysis

As a first round selected player, the Jaguars have a fifth-year option for Fournette's 2021 season. All signs point to the Jags allowing 2020 to play out before determining his fifth-year status with the club. Fournette rebounded in a big way in 2019, at least from a yardage perspective, by posting a career best 1,152 yards but only managed three touchdowns. He also amassed 76 receptions for another 522 yards but failed to score as a receiver. Most importantly, he remained healthy and played in 15 games. The Jaguars are likely to sit on their hands while waiting to see if Fournette can put together another strong rushing season before determining his fifth-year status while all eyes will remain focused on his conditioning and health. He's also a strong candidate to at least double his touchdown production in 2020 as long as he can remain on the field. However, as long as the Jaguars struggle at other skill positions, Fournette's production may be hampered. Leonard Fournette is found as DLF's RB10.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Jacksonville
Feb 15: 2:47 PM EST
Demarcus Robinson could fly to Eagles

The Eagles may have interest in free agent receiver Demarcus Robinson

Dynasty Analysis

The Eagles held a pre-draft visit with Robinson but he was selected by the Chiefs before Philly could make a selection. Now a free agent, it stands to reason the receiver-needy Eagles may get the player they had interest in back in 2016. The Chiefs may seek to retain Robinson, an up and coming receiver who is still young (25), but there should be enough of a market to provide options for a higher bidder with the Chiefs facing upcoming contract challenges with both Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce. The good sized (6'1/203) receiver produced 449 yards and four touchdowns on 32 receptions in 2019, nearly doubling his combined stats from his previous two seasons. Robinson is found as DLF's WR84 and carries sleeper potential with a new team heading into 2020.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Feb 13: 11:45 AM EST
Devonta Freemam could be released
Devonta Freeman - RB, ATL

Atlanta running back Devonta Freeman's status with the Falcons is "up in the air"

Dynasty Analysis

Soon-to-be 28 years old and coming off yet another disappointing campaign, the Falcons are trying to determine what role Freeman has with the club for 2020. Reports are that Atlanta was shopping him prior to the deadline in 2019. Signed through 2022, the Falcons do have an out in 2020 which would leave $6M in dead cap space but would also allow the club to seek younger and cheaper options as the rebuild begins. Freeman hasn't eclipsed 1,000 yards since 2016 and has scored only two rushing touchdowns over the past two seasons. His release would provide upside opportunity for Ito Smith, Brian Hill and Qadree Ollison. Devonta Freeman is found as DLF's RB36.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Ian Rapoport via Twitter
Feb 13: 11:33 AM EST
Matthew Stafford could be traded

The Detroit Lions have been engaged in trade talks involving quarterback Matt Stafford for "a couple of weeks" WDIV in Detroit is reporting.

Dynasty Analysis

There had been speculation about Detroit moving on from Stafford even before the 2019 season ended, and now the rumors are growing even louder. In an age where social media has become an increasing presence in the media circus, it's worth noting Stafford's wife posted on Instagram that she hopes they get traded to the Chargers if the trade rumors are true.

While reported trade talks often amount to nothing, Stafford being moved would have far-reaching fantasy implications. Stafford is DLF's QB12 and his departure from Detroit would impact players like Kenny Golladay (DLF's WR15), Marvin Jones (WR50), promising tight end TJ Hockenson (TE8), and even running backs like Kerryon Johnson (RB17) or a potential rookie added to the mix. It may be too early to speculate where Stafford would end up, but if he did wind up with the Chargers, that would certainly soften the blow of losing Philip Rivers for players like Keenan Allen (WR11).

Furthermore, who would the Lions bring in to replace Stafford? Would that make them favorites to draft rookie Tua Tagovailoa? Do they prefer one of the other incoming rookie quarterbacks? Or would they make a play at one of the many veteran quarterbacks expected to be available? It is certainly a situation to follow.

DLF Analyst:       Source: WDIV Detroit
Feb 13: 9:42 AM EST
Teddy Bridgewater a fit in Carolina

Teddy Bridgewater should have suitors in free agency and could end up in Carolina or Miami

Dynasty Analysis

The New Orleans blog site is only speculating but a fit in Carolina does make sense. Both of the mentioned teams are seeking a long term option at the position though Miami has already committed to bringing back veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Panthers have an established and dynamic running game, much like the Saints, due to the presence of Christian McCaffrey and could move on from Cam Newton in a cap-savings move in 2020. Bridgewater, only 27, was 5-0 as a starter with the Saints in 2019 and is arguably the top free agent quarterback on the market in a league with multiple openings; The Panthers in doing so could then use their seventh-overall selection to address other needs, including a potential replacement for early-retired linebacker Luke Kuechly. Regardless of eventual landing spot, Bridgewater should be rostered in all dynasty leagues while free agency plays out. He's currently found as DLF's QB31.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Who Dat Dish
Feb 8: 10:01 AM EST
Cam Newton's future undetermined
Cam Newton - QB, CAR

Panthers GM Marty Hurney shed no light on Newton's future as a Panther, refusing to answer questions after saying "He's rehabbing, that's all I can say."

Dynasty Analysis

Newton, himself, is saying all the right things and appears desirous and excited for returning to the starting role in 2020. Still rehabbing from foot surgery that ended his 2019 season soon after it began, Cam and the Panthers were forced to watch as Kyle Allen started hot but faded down the stretch and Will Grier showed little to inspire confidence. Owner David Tepper has said focus remains on avoiding "long-term mediocrity" but didn't specifically mention Newton. The path of least resistance may be in releasing or trading Newton as he's entering the final year of his contract and the team could save $19M in cap space through either move. The Panthers also hold the seventh overall selection in the NFL Draft, likely high enough to secure one of the top three rookie names at the position. As long as he is healthy, Cam Newton, DLF's QB17, will be under center again somewhere in 2020 and remains a risk-on value acquisition in dynasty.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Associated Press
Feb 8: 9:42 AM EST
Sean Lee leaning toward playing
Sean Lee - LB, DAL

Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee is leaning toward playing one more year

Dynasty Analysis

Turning 34 in July, the once consistent linebacker has slipped in recent years but hinted at returning for an 11th season. Health issues (neck) with Leighton Vander Esch contributed to Lee seeing increased time but his role on special teams has been increasing as well. With a decision coming in the next few weeks, it appears as Sean Lee, DLF's LB89, will return for 2020 but will be nothing more than a deep roster IDP stash in fantasy.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Dallas Morning News
Feb 8: 9:25 AM EST
Adrian Peterson could be back
Adrian Peterson - RB, WAS

The Redskins may exercise running back Adrian Peterson's second-year option

Dynasty Analysis

Washington has until March 18th to decide Peterson's fate with the team but all signs point to him returning due to Derrius Guice's recurring injury issues. Guice has amassed more knee injuries, three, than touchdowns over his past two years and while he's on track for return in 2020, he hasn't yet shown ability to carry the load. Rushing for 1,042 yards and seven touchdowns in 2018, Peterson followed that up with 898 yards and five touchdowns on 211 carries in 2019, good for a 4.3 ypc. average and showing little signs of his soon-to-be 35 year old legs. While Peterson continues to fall in dynasty rankings, currently ranked as DLF's RB71, he will maintain RB4 status with upside should the Redskins bring him back for one more season, well above his current dynasty ranking.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Feb 8: 9:15 AM EST
Giovani Bernard could be cap casualty
Giovani Bernard - RB, CIN

Bengals running back Giovani Bernard could be released in a cap savings move

Dynasty Analysis

Bernard isn't a free agent until 2022 but the 28 year old has only compiled 398 yards and three touchdowns on 109 carries over the past two years, in addition to 65 receptions for 452 yards. Joe Mixon is entrenched as the starter and it's unlikely Bernard's arrow points up for either of his two remaining seasons with Cincinnati needing the cap space to address many other needs, most notably across the offensive line. Bernard still seems to have game to be an upside handcuff in the right situation and dynasty owners should wait for it to play out before attempting any acquisition. Bernard is currently DLF's RB62 and remains on the fringe of the dynasty radar..

DLF Analyst:       Source: Joe Goodberry via Twitter
Feb 8: 9:04 AM EST
Marcus Mariota could find way to Chicago

The Bears are said to be looking for an experienced veteran quarterback to push Mitchell Trubisky

Dynasty Analysis

Bears fans would likely admit acquisition of any veteran signal caller would end in an outright position battle though Bears' GM Ryan Pace has already tabbed Trubisky as his week one starter for 2020. Mariota would fit well within Matt Nagy's offense given his similar style to Trubisky though that style has yet to produce results. Mariota was finally benched in 2019, giving way to Ryan Tannehill, who seized the reins and led the Titans deep into the playoffs, proving that the Tennessees' woes to that point were, indeed, due to Mariota far more than offensive scheme or coaching. Mariota, at only 26 years of age, will get another shot under-center in the NFL but isno more than a dynasty stash as an emergency back-up to the starting quarterback for the team he signs with. Marcus Mariota is found as DLF's QB35.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Feb 6: 12:23 PM EST
Jalen Richard extends with Raiders
Jalen Richard - RB, OAK

Raiders running back Jalen Richard signed a two-year, $7M extension

Dynasty Analysis

The extension closes the door on any potential rise in value for the fringe dynasty running back. Used solely as a change-of-pass back, Richard even lost carries to DeAndre Washington late in the season, sealing his fate. Richard posted 145 rushing yards on 39 attempts but garnered 36 receptions, producing 323 yards. He did not find the end zone for the first time in his career. DLF's RB70 remains a deep-roster emergency at best.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Ian Rapoport via Twitter
Feb 6: 12:13 PM EST
Ian Thomas at top of depth chart
Ian Thomas - TE, CAR

After parting ways with tight end Greg Olsen, Ian Thomas now sits atop the depth chart.

Dynasty Analysis

Thomas will turn 24 prior to kick off of the 2020 season and unquestionably will receive the first opportunity to become the long-term option in the offense. Who will be throwing to him is far less certain. Subbing in for the oft-injured Greg Olsen, Thomas only managed 16 receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown in 2019 but is an upside sleeper for 2020 given the increased role. DLF's TE18, Thomas has a great opportunity to see a value-rise should the Panthers successfully navigate a coaching change (Matt Rhule) and an unsettled quarterback situation.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Feb 6: 12:07 PM EST
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