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D'Andre Swift role outlook
D'Andre Swift - RB, DET

Lions head coach Matt appeared on the Rich Eisen show and suggested a committee approach surrounding play-calling will dictate the running back rotation

Dynasty Analysis

The full quote was: “For me, we’re going to try to play whoever is going to help us in that particular play, that particular game, whatever it might be. If you’re out there for the very first play, or you get out there on the second play, I don’t really understand what the difference is in a starter in that case. But, certainly, we’re excited to be able to acquire Swift and get him on our team and seeing what he can do. Sometimes you put two or three running backs out there. We will see what happens.”

D'Andre Swift, DLF's RB13, saw his rookie value drop when the Lions selected him early in the second round. Detroit running backs have suffered greatly over the past two decades and indications were that Kerryon Johnson was the answer that had been sought for years. In the end, Johnson hasn't been able to stay on the field, the Lions have a new offensive coordinator and Swift now appears to be Detroit's best hope to break the running back curse. But as evidenced in Patricia's quote, don't expect the job to be handed to Swift. Game flow and play-calling are going to dictate the role of each back without a clear three-down role evident. Like most of the top rookie backs in 2020, the committee approach may dampen productivity until injury or greater role provides more opportunity.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Pride of Detroit
May 23: 8:23 AM EST
Kerryon Johnson role outlook
Kerryon Johnson - RB, DET

Lions head coach Matt appeared on the Rich Eisen show and suggested a committee approach surrounding play-calling will dictate the running back rotation

Dynasty Analysis

The full quote was: “For me, we’re going to try to play whoever is going to help us in that particular play, that particular game, whatever it might be. If you’re out there for the very first play, or you get out there on the second play, I don’t really understand what the difference is in a starter in that case. But, certainly, we’re excited to be able to acquire Swift and get him on our team and seeing what he can do. Sometimes you put two or three running backs out there. We will see what happens.”

It's coach speak for running back by committee (RBBC), the bane of all fantasy football players. But for Johnson, who has only played 18 games across his two seasons, it's a best-case scenario after his ypc. average dropped from 5.4 in 2018 to a mere 3.6 in 2019. After a promising rookie season that was cut short, expectations were high again in 2019 and Johnson followed up with an even shorter and less productive campaign. D'Andre Swift is arguably the most complete back in the 2020 draft class and the offensive coordinator who drafted Johnson has departed putting the backs on less than even footing heading into camp. Signed through 2021, Johnson's day in the sun may have been brief. Unless he's able to stay healthy and hold off Swift for early-down work, Johnson, DLF's RB32, is primarily a hand-cuff acquisition to Swift until proven otherwise. Dynasty leaguers can acquire Johnson on the cheap mid-season with the hope he recaptures some of his value as he heads into his 2021 contract year.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Pride of Detroit
May 23: 8:11 AM EST
Carlos Hyde signs with Seattle
Carlos Hyde - RB, SEA

Veteran running back Carlos Hyde has signed a one-year deal with Seattle.

Dynasty Analysis

Hyde will join his fifth team in four years after stops in San Francisco, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Houston and Kansas City. He was relatively productive last year in Houston as he posted his first 1,000 yard season. While not seemingly a threat to Chris Carson as the starter, Hyde provides some solid veteran insurance if Rashaad Penny can't return to form. His presence throws some cold water on the DeeJay Dallas short-term expectations, though it's possible Hyde doesn't make it on the roster after camp. Still, the Seahawks love competition at every position and Hyde makes for a good stash as a player whose value could go up or down in the coming months. Hyde is currently our RB81 and that should rise a smidge now that he's found a new home.

DLF Analyst:       Source: KIRO
May 22: 5:12 PM EST
Joe Flacco lands with the Jets
Joe Flacco - QB, NYJ

The Jets have signed quarterback Joe Flacco to a one-year deal.

Dynasty Analysis

Flacco will slide in as Sam Darnold's backup as a capable, but aging signal caller. Flacco is far from his prime and looked washed up last year with the Broncos. Still, he provides a certain level of experience and should be an upgrade over the backups the Jets have had the past few seasons. All eyes are on Darnold this year as he needs to make a leap to give the Jets and his fantasy owners some confidence. Flacco is clearly off the dynasty radar.

DLF Analyst:       Source: SI
May 22: 3:25 PM EST
Allen Lazard ascending
Allen Lazard - WR, GBP

During a conference call, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers mentioned Allen Lazard as an "ascending player" for the 2020 season.

Dynasty Analysis

He's ascending in the dynasty format as well. Lazard produced 477 yards and three touchdowns on 35 passes in 2019. But going deeper, Rodgers had greater than a 115 quarterback rating when targeting Lazard and he reeled in over 67% of those targets. Rodgers is well known for freezing out receivers who don't perform to his lofty expectations so his vocal support of Lazard is noteworthy heading into 2020. DLF's WR80, Lazard's ADP (194) peaked late in 2019 before falling early this off-season. With dynasty drafts getting underway, his ADP value is on the rise and should he lock down the WR2 role in Green Bay, he makes for an intriguing sleeper target well above that current value.

DLF Analyst:       Source: USA Today
May 21: 8:34 AM EST
Kyle Rudolph could be trade option
Kyle Rudolph - TE, MIN

Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph has been mentioned as a possible trade option

Dynasty Analysis

The article lists the source as being the NFL Analysis Network and it reads as merely conjecture. It would be a welcome move by Irv Smith owners who expected a much larger role for the young tight end before the Vikings re-upped Rudolph in 2019 for $36M, keeping him in Minnesota through 2023. Until there's more fire beneath this smoke, nothing appears imminent or actionable. Rudolph is found as DLF's TE32 and his value in dynasty continues to slip.

DLF Analyst:       Source: USA Today
May 21: 8:20 AM EST
Josh Rosen seeing interest
Josh Rosen - QB, MIA

The Dolphins have received interest for quarterback Josh Rosen this off-season.

Dynasty Analysis

It stands to reason and we've mentioned to keep an eye on Rosen following the team's selection of Tua Tagovailoa during the NFL Draft. Rosen currently sits as the QB3 on the roster with little room for upgrade without injury to Ryan Fitzpatrick. Tagovailoa continues to rehab from a hip injury and the team is not rushing him to the field so it could be said that Rosen may start the season as the QB2 but it's a status that won't last long as Tua is very close to 100% from recent reports. For Rosen, he's gotten a raw deal since entering the league as a first round selection in 2018. He only saw 14 games as a starter in Arizona in his rookie year, throwing for 2,278 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions before a coaching change ushered in Kyler Murray in 2019 and Rosen was sent to Miami. He saw action in six games for the Fins, throwing for 567 yards, one touchdown and five interceptions. While it's true he hasn't helped himself while under center, he has yet to see any amount of stability in his short career and has taken the helm for teams near the bottom of offensive statistical categories. He'll likely receive one more chance to start for another team within the next 12 mos. and is a trade candidate prior to kick off of the 2020 season. He's found as DLF's QB45.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Mike Giardi via Twitter
May 21: 8:12 AM EST
Chris Herndon could bounce back
Chris Herndon - TE, NYJ

According to The Athletic, "the Jets can't wait to unleash Chris Herndon this season."

Dynasty Analysis

It was a disastrous year for Herndon, who was suspended for the first four games of the season, only to return and suffer a hamstring injury in practice. Once recovered, Herndon saw action in a single game during week 10 when he suffered a rib injury and was then placed on I.R. One reception, seven yards. That was his entire 2019 production. A popular sleeper candidate ahead of the 2019 season, he has now on the edge of the dynasty radar off and is a sleeper again in 2020. Still only 24 years of age, the athletic tight end has plenty of upside and opportunity to thrive in an offense badly needing receiver production. While you can't count out last year's fill-in Ryan Griffin, as long as Herndon remains healthy, he should be the clear starter and have upside should he garner material snaps. Chris Herndon is found as DLF's TE23.

DLF Analyst:       Source: The Athletic
May 20: 5:44 PM EST
Taysom Hill could be the guy
Taysom Hill - QB, NOS

In his mailbag article, The Athletic's Jay Glazer says backup quarterback Taysom Hill is "the guy" to take over when Drew Brees retires.

Dynasty Analysis

Glazer goes on to say just how much Hill is loved by head coach Sean Payton and the entire team, believing that he's a "bigger Lamar Jackson." It's not out of the question Payton sees Hill as the next in line under center though, if true, it does beg the question why the Saints inked Jameis Winston during this off-season when Hill could receive valuable development time should Brees fall to injury? Either way, Hill's value is certain to rise modestly on this news with a possible starting role in his near future. He's found as DLF's QB46 showing that dynasty experts don't necessarily believe a major change in status is coming any time soon.

DLF Analyst:       Source: The Athletic
May 20: 5:32 PM EST
Chris Carson could face competition
Chris Carson - RB, SEA

The Seahawks continue to have discussions with higher-profile running backs as Rashad Penny is expected to start the season on the PUP list.

Dynasty Analysis

Thus far both Carlos Hyde and Devonta Freeman have been named as backs the Seahawks have had discussions with as they search for insurance for Chris Carson. Both would provide noteworthy competition with Freeman carrying greater versatility but neither would factor greatly over Carson, who put together a noteworthy 2019 finishing with 278/1,230/7 stat line. He also produced 37/266/2 as a receiver. Carson has never been doubted related to production when on the field but significant flags continue to wave over his health. In three years, he's yet to produce a 16-game season though did appear in 15 games in 2019. A workmanlike and under-appreciated back, DLF's RB25 could well outplay his current ranking should he remain healthy in 2020.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Mike Silver via Twitter
May 20: 4:59 PM EST
Preston Williams on schedule

Dolphins receiver Preston Williams said he's on schedule for a week-one return from his 2019 knee injury

Dynasty Analysis

It's good news as Williams, still only 23, is slated to be a starter across from the resurgent DeVante Parker. In eight games as a rookie, he produced 428 yards and three touchdowns on 32 receptions. Two of his three total touchdowns came in his final game during week nine, the same game he tore his ACL, and he's set as an opening day fixture as long as he suffers no setbacks in his recovery. Preston Williams is found as DLF's WR49.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Miami Herald
May 20: 4:51 PM EST
Aaron Rodgers to play into 40s
Aaron Rodgers - QB, GBP

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers admits he was surprised by the selection of Jordan Love in the first round of the NFL Draft based on "my own feelings of wanting to play into my 40s."

Dynasty Analysis

He also admitted he was "not thrilled" with the selection but understands why the organization went that direction. This story isn't going to go away as the media will continue to pick at the situation until the normally bristly Rodgers gives them what they want to hear. Rodgers is now 36 and under contract for four seasons meaning that something is going to have to give eventually if Love is to see the field as a Packer in the near-term. While it's very possible second-year coach Matt LaFleur is perfectly willing to allow Love to develop on the sidelines and not see the field in coming years, barring injury, common thought seems to be turning in the favor of "sooner rather than later" meaning a potential showdown may play out in 2021. Either way, Rodgers is saying all the right things, remains focused and now has extra motivation to perform, not that he ever needed it. Aaron Rodgers is found as DLF's QB9.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Rob Demovsky
May 15: 4:51 PM EST
Anthony Miller predicts big season
Anthony Miller - WR, CHI

Heading into his third season, Bears receiver Anthony Miller feels "like this is going to be my best season yet."

Dynasty Analysis

Miller underwent shoulder surgery for the second time in two years, continues to rehab and should be ready for camp, whenever it opens. For Miller, 2019 was a tale of two halves. Through the first eight games he garnered only 27 targets, turning them into 16 receptions, 211 yards and no touchdowns. In the second half, he saw 58 targets, converting them into 36 receptions, 445 yards and two touchdowns, most of that over a five-game stretch. Should Miller be able to continue his 2019 second-half momentum, there's a chance the third-year receiver could emerge as a flex-option candidate. Once again, Chicago is staring down the barrel of quarterback issues with many predicting Nick Foles will be under center come week one, sending Mitch Trubisky to the bench. Regardless who starts at quarterback, Miller, DLF's WR56, may have sleeper status for 2020.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Chicago Tribune
May 15: 4:22 PM EST
Kliff Kingsbury intrigued by receivers
Andy Isabella - WR, ARI

Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said he remains intrigued by their 2019 rookie receivers

Dynasty Analysis

So much so they added DeAndre Hopkins prior to the draft. To be sure, however, the Cardinals do have youth at the position outside of veteran Larry Fitzgerald and will be starting Hopkins, Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk in three-wide sets, leaving Andy Isabella, Hakeem Butler and KeeSean Johnson fighting for playing time. Both Johnson and Isabella did have their moments while Butler missed most all of the season due to a finger injury. It's not out of the question one of the three 2019 selections makes some noise in 2020 in relief of Fitzgerald while one other may be destined for release. It stands to reason Isabella would have the best shot to replace Fitzgerald out of the slot though Johnson looks similar to Larry legend but it's guess-work until we see 2020 play out. All three of these sophomore receivers are on the edge of the dynasty radar and should only be added in deep-roster leagues.

DLF Analyst:       Source: AZCardinals
May 15: 3:49 PM EST
Todd Gurley's durability the only question
Todd Gurley - RB, ATL

Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter believes Todd Gurley can still play at a very high level as long as he can remain durable.

Dynasty Analysis

As Koetter said: ""He can still do it. It's just a matter of how often can he do it," and "He's only 25 years old and he's had two seasons where he was arguably the best running back in football," Koetter said of Gurley. "This guy, when he's at his best, he's got speed, he's got power, he can break tackles, he's elusive, he can catch the ball out of the backfield. We've all seen what he can do. His accolades speak for themselves. We just have to see how healthy he is and how consistently he can do it."

No truer words as Gurley is ranked as DLF's RB20 and possesses significant upside if he can remain on the field and see at least 15 carries per game along with at least a minimal level of receptions in addition. At the same time, the health of Gurley's knees has long been in question and if he cannot remain on the field, he's certain to fall from his current RB2 perch. As we've said for a long while, there's no greater risk-reward than Gurley heading into 2020. He has been a popular target at running back for those willing to accept the risk while others are simply all-out on taking on the risky runner.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
May 14: 1:03 PM EST
Rashard Higgins could be WR3
Rashard Higgins - WR, CLE

Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot believes receiver Rashard Higgins has the inside track to the WR3 due to his chemistry with quarterback Baker Mayfield

Dynasty Analysis

The growing likelihood of no off-season programs or mini-camps heightens the likelihood incoming rookies will have a difficult time unseating veteran players to climb the depth chart. With the Browns only running three-wide sets approximately 25% of the time in 2019, fantasy upside of the WR3 in their system could be markedly less than what would be on many other teams. Rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones is in the mix at receiver and Higgins will have a battle on his hands once training camp does open but, for now, the limited upside for the position belongs to Higgins. He's currently unranked on DLF's receiver rankings.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Cleveland
May 9: 9:29 AM EST
DeShone Kizer released

The Raiders have released quarterback DeShone Kizer.

Dynasty Analysis

The Browns selected Kizer in the second round (52nd overall) after multiple teams were very impressed with his size, cannon arm and intangibles. At the time 49ers GM John Lynch was also "blown away" with his interview during the Combine. It was suggested Kizer would be selected in the first round of the draft before falling to the middle of the second round to Cleveland. He appeared in 15 games as a rookie and produced 2,894 yards, 11 touchdowns, 22 receptions with a dismal 53.6% completion percentage. He found his way to Green Bay in 2018 where he appeared in three games, performing even worse. He would never recover, has bounced to/from multiple teams and his career is nearing its conclusion without a white knight to provide one more opportunity. DeShone Kizer is unranked on DLF's quarterback rankings.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Las Vegas Raiders
May 6: 9:29 AM EST
Leonard Fournette expected to remain

Regarding the status of running back Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville's general manager Dave Caldwell said "I think the mindset is that we're going to go forward with Leonard on the team."

Dynasty Analysis

The full quote was: "To be honest with you, there were just some minor discussions with that but nothing substantial throughout the draft or prior to the draft," Caldwell said during his appearance on the PFT PM podcast. "I think the mindset is that we're going to go forward with Leonard on the team. I had a good talk with him on Friday. I know Coach Marrone has had some discussion with him. He seems to be in great shape and mental frame of mind, and we feel that he'll have a great season this year." Fournette has been a popular fade-candidate following a career high in both rushing yardage (1,152), receptions (76) and receiving yardage (522), but with a shockingly low touchdown total of three and zero as a receiver. For the first time in his career, he also notched more than a 4.0 ypc.average (4.3). Fournette appears headed to another large workload though his reception total is nearly certain to fall following the team's signing of running back and third down specialist Chris Thompson. The Jaguars also declined Fournette's fifth-year option meaning he's now in a contract year and the odds of him returning to the team in 2021 look remote.

Fournette was clearly frustrated with the team's performance and his usage near the goal line on multiple occasions in 2019 and will likely welcome a change of scenery. Now in a contract year, he'll be motivated to produce. Fournette remains a solid bet to challenge his 2020 production on the ground with the potential of a multi-fold increase in touchdown production. Still only 25, he's an intriguing value addition as DLF's RB19.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL
May 6: 9:16 AM EST
Frank Gore signs with Jets
Frank Gore - RB, NYJ

The New York Jets have signed 37 year old running back Frank Gore

Dynasty Analysis

He turns 37 in mid-May. Gore has had an amazing career after being medically-flagged by some during the NFL Draft process in 2005. In 2019, he produced a season-high 109 yards in week four and scored a total of two touchdowns and 599 yards over 166 attempts on the season. With his best days certainly behind him, there's no compelling reason to add the veteran running back for any reason other than as a hand-cuff to Le'Veon Bell in deep dynasty leagues for competitive teams. Frank Gore is found as DLF's RB119.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Adam Schefter via Twitter
May 6: 8:56 AM EST
Quincy Enunwa headed to PUP list
Quincy Enunwa - WR, NYJ

The Jets have placed receiver Quincy Enunwa on the Reserve/PUP list.

Dynasty Analysis

The move effectively ends Enunwa's 2020 season and, potentially, his career. The once-intriguing young receiver with good size only appeared in one game in 2019 before a reinjury of his neck ended that campaign. Now, his 2020 season ends before it even began. It's still possible Enunwa returns in 2021 in what would be his age-29 season but he's fallen from the dynasty radar completely. We wish him well in his recovery.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
May 6: 8:43 AM EST
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