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J.J. Watt released
JJ Watt - DE, ARI

Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt asked for and was granted his release from the team

Dynasty Analysis

His personal and heartfelt message can be seen at the link. He steered clear of anything but "thank you" to the fans and team and, as would be fully expected, was sincere and with the utmost class. Soon-to-be 32, word is that as many as a dozen teams have expressed interest. Look for Pittsburgh to rank highly in Watt's deliberations for the chance to finish his career alongside his brother. He's listed as DLF's DE14 and likely still has at least two to three years of productive fantasy life remaining though his snaps will likely be decreased.

DLF Analyst:       Source: J.J. Watt via Twitter
Feb 12: 9:30 PM EST
Nick Bosa likely done for season
Nick Bosa - DE, SFO

It's being reported that 49ers star defensive player Nick Bosa will be sidelined for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL.

Dynasty Analysis

The beat goes on in what has been two brutal weeks in the NFL. Bosa didn't record any statistics before exiting with the injury and it has all the elements of an ACL. The team also has likely lost Solomon Thomas to a season-ending injury though news has not been, as of yet, confirmed. Nick Bosa is found as DLF's DE2 and IDP3 overall.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Ian Rapoport via Twitter
Sep 21: 1:58 PM EST
Todd Davis released
Todd Davis - LB, NYG

The Broncos have released inside linebacker Todd Davis.

Dynasty Analysis

It's a bit of a shocker late in camp and with the season just over a week away, but the Broncos obviously have other plans. Davis has spent his last six years in Denver with the previous four years as a starter and he was a top 25 linebacker in IDP formats. Now on the open market, it won't take long for the veteran to find a new home and the Patriots may already be calling.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Tom Pelissero via Twitter
Sep 4: 4:06 PM EST
Yannick Ngakoue acquired by Vikings
Yannick Ngakoue - DE, LVR

The Vikings acquired disgruntled Jacksonville defensive end Yannick Ngakoue for a 2021 second-round selection and a conditional 2022 fifth-round selection.

Dynasty Analysis

IDP'ers rejoice! The Vikings immediately replace lost Pro Bowler Everson Griffen (DAL) with Ngakoue who is still young (25) and performed well in 2019, finishing in the top 12 of all defensive linemen in most IDP scoring formats. It was obvious there was no mending the fences between the Jaguars and the upside Ngakoue and this acquisition gives the Vikings a dominant, arguably elite, pair of play-makers on the front line as he'll immediately slot in on the other side of Danielle Hunter, IDP formats' top rated defensive lineman. The 2022 selection can be upgraded to an earlier round based on Ngakoue's 2021 performance.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Aug 30: 10:37 AM EST
Earl Thomas relased

Baltimore has released safety Earl Thomas due to "conduct detrimental to the team" following an altercation with a teammate.

Dynasty Analysis

He's certain to land elsewhere but the altercation won't help his situation. For his part, Thomas did own the mistake, at least in hindsight and said that he tried to "calmly" explain before it escalated. As the end of the linked video shows, it appears to be Thomas who throws down his helmet in the direction of teammate Chuck Clark, and not too calmly. Either way, the highly-rated Thomas is no longer a Raven and will soon be available to continue his career with another team, hopefully with new perspective and purpose to guide his ways. Reports are that the Cowboys are the leading team to sign the safety.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Behind the Steel Curtain
Aug 23: 12:22 PM EST
Earl Thomas on thin ice

Following an altercation with a fellow teammate and safety on Friday, Ravens veteran safety Earl Thomas is on extremely thin ice with the team

Dynasty Analysis

While tempers often flare during the dog days of training camp, it's unusual for them to flare on the same side of the ball and even more so within the position group, in this case at safety. Fellow players are reportedly growing frustrated with Thomas' work ethic and freelancing and La Canfora suggests the team's "Leadership Council" has made it clear to management that it would be best if Thomas was no longer part of the team. Thomas is on a large contract with guaranteed money but the team may avoid this due to "conduct detrimental to the team" language in his contract. It's a situation for IDP leaguers to watch as the situation plays out, likely in short order.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Jason La Canfora via Twitter
Aug 22: 10:20 AM EST
Ashtyn Davis could benefit
Ashtyn Davis - S, NYJ

Jets rookie safety Ashtyn Davis could be a big winner following the team's loss of Jamaal Adams

Dynasty Analysis

The loss of Adams is a big one for the Jets but they drafted Davis in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft, a move that was seemingly a luxury at the time but one that has been rendered a necessity considering recent events. Davis will have to compete with Bradley McDouglald, received back in trade from Seattle in the trade that netted them Adams, and it will be no surprise if McDougald is the day-one starter at strong safety. His 75 starts at the position puts him in control of the battle, at least to start the season. Davis is known as a flexible player and the belief is that he'll see the field in 2020 and given a chance to quickly develop. It's not out of the question he wins the job outright though those odds seem long given 2020's atypical preseason.

DLF Analyst:       Source: CBS Sports
Aug 5: 9:20 AM EST
CJ Mosley opts out
C.J. Mosley - LB, NYJ

CJ Mosley has opted out of the 2020 NFL season due to concerns about COVID-19.

Dynasty Analysis

This is a brutal blow to the Jets and in IDP leagues alike. New York has now lost its two best defensive players in Mosley and the recently traded Jamal Adams. After playing in just two games last year before getting injured, Mosley will likley enter the 2021 season to anchor the Jets defense after basically missing two straight years. Currently our LB18, Mosley's value will take another hit as his owners will have to stash him long-term yet again as he's likely just too good to drop off rosters. Avery Williamson and Neville Hewitt are candidates to take his place in the linebacking corps for the Jets. While Williamson has the higher upside, he's coming off a torn ACL and was likely a cut candidate before this news. Things have simpley gone from bad to worse for the Jets defense.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Aug 1: 1:48 PM EST
Dont'a Hightower opts out

New England's three-time Super Bowl champion linebacker Dont'a Hightower has opted out of the 2020 season.

Dynasty Analysis

It's a voluntary opt-out and likely due to the arrival of his new (7/16) child. Hightower's absence leaves the team with a dire shortage of linebacking experience and continues an emerging trend of veteran players opting out of the 2020 season, thus changing the competitive landscape for the upcoming season.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Adam Schefter via Twitter
Jul 28: 8:58 AM EST
Jamal Adams traded to Seattle
Jamal Adams - S, SEA

The Seahawks acquired safety Jamal Adams for two first round selections (2021 & 2022) plus other compensation from the New York Jets

Dynasty Analysis

Seattle has been looking to fill the void at safety since parting ways with Earl Thomas and they done so in a big way. Adams desires to be the highest paid safety in the league and his existing deal ends in 2021 deal meaning the team must feel confident they can get a new deal done when the time comes, potentially during the off-season in 2021. Until then, the Seahawks have acquired arguably the top name at the position and a top-five fantasy IDP producer when healthy. Adams is found as DLF's DB2 (second overall) on our S/CB rankings.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jul 26: 9:11 AM EST
Jarrad Davis adds weight
Jarrad Davis - LB, NYJ

Detroit linebacker Jarrad Davis has added 20 lbs. of muscle while reducing his body fat percentage

Dynasty Analysis

Davis wasn't a slouch before but he's a rocked up 248 lbs. now and he dropped his body fat by an impressive 5%, and it shows. Davis was having a solid season until an ankle injury ended his campaign in week 14. He didn't play in the first two weeks as well, missing a total of five games overall. His 2019 ended with 63 total tackles, two sacks and three forced fumbles. The middle linebacker was labeled as a cornerstone player in March but the team declined his fifth-year option, making him a free agent in 2021. Regardless of his 2021 status, Davis appears highly motivated to put together a career-best year and should have every opportunity to do just that in a defense needing leadership at the position. He's is found as DLF's LB25 and may be a free agent in IDP leagues.

DLF Analyst:       Source: USA Today
May 30: 10:32 AM EST
Joe Schobert to sign in Jacksonville
Joe Schobert - LB, PIT

The Jaguars are signing linebacker Joe Schobert on a contract reported to be five years and $53.75M

Dynasty Analysis

Ian Rapoport is citing sources so there could be a last minute snag but should the news hold, it's a terrific signing for the Jaguars. The 26 year old has amassed three back-to-back seasons with more than 100 tackles and continues to be near the top of the food chain for linebackers, mixing in a handful of sacks, forced fumbles and interceptions each season as well. Depending on your IDP scoring, Schobert is routinely found within the top five scorers annually and should find success again in 2020 sliding immediately alongside Myles Jack in the Jaguars' 4-3 scheme. Joe Schobert is found as DLF's LB18, a value which should hold given this signing.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Ian Rapoport via Twitter
Mar 17: 2:08 PM EST
Blake Martinez signs in New York
Blake Martinez - LB, NYG

The Giants signed linebacker Blake Martinez to a three-year contract, valued at $30M

Dynasty Analysis

Martinez should immediately slide into the middle of the Giants defense but there's no indication exactly what scheme will be featured by the team and, in fact, during a recent interview new defensive coordinator Patrick Graham said there will be no set scheme, instead preferring to play with variability based upone the upcoming opponent, be that 3-4, 4-3 or even 5-2. For Martinez, DLF's LB9, the 26 year old is a three-down player and has been a starter for the Packers over the past three years who projects well to the Giants. It's a good landing spot for IDP leaguers and while any team change can bring mixed results and inconsistency, Martinez should vie for top-ten within the position once again in 2020.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Mike Garafolo via Twitter
Mar 17: 7:49 AM EST
Blake Martinez signs with Giants
Blake Martinez - LB, NYG

Former Packers linebacker Blake Martinez has signed a three-year deal with the New York Giants

Dynasty Analysis

Martinez has been an IDP stud as he has finished either first or second in tackles each of the past three seasons. While he's put up great numbers and he's been IDP gold, there had long been talk that his numbers were boosted by Green Bay's scheme and that his play in pass coverage left much to be desired. The Packers were clearly comfortable letting him walk, so he'll have an opportunity to prove himself with the Giants. Now might be the best time to sell your Martinez shares.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Mar 17: 7:09 AM EST
Kyle Van Noy signs in Miami
Kyle Van Noy - LB, NEP

The Dolphins have signed linebacker Kyle Van Noy to a four-year contract valued at $51M

Dynasty Analysis

It's a good payday for the outside linebacker. Van Noy, now 28, should be an every-snap outside backer with more potential upside to that of his previous home in New England. Production in 2019 dropped significantly as the Patriots' defense softened down the stretch and Van Noy could only muster 56 total tackles, though he did tally a career-high 6.5 sacks. The Dolphins continue to revamp their defense and have a haul of early-round draft picks to continue the rebuild. Kyle Van Noy is found as DLF's LB58 and could see a material increase as production is realized following the kick-off of the 2020 season.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Mike Garafolo via Twitter
Mar 16: 7:40 PM EST
Calais Campbell traded to Ravens
Calais Campbell - DE, BAL

The Ravens have acquired DE Calais Campbell from the Jaguars for a fifth round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft

Dynasty Analysis

Adam Schefter is reporting the trade is "agreed to in principle" so it's all but done, but not yet final. Campbell, who will turn 34 shortly before kick off of the 2020 season, dipped in production from his previous two years, still producing 56 total tackles and 6.5 sacks. Both stats less than his totals in 2017 and 2018 showing father time may finally be catching up with the All-Pro defensive end. That said, Campbell still finished in the top 20 in DE/DL IDP scoring for those leagues utilizing the position and should remain a contributor in 2020. Calais Campbell is found as DLF's DL39.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Adam Schefter via Twitter
Mar 15: 12:13 PM EST
Tahir Whitehead released
Tahir Whitehead - LB, CAR

The Raiders have released linebacker Tahir Whitehead

Dynasty Analysis

It was a salary cap move which saves the Raiders a reported $6M in cap space. Whitehead will turn 30 in early April and should see plenty of interested in free agency as he's put up four years of at least 100 tackles and finished 2019 somewhere in the neighborhood of LB34 depending on IDP scoring format. While not a top option at the position, he's played in all byt one game over the past four years and is a consistent IDP scorer. He's found as DLF's LB40 in our IDP rankings.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Field Yates via Twitter
Mar 9: 8:06 PM EST
Joe Schobert likely moving on
Joe Schobert - LB, PIT

Following a meeting between Joe Schobert and GM Andrew Berry, the belief is that the linebacker will not return to the Browns in 2020.

Dynasty Analysis

Schobert is seeking greater than $10M in annual compensation and the Browns aren't expected to step up at that cost. Schobert, a Pro Bowl selection in 2017 finished as an estimated LB7 in IDP leagues and remains a tackling machine in the middle. Landing spot will be critical for the 26 year old, DLF's LB20, and is best suited on the inside of a 4-3 scheme.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Cleveland
Mar 4: 12:53 PM 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
Luke Kuechly retires
Luke Kuechly - LB, CAR

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly has announced his retirement

Dynasty Analysis

It's an unexpected announcement but not altogether shocking considering recent concussion trends. A 2012 first-round selection, Kuechly quickly ascended the IDP rankings to be, arguably, the top linebacker in the game. A true ball hawking tackling machine, the 28 year old no doubt has had to balance long term health concerns related to multiple concussions and playing the game he loves, in the end choosing to retire after an extremely successful, albeit short, career. Dynasty coaches can likely move on from Kuechly though may wish to hold through the pre-season should he reconsider his retirement.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Panthers
Jan 15: 11:22 AM EST
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