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Joe Schobert to sign in Jacksonville
Joe Schobert - LB, JAC

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, MIA

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, JAC

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
Roquan Smith may have torn pec
Roquan Smith - LB, CHI

The Bears fear second-year linebacker Roquan Smith has a torn pectoral

Dynasty Analysis

The injury would cost Smith the remainder of the season. While currently leading the Bears in tackles (101) while also compiling two sacks and an interception, Smith hasn't yet been the big-play impact player originally expected but remains productive and is at/near LB10 in fantasy leagues utilizing individual defensive players (IDP).

DLF Analyst:       Source: Ian Rapoport via Twitter
Dec 6: 10:38 AM EST
L. Vander Esch out due to neck

Leighton Vander Esch's recurring neck injury flared up again this past week and he's considered week-to-week

Dynasty Analysis

Following an MRI, head coach Jason Garrett exclaimed "we don't think it's career-threatening." It's an ominous statement for the second-year top-tier linebacker. The neck injury stems back to Boise State and he's worn a neck roll for added protection in the NFL so the continuing recurrence is troubling to say the least. Following Garrett's remark, the Cowboys tried to lessen the concern but there's no getting the cat back into bag. Only a return to the field will satisfy the fantasy community. The 23 year-old is DLF's LB8 and owners should continue to monitor his progress, and the news surrounding it, closely.

DLF Analyst:       Source: CBS Sports
Nov 22: 1:10 PM EST
Myles Garrett future is uncertain
Myles Garrett - DE, CLE

Mason Rudolph's agent suggested they may take legal action against Myles Garrett following Thursday night's brawl

Dynasty Analysis

Garrett would, no doubt, love to have those eight second back. It was a horrific display of poor sportsmanship and may be a watershed moment for the league. It's now looking likely that Garrett will be suspended for the rest of the season as the young star ponders his actions and his future. Following the game, Garrett was accountable and remorseful in the wake of his lapse in judgment and he has the character to return from this ugly incident. A line was crossed Thursday night which has damaged the game unlike, arguably, any before it. Garrett's punishment is going to be harsh and this event will have ripples for a long time to come. IDP leaguers must weigh the risk vs. potential of holding Garrett into an uncertain future.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL
Nov 15: 11:41 AM EST
J.J. Watt done for season
J.J. Watt - DE, HOU

J.J. Watt will miss the rest of 2019 with a torn pectoral muscle

Dynasty Analysis

This will be the third year of the last four Watt finishes on I.R. Watt has thrown out the "retirement" word in the past citing injury frustration and it wouldn't be a surprise to hear him drop it again. It was a big win for the Texans but a big loss for the season. Watt, now 30, didn't miss a game over his first five season but has struggled with injury since. Fully healthy in 2018, he showed he still possesses elite ability finishing with 16 sacks, ranking second in the NFL. Now he's looking at another season ending surgery, long recovery time and will have to root teammates on from the sideline. Should he elect to return in 2020, he should resume his place among the top defensive ends in the game.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL
Oct 28: 8:16 AM EST
Vontaze Burfict suspended for season
Vontaze Burfict - LB, LVR

Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict was suspended for the remaining games of 2019 for yet another flagrant violation of the safety protocol, this time on Jack Doyle

Dynasty Analysis

Burfict has a problem and the NFL has had enough. These repeated offenses can't be tolerated and the league acted swiftly in doling out the punishment. While there's an opportunity for appeal, there likely remains little hope the suspension will be shortened or overturned altogether. IDP leaguers will want to look elsewhere but shouldn't have any problem replacing his average of six tackles per game. He safe to drop in all leagues utilizing IDP.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Adam Schefter via Twitter
Sep 30: 11:18 AM EST
Jalen Ramsey may be traded
Jalen Ramsey - CB, LAR

In the wake of the week two drama between head coach Doug Marrone and Jalen Ramsey, Ramsey has requested a trade and it appears as though Jacksonville is willing.

Dynasty Analysis

Ramsey showed up to training camp in an armored car displaying his desire to be paid. Instead, the Jaguars are off to an 0-2 start, tensions are high and it bubbled over on the sidelines in week two. Marrone has had enough and Ramsey is expected to be traded with the Chiefs now the front-runner for his talents. There's little dynasty impact here other than very deep IDP leagues. Even still, with most teams avoiding Ramsey in the passing game, he rarely produces stats worthy of rostering. Jalen Ramsey is unranked on DLF's cornerback rankings.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Jason La Canfora via Twitter
Sep 17: 12:17 PM EST
Jadeveon Clowney headed to Seattle

According to Jay Glazer, the Texans and Seahawks have agreed to trade parameters for Jadeveon Clowney pending all players involved passing physicals

Dynasty Analysis

The deal is not yet done but all signs point to it being completed soon. It's no surprise as Clowney had listed the Seahawks as one of his desired landing spots and he held most all the cards in trade discussions. Clowney has struggled with injuries since coming into the league in 2014 but has produced well over his past two seasons with a combined 106 tackles, 18.5 sacks and three forced fumbles and is on the rise. The dynamic talent will slide immediately into the starting lineup for the Seahawks and has the potential for a career-year in Seattle's defensive scheme. Jadeveon Clowney is found as DLF's DL7.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Jay Glazer via Twitter
Aug 31: 10:26 AM EST
Kiko Alonso cleans out locker
Kiko Alonso - LB, NOS

In preparation for being traded or outright released, Dolphins' outside linebacker, Kiko Alonso, has cleaned out his locker and will be on the move

Dynasty Analysis

Alonso has graded out poorly in most years and has struggled with injury, though has played in at least 15 games each season over his past three years. In 2018, he experienced a bit of a resurgence and produced 125 total tackles and three interceptions while also forcing three fumbles. At 29 years of age, Alonso is certain to find work again but his value is likely to drop from his current LB31 ranking on DLF.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Cameron Wolfe via Twitter
Aug 31: 10:01 AM EST
Derwin James could miss season
Derwin James - S, LAC

Chargers' safety, Derwin James, could miss the entirety of the 2019 season following a stress fracture in his right foot.

Dynasty Analysis

It's a huge loss for the Chargers. The hope is that James will return in November but it's a tenuous timeline until more is learned following his surgery by notable specialist James Anderson. The sophomore safety was drafted in the first round (17th overall) in the 2018 NFL Draft and was a high producer from game-one, producing 105 tackles, three interceptions and 3.5 sacks while reaching the pro-bowl. Until he returns, it seems likely Adrian Phillips will slide in to the lineup. Derwin James is the DB3 in DLF's IDP rankings.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL
Aug 18: 11:36 AM EST
Avery Williamson tears ACL

Jets inside linebacker, Avery Williams, will miss the entirety of the 2019 season after suffering a torn ACL.

Dynasty Analysis

Williamson, a defensive signal caller for the Jets, was playing with the backups to help them get aligned when he was struck by a diving teammate on a play in the end zone. Initially, it was believed he had suffered only a sprain but an MRI confirmed the torn ACL. In 2018, Williamson tallied a team-high 120 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles. He will likely be replaced by Neville Hewitt or Anthony Wint. Avery Williamson is currently found as DLF's LB27.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL
Aug 18: 11:24 AM EST
Devin Bush totals 10 tackles
Devin Bush - LB, PIT

Devin Bush totaled ten tackles in his first professional action against the Buccaneers on Friday

Dynasty Analysis

We normally won't post strictly statistic based performances unless noteworthy and this showing certainly was. Smith was all over the place during his pre-season week-one game and he totaled 10 tackles including seven solo. Even more impressively is the fact he accomplished this in a single half of football. Pittsburgh's 3-4 scheme tends to put play-maker linebackers in position for consistent production and Bush is just that. At only 21 years of age, and with an equal amount of speed and instinct, Devn Bush is quickly rising on IDP boards. He's currently found as DLF's LB15 but will catch fire with another strong performance in week two.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Aug 10: 3:56 PM EST
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