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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, OAK

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
Robert Quinn breaks his hand
Robert Quinn - DE, DAL

Robert Quinn broke his hand and will require surgery this week.

Dynasty Analysis

This is unfortunate news for Quinn, who was looking to capitalize on a contract year with a new team. The Cowboys remain optimistic that he will be set to return for week one of the regular season, but we won't have a more concrete time table until after his surgery. Kerry Hyder has been working with the starters while Quinn is absent.

Quinn had been having a good camp and looked to comprise one of the better pass-rush tandems in the league playing opposite Demarcus Lawrence. Bitten by the injury bug in 2015, Robert has struggled to regain the dominant numbers he posted during his rookie contract. Currently DLF's DL50, 29 years old, and injured, Robert Quinn is a boom-bust pick best suited for big play formats.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Todd Archer Via Twitter
Aug 7: 10:14 PM EST
Yannick Ngakoue ends holdout
Yannick Ngakoue - DE, JAC

Yannick Ngakoue has ended his holdout without a new contract, and will report to team activities on Monday.

Dynasty Analysis

This is excellent news for the Jaguars as well as for fantasy. Ngakoue has been a premier pass rusher since entering the NFL, recording 29.5 sacks over his first three years in the league. Now in a contract year with significant improvements made to the Jacksonville offense, Yannick is a good bet to post double digit sacks in 2019.

Currently DLF's DL16, Ngakoue's value is fairly fluid due to playing on a one year contract. He will likely need to improve on his low tackling numbers, or gain a favorable contract in 2020 to move into the 'elite' conversation. While he won't be paid much this year, the future looks bright for our difficult to pronounce defensive lineman.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Mark Long Via Twitter
Aug 4: 1:01 PM EST
Reuben Foster carted off practice field
Reuben Foster - LB, WAS

Washington linebacker Reuben Foster was carted off the practice field today after suffering a left leg injury.

Dynasty Analysis

It's been a tumultuous couple of years for Foster since leaving Alabama. Character and injury concerns caused him to drop in the draft and legal issues have caused him to miss time and led to his release from the team that drafted him. Once considered a slam dunk IDP prospect, Foster's many issues have dropped him to LB54 in DLF's rankings. It's too early to tell if the linebacker will miss this season, but it's never a good sign when a player needs assistance off the field.

Washington currently has Shaun Dion Hamilton or Josh Harvey-Clemons as the next man up, but they could look outside of the roster for a replacement. Washington's other starting inside linebacker, Mason Foster, led the team in tackling in 2018 with 131 combined tackles (81 solo). He will likely be tasked with doing the same in 2019.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter
May 20: 11:20 AM EST
Shane Ray signs with Baltimore
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Shane Ray signs a one-year deal with the Ravens.

Dynasty Analysis

A first round pick by the Broncos in 2015, Shane Ray had an excellent sophomore campaign recording eight sacks, but has struggled with injuries ever since. Ray will look to re-establish his value on a Baltimore team that lacks high-end pass-rushing talent.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL.com
May 17: 6:39 PM EST
Jamie Collins is heading back to the Patriots
Jamie Collins - LB, NEP

Jamie Collins was signed to a one-year deal with the patriots.

Dynasty Analysis

The deal is worth just over one-million dollars, ($250,000 guaranteed,) but could reach five-million dollars with incentives. This is an excellent landing spot for Collins who put up some of his best years in New England before seeing his fantasy appeal diminish after being traded to the Browns in 2016. He is currently DLF's 33rd ranked dynasty linebacker, but should see a rise in value now that he has found a home.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Ian Rapoport Via Twitter
May 17: 5:56 PM EST
Darron Lee traded to Chiefs
Darron Lee - LB, KCC

The Chiefs have agreed to terms with the Jets to exchange fourth-year linebacker Darron Lee for a sixth-round pick.

Dynasty Analysis

Despite grading out with Pro Football Focus' fifth-best score in coverage for a linebacker with at least 400 such snaps in 2018, the former first round pick of the Jets had worn out his welcome. Even with Adam Gase assuming the role of interim GM just today, he wasted no time moving Lee out of town. While Lee sports an athletic profile and has excelled in coverage, he's been less than stellar in run defense.

In three seasons with the Jets, Lee averaged 79 combined tackles a season and has not been much of a factor in pass rush. After being blanked in his first two campaigns, he intercepted three passes last season. In Kansas City he will presumably slide into the Will linebacker role in the Chiefs new 4-3 base, and he will compete with Anthony Hitchens and Dorian O'Daniel for a role in sub packages.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter
May 15: 8:36 PM EST
Telvin Smith stepping away from Jaguars
Telvin Smith - LB, JAC

The Jacksonville linebacker announced on his Instagram account that he would be stepping away from the team in 2019.

Dynasty Analysis

The news is certainly shocking, and it's currently unclear what caused Smith to step away. In the post he denies his departure having anything to do with trade rumors. His post also makes it sound like he plans to return to the Jaguars in the future, saying: "I started my career in Jacksonville & the day I do decided [sic] to call it quits it will be right here in Duval. I love y'all & even in my time off it's #10toesdwn ya feel me!!!"

Before the news, Smith was DLF's LB4 after recording a career high 100 solo tackles in 2018. He's had 100-plus combined tackles in each season since be drafted by drafted by Jacksonville in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Whoever steps into Smith's role with the Jaguars will have big shoes to fill and would require rostering in all IDP formats.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter
May 9: 2:53 PM EST
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