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Andy Dalton signs with Dallas
Andy Dalton - QB, DAL

Andy Dalton has signed a one-year deal to join the Dallas Cowboys.

Dynasty Analysis

The former TCU quarterback already owns a home in Dallas and obviously has ties to the State of Texas after playing for the Horned Frogs years ago, so this was a natural fit. The Cowboys were aggressive on this one, signing Dalton to a one-year deal worth up to $7 million that includes $3 million guaranteed. There was speculation out there that Dalton was willing to nab a backup deal and he did just that. Dak Prescott still holds all the leverage in terms of his contract negotiations, but Dallas just got themselves a fallback option if Prescott was to get hurt or hold out. Dalton is worthy of a roster spot in deep leagues as our QB39 as he could be a bit of a difference maker if he ever actually took the helm of this explosive offense. The chances of that are remote, but stranger things have happened.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter
May 2: 8:18 PM EST
John Ross has fifth-year option declined
John Ross - WR, CIN

The Bengals declined the fifth-year option on the contract of wide receiver John Ross.

Dynasty Analysis

Ross will now play out 2020 and enter 2021 as an unrestricted free agent. He has obvious speed to burn, but injuries have severely limited him during the first three years of his career, as he's appeared in just 24 of 48 possible games. Over that span, Ross has posted just 49 catches for 716 receiving yards and ten touchdowns. Even more disappointing is the fact he recorded an 11/270/3 line the first two games of last season, only to fall victim to injury once again after giving dynasty owners a glimmer of hope. With Tee Higgins in town and the combination of Tyler Boyd and AJ Green guaranteed starting spots, it's hard to see Ross doing much this season. Currently our WR45, he's looking like a roster clogger until he gets a second chance with a new team.

DLF Analyst:       Source: CBS
May 2: 4:53 PM EST
Mitchell Trubisky fifth-year option declined

The Bears have declined the fifth-year option on quarterback Mitchell Trubisky's contract.

Dynasty Analysis

After a solid 2018 season that featured a near 67% completion rate, 3,223 passing yards, 24 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and 421 rushing yards, Trubisky took a step back in every category last season. While his overall statistics still weren't awful (3,138/17/10), Trubisky takes too many sacks, doesn't use his athletic ability to his advantage and has simply failed to make those around him much better in his three years as the starter. With the addition of Nick Foles in Chicago, it's fair to wonder if Trubisky has started his last game for the Bears. He'll be under contract for this season, then an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. It's a calculated gamble for Chicago, who could let him walk if he continues his regression or franchise tag him if he beats out Foles and has a good season. Currently our QB34, Trubsiky's dynasty value is in serious peril.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NBC Chicago
May 2: 3:20 PM EST
A. Okwuegbunam reunites with Lock

Before selecting Missouri tight end Albert Okwuegbunam in the fourth round of the NLF Draft, the Broncos consulted with quarterback Drew Lock

Dynasty Analysis

Albert O. played with Lock for two seasons at Missouri, producing a total of 72 receptions, 881 yards and 17 touchdowns. That production faded following Lock's entrance into the NFL and in 2019, Okwuegbunam could only muster a 26/306/6 stat line and he elected to enter the NFL draft himself. In 2018, Albert O. was considered a potential first-round selection before his poor junior season. Of course, the Broncos invested in another athletic tight end, Noah Fant, in the 2019 draft at 20th overall in the first round. While there's been talk of lining up both in the same formation, with Fant's one-year head start and first-round status, it's hard to project material production for this year's rookie barring injury. As a rookie, Fant amassed a 40/562/3 line as a rookie, relatively impressive for a position with a long integration time in the NFL. Okwuegbunam has an NFL skill set but dynasty owners of DLF's TE39 will need to be patient, potentially for more than a single year before getting any indication of his potential projection.

DLF Analyst:       Source: USA Today
May 2: 10:38 AM EST
Justin Jefferson ROY dark horse

Bleacher Report writer Tyler Brooke believes Vikings rookie receiver Justin Jefferson is a Rookie of the Year (ROY) dark horse candidate.

Dynasty Analysis

Odell Beckham Jr. was the last receiver to win the honor in 2014. He also projects Jefferson to a very healthy 85/950/6 stat line. All his wildly optimistic forecasts for the first round rookie selections can be seen at the link below. Other notable predictions are Henry Ruggs (55/850/6), Jerry Jeudy (75/900/7), CeeDee Lamb (80/1,100/8), Jalen Reagor (58/820/5) and Brandon Aiyuk (65/850/7). While anything is possible and the 2020 rookie class is as deep a class of receivers as we've ever seen, each of these predictions appears to be 25%-30% heavy. Time will tell.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Bleacher Report
May 2: 10:20 AM EST
Chase Claypool could be a starter
Chase Claypool - WR, PIT

The Athletic's Ed Bouchette believes rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool should be able to "work his way quickly" into the starting lineup.

Dynasty Analysis

Specifically, Bouchette believes Claypool can assume the "X" role on the outside due to his speed and size (6'4/238). Prior to the draft, Claypool's ultimate NFL position was uncertain, with some teams believing he was better suited as a dynamic tight end while others remained confident in his wide receiver status. It seems the Steelers are in the latter camp and could ultimately line up the rookie across from Juju Smith-Schuster. Should Claypool be able to lock down a starting role, his current DLF WR73 ranking will see material upside. It's a situation to watch when training camp opens.

DLF Analyst:       Source: The Athletic
May 2: 9:50 AM EST
Eric Ebron may be the TE1
Eric Ebron - TE, PIT

The Athletic's Ed Bouchette believes Eric Ebron may sit atop the depth chart

Dynasty Analysis

It's a guess but one which makes sense with Vance McDonald's production tailing off over the past two years. Ebron, still only 27, was certainly added as a more athletic receiving option and famously produced 750 yards and a whopping 13 touchdowns in 2018 while with the Colts. He was then almost universally sold as a player who couldn't hope to reproduce those numbers in 2019. Proving all doubters correct, Ebron's production dropped to 375 yards and three touchdowns as he struggled with injury and relatively unimpressive offensive performance with Jacoby Brissett under center following Andrew Luck's retirement. With Ben Roethlisberger returning and the Steelers offense looking more capable in the passing game, Eric Ebron, DLF's TE23, is a fair bet to increase his production over that of 2019 should he remain off the trainer's table.

DLF Analyst:       Source: The Athletic
May 2: 9:40 AM EST
James Conner to see reduced role
James Conner - RB, PIT

The Athletic's Ed Bouchette sees a reduced workload for running back James Conner

Dynasty Analysis

It's an easy call to make and it has been obvious that Conner is quickly becoming just one back in a much larger committee. Conner, entering his fourth year, has seen reduced time on the field year over year due to injury, starting with 14 games in 2017, 13 in 2018 and only ten in 2019. With the rise of Benny Snell as a potential early down grinder and some combination of Jaylen Samuels (who some believe could be released), Kerrith Whyte and dynamic rookie Anthony McFarland as third-down and/or change-of-pace options, the writing is on the wall for Conner. He'll continue to get a chance at material carries as the best do-it-all option when healthy, but if history is any guide, he can't be counted on as a consistent dynasty asset. James Conner is DLF's RB29.

DLF Analyst:       Source: The Athletic
May 2: 9:30 AM EST
Leonard Fournette has option declined

The Jaguars have declined to exercise the fifth-year option on the contract of running back Leonard Fournette.

Dynasty Analysis

Fournette has a guaranteed salary of $4.1 million this season and the fifth-year option would have paid him $8.48 million in 2021. The Jaguars have seemingly soured on keeping Fournette long-term and have reportedly been attempting to find a trade partner over the past couple of weeks. After failing to deal him, they've now essentially committed to him for just one more season and will likely either move him or let him walk as an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. Fournette was solid last year with a career-high 1,152 rushing yards, 76 catches, 522 receiving yards and three touchdowns. While far from the dominant force many thought he'd be when entering the league, our RB18 is now in a contract year, clearly motivated and could represent a solid buy-low opportunity for dynasty owners.

DLF Analyst:       Source: The Spun
May 1: 5:17 PM EST
Chris Thompson signs with Jacksonville
Chris Thompson - RB, JAC

The Jaguars have signed former Washington running back Chris Thompson.

Dynasty Analysis

The seven year veteran leaves Washington after a pretty effective tenure that featured 212 catches, 1,772 receiving yards, 1,194 rushing yards and 15 total touchdowns across seven seasons. Thompson is far from a lead back and no threat for early down carries in Jacksonville. However, he's a very adept third down back and is likely to eat into Leonard Fournette's reception totals next season. Thompson is currently our RB86 and off the dynasty radar, but that could change now that he's been reunited with current OC Jay Gruden.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
May 1: 3:42 PM EST
Clyde Edwards-Helaire will share load

In the first confirmation since the Chiefs selected running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire during first round of the NFL Draft, GM Brett Veach said “I certainly think it’s going to be a shared load"

Dynasty Analysis

As rookie drafters struggle with who to select first overall, any clarification on early-season/career workload could make a difference. All the top running backs selected during this past draft fell to time-share situations though the load of each is certain to vary and it's only a matter of time before one of them emerges as the true workhorse. Now one week out from the draft, we have little certainty as to which of these backs will ultimately be the primary dynasty asset to own, and all of them possess their own nuance to suggest they are the best choice. CEH carries an intriguing skill-set and plays in an offense well-suited for his talents for a coach who knows how to leverage that talent. As DLF's rookie RB1, most still see CEH as the back to own in this draft but the margin between the backs is extremely thin.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ProFootballTalk via Twitter
May 1: 11:05 AM EST
Andy Dalton seeing interest from Jags
Andy Dalton - QB, DAL

Jacksonville is expected to be interested in free agent quarterback Andy Dalton

Dynasty Analysis

It stands to reason with Jacksonville having only sophomore Gardner Minshew at quarterback with no established veteran depth behind him. Viewers of Good Morning Football on Friday may have caught Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone saying that Minshew was the starter but it was a rather hollow endorsement and it was obvious the team is looking for more competition at the position. Either way, there is an obvious fit in Jacksonville though Dalton will certainly take his time exploring potential suitors for the quickest path back under center on game days.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Jeff Darlington via Twitter
May 1: 10:56 AM EST
Corey Davis has fifth-year option declined
Corey Davis - WR, TEN

The Titans declined to exercise the fifth-year option on receiver Corey Davis

Dynasty Analysis

No surprise here after Davis has been a complete bust relative to expectations after being the fifth overall selection in the 2017 Draft. It's hard to come to grips with just how disappointing Davis has been since arriving in the league with great size, collegiate resume' and opportunity as a true WR1 in an offense needing just that. In three years, Davis has amassed a total of 142 receptions, 1,867 yards and six touchdowns. That's not going to cut it and now as a looming free agent, Davis can audition for his next team. Perhaps that will be the catalyst to light the fire and it seems the Titans have already move on in their plans without Davis being in them as well. A selection of Davis, DLF's WR57, is a selection with the hope he lands with a new team with a veteran quarterback in 2021.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Tom Pelissero via Twitter
May 1: 10:38 AM EST
Ted Ginn signs with Chicago
Ted Ginn Jr. - WR, CHI

The Bears have signed wide receiver Ted Ginn to a one-year deal.

Dynasty Analysis

The Bears have been looking for a deep threat this off-season and have settled on signing the 13-year veteran to a one-year pact. Ginn has always been a one tricky pony, but has managed to stay in the league for a long, long time after originally being the ninth overall pick in the 2007 draft by the Miami Dolphins. He'll now join his sixth team as his career undoubtedly winds down. His presence throws a bit of cold water on young players like Darnell Mooney, but Ginn is no sure bet to play much, either. If you're into fun facts, consider this - Ginn scored ten touchdowns in 2015 with the Panthers and has just 23 in his other 11 seasons in the league. He's completely off the dynasty radar.

DLF Analyst:       Source: PFT
Apr 30: 1:31 PM EST
D'Andre Swift receives intriguing comparisons
D'Andre Swift - RB, DET

Legendary evaluator Greg Cosell compares D'Andre Swift to Dalvin Cook and Alvin Kamara

Dynasty Analysis

Either will do. The question is, like the other rookie backs in this class, how much of a workload will they see in 2020? It's anyone's guess but Swift, as arguably the most well-rounded rookie running back in 2020, fell to the second round and to the Lions who are wanting to move to a more run-based approach. Kerryon Johnson still factors in the team's plans and Swift's workload can't accurately be estimated until we see it play out after the season kicks off, hopefully in September. Working against Swift is that, though willing, he's not seen as a power back and Johnson could still factor on many early-down opportunities. D'Andre Swift is currently DLF's rookie RB3 with only one of our seven rankers listing him as the RB1. He's found as the RB12 overall.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Detroit Lions
Apr 30: 12:55 PM EST
C. Edwards-Helaire special and unique

Chiefs General Manager Brett Veach spoke to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio about the team's selection of Clyde Edwards-Helaire at the end of the NFL Draft

Dynasty Analysis

The 2020 rookie class is very deep and the running back position sports at least five which could be household names within two years, four of them with a potential of seeing significant touches in 2020. Dynasty coaches hold the 1.01 in rookie drafts will have a difficult choice to make. While Veach didn't expand on the team's intentions related to workload for CEH, he made it obvious, yet again, both he and Andy Reid see him as a "special and unique" talent at the end of the first round, not one you could approximate in the fourth or fifth round. The Chiefs rarely use a single-back approach and Damien Williams, among others, is still in the fold meaning CEH's touches could be limited by a true committee at the position but it's obvious they have big plans for the diminutive Edwards-Helaire. He's currently DLF's rookie RB1 and RB9 within our overall running back rankings.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Arrowhead Pride
Apr 30: 12:39 PM EST
Jaylen Samuels on the roster bubble
Jaylen Samuels - RB, PIT

Following the selection of rookie running back Anthony McFarland Jr., Jaylen Samuels could be the odd man out in the backfield

Dynasty Analysis

It's only speculation by the SteelersWire blog but it makes sense as his reps fell in 2019 to James Conner, Benny Snell and even fullback Derek Watt. McFarland is a true speed back with long-play ability who should factor immediately in a rotation with the aforementioned power backs and, potentially, even Kerrith Whyte. The choice will undoubtedly come down to Samuels or Whyte, both of which have little current dynasty value. Samuels did reel in 47-of-57 targets in 2019 for 305 yards and one touchdown in 2019 but doesn't project well into 2020. Without major misfortune striking to the backs above him on the depth chart, dynasty leaguers can likely move on from Jaylen Samuels.

DLF Analyst:       Source: USA Today
Apr 30: 12:23 PM EST
Mike Williams has fifth year option picked up
Mike Williams - WR, LAC

The Chargers have exercised the fifth year option on receiver Mike Williams

Dynasty Analysis

After an injury shortened rookie season in 2017, Williams' production has been steadily increasing and he eclipsed the 1,000 yard plateau (1,001) for the first time in 2019. All arrows were pointing up for Williams heading into 2020 before Philip Rivers moved on to Indy in free agency and the team has endorsed Tyrod Taylor as the near-term quarterback with rookie Justin Herbert waiting in the wings. Regardless who is under-center, Williams will be the WR2 behind Keenan Allen and is a candidate for more than 100 targets for the first time in his career. He's found as DLF's WR44.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Albert Breer via Twitter
Apr 30: 12:07 PM EST
Patrick Mahomes has fifth year option picked up
Patrick Mahomes - QB, KCC

The Chiefs have exercised the fifth year option on the contract of quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Dynasty Analysis

The option will keep Mahomes under team control through the 2021 season, but Kansas City is also expected to eventually sign him to a contract that should make him the highest paid quarterback in NFL history. Mahomes has taken the NFL world by storm, en route to leading the Chiefs to a Super Bowl victory and putting up some ridiculous numbers in the process. While his 2019 season wasn't quite as good as 2018, Mahomes is on another level in fantasy and reality and has only Lamar Jackson to compete with him to be the QB1 in dynasty leagues. He's a pillar to build a dynasty team around and one of only a handful of quarterbacks who can make a real difference in winning a fantasy championship.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Arrowhead Pride
Apr 30: 10:49 AM EST
Andy Dalton released
Andy Dalton - QB, DAL

The Bengals have released Andy Dalton

Dynasty Analysis

It's not a surprising move though there had been speculation the team could keep Dalton on the roster after selecting Joe Burrow first overall in the NFL Draft. It's said he requested his own release. In 2019, Dalton threw for 3,494 yards, 16 touchdowns to only 14 interceptions proving that he's still no worse than a middle-tier passer in the NFL. Sporting a 204:118 touchdown to interception ratio, Dalton won't remain a free agent for long and the dots leading to New England are already being connected, and rightly so. Of all available quarterbacks on the market, Dalton is the one most similar to Tom Brady though it does beg the question why the Patriots wouldn't have offered at least some compensation to the Bengals during the NFL Draft in trade for the Red Rifle if they were interested, fully understanding the quarterback would be on the move eventually. The 32 year-old Andy Dalton is found as DLF's QB40 and likely has one more starting gig in his future.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Adam Schefter via Twitter
Apr 30: 9:56 AM EST
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