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Kalen Ballage signs with the Jets
Kalen Ballage - RB, NYJ

Kalen Ballage has signed with the New York Jets.

Dynasty Analysis

Yes, the Ballage of the 1.8 yards per carry has resurfaced in New York with his old coach Adam Gase. Ballage was terrible last season for Miami, rushing for 135 yards and three touchdowns on 74 carries. He'll be in the mix with Frank Gore and Josh Adams moving forward, though none of them seem to be great options at the moment. Ballage can be kept on the waiver wire.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Sep 15: 6:38 PM EST
Le'Veon Bell lands on IR
Le'Veon Bell - RB, NYJ

The Jets have placed Le'Veon Bell on IR, making him unavailable for the next three weeks.

Dynasty Analysis

Bell was reportedly in great shape and ready to make an impact this season. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like that's going to happen any time soon as he's battling a hamstring injury. Head Coach Adam Gase is taking the blame for re-inserting Bell back into his last game knowing he was injured and it will now cost Bell the better part of September. Let's be honest here. The experiment of Bell out of Pittsburgh has been an abject disaster. He looks a step slow, needs a change of scenery and simply looks washed up at the moment. Bell is currently our RB28, but his ranking and ADP are falling like Enron stock.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Sep 15: 6:29 PM EST
Allen Robinson seeks a trade
Allen Robinson - WR, CHI

Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson has reportedly asked for a trade.

Dynasty Analysis

The contract-year receiver reportedly wants a trade out of the Windy City now that contract talks have broken down. After a whole host of other receivers and impact players received extensions, Robinson clearly wants his piece of the pie. The Bears hold all the cards here as Robinson is still under contract. Our WR19, Robinson consistently produces when he's healthy and a whole host of teams would likely line up at the chance to acquire him. While this is just posturing for the moment, Robinson is clearly unhappy. A change of scenery would open up targets for Darnell Mooney, Anthony Miller and even Ted Ginn.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Sep 15: 5:09 PM EST
Blake Jarwin has torn ACL
Blake Jarwin - TE, DAL

Updating our previous report, the Cowboys confirmed tight end Blake Jarwin did suffer a torn ACL.

Dynasty Analysis

Jarwin went down awkwardly without contact and anything other than an ACL would be a surprise and good news. He's been a fast-riser at the position with veteran Jason Witten moving on to Las Vegas, putting Jarwin in direct line for a massive increase in targets. As it stands, his 2020 season lasted all of 3/4 of one game and will end with an I.R. designation. Jarwin is listed as DLF's TE21 and his value will decline further on this report.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Calvin Watkins via Twitter
Sep 15: 4:25 PM EST
Isaiah Ford's role could increase
Isaiah Ford - WR, MIA

Dolphins receiver Isaiah Ford played 46 (74%) of the team's offensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.

Dynasty Analysis

He only produced 13 yards on 2-of-4 receiving. Fellow receiver DeVante Parker exited with what appears to be a mid-grade hamstring injury and is likely to miss week two. Ford appears to be next-up in the receiver rotation and though he doesn't project as a starter in fantasy anytime soon, deep dynasty league coaches should continue to watch the fourth-year player for signs of development and consistent production. Isaiah Ford remains unranked DLF's receiver rankings and is off the dynasty radar completely.

DLF Analyst:       Source: FootballGuys
Sep 15: 2:03 PM EST
Preston Williams appears healthy

In the Dolphins week one loss to the Patriots, receiver Preston Williams led the receivers by playing 56 (90%) of the team's offensive snaps.

Dynasty Analysis

The team and Williams must feel confident about his return from a torn ACL. That said, Williams could only muster 41 yards on two receptions but did see a team-high seven targets. Fellow receiver DeVante Parker reeled in all four of his targets for 47 yards but only saw action on 23 (37%) snaps due to an injured hamstring. Parker looks unlikely to play in week two, thrusting Williams into the spotlight as the WR1. He'll be no more than a flex-play for receiver-needy teams but the bigger story here revolves his apparent full recovery from his 2019 ACL injury. He is found as DLF's WR47.

DLF Analyst:       Source: FootballGuys
Sep 15: 1:58 PM EST
Rams have cloudy RB rotation
Malcolm Brown - RB, LAR

Rams head coach Sean McVay shared his thoughts related to the team's run-game and running back rotation going forward.

Dynasty Analysis

Heading into week one, it was anyone's guess as to how McVay would utilize his three backs with most expecting Cam Akers to take the lead. In the end, it was Malcolm Brown who led the way and had a big day. So, what can we expect going forward? Following are a few quotes from the head coach: “I think yesterday was kind of indicative. I think Malcolm got a little bit more work just based on the flow of the game than maybe what we had anticipated, but he was rolling. He had a great feel. There was a lot of situations where he happened to be in the game and we did run it and he got some tough, hard-earned yards. I thought his fourth-down run was phenomenal where he created a lot of that on his own. You see the tough touchdown runs that he had. But I think that’s par for the course.” Related to looking forward, McVay opined: "I would say this, as the game unfolds each week, can kind of present some new things in terms of what do we like, what kind of concepts in the run game do we want to be able to activate?” Speaking more about Cam Akers he went on: "Cam is going to continue to be a big part of our offense. Last night it was Malcolm’s night and I thought he delivered in a big way. It might be the same next week in Philly. It might be different. I think each week we’ll kind of present different approaches, but we feel good about three running backs. I thought it was good just to get Darrell in there for a couple of carries as well, even though he was a little bit more limited, but I think as he continues to get healthy, we feel really good about all three of those backs.”

Clearly, it's a fluid situation and a weekly start-sit decision fraught with risk. The backfield should belong to Akers looking beyond 2020 as Brown is a free agent in 2021 and isn't likely to be a priority for the team who will likely focus on more mainstream players. Brown's productivity from week one cannot be ignored and it will be difficult to keep him off the field in crucial situations but nothing here is written in stone. Dynasty players should acquire Akers for the long term while favoring Brown, if absolutely necessary, week-to-week within the 2020 season.

DLF Analyst:       Source: USA Today
Sep 15: 1:42 PM EST
Odell Beckham could be traded
Odell Beckham - WR, CLE

According to Mike Francesa via Twitter, the Browns are "looking to trade Odell"

Dynasty Analysis

It's an ongoing saga as to who to believe as reports continue to swirl about the team trying to move on from the mercurial receiver. It should be noted that following Francesa's declaration, it was immediate shot down by NFL pundit and inside Benjamin Albright. Following week one's 38-6 drubbing courtesy of the Ravens, the talk should reach a crescendo soon and another poor showing in week two could elicit a firestorm criticism and media prognostication. For his part in week one, Beckham secured 3-of-10 targets for a meager 22 yards and continued to struggle with chemistry with quarterback Baker Mayfield who continues to endure increasing criticism himself for poor play. Turning 28 in November and currently DLF's WR15, the only thing holding up OBJ's value is the 'what was' from his rookie season through 2016 while with the Giants.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Mike Francesa via Twitter
Sep 15: 1:22 PM EST
James Conner exits early again
James Conner - RB, PIT

Steelers running back James Conner exited the game due to an ankle injury and did not return.

Dynasty Analysis

He had a dismal night before exiting, posting 6/9/0 stat line while also pulling down two receptions for eight yards. The good news today is the report that Conner seems to have avoided a high-ankle sprain. The bigger issue again, though, is the consistent trend of Conner not being able to finish games. In his rookie season, Conner appeared in 14 contests but has yet to reach that number in the years following, playing in only 10 in 2019. Head coach Mike Tomlin is on record as saying he has no concerns about Conner's long term durability which, simply put, cannot be true. The fourth-year back's dynasty value continues to slide and will continue in earnest again in the days following week one from owners growing further frustrated with his inability to stay on the field. As DLF's RB27, Conner owners are in a difficult position in that he carries too much upside potential to move for the expected return value. In all likelihood, he will need to be held in the hope he can return to the field quickly and remain durable for the remainder of the season.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Sep 15: 12:49 PM EST
Bryan Edwards very quiet
Bryan Edwards - WR, LVR

Las Vegas rookie receiver Bryan Edwards had a very quiet debut, catching his lone target for nine yards.

Dynasty Analysis

There may have been no more-hyped player in the weeks prior to kickoff of the 2020 NFL season than Edwards. His debut, along with most of his fellow rookie classmates, is a good reminder that it will take time the players to find their footing, get experience and produce consistently, with many destined to not produce at all. Edwards has a prime opportunity in that he's now a starter on the very young team and his rapport with quarterback Derek Carr should grow quickly. With good (6'3/215) size and massive collegiate production, Edwards should find consistency in time for the team and his WR48 ranking on DLF should begin the slow creep higher.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Sep 14: 12:10 PM EST
Justin Jefferson has quiet opening

Minnesota rookie receiver Justin Jefferson produced only 26 yards on two-of-three receiving in a loss to the Packers in week one.

Dynasty Analysis

It was a slow start for most of the rookie receivers in their first week of action and Jefferson was no exception. Called "the real deal" by local media, it will take time for the precision route runner to gain experience and rapport with quarterback Kirk Cousins. The arrows continue to point up for the receiver though he's best left on your bench in favor of more established options. Justin Jefferson is found as DLF's WR29.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Sep 14: 11:43 AM EST
Antonio Gibson quiet
Antonio Gibson - RB, WAS

Rookie running back Antonio Gibson rushed for 36 yards on nine carries in a surprising win vs. the Eagles in week one.

Dynasty Analysis

Gibson has been screaming up rankings in recent weeks as it appeared he was in for a significant role increase prior to Adrian Peterson's eventual release. The do-it-all back did manage a 4.0 ypc. average which included a 20-yard scamper, but he only hauled in two targets as a receiver, good for eight yards. It appears the team is more comfortable with Peyton Barber who produced two touchdowns on the day, but only produced 29 yards on 17 carries himself. Washington was a surprise winner in week one vs. the Eagles and it's anyone's guess how the touches are distributed in week two when the team squares off against the Cardinals in the desert. Until we see more utilization of Gibson, he's best used as a last-flex play on dynasty rosters but his arrows remain pointing up as DLF's RB21.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Sep 14: 11:35 AM EST
Jalen Reagor logs one reception
Jalen Reagor - WR, PHI

Eagles rookie receiver Jalen Reagor produced one reception for 55 yards in a loss to the Washington Football Team

Dynasty Analysis

He totaled four targets overall and didn't register a catch after the first quarter. The rookie is richly valued as DLF's WR24 but has a golden opportunity with a starting role in an offense with no true WR1, Known for his dynamic ability with the ball in his hands but questionable separation skill, Reagor's production should grow as he gains experience and generates rapport with quarterback Carson Wentz. The Eagles visit Rams and their notable secondary in week two, possibly drawing Jalen Ramsey in coverage.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Sep 14: 11:28 AM EST
Henry Ruggs leads Raiders
Henry Ruggs - WR, LVR

Las Vegas rookie receiver Henry Ruggs led all Raider receivers with 55 yards on three receptions.

Dynasty Analysis

Ruggs could have scored on his 45 yard play though the pass was under-thrown and the speedster had to pull up to secure the reception, falling an inch short of the goal line. Ruggs would add two more receptions for 10 yards before giving the team a scare when he departed with what appeared to be a knee injury. He would return later in the game but didn't produce any further receptions. Ruggs' speed appears as advertised and it will take time for Derek Carr to adjust but Ruggs' game-changing dynamic, a welcome addition to an offense badly needing receivers. Ranked as DLF's WR34, Ruggs can continue to climb the rankings with continued production.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Sep 14: 11:15 AM EST
Jonathan Taylor in prime position
Jonathan Taylor - RB, IND

With the news that starting running back Marlon Mack will miss the remainder of the season (Achilles), rookie runner Jonathan Taylor is now in prime position.

Dynasty Analysis

Taylor found little running room on the day, producing only 22 yards on nine carries but surprisingly reeled in all six of his targets in the passing game, producing 67 receiving yards. Known for his bruising downhill style of running and his less-than-ideal hands as a receiver, he displayed receiving ability out of the backfield in his first game as a professional. More importantly, with Marlon Mack no longer a part of the backfield rotation, Taylor will be in for a significant increase in touches and is the odds-on favorite to lead the team in rushing for 2020, potentially competing with Clyde Edwards-Helaire for offensive rookie of the year. It's a monster development for those possessing Taylor. He's found as DLF's RB9.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Sep 14: 11:04 AM EST
Marlon Mack done for season
Marlon Mack - RB, IND

Colts running back Marlon Mack is done for the season after tearing his Achilles tendon

Dynasty Analysis

It's a crushing blow for the contract-year runner. Mack looked fluid and productive prior to the injury, rushing for 26 yards on four carries while reeling in three passes for 30 yards. Mega-upside rookie runner Jonathan Taylor will now settle into the early-down role and mix in with Nyheim Hines to round out the Colts' backfield while Mack has likely played his last down for the team and will set upon rehabbing for the remainder of the season to find work with a new team in 2021 as a free agent. Never appearing in more than 14 games, Mack has shown quality production when healthy but hasn't been able to remain off the trainer's table. Still only 24 years of age, he'll be a back to monitor during the next off-season. He's listed as DLF's RB40

DLF Analyst:       Source: Tom Pelissero via Twitter
Sep 14: 10:42 AM EST
Joshua Kelley scores touchdown
Joshua Kelley - RB, LAC

Chargers rookie running back Joshua Kelley rand for 60 yards and a touchdown in his NFL debut

Dynasty Analysis

Kelley's touchdown was from five yards out as he fluidly followed his blocks into the end zone. He also added a 26-yard scamper and ended the day with 12 carries for 60 yards and a touchdown. With he and fellow backup running back Justin Jackson vying for duty behind starter Austin Ekeler, Kelley's performance was likely enough to secure more touches in week two when the team hosts the Chiefs. In any case, it was a good first showing for the rookie, DLF's RB45.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Sep 14: 10:36 AM EST
Dalton Schultz may get upgrade
Dalton Schultz - TE, DAL

Dallas backup tight end may be the team's new starter as it appears Blake Jarwin may have torn his ACL

Dynasty Analysis

The news has yet to be confirmed but anything less would be a surprise. Schultz produced one reception for 11 yards following Jarwin's exit, nearly doubling his 2019 yardage total. Even with the upgrade, Schultz grades out as a backup level replacement at best and the team will likely look to the open market to replace Jarwin as a receiving threat. Dalton Schultz is unranked on DLF's tight end rankings.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Sep 14: 10:25 AM EST
Blake Jarwin may have torn ACL
Blake Jarwin - TE, DAL

Cowboys tight end Blake Jarwin may have torn his ACL

Dynasty Analysis

Jarwin went down awkwardly without contact and anything other than an ACL would be a surprise and good news. He's been a fast-riser at the position with veteran Jason Witten moving on to Las Vegas, putting Jarwin in direct line for a massive increase in targets. As it stands, it'll likely be confirmed today that his 2020 season lasted all of 3/4 of one game. Jarwin is listed as DLF's TE21 and his value should take a precipitous drop following confirmation of the injury.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Michael Gehlken
Sep 14: 10:21 AM EST
Cam Akers struggles
Cam Akers - RB, LAR

Rams rookie running back Cam Akers rushes for 39 yards on 14 carries

Dynasty Analysis

Playing behind Malcolm Brown, Akers struggled to find any open lanes and frequently showed little patience as he averaged a meager 2.8 ypc. He also reeled in his lone target for four yards. There's little doubt this will be Akers backfield in time but Brown's week one performance was enough to ensure a lion's share of touches in week two and it well could be a week-to-week and fluid backfield situation for the remainder of the year. Brown is a free agent in 2021 and has every motivation to keep performing at a high level while Akers gains experience to take the next step when his time comes. Cam Akers is found as DLF's RB15.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Sep 14: 10:09 AM EST
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