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Preston Williams will be ready

Dolphins receiver Preston Williams says he will be ready for the start of the regular season

Dynasty Analysis

Williams tore his ACL in November and he's certain to be sidelined for much of camp while his rehab continues, possibly returning late in the pre-season to test his progress. ACL injuries often take up to a year to fully heal from, both physically and mentally. The 2019 rookie out of Colorado State emerged onto the dynasty scene from off-the-radar, compiling 32 receptions, 428 yards and three touchdowns in eight games before falling to injury. With a huge frame (6'5/218) and plus-level speed, the sophomore starter is primed for a solid 2020 and as DLF's WR49, has significantly upside sleeper potential. Rebuilding dynasty coaches may wish to consider a buy-low acquisition prior to his return to the field.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Miami Herald
Feb 4: 10:47 AM EST
Vernon Davis announces retirement

Redskins tight end Vernon Davis announced his retirement

Dynasty Analysis

It was a unique way to announce his decision to be sure. The 36 year old was expected to hang up the cleats so his decision comes as no surprise. The Redskins have great need at the position and with Davis out of the picture, Jordan Reed not expected to return and only Jeremy Sprinkle and Hale Hentges remaining, expect it to be a primary focus during the NFL Draft and/or free agency. For Davis, who could muster only 35 receptions and three touchdowns over the past two years and suffered from concussions with the Redskins, he'll be far more remembered for his years with the 49'ers and two years (2009, 2013) when he scored 13 touchdowns while nearly eclipsing 1,000 yards. Over his career he amassed a 583/7,562/63 line. He can be safely removed from any future dynasty rosters.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Ian Rapoport via Twitter
Feb 3: 11:55 AM EST
TJ Hockenson hoping to learn from Tony Gonzalez
TJ Hockenson - TE, DET

Detroit Lions tight end TJ Hockenson recently gave Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez a shoutout on Twitter: "Would love the opportunity to learn from the best. You say when and where and I’m there. @TonyGonzalez88"

Dynasty Analysis

Lost a bit in the media coverage during the excitement of Super Bowl week, Hockenson sent the tweet out on January 29. The next day, The Detroit Free Press put out an article where Gonzalez was quoted saying of the promising rookie: “He’s off to such a great start... hopefully I’ll get a chance to talk to him... if you do see him, tell him to reach out to me because to me that’s what separates the good ones from the great ones."

It's likely that reporter passed along that info prior to the article be published, based on the tone and timing of Hockenson's tweet. While he may not yet have lived up to the lofty expectations fantasy owners, Hockenson still had a pretty good rookie season (32 receptions, 367, and 2 touchdowns in 12 games) before an ankle injury landed him on IR. At a position that traditionally takes a few years to develop, there is plenty of room for optimism for DLF's TE8. Learning from one of the all-time greats certainly wouldn't hurt.

DLF Analyst:      
Feb 3: 10:01 AM EST
Tight ends in focus
Jordan Reed - TE, WAS

The Redskins have a huge gap to fill at the tight end position with word Jordan Reed may be able to return from his latest concussion

Dynasty Analysis

Slated to make $10.3M in 2020, it's a likely conclusion the team will release him this off-season and save $8.5M against the cap. But word is that Reed could return following his reported seventh concussion. Fellow veteran Vernon Davis also struggled with a concussion in 2019 leaving only Jeremy Sprinkle to fill the role, who didn't perform particularly well. Now with Riverboat Ron Rivera in town as the team's next attempt at turning the team around, expect tight end to be high on the list of positions to address. Note, also, that veteran Greg Olsen has mutually parted ways with Carolina and may have another year to play before retiring to the Fox broadcasting booth.

When fully healthy, few tight ends possess the dynamic of Jordan Reed and/or Vernon Davis but concussions have changed the game and both are risky propositions at best. Expect the Redskins to move on from both Reed and Davis, sign a veteran as a stop-gap and seek an upside rookie talent via the 2020 NFL Draft.

DLF Analyst:       Source: The Athletic
Feb 2: 10:30 AM EST
Jason Witten still undecided

Cowboys veteran tight end is still undecided on retirement

Dynasty Analysis

In the video linked above, Witten says he's still going through the process and is "leaning toward playing." Soon to be 38, there's been no talk as to whether the Cowboys are willing to bring Witten back as a new coaching regime takes over for the departed Jason Garrett (NYG). Even with his advanced age, Witten put up a 63/529/4 line in 2019 as a valuable check down target for Dak Prescott. He's found as DLF's TE43 and his best fantasy days are long behind him.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Rob Maaddi via Twitter
Feb 2: 10:08 AM EST
Sammy Watkins considering options
Sammy Watkins - WR, KCC

In a somewhat odd interview, Chiefs receiver Sammy Watkins said he's considering all options including take a year off to "rest up and chill."

Dynasty Analysis

Watkins is heading into the final year of his contract and has the most important game of his career looming on Sunday. The Chiefs are staring down the barrel of cap issues and Watkins referenced both Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce while noting he may not return if they win the Super Bowl. In the same breath he also mentioned not wishing to go back to a losing situation and loving Kansas City. The statement seems to be far more a negotiating ploy but only time will tell. Watkins has long frustrated fantasy owners after being a high first round selection by the Buffalo Bills in 2014. He again teased fantasy owners in 2019, leading out with three touchdowns and 198 yards against Jacksonville in week one but wouldn't score again and only produced 673 yards on the season, on 52 receptions. The 26 year old receiver has multiple years ahead of him should he desire it though his fantasy future is murky at best. He'll remain a high-ceiling player wherever he plays but is best played in fantasy as a WR3/WR4 as he struggles with consistency. Sammy Watkins is found as DLF's WR41

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 31: 1:50 PM EST
Greg Olsen won't be back in Carolina

Panthers veteran tight end Greg Olsen announced that he and the team have mutually parted ways

Dynasty Analysis

A Panther since 2011, the news isn't a shock though it's not a given Olsen is headed for the announcing booth just yet. The Bills and Bears have both been mentioned as perfect fits for the productive player but it's up to Olsen to decide where his future lies as he has a standing booth offer from Fox. The 34 year old is DLF's TE32 and has upside for 2020 should he return for one more season.

DLF Analyst:       Source: USA Today
Jan 31: 1:29 PM EST
Robby Anderson could be a Raider

The Raiders reportedly had the most interest in free agent receiver Robby Anderson prior to 2019's trade deadline.

Dynasty Analysis

The Jets played hard-ball and lost by holding out for at least a third round selection in return for the upcoming free agent. Instead, they'll get nothing in return and could attempt to sign him to a long term contract when free agency opens up in March, unlikely as that is. In all likelihood, Anderson will don a new uniform in 2020 and the deep threat would be a good fit in Las Vegas, in more ways than one. Anderson has yet to eclipse 1,000 yards and produced a 52/779/5 line in 2019 with poor quarterback play for the first half of the season. He produced four touchdowns and two one hundred yard games over his past seven to close out 2019. Still only 26 years of age, DLF's WR43 does have upside as a WR4 in the right situation but carries continued inconsistency risk until proven otherwise.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Ian Rapoport via Twitter
Jan 31: 1:15 PM EST
Frank Gore wants to play one more
Frank Gore - RB, BUF

Free agent Frank Gore would like to play one more season but is going to wait until March to see if there is interest

Dynasty Analysis

It's hard to fathom for the soon-to-be 37 year old but stranger things have occurred. Gore expressed interest in returning to the Dolphins but that seems unlikely considering the Dolphins' rebuild process with a focus on youth. Gore averaged 3.6 ypc. in 2019, producing 599 yards and two touchdowns before eventually giving way to rookie Devin Singletary. While he may continue his career for one more year, DLF's RB86 days in the sun are well behind him and he has little value remaining in dynasty.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Miami Herald
Jan 31: 1:05 PM EST
Ryan Fitzpatrick returning for 2020

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick confirmed he is returning for 2020

Dynasty Analysis

It's a good move for the Dolphins, who are expected to use a high pick on one of the rookie quarterbacks in the NFL Draft. Fitz threw for 3,529 yards with 20 touchdowns to only 13 interceptions in 2019 and helped the forgotten DeVante Parker finally emerge as the receiver many had expected until injury and inconsistent play saw him fall off the radar almost completely. For Fitzpatrick, he'll see one more year as a starter while he grooms a rookie to start in 2021, perhaps earlier should the Dolphins fall from the playoff race by mid-season. He's found as DLF's QB33 and has more value in redraft than dynasty but could be a viable spot play in 2020 when bye weeks or injuries occur.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Ian Rapoport via Twitter
Jan 31: 12:54 PM EST
Kareem Hunt admits to marijuana use
Kareem Hunt - RB, CLE

Browns running back Kareem Hunt was pulled over for suspected speeding and was found to have an open container of Vodka in the car along with marijuana in a backpack.

Dynasty Analysis

Hunt claims the marijuana wasn't his but also admitted that he'd fail a drug test if one was administered. The officer went out of his way to ensure he only came out of the encounter with a speeding ticket and it appears as though the entire issue may just blow over without any action by the NFL. Suspended for the first half of 2019, Hunt came on over the past eight games to rush for 179 yards and two touchdowns while producing 37 receptions for 285 yards and another touchdown. A restricted free agent (RFA) in 2020, the Browns would love to pair Hunt with Nick Chubb again for one more year. Kareem Hunt is found as DLF's RB21.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 28: 11:53 AM EST
Philip Rivers and Chargers parting ways

The Chargers have "moved on from Philip Rivers," according to multiple sources citing Jay Glazer.

Dynasty Analysis

Heading into the offseason, this parting felt likely and now seems to be almost official. Rivers, DLF's QB28, appears to be the first domino to fall in what could be a vastly changing quarterback landscape this offseason. While Rivers' long term value has shrunk tremendously after a trying season, he could be a cheap and rewarding dynasty asset in 2020 if he lands with the right team, perhaps someplace like Tampa or Indianapolis.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Jason B. Hirschhom on Twitter
Jan 27: 3:39 PM EST
Joshua Kelley impressed at Senior Bowl

UCLA running back Joshua Kelley ran for 105 yards on 15 rushes in a win vs. the South in the 2020 Senior Bowl

Dynasty Analysis

The two-year back for UCLA is flying under the radar but carries good size (5'11/219) and has an NFL early-down skill set while showing adequate hands for potential greater work. Kelley produced two 1,000+ yard rushing seasons for the Bruins and totaled 12 touchdowns in each of his two years. A no-nonsense downhill-runner with sufficient speed at the second-level, Kelley doesn't waste time behind the line of scrimmage and is a pure one-cut back who could be a late-round selection during the NFL Draft, especially for teams employing a zone blocking scheme. His Senior Bowl performance will force NFL scouts to do further review, possibly increasing his draft stock. Joshua Kelley is ranked as DLF's RB18 in our rookie running back rankings and he'll be an intriguing late round selection in dynasty rookie drafts depending on his ultimate landing spot.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 26: 2:18 PM EST
Jordan Love underwhelming in Senior Bowl

Jordan Love failed to make a significant impression in a win vs. the South in the 2020 Senior Bowl

Dynasty Analysis

The performance won't impact Love's "fast-riser" status in fantasy as dynasty coaches seek the next Patrick Mahomes or Lamar Jackson but we hoped to see more toward creating further buzz. On the day, Love threw for 26 yards on 4-of-6 passing and rushed four times for four yards. Love is an intriguing prospect but clearly not the talent that both Mahomes and Jackson were coming out. That said, he's still in the mix for hearing his name called in the first round of the NFL Draft, many mocking him to the New England Patriots. Love followed a tremendous 2018 season with a notable dip in touchdown production and a large increase in interceptions. While still sporting a 61.9% completion percentage, he tallied a 20:17 touchdown to interception ratio following a 32:6 ration in 2018. The athletic-but-raw talent should remain a higher-risk, late-second round, selection in rookie dynasty drafts as coaches try to catch lightning in a bottle. Jordan Love is found as DLF's QB4 in our rookie quarterback rankings and could overtake Justin Herbert (QB3) prior to the draft.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 26: 1:59 PM EST
Darius Anderson leads the North

TCU running back Darius Anderson led the North in receiving in the Senior Bowl.

Dynasty Analysis

On the day, Anderson rushed for 43 yards on seven carries but did damage in the passing game with two receptions for 87 yards including a 75 yard touchdown. The long touchdown was a wide open reception down the left sideline and Anderson barely outran two quickly-closing defenders to get inside the pylon. The reception showcased Anderson's most significant concern, long speed, but his seven rushes for 43 yards (6.1 ypc.) was on par with his TCU career production showing some inside-running ability. Anderson is ranked as DLF's RB19 on our rookie running back rankings and is likely a day-three prospect during the NFL Draft.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 26: 1:44 PM EST
Justin Herbert named MVP

Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert was named MVP of the Senior Bowl

Dynasty Analysis

It wasn't an awe inspiring performance but the senior boosts his pre-draft stock with a good showing in a loss vs. the South in the Senior Bowl. On the day, Herbert threw for 83 yards and a touchdown on 9-of-12 passing. Herbert, currently ranked as DLF's QB3 in our 2020 rookie quarterback rankings, has no hope of overtaking Joe Burrow (LSU) or Tua Tagovailoa (Alabamas) in the rankings and could fall to fourth with the recent rise of Jordan Love (Utah State). With good size (6'6/225) and an adequate arm, Herbert should still be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 26: 1:33 PM EST
Jimmy Graham release expected
Jimmy Graham - TE, GBP

The Packers are expected to release tight end Jimmy Graham

Dynasty Analysis

It should come as no surprise following another year of sub-part performance and obvious loss of dynamic. While Graham has played in all 16 games over the past four seasons, he's never looked anything close to resembling the dynamic receiver from his days with the Saints. He did total 10 touchdowns in 2017, his last year with Seattle, but has only five touchdowns in two years with the Packers. He may elect to retire or could secure a backup role with another team in coming months, but in either case, it's safe to move on from the once-elite talent. Jimmy Graham is found as DLF's TE38 and will fall further in coming weeks.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette
Jan 26: 1:24 PM EST
Eli Manning retires
Eli Manning - QB, NYG

Eli Manning has announced his retirement after 16 seasons

Dynasty Analysis

The writing was on the wall and his fate was sealed following rookie Daniel Jones' ascension to the starting role early in the 2019 season. At 39 years of age, rather than grasping for one or two more seasons as a starter, primarily to groom younger talent, Manning goes out with 16 years with the New York Giants, finishing 117-117 and two Super Bowl rings. Expect to see him in the broadcaster's booth in short order. It's safe to move on from Manning in all fantasy formats.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 23: 9:35 AM EST
Antonio Brown a suspect again

Free agent receiver Antonio Brown is a suspect in another battery incident

Dynasty Analysis

Brown's trainer was taken into custody and charged with "burglary with batter" while Brown remains a suspect but has yet to be taken into custody. Brown has reportedly locked himself in his house and is not responding to police attempts at contact. This follows an Instagram incident last week when Brown was filmed berating officers following another incident, this one involving the mother of his children. After appearing that a return to the NFL may be possible following a workout in New Orleans, Brown as again devolved into further self-destructive and emotionally unhinged behavior. A return to the NFL in 2020 is quickly becoming a fading proposition. Antonio Brown is found as DLF's WR87

DLF Analyst:       Source: USA Today
Jan 22: 4:33 PM EST
Philip Rivers rumors still swirling

There's continued buzz surrounding free agent Philip Rivers joining the Tampa Buccaneers in 2020

Dynasty Analysis

Jameis Winston is a free agent and Philip Rivers has permanently moved to Florida prior to his own impending free agency status. It appears to be a foregone conclusion that Rivers will not be returning to the Chargers and Bruce Arians has yet to offer Winston a vote of confidence to suggest his return to the Bucs for 2020. Is it possible a quarterback swap between the two clubs may be forthcoming? It's not out of the question. Winston is coming off a career high (30) of interceptions, though did throw for 5,109 yards and 33 touchdowns. Rivers struggled in 2019 and is all but certain to hit free agency himself but seems intent on continuing his career. The 38 year old Rivers will turn 39 prior to the end of 2020 and rests at an all-time low on DLF's quarterback rankings at QB28.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 22: 4:17 PM EST
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