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Chris Godwin could be tagged
Chris Godwin - WR, TBB

Pro Football Focus suggests Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin will be franchise tagged for 2021.

Dynasty Analysis

In either situation, PFF expects Godwin to remain with the Buccaneers. He's an integral component to the Bucs' offense and one Tom Brady, who has confirmed he expects to play in 2021, will want to retain. That said, Godwin struggled with injury and production in 2020, finishing as PPR's WR38, not something normally attributed to a high-dollar franchise tag or long term contract. Should he remain a Buc, it will be on the belief that injury was to blame for his sub-par season and he'll regain his standing as one of the league's top wideouts in 2021. Chris Godwin is found as DLF's WR11.

DLF Analyst:       Source: PFF
Jan 9: 12:04 PM EST
Dak Prescott should receive long term deal
Dak Prescott - QB, DAL

Pro Football focus suggests Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott should receive a long term deal this off-season

Dynasty Analysis

If there were any lingering questions about Prescott's value to the team prior to his season ending injury, they've all been answered. Prescott is vital to the Cowboys' future and his high character only adds to his value. While the 27-year-old has been inconsistent in the past, he's also has been trending higher. The addition of CeeDee Lamb and a return of Blake Jarwin at tight end should bode well for a fully-healthy Prescott in 2021. Look for the Cowboys to lock him up for the long term in the coming months and secure his QB7 DLF ranking.

DLF Analyst:       Source: PFF
Jan 9: 11:58 AM EST
Kenny Golladay could be a Giant
Kenny Golladay - WR, DET

Pro Football focus suggests Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay could land in New York (Giants) if he's not franchise tagged by the team.

Dynasty Analysis

It stands to reason that Golladay will be tagged by the Lions rather than allow him to reach the open market if they don't reach a deal prior to the start of the season. With multiple needs on both offense and defense, the team could be pressured in other areas but Golladay, as the teams most explosive receiver, is an integral part of the offense and needs to be retained if quarterback Matt Stafford has any hope of being successful in 2021. A lingering hip injury limited the 27-year old to 20 receptions, 338 yards and two touchdowns in 2020. When healthy, Golladay is a game-changing presence and should have multiple years of remaining high-productivity for dynasty coaches. DLF's WR17 is entering the off-season with a lost year and may be a worthy value-based addition ahead of the 2021 season.

DLF Analyst:       Source: PFF
Jan 9: 11:40 AM EST
Trey Sermon rising

On the "First Draft" podcast on ESPN with Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, Ohio State running back Trey Sermon was mentioned as a fast-rising running back who could be a second-day pick.

Dynasty Analysis

The senior never eclipsed 1,000 yards at OSU and only totaled eight touchdowns on the ground over his past two years. In four years, he produced 2,944 yards and 26 touchdowns while averaging 6.5 ypc. Not a prolific receiver, Sermon doesn't project as a natural three-down talent but his size (6'1/215) and style fit the NFL game and is another player projected to have a better professional career than collegiate. Trey Sermon doesn't "wow" on tape but shows between the tackle running ability with enough speed to get to the corner. The NFL Combine will be an important milestone for the big runner as he attempts to answer speed critics.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 6: 4:27 PM EST
Chris Olave impressing

On the "First Draft" podcast on ESPN with Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, Ohio State receiver Chris Olave was mentioned as a fast-rising receiver who may be selected in the first round.

Dynasty Analysis

McShay believes Olave is going to be a WR1 or WR2 for his team, can separate and "keeps getting better and better." Olave, like many receivers at Ohio State, never put up eye-popping stats, finishing 2020 with 660 yards and seven touchdowns, less than his 849 yards and 12 touchdowns during his sophomore season. But lauded for his route-running and ability to separate on vertical routes, analysts believe he'll be a better pro than collegiate player, ultimately climbing into the first round of the draft.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 6: 4:19 PM EST
Devonta Smith top 2021 rookie receiver

On the "First Draft" podcast on ESPN with Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, both believe Devonta Smith is the top rookie receiver in the 2021 NFL Rookie Draft.

Dynasty Analysis

Both compared Smith to ex-Colt receiver Marvin Harrison, noting his thin build but elite route running skills. Both lauded Smith's route running, competitiveness and playmaking while making the comparison and suggested he could be taken in the top five selections, possibly reuniting with his college quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in Miami at third-overall. This won't sit well with the social media community who clearly favors LSU standout Ja'Marr Chase and it's not without merit. Both receivers are clearly at the top of the class though Smith's thin build does concern some. Chase, on the other hand, has the size and build to dominate on the outside. Both are phenomenal prospects at the position and look to have long NFL careers ahead. Stay tuned to DLF as we break down this year's rookie class.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 6: 4:09 PM EST
Cam Newton a fit for Washington
Cam Newton - QB, NEP

According to Adam Schefter, 31-year-old quarterback Cam Newton is a fit for the Football Team of Washington

Dynasty Analysis

It's fully believed Newton won't be back in New England after an eight touchdown, 10 interception 2020, throwing for 2,657 yards. Newton was signed to a one-year deal and though he did rush for 12 touchdowns on the season, and 8:10 touchdown to interception ratio as a passer won't come close to keeping his name alive in discussions for the starter role in 2021 for the team on a new contract. Instead, Newton will head to the open market and should find some interest as numerous teams will be looking for a short-term answer at the position while they develop 2021 rookie selections. Look for the fading 'Superman' to sign a short-term deal and remain a back-end QB2 at best. Cam Newton is currently found as DLF's QB26 and is fading quickly.

DLF Analyst:       Source: USA Today
Jan 6: 3:57 PM EST
Carson Wentz may not be back
Carson Wentz - QB, PHI

Adam Schefter believes quarterback Carson Wentz won't be back with the Eagles

Dynasty Analysis

Schefter made it very clear it was only his opinion and he went on to say Wentz wants to be traded. Chris Mortensen went to say that relations between the quarterback and the team are "fractured beyond repair." It would come as a shock to no one after the team removed Wentz as the starter in favor of rookie Jalen Hurts, who immediately sparked the club before laying an egg in his final game of the season ultimate being replaced by Nate Sudfeld. The new league year does not begin until March 17 and Wentz will be available for trade following but there are no guarantees it will occur. Wentz, now 28, had a miserable 2020 campaign and certainly appears done in Philadelphia. Still ranked as DLF"s QB20, the common belief is he still carries a starter's value and could land on his feet in a new situation. Until then, dynasty owners should have contingency plans in place.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Bleeding Green Nation
Jan 6: 3:28 PM EST
Trevor Lawrence enters the 2021 NFL Draft

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is skipping his Senior season and will enter the 2021 NFL Draft.

Dynasty Analysis

Lawrence finishes his Clemson career with 10,098 passing yards, 943 rushing yards, 90 passing touchdowns, 18 rushing touchdowns, 17 interceptions, and just two losses. Simply put, Lawrence seems to be the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck and is the likely top overall pick in the NFL Draft, owned by Jacksonville. If he does indeed end up with the Jaguars, Lawrence is set up for early success on a team that currently boasts a solid running game with James Robinson, a receiving corps of Laviska Shenault, DJ Chark, and Keelan Cole. There is talk Justin Fields could be in play for the Jaguars if former Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer is named Jacksonville's new Head Coach, but it still seems unlikely. Lawrence looks the part of a dyansty QB1 and should be in play towards the end of round one in conventional rookie drafts and the clear overall top pick in 2QB/Superflex leagues.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 6: 1:18 PM EST
DeVonta Smith wins Heisman Trophy

Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith win this year's Heisman Trophy.

Dynasty Analysis

The "Slim Reaper" has been nothing short of spectacular for the Crimson Tide this season as he's posted 105 catches for 1,641 yards and 20 touchdowns. Smith is the first wide receiver to win the Heisman Trophy since Michigan's Desmond Howard in 1991. As dynasty league owners look towards next year's rookie drafts, he is going to be a very clear option at the top of round one. Smith isn't big in stature, but that shouldn't stop him from being a top ten pick in the NFL Draft, and a top five dynasty rookie pick, at worst.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jan 6: 1:02 PM EST
Justin Herbert top rookie quarterback
Justin Herbert - QB, LAC

With one game remaining, Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert is the league's top rookie at the position.

Dynasty Analysis

It's not close though his position was aided by fellow rookie, and first overall selection, Joe Burrow's serious leg injury in week 13. Herbert was not slated to start until injury to Tyrod Taylor forced him into the lineup in week two. He never looked back and only posted fantasy scores less than 20 on three occasions, weeks 13, 14 and 16 and he currently sits as fantasy's QB9, impressive as a rookie quarterback. Herbert is locked in a battle for offensive rookie of the year with Minnesota receiver Justin Jefferson and recent Vegas odds have him winning the title heading into the final week of the regular season. Routinely drafted in the third and fourth rounds of rookie drafts, his performance is a reminder why dynasty coaches shouldn't be so quick to downgrade top-selected rookie quarterbacks. He's found as DLF's QB8.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Dec 30: 1:24 PM EST
Justin Jefferson top rookie receiver

Heading into week 17, Minnesota rookie receiver Justin Jefferson remains the top rookie wideout of the 2020 draft class

Dynasty Analysis

While it's not out of the question CeeDee Lamb could overtake Jefferson for top billing, it would take a sequence of events unlikely to transpire. With one game remaining, Jefferson sits at 79 receptions, 1,267 yards and seven touchdowns in his rookie campaign but has been overtaken by Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert as the odds-on favorite for offensive rookie of the year. Known as a route technician and a one-year-wonder at LSU, Jefferson proved that his NFL route tree and skill-set could pay dividends at the next level. At only 21 years of age, Jefferson, DLF's WR6, looks like a dynasty cornerstone piece with further upside.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL
Dec 30: 1:06 PM EST
James Robinson tops rookie runners
James Robinson - RB, JAC

Jacksonville rookie running back James Robinson will likely finish as the top rookie running back for 2020.

Dynasty Analysis

The undrafted rookie totaled 1,070 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground while reeling in 49 receptions for 344 yards and another three touchdowns as a receiver. It's an astounding performance for an undrafted player and it further fuels the fire for the argument that a high NFL draft pick need not be spent on the position for material production. It's noteworthy to mention that Robinson also missed week 16 and will not play in week 17. Jonathan Taylor currently rests as the rookie RB2 cand could overtake Robinson for the top spot with a huge week-17 performance. That said, Antonio Gibson, J.K. Dobbins, D'Andre Swift and Clyde Edwards-Helaire all produced well as rookies making for a ridiculously productive running back class who all project well into 2021. Cam Akers came on late as well showing enough to elicit optimism for 2021. It's difficult to predict which of these rookies will have the best sophomore season. As for Robinson, he's found as DLF's RB19, valued below all other backs mentioned in this update making for an intriguing buy-low opportunity.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Dec 30: 12:33 PM EST
Dwayne Haskins released
Dwayne Haskins - QB, WAS

The Washington Football Team has released quarterback Dwayne Haskins

Dynasty Analysis

The news is far from shocking as the team moves on from its 15th-overall selection from the 2019 NFL rookie draft. The Ohio State product has displayed immaturity and ineffectiveness, throwing for a career total of 2,804 yards and 12 touchdowns, to interceptions while completing just over 60% of his passes. Things took a turn for the worse earlier this season when Haskins patted himself on the back for a 300 yard, touchdown-and-interception-free, passing performance against the Ravens, a game which the team lost 31-17. A change was made but Haskins regained the starting role on 12/13 following an injury to Alex Smith. Over his past two games as the starter, he threw for a single touchdown to four interceptions, eventually being replaced in the fourth quarter by veteran back-up Taylor Heinicke. Prior to week 16's game vs. the Panthers, Haskins was photographed violating Covid-19 restrictions while at a birthday party with exotic dancers. What followed was a loss of his captain status, a fine of $40,000 and, ultimately, his release. His release is in the best interest of all involved and he's certain to resurface shortly though has a long road to being under-center again. Dwayne Haskins is sparsely ranked as DLF's QB35 and is certain to fall further in coming days.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Dec 28: 1:47 PM EST
Sam Darnold status unclear
Sam Darnold - QB, NYJ

With their victory over the Browns in week 15, the Jets are now "locked into" the number two pick in the 2021 NFL Draft

Dynasty Analysis

Popular opinion seems to be the Jets are so bad they lose even when they win and there's an argument that's the case on the heels of their second win in two weeks, thus losing the first-overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft. Rumors had continued to swirl that should the Jets have secured the selection that generational talent Trevor Lawrence may have opted to return to Clemson for his senior season while others speculated he wouldn't pass up the opportunity to turn pro but could, instead, try and force the team to trade him rather than suit up in New York. As is stands, the question is now whether the team will seek to replace 23-year-old Sam Darnold or consider a selection of Justin Fields or Zach Wilson, from Ohio State and BYU respectively. With multiple teams needing quarterback talent, Darnold is certain to be the top-choice at the position if available.

As for Darnold, it's been a difficult year due to poor offensive production, inconsistent receiver play and injury but things have turned up over his past two games, now throwing for 382 yards and three touchdowns to no interceptions during that span. Darnold and the team can finish on a high note with a win over the Patriots in week 17. Regardless of how the team finishes 2020, all eyes will remain on the quarterback position for 2021. Sam Darnold is found as DLF's QB23 and his NFL future remains uncertain pending the team's selection in the 2021 NFL Draft.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Dec 28: 1:09 PM EST
Chris Herndon scores second touchdown
Chris Herndon - TE, NYJ

Jets tight end Chris Herndon scored his second touchdown of 2021 in a win vs. Cleveland in week 16.

Dynasty Analysis

In a year largely devoid of bright spots, Herndon has begun to show over the past two weeks as the passing game has found a modicum of success. He's now produced seven of his total 24 receptions over the past two weeks and has converted 7-of-8 targets over those two games. The team has now won it's last two contests including an impressive performance over the Rams in week 15 and now has something to build upon as the season comes to an end next week in a tilt vs. the Patriots. As for Herndon, the 24-year-old still possesses upside talent and isn't a free agent until 2022. Should quarterback Sam Darnold remain under-center in 2021, Herndon could grace sleeper lists at tight end in the off-season as he has the past two seasons. He's found as DLF's TE33.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Dec 28: 12:50 PM EST
Trevor Lawrence Jacksonville bound?

The Jaguars have secured the first-overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Dynasty Analysis

The team should enter their draft card today as the selection is as ordained as any pick in the modern day NFL draft. The only caveat is that Lawrence will need to declare for the draft and the likelihood of that occurring has now increased dramatically as the Jets no longer hold the top-overall selection. Rumors had been swirling that Lawrence had no desire to play for the Jets and may have considered returning to Clemson for his senior season if New York held the first-overall selection. Lauded as a generational player at the position and the most pro-ready since Andrew Luck (2012) and Peyton Manning (1998) before him, Lawrence's prospects fair much better in Jacksonville and he projects as a high dynasty selection even in single-quarterback leagues.

DLF Analyst:      
Dec 28: 12:32 PM EST
Myles Gaskin solid in return
Myles Gaskin - RB, MIA

In his first action since Dec. 6th, Dolphins running back Myles Gaskin rushed for 87 yards on 14 carries and produced two touchdowns on 5-of-5 receiving in the team's stunning win against the Raiders in week 16.

Dynasty Analysis

The bigger story here is the Raiders snatching defeat from the jaws of victory but Gaskin looked the part of a feature back in his return. Now on the season, he's produced a 135/564/2 line as a rusher and 37/331/2 as a receiver, though these totals span only nine games on the season. The 2019 seventh-rounder showed dynamic and power as a rusher and a receiver as the team prepares for a likely playoff appearance. Possessing two first-round and two second-round selections in the 2021 NFL Draft, courtesy of the Houston Texans, the line of thinking was for the team to consider a selection of a running back, perhaps in the second-round. With the emergence Gaskin, and even 2020 rookie Salvon Ahmed, it's fair to question if the team will fall into the line of thinking that starting running backs can be found in later rounds, much as the Dolphins proved with the selection of Gaskin. Myles Gaskin is found as DLF's RB54 and his ADP (111) is at a career-high. He'll remain a risk-on acquisition into 2021 on the possibility he locks down the starting role.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Dec 28: 12:22 PM EST
KeeSean Johnson seeing snaps
KeeSean Johnson - WR, ARI

Arizona sophomore receiver KeeSean Johnson has seen consistent snaps over the past five weeks

Dynasty Analysis

Johnson logged a 70% snap-share in week 13 and has seen 24%, 31% and 24% in the three weeks following. The increased workload appears to have come at the expense of fellow sophomore Andy Isabella who hasn't seen a snap since week 13. In week 16, Johnson produced 50 yards on 2-of-3 receiving. The Fresno state product now has 160 yards on the season and is on the outside looking in as the season comes to a close and faces an uphill battle for increased work in 2021 though has the size (6'1/201) and hands to make an impact if he can find consistency and show well during the upcoming off-season. He is unranked on DLF's wide receiver rankings and should only be considered in extremely deep dynasty formats as the deepest of sleeper candidates.

DLF Analyst:       Source: FootballGuys
Dec 28: 12:01 PM EST
Kenny Golladay 2021 free agent
Kenny Golladay - WR, DET

Detroit receiver Kenny Golladay is a free agent in 2021 and it's unknown whether he wishes to re-sign with the team following a lost year due to a lingering hip injury.

Dynasty Analysis

It's not the contract year Golladay or the Lions were hoping for as the fourth-year receiver produced only 20 receptions, 338 yards and two touchdowns over the course of five games, but not seeing the field after Nov. 1. The team attempted to extend Golladay during the off-season but talks stalled as both sides focused on the looming season. All indications were (are) the team desired an extension but the lingering hip injury may have shifted focus away from the veteran and what could be a $20M annual contract. Also factoring into the mix could be Detroit's continual struggles and the receiver's desire to suit up for a more competitive team for his next contract period. As DLF's WR16, Kenny Golladay is retaining his dynasty value and all eyes will be on his ultimate landing spot.

DLF Analyst:      
Dec 28: 11:52 AM EST
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