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Dede Westbrook signs with Minnesota
Dede Westbrook - WR, MIN

The Vikings have signed wide receiver Dede Westbrook to a one-year contract.

Dynasty Analysis

The speedy Westbrook just never did turn into a consistent contributor in Jacksonville, despite catching 66 passes in both the 2018 and 2019 seasons. After suffering a torn ACL last season, his fate was sealed and had to go for a one-year contract in the hopes he can recoup some of his value. While Westbrook could push Bisi Johnson, it's hard to see him making an impact with Justin Jefferson, the emerging Irv Smith and Adam Thielen leading the charge. With an ADP of 216, Westbrook is looking like a cut candidate in shallow dynasty leagues.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jul 26: 7:45 PM EST
Cameron Brate lands on the PUP list
Cameron Brate - TE, TBB

Bucs tight end Cameron Brate has been placed on the PUP list to start training camp.

Dynasty Analysis

Brate can come off the PUP list at any point during the preseason. While this injury doesn't appear to be very serious, the shine is clearly off Brate at this point in time after he played a small role in the offense last season even with the returning OJ Howard out of commission. After scoring 20 touchdowns between 2016 and 2018, Brate has posted just six scores the past two years. At 30 years old, we've likely seen the best Brate had to offer. Ranked outside the top 40 tight ends, Brate is looking like a clear roster clogger.

DLF Analyst:       Source: PFT
Jul 26: 7:19 PM EST
Darnell Mooney moves up
Darnell Mooney - WR, CHI

Bears receiver Darnell Mooney moves up to the WR2 on the team's depth chart following the trade which sent receiver Anthony Miller to the Texans

Dynasty Analysis

Miller was in the last year of his rookie contract and the Bears were impressed with the 2020 fifth-round selection, Darnell Mooney. In his rookie season, Mooney managed 61 receptions for 631 yards and four touchdowns on 98 targets though wasn't a full-time starter. With Miller out of the picture, the speedster will start across from Allen Robinson and be an every-down player, potentially flirting with 1,000 yards as a dynamic weapon similar to that of the Chiefs' Tyreek Hill. Still only ranked as DLF's WR54, Darnell Mooney represents an intriguing buy-low target ahead of his sophomore season.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Mike Garafolo via Twitter
Jul 24: 9:47 PM EST
Anthony Miller traded to Houston
Anthony Miller - WR, HOU

The Texans have acquired receiver Anthony Miller from the Bears

Dynasty Analysis

The move makes sense for both clubs in that Miller is in the final year of his rookie contract and, despite showing flashes of being a capable receiver, was never able to find consistency in the Bears' offense. He will compete with Randall Cobb for slot snaps and may kick outside on occasion to line up across from Brandin Cooks. Playing in his age-27 season, DLF's WR84 tallied 49 receptions, 485 yards and two touchdowns in 2020 and will get a much needed new start in Houston.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Mike Garafolo via Twitter
Jul 24: 9:39 PM EST
Davante Adams contract talks fizzle
Davante Adams - WR, GBP

The Packers and Davante Adams are reportedly nowhere near agreeing on a new contract extension.

Dynasty Analysis

The Packers apparently are unwilling to use the contract signed by DeAndre Hopkins as a reference point in negotiations and Adams wants to be rewarded as one of (if not the) league's highest paid receivers. The Packers are in some serious flux right now with Aaron Rodgers and Adams now posting images of the Last Dance featuring Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan in their final season with Chicago. The big question is if that last season has happened for Rodgers and Adams already. Adams' ADP shouldn't suffer quite yet, but his future in Green Bay is in serious doubt.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jul 24: 10:33 AM EST
Michael Thomas could miss weeks
Michael Thomas - WR, NOS

Saints receiver Michael Thomas underwent surgery in June to repair ankle ligaments and could miss a month of the regular season

Dynasty Analysis

Sidelined in week one of the 2020 season due to a high ankle injury, this latest news is a blow to Thomas' early season prospects. The the "buy low" label which had been hung on the talented receiver has seen his ADP drop from a high of 3 in early 2020 to, now, 32. The Saints are still trying to determine who will be under-center come week one and the loss of their top receiver makes the transition that much more difficult. Michael Thomas is now found as DLF's WR15, well below his WR1 ranking only a year ago.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Ian Rapoport via Twitter
Jul 23: 3:09 PM EST
Xavier Jones moves up
Xavier Jones - RB, LAR

Rams backup running back Xavier Jones moves up the depth chart following the season ending injury (Achilles) to Cam Akers

Dynasty Analysis

The little known 2020 prospect out of SMU wasn't invited to the NFL Combine and went undrafted during the NFL Draft before being added as a free agent by the Rams. The 5'11/208 lbs. Jones rushed for 1,276 yards and 23 touchdowns across 244 carries in his final year (2019) at SMU, capping off his five year collegiate career before finding his way to Los Angeles. He remains a long shot to produce materially in 2021 but should the team not add a veteran to replace Akers, he'll be in line to see touches in his sophomore NFL season. As we've seen with undrafted free agent James Robinson (JAX) in 2020, anything is possible. Xavier Jones is unranked on DLF's dynasty running back rankings.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jul 20: 10:36 AM EST
Darrell Henderson leaps in value

Rams running back Darrell Henderson now sits atop the depth chart following the season-ending injury (Achilles) to Cam Akers

Dynasty Analysis

It's likely the Rams will be scrambling to add a replacement and several free agent names factor prominently. Le'Veon Bell, Todd Gurley and Adrian Peterson could all get a look though a reunion in Los Angeles for Gurley would seem unlikely. Broncos' Melvin Gordon is in the last year of his contract and with Javonte Williams a popular selection to assume the RB1 role, a deal makes some sense here. For Henderson, entering his third season, he immediately projects as the team's new starter and should see a significant workload in 2021 following a 2020 campaign which saw him produce 624 yards and five touchdowns on 138 attempts. He also chipped in 16 receptions. As a potential carry-the-load option, Henderson's DLF ranking of RB30 is already on the rise and will continue to climb in the coming weeks.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jul 20: 10:23 AM EST
Cam Akers tears Achilles
Cam Akers - RB, LAR

Rams running back Cam Akers ruptured his Achilles tendon during a workout and will miss the 2021 season

Dynasty Analysis

It's a crushing blow for the Rams as well as dynasty coaches who invested in the sophomore back during recent drafts. Akers was fully expected to lead the backfield in what is predicted to be a potent offense with recently acquired Matt Stafford under center. While the injury is significant and will cost Akers his 2021 campaign, the good news is that the prognosis for full recovery is a good one and he should be full healthy for the 2022 campaign. Akers is found as DLF's RB10 but is certain to fall in value following the injury.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jul 20: 10:06 AM EST
Bryan Edwards a secret weapon
Bryan Edwards - WR, LVR

Raiders receiver Bryan Edwards is healthy, entrenched as a starter and may be the team's secret weapon in 2021

Dynasty Analysis

The label was apparently applied by a writer for Bleacher Report so it's not an 'official' team designation but it stands to reason should the sophomore receiver be able to remain on the field. Edwards was a fast-rising name during 2020's NFL Draft but a leg injury stifled any momentum the rookie was to generate and limited him for much of the year. In his final contest, the rookie managed two receptions for 51 yards and his only touchdown of the campaign, showing some of his potential. As the size component manning the "X" receiver position, should Edwards remain healthy, he's a value-based target as DLF's WR56.

DLF Analyst:       Source: USA Today
Jul 19: 11:19 AM EST
Adrian Peterson staying patient

Free agent running back Adrian Peterson says he's "staying in shape" and is willing to accept a backup role on a Super Bowl competitive team

Dynasty Analysis

Now 36, the veteran Peterson is hoping to sign prior to the season and says he's going to "control the things I can control right now" while waiting for his phone to ring. With multiple big-name free agents such as Le'Veon Bell and Todd Gurley still on the market, Peterson, unranked on DLF's running back rankings, is an outside bet to be on a roster to open the season and faces longer odds of being fantasy relevant again.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Sportstalk 790
Jul 19: 10:41 AM EST
Cole Beasley isn't a sure thing
Cole Beasley - WR, BUF

Bills slot receiver Cole Beasley may still retire, could be traded or even cut by the team in the coming weeks

Dynasty Analysis

Following a career year in 2020 in which the slot specialist produced 967 yards and four touchdowns on 82 receptions, Cole Beasley has done his best to run afoul of the organization and the BIlls faithful due to his outspoken thoughts on the Covid crisis and, specifically, his views on getting vaccinated. Recently turned 32, and with quarterback Josh Allen surging in confidence and value, Beasley has done little to suggest a follow-on year in Buffalo is looming. With training camps opening, it will be time for players to get down to business and distractions will be discouraged. As DLF's WR75, Beasley is as good a value-target competitive dynasty coaches will find but a change in uniform may adversely impact both his dynasty value and potential impact. Look for the situation to play itself out over the coming weeks.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Buffalo News
Jul 19: 10:35 AM EST
AJ Dillon will do a lot more
AJ Dillon - RB, GBP

Packers running back coach Ben Sirmans said running back AJ Dillon "knows that we're going to lean on him a lot more this year than we did last year."

Dynasty Analysis

The departure of Jamaal Williams to Detroit has provided more upside for the plus-sized Dillon, who managed 242 yards and two touchdowns across 46 carries during the regular season. The offense still runs through Aaron Jones but Dillon will get his carries, though likely won't factor materially in the passing game. The sophomore makes for an ideal handcuff in the near-term but offers longer term two-down upside for the patient dynasty coach. He's found as DLF's RB31 and will rocket higher should Jones fall to injury.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Wisconsin State Journal
Jul 19: 10:24 AM EST
Delanie Walker still looking for work

Free agent tight end Delanie Walker is still looking to sign with a contender for 2021.

Dynasty Analysis

One of fantasy's most underrated tight ends this past decade, Walker has seen injuries take a toll on his career. Now reportedly healthy, he's looking to join a team that could contend for a Super Bowl. Walker's best days are clearly behind him, but he merits being put on watch lists in case he signs with a team that sustains a significant injury at the position.

DLF Analyst:       Source: CBS Sports
Jul 13: 11:41 AM EST
Damien Harris continues to emerge
Damien Harris - RB, NEP

ESPN's Mike Reiss is reporting Damien Harris is the Patriots RB1.

Dynasty Analysis

Running backs for the Patriots have been the death knell for fantasy owners for some time, but it really does seem like Harris is emerging as the top option for New England this off-season. This is not the first time we've seen reports like this and Harris is starting to look like a safer option than could have been possibly imagined just a month or two ago. He should still be considered a boom-or-bust option as a low-end RB2 or RB3, but his arrow is clearly pointing up.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jul 13: 11:34 AM EST
Aaron Rodgers non-committal
Aaron Rodgers - QB, GBP

During a golf event, when asked about his status with the Packers, the MVP quarterback responded with "We'll see. We'll see, won't we?"

Dynasty Analysis

Rodgers sported a grin throughout the questioning and it was obvious he wanted to be discussing any other topic, at one point even feigning ignorance to the significance of Sept. 12 (Packers opening day). Whether Rodgers suits up in week one for the Packers or another team remains a complete mystery and redraft leagues are unfolding with the coin still in the air. Aaron Rodgers, now 37, is DLF's QB15. Stay tuned.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Sportsnet
Jul 6: 9:53 PM EST
N'Keal Harry requests a trade
N'Keal Harry - WR, NEP

The agent for N'Keal Harry has officially asked the Patriots to trade his client.

Dynasty Analysis

That's great and all, but New England likely tried to do that during the draft and failed to find a taker. As we posted earlier today, Harry is likely on the roster bubble after two sub-par seasons and his failure to look anything like a first round selection. A change of scenery seems necessary at this point and would likely help him recover some value, but Harry is also looking like a first round miss in the NFL and past rookie drafts alike.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jul 6: 4:37 PM EST
N'Keal Harry on the bubble
N'Keal Harry - WR, NEP

Former first round wide receiver N'Keal Harry is likely on the roster bubble in New England.

Dynasty Analysis

The Patriots famously used a first round pick on Harry, only to see him struggle with injuries and poor performance early in his career. With just two years on the roster, it's hard to see New England throwing in the towel. However, actions speak louder than words and the Patriots added both Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne in the off-season. With an ADP of 205, dynasty owners who burned a first round rookie selection on him not too long ago are likely looking at cutting bait. It's worth waiting to see if he's indeed waived and catches on somewhere else. However, Harry is clearly looking like one of the bigger busts of the past few seasons.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jul 6: 12:39 PM EST
Mark Ingram on the bubble
Mark Ingram - RB, HOU

Mark Ingram is likely on the roster bubble in Houston.

Dynasty Analysis

The former Heisman trophy winner has had successful stints in New Orleans and Baltimore, but finds himself in a log jam now as the Texans have added Phillip Lindsay and Rex Burkhead to pair with presumptive starter David Johnson. Ingram has fallen all the way down to RB82 and is in roster clogger territory at this point. As good as he's been, his time of being dynasty relevant looks to be hanging by a thread.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jul 6: 12:27 PM EST
Allen Hurns on the bubble
Allen Hurns - WR, MIA

Allen Hurns likely on the roster bubble in Miami.

Dynasty Analysis

With Will Fuller and Jaylen Waddle now on the roster for the Dolphins, Hurns is no better than fifth on the depth chart as he's clearly behind DeVante Parker and Preston Williams as well. With Albert Wilson also in the mix, Hurns needs a flurry of injuries or a new start to become relevant in dynasty leagues again.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Jul 6: 12:16 PM EST
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