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NEWS: Duron Carter signs with Colts.

SMITTY: Things will be official next month, but the often talked about son of Cris Carter is a fine dynasty grab if for whatever reason he is still available on waivers. He is 6-4, so he has great size, and of course great genes, but character issues had him undrafted in 2013, so he is no lock to make the roster in 2015. Grab him on pure spec, though, no question.

NEWS: Josh Gordon suspended for 1 year; not likely to win any sort of appeal.

SMITTY: What a waste of talent. This kid really doesn’t get it, and it’s pretty clear he never will. Reports all over suggest he tested positive for alcohol, a substance Josh Gordon is reportedly prohibited from consuming coming off his 2014 DUI. It was extremely clear that Gordon was to stay away from alcohol, among other things, so there isn’t likely any chance of winning an appeal, this is becoming very clear according to a grip of sources. His contract will be “tolled” through 2016, meaning he could be eligible for restricted free agency in 2017. Folks, this is if the guy can stay out of trouble between now and then, which at this point seems like an impossible task for the receiver. What a waste of talent.

NEWS: Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray, will DAL be able to sign both?

SMITTY: According to several reports, Jerry Jones admitted recently that it will be challenging to retain both DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant heading into 2015. Murray, who is no spring chicken given he turns 27 shortly, might not command as much off-season attention as he hopes. That said, it only takes one team to look past his age and injury history, and if you look at what he did last year, he deserves a ton more than the low-ball offers the Cowboys have been slinging in the runner’s direction. Expect Dallas to focus on signing Dez, then expect them to refocus their attention on retaining Murray after the running back tests the open market. In Dallas, Murray has top 1-5RB upside heading into 2015; however, if in another situation, he could drop a lot from that slotting, Dallas is that good of a situation. Looking for Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings?

NEWS: Percy Harvin traded to the Jets for a conditional pick.

SMITTY: This is a strange trade for the Jets. First, Harvin (thigh) is banged up. Second, the Jets are 1-6. As for the Seahawks, they free up a lot with this move, and they have some resigning to do next off-season (Russell Wilson and possibly Marshawn Lynch). Freeing up cash isn’t something Christine Michael owners were hoping for, but so many things can happen at the running back position by next off-season, that’s something we will have to attack down the road (for all you dynasty folks out there). This gives big bumps to both Paul Richardson and Jermaine Kearse (in both dynasty and redraft), and despite Harvin having just one 50+ yard outing this year, this has to hurt the 2014 value of Russell Wilson, if even just a little bit. Harvin may not have a huge stat line through Week 6, but he commands a ton of defensive attention, and he had 3TDs called back in one game… he is stretching the field and creating all kinds of chaos for opposing defenses. Do we like Harvin in New York? No. I’m not sure any fantasy players can be consistent in a Jets’ uniform (at least this year). This move has to help Geno Smith, but not enough to be anything close to a fantasy QB1. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Andy Dalton signs six-year, $115 million contract with Bengals.

According to reports, Bengals QB Andy Dalton signed a six-year, $115 million contract with the Bengals.

SMITTY: Wow. While this deal will certainly be built to protect the Bengals, meaning not a ton will be fully guaranteed, it’s head-scratching that a guy like Ben Tate has to beg for a two-year, $6.2 million contract, and a mediocre passer like Andy Dalton is given nod of trust to the tune $115 million. If you want to look at big numbers that are deserving, checkout AJ Green’s Full-Season 2014 Fantasy Football Projections.

NEWS: Marshawn Lynch ends holdout; gets $1.5 million raise.

According to ProFootballTalk.com, Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch has ended his holdout, and in return the team will be giving Lynch roughly a $1.5 million raise.

SMITTY: Essentially Marshawn Lynch is getting about $1.5 million that he would have had to earn, so it’s like getting all his 2014 incentive cash up front. No one expected this holdout to last into the season, but Christine Michael owners everywhere where hoping that Michael would have a bit more time getting first-team reps in camp. However, this news is somewhat telegraphing the fact that the team will likely cut Lynch next season, as this raise is all 2014-based. While Lynch is a quality top 15 overall talent heading into all yearly-league drafts, Christine Michael is still my absolute favorite “go get” player for 2015 and beyond (use this recent news here to buy-low in dynasty!). Given Lynch’s heavy career workload, mixed with his super-aggressive style of play, Michael still remains one of my absolute favorite “secret weapon” snags in all yearly-league drafts. Read more on that here.

NEWS: Marshawn Lynch fined $30k per day; Christine Michael on par with explosiveness of Adrian Peterson?

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is being fined $30k per day, and the team can also go after some of his signing bonus. If a preseason game is missed, the team can go after a full game check. The CBA is now designed so players have little leverage when holding out.

SMITTY: Again, I fully expect Marshawn Lynch to report sooner rather than later, but he is near 2,000 total carries, so the future in Seattle is Christine Michael, who could be starting as early as 2015; I also predict that he will crank out top 5 fantasy running back numbers per start if his number is called in 2014. ESPN’s Louis Riddick recently said on ESPN that he personally scouted Michael at Texas A&M, and the strength coach at the time told him that he trained both Adrian Peterson and Christine Michael, and that Michael is on par with the “functional athletic explosiveness” of Adrian Peterson… this, among many other things, is why you want to read our 2014 Bold Predictions (aka our Upside Board). Read it now if you haven’t already!

NEWS: Christine Michael bangs up shoulder in practice.

According to ProFootballTalk, Seahawks RB Christine Michael left practice on Sunday with a shoulder injury. “He just banged his shoulder a little bit,” coach Pete Carroll told reporters after practice. “They think he will be ready to go on Tuesday.”

SMITTY: It doesn’t sound serious, but we will keep you posted once more information becomes available. As it stands now, even though we fully expect Marshawn Lynch to end his holdout prior to Week 1, Christine Michael remains a big-time redraft sleeper heading into 2014, and he remains my absolute #1 “go get” in dynasty, as I see this kid playing like a top 5RB if given starter carries in 2015 (or sooner if for any reason his number is called). And, one final note regarding his redraft value… even though I fully expect Lynch to end his holdout prior to Week 1, the longer he sits out, the more of a chance Michael and Robert Turbin will gain the confidence of that Seahawks’ coaching staff, which could spell more carries during the year.

WR Jordy Nelson inks a four-year, $39 million contract extension with Packers.

According to reports, Packers WR Jordy Nelson signed a four-year, $39 million contract extension with the Green Bay Packers.

SMITTY: Jordy Nelson is usually underrated, and being 29 and cemented in Green Bay (with Aaron Rodgers locked up through 2019), it’s hard not to like Nelson as a top 25 overall dynasty player right now. Receivers can usually play at a high level through age 32/33, so 3-4 more elite years for Nelson is a long time, yes, even in dynasty. Now the Pack will look to extend Randall Cobb, who also has top 25 overall dynasty appeal. Two receivers capable of top 25 overall dynasty value? I think it’s pretty safe to assume where Aaron Rodgers ranks on our dynasty rankings.

NEWS: Marshawn Lynch on the Reserve/Did Not Report list

According to rotoworld, Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is listed on the Seahawks’ Reserve/Did Not Report list. Also, earlier today ESPN printed this quote from head coach Pete Carroll: “But this is a tremendous opportunity for the guys getting their shot. Robert Turbin and Christine Michael, they’re ready to go and really fired up about this opportunity and are going to try and take full advantage of it.”

SMITTY: This is a “procedural” move by the Seahawks, and Marshawn Lynch, currently holding out, can be activated if/once he decides to report to camp. Some close to the situation predict that Lynch’s holdout won’t last long, but there are some that think Lynch is going to stretch this out a bit. If the holdout is long-lasting, both Christine Michael and Robert Turbin are going to have an opportunity to earn regular-season playing time. I’ve made it very clear since last year, if starting, Christine Michael is top 5RB capable. Looking for Full-Season 2014 Fantasy Football Projections?