We scour the news around the NFL to bring you what matters most to you and your dynasty team: the most current news on players, both superstars and the relative unknowns, and analysis to decipher the respective situations. These are many of the major stories and not meant to be an exhaustive look at all the recent happenings around the league.
There were multiple reports last week of Alex Smith possibly not able to play football again after complications from the spiral fractures in his leg. It was a disappointing end to the season after signing a $111 deal this past January. Smith is under contract for four more seasons. He now has an infection after undergoing multiple surgeries. Sadly, Smith has been hospitalized since the injury occurred on November 18. The veteran passer is 34 years of age and may be near the end of an underrated career. As a former first-overall pick, Smith will not be lacking financially, but every player wants to go out on their own terms. For Washington, the injury creates a void after allowing Kirk Cousins to depart last offseason. With a middling record, the draft pickings will be slim unless paying a steep price to trade up. The only available quarterback free agents will be the type to avoid as solid payers at the position rarely see the open market.
Dynasty players should take note of Cam Newton’s comments last week regarding his throwing shoulder. He told reporters that another surgery is entirely possible. Let’s remember that Newton had the same shoulder repaired in 2017 and did not have the arm strength for a Hail Mary in the Week 13 loss to Tampa Bay. The same scenario transpired at the end of the first half against Cleveland in Week 14. Still just 29 years old, Newton has endured a lot of punishment since his selection in the 2011 NFL Draft. We expect him to be shut down for the year once the Panthers are eliminated from the playoff chase.
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