Jordy Nelson - WR - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson worked with QB Aaron Rodgers in practice Tuesday, Aug. 23, but Nelson was once again held out of competitive, 11-on-11 periods. He might not play in any preseason games, and he and Rodgers might only have a handful of practices together before the Week 1 opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, Rodgers believes it will be enough. 'Because I know exactly where he's going to be,' Rodgers said. 'That's the beauty of us playing together for a long time.'
Huddle Up: Nelson is being held out to preserve him and not test his injury too much before the games count for real. He is expected to be 100 percent for the regular season and fantasy owners can depend upon him as a WR1 in most formats. However, with a player coming off a major injury it's a good idea to load up with plenty of depth at the position in case there are setbacks.
Victor Cruz - WR - New York Giants
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (groin) did not show any signs of a lingering groin injury at practice Tuesday, Aug. 23, and he displayed quickness off the line of scrimmage. Cruz was a full participant in practice for the first time since Aug. 8.
Huddle Up: A step in the right direction, but we need to see a lot more than one practice to jump on the bandwagon. Think of him as a shaky WR5 at this point.
Josh Doctson - WR - Washington Redskins
Huddle Up: It sounds positive, but it will be more positive when Doctson is taken off the PUP list. He'll be part of a crowded receiving corps whenever he is ready. Jordan Reed, DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Jamison Crowder and more will all be in the mix. There may not be enough opportunity for Doctson to achieve more than WR5 numbers.
Golden Tate - WR - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate (undisclosed) returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 23. The extent of his participation was not disclosed, however.
Huddle Up: Tate's mystery injury isn't a big deal, apparently. He should be good to go for this weekend and is still in the WR2 conversation in all formats with Calvin Johnson out of the picture.
C.J. Prosise - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise (hamstring) is expected to see some playing time Thursday, Aug. 25, against the Dallas Cowboys if he continues to progress, according to offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.
Huddle Up: Prosise has practiced minimally this offseason because of his nagging hamstring injury. His first professional action, albeit in the preseason, will be a welcome occurrence after such a tumultuous offseason. He still has to finish the uphill battle he's in, though, and will also be battling Thomas Rawls and Christine Michael for touches in the regular season. Don't completely overlook the rookie, though. He has more upside in PPR leagues and is worth a late-round pick.
Jamison Crowder - WR - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins WR Jamison Crowder (knee) did not practice Tuesday, Aug. 23, because of a sore knee, according to head coach Jay Gruden. He is rehabbing.
Huddle Up: Soreness isn't anything to frown about. Crowder should be back to full health soon. He could be a top-three wideout for the Redskins this year and holds more value in PPR formats after catching 59 passes in his rookie season last year. It's safer to draft him as merely a WR5 option in such leagues, however, with Jordan Reed, DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon all demanding targets.
Jeremy Langford - RB - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford (foot) did not practice Tuesday, Aug. 23, as he continues to recover from a foot injury.
Huddle Up: It doesn't appear to be a serious ailment, but his status should be monitored over the next couple weeks. He'll be Chicago's primary running back when he's healthy, but Jordan Howard and Ka'Deem Carey should be given a look in late rounds for those who are targeting Langford. As for Langford, he should be viewed as an RB2.
Sammy Watkins - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) is good to go against the Washington Redskins Friday, Aug. 26. He won't play much, but head coach Rex Ryan believes he's ready.
Huddle Up: It's definitely a positive step in Watkins' recovery. If he doesn't aggravate his foot injury then he should be fine for the start of the regular season. He's snugly in WR2 territory.
Ezekiel Elliott - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring) will play in the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 25, and the plan is for him to see eight to 12 plays. The team hopes to give him looks as a runner and receiver.
Huddle Up: Elliott has been one of the most hyped players this offseason, and it's understandable for how dynamic he was at Ohio State and the great offensive line in front of him. However, there is considerable risk in taking him as an RB1 with no experience and no safety net of proof that he can hold up for a full NFL season.
Eric Ebron - TE - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (ankle) is expected to play in Week 1, barring a setback, according to a source. Ebron has an outside chance at playing in the final preseason game.
Huddle Up: Ebron is a breakout candidate that figures to be a big cog in an offense that took off under Jim Bob Cooter late last season. Ebron is a midrange TE1 with upside.
Dez Bryant - WR - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (concussion) suffered a concussion in practice Monday, Aug. 22, and he has been ruled out for the third preseason game Thursday, Aug. 25.
Huddle Up: Bryant has two weeks to recover before the start of the season, and that might be questionable with all of the phases of the protocol he has to clear. This could cause him to slip to a low-end WR1.
Josh Gordon - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has had multiple teams call the Browns inquiring about his availability, according to sources. A team source said the Browns aren't looking to trade Gordon, and many around the league believe head coach Hue Jackson is the right coach for Gordon to thrive with.
Huddle Up: Gordon will miss the first four games of the season, but Joe Haden raved about how well Gordon looks in practice as if he hasn't missed a step from a long hiatus. Gordon is a low-end WR2, but he makes a dynamite WR3 as the risk and reward are pretty high.
Vontae Davis - CB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts CB Vontae Davis (ankle) has ligament damage in his ankle and is expected to miss at least the first month of the regular season, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Davis' absence will hurt the value of the Colts defense, so owners probably will be able to find better defenses to use. Opposing receivers will see an increase in value while Davis out and could be attractive options in daily fantasy leagues.
Breshad Perriman - WR - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman (knee) has not been ruled out for the preseason game against the Detroit Lions Saturday, Aug. 27. Head coach John Harbaugh said he wants Perriman to play if he is cleared to play.
Huddle Up: Perriman has not played since being drafted last season, but it appears he has a chance to play this preseason. He should have a decent role in the passing game if he is able to stay healthy and can be a late-round option in deeper leagues.
Matt Forte - RB - New York Jets
New York Jets RB Matt Forte (hamstring) increased his practice workload Monday, Aug. 22, and may play Saturday, Aug. 27, against the New York Giants.
Huddle Up: He may not play much if he does play, but it will still be nice to see how Forte looks since he's been recovering from the hamstring ailment. Even with his cumbersome workloads over his career, Forte is still a low-end RB1 to high-end RB2 consideration.
Danny Amendola - WR - New England Patriots
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (ankle, knee) appears to be moving well despite remaining on the Physically Unable to Perform list. He did warm up with teammates in practice Monday, Aug. 22, but he was not in full pads.
Huddle Up: It's still concerning that Amendola isn't off the PUP list yet. His injury history has been extensive and he should not be viewed as more than a WR5.
Rob Gronkowski - TE - New England Patriots
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (undisclosed) has not practiced since Monday, Aug. 15, although he does not appear to be dealing with a serious ailment.
Huddle Up: The Patriots are mysterious when it comes to their players' injuries and injury designations. They'll take it easy with their star tight end leading up to the season. Since it's nothing serious, Gronk can still be drafted as the first tight end in all formats.
Mike Gillislee - RB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills RB Mike Gillislee (concussion) is 'probably the No. 2 back right now', according to head coach Rex Ryan. Gillislee is still in the concussion protocol, however.
Huddle Up: Gillislee played pretty well when he was given the opportunity last year, averaging 5.7 yards on 47 carries. He will be competing with Jonathan Williams, Reggie Bush and others, but he's worth a look in the later rounds of deeper leagues, especially for those who are drafting LeSean McCoy.
Jordy Nelson - WR - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (knee) was not wearing a brace on his surgically repaired knee during practice Monday, Aug. 22.
Huddle Up: Nelson appears to be on track for the start of the regular season and likely will be a big part of the passing game in 2016. Owners in most leagues should consider Nelson as a low-end No. 1 receiver that likely will selected in one of the first few rounds of drafts.
Ezekiel Elliott - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring) participated in practice Monday, Aug. 22, and appears to be on track to play in the preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks Thursday, Aug. 25.
Huddle Up: It is now known how much playing time Elliott will receive if he is active for the game, but it is a good sign that he is close to playing. He should receive a majority of the carries this season and should be a considered a No. 1 or No. 2 running back in all fantasy leagues.
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