Latavius Murray - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) said he expects to be the starting running back Week 1 even though the team added RB Dalvin Cook in the draft.
Huddle Up: Murray missed the entire offseason because of ankle surgery but has a chance to be ready for training camp. Murray may be the starting running back but will have to share work with Cook and Jerick McKinnon. Owners probably should consider Murray as a No. 3 running back this season.
Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton claims he is 'hands down' the thinnest he's been at this point in an offseason and admits he has to realize his job 'is not necessarily to always be the playmaker,' according to Panthers.com writer Bill Voth.
Huddle Up: Newton seems to be onboard with the changes Carolina was hoping to bring about when it added Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel in the draft this April. Even though it might be hard for owners to adjust their thinking on Newton, the reality of the situation is 2017 will probably mark the official start of his transition into being more of a mobile - as opposed to a running - quarterback. A return to top-five fantasy quarterback status cannot and should not be ruled out.
Terrelle Pryor - WR - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins WR Jamison Crowder will 'definitely' get targeted more often than Terrelle Pryor, according to CSN Mid-Atlantic's Rich Tandler.
Huddle Up: Head coach Jay Gruden has talked up Crowder for the better part of the offseason. Earlier this month, Gruden said he would use the slot receiver in two-wide sets this season, so his start is most definitely pointing up. While Pryor may lead the team in receiving yards because he will run deeper routes, it appears Crowder will be the wideout Kirk Cousins will lean on the most, making him a potential dark-horse WR2 option in PPR leagues.
Kirk Cousins - QB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins reaching a long-term deal is still a long shot, according to sources. There are promising signs of late, though.
Huddle Up: Cousins is knocking on the door of the elite tier in fantasy, but there are safer players to deliver on that. Treat Cousins as an option if you miss out on the top three or four at the position.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell signing a long-term deal could go either way, according to ESPN insider Adam Schefter. Both sides have motivation to get it done, but there's no deal in sight for now.
Huddle Up: Bell remains an elite option in PPR leagues, but he's no longer the clear-cut No. 1 fantasy running back. Injuries and suspensions have made his stock murky, but the PPR luster is still very evident.
Michael Floyd - WR - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings WR Michael Floyd will remain with the team despite receiving a one-day jail sentence, according to general manager Rick Spielman, who said that Floyd will be expected with the rest of the club at the start of training camp when players report on July 26.
Huddle Up: Even so, Floyd has fallen mightily over the last year and shouldn't really be considered even in the deepest of fantasy leagues. He's far down on the depth chart and it's highly unlikely he works his way into getting regular targets from Sam Bradford, especially with Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen already absorbing most of the looks.
Taywan Taylor - WR - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans WR Harry Douglas said he is impressed with how WRs Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor performed during offseason workouts. 'I can tell already they are going to be special. They listen, they go hard, and they both make plays. So it is good when you have young guys who can come in and do those things,' Douglas said.
Huddle Up: Davis likely will be one of the stating receivers for the Titans this season and Taylor has a chance to have a solid role in the passing game. Owners in most leagues should consider Davis a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver, while Taylor could be a No. 5 receiver in deeper leagues.
Devonta Freeman - RB - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman's potential long-term deal is likely to happen soon, according to owner Arthur Blank. 'He's the kind of person you want to have on your team for all the right reasons,' Blank said of Freeman. It has been reported that Freeman's deal could be done before training camp commences.
Huddle Up: Freeman has turned into one of the better running backs in the NFL even with Tevin Coleman taking away plenty of playing time. Deal or no deal, Freeman is easily an RB1 with PPR scoring and even in standard leagues.
Samaje Perine - RB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins rookie RB Samaje Perine already has a good feel for the game, good feet, good vision and good strength, according to running backs coach Randy Jordan. Perine has also impressed with his catching ability. Jordan said Perine catches the football 'so much better' than he thought he could.
Huddle Up: Perine has deserved hype heading into his first year, but the Redskins are deep at running back, too, with Rob Kelley, Chris Thompson and others. Perine isn't guaranteed the starting position, but he has a good shot to win the job. Drafting him in RB3 to RB4 territory is rational for now.
Braxton Miller - WR - Houston Texans
Houston Texans WR Braxton Miller's speed and quickness give the Texans optimism about his place in the slot. Wide receivers coach John Perry believes that Miller's combination of size, speed and quickness make him a valuable offensive asset. In addition to his physical characteristics, Miller has learned more about route-running, coverage recognition, eating healthy and the little things that help make him a better receiver.
Huddle Up: Miller needs to play his way into more playing time, although he is a nice fit in the slot alongside DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. The promise is evident, but there are still growing pains to be had. Ad oh yeah, the Texans don't even know who their starting quarterback is yet.
Alshon Jeffery - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery may be having the best offseason in a few years, according to wide receivers coach Mike Groh. Groh coached Jeffery for three seasons with the Chicago Bears and he believes his receiver is having his best offseason since 2013. Jeffery is at a good place physically and mentally as he continues to develop chemistry with his new QB Carson Wentz.
Huddle Up: It's easy to be excited about a player in a new uniform, especially when Jeffery has the connection and familiarity he has in Groh. Jeffery is somewhat of a risk, though, as he has missed 11 games the past two seasons. When healthy he has WR1 upside, but he's better suited as a WR2. Wentz also has Jordan Matthews, Torrey Smith, Zach Ertz and other playmakers to throw to.
Zach Miller - TE - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears TE Zach Miller (foot) isn't a lock to make the team, in the opinion of beat writer Brad Biggs. Miller will be pushed for a job by TE Daniel Brown, TE Ben Braunecker and TE MyCole Pruitt.
Huddle Up: Miller had career highs with 47 catches and 486 yards with four scores last season, but he's 32, and has had injury concerns the last two years. He's a solid TE2 in fantasy if he makes the club and makes it back from his broken right foot.
Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) began light throwing Monday, June 26, for the first time since offseason shoulder surgery. He threw 45 passes to athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion. 'Obviously, it's still not 100 percent, but seeing the ball come out of my hand in a throwing motion was good. When I say it's not 100 percent, I'm noting the range of motion part,' Newton said. 'Like if you sleep with your legs hanging off your bed the whole night, you're going to wake up and be super stiff. Or like sitting on your hands, or sitting in an awkward position and finally getting up and moving - that's how I feel.'
Huddle Up: Newton fell back to the pack a bit after his MVP 2015 season, but he remains a high-end option at the position after the elite tier is drafted.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (groin) posted a video of him playing basketball over the weekend after having core surgery in the offseason.
Huddle Up: It's a good sign that he's near full strength in the weeks preceding training camp. Bell has fallen from the top running back option in fantasy over the last couple of years, but he's one of the first names to consider after David Johnson in PPR leagues.
Jay Ajayi - RB - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi had the second best yards after contact percentage in the league last year, and he averaged 115.8 rushing yards per game over the final 12 games.
Huddle Up: Ajayi grabbed the starting job and didn't look back last season, and he enters 2017 as the clear lead back in Miami and a safe bet to provide RB1 production.
Sammy Watkins - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) is unlikely to be ready for a full workload when training camp begins.
Huddle Up: His injury history is a major red flag, but Watkins has enough upside to take a chance on as your WR2.
Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp has established himself as the go-to slot receiver, according to Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.com.
Huddle Up: Even as the starting slot receiver, Kupp isn't likely to have much fantasy value unless Jared Goff makes a huge leap in his second season. Stash Kupp in keeper leagues, but don't expect much from him this season.
DeShone Kizer - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer has a chance to be the Week 1 starter if he can perform well during training camp practices and preseason games, in the opinion of The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to monitor the situation to see if Kizer moves up to the top of the depth chart. Kizer should start some games this season even if he does not win the job out of camp. Owners in standard leagues should avoid whoever is the starting quarterback for the Browns this season, but Kizer should have value in keeper leagues if he is the starter.
Paxton Lynch - QB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch 'played with greater fearlessness' and made significant strides over the final two weeks of the team's offseason program, according to Mike Klis of 9News Denver.
Huddle Up: Klis has been solidly in Trevor Siemian's corner all offseason, so this is a fairly big deal. While Klis is not suggesting Lynch has overtaken Siemian, he does acknowledge the second-year quarterback's 'game is now in legitimate position to compete once training camp opens July 27.' If Lynch can wrestle the starting job away from Siemian, he should be considered a low-end fantasy QB2 option.
Jimmy Graham - TE - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham has been more of a complete player than expected and one of QB Russell Wilson's favorite weapons, according to head coach Pete Carroll. 'He and Russell are really tuned in,' Carroll said. 'They spend a lot of time together.'
Huddle Up: Graham returned to form last year, and he looks locked in as a dependable TE1 heading into 2017.
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