Geno Smith - QB - New York Jets
New York Jets QB Geno Smith will start Week 1 versus the Oakland Raiders, barring an injury. The coaching staff has yet to officially name Smith the starter.
Huddle Up: While this is what the Jets were hoping for, fantasy owners were likely hoping for Michael Vick to force his way into the mix. It's not necessarily bad news for Eric Decker, but having seen what Vick can do in this offense there's a little less optimism for the Jets' overall fantasy prospects right now.
Knowshon Moreno - RB - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno (knee) said Wednesday, Aug. 20, that he feels good. The team wants to see him practice Thursday, Aug. 21, before deciding if he will play in the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23, against the Dallas Cowboys.
Huddle Up: After struggling with conditioning and injuries through the offseason, Moreno has yet to truly challenge Lamar Miller for touches in the Miami backfield; if he gets on the field in the third preseason game, it could be an opportunity for him to finally do so.
Andre Johnson - WR - Houston Texans
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson has showed no signs of rust from his time away from the team this offseason. Johnson had an impressive practice during joint workouts with the Denver Broncos Wednesday, Aug. 20. 'He's a big part of what we're doing here,' head coach Bill O'Brien said.
Huddle Up: Johnson remains the primary playmaker in the Houston passing game; problem is, Ryan Fitzpatrick is still the Texans' best option at quarterback and that could hinder Johnson's fantasy prospects.
Trent Richardson - RB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson is off to a slow start in training camp and the preseason, posting just 34 yards in 14 attempts. At 2.4 yards per carry, that's even less than the 2.9 yards per carry he averaged in his disappointing 2014. 'Trent, he needs to answer the bell and do his job to the best of his ability,' general manager Ryan Grigson said Wednesday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: Some are saying Richardson looks good this preseason but they must be watching games from his time at Alabama by mistake. Richardson is still dancing behind the line and looks like the same back he has for the last year and a half. He plays in an explosive offense but right now Richardson's big rookie year looks like a lifetime ago
Emmanuel Sanders - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (quadriceps) was involved in practice Wednesday, Aug. 20, but he is not working in 'live' setting yet. Head coach John Fox would not rule out Sanders' return from a quadriceps injury in time for the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23, against the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: Sanders should be ready for the season opener which is the most important thing to fantasy owners. Sanders won't put up the kind of productions Eric Decker did and is being overvalued right now with an ADP of Round 6.
Montee Ball - RB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball (appendix) continues to do more work in practice each day, but most of his work continues to be outside of the team structure. However, he was wearing pads and working individually with QB Peyton Manning Wednesday, Aug. 20, and his workload is scheduled to increase. Ball might be ready to get some action in the preseason finale.
Huddle Up: Ball looks ready to roll for Week 1. He could actually end up being a bit of a bargain at his Round 2 ADP. Ball will see a majority of the touches in Denver's backfield this season and put up big fantasy numbers.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell and RB LeGarrette Blount were charged by Ross Township Police Wednesday, Aug. 20, with marijuana possession. Bell was also charged with driving under the influence (DUI) after the traffic stop Wednesday.
Huddle Up: The two reportedly had 20 grams of marijuana on them. Bell and Blount could face a league suspension once the case is resolved but that may not be until after the 2014 season. We'll have to see what happens in the coming days but as of right now, Bell and Blount's fantasy value may not be affected this season.
Vontaze Burfict - LB - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict agreed to a multi-year contract extension Wednesday, Aug. 20. Terms of the new deal were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: The undrafted LB and 2013 NFL total tackles leader (177) certainly is worthy.
Frank Gore - RB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore said he is playing for a Super Bowl in 2014 and is not thinking about a contract extension. "This year I'm playing for a Super Bowl. I'm not even thinking about an extension," Gore said.
Huddle Up: More than a few fantasy pundits have already written off the 31-year-old RB, but he could prove to be a mid-round draft steal with an ADP currently in the high 70s.
Stevenson Sylvester - LB - Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills have placed LB Stevenson Sylvester (undisclosed) on the Reserve/Injured list.
Huddle Up: The free agent was line in get some snaps with Kiko Alonzo's season-ending injury, but the good-health gods certainly haven't been beneficiaries to the Bills' LB corps this summer
Brady Quinn - QB - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins QB Brady Quinn has thrown four interceptions in the last two and a half practices. Quinn is currently competing for the No. 3 quarterback job.
Huddle Up: New team, same ol' problem for the 2007 first-round pick who's tossed 17 picks (to only 12 TDs) in 24 career NFL games.
Jordan Norwood - WR - Denver Broncos
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos WR Jordan Norwood (knee) suffered a torn acute cruciate ligament in practice Wednesday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: Rugged break for the young wideout who was having a strong preseason and was in line to make the team as a return man/fifth or sixth WR. Andre Caldwell and/or Isaiah Burse now stand better chances to survive the final cut.
Phillip Tanner - RB - Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts waived RB Phillip Tanner Wednesday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: Tanner was fighting for a spot on the bottom of Indy's RB depth chart, but the Colts' signing of Deji Karim last week made him expendable.
Cecil Shorts - WR - New Orleans Saints
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) will be on the field for around 15 offense snaps during the third preseason game Friday, Aug. 22, according to head coach Gus Bradley.
Huddle Up: Despite his injury issues of late, Shorts is still the clear fantasy choice for those looking to secure the Jags' No. 1 WR, and he currently owns a 12th-round ADP (118) in 10-team leagues.
Odell Beckham Jr. - WR - New York Giants
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Aug. 20, and is on the sidelines stretching.
Huddle Up: The agonizing wait continues for the Giants' first-round pick to get on the field and show something.
Stephen Hill - WR - New York Jets
New York Jets WR Stephen Hill has only one reception and 17 yards this preseason and has been targeted only twice. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal have worked with Hill on his route running, including shortening his stride lengths to add fluidity and efficiency, but Hill hasn't shown much progress.
Huddle Up: That lack of progress has dogged Hill since he was selected in the second round of the 2012 draft, as evidenced by his modest-at-best totals of 45 catches, 594 yards and 4 TDs in 2 seasons. He's fallen behind on the Jets' depth chart, and could fall off completely if he doesn't turn things around in a hurry.
Jairus Byrd - S - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (back) participated in full-contact practice drills for the first time this season Tuesday, Aug. 19. He's expected to play in the third preseason game this weekend.
Huddle Up: The Saints and a number of IDP league GMs are counting on Byrd, who's reeled in the second-most interceptions (22) in the league since his rookie season of 2009.
LeSean McCoy - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy (toe) has a painful condition similar to turf toe that flared up last week. He had an MRI and an X-ray on the toe, and he even had conversations about shutting it down if the pain became unbearable.
Huddle Up: Ruh-roh. McCoy is a top-three fantasy pick, and if there's already talk in the preseason about shutting him down... well, that's going to take a bite out of his fantasy value. We've seen turf toe bring down backs before, so it's most definitely a situation that warrants the rapt attention of the fantasy world.
Josh Gordon - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon's appeal hearing for his one-year suspension had no settlement talks. There has yet to be a ruling on the matter, but it appears to be an all-or-nothing case.
Huddle Up: The expectation was that the two sides might meet in the middle, with the league offering an 8-game suspension as a settlement option. With no settlement talks, it's tough to expect a settlement--and that means unless the judge hearing the appeal decides to step outside the NFL's guidebook it's either a year off as expected for Gordon, or he gets off without punishment. And you can guess where this is most likely headed.
Brian Hoyer - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer has been named the starting quarterback over QB Johnny Manziel. Head coach Mike Pettine wrote the announcement in an e-mail and said Manziel made great strides, but Hoyer had a decided edge.
Huddle Up: No surprise here, as Hoyer had the lead going into the training camp competition and neither quarterback stood out. Manziel will likely get his opportunity during the season after Hoyer struggles--which is bound to happen given the Browns' decided lack of offensive firepower. Now if Manziel can coordinate his ascension to the starting gig with Josh Gordon's potential mid-season return from suspension...
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