Odell Beckham Jr. - WR - New York Giants
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. said he expects to receive more attention from defenses this upcoming season but does not think it will work since the team has a lot of offensive weapons.
Huddle Up: Uh, yeah. Beckham's 17.17 fantasy points per game easily led all wideouts playing 10 or more games last season, but if Victor Cruz can return at near-full strength, the Giants will have a formidable group of pass-catchers. That said, Beckham can still expect the most attention of just about every opponent in 2015.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's appeal hearing is scheduled to happen Tuesday, June 23 and could continue Thursday, June 25, according to a source.
Huddle Up: We'll now have to wait almost another month for the hearing, but at least now there's a date. Either way, things should be settled in plenty of time before most fantasy drafts.
Jeremy Hill - RB - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill said he expects to share carries with RB Giovani Bernard this upcoming season. 'Obviously there's going to be a balanced attack,' Hill said. 'I don't think he's got to wear either one of us out, so that way we can make it through all 16 games for a playoff push.'
Huddle Up: Last year, the rookie Hill received 222 rushes and 249 total touches to Bernard's 168 and 211, respectively, and a good deal of that gap can be chalked up to Bernard missing three games. So, in essence, it projects to be a fairly even split again, but both backs are still usable as a low-end RB1 (Hill) and a high-end RB3 (Bernard).
Steve Smith - WR - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith could be entering his final season at the age of 36 in 2015. Smith signed a three-year deal with the team in 2014 and planned to play at least two of those years. He left it open for playing another season beyond this one. 'I really don't have the family structure to chase 40, to be honest,' Smith said. 'I have got a lot of things on my to-do list that don't have anything to do with football. I'm going to take it day by day, but I will not be playing until I'm 40.'
Huddle Up: Smith matched a seven-year high with 79 catches last season but seemed to tail off some later in the year following a fast start. The Ravens spent their first two draft picks on WR Breshad Perriman and TE Maxx Williams, but look for the elder-statesman Smith to lead the team in receptions and fantasy pass-catching points this season.
Joseph Randle - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle took the majority of the first-team repetitions the first two days of organized team activities this week. RB Darren McFadden split the reps with Randle Wednesday, May 27.
Huddle Up: While's McFadden's injury history and lack of durability is well documented, keep in mind that the projected lead back Randle only has totaled 105 carries over his first two pro seasons so he isn't exactly a proven commodity, either.
Sam Bradford - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford (knee) doesn't appear close to 100 percent health, but he could still make it back in time to start Week 1. Head coach Chip Kelly insists Bradford is on schedule. Earlier this month Bradford practiced one week only to sit out practice the next. He said it wasn't a setback and that they just wanted to push his knee to see how it responded. Not practicing suggests that it didn't respond well.
Huddle Up: Philly would be wise not to rush the fragile Bradford back before he's ready, and that of course means that Mark Sanchez should be at or near the top when it comes to the leqague's backup QBs on fantasy draft boards.
Josh McCown - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown appears firmly entrenched as the starting quarterback as the team's goal is to control the ball on the ground and have the quarterback manage the game.
Huddle Up: Unless turnovers become an issue -- and they kind of were last season when he finished sixth among QBs with 18 total giveaways -- McCown should be the man in Cleveland.
Montee Ball - RB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball and C.J. Anderson are splitting first-team repetitions during organized team activities.
Huddle Up: Due to injury issues, Ball was limited to five games and 172 rushing yards last season after a promising finish to his 2013 rookie campaign and became the forgotten man with Anderson's late-season emergence. Expect Anderson to again get the starting nod and majority of the Broncos' workload in 2015 but don't forget about Ball, a second-round pick, who will get his share of the carries if he can stay healthy.
Clive Walford - TE - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders TE Clive Walford is garnering praise from head coach Jack Del Rio and tight ends coach Bobby Johnson during organized team activities. Walford averaged 3.26 yards per route run last season, which was No. 1 among draft-eligible tight ends, according to Pro Football Focus. Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle described Walford as a better route runner than Maxx Williams, who was the first tight end selected in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: The 6-4, 255-pound Walford has the skills and potential to become the Raiders' best TE in years, but don't overpay for this coming season as he's a rookie TE and he's not exactly coming into the greatest passing system in the league.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins - TE - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins appears poised for a breakout season in 2015 if he can stay healthy. new Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter appears willing to utilize his tight ends this season.
Huddle Up: The 6-6, 260-pound Jenkins had only 22 receptions for 221 yards and two TDs as he was limited to nine games as a rookie, but Koetter has had success utilizing Tony Gonzalez in Atlanta and Marcedes Lewis in Jacksonville and he could help the talented TE take a big leap forward in his second season. Definitely a sleeper to keep an eye on.
Dez Bryant - WR - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant showed up to OTAs Thursday, May 28, and participated in individual drills but didn't do any group work.
Huddle Up: Holdouts just aren't what they used to be. Regardless, the Cowboys have received the message and are continue to work on a long-term deal with the WR.
Jordy Nelson - WR - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson did not participate in organized team activities Thursday, May 28, as he continues to recover from offseason hip surgery. A timetable for his return has not been disclosed.
Huddle Up: The Pack isn't about to rush Aaron Rodgers' No. 1 target and fantasy's second-ranked wide receiver in 2014 so stay tuned for signs of progress later this summer.
Marqise Lee - WR - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (knee) could miss the next two weeks of action as he continues to recover from an elbow injury he suffered last season.
Huddle Up: Lee also battled hamstring and ankle issues -- missing three games -- in his rookie season and the Jags are looking for a healthier and more dependable target in Year Two.
Mike Wallace - WR - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings WR Mike Wallace feels at home in Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner's vertical passing system, comparing it to his time in Pittsburgh. Wallace is currently working at flanker and expects to move all over the field. He is expected to serve as the deep threat of the passing game, but Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer likes Wallace's explosiveness from any route, including screen passes.
Huddle Up: The bottom line is that Wallace is hoping his skills are a better fit in the Twin Cities than they were in South Beach where his per-catch average dropped to 12.8 -- almost losing five yards off his 17.2 average in Pittsburgh. He might have to show it on the field first, though, before a number of skeptical fantasy GMs buy back in.
Mike Evans - WR - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans tweaked his hamstring during organized team activities Thursday, May 28. Head coach Lovie Smith said Evans' injury isn't major.
Huddle Up: A common occurrence with players getting back up to practice speed. It doesn't sound like any thing to worry about but something to file away as hammy issues can sometimes linger.
Ryan Mallett - QB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett has been splitting first-team repetitions in offseason workouts with newcomer Brian Hoyer. 'The tempo (stood out),' said Hoyer. 'You can tell we put a lot of work in and guys were just prepared. There weren't a lot of mental mistakes. Guys came ready to go and it was exciting -- got after it a little bit.'
Huddle Up: Hoyer's edge in starting experience is offset by Mallett's familiarity with the offense, and this looks to be an even battle that will go deep into the preseason before a starter is named. This figures to really matter, though, only in deeper or two-QB fantasy leagues.
Sam Bradford - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford (knee) was throwing on the side in individual drills Thursday, May 28, according to Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. Kelly said Bradford will begin 7-on-7 drills next week.
Huddle Up: Good news for Bradford and the Eagles as the QB is attempting to come back from another injury, adjust to new teammates and get up to speed in a different offense all at the same time.
Emmanuel Sanders - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders indicated he may not be able to put up the same numbers in 2015 than he did in 2014 because of the offense head coach Gary Kubiak is bringing to the team. 'It's definitely different,' Sanders said. 'You talk about going from a no-huddle offense to an offense that's huddling up, to an offense that is predicated off running a football and then throwing it. It's different.' Sanders said his goal is to have 1,000 receiving yards on the season.
Huddle Up: The passing and pass-catching numbers figure to go down across the board in the Mile High City, and if Sanders can settle in around the average of his first season with the Broncos and his final season with the Steelers -- which computes to roughly 84 catches for 1,070 yards and eight TDs -- it would certainly be a success given the new offense.
Matt Forte - RB - Chicago Bears
Updating previous reports, Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte will attend training camp despite his desire for a contract extension that Chicago has declined to offer. Forte is attending organized team activities.
Huddle Up: Yeah, Forte certainly knows his 30th birthday -- and the perceived defining age for NFL RBs -- arrives in December, but until further notice, there's no reason for any kind of 2015 concern over fantasy's fourth-ranked back last season.
Kelvin Benjamin - WR - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (hamstring) sat out organized team activities Thursday, May 28, as he continues to nurse a sore hamstring.
Huddle Up: It's still not even June, but it's something to keep a casual eye on in the coming weeks for fantasy's 16th-ranked WR in 2014.
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