Timothy Wright - TE - New England Patriots
New England Patriots TE Timothy Wright is expected to play Thursday, Aug. 28, against the New York Giants after recently being acquired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: Fantasy GMs and Pats fans will get their first glimpse of Wright in a N.E. uniform, but not many of the other offensive regulars are expected to play, including Tom Brady.
Blake Bortles - QB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles started the team's final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28.
Huddle Up: With the starters getting the week off, the third-overall pick gets a chance to build on his impressive preseason resume as he's 28-of-45 for 435 yards and a TD entering the contest.
Navorro Bowman - LB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers LB Michael Wilhoite appears to be the leading candidate to start at middle linebacker while LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) is out of the lineup.
Huddle Up: Wilhoite, undrafted out of Washburn University in 2011, got his start in the United Football League and started 2 games last season -- his third with the Niners. He's been impressive so far this preseason, leading the team with 19 total tackles and a sack.
Sammy Watkins - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) could play in the team's final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28, though it likely wouldn't be for long.
Huddle Up: Watkins sat out last week's preseason game, but the Bills would like to get the rookie some more work with only 3 catches for 21 yards on 7 targets so far this preseason.
Steven Jackson - RB - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) could play a few snaps in the team's final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28 to test out his injured hamstring, according to ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure.
Huddle Up: Jackson has fantasy GMs more than a little leery as he's been a preseason spectator so far. In the ADP ranks, he's fallen to 34th among RBs.
Matt Schaub - QB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders QB Matt Schaub (elbow) did some light throwing Wednesday, Aug. 28. The team will have him throw again Monday, Sept. 1, to see where his arm is at.
Huddle Up: Schaub's elbow has definitely been a bother late this preseason, but there's still enough time for the veteran to be ready for the Sept. 7 season opener against the Jets.
Scott Tolzien - QB - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers QBs Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn are expected to play in the final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28 and still are competing for the No. 2 quarterback job. Head coach Mike McCarthy said he would like to give both quarterbacks equal playing time so he can evaluate better.
Huddle Up: Tolzien (26-of-38, 338 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs) has had superior numbers so far this preseason, and Flynn (11-of-23, 130, 1 TD, 1 INT) needs to rally in the finale.
Dee Milliner - CB - New York Jets
New York Jets CB Dee Milliner (ankle) will not play in the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28.
Huddle Up: Rex Ryan and Co. are hoping their top CB, who's been out since Aug. 10 with a high-ankle sprain, will be ready for the Sept. 7 opener, but between Millner and the AWOL/suspended Dimitri Patterson -- the projected starter on the other side -- the team could be counting on backups to get them through the opener. The good news, though, is that the aerially-challenged Raiders are up first on the docket.
Benny Cunningham - RB - St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams RB Benny Cunningham has been the team's best running back during the preseason and could push RB Zac Stacy for playing time this season.
Huddle Up: In fantasy drafts held over the last 2 weeks, Stacy is the 14th RB coming off the board, while Cunningham is way down at 71, but the gap is getting narrower by the day, especially after the latter got the surprise start in Game 3 of the preseason. Definitely swoop up Cunningham if you're down to the RB handcuff/flier stage in your draft.
Chris Thompson - RB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson (ankle) will be able to play in the final preseason game after missing the last two preseason games because of a sprained ankle.
Huddle Up: Thompson might need the preseason game of his life to secure a roster spot, particularly with sixth-round pick Lache Seastrunk making quite the impression this August.
Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson reportedly had a phone conversation with Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones in June where he stated he would be interested in joining the Cowboys when his time with the Vikings is over. Jones said he has not talked with Peterson since the phone call and does not believe that the call should be considered tampering. Peterson, a Texas native, denied the report. 'This was a casual conversation between NFL colleagues in which I never indicated I wanted to leave the Vikings,' Peterson said in a statement. 'I have always said I understand the NFL is a business but that I would love to retire as a Viking.'
Huddle Up: AD's current deal runs through the 2017 season, but Peterson is closing in on 30 and despite his wishes, you'd have to think the Vikes would explore the possibility of trading him should his play not match the paychecks the next few seasons.
Josh Gordon - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is not eligible to play in the CFL while serving a year-long suspension in the NFL, according to a league source.
Huddle Up: The big problem is that Gordon is still under contract with the Browns, so it's back to the drawing board for the wideout and his legal team.
Aaron Dobson - WR - New England Patriots
New England Patriots WR Aaron Dobson (foot) will make his preseason debut Thursday, Aug. 28, in the final preseason game.
Huddle Up: Dobson, who finished his rookie year with 37 catches for 519 yards and 4 TDs, currently owns an ADP of 61 among all WRs -- third among the Pats' wideouts -- but he could prove to be a late-round steal or waiver-wire find should he take the sophomore-season leap that many expect.
Jarrett Boykin - WR - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers WR Jarrett Boykin has taken the next step, according to head coach Mike McCarthy. 'He's physical, his toughness, he's relentless,' McCarthy said. 'I think he's exceptional at the top of his route. You see his strength and balance to separate from a DB.' Boykin's hold on the No. 3 receiver spot will likely limit WR Davante Adams as the fourth receiver.
Huddle Up: Green Bay's passing game is prolific enough that a third receiver has fantasy value. Also don't forget that Boykin can be a restricted free agent following the season, so he's playing for a paycheck as well. It all adds up to significant fantasy potential for Boykin.
Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) said Wednesday, Aug. 27, that he will be ready for the regular season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers despite fracturing his ribs last week. 'There's no doubt in my mind,' Newton said.
Huddle Up: It's been an eventful offseason for Newton, who was limited earlier in training camp following foot surgery and is now dealing with the cracked rib. But if he says he'll be ready to roll by Week 1, who are we to argue?
Matt Schaub - QB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders QB Matt Schaub (elbow) will be the team's starting quarterback in Week 1 against the New York Jets assuming his elbow is better and he can get in the requisite practice time, head coach Dennis Allen reiterated Wednesday, Aug. 27.
Huddle Up: Schaub may be the starter but he'll be on a short leash. If Schuab can't move the Raiders' offense, rookie Derek Carr will be under center sooner rather than later.
Christine Michael - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Christine Michael (hamstring) has been ruled out for the preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28, against the Oakland Raiders.
Huddle Up: Michael ends the preseason behind Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin on Seattle's RB depth chart. If Lynch were to go down, Turbin and Michael would likely both get touches but Turbin would get first crack as the early-down back.
Josh Scobee - PK - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars PK Josh Scobee (quadriceps) said he is not sure if will be able to play Week 1 because of his quadriceps injury. PK Kasey Redfern may make the final roster in case Scobee is not ready.
Huddle Up: Just in case in you're not one to be fully alert when drafting your PK in the final round.
Christine Michael - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Christine Michael is dealing with a hamstring injury.
Huddle Up: Michael, who leads the Hawks with 145 total yards and 3 TDs this preseason, will not play in Thursday night's exhibition finale, and it's still a toss-up as to who really is Marshawn Lynch's true handcuff.
Dez Bryant - WR - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant met with owner/general manager Jerry Jones Tuesday, Aug. 26, to discuss his contract situation, according to sources. The two sides have talked about a contract extension for months but no deal has been reached at this point. The biggest obstacle in the talks appears to be the guaranteed money included in the deal.
Huddle Up: Bryant, who is 10th overall and 4th among WRs in terms of ADP, would like to get this resolved, and it sounds like the two sides are at least close. Expect an announcement before the team's Thursday night exhibition finale kicks off.
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