Jonathan Stewart - RB - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart will ideally be limited to 15 carries a game, according to head coach Ron Rivera. The team will look to draft a running back in the 2015 NFL Draft that will likely take eight to 10 carries per game.
Huddle Up: So much for those dreams of Stewart finally being the Panthers' go-to back, with accompanying fantasy value. On the bright side, limiting his touches may keep the oft-injured Stewart on the field and off the injury report. Probably not, though.
DeAndre Hopkins - WR - Houston Texans
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins caught 76 passes for 1,210 yards last year, and among players drafted in the past two seasons, his production was better than everyone except New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. 'We just want to see him continue and progress,' head coach Bill O'Brien said. 'We think he can be one of the best, we think he is one of the best. We have a lot of confidence in him and we're looking forward to seeing him progress when the offseason program starts.'
Huddle Up: Hopkins finished 14th among all fantasy WRs with 157 points last season but will now have to produce without respected vet Andre Johnson drawing attention on the other side. There's also the continuing matter of the Texans' less-than-ideal QB situation, but despite all the above, Hopkins does have the talent to make a push for WR1 territory this coming fall.
Andre Ellington - RB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington, who averaged 20.6 touches per game in 2014 before being injured, won't have his role reduced in 2015, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Ellington's role in the passing game may increase, too. Ellington was often limited in practices during the week last year because of his foot injury.
Huddle Up: Things could change if the Cards use a high pick on one of the backs in the deep incoming RB draft class, but at the very least, the talented Ellington will be pass-catching/change-of-pace back in a two-man platoon.
C.J. Anderson - RB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson, who finished 2014 with 648 rushing yards in the last six games, will enter the 2015 season at the top of the running back depth chart, according to new head coach Gary Kubiak. However, competition will be "fierce" for touches in training camp, with RBs Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman still around. Ball vowed 'to get back my job' at the end of last season after landing on the Injured Reserve. Hillman is a wild card, and he has yet to top 106 carries in any one season. RB Juwan Thompson is a possibility as a fullback/running back hybrid.
Huddle Up: Make no mistake: It's Anderson's job to lose, with Ball and Hillman figuring to be fighting for No. 2, but Gary Kubiak and the new coaching staff want to keep all from getting too comfortable throughout the offseason and camp.
Matt Schaub - QB - Free Agent
Free-agent QB Matt Schaub (Raiders) could be added by the Atlanta Falcons, as they currently have QBs T.J. Yates and Sean Renfree backing up QB Matt Ryan. New Falcons head coach Dan Quinn didn't rule out signing Schaub, who is familiar with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's systems from his days with the Houston Texans. Schaub also played three seasons with the Falcons early in his career behind QB Michael Vick.
Huddle Up: Yates just re-upped with the Falcons, getting a one-year deal, but the Falcons would have little to lose in adding Schaub and setting up a camp battle for the No. 2 spot between the two former Texans.
Carson Palmer - QB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald and QB Carson Palmer were finally on the same page last season, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: Fitz had his three highest yardage totals and both of his TD receptions in games Palmer started last season, and the two 30-somethings are looking forward to having more than six shared contests to work with this coming season.
Brian Quick - WR - St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams WR Brian Quick (shoulder) is making progress in recovering from a torn rotator cuff and separated shoulder he suffered last October. Head coach Jeff Fisher has described Quick's injuries as significant and has not disclosed any timetable in regards to Quick's return. Fisher did say that Quick is coming along after a difficult time during the early stages of rehabilitation.
Huddle Up: Quick only has 54 career receptions in three seasons but hit career highs across the board with a 25-375-3 line in only seven games this past season. He's penciled in as the team's No. 3 wideout for now, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the Rams draft a WR.
Santana Moss - WR - Free Agent
Free-agent WR Santana Moss (Redskins) could re-sign with the Washington Redskins this offseason, but the two sides have not had a lot of talks to this point. The team likely will see what happens during the draft before making a decision on Moss.
Huddle Up: Moss, who will turn 36 in June, may return to D.C. but he's completely fallen off the fantasy radar with his receptions and receiving-yard totals having been on the wane for the last four seasons, all the way down to 10-116-0 a year ago.
Jarrett Boykin - WR - Green Bay Packers
Free-agent WR Jarrett Boykin (Packers) signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers on Friday, March 27. Financial terms were not immediately disclosed.
Huddle Up: Boykin, who finished with 49 receptions for 681 yards and three TDs in 2013 before being replaced by rookie Devante Adams as the Pack's No. 3 wideout a year ago, should contend for the starting gig opposite second-year stud Kelvin Benjamin.
Nick Foles - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said it's the team's intention to draft a quarterback in this year's draft, despite trading for QB Nick Foles in the offseason. Florida State QB Jameis Winston and Oregon QB Marcus Mariota are expected to be off the board when the Rams pick with the 10th overall pick in the first round, but the Rams could also trade up to take one of them. The Rams could also look at the second tier of quarterbacks in this class, which includes Baylor QB Bryce Petty, California-Los Angeles QB Brett Hundley, Oregon QB Sean Mannion and Colorado State QB Garrett Grayson. Petty indicated that he has a visit planned with St. Louis. Rams QBs Austin Davis and Case Keenum will compete for the backup job, and the loser might be on the street if the Rams draft another quarterback.
Huddle Up: It's hard to see the Rams trading up for Winston or Mariota unless it was only a spot or two, but it's certainly within reason that the franchise would target Petty or a fellow member of the second tier in third or fourth round with Foles still a largely unproven commodity.
Aaron Rodgers - QB - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers may be regularly in the pistol formation in 2015, according to head coach Mike McCarthy. The Packers used the formation often after Rodgers suffered a calf injury in 2014 in order to take stress off his leg. 'I like the pistol,' McCarthy said during a break at the NFL owners meetings this week. 'I think there's a lot of value regardless of the injury to Aaron. I know he likes it. There's a place for it year-round in your offense.' McCarthy hasn't used the pistol formation for a read-option offense, and it's unlikely McCarthy will ask Rodgers to become a read-option quarterback. The pistol formation would add an element of unpredictability to the Packers offense.
Huddle Up: Pistol formation, under center or in the shotgun, Rodgers will be in strong contention for the title of fantasy's best QB and league MVP as long as he stays fairly healthy.
Jay Cutler - QB - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler will head into the offseason as the team's No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart, but head coach John Fox said there will be an 'open competition' at the quarterback spot between Cutler and QB Jimmy Clausen during training camp and offseason workouts. The current coaching staff and general manager Ryan Pace have nothing vested in Cutler, and they've made it clear that money isn't the sole driver of their decisions.
Huddle Up: Having an open competiion is perfectly understandable given Cutler's continued and maddening inconsistency nine seasons into his career, but Clausen isn't exactly the most threatening of threats with 11 starts, five TDs, 10 interceptions and a 60.2 rating so far in his five-year career.
Matthew Stafford - QB - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford won't be throwing more than he did last season, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. Caldwell said if the Lions are throwing a lot, it could very well mean they'll be playing catch up, something he wants to avoid.
Huddle Up: With 602 attempts, Stafford hit a four-year low this past season -- and that was the same for his passing yards (4,257) as he finished 15th among fantasy QBs. Obviously, throwing fewer passes isn't exactly the recipe for a return to QB1 territory.
Shane Vereen - RB - New York Giants
New York Giants RB Shane Vereen gives the Giants something they didn't have last season -- a receiving threat out of the backfield. 'I see him in that regard as a pass receiver out of the backfield,' head coach Tom Coughlin said. Coughlin added that Vereen can protect the quarterback and is a capable runner.
Huddle Up: Vereen, who's had 99 receptions over the last two seasons, will take over the team's primary pass-catching RB role from Rashad Jennings and is yet another weapon for Eli Manning, whose fantasy stock is most definitely on the rise.
Dont'a Hightower - LB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) will miss six to seven months after undergoing surgery on a torn right labrum. Hightower's availability for the beginning of the regular season could now be in jeopardy.
Huddle Up: Definite IDP alert as Hightower finished as the Pats' second-leading tackler this past year with 105 total stops, and it looks like his fellow LBs will need to pick up the slack, likely for the first couple months of the season.
Eric Ebron - TE - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron has been impressive with his offseason work, and the team is expecting him to take a significant step in his play next season, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.
Huddle Up: Ebron, the 10th overall pick last season, struggled -- as most rookie TEs do -- with 25 catches for 248 yards and a TD on 47 targets this past season but the talent, potential and situation are there for a second-year breakout.
Jadeveon Clowney - LB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney continues to recover from microfracture surgery on his knee. Head coach Bill O'Brien said this week that there is no timetable for Clowney's return, but the team hopes to get him on the field 'sometime during (training camp).'
Huddle Up: The road back remains long for the 2014 No. 1 overall pick who's a true IDP wild card heading into this season after recording only seven tackles in four games during his injury-curtailed rookie campaign.
C.J. Spiller - RB - Buffalo Bills
New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller received some praise from head coach Sean Payton after the team was surprised to be able to land him in free agency. 'His cutup is unbelievable,' Payton said of Spiller. 'And I'm not talking about last season because I think it became challenging, but you go back a couple of years and start looking at his screen reel, a sweep reel, a return reel.'
Huddle Up: Spiller will be a nice fit in the Big Easy as a complement to lead back Mark Ingram, and should easily see his biggest improvement as a pass catcher after averaging a modest 31.6 receptions per season during his five years in Buffalo.
Reggie Bush - RB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers RB Reggie Bush still has the ability to be an every-down back, according to head coach Jim Tomsula. Tomsula said Bush is not a gadget player but does have the skill set to help on third downs.
Huddle Up: Bush isn't going to be the Niners' main rushing back with second-year RB Carlos Hyde topping the depth chart, and look for him to still see roughly a third of his touches via receptions.
Darrius Heyward-Bey - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Free-agent WR Darrius Heyward-Bey has re-signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Heyward-Bey signed a one-year deal with the team, but financial terms were not immediately disclosed.
Huddle Up: A somewhat surprising move on the surface after DHB had all of three catches for 33 years a year ago, but he was a solid contributor on special teams and will be there fighting for a back-end roster spot once again this summer.
Our FREE email updates are packed with the player news and fantasy analysis you need! Always fresh, no spam, guaranteed!
- Fantasy Faceoff: Winston vs. Mariota
- 2015 Player Signings and Trades
- Cleveland Browns Coaching Change Impact
- Jacksonville Jaguars Coaching Change Impact
- St. Louis Rams Coaching Change Impact
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers Coaching Change Impact
- 2015 All-Combine Fantasy Team
- 2015 NFL Scouting Combine Fantasy Recap
- Baltimore Ravens Coaching Change Impact
- Better Than Average (BTA) Rankings
- San Francisco 49ers Coaching Change Impact
- Atlanta Falcons Coaching Change Impact
- Consistency Player Rankings
- Oakland Raiders Coaching Change Impact
- Denver Broncos Coaching Change Impact
- Chicago Bears Coaching Change Impact
- A Look Back at Player Efficiency Stats for 2014
- New York Jets Coaching Change Impact
- Buffalo Bills Coaching Change Impact