Ryan Kerrigan - LB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins LB Ryan Kerrigan said his rehab from knee surgery is going well and that he has been able to start running. Kerrigan said he is focused on building strength in the surgically repaired knee.
Huddle Up: Sounds like all is going as well as expected for the LB who hasn't missed a start in four seasons and hit career highs a year ago with 13.5 sacks, 51 solo tackles and five forced fumbles. IDP leaguers, though, will need to continue to monitor his progress in training camp.
Demaryius Thomas - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas' 184 targets last year were the most in the NFL.
Huddle Up: Regardless of whether or not he secures the long-term deal he's seeking, D.T. again easily figures to lead the Broncos in targets but definitely don't be shocked in the least if his overall numbers are his lowest in four years as Denver is expected to run more and throw less this coming campaign under new coach Gary Kubiak.
Michael Campanaro - WR - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens WR Michael Campanaro has made quick progress in his rehab from an offseason quadriceps injury and expects to be ready for the start of training camp. Campanaro has been rehabbing at the team's facility and has started to run.
Huddle Up: The 2014 seventh-round pick showed some brief flashes as a rookie, catching seven passes for 102 yards and a TD but is fighting for a roster spot with the team drafting Breshad Perriman (first round) and Darren Waller (sixth) this offseason.
DeSean Jackson - WR - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson caught nine passes for 243 yards and a score in two games against the Philadelphia Eagles last season, continuing a trend of big performances against NFC East opponents. 'I'm called a Cowboy killer,' Jackson said. 'They call me the Cowboy killer. I'm a Giants killer, I'm a Cowboys killer, now I'm an Eagles killer, too.'
Huddle Up: Jackson wasn't too shabby against everyone else, either, finishing as fantasy's 17th-ranked WR last season with 154 points -- and doing it with three different QBs making starts. Let's see what kind of early rapport he can build with projected Week 1 starter Robert Griffin III.
Antonio Gates - TE - San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates has been suspended four games for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs. It was previous reported that Gates had been suspended for substance abuse.
Huddle Up: Perhaps this helps explain Gates' fountain-of-youth season (69-821-12) at the age of 34 last season. Regardless, this should finally provide the fantasy jump-start backup TE Ladarius Green needs.
Rolando McClain - LB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys LB Rolando McClain has been suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league's policy and program for substances of abuse.
Huddle Up: This puts a crimp in the fantasy values of McClain (IDP) and the Dallas team D as McClain finished second on the squad last season with 87 total tackles.
Nick Foles - QB - St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams QB Nick Foles' command of the huddle is something that has been missing from the quarterback position in recent years, according to TE Jared Cook. 'Hopefully, he can make all of us better,' Cook said. 'This is something we've needed the past few years -- somebody to fill the mold, step in, grab the ram by the horns and say, 'Let's go, guys! This is our time!''
Huddle Up: Foles wasn't a fit for Chip Kelly in Philly, but he could give the Rams just what they need at quarterback--namely someone who can stick around for 16 games. The Rams are expected to be run-heavy, but they have some talented receivers and there is certainly some upside to Foles as a backup fantasy option.
Andrew Quarless - TE - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers TE Richard Rodgers could see more playing time in 2015, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. Rodgers played 528 snaps, while fellow TE Andrew Quarless played 695 snaps. Demovsky said he wouldn't be surprised if those numbers reversed this season.
Huddle Up: Rodgers has been generating some buzz this offseason, but if all it means is he's on the winning side of a 60/40 split--as opposed to a more legit TE1 role--his fantasy outlook isn't quite as bright as some might have hoped.
Michael Crabtree - WR - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree has received recognition from QB Derek Carr for his presence in the locker room. 'He's such a great teammate. I love the guy. I talk to him all the time. We're always talking about the game. We're always talking ball. We're always talking routes, concepts, and what we're going to do during the game, and hand signals, all those things. He is a football junkie. He's been a nice guy, a nice addition to our team,' Carr said.
Huddle Up: Crabtree, coming off a 68-698-4 season across the bay in San Fran, is the leading candidate to lead the Silver & Black in targets and receptions while rookie first-round pick Amari Cooper figures to be the team's big-play wideout.
Zach Ertz - TE - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz is expected to see a sizable jump in snaps this season.
Huddle Up: Ertz saw his 2013 numbers (57 targets-36 receptions-469 yards-4 TDs) increase almost across the board last season (89-58-702-3) and don't be shocked to see a similar leap in Year Three.
Paul Posluszny - LB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars LB Paul Posluszny (pectoral) is still expected to be a three-down player despite coming off a torn pectoral, according to The Florida Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran.
Huddle Up: Posluszny averaged 140 tackles, 2.3 interceptions and 2.3 sacks during his first three seasons in J'vile, but he's on the other side of 30 now so it's going to be a little tougher for the LB to re-gain his play-making form. Let's see how the early training-camp prognosis looks, though, before we make any hasty IDP judgments.
Joique Bell - RB - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell is aiming to become the franchise's second running back to rush for 1,000 yards since 2004. 'I'm going to rush for over 1,200 yards,' Bell said. 'That's the minimum. If I do less than that, I'll be surprised. I'll be disappointed. Anything more than that, I wouldn't be surprised at all.'
Huddle Up: To hit 1,200 yards at his career average of 4.1 yards per carry, Bell is going to need 293 rushes -- 70 more than his career high last season. That might not be feasible with impressive-looking second-round pick Ameer Abdullah also expected to get his fair share of work.
Lance Dunbar - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar is expected to have the biggest impact of any of the running backs in the passing game, according to Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News.
Huddle Up: Definitely a PPR and -- to a lesser degree -- standard-league nugget to keep in mind for those expecting a repeat of DeMarco Murray's 57 receptions in 2014 for the Cowboys' lead back this season. Dunbar, meanwhile, has all of 31 receptions in 37 career games.
Tyler Lockett - WR - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett has drawn positive reviews from WR Doug Baldwin, who feels the rookie out of Kansas State is 'going to be an impact player for us right off the bat.'
Huddle Up: More potential wealth for the Seahawks, but in fantasy parlance, the third-round pick is just another passing-game mouth to feed in the Pacific Northwest as he joins Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Paul Richardson, Ricardo Lockette, Super Bowl standout Chris Matthews, RB Marshawn Lynch and TEs Jimmy Graham and Luke Willson on a team which threw an NFL-low 454 passes last season. Yikes.
Brandon Marshall - WR - New York Jets
New York Jets WR Brandon Marshall has been a positive influence since joining the Jets this offseason. Marshall has shown his athletic ability that has given him success in previous seasons and he has been a good teammate in the locker room as well. Additionally, Marshall has connections with new head coach Todd Bowles, who was part of the Dolphins' coaching staff when Marshall played in Miami.
Huddle Up: Marshall hit eight-year career lows last season with his 106 targets and his 61 receptions for 721 yards and while he may be good for the Jets, the inverse isn't likely to be as beneficial with the wideout going from Jay Cutler and the Bears to Geno Smith and N.Y.
Ryan Tannehill - QB - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill considers himself a big leader in the Dolphins' organization. WR Kenny Stills said Tannehill has put the team on his shoulders and is letting them know that everyone must work hard every day to be successful.
Huddle Up: That time in Tannehill's career has arrived as he's entering his fourth season. In addition, he basically has a whole new supporting cast on offense, meaning the QB's leadership is going to be more important than ever. Fantasy-wise, Tannehill is coming off a top-10 QB season, and if all the new pieces fall into place, there's no reason he can't repeat the feat.
Keenan Allen - WR - San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen said he's been losing weight in order to play faster this season.
Huddle Up: Allen is coming off a disappointing fantasy season -- one in which he had more targets (121-105) and receptions (77-71) than the previous season but did less with them, seeing a sizable dip in yardage (1,046-783) and TD receptions (8-4).
Gary Barnidge - TE - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns TEs Gary Barnidge, Rob Housler and Jim Dray could all end up taking over for TE Jordan Cameron, who is now with the Miami Dolphins. Head coach Mike Pettine said the three tight ends provide some diversity and can be used in different ways.
Huddle Up: In other words, don't expect to see a hint of a glimpse of any Cleveland TE on your fantasy radar.
Danny Woodhead - RB - San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (ankle) missed 13 games last season due to a broken ankle, but he appeared fast and healthy in offseason work.
Huddle Up: A healthy Woodhead would allow the Chargers to bring rookie Melvin Gordon along slowly in the passing game--and bring a little PPR fantasy value to the table himself.
Mike Glennon - QB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans is expected to play more on an island in 2015 as the 'X' receiver in Tampa Bay's new offense, which is the same role offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter created for Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones during Koetter's time with that organization. He said Monday, June 29, that the QB carousell of Josh McCown and Mike Glennon last year held him back, too, so he is excited about a potential breakout with QB Jameis Winston.
Huddle Up: An upgrade at quarterback, a new and potentially lucrative role... on the heels of a dynamic rookie season Evans could actually wind up being the best sophomore pass-catcher this season.
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