DeMarco Murray - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles RB DeMarco Murray said he doesn't know what the running back rotation will be this year, but he said he doesn't expect to 'alternate series' with RB Ryan Mathews.
Huddle Up: As long as he remains healthy, Murray will be the lead back in what should be one of the most explosive offenses -- and that's certainly enough to warrant RB1 status -- but Mathews also will get his share of work and the argument can be made that he's the most valuable No. 2 RB/handcuff in fantasy.
Coby Fleener - TE - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts TE Coby Fleener (knee) will hopefully return to practice at some point next week, according to head coach Chuck Pagano.
Huddle Up: Fleener finished with a 51-774-8 stat line a season ago and wound up as fantasy's sixth-ranked tight end, but The Huddle currently ranks him as a TE3 in light of the Colts' added weaponry of Indy and a projected full season out of fellow TE Dwayne Allen.
Latavius Murray - RB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray has been working on his hands in order to improve as a receiver and make himself an all-around player.
Huddle Up: Murray caught 17 of his 23 targets a year ago for 143 yards, but offseason-addition Roy Helu -- if he ever gets healthy -- projects as the Silver & Black's main pass-catching back. Still, if Murray displays improved hands early, he could see a solid share of the third-down snaps.
Darrius Heyward-Bey - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey could be the No. 3 wide receiver if WR Martavis Bryant has to sit out the first four weeks of the regular season.
Huddle Up: Just when you think you've seen the last of the former first-round flop ...
Robert Griffin III - QB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (concussion) has been cleared to play Saturday, Aug. 29, against the Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: Let's see if Griffin can bounce back, receive some better protection and show something after compiling a 6-of-13, 44-yard, no-TD line with a fumble and three sacks in Washington's first two exhibition contests.
Chris Johnson - RB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson is expected to make the 53-man roster despite not playing for his new team yet.
Huddle Up: The Cards added Johnson at a team-friendly price, so there are concerns there. But there are worries about the team's top two backs -- Andre Ellington (health) and rookie David Johnson (inexperience) -- so having some veteran insurance is a priority.
Jordan Matthews - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews is likely to remain in the slot this season, but he may play in some two-receiver sets on the outside. 'I've been doing some of both (in the slot and outside,]' Matthews said. 'But I'm going to do whatever the coaches want me to do, man. Shoot, if they want to put me at running back, I'll go and do it.'
Huddle Up: Matthews worked primarily out of the slot last season as a rookie and finished as fantasy's 24th-best wideout (67-872-8). And that was with Jeremy Maclin racking up a team-leading 143 targets and 85 receptions. Now he's a got a year under his belt and should be the most-frequently targeted pass-catcher in the Eagles' high-powered offense, making him a prime WR2 draft-day target.
Ryan Mallett - QB - Houston Texans
Updating a previous report, Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett missed practice Thursday, Aug. 27, because he overslept. Mallett was present for meetings later on, however. He will also be at practice Friday, Aug. 28.
Huddle Up: Perhaps he was dreaming that he was the Texans' starting QB. In any case, we can hardly wait to see how this plays out on next week's Hard Knocks.
Aaron Rodgers - QB - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and the rest of Green Bay's starters will not play Saturday, Aug. 29, versus the Philadelphia Eagles, according to QB Matt Blanchard.
Huddle Up: When you've just lost a Jordy Nelson to a preseason ACL tear, this is one way to respond.
Dez Bryant - WR - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (hamstring) has continued to increase his repetitions in practice and had two touchdowns in one-on-one drills Wednesday, Aug. 26.
Huddle Up: The newly paid Dez is unlikely to repeat his 16 TD catches of a season ago, but he should get close enough to more than live up to his current ADP of 8 -- one of two WRs among the top-10 picks in standard-scoring drafts.
Markus Wheaton - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Markus Wheaton could be primed for a breakout season, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler.
Huddle Up: Wheaton has been on the receiving end of rave reviews all offseason, and fellow wideout Martavis Bryant's expected loss (he's facing a four-game substance-abuse suspension) could certainly wind up being his gain. When it comes to late-round fliers, Wheaton is definitely worth a gamble at his current ADP of 175 -- 56th among WRs.
Sammy Watkins - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (gluteus) won't play in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29.
Huddle Up: The second-year wideout -- whom some have called the MVP of Bills' training camp -- isn't thought to have a serious issue, but the team will play it safe, keeping him out along with fellow WRs Robert Woods and Percy Harvin. Watkins saw limited action in Buffalo's preseason opener, catching a pass for 6 yards, but sat out Week 2.
LeSean McCoy - RB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is doing conditioning drills on the side at practice Thursday, Aug. 27.
Huddle Up: The Bills are still anticipating McCoy to be back in time to play in the Sept. 13 regular-season opener, and they have a legion of McCoy owners hoping they're on the mark with the RB owning the 10th-best ADP among RBs and 19th overall at 16.7.
Kendall Hunter - RB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter (knee) may make his preseason debut Saturday, Aug. 29. Hunter received the first carry in practice Wednesday, Aug. 26.
Huddle Up: Hunter, who's been with the Niners since he selected in the fourth round by the team in 2011, has some catch-up work to do as fourth-round rookie Mike Davis and undrafted first-year player Jarryd Hayne, the Australian rugby standout, both have had strong preseasons so far.
Victor Cruz - WR - New York Giants
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (calf) won't play in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29.
Huddle Up: The added calf issue has thrown a wrench into Cruz's plan to return from last season's knee surgery, and he'll now turn his sights toward the Giants' fourth and final preseason tilt, where he'll likely play if he can to try and knock some rust off.
EJ Manuel - QB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel will start the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29.
Huddle Up: Manuel will be the third of the three starting candidates to get a preseason start, but he owns the best stats (117.2 rating & the team's only 2 passing TDs) of the trio having played mainly against backups. That will change Saturday against the Steelers in what amounts to the 2013 first-round pick's last chance to overtake Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel who are thought to be running ahead
Tevin Coleman - RB - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman is expected to play in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29.
Huddle Up: The third-round pick, who has been sidelined since suffering a hamstring injury the first week of training camp, looks as if he's a little ahead of fellow starting candidate Devonta Freeman, who has been out with his own hammy issue, and is ready to make his NFL debut. A strong performance Saturday night in Miami could definitely tilt the scales in his favor.
Roddy White - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (elbow) will not play in the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29.
Huddle Up: No surprise here with the veteran wideout just coming off elbow surgery. The Falcons are hopeful he'll be ready to return for the regular-season opener, but that's certainly not a certainty right now.
Martavis Bryant - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant has been suspended four games for violating the league's Substance Abuse Policy, according to league sources. He has filed an appeal.
Huddle Up: Yikes -- this will slow some of the momentum the second-year Bryant has built up as a rising fantasy commodity this summer. In the meantime, the Week 1 Suspension Bowl between the Steelers and Patriots is taking on the look of an added exhibition game with Bryant and teammate Le'Veon Bell and the Patriots' Tom Brady and LeGarrette Blount all expected to be out.
Arian Foster - RB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) has been working out in Houston, and he's expected to return to the field in some facet by Week 2 to Week 4, according to ESPN 97.5 in Houston's Jayson Braddock.
Huddle Up: Hey, that wold keep the RB off the injury lists to start the season and certainly would be a positive development for Foster's fantasy stock, which should start to swing back the other way in a hurry after this report.
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