Shane Vereen - RB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen was in for 26 offensive snaps in the first half of the preseason game Friday, Aug. 22, against the Carolina Panthers, a team-high among running backs.
Huddle Up: Vereen didn't see much action in New England's first two games but he exploded for 75 total yards, five receptions and two touchdowns in the Patriots' dress rehearsal. Vereen is locked in as a RB2 in PPR formats. He'll lead the Patriots' backfield in touches this year as long as he's healthy.
Chad Henne - QB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Chad Henne will start the Week 1 game ahead of rookie QB Blake Bortles, head coach Gus Bradley said Friday, Aug. 22.
Huddle Up: The plan all along was to start Henne but you have to question this decision with the way Bortles has played. A couple of years ago it was Matt Flynn who was supposed to start in Seattle but Russell Wilson beat him out. It's not that Henne has played poorly this preseason but after watching both quarterbacks, it's hard to believe he gives Jacksonville a better chance to win than Bortles. The rookie will be under center at some point this season. Bortles should be targeted early in dynasty leagues.
Geno Smith - QB - New York Jets
New York Jets QB Geno Smith will be the team's week-to-week starting quarterback for the regular season, head coach Rex Ryan said Friday, Aug. 22, after the preseason game against the New York Giants. Smith completed nine of his 14 pass attempts for 137 yards and a touchdown, and he also ran three times for 17 yards.
Huddle Up: This comes as no surprise. Smith was the guy to beat and Mike Vick never mounted a serious challenge. Smith has some more weapons to work with this season. If Geno improves on his accuracy and cuts down on turnovers, he could work himself into the QB2 discussion.
Maurice Jones-Drew - RB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) has been dealing with a hand injury, and CBS Sports sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson said the running back might have been lifted as a precaution from the preseason game Friday, Aug. 22, against the Green Bay.
Huddle Up: Jones-Drew looked good in his limited action, rushing for a 40-yard touchdown on one of his three carries. Jones-Drew has slimmed down and even though Darren McFadden will get his touches, MJD looks to be the lead back in Oakland. He currently has an ADP of Round 7.
Mike Evans - WR - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans was allegedly involved in a fight outside a nightclub In March. The alleged incident was caught on video, but no arrests were made.
Huddle Up: Doesn't really sound like much of anything to be concerned about on the surface, but further details may come out that warrant NFL discipline.
Daniel Fells - TE - New York Giants
New York Giants TE Daniel Fells could win the team's starting job with a strong showing in their preseason game Friday, Aug. 22, in the opinion of Jordan Raanan of the Star Ledger.
Huddle Up: Fells is a journeyman, who is playing for his 4th team in 5 seasons after sitting out last season. In short, nothing here of fantasy interest.
Emmanuel Sanders - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (quadriceps) had a full practice Thursday, Aug. 21, and he could play in his first preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23.
Huddle Up: Sanders, with a current ADP of 32 among WRs, is going to need to play Sat. and get his in-game timing in sync with Peyton and Co. if he's going to approach his fantasy expectations this season.
Isaac Redman - RB - Free Agent
Free-agent RB Isaac Redman (back) said he is no longer able to play football after suffering a spinal cord injury in 2013.
Huddle Up: Not the ideal ending to any career, and we wish the former Steeler better fortune in his future endeavors.
Teddy Bridgewater - QB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater is the team's No. 2 quarterback, and the team is confident with him there. QB Christian Ponder could be traded if he performs well enough.
Huddle Up: At this point, Bridgewater only has significant value in keeper and/or dynasty leagues unless you believe starter Matt Cassel is going to flop right out of the gate.
Jeremy Hill - RB - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill could see some carries with the first-team offense in the third preseason game Sunday, Aug. 24.
Huddle Up: The second-round pick leads all Cincy RBs this preseason with 65 total yards on 11 touches and definitely should be the second Bengals' RB coming off the boards in fantasy drafts behind, of course, Giovanni Bernard.
Johnny Manziel - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel could play with QB Brian Hoyer in a two-quarterback system later in the season, according to head coach Mike Pettine. Pettine said a package for Manziel is on the table. Pettine said he didn't anticipate a platoon early in the season. Pettine also made it clear that Hoyer is on a week-to-week trial.
Huddle Up: Despite Manziel's current shortcomings and issues -- he was just fined $12K by the league on Friday for the upraised middle finger he displayed to the Washington bench on Monday night -- the first-round pick is sure to be see plenty of PT in some form or fashion this season as the team needs to know if he's the QB of the future.
Damien Williams - RB - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins RB Damien Williams has leapfrogged RBs Daniel Thomas and Mike Gillislee on the depth chart.
Huddle Up: Williams, an undrafted rookie out of Oklahoma, is reportedly making an impression although you'd never know it by his ugly preseason rushing numbers (17 rushes-22 yards) so far. It likely speaks volumes about Thomas, a 2011 2nd-round pick, Gillislee, a 2013 fifth-rounder, more than anything.
Nick Foles - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles completed 19 of 29 passes for 179 yards with one touchdown and one interception during the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 21. He led the offense to three scoring drives in the first half.
Huddle Up: Foles currently owns the sixth-highest ADP (59) among QBs, and is firmly in charge of an innovative Philly offense that should again prove to be one of the league's best this season.
Brandon Bostick - TE - Green Bay Packers
Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers TE Brandon Bostick (leg) has a slight fracture of his fibula and could return by Week 2 or Week 3.
Huddle Up: The Packers continue to be snakebitten at the tight end position. Andrew Quarless will likely end up as the starting tight end by default, unless rookie Richard Rodgers comes on strong or the prodigal and oft-injured Jermichael Finley returns to Green Bay.
Doug Martin - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaners RB Doug Martin was called the team's 'bell cow' running back by head coach Lovie Smith.
Huddle Up: This is what fantasy owners want to hear, even though it likely took a three-month absence due to injury to Charles Sims for the Bucs to fully commit to Martin. Hey, it's an opportunity and one that fantasy owners are hoping Martin can capitalize on.
Heath Miller - TE - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller had a team-high five catches for 53 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown reception, in the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 21.
Huddle Up: Miller is an underappreciated fantasy contributor, the kind of tight end you grab after everyone else has one or pick up off the waiver wire for a bye week plug in. With the Steelers losing 1400 yards and 16 touchdowns due to the departures of Jerricho Cotchery and Emmanuel Sanders, there are touches to be had in the Pittsburgh passing game; that means Miller could wind up with a few more fantasy-friendly stats on his plate.
LeSean McCoy - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy (thumb) said he expects to be ready for the regular season after spraining his right thumb during the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 21.
Huddle Up: McCoy wasn't likely to play in the final preseason game anyway, so he'll have time to rest his thumb and toe and get ready for the games that count.
Jason Worilds - LB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers LB Jason Worilds left the team's preseason game with a right knee injury Thursday, Aug. 21, and will not return.
Huddle Up: Potentially grim news for the Steelers' D as the fifth-year LB led the squad with 8 sacks last season. More should be known soon.
Kenny Britt - WR - St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams WR Kenny Britt may sit out of the team's preseason game against the Cleveland Browns Saturday, Aug. 23, with a shoulder injury. Britt did practice this week, however.
Huddle Up: The former Titan has played sparingly this preseason with 1 catch for 5 yards on 2 targets so far, but given the unsettled and inexperienced WR corps in St. Louis, he remains in the mix to start or at least see significant playing time.
LeSean McCoy - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy's X-rays on his right thumb came back negative, but he will not return to the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 21.
Huddle Up: That noise you heard was the collective sigh of relief coming from McCoy owners, who are hoping the next time they see the RB in uniform is for the Sept. 7 season opener against the Jaguars.
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