Charles Sims - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims is likely to be featured in the offense this season.
Huddle Up: With Doug Martin a short-timer after the Bucs declined to pick up his option for 2015, Sims looks to be the go-to option in Jameis Winston's backfield. Would be nice if fantasy owners had any sort of track record for him to work off of.
Doug Martin - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin will be an unrestricted free-agent in 2016 after the team decided not to exercise his fifth-year player option Monday, May 4.
Huddle Up: Martin's stock has plummeted steadily since a standout rookie season, to the point that the Bucs don't even want him around next year and appear poised to give feature-back touches to Charles Sims. All Martin can do is stay healthy, perform if and when given the opportunity, and look for a new team next season.
Jeff Demps - RB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts WR Kadron Boone, DE Gannon Conway, RB Jeff Demps and OT Matt Hall were waived Monday, May 4.
Huddle Up: Demps' Olympic speed has yet to translate to the gridiron, and with at least three teams in his rear view mirror there's a pretty good chance it never will.
Darren McFadden - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden could return kicks this season, head coach Jason Garrett said Saturday, May 3.
Huddle Up: Yikes, that's going to be asking a lot of one of your lead backs -- especially one as fragile as Run-DMC has proven to be. You've got to think adding another veteran back is on the Cowboys' itinerary after passing over the position group in the draft.
Andre Ellington - RB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington's role in 2015 will be similar to the role he had last season, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: Ellington had 247 offensive touches, including 201 rushes, in 12 games last season -- up from 157 in his rookie campaign of 2013 -- and 250-275 sounds about right if he can stay healthy, even with the Cards drafting Northern Iowa stud David Johnson in the third round.
Alfred Morris - RB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris's role won't be impacted by rookie RB Matt Jones, according to head coach Jay Gruden. 'Alfred's still the running back here,' Gruden said. 'He's had three great seasons and that won't change.'
Huddle Up: After logging 346 offensive touches as a rookie in 2012, Morris' total has dipped in each of the past two seasons, settling in at 282 last season. Although Jones has the size (6-2, 230) and pass-catching skills to be more than a change-of-pace back, Morris is still projects as a bona fide low-end RB1.
Indianapolis Colts WR Phillip Dorsett will be the team's kick returner in addition to his role on offense.
Huddle Up: Strictly as a fantasy WR, the curious pick by Indy -- given the team's other needs -- doesn't have as clear of a path to playing time as his fellow first-round WRs given the abundance of weapons in the Colts' passing game.
Jimmy Graham - TE - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham is committed to learning to block since he was traded to the Seahawks, according to offensive line coach Tom Cable.
Huddle Up: This will be one of the differences between playing offense in the Big Easy and playing in the Pacific Northwest, but we're still banking that the two-time defending NFC champs didn't trade for Graham because of his blocking potential.
Darren McFadden - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden remains the front-runner to be the lead back in 2015 after Dallas didn't select a running back in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: It was one of the true surprising fantasy-centric draft developments, and at least for the time being -- or until he comes up injured -- McFadden's stock deserves to be pointed north.
Sam Bradford - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford was shopped to both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans, according to sources, but Eagles coach Chip Kelly has denied the rumors.
Huddle Up: Shopped or not, it's water under the bridge now, and the onus remains on Bradford to show he can stay healthy and produce in a contract year while guiding what's been one of the league's top offenses since Kelly took the reins in 2013.
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson will be used separately from RBs Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West, according to head coach Mike Pettine. Browns general manager Ray Farmer compared Johnson to Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard and former Philadelphia Eagles RB Brian Westbrook.
Huddle Up: At 5-9 and 207 pounds, Johnson fits the change-of-pace mold, and he's also a strong pass-catcher, logging 38 receptions for 421 yards and three TDs this past season at Miami. That said, he could be the second Browns back to own in fantasy apart from whomever wins the starting job.
Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi (knee) may have a potential bone on bone issue that may have contributed to his falling down some teams' draft boards.
Huddle Up: Ajayi lasted until the fifth round, but now he'll have the chance to show he's healthy, and if he can, he has more than a decent chance of winning the Dolphins' No. 2 RB gig behind Lamar Miller.
Philip Rivers - QB - San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers was never targeted by the Tennessee Titans, as the Chargers made clear they weren't dealing Rivers from the start.
Huddle Up: Rivers, who finished as the ninth-ranked QB with 349 fantasy points last season, enters his 10th season as the Bolts' starter but there is some dynasty and keeper league intrigue as this will be the final year of his current San Diego contract. Let's see what develops.
Zac Stacy - RB - St. Louis Rams
Former St. Louis Rams RB Zac Stacy has been traded to the New York Jets in exchange for the Jets' 224 overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Stacy went from Rams starter to Tre Mason's backup to asking for a trade after St. Louis spent the 10th overall pick on Todd Gurley. He'll join an equally crowded backfield in New York, where he'll need to carve out carries to regain any fantasy relevance.
The Arizona Cardinals selected Northern Iowa RB David Johnson in Round 3 (No. 86 overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft on Friday, May 1.
Huddle Up: Johnson, who racked up 2,089 yards from scrimmage this past season for the FCS Panthers, was seventh RB drafted but he has as good of a chance as any to see immediate playing time given Andre Ellington's small stature/durability questions and the Cards' overall lack of RB depth.
The New Orleans Saints selected Colorado State QB Garrett Grayson in Round 3 of the NFL Draft (No. 75 overall) Friday, May 1.
Huddle Up: Grayson, who became the third QB selected, becomes the heir apparent to Drew Brees as the Saints went with the fast-rising Colorado State QB instead of selecting Bryce Petty as rumored. That said, don't expect to hear much of Grayson for another couple of years as the 36-year-old Brees is still going strong.
The Atlanta Falcons selected University of Indiana RB Tevin Coleman in Round 3 of the 2015 NFL Draft (No. 73 overall) Friday, May 1.
Huddle Up: The big-play Hoosiers' standout is one third-round pick who should make an immediate fantasy impact as the Falcons parted ways with Steven Jackson this offseason and have 2014 fourth-rounder Devonta Freeman currently holding down the top spot on their depth chart. Coleman, who rushed for 2,036 yards as a junior last season, now becomes the odds-on favorite to open the season as the ATL starter.
The Houston Texans selected Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong in Round 3 (No. 70 overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft Friday, May 1. The Texans moved up from the No. 82 pick, trading with the New York Jets. The Jets also receive WR DeVier Posey, a fifth-round pick (No. 152 overall) and a seventh-round pick (No. 229 overall).
Huddle Up: The Texans got the complement to DeAndre Hopkins in the 6-2, 220-pound Strong, who fell to the third round after being projected by many as a possible first-rounder. Should step in immediately as Houston's No. 2 WR.
The Baltimore Ravens selected University of Minnesota TE Maxx Williams in Round 2 (No. 55 overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft on Friday, May 1.
Huddle Up: Williams was the highest-ranked TE prospect in the draft, and he fell perfectly to the Ravens late in the second round. With Dennis Pitta's future uncertain after a pair of hip surgeries, 2014 third-round pick Crockett Gillmore was listed atop the team's TE depth chart, but the athletic Williams -- who's been compared favorably to ex-Raven Todd Heap -- fills a key need for Joe Flacco and Co.
The Detroit Lions selected Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah in Round 2 (No. 54 overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft on Friday, May 1.
Huddle Up: The Lions entered the draft needing a RB after parting ways with Reggie Bush this offseason, and Abdullah -- the fourth RB coming off the board overall -- will team with Joique Bell to give Detroit a solid 1-2 rushing punch. At 5-9 and 205 pounds, Abdullah isn't built to shoulder a heavy load, but he's a decent receiver, hauling in 73 passes, including seven scoring receptions, during his four years in Lincoln.
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