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.
Peyton Manning - QB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning has been forced to deal with a new head coach, a new offensive coordinator, less practice time and more rest during offseason practices, new offensive linemen, a new starting tight end in TE Owen Daniels and not being able to practice with star WR Demaryius Thomas yet.
Huddle Up: Manning will also be helming an offense that's expected to run the ball more frequently than in Peyton's past seasons. Perhaps his days as an elite fantasy quarterback are over--but he's still at minimum a solid fantasy starter.
Sam Bradford - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford (knee) is expected to be in the final phase of his rehabilitation from a torn anterior cruciate ligament once training camp begins. Bradford's second ACL tear in as many seasons will require more time to recover and the Eagles may not have a grasp on how ready he is to play before the regular season begins.
Huddle Up: Plenty of questions surrounding Bradford: Will he be ready in time? Can he stay healthy? Will limited prep time allow him to grasp Chip Kelly's offense? There's certainly upside to Bradford's fantasy prospects, but there's also a strong possibility Mark Sanchez will be seeing plenty of action early in the season.
Marqise Lee - WR - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marqise Lee is slated to start behind WRs Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, according to Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times Union.
Huddle Up: Sounds like we have the pecking order for Blake Bortles' receiving corps lined up, with Robinson the receiver to have if you're banking on the Jaguars' passing game for fantasy assistance.
Darren McFadden - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden said he's excited to be with the Cowboys and feels like he's a rookie again. McFadden also said the injured hamstring that caused him to miss time this offseason is feeling great.
Huddle Up: McFadden is battling Joseph Randle for a share of what DeMarco Murray left behind in Dallas. On the bright side he's healthy... at least for now.
Charles Johnson - WR - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings WR Charles X. Johnson appears to have everything it takes to produce in the NFL, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner. 'He's got great work ethic, and he's a big, strong guy. He's a 218-pound receiver that can run. He's got everything you need to be a productive player in this league,' Turner said. Turner believes Johnson has completely recovered from the knee surgery he had last offseason. Johnson has been working at split end in three-receiver sets during offseason workouts.
Huddle Up: The lead role in a Turner-coached passing game with Teddy Bridgewater at the helm sounds like a promising situation for Johnson. However, keep in mind the Vikings are still a run-first offense so long as Adrian Peterson is on the active roster, so Johnson's upside is somewhat limited.
Stevie Johnson - WR - San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson showed good chemistry with QB Philip Rivers during offseason workouts.
Huddle Up: The Chargers have been desperate for a second receiver to emerge in their offense, and if Johnson is earning the trust of Rivers he could fill that role--and in the process carve out some solid fantasy numbers.
Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess impressed during offseason workouts and could have a big role in 2015. He played all three receiver positions, and his 6-foot-4 frame could create mismatches. Funchess (toe) cited a toe injury for the reason his numbers were disappointing in his final season at the University of Michigan. 'We never got to see the full Devin Funchess at Michigan because I did play one season at wide receiver, and I was battling through an injury,' Funchess said Monday, June 29. Funchess said his toe injury was a torn ligament with some cracked bones and ruptured cartilage.
Huddle Up: Funchess is a similar target to the Panthers' Kelvin Benjamin, and that worked well last season. He was drafted for his upside, and if he's healthy he'll give Cam Newton another big target down the field.
Russell Wilson - QB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson said the goal is to remain in Seattle for 'a really, really long time' when asked about his contract situation at the Russell Wilson Passing Academy Saturday, June 27.
Huddle Up: It's a dance that's not likely to end any time soon, but expect Wilson and the Seahawks to come to terms on a contract that will both make Wilson a very rich man and keep him in Seattle for an extended period of time.
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