Christine Michael - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Christine Michael (hamstring) did not practice Tuesday, Sept. 2.
Huddle Up: Michael has been battling the hammy issue for a week or so, and it looks like Robert Turbin will be the team's No. 2 back in the Thursday night opener.
Santonio Holmes - WR - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears WR Santonio Holmes will enter the regular season as the team's No. 3 receiver after WR Marquess Wilson (clavicle) landed on the short-term Reserve/Injured list. The playbook will be narrowed down for Holmes to have a better chance to grasp the offense, starting in Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills.
Huddle Up: Holmes is only rosterable in deeper leagues right now, but things would change in a hurry if something were to happen to Brandon Marshall or Alshon Jeffery.
Dee Milliner - CB - New York Jets
New York Jets CB Dee Milliner (ankle) is not expected to play in Week 1 against the Oakland Raiders due to a high ankle sprain that has kept him out since Aug. 10. CBs Antonio Allen and Darrin Walls are expected to start against the Raiders.
Huddle Up: The Jets' D is a popular streaming pick going up against rookie QB Derek Carr and the Raiders this Sunday, but the team's CB woes are levelling the playing field a bit.
Stephen Hill - WR - Free Agent
The Carolina Panthers signed free-agent WR Stephen Hill (Jets) to their practice squad Tuesday, Sept. 2.
Huddle Up: The 2012 second-round pick has fallen quite a ways, but he'll have a decent chance to work his way on to the Panthers' active roster given the state of their WR corps.
Wes Welker - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker has been suspended four games for amphetamine use. Amphetamines can be used to help speed the recovery from concussions.
Huddle Up: Well, that solves the issue as to whether the slot wideout will be able to play in Week 1. For immediate fantasy purposes, however, look to see either Emmanuel Sanders or Jacob Tamme lined up in the slot, and second-rounder Cody Latimer possibly used earlier than expected outside.
Tampa Bay Buccaners RB Charles Sims (ankle) is expected to be placed on the Active/Reserve/Injured list. The club liked what they saw in the offseason and believe he could be back in midseason.
Huddle Up: The third-round pick could steal some touches and targets from Doug Martin later in the season, but for now he's only of value in dynasty leagues.
Owen Daniels - TE - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens TE Owen Daniels admitted that he was dealing with a hamstring issue during the last couple weeks of training camp.
Huddle Up: If Daniels is gimpy, that only makes Dennis Pitta a stronger TE1 option this Sunday against the Bengals.
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is locked in as the team's starting quarterback. QB Ryan Mallett isn't expected to challenge for the starting spot any time soon, in the opinion of the Houston Chronicle's Brian T. Smith.
Huddle Up: Fitzpatrick had an up-and-down preseason, but a slow start against the likes of the Redskins' and Raiders' defenses out of the regular-season gate could change the Texans' plans quickly.
Jerrel Jernigan - WR - New York Giants
New York Giants WR Jerrel Jernigan has been starting at wide receiver opposite WR Rueben Randle with WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) sidelined. WR Victor Cruz is working out of the slot in three-wide receiver formations. WRs Corey Washington and Preston Parker are the other receivers on the roster.
Huddle Up: Caught between Cruz, Randle and the 2 rookies, Jernigan is the forgotten WR in the Big Apple, but those in deeper leagues shouldn't forget his fast finish last season, recording 19 of his 29 receptions, 237 of his 329 yards and both of his TD catches in the final 3 games.
Rob Gronkowski - TE - New England Patriots
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) will be on a snap count in Week 1. Gronkowski also said he will likely wear a brace over his surgically repaired knee, but he doesn't plan on changing the style in which he plays the game.
Huddle Up: Those who spent a third- or fourth-round draft pick on Gronk don't need to be concerned with any snap counts or knee braces as you're starting him as long as he's playing.
Knowshon Moreno - RB - Miami Dolphins
Updating an earlier report, Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller is listed ahead of RB Knowshon Moreno on the depth chart the team released Tuesday, Sept. 2.
Huddle Up: This conflicts from earlier reports from team beat writers who say Moreno is the starter, and Miller is the change-of-pace back. In either case, expect a near 50-50 split, and if you're starting one of them, you're hoping your guy gets the TD.
J.J. Watt - DE - Houston Texans
The Houston Texans signed DE J.J. Watt to a new long-term contract Monday, Sept. 1. Watt's extension is a six-year deal worth $100 million, of which $51.876 million is guaranteed money.
Huddle Up: After 36.5 sacks, 27 passes defensed, 8 forced fumbles and 217 total tackles in his first 3 seasons, this deal should've been done the first day of the league year.
Dee Milliner - CB - New York Jets
New York Jets CB Darrin Walls and FS Antonio Allen could start at cornerback Week 1 because of the injury to CB Dee Milliner (ankle).
Huddle Up: Weakened at corner, the Jets may prove to be a friendly first-game foe for rookie Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. Or Rex Ryan may feel that in order to cover for his injury-depleted secondary he'll need to bring more heat, in which case Derek might get an early dose of what his older brother felt while getting sacked 77 times as a Houston rookie.
Vincent Brown - WR - San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Brown (calf) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Sunday, Aug. 31, after he was waived/injured Saturday, Aug. 30.
Huddle Up: Stunning development for a wideout with tons of potential and an equally impressive injury history. Looks like those waiting for Brown to finally live up to the hype can now circle 2015 on their calendar.
Kenjon Barner - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles RB Kenjon Barner (ankle) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Sunday, Aug. 31, after he was waived/injured Saturday, Aug. 30.
Huddle Up: The speedy Barner gets a year in the Philly system to learn the Darren Sproles role. Makes for an intriguing dynasty league deep stash.
Damian Williams - WR - Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins released WR Damian Williams Sunday, Aug. 31.
Huddle Up: Williams was pushing for a role at the lower end of Miami's receiver rotation; now he'll look to catch on elsewhere.
Mike Thomas - WR - Houston Texans
The Houston Texans released WR Mike Thomas Sunday, Aug. 31.
Huddle Up: The veteran Thomas has some receiving skills and also contributes in the return game, but with Houston still looking to develop a quarterback they probably prefer to develop some younger receivers instead. Expect Thomas to get a call from a receiver-needy team in the next couple of weeks--quite likely after Week 1, at which point his contract wouldn't have to be guaranteed for the entire season.
Mickey Shuler - TE - Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars have claimed TE Mickey Shuler off waivers from the Atlanta Falcons.
Huddle Up: Tough to see Shuler offering much in the way of fantasy value as a depth tight end on the offense-challenged Jaguars.
Damaris Johnson - WR - Houston Texans
The Houston Texans have claimed WR Damaris Johnson from the Philadelphia Eagles, OT Jeff Adams off waivers from the Tennessee Titans and CB Darryl Morris from the San Francisco 49ers.
Huddle Up: Johnson is penciled in as the Texas' fifth WR for now, and also is a candidate to contribute as a kickoff and punt returner.
Charles Johnson - WR - Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns have placed WR Charles X. Johnson, OT Martin Wallace and OG Karim Barton on no-recall waivers. The Browns also claimed WR LaRon Byrd off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys
Huddle Up: Johnson, appeared on a few early sleeper lists after a strong start to camp, but the buzz quickly faded. Now, the three wideouts currently listed behind starters Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins are Byrd, Travis Benjamin and Gabriel Taylor. Yikes!
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