Fred Jackson - RB - Buffalo Bills
Free-agent RB Fred Jackson (Bills) is meeting with the Seattle Seahawks Tuesday, Sept. 1, and both sides expect a deal to get done.
Huddle Up: The veteran Jackson goes to a Super Bowl contender; the Seahawks get a capable backup to Marshawn Lynch. It's a win-win situation.
Caleb Sturgis - PK - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins PK Caleb Sturgis remains the front runner in his competition with PK Andrew Franks. Sturgis said he did not have a good early camp, 'but I've been hitting the ball better lately.'
Huddle Up: The Dolphins' offense is on the upswing, so the kicker should have some fantasy value. Here's hoping Miami makes a final decision before your draft so you're not taking a leap of faith with either Sturgis or Franks.
Dion Sims - TE - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins TE Dion Sims is behind TE Jordan Cameron on the depth chart, but head coach Joe Philbin said Monday, Aug. 31, that he also views Sims as a starter. 'He can do a lot of different jobs; is coming along nicely,' Philbin said.
Huddle Up: Cameron is still the fantasy Dolphins tight end to have, but if Miami's offense lives up to the preseason hype Sims may have some value as a bye week fill in.
Chris Conley - WR - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs WR Chris Conley lined up at one of the starting wide receiver positions in practice Monday, Aug. 31. He replaced the injured WR Albert Wilson (shoulder), who was shaken up in the last preseason game against the Tennessee Titans.
Huddle Up: The speedy third-round pick has had a pedestrian preseason so far with three catches for 30 yards on six targets but there is certainly opportunity in the K.C. WR corps. Just don't expect much fantasy-wise outside of any Chief outside of the Big Three (Jamaal Charles, Travis Kelce and Jeremy Maclin).
Rishard Matthews - WR - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins WR Rishard Matthews has performed well during training camp and started ahead of WR Kenny Stills in the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29.
Huddle Up: Matthews had 41 receptions for 448 yards and two TDs while starting five games in 2013, but was pushed down the depth chart last season and finished with only 12 catches. He's had a decent preseason, though, hauling in a TD pass from Ryan Tannehill in the team's third preseason game, but the targets figure to be tougher to come by once first-round pick DeVante Parker gets on the field.
Mario Williams - DE - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills DE Mario Williams did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 31, because of a calf injury.
Huddle Up: Williams has played in all three preseason contests to date, and there's been no indication the calf issue is anything too serious -- so plan on Williams having basically two weeks to get ready for the Week 1 opener against Andrew Luck and the Colts.
Josh Boyce - WR - New England Patriots
New England Patriots WR Josh Boyce and TE Jimmay Mundine were released Monday, Aug. 31.
Huddle Up: Even with the Pats' current dearth of WRs, the 2013 fourth-round pick was unable to at least make it to the final cut and leaves New England with nine career catches in 10 games.
Percy Harvin - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Percy Harvin (hip) participated in team drills during practice Monday, Aug. 31.
Huddle Up: The oft-injured Harvin has been dealing with a hip issue all preseason that has kept him out of the games, but he just may be getting healthy at the right time.
Jermaine Gresham - TE - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham did not play over the weekend because of a pulled hamstring he suffered last week.
Huddle Up: It's been a rocky road back for the former Bengal who underwent back surgery in the offseason, only to have his hammy act up this preseason. In the meantime, former wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah has stepped up and is tied for second on the team with six receptions for a team-high-matching 92 yards.
Trent Richardson - RB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders RB Trent Richardson was released Monday, Aug. 31.
Huddle Up: Hardly a surprise but still shocking at the rapid demise of the third-overall pick in 2012. And with Roy Helu more of a third-down back, undrafted rookie Michael Dyer will serve as Latavius Murray's backup for now, but don't be surprised if the Raiders add a veteran here soon. (How would Fred Jackson look in Silver & Black?)
Kevin Norwood - WR - Carolina Panthers
Seattle Seahawks WR Kevin Norwood was traded to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for a conditional draft pick Monday, Aug. 31.
Huddle Up: The 2014 fourth-round pick was buried on the depth chart in Seattle, but he'll have the chance to compete for immediate PT in Carolina, where No. 1 WR Kelvin Benjamin is out for the season and rookie first-rounder Devin Funchess is dealing with a pesky hamstring issue. Norwood has nine receptions for 102 yards in nine games last season with the Seahawks.
Martavis Bryant - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant's appeal of his suspension has been denied, and he will sit out the first four games of the regular season.
Huddle Up: Bryant leads the league in receiving yards this preseason with 205 and two TDs on seven catches, but he now won't be eligible for regular-season action until Oct. 12. Missing a quarter of the fantasy season will send a player tumbling down the draft board, but he's definitely worth a pickup if he's still available in the later rounds of your draft.
DeVante Parker - WR - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (foot) participated in practice Monday, Aug. 31. He expects to be limited to individual drills for the time being. His status for Week 1 is uncertain at this point.
Huddle Up: As expected, it's been slow progress for the talented first-round pick and Week 1 -- and likely a few games after -- are still looking like slim propositions at this point.
Travis Kelce - TE - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (leg) left practice early Monday, Aug. 31, because of a right leg injury. Kelce was able to walk off the field but did not return to practice.
Huddle Up: The Chiefs haven't updated Kelce's condition, so the extent of his injury isn't known yet. The fantasy community holds its breath while we wait further news.
Julius Thomas - TE - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (finger) is expected to need surgery on a tendon in his finger and is expected to be out four to five weeks, according to a source. Thomas will receive a second opinion on his finger Tuesday, Sept. 1.
Huddle Up: Thomas has been ruled out for the first three games of the year. The Jaguars are hoping to have him back when they play the Colts in Week 4. Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns will see an increase in targets with Thomas out.
Joique Bell - RB - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') was activated from the Phyiscally Unable to Perform list Monday, Aug. 31.
Huddle Up: Bell should resume his role as the Lions' early down back with rookie Ameer Abdullah mixing in as a change-of-pace back. Bell's ADP will rise now from Round 6 but the Lions look like they'll use at least two backs in their rotation this year.
Emmanuel Sanders - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (hamstring) is participating in practice Monday, Aug. 31.
Huddle Up: Sanders hasn't played in the Broncos' preseason games but he should be on the field when Denver takes on the Ravens in Week 1. Sanders is a strong WR2 in the Broncos' offense.
T.Y. Hilton - WR - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (head) is going through the concussion protocol after suffering a head injury during the third preseason game.
Huddle Up: Hilton suffered the injury during the Colts' third preseason game. He'll have to pass all the concussion tests in order to be cleared to play for Week 1. The Colts play the Bills in 13 days.
Josh Scobee - PK - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars PK Josh Scobee was acquired by the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday, Aug. 31.
Huddle Up: With Garrett Hartley injured, the Steelers acquired Scobee from Jacksonville. Scobee has always been an underrated kicker who hasn't gotten enough scoring opportunities in Jacksonville. That won't be a problem kicking for the high-powered Steelers' offense. Scobee moves into the top tier of fantasy kickers.
Kirk Cousins - QB - Washington Redskins
Updating an earlier report, Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins will be the starting quarterback moving forward, according to head coach Jay Gruden. Gruden said 'it's Kirk's team.'
Huddle Up: Gruden confirms reports from this weekend. Cousins has always looked good in the preseason but has been average when defenses have focused on stopping him. It appears RGIII's time in Washington has come to an end. Cousin's is nothing more than a mid-level QB2 to start the year.
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