Robert Turbin - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Robert Turbin (hip) may not be ready to play Week 1 as he continues to recover from hip surgery this offseason.
Huddle Up: The Seahawks don't often go to the bullpen behind Marshawn Lynch, but for now it looks like Christine Michael is the handcuff to have if you're cuffing your 'Hawks.
Stevie Johnson - WR - San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson is expected to be used as the slot receiver this season and could see increased targets early in the season because of the suspension to TE Antonio Gates. Johnson said he does not care about where he lines up on offense.
Huddle Up: Plenty of opportunity for Johnson to carve out fantasy value in San Diego, especially during the first month of the season when Gates is sidelined.
Trent Richardson - RB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders RB Trent Richardson lost some weight this offseason and showed some quickness during offseason workouts, according to offensive line coach Mike Tice.
Huddle Up: This story would have more fantasy importance if Tice were telling us Richardson was putting on weight and playing guard for the Raiders. After his showing the past two seasons few if any fantasy owners are banking on Richardson--lighter or not--bringing anything to the fantasy table as a possible backup to Latavius Murray.
Latavius Murray - RB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray performed well during the mandatory minicamp this offseason, according to offensive line coach Mike Tice. Tice said Murray showed good speed and finish during practices.
Huddle Up: Murray should have every opportunity to claim the Raiders' RB1 gig. If he's able to stay healthy he's demonstrated he has the talent to be successful in that role.
Montee Ball - RB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball is expected to receive seven or eight carries a game, while RB C.J. Anderson serves as the bellcow with 18 per game, in the opinion of beat writer Troy E. Renck.
Huddle Up: Broncos coach Gary Kubiak has been a "play the hot hand" guy before, but at least heading into the season the popular opinion is that Ball will play second fiddle to Anderson. There may be enough of a workload that even Ball's secondary role provides fantasy value, but you certainly can't bank on him being a fantasy factor at this juncture.
Roy Helu - RB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders RB Roy Helu had an 'outstanding' offseason and showed good quickness, awareness and hands, according to offensive line coach Mike Tice.
Huddle Up: Helu has averaged 32 receptions a season since entering the league in 2011 and should be the third-down back in Oakland with Latavius Murray as the starter. He's definitely a name that might fly under the radar in PPR drafts.
Jason Pierre-Paul - DE - New York Giants
New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul (hand) injured his hands in a fireworks accident, according to multiple sources. He was still meeting with doctors after being hospitalized for his injuries, and the extent of the injuries is unknown. The injuries are not believed to be career threatening, according to sources.
Huddle Up: JPP played a full 2014 season after missing five games the previous season and we'll have to wait and see on the prognosis here, but the good news is it doesn't sound overly serious.
Fred Jackson - RB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson is expected to be the leading candidate for the No. 2 running back job entering training camp. Jackson will have to contribute on the field if he wants to stay with the team since he does not play special teams.
Huddle Up: Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown are the other top candidates for the LeSean McCoy's backup role, but the 34-year-old Jackson just keeps rolling along. He's had at least 207 touches in each of the last seasons, but that number seems destined for a dip with the workhorse McCoy now in town.
Blake Bortles - QB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles was given a checklist by offensive coordinator Greg Olson before the Jaguars six-week break in offseason programs. 'A lot of it is him homing in on the protections,' Olson said. 'When he gets back here, we want him to be completely clear on what he's doing at the line of scrimmage in terms of that,' said Olson.
Huddle Up: The second-year QB most definitely has plenty of room to grow after an up and (mostly) down rookie campaign, and given his new weapons (TE Julius Thomas, RB T.J. Yeldon and WR Rashad Greene) he has the room to take a sizable leap forward.
Sammy Watkins - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (hip) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp after he was limited during offseason workouts.
Huddle Up: Watkins brings a wealth of second-year talent and potential to the table but there's suddenly a lot more competition for offensive touches in Buffalo -- LeSean McCoy, Percy Harvin and Charles Clay -- and the QB situation still remains far from ideal so regard him as a low-end WR2 at best right now.
EJ Manuel - QB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel was called 'timid' by former FS Ronde Barber. He holds the ball,' Barber said. 'He's scared to deliver it when he needs to.'
Huddle Up: After a 6-8 record and a 78.5 rating in 14 starts over his first two seasons, it's time for the 2013 first-round pick to stand up and deliver as he's in a three-way battle to start in Buffalo. And even with all the added weapons in Buffalo, though, whomever the Bills' starting QB is, they're bottom-of-the-NFL-barrel fantasy material.
Tevin Coleman - RB - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman could lack the patience needed to thrive in the team's zone-based rushing attack, but he is still the favorite to start in Week 1, according to Steven Ruiz of USA TODAY Sports.
Huddle Up: Even though the third-round pick is regarded as the front-runner, he still needs to make some key adjustments to thrive in the NFL and the Kyle Shanahan offense. How quickly he makes those adjustments and the preseason in training camp will determine the distribution of touches in the Atlanta backfield, making this a must-monitor fantasy situation in August.
Dwayne Bowe - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns WR Dwayne Bowe said he's excited to be on a new team and in a new atmosphere. He added that he wants to fill the shoes of standout WR Josh Gordon, who is serving a season-long suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Bowe said it's his job to replace Gordon in Cleveland's offense and he believes he can do just that. Bowe implied that he'd like to score more touchdowns this season after not scoring any with the Kansas City Chiefs last year. 'I got us down in scoring range and with our offense, it was based on running back to the tight end and my job was to play football,' Bowe said.
Huddle Up: After notching three 1,000-yard receiving seasons in four years from 2008-11 and hauling in 31 TD receptions during that span, Bowe averaged 743 yards and had eight scoring receptions in his final three years in K.C. He's not exactly going to find a better QB/passing-game situation in Cleveland -- and he doesn't have Gordon's talent -- so keep your fantasy expectations in check.
Dez Bryant - WR - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant impending long-term deal may be announced after the July 4 weekend, according to Mike Fisher of CBS Dallas-Fort Worth. The comfort level in the negotiation process has supposedly increased of late. Both sides have until Wednesday, July 15, to agree on a long-term deal.
Huddle Up: Cutting through all the the tough holdout talk and smug assertions from the Cowboys that they have the leverage in any negotiations, look for Bryant to get the long-term deal he deserves in Big D.
Andrew Quarless - TE - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers TE Andrew Quarless was arrested early Saturday, July 4, for allegedly firing a gun into the ground, according to police. Quarless supposedly was involved in a fight and fled the scene, but was apprehended. The tight end has been charged with discharging a firearm in public.
Huddle Up: Not the kind of headlines Quarless needs as he is in a battle with second-year Richard Rodgers for the Pack's starting TE role, and any incidents and/or setbacks could swing the balance in this tight tussle. Stay tuned to see if this something that could come back to bite Quarless long term.
Devonta Freeman - RB - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman should end up starting Week 1 ahead of RB Devonta Freeman, according to Steven Ruiz of USA TODAY Sports, because Coleman has top-end and was picked by the coaching staff.
Huddle Up: Even if he doesn't start, Freeman should still his share of touches, but that would likely only leave him in the RB4/5 range while Coleman projects as a solid low-end RB2.
Jeremy Hill - RB - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill said he wanted to build up the strength in his legs this offseason in hopes of improving his acceleration into the second level of opposing defenses. Hill said he believes he was tackled by the first defender too often last season.
Huddle Up: The 2014 second-rounder led all NFL backs with 720 rushing yards from Week 11 on last season while averaging a cool 5.1 yards per carry for the whole season, making it a little scary to think he believes he can be even better this season. Be prepared to spend a second-round pick to get Hill in drafts this summer.
Dennis Pitta - TE - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) has not been cleared to practice at this point and could begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Huddle Up: Don't be shocked at all to see Pitta also begin the regular season on the PUP list as he coming off back-to-back hip procedures which limited him to seven combined games over the last two seasons.
Khiry Robinson - RB - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints RB Khiry Robinson is ready to take what he can get after an arm injury cut his 2014 campaign short. 'I'm the type of person, I'm gonna get what I get and do what I do with it,' Robinson said. 'So whether it's 20 carries or one carry, I'm gonna [perform to] the best of my ability every play.' Robinson is remaining confident after the Saints spent big money to re-sign RB Mark Ingram and acquire RB C.J. Spiller.
Huddle Up: Ingram and Spiller don't exactly have sterling health track records, so don't be surprised if Robinson follows up his career season (84 touches-425 total yards-3 TDs in 10 games) by playing a significant role again in 2015.
Ladarius Green - TE - San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers TE Ladarius Green likely will be the starting tight end with TE Antonio Gates being suspended for the first four games of the season.
Huddle Up: Stepping in for last season's No. 2 fantasy TE for the first month of the upcoming season will be a huge opportunity for Green, who for all the preseason hype he's generated in his career, has all of 40 career receptions for 658 yards and three TDs in his three pro seasons.
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