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.
Victor Cruz - WR - New York Giants
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (calf, knee) still hasn't received clearance to practice Monday, Aug. 31. Cruz said that the inflammation has gone down and that the team is being cautious. They don't want him jogging yet, but he's hoping to be ready for Week 1.
Huddle Up: Cruz won't play in the preseason and his availability for Week 1 is uncertain. For a player coming back from a patellar tendon tear, Cruz is a risky draft pick with a Round 6 ADP.
Fred Jackson - RB - Free Agent
Free-agent RB Fred Jackson (Bills) isn't drawing interest from the Dallas Cowboys, who may be interested in a different running back.
Huddle Up: Jackson was released by the Bills on Monday and is sure to draw interest from RB-needy teams. However, the Cowboys don't appear to be one of them. Look for the 34-year-old Jackson to land somewhere in the next few days.
Tyrod Taylor - QB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor was named the starting quarterback Monday, Aug. 31, over QB Matt Cassel an QB EJ Manuel.
Huddle Up: Despite not starting the third preseason game, Taylor was considered the favorite and got the job. Taylor has only started one NFL game in his career but brings some fantasy upside because of his running ability. Remember, Tim Tebow was a productive fantasy quarterback. Taylor is a QB2 with a chance to rise as the year goes on.
Denarius Moore - WR - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals WR Denarius Moore, WR Desmond Lawrence and TE John Peters were cut Monday, Aug. 31.
Huddle Up: The Bengals' receiving corps is AJ Green and everybody else, so even if Moore was able to stick on the roster his fantasy value was minimal.
Tim Wright - TE - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Tim Wright was acquired by the Detroit Lions Monday, Aug. 31, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The move suggests that Tampa Bay is more than satisfied with sophomore Austin Safarian-Jenkins... and that Detroit might not be getting the expected productivity from a tight end crew headed by classmate Eric Ebron.
Kirk Cousins - QB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins was named the starting quarterback Monday, Aug. 31, over QB Robert Griffin III, according to a source.
Huddle Up: There wasn't much of a dropoff when Cousins and Colt McCoy took turns at quarterback last season, so no reason for a fantasy downgrade to the likes of Alfred Morris and DeSean Jackson.
Amari Cooper - WR - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper had four catches for 62 yards in a preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Aug. 30.
Huddle Up: Cooper has looked every bit the first-round pick and franchise receiver the Raiders hoped they were drafting. He'll endure a difficult schedule (assuming opposing teams use their top cover corner on him and not Michael Crabtree), but that looks to be the only blemish in a promising rookie campaign.
Carson Palmer - QB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer was sacked three times and finished 8-for-22 passing for 103 yards and two interceptions in a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders Sunday, Aug. 30.
Huddle Up: Not exactly how the Cardinals wanted Palmer's last extended preseason action to go. There are some kinks to be worked out in the Arizona offense, and not much time to do so before things get real.
Joe Banyard - RB - Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings cut RB Joe Banyard Sunday, Aug. 30.
Huddle Up: With Adrian Peterson back in the mix Banyard was fighting an uphill battle for a roster spot, let alone playing time. At least with an early release he'll have an opportunity to latch on with another team that's significantly less crowded at running back.
Victor Cruz - WR - New York Giants
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (calf) won't play in the preseason finale against the New England Patriots, and head coach Tom Coughlin said Cruz still hasn't been given the 'green light' to begin practicing.
Huddle Up: It looks like the Cruz Watch will continue into Week 1 of the regular season. He certainly has late-round upside with current ADP of 98 -- 36th among receivers -- but his fantasy owners are going to have to be patient as a slow start very well could follow, even after he does return to the field.
Javorious Allen - RB - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens RB Javorius Allen fumbled the ball before crossing the goal line in his first game replacing RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (knee) as the backup running back against the Washington Redskins in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 29. 'You have to hold on to the football,' head coach Jim Harbaugh said. 'It's just not possible to put runners out there that fumble the football. He's going to have other opportunities and chances going forward, and I really believe he's going to be a very good player. But, he's going to have to learn from that.'
Huddle Up: The Ravens are counting on the rookie Allen with Taliaferro likely to miss the first few regular-season games with an MCL sprain, but he's far from irreplaceable, and it'll be next man up if he struggles holding onto the ball. In short, the Justin Forsett handcuff situation is in flux right now.
Randall Cobb - WR - Green Bay Packers
Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb (shoulder) has been diagnosed with an AC joint sprain, after undergoing further tests Sunday, Aug. 30, according to a source. He suffered the injury after being driven into the turf on a tackle in a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday, Aug. 29.
Huddle Up: The Packers remain insistent that Cobb's injury is nothing more than a shoulder sprain, and now the focus becomes whether the wideout can heal enough to be ready for the regular-season opener in two weeks. And it promises to be a long two weeks for Cobb's fantasy owners.
Tre Mason - RB - St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams RB Tre Mason (hamstring) suffered a mild hamstring strain during the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29. He is not expected to play in the final preseason game.
Huddle Up: Mason has had a slow preseason with only 24 yards on nine carries, but he's being counted on as the team's lead back with rookie Todd Gurley not expected to be sufficiently healed from his knee injury last season at Georgia. We'll monitor the reports coming out of the Gateway City over the next two weeks.
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