Jamaal Williams - RB - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers rookie RB Jamaal Williams will begin training camp as the No. 2 running back behind RB Ty Montgomery, according to running backs coach Ben Sirmans.
Huddle Up: Williams is one of the more promising rookie running backs heading into 2017. Montgomery played well as a running back last year, so Williams will really have to prove himself in order to see significant playing time. Use a late-round pick on the rookie and possibly an earlier selection for those who own Montgomery.
Carson Palmer - QB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer wore his arm out from throwing too much last offseason, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Arians said they've found a good routine for Palmer.
Huddle Up: Palmer had a mediocre September, but he hit his stride in October. He completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 1,206 yards (his best month) with five touchdowns and two interceptions. At 37, it's hard to make a case for him as a strong QB1 in fantasy.
Danny Woodhead - RB - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens RB Danny Woodhead has impressed his new teammates thus far -- specifically QB Joe Flacco -- not just with what he can do after making a reception, but also before making the catch. 'Really, ever since we lost Ray Rice, we haven't had a type of back that's quite like how Ray was and quite like how Danny is in the passing game,' Flacco said. 'They just have a very good feel for when they're open and how to get open, how to sit in holes, how to find my eyes, and you can already see that. You can see he has a really good feel for those kinds of things. If you remember back, obviously, Ray was really good at doing that, and that gives a lot to your offense for sure.'
Huddle Up: One way to make an immediate impact on a new team is to be on the same page with your quarterback, and that clearly appears to be the case here as it pertains to Woodhead. While he won't dominate the touches out of the backfield, the eight-year veteran still figures to play a crucial role in Baltimore, and could end up providing notable valuable in PPR fantasy leagues as a result. He deserves consideration in deeper standard formats, too.
Adam Vinatieri - PK - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts PK Adam Vinatieri wants to play two more seasons, based on all indications. If he were to play through 2018, he would likely pass retired PK Morten Andersen for the NFL lead in career points and field goals made.
Huddle Up: Even though he's miraculously about to enter his age-45 season, Vinatieri remains up there with the best of them at his position in both effectiveness and consistency. As long as he keeps kicking for the high-powered Colts, he'll continue to be a viable option at kicker in all fantasy leagues.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell said he is looking for a deal that will pay him like a No. 1 running back plus a No. 2 wide receiver, according to NFL Network analyst Ike Taylor.
Huddle Up: Bell finished fifth in the NFL with his 1,268 rushing yards in 2016, and his 75 receptions ranked second on the team. He will remain with the Steelers for at least one more season and should be a No. 1 running back in all fantasy leagues as long as he joins the team before Week 1.
Matthew Stafford - QB - Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions are talking with QB Matthew Stafford about a contract extension, and there is internal optimism at the team's headquarters that an agreement could be reached within the next two weeks.
Huddle Up: Stafford likely will look to sign a deal similar to the one Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr received earlier this offseason. He has thrown for at least 4,200 yards in each of the last six seasons and posted 56 touchdowns over the last two seasons. Stafford will have a solid group of pass catchers to work with again in 2017 and should be considered a solid No. 1 fantasy quarterback.
Ezekiel Elliott - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will not be charged for his alleged involvement in an altercation at a Dallas bar Sunday, July 16, after the Dallas Police Department announced that they have suspended the investigation because of the lack of a complaint by the victim.
Huddle Up: Elliott has had several off-field incidents over the last few years and could receive a suspension from the NFL but has been cleared in this incident. Elliott will be a main focal point in the Cowboys offense in 2017 and should still be a No. 1 fantasy running back even if misses a game or two.
Updating previous reports, Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams' (back) back injury is improving, and surgery for Williams is not on the table at this time, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Williams probably will not be ready for the start of training camp, so owners will need to monitor his situation over the next several weeks to see if he will undergo surgery or if he will be able to return. He could be a No. 4 receiver if he is healthy, but owners may want to look for other options in their drafts.
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) started to run this week and is feeling better after receiving an epidural in his back, according to a source. He is expected to start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to monitor his status during training camp to see if he has a chance to play in 2017. Owners may want to avoid Williams in fantasy leagues because of his uncertain status.
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) may need to undergo season-ending surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back, according to sources. He recently received a second epidural in his back to see if he could return at some point during training camp, but the team are preparing as if he will not be able to return during that time frame. The team is still hoping that Williams will be able to avoid surgery.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to keep an eye on the situation to see if Williams will miss the entire 2017 season. He probably would be considered a No. 4 receiver if he was healthy but can be avoided if his health is in question. Dontrelle Inman would receive more playing time if Williams misses the season and can be a No. 4 or No. 5 fantasy receiver.
Carson Wentz - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz will report to training camp Monday, July 24, when rookies and selected veterans are scheduled to report.
Huddle Up: Wentz started strong in his rookie season but had problems during the second half of the season. He finished with 3,782 yards, 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. The Eagles added a few new receivers for Wentz to work with during the offseason, which should help his passing numbers. Owners can consider Wentz as a No. 2 quarterback in leagues.
Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) is throwing to teammates during workouts in Baltimore, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: Newton appears to be making good progress in his recovery from shoulder surgery and should be ready for the start of the regular season. The team is looking for Newton to run less, which will hurt his fantasy value a bit, but it could also keep him healthy during the season. Newton probably can be considered a low-end No. 1 quarterback in most leagues.
Matt Ryan - QB - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan said he has not started contract extension talks with the Falcons at this point. He said he is not concerned about his next contract but is happy that owner Arthur Blank said Ryan will be compensated for his play.
Huddle Up: Ryan threw for 4,944 yards and 38 touchdowns in 2016 and will have most of his offensive weapons back this season. He will be working with a new offensive coordinator but should be a No. 1 quarterback in most fantasy leagues.
Devontae Booker - RB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos RB Devontae Booker had at least 18 carries in four of the first five games following C.J. Anderson's season-ending knee injury in late October. In those four games, he averaged 2.8, 3.2, 3.3 and 1.9 yards per carry. 'I think everybody's fatigued (late in the season). As a pro, you have to push through it. That's part of it ... But I feel more ready this time,' Booker said.
Huddle Up: To be fair, Booker was less than a year removed from two knee surgeries and head coach Gary Kubiak's outside-zone running system may have not been the best fit for him. New offensive coordinator Mike McCoy intends to include more power-based concepts in his offense, the offensive line should be improved and Booker has pronounced himself fully healthy, so he should perform better in 2017. Consider him a RB5 with fairly significant upside on draft day.
Geronimo Allison - WR - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers WR Geronimo Allison was compared to former New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston as a big, powerful receiver, according to one scout.
Huddle Up: Allison had eight grabs for 157 yards and a touchdown in the final two games of the regular season. The problem for him, though, is the glut of options ahead of him, and the team said they want to utilize the tight end position more. He's worth consideration as a WR5 flyer, but he may need an injury to have fantasy merit.
Davante Adams - WR - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams is entering the final year of his rookie contract in 2017. His 12 touchdowns tied for fourth in the NFL last season.
Huddle Up: Adams is plenty motivated to prove he's a No. 1 receiver, and with Jordy Nelson aging and Randall Cobb's injury propensity and a down year in 2016, it's a pivotal year for Adams and the team. What's clear is Aaron Rodgers leans on Nelson first, and Adams is in the mix with everyone else. He's a high-end WR3 target, but it may be tough to select him as such.
Randall Cobb - WR - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb still has the team's belief in him after his three-touchdown performance in the wild-card game against the New York Giants. 'I think you saw him in those playoff games,' wide receivers coach Luke Getsy said, 'and he wasn't even totally healthy, and you saw who he is. He's an impactful guy. You take the Giants game early in the year, and it's third-and-long, and we throw the ball way short of the sticks and he's the only guy on the football team that makes that play for us.'
Huddle Up: Cobb has battled injuries two seasons in a row, and he slumped to a 60-610-4 line last season. He morphed into a short-route receiver, and maybe that's what he's ultimately used as in order to keep him healthy. He's still just 27 in August, and it's still possible he returns to the WR2 fray. However, taking him as anything more than a WR3 simply adds too much risk.
Jordy Nelson - WR - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson ran nearly half of his routes from the slot and the perimeter in the final 10 games last season. In 181 routes run from the slot, according to Pro Football Focus, Nelson led the NFL with 2.75 yards per route.
Huddle Up: Nelson dipped to 13.0 yards per reception last season, but he still produced a 97-1,257-14 year. He's 32 now, and this role in the slot could be his norm. It might be tough for him to return to the 1,500-yard plateau, but with good health, he could eclipse the 100-catch mark for the first time in his career. He doesn't have much upside at this stage, but he's still a low-end WR1 candidate.
Breshad Perriman - WR - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman has had the most impressive offseason at the position, according to beat writer Jamison Hensley. Perriman caught just 33 of the 66 targets to him last season, which was the lowest success rate among receivers on the team.
Huddle Up: Perriman experienced growing pains, but he missed his entire rookie season and has been playing catch up. He has a ton of speed, but he'll need to show more to be more than a dependable WR4 rotation player in fantasy.
Matthew Stafford - QB - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford could sign a new deal in the next two weeks as there is internal optimism a deal gets done, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Stafford has turned the corner under offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter and was in the MVP race until a finger injury curtailed his production last season. Stafford is among the glut of QBs just shy of the elite tier as a QB1.
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