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  • Jordy Nelson - WR - Green Bay Packers
    Posted 7/19/17 7:33am ET

    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
    Posted 7/19/17 6:56am ET

    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
    Posted 7/19/17 6:18am ET

    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.

  • Dalvin Cook - RB - Minnesota Vikings
    Posted 7/18/17 6:46pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook may be a candidate to return kicks if special teams coach Mike Priefer has his way, although Priefer acknowledges the decision ultimately lies with head coach Mike Zimmer.

    Huddle Up: It is very uncommon for a lead back - much less a potential featured one - to play on special teams, so if reports begin to surface he is returning kicks during camp, it would be a clear sign Minnesota intends to use a split backfield. That is unlikely to happen, however, so Cook should be targeted as a high-upside RB2.

  • Kirk Cousins - QB - Washington Redskins
    Posted 7/18/17 4:54pm ET

    Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins' first choice is to stay with the Redskins despite both sides not agreeing on a long-term deal. Cousins said he would love to stay in Washington long term and has hope for getting a deal done next offseason.

    Huddle Up: The bottom line is that Cousins will still play for the Redskins in 2017. He's set to make a lot of money next year, though, whether that's from the Redskins or someone else. As for fantasy, Cousins has QB1 appeal after averaging 4,541.5 yards and 27 touchdowns the last two seasons, not to mention he's scored nine times on the ground in that span.

  • Greg Olsen - TE - Carolina Panthers
    Posted 7/18/17 3:38pm ET

    Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen can become just the fourth tight end ever to gain at least 1,000 yards in four seasons. Not only that, but achieving 1,000 yards this season would mark the fourth straight year in which Olsen has reached that mark.

    Huddle Up: Aside from Rob Gronkowski, Olsen is arguably the best tight end in the NFL. He's certainly the most consistent at his position. View him as an early- to midround pick.

  • Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
    Posted 7/18/17 11:54am ET

    Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell was given an offer that would have averaged $12 million per year. He would have earned $30 million over the first two years and $42 million over three years, according to sources. The franchise tag he will play under in 2017 is worth $12.1 million.

    Huddle Up: Bell apparently wants more over the next several years of his career. He deserves it as arguably the best running back in the NFL. He does have a history of suspensions, but he remains a No. 1 overall pick candidate.

  • Jordan Howard - RB - Chicago Bears
    Posted 7/18/17 9:25am ET

    Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard recorded seven runs of 25 yards or longer as a rookie in 2016, but four of those possessions ended with field goals. It's part of the reason Howard spent parts of his offseason working on his acceleration. 'It's training. When you get to that (quality), it's more about track speed than football speed,' head coach John Fox said.

    Huddle Up: Howard has been busy this offseason, also undergoing eye surgery in an effort to improve his ability as a pass-catcher. Considering he has no viable threats to his workload, Howard should be one of the few true workhorses for owners to rely on in fantasy. He should be considered a midrange to low-end RB1 in most leagues.

  • Calvin Johnson - WR - Free Agent
    Posted 7/18/17 8:36am ET

    Former Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson was a guest of Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing during organized team activities earlier this summer. He also played golf with Downing, head coach Jack Del Rio and QB Derek Carr.

    Huddle Up: Johnson disclosed recently that the Lions' futility was the main reason for retiring. He could force his release from the Lions if he came out of retirement because his old $11 million salary cap number would be reinstated and put the Lions over the threshold. It's still a long shot he returns. He turns 32 in September, and after a year away to heal, he could serve as a quality possession receiver. If so, he'd be a low-end WR3 with some PPR luster in fantasy.

  • Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
    Posted 7/17/17 4:13pm ET

    Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell may not sign his franchise tag tender until the Steelers break training camp, in the opinion of an unnamed teammate.

    Huddle Up: Bell was not able to agree to a long-term extension, so he may not report to the team until close to the start of the regular season. Bell will continue to be a main part of the Steelers offense and is a first-round pick in all fantasy leagues.

  • Anquan Boldin - WR - Free Agent
    Posted 7/17/17 3:08pm ET

    Free-agent WR Anquan Boldin (Lions) said he has talked with several teams about the possibility of signing and is scheduled to meet with an undisclosed team Sunday, July 23.

    Huddle Up: Boldin should find a new team during the early part of training camp and can be a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver for a team. His fantasy value likely will depend on his team, but he could be a late-round option in deeper leagues.

  • Kirk Cousins - QB - Washington Redskins
    Posted 7/17/17 1:47pm ET

    Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins was offered $53 million guaranteed as part of the Redskins' offer in early May, according to team president Bruce Allen.

    Huddle Up: We don't know who Cousins will be playing for next season, but we do know that team will need to break the bank in order to sign him. He has quickly turned into one of the most prolific quarterbacks in the NFL over the last two years. View him as a low-end QB1 heading into 2017.

  • Kirk Cousins - QB - Washington Redskins
    Posted 7/17/17 1:38pm ET

    Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins was not given a new deal prior to the deadline Monday, July 17. He will play under the franchise tag for a second straight year.

    Huddle Up: Cousins will be the beneficiary of a significant payday next offseason. As for this season, he remains a QB1 candidate despite losing both DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon.

  • Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
    Posted 7/17/17 1:32pm ET

    Pitssburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will play the 2017 season under the franchise tag if/when he signs it. He is not obligated to show up for training camp since he has not signed the tag.

    Huddle Up: Bell will show up eventually. Missing training camp and time with the team is expensive. This does not affect his draft stock, at least not for this year. He should be one of the first players off draft boards.

  • Calvin Johnson - WR - Detroit Lions
    Posted 7/17/17 9:17am ET

    Retired WR Calvin Johnson was invited to training camp by the Detroit Lions, team president Rod Wood told WJR Radio.

    Huddle Up: Megatron has stated that he was physically taxed and hasn't seemed willing to return. With the Lions in contention now, there could be hope that he returns. It's a long shot, he will be a fine WR2 if he returns.

  • Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
    Posted 7/17/17 8:17am ET

    Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell continues to negotiate a contract in the final hours before the deadline players receiving the franchise tag can sign a deal Monday, July 17.

    Huddle Up: Bell remains a stud RB1 with enhanced value in PPR leagues.

  • Ezekiel Elliott - RB - Dallas Cowboys
    Posted 7/17/17 6:51am ET

    Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott was involved in an incident at a Dallas bar Sunday, July 16, but no arrests were made and no police reports have been filed involving Elliott.

    Huddle Up: It doesn't sound like much, but it comes at the worst possible time for Elliott, who was reportedly bracing for a short suspension stemming from a domestic situation in 2016. Reports are that he was expecting to be suspended a game or two, and another incident, no matter how minor, doesn't look good for any sort of league reprieve. Elliott is a stud RB1, but he's likely to start falling marginally in traditional drafts. Know the possibilities when taking him so early.

  • Kirk Cousins - QB - Washington Redskins
    Posted 7/17/17 6:04am ET

    Updating an ongoing story, Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins' best contract offer was received in May, which was higher than $20 million per year. The contract only added one guaranteed year, but it was worth less than the $23.9 million he's slated to make via the franchise tag.

    Huddle Up: Cousins has averaged 4,542 yards, 27 touchdowns and 11.5 interceptions the last two seasons. He has completed nearly 70 percent of his passes in that span and sits just below the elite tier as a QB1 in fantasy.

  • Allen Hurns - WR - Jacksonville Jaguars
    Posted 7/16/17 6:53pm ET

    Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Hurns is one of Jacksonville's most consistent receivers, according to John Oehser of Jaguars.com, and Oehser believes Hurns will be a 'big factor' in the passing game this season.

    Huddle Up: Hurns was one of the biggest busts in fantasy circles last season, but he had 10 touchdowns just a couple of years ago. He should still be the No. 2 or No. 3 option in the passing game, and Hurns is worth taking a chance on as a WR5.

  • Matthew Stafford - QB - Detroit Lions
    Posted 7/16/17 6:30pm ET

    Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford needs a contract extension as soon as possible, according to WR Golden Tate. 'They gotta get that done,' Tate said 'He deserves it. He does everything right. You don't have to worry about him getting in trouble. He balls-out. He's tough as nails. He's what you want in a quarterback.'

    Huddle Up: Tate has enjoyed plenty of success catching passes from Stafford, so it is no surprise that he is a believer. Stafford enters the season as a dependable QB1, and Tate is a quality WR2.

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