O.J. Howard - TE - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard signed his rookie four-year contract Monday, May 22. All first-round picks have options for a fifth year.
Huddle Up: Howard is a tricky one to project this season because Cameron Brate will remain heavily involved. Howard is probably better as an upside TE2 in fantasy.
Chris Thompson - RB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson is expecting a bigger workload this season because he proved to head coach Jay Gruden that he was durable.
Huddle Up: Thompson is a sneaky PPR option after he posted 5.2 yards per carry and a 68-356-3 rushing line with a 49-349-2 receiving line. He'll play second fiddle to Rob Kelley, but he could be a solid RB4.
Andre Ellington - WR - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals WR Andre Ellington said the hardest part of his transition from running back to wide receiver is the change in terminology.
Huddle Up: Ellington can be a big-play weapon, but the move to receiver doesn't guarantee playing time. He doesn't need to be drafted at this point.
Michael Floyd - WR - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings WR Michael Floyd won't have any issues picking up the offensive system, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
Huddle Up: Even if Floyd earns steady playing time, he is going to have a tough time providing much fantasy value as part of a Minnesota offense that relies on shorter throws. You can leave him on the waiver wire.
Leonard Fournette - RB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette was more effective running behind a fullback in college, and beat writer Ryan O'Halloran believes Fournette's biggest adjustment in the NFL will be receiving carries out of the shotgun and not regularly having a fullback.
Huddle Up: While Fournette will have to adjust to running out of some shotgun sets, the Jaguars have already added a couple of fullbacks after not carrying one on the roster last year. After Jacksonville spent the No. 4 pick on Fournette, the rookie should see all the carries he can handle. At worst, he should be a volume-based RB2.
Julian Edelman - WR - New England Patriots
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman is in the final year of his contract, but former teammate Heath Evans said he doesn't expect a contract dispute like the one that saw WR Wes Welker leave New England and sign with the Denver Broncos in free agency. 'I don't think we're going to see that with Jules,' Evans said. 'I think Jules embraces the grind-it-out-for-the-common-good mentality.'
Huddle Up: The addition of Brandin Cooks and a healthy Rob Gronkowski could eat into Edelman's targets, but he has Tom Brady's trust, and that should keep him comfortably in the WR2 conversation, especially in PPR formats.
Nick Folk - PK - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers PK Roberto Aguayo said he is ready to compete with PK Nick Folk for the kicker job during training camp and the preseason.
Huddle Up: Aguayo made only 71 percent of his field goals last season, so he will have to have a solid performance during the preseason to beat out Folk for the job. The Buccaneers should have one of the better offenses in the NFL in 2017, so the winner of the competition will have some fantasy value.
Trevor Siemian - QB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian had little trouble holding off 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch last season, and 9News' Mike Klis would be 'surprised' if the quarterback competition plays out the same way this season.
Huddle Up: Siemian performed better than expected in his first season as the starter, especially considering he was dealing with a shoulder injury that required offseason surgery for a good part of it. Lynch is said to be much further along than he was as a rookie, and new head coach Vance Joseph has said the quarterback competition is one he hopes go down to the wire. Siemian should be considered the favorite for now, but he figures to be on a fairly short leash.
Zach Miller - TE - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears TE Zach Miller (foot) said Satrurday, May 20, that he is 'close to 100 percent' but plans to take it easy during OTAs.
Huddle Up: Chicago doesn't have a lot of proven weapons in the passing game, so Miller should see a decent amount of targets if he can stay healthy. He can be a serviceable TE2.
Tyrod Taylor - QB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor needs to 'trust his eyes' more and is still a work in progress when it comes to knowing when and where to throw the ball, according to offensive coordinator Rick Dennison.
Huddle Up: Taylor should open the year as the starter in Buffalo, and his ability to throw the deep ball and create plays with his legs make him a solid QB2 and a potential starter against friendly matchups.
Andre Holmes - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Andre Holmes has demonstrated smooth route running and good field awareness during OTAs, and beat writer John Murphy believes Holmes is earning himself more playing time.
Huddle Up: If Zay Jones and Sammy Watkins take longer than expected to recover from their respective injuries, Holmes could be a sneaky option in the final rounds of drafts. At the very least, he is a name worth filing away.
LeSean McCoy - RB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said he likes 'ball possession' and believes RB LeSean McCoy, the running game and the offensive line are the strengths of the offense.
Huddle Up: After topping 1,200 yard and scoring 13 times last year, it sounds like McCoy could be busy again in 2017. He should be the focal point of a run-first offense and a midrange RB1.
Sammy Watkins - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) is not expected to return to the field until training camp begins.
Huddle Up: Watkins' upside is undeniable, but he is a high-risk WR2 because of his injury history.
Devonta Freeman - RB - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said he is confident that the team will be able to sign RB Devonta Freeman to a contract extension. Dimitroff said talks between the two sides likely will occur around the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: Freeman should receive an extension at some point because he is a big part of the team's offense. He recorded 1,079 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2016 and should have a similar role this upcoming season. Freeman should be considered a No. 1 running back in all fantasy leagues.
Amari Cooper - WR - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said the team expects WR Amari Cooper to make a big leap in his play in 2017. McKenzie said Cooper played well early in the 2016 season but struggled a bit at the end of the season.
Huddle Up: Cooper finished this past season with 1,153 yards and five touchdowns but was held to under 50 yards in five of his last seven games. He struggled with Derek Carr sidelined for the last few weeks of the season, but Carr will be ready for 2017. Cooper will be a big part of the passing game this season and can be a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues.
DeVante Parker - WR - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker said he has been working more on his legs this offseason and expects to have a big season in 2017. Parker missed some time because of hamstring problems this past season.
Huddle Up: Parker was able to play 15 games in 2016 despite the hamstring injury and finished with 744 yards and four touchdowns. He will be a starting receiver for the Dolphins as long as he can stay healthy and can be a No. 3 receiver in most fantasy leagues.
Dontrelle Inman - WR - Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Chargers WR Dontrelle Inman (core) underwent core muscle surgery Friday, May 19, in Philadelphia. The procedure was performed by Dr. William Meyers and will keep Inman sidelined for six weeks, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The 28-year-old Inman had a career year in 2016, with 58 catches for 810 yards and four touchdowns. However, he wound up seeing more playing time than expected due to a slew of injuries to several key players on the Chargers' offense. With Keenan Allen, Travis Benjamin and the rest of the team's receiving corps expected to be completely healthy for the start of the 2017 campaign, fantasy owners should view Inman as nothing more than a late-round flier in most formats.
Kareem Hunt - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt will lead the team in rushing and be the leading receiver among the running backs, according to beat writer Adam Teicher.
Huddle Up: Hunt has all the tools to be an every-down back, and Spencer Ware is by no means untouchable. The buzz continues to build around Hunt, and he could be a hidden gem later in drafts.
Marshawn Lynch - RB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch is making progress on the field and has 'meshed very well' with the rest of the team, general manager Reggie McKenzie said Thursday, May 18.
Huddle Up: Lynch is slated to lead Oakland's backfield, and while he isn't a sure thing coming back from a one-year layoff, he has enough upside to draft as a RB2.
Breshad Perriman - WR - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman said he is 'expecting a huge year' for himself, and head coach John Harbaugh said Perriman 'has to be out there making a difference.'
Huddle Up: Injuries derailed the start of his career, but with Steve Smith and Kamar Aiken no lonhger around, Perriman should be line for a career year if he can stay healthy. He is a high-risk, high-reward WR3 candidate.
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