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  • Jarvis Landry - WR - Miami Dolphins
    Posted 6/20/17 7:50pm ET

    Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry has secured 199 catches out of the slot over the last three seasons, more than any other receiver in the NFL over that time.

    Huddle Up: Much of Landry's production out of the slot came in his first two seasons, but that doesn't diminish just how consistently he gets open regardless of where he lines up. The fourth-year wideout is a rock-solid WR2 in most leagues and only needs to find the end zone more often in order to become a WR1.

  • Brandin Cooks - WR - New England Patriots
    Posted 6/20/17 4:49pm ET

    New England Patriots WR Brandin Cooks has already impressed head coach Bill Belichick. 'Brandin's worked hard. Definitely, he has some skill. A transition for him [from the Saints]; he's working hard to make it,' Belichick said. Belichick said Cooks is able to do multiple things for the Patriots and they'll have to see how those tools translate at training camp.

    Huddle Up: Cooks, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski, among others, give Tom Brady a versatile and formidable group of pass-catchers. Cooks may not be as involved with the Patriots, but he'll still play an integral role. As such, he should part of the WR2 conversation for fantasy purposes.

  • Eric Decker - WR - Tennessee Titans
    Posted 6/20/17 4:11pm ET

    Tennessee Titans WR Eric Decker's one-year deal is worth up to $5.35 million, according to a source. The deal comes with a $2.5 million signing bonus, a $1.35 million salary and up to $1.50 million in incentives.

    Huddle Up: It's a reasonable deal for a one-year contract. Decker will be able to contribute right away to an underrated offense. He even has a good opportunity to be the most productive wide receiver in Tennessee. Still, caution should be used. He'll be competing with Rishard Matthews, Corey Davis and Delanie Walker for targets. Decker has low-end WR3 to high-end WR4 appeal in his new stomping grounds.

  • Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
    Posted 6/20/17 1:10pm ET

    Huddle Up: Bell is arguably the best running back in football, but $12 million is a steep price to pay for a running back, no matter how good they are. Deal or not, it would behoove owners with a top three draft pick to select Bell.

  • Chris Conley - WR - Kansas City Chiefs
    Posted 6/20/17 12:24pm ET

    Kansas City Chiefs WR Chris Conley is just one piece of a young offensive group that has given head coach Andy Reid confidence despite the loss of Baltimore Ravens WR Jeremy Maclin. 'We have a lot of talent right here to do whatever we need to do,' Reid said. Conley himself is ready to take on a leadership role. 'You have to be a good listener [in order to lead], and I got a lot of time being able to watch and listen, and I think that's the way you help these younger guys is you just pay attention,' Conley said.

    Huddle Up: Conley seems to be the favorite to take over the Chiefs' No. 2 wide receiver position behind Tyreek Hill. As for fantasy purposes, Conley does have some upside, but he's only ideal as a late-round option in standard formats.

  • Devonta Freeman - RB - Atlanta Falcons
    Posted 6/20/17 11:09am ET

    Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman's possible long-term contract could be done by the first week of training camp, according to a source. Freeman is entering the final year of his current contract.

    Huddle Up: Freeman has averaged 13.5 touchdowns over the last two seasons. He managed 13 total touchdowns last season even with Tevin Coleman breaking out and remains a mid-range RB1 with more value in PPR leagues.

  • Matthew Stafford - QB - Detroit Lions
    Posted 6/20/17 9:28am ET

    Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford has one year left on the extension he signed in 2013, and Lions general manager Bob Quinn told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio over the weekend he?s ?confident? a deal will get done.

    Huddle Up: The Lions are expected to make Stafford the highest paid player in the NFL at an average annual salary of more than $25 million per season, although the prevailing wisdom seems to be he will wait until potential contracts with Kirk Cousins and Derek Carr get done before finalizing his contract. Stafford has settled into a midrange QB1 under offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter.

  • Kirk Cousins - QB - Washington Redskins
    Posted 6/20/17 9:10am ET

    Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins has 'become a leader and a fixture at a position of perpetual angst for (team owner Dan) Snyder,' according to CBS sports Jason La Confora, who believes there is now an 80 percent chance Cousins signs a long-term deal with the Redskins.

    Huddle Up: La Confora also suggests letting Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson walk in free agency was a precursor to a long-term deal for Cousins. There has been a lot of positive momentum to reach a long-term deal this summer, and the sides have just under a month to negotiate a contract before Cousins is forced to play under the franchise tag. He figures to be a low-end QB1 in 2017.

  • Jarvis Landry - WR - Miami Dolphins
    Posted 6/20/17 9:03am ET

    Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry will not negotiate with the Dolphins regarding a contract extension after the start of the season, according to his agent, who added the receiver will not hold out training camp if the deal is not reached in the next few weeks.

    Huddle Up: It's more than a bit surprising Miami hasn't already locked him up, but at least owners should be able to breathe easier regarding his status for the upcoming season. With no fewer than 84 catches in any of his first three seasons, he's a solid WR2 who only needs to find the end zone a bit more often in order to become a WR1.

  • Tyrod Taylor - QB - Buffalo Bills
    Posted 6/20/17 7:14am ET

    Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor has impressed head coach Sean McDermott. 'I've really been impressed with the leadership,' McDermott said. '(He displayed) the intangible qualities that are inherent or must be inherent to that quarterback position. I've watched him develop in those areas and that's important as we look to move forward. There's leadership qualities at that quarterback position that are important to winning football games, and I think he's done a nice job in that area.'

    Huddle Up: Taylor has been a matchup play with some bright spots the last two seasons. He's much of the same this year as a QB2 in fantasy.

  • Martavis Bryant - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
    Posted 6/19/17 10:17pm ET

    Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said WR Martavis Bryant 'looks like a stud, as usual' when asked how the returning wide-out is fitting back in with the team.

    Huddle Up: Before he was suspended for the entirety of last season, Bryant was indeed a stud in his first two years in the league, catching 14 touchdown passes across 21 games, while accumulating 76 receptions for 1,314 yards over that span. If he can avoid the off-the-field issues that have plagued his career, there's no doubt Bryant can be a big-time contributor again in 2017 and should be monitored in drafts accordingly.

  • Anquan Boldin - WR - Free Agent
    Posted 6/19/17 9:16pm ET

    Free-agent WR Anquan Boldin (Lions) said that his preference is to sign with a team 'right before training camp.'

    Huddle Up: This is the same approach Boldin followed last year before landing in Detroit, where he posted some solid numbers, recording 67 catches for 584 yards and eight touchdowns in his lone campaign with the Lions. Ultimately, Boldin has said previously that he is looking for the right situation for his family and would like to be close to his Florida home. Last season's showing proved the 36-year-old still has some value to offer.

  • Marvin Jones - WR - Detroit Lions
    Posted 6/19/17 2:22pm ET

    Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones focused on strengthening his lower body to improve his explosiveness this offseason. He worked out with former NFL WR Randy Moss to help him in that endeavor and to improve his yards after the catch. Head coach Jim Caldwell praised Jones for the offseason he has put together so far. 'This guy is right there on the verge of maintaining that kind of explosive start that he had last year,' Caldwell said. 'He's really, really had a real good spring.'

    Huddle Up: Jones has been overlooked somewhat since that fast start last season. He remains the Lions' No. 2 wide receiver behind Golden Tate, but T.J. Jones and rookie Kenny Golladay are asking to take targets away. That being said, Jones is a solid low-end WR3 to high-end WR4 option after nearly gaining 1,000 yards and four scores in 2016.

  • Gerald Everett - TE - Los Angeles Rams
    Posted 6/19/17 12:10pm ET

    Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee appears to have a leg up on rookie TE Gerald Everett for the starting tight end position, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Alden Gonzalez.

    Huddle Up: Higbee and Everett are late-round fliers at best. The only Rams really worth serious draft consideration are Todd Gurley, Tavon Austin, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp.

  • Jared Goff - QB - Los Angeles Rams
    Posted 6/19/17 12:01pm ET

    Huddle Up: Understanding is one thing, showing that understanding into positive production is completely different. Goff had a laughable rookie campaign last year and is not even guaranteed the starting job this season, although his work so far is a good step. Nonetheless, do not draft Goff as a starting fantasy quarterback.

  • Russell Shepard - WR - Carolina Panthers
    Posted 6/19/17 9:16am ET

    Carolina Panthers WR Russell Shepard consistently got open from the slot this spring and caught everything thrown his way, according to beat writer Joseph Person.

    Huddle Up: Monitor his progress in training camp as he could be worth a flyer as a WR5.

  • Kelvin Benjamin - WR - Carolina Panthers
    Posted 6/19/17 9:11am ET

    Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin appears to have worked himself back in shape, in the opinion of beat writer Joseph Person. Head coach Ron Rivera said that Benjamin didn't weigh the reported 280 pounds in April, but he might have been 270 pounds. On the final day of minicamp, Benjamin reached down to catch a pass a couple of inches off the ground and got both feet inbounds.

    Huddle Up: Benjamin appears to have received the wake-up call, but this appears to be an issue that could be an ongoing thing. He has low-end WR2 prowess in fantasy, but he's safer as a WR3.

  • Dalvin Cook - RB - Minnesota Vikings
    Posted 6/19/17 8:14am ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook flashed his speed in minicamp last week and is a fast, long strider in the open field.

    Huddle Up: Cook will try to eat into Latavius Murray's touches, and Murray has dealt with injuries the last couple of years. Cook might be an upside RB3 in PPR leagues if he continues to ascend.

  • Danny Woodhead - RB - Baltimore Ravens
    Posted 6/19/17 6:48am ET

    Baltimore Ravens RB Danny Woodhead was a popular target in the passing game during minicamp last week.

    Huddle Up: Woodhead has durability concerns and isn't that great of a runner, but he has two 76-plus-catch seasons on his resume. He'll be a back-end option in PPR leagues.

  • Julius Thomas - TE - Miami Dolphins
    Posted 6/18/17 8:23pm ET

    Miami Dolphins TE Julius Thomas has been a non-factor in practices and appears to have chemistry issues with QB Ryan Tannehill, according to Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel.

    Huddle Up: The Dolphins are hoping that Thomas can be the weapon he was in Denver and not the bust he was in Jacksonville, but the early returns don't sound encouraging. You can stash him as a TE2 in case he returns to form, but don't count on him being a fantasy starter.

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