Tyler Eifert - TE - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) is expected to be ready for training camp.
Huddle Up: Despite a 13-touchdown performance in 2015, Eifert has struggled with the injury bug. He has played in just 22 games over the last three years. With the depth of the position on the come up, there is ample risk taking him in the midrange TE1 portion of fantasy. Monitor him throughout camp.
Latavius Murray - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) was one of the veterans to show up with the rookies for an early start to training camp Sunday, July 23. 'It'll be helpful for me just being here,' Murray said. 'I'm happy to be able to dive back into the playbook, and again, I want to learn it as much as I can, inside and out, so when I'm back on the field I'm able to play fast.'
Huddle Up: Murray has been limited this offseason by an ankle injury, which could allow rookie Dalvin Cook to close the gap. Both backs should be viewed as RB3 candidates for now, but Cook has the higher ceiling.
Ty Montgomery - RB - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers RB Ty Montgomery should double his 77 rushing attempts from a year ago, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.
Huddle Up: Durability could be a concern for the former receiver, but he has been bulking up this offseason to prepare for a bigger role. He has RB2 potential, especially in PPR formats.
Larry Fitzgerald - WR - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald said Sunday, July 23, that the only reason he is still playing is to 'chase a championship.'
Huddle Up: There has been speculation that Fitzgerald could retire after the year, and if the Cardinals aren't competitive, it sounds like that could be the case. As far as this season goes, Fitzgerald is still a WR2 candidate, especially in PPR formats.
Jordan Matthews - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (knee) may receive limited snaps during training camp since he missed some offseason workouts because of knee tendinitis, according to head coach Doug Pederson.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to monitor the situation because Matthews has dealt with injuries over the last year or two. Matthews is expected to be the slot receiver this season but could lose some targets since the team added Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith this offseason. He can be a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver for fantasy owners as long as he can stay healthy.
Carson Wentz - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said the team will not limit the number of throws QB Carson Wentz will make during training camp but the team will monitor the throws.
Huddle Up: Wentz should be more successful this season since he will be more comfortable with the offense. The team has also added more weapons in the passing game for Wentz to use during games. Wentz should be considered a No. 2 quarterback in fantasy leagues this season that can start against certain opponents.
Sam Bradford - QB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford said he is in a better situation this season than he was last season because he had an entire offseason to practice with the team and has a better understanding of the offense.
Huddle Up: The Vikings acquired Bradford a week before the start of the 2016 season, but he still had a decent season with 3,877 yards and 20 touchdowns. He will have a chance to improve on those stats in 2017 since he will know the offense better. Owners probably should consider Bradford as a No. 2 quarterback as most fantasy leagues.
Carson Palmer - QB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer will receive more playing snaps this preseason than he did in 2016, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: Palmer probably will only see a few more snaps during each game but will see most of his work in the team's fourth preseason game. He will have a strong group of pass catchers to work with again this season and could be a low-end No. 1 or a No. 2 quarterback in fantasy leagues.
DeAndre Hopkins - WR - Houston Texans
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins has not made a lot of progress in contract extension talks with the Texans but is expected to report to training camp on time. Both sides are motivated to reach an agreement on a long-term deal.
Huddle Up: Hopkins will continue to be the focal point in the passing game in 2017 and will look to improve on his stats from last season. He will be working with an inexperience quarterback this season but should still be able to be one of the better receivers in the NFL. He probably should be considered a No. 1 or No. 2 receiver in all fantasy leagues.
Duke Johnson - RB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson is the leading candidate to replace Andrew Hawkins as the team's top slot receiver and has a good chance to land the job, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot.
Huddle Up: The notion of Johnson being a pass-catching role isn't surprising - he has at least 53 catches and 514 yards receiving in each of his first two seasons - but Cabot is suggesting he may actually move to receiver. Not only would this make Isaiah Crowell a true featured back, but it might give owners some rare dual-position eligibility in fantasy this season. For now, he's a RB4 in most leagues, but stay tuned.
John Brown - WR - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown checked into the team's first practice of the season at 185 pounds, up 12 pounds from last season.
Huddle Up: 'Smoke' hasn't lost any of his blazing speed, according to observers, and appears primed to put his forgettable 2016 - in which he learned he was dealing with sickle cell trait and had a cyst on his spine - behind him. Brown is an excellent candidate to return high-end WR3 value at a WR4 price this season with Michael Floyd gone and Carson Palmer reportedly feeling strong again.
Rob Kelley - RB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins RB Rob Kelley will likely begin the season as the starter 'for now' if he shows he has improved over last season, according to ESPN.com's John Keim.
Huddle Up: At the very least, rookie Samaje Perine was drafted to help Washington with its red zone woes. More likely, however, the Redskins saw a potential upgrade. Kelley will be lucky if he can keep this from becoming a split backfield and could easily be Perine's backup no later than midseason. He is almost certainly being overdrafted as a RB3/4 this summer.
Darren McFadden - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden missed the team charter Saturday, July 22, and will have to take a commercial flight to meet up with the team.
Huddle Up: McFadden enters the season as the No. 2 back behind Ezekiel Elliott, and he should be scooped up as a late-round handcuff in case Elliott goes down.
Jeremy Kerley - WR - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin is more than just a deep threat, according to WR Jeremy Kerley. 'Working with him for the last two or three months, he's an all-around receiver and he knows what he's doing,' Kerley said.
Huddle Up: Goodwin figures to open the year as the No. 2 receiver in San Francisco. His big-play speed and the promise of ample playing time make him worth a flier as a WR5.
Brandon Marshall - WR - New York Giants
New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard said he should be able to 'feast' inside this season with WR Odell Beckham Jr. and WR Brandon Marshall occupying defenses on the outside.
Huddle Up: The addition of Marshall is going to take away some targets from Shepard, but the Giants throw the ball a lot. He was impressive as a rookie, especially in the red zone, and he will still have value as a WR5.
Larry Fitzgerald - WR - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald will be held out of the Hall-of-Fame game against the Dallas Cowboys Thursday, Aug. 3, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: The veteran has nothing to gain by playing in the preseason contest. He led the NFL in receptions last year, so the veteran still has plenty to offer fantasy owners. He has a save floor and should deliver WR2 production.
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) denied reports that he could need season-ending back surgery. 'I'm good,' Williams said Saturday, July 22. 'Everything good. The back situation. That was some false information being released. I don't know who released it but everything is good.'
Huddle Up: Williams is expected to start training camp on the PUP list, and his recovery time remains unclear. The top-10 pick will have a chance to prove himself at some point, so his long-term potential is undeniable. However, he is looking more like a WR5 for this season.
Sammy Watkins - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) is expected to be close to 100 percent healthy when training camp begins.
Huddle Up: Watkins has injury red flags galore, but he has WR1 potential if he can actually stay healthy. When it comes time to draft a WR2, you may want to roll the dice on Watkins and his upside.
Melvin Gordon - RB - Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon accepted 213 of the 234 carries handed out to running backs from Week 3 through 13 after Danny Woodhead was lost for the season in Week 2 and before Gordon got hurt early in Week 14.
Huddle Up: There are metrics that suggest Gordon is an inefficient runner, and the fact he has yet to crack four yards per carry for a season yet would seem to support that. A more likely explanation is the third-year back simply has been held back behind a poor offensive line. The Chargers dramatically upgraded their front five in the offseason, so 2017 should reveal whether or not Gordon is an elite runner. He's a solid mid-first round fantasy pick with the potential to be fantasy's top running back.
Frank Gore - RB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore, who turned 34 in May, finished with 66.2 percent of the team's carries in 2015 and 64.5 percent of the team's rushing attempts in 2016.
Huddle Up: Gore ranks 10th all-time with 2,965 carries and should move up to fifth on the list with another season's worth of rushing attempts. It's a nice way of saying he's nearing the end of his career, but he remains productive - albeit somewhat inefficient - due to his superior fitness and training. Backup Robert Turbin has reportedly had a great spring and rookie Marlon Mack appears to be the future at the position, so expect Gore to be a low-end RB2 at best in 2017.
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