Doug Martin - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin has completed rehab and re-joined the team for offseason conditioning.
Huddle Up: Martin's status with the team is dicey, and he still has three games to serve in his suspension. He'll be an RB3 with bounce-back potential at best in fantasy drafts.
Allen Robinson - WR - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Robinson said he has 'earned' a contract extension but won't let talk of a new contract impact his performance. 'If we get something done, we do and if not, I have a big year coming ahead for me and I have an obligation to my teammates to play at a high level,' Robinson said.
Huddle Up: After a dominant 2015 season, Robinson was one of the biggest disappointments for fantasy owners last year. He still managed WR3 production, and he will be one of the top bounce-back candidates heading into 2017.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is expected to participate in the offseason workouts that start Monday, April 17.
Huddle Up: Brady probably will be limited during the offseason and will enter next season as one of the top quarterbacks for fantasy owners. He likely will be selected early in drafts and will be a weekly starting option.
Paxton Lynch - QB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch received a public show of support for his work ethic Sunday, April 16 - not long after DallasCowboys.com writer Bryan Broaddus said in a radio interview some of his sources questioned his work ethic and study habits. Mike Klis of 9 News Denver called Broaddus' claims 'inappropriate and false'.
Huddle Up: Klis suggests Broaddus is speaking for the Cowboys because it is well known Dallas wanted Lynch in the draft last spring. Whether Broaddus' sources are right or wrong, Lynch has some work to do in order to overtake Trevor Siemian and earn the starting job many expected he would have locked down by now.
Paxton Lynch - QB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch is reportedly having trouble 'buying in' to things like an 'early in, late out' attitude, according to DallasCowboys.com writer Bryan Broaddus, who spoke with some of his sources in Denver recently.
Huddle Up: Lynch was considered a project coming out of the draft last spring, so he was already behind the curve. With that said, he looked far from ready in limited game action as a rookie, and this report - if true - would go a long way in explaining why that was the case. Nevertheless, Lynch will have his chance to silence the critics this summer as he battles Trevor Siemian for the starting job in camp.
Blake Bortles - QB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles will need to 'go back and build his foundation from the beginning,' according to head coach Doug Marrone. 'We told him (in January) we wanted him to make sure his arm was ready to go because there will be an increase in reps, which will help him. I?ve been with Drew (Brees) in New Orleans and obviously he?s a Hall of Fame-type quarterback and that?s the way we approached it with him and with the team. You start with the foundation and you look to see how fast they can work through the foundation,' Marrone said.
Huddle Up: Bortles has spent the offseason with quarterback guru Adam Dedeaux in California and is still waiting for the team to decide whether or not it will pick up his $18 million option for 2018 by the league deadline on May 3. Talent is not a question with Bortles, so a bounce-back season could be in order if he doesn't abandon his mechanics and the line plays better. He's a high-upside QB2 option for now.
Dak Prescott - QB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott said Saturday, April 15, he expects things to be harder in his sophomore season. 'The defenses have had more looks at me, so they're going to throw things at me,' Prescott said. 'I'm ready for all of it. I'm excited for the challenge.'
Huddle Up: Prescott has the weapons around him to build on his impressive rookie season. Grab him as a low-end QB1.
Vincent Jackson - WR - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Free-agent WR Vincent Jackson (Buccaneers) hopes to continue playing in 2017, and he hinted recently he would like to do so with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 'I pride myself on being a receiver that not only can stretch the field on the outside one-on-one, but can run those intermediate routes, those third-down routes that can keep drives alive. (Head coach Dirk Koetter) is a very, very smart guy. I?m sure that he would put plenty of work in to put everybody in the best position to be successful. So, you know, there?s a lot of different things I could bring to the table,' Jackson said.
Huddle Up: The Bucs are set on the outside with Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson, while Adam Humphries has emerged as a capable slot. As such, Jackson would likely serve as the top backup to the first two and split slot snaps with Humphries. Even if Jackson returns to Tampa Bay, his days as a useful fantasy receiver are quite possibly over.
Paxton Lynch - QB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch has been working on improving his footwork this offseason and hopes to win the starting quarterback job during training camp.
Huddle Up: Lynch received limited playing time as a rookie and posted 497 yards, two touchowns and one interception in 2016. Trevor Siemian may have an edge at this point of the competition, but Lynch will have a chance if he plays well during the preseason. Fantasy owners should consider the Broncos starter a No. 2 quarterback no matter who wins the competition.
Terrelle Pryor - WR - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins WR Terrelle Pryor recently worked out with QB Kirk Cousins in order to work on their timing on the field. Pryor said Cousins also helped him learn the playbook during a meeting they had before working out.
Huddle Up: Pryor will be a starter for the Redskins next season and could be the No. 1 receiver depending on who is on the roster. He posted 1,007 yards and four touchdowns in 2016 and could see more targets with Cousins as his quarterback. He can be considered a No. 3 receiver in most fantasy leagues.
Martavis Bryant - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Suspended Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant met Thursday, April 13, with the NFL?s Management Council as part of his efforts for reinstatement from a year-long drug suspension. Among the conditions for being cleared to play again, Bryant was told to assemble a plan detailing safeguards that would help him prevent a relapse upon returning to Pittsburgh, according to a source.
Huddle Up: There's been speculation Bryant was on the verge of being reinstated for a couple months already, but if the league can help him avoid any future suspensions by having him lay out this plan now, it is worth the wait. Bryant would obviously be a risky fantasy bet going forward, but he has low-end WR2 upside and 10-plus touchdown potential if he can stay on the straight and narrow.
Sammy Watkins - WR - Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills have not yet determined if they will pick up the fifth-year option on WR Sammy Watkins' rookie contract but the matter will be discussed internally over the next few weeks, according to a source. He is currently under contract for one more season with a salary cap hit of $6.343 million but if the option is picked up, Watkins would cost the team approximately $13 million against the cap in 2018. A decision will be made by May 2.
Huddle Up: Although it appears likely that the club will pick up Watkins' option, the matter is up for debate because of his recent injury history. He has missed 11 games over the last two seasons and is currently recovering from a second foot surgery. When healthy, Watkins should be viewed as a low-end WR2 or high-end WR3 in most fantasy formats.
Spencer Ware - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware has a place in the offense, according to head coach Andy Reid. 'I'm a big Spencer Ware fan,' Reid said. 'Well, the kid's dirty tough. He's going to give you an honest down every snap. He's not real fancy ? that's not his deal, but he can block, he can catch and he can run.'
Huddle Up: Kansas City could bolster its backfield before the start of the season, but if Ware breaks camp as the starter, he can provide RB2 production.
Carlos Hyde - RB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde can be a 'highly productive player,' according to general manager John Lynch, and Lynch said he hopes Hyde approaches the season like a player that has something to prove.
Huddle Up: Injuries keep derailing Hyde, but he is a solid RB2 when healthy.
Russell Wilson - QB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson hosted voluntary workouts ahead next week's official OTAs. 'It's about bringing guys together to work and be on the same page, communication, getting the signals down right, getting the routes, and the depth and the timing and everything in sync,' Wilson said.
Huddle Up: Wilson was banged up most of last year, but he still finished as a QB1. With his running ability, his ceiling is as high as any player at the position.
Matthew Stafford - QB - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford is in the early stages of contact extension talks, general manager Bob Quinn said Thursday, April 13.
Huddle Up: Stafford's numbers remained solid last year despite the loss of Calvin Johnson, and you can feel comfortable drafting him as a low-end QB1.
Marshawn Lynch - RB - Retired
Updating a previous report, retired RB Marshawn Lynch has not agreed to the parameters of a contract with the Oakland Raiders at this point but a deal is expected to happen.
Huddle Up: The Raiders should be able to a deal with Lynch in the near future but would still need to acquire his rights from the Seattle Seahawks. He likely will receive most of the carries if he joins the Raiders and can be a No. 2 or No. 3 running back for fantasy owners.
Marshawn Lynch - RB - Retired
Retired RB Marshawn Lynch (Seahawks) agreed to an undisclosed deal with the Oakland Raiders on Friday, April 14, after the Seattle Seahawks granted permission for him to visit the Raiders last week. Oakland must now work out a trade with Seattle before the deal can become official.
Huddle Up: This looks like it is going to happen after all. The contract will likely be for one year and the trade compensation Seattle receives will probably be a late-round conditional pick. Lynch retired in 2016 after suffering through an injury-plagued 2015, so it is fair to wonder how much the soon-to-be 31-year-old has left in the tank. With that said, he would almost certainly assume goal-line and early-down duties behind one of the best offensive lines in the league. Lynch could have low-end RB2 value if this deal works out.
Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) reportedly had a good visit with the New Orleans Saints earlier this week. Although he left without a deal, the door isn't closed on something happening down the line, according to the New Orleans Advocate's Nick Underhill.
Huddle Up: Underhill reports it is unclear whether the two sides talked money and warns Peterson may have to accept the same $3.7 million Mark Ingram is set to make in 2017 in order to sign in New Orleans. Furthermore, Underhill believes Peterson would begin the season as Ingram's backup. Look for AP's market to pick up a bit after the draft is over at the end of this month, but it is becoming increasingly likely his days of being a fantasy force are over.
Jeremy Hill - RB - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill said his goal for next season is to make his 'yards per carry higher' and to break more tackles.
Huddle Up: After a couple of down years, Hill could see a reduction in carries. However, he should still receive most of the work around the goal line and at least remain a quality flex option.
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