Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell was suspended for the first three games of the 2016 season, but once he returned, he received 85.6 percent of the team's carries and 21.6 percent of the team's targets over the final 13 games of the regular season.
Huddle Up: Needless to say, that kind of workload is highly unusual for a running back in today's game and does not figure to be repeated anytime soon. Assuming Ben Roethlisberger, Martavis Bryant and Antonio Brown all stay healthy for the bulk of this season, expect the aforementioned percentages to dip into the 70- and 15-percent ranges, respectively. That still plenty of work to keep Bell in the conversation among the top three picks of any fantasy draft.
A.J. Green - WR - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green saw a 32.3-percent target share in Weeks 1 through 10 before he was lost for the season with a hamstring injury.
Huddle Up: Much of Green's heavy involvement had to do with the prolonged absence of Tyler Eifert as well as the struggles of the running game and the departure of Marvin Jones as well as Mohamed Sanu. Owners should expect the target share to fall back down closer to the 25-percent range - more typical for elite receivers - following the return of Eifert as well as the additions of John Ross and Joe Mixon. He remains firmly in the WR1 conversation, however.
David Johnson - RB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson has slimmed down to 223 pounds and said that he feels more comfortable and wants to play at this weight.
Huddle Up: Johnson had 1,239 rushing yards, 879 receiving yards and 20 total touchdowns last season and is expected to see a heavy workload again this year. He should be viewed as a first-round selection in all fantasy formats and merits serious consideration as the top overall pick.
Jamaal Williams - RB - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers RB Jamaal Williams said he 'likes to bruise' and believes he can help wear down defenses in the third and fourth quarters of games.
Huddle Up: Williams could be a nice complement to Ty Montgomery, especially if he earns carries near the goal line. He is worth scooping up in the later rounds.
Donte Moncrief - WR - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts WR Donte Moncrief was the star of spring practices, according to general manager Chris Ballard.
Huddle Up: Injuries derailed Moncrief last season, but if he and Andrew Luck both stay healthy, he could be in for a big year. He is worth the gamble when you start thinking about WR3 options.
Quincy Enunwa - WR - New York Jets
New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa could move to the outside this season because of the lack of depth at the position.
Huddle Up: Enunwa should be the top option by default after the offseason departures of Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, but the passing attack for the Jets doesn't figure to be potent. He could be a volume-based WR4.
LeSean McCoy - RB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy said he still feels young and owes his longevity to his ability to avoid big hits.
Huddle Up: McCoy ranked sixth in the NFL in rushing last year and third in yards per carry, so he isn't exactly slowing down at age 29. He is set to lead Buffalo's run-heavy offense and should be a safe RB1 option this season.
Joe Williams - RB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers RB Joe Williams has 'put himself into a position to compete for a significant role' heading into training camp, according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.
Huddle Up: Williams was handpicked by head coach Kyle Shanahan, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see him pass Carlos Hyde on the depth chart or at least split carries. Williams could be a steal as a second-round pick in rookie drafts, and he has enough upside to grab as a RB4 in redraft leagues.
Marquise Goodwin - WR - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin is expected to be the No. 2 receiver this season, according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.
Huddle Up: Goodwin has speed to burn, and a starting role should give him plenty of chances to make big plays. Consistency will be an issue, but he is worth a look as a WR5.
Zach Miller - TE - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears TE Zach Miller (foot) could be released during training camp if he is not able to return from his foot injury, in the opinion of ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to monitor the situation during camp to see if he will be able to return to the field. He posted decent numbers in 2016 but would only be a No. 2 tight end in fantasy leagues if he starts for the Bears this season.
Dez Bryant - WR - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (illness) was three hours late for his conditioning run Friday, July 21, and did not run. Bryant said he has been dealing with a sinus infection and headaches recently and apologized to the coaching staff for being late.
Huddle Up: Bryant could miss the start of training camp but likely will be back on the field early in camp. He finished the 2016 season with 796 yards and eight touchdowns and has a chance to improve on those stats this season. He should be considered a No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues.
Ezekiel Elliott - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will not learn of any potential discipline from the league Friday, July 21, or over the weekend, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Huddle Up: Dallas reports to training camp on Saturday, meaning the team will kick off practices uncertain whether or not it will have the services of the league's reigning rushing champ in early September. A resolution is expected in the coming days, as multiple sources said Friday the NFL is nearing the end of its investigation into Elliott's off-field behavior. A short suspension is still expected, so stay tuned. For now, he remains an elite fantasy RB1 who could be had late in the first round.
Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) may not be 100 percent healthy going into camp, according to head coach Ron Rivera. 'I know he's been throwing it. ? He's talking to the trainers about (how much he should be throwing). I'm just pleased there is an opportunity for him to start off and start off on the right foot,' Rivera said.
Huddle Up: Owners should be cautiously optimistic here. The fact he has been allowed to throw without supervision is a positive sign in and of itself, but it sounds as if Newton could still very much use the extra month-plus to complete the healing process. It seems highly unlikely the Panthers will expose Newton to much, if any, action in the preseason. Assuming he remains on his current track, however, he should still be considered a midrange to low-end QB1 in fantasy.
Marcus Mariota - QB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota (leg) has done 'everything' for the last two weeks and will arrive at training camp in a week planning to play at 215 pounds, roughly 10 pounds lighter than his usual weight.
Huddle Up: Mariota is going to be a popular target on draft day given the wealth of talent Tennessee brought in at receiver over the spring and summer. The loss in weight may be a slight concern considering how most teams want their quarterbacks in the 225 to 230-pound range to better absorb hits, but Mariota's rare athleticism may be his best defense against such punishment. He should be considered a solid QB1 in drafts, just below the elite tier.
Buffalo Bills second-round WR Zay Jones 'performed well in spring practices' and 'looked the part of a top-three wideout,' according to BuffaloBills.com contributing correspondent Jake Hamilton.
Huddle Up: The Bills may very well may need Jones to be their top receiver for multiple games this year given Sammy Watkins' injury history. With that said, the rookie has some of the best hands of any receiver to come out of the draft in recent history and broke the FBS record for most receptions ever with 399 in his four-year career. Jones is a WR4 with WR3 upside, particularly if Watkins misses some games in 2017.
Kirk Cousins - QB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson's progression this season could help determine if QB Kirk Cousins decides to sign a long-term extension, according to JP Finlay of CSNMidAtlantic.com.
Huddle Up: Doctson should be the fourth option in a pass-happy attack, and he can be considered an upside WR5 coming off an injury-plagued rookie year.
Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp was listed as a preseason starter on the unofficial list provided to the media Wednesday, July 19.
Huddle Up: Kupp appears to be on track to be the starting slot receiver, but the limitations of the Rams' passing attack make him no more than a flier as a WR5. He is a lot more appealing as a stash option in keeper leagues.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell hasn't committed to reporting to training camp on time, but he plans to play in every regular season game.
Huddle Up: Bell could skip some of camp as he lobbies for a lucrative long-term extension, but with no plans to take a holdout into the regular season, he remains a candidate for the No. 1 overall pick in all formats.
Jamaal Williams - RB - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers rookie RB Jamaal Williams will begin training camp as the No. 2 running back behind RB Ty Montgomery, according to running backs coach Ben Sirmans.
Huddle Up: Williams is one of the more promising rookie running backs heading into 2017. Montgomery played well as a running back last year, so Williams will really have to prove himself in order to see significant playing time. Use a late-round pick on the rookie and possibly an earlier selection for those who own Montgomery.
Carson Palmer - QB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer wore his arm out from throwing too much last offseason, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Arians said they've found a good routine for Palmer.
Huddle Up: Palmer had a mediocre September, but he hit his stride in October. He completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 1,206 yards (his best month) with five touchdowns and two interceptions. At 37, it's hard to make a case for him as a strong QB1 in fantasy.
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