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.
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.
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