Karlos Williams - RB - Buffalo Bills
Free-agent RB Karlos Williams (Bills) is receiving interest from five teams, according to sources. Williams has already met with the New York Jets.
Huddle Up: Williams probably will be a backup running back for a team this season, but his fantasy value will be determined by his role. He would be a late-round option in leagues if he finds a good situation.
Matthew Stafford - QB - Detroit Lions
Huddle Up: Stafford had a big second half last year with 19 touchdowns and two interceptions when offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter took over. He lost Megatron to retirement, but the show appears to roll on. Stafford is in the lower-middle portion of starting quarterbacks, but he could be on the cusp of that breakthrough year.
Stevan Ridley - RB - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions RB Stevan Ridley was released Thursday, Aug. 25.
Huddle Up: Zach Zenner and/or Dwayne Washington may move up to be the team's third running back. They won't be entirely useful in fantasy unless something happens to Ameer Abdullah or Theo Riddick ahead of them, but the two youngsters are amidst the RB5 speculative flyers. Ridley could still latch on and serve as an RB5 somewhere before the season.
Derrick Henry - RB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry will get onto the field, as head coach Mike Mularkey said Wednesday, Aug. 24, that he will find ways to use Henry even though RB DeMarco Murray is the starter.
Huddle Up: The Heisman Trophy candidate out of Alabama has been impressive and he'll see his share of the carries in Nashville, although Murray is the top dog. Consider Henry a RB3 with plenty of upside.
Jordan Matthews - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (knee) promised he'd be ready for Week 1. The wideout hasn't played yet this preseason.
Huddle Up: Owners are understandably concerned that Matthews might not be ready for the start of the season, but this proclamation from the 24-year-old should put those concerns at an ease. Matthews sounds very confident about being ready for Week 1, so it appears that will be the case more likely than not. After barely missing out on 1,000 receiving yards a year ago, Matthews is a solid bet to top that plateau in the upcoming campaign. It's also worth noting that he hasn't missed a single game in his first two seasons.
Dez Bryant - WR - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (concussion) didn't make the trip to Seattle for the team's next preseason game Thursday, August 25.
Huddle Up: Bryant has already been ruled out for the game, but fortunately, this concussion doesn't figure to threaten his status for the season opener in just a few weeks. As long as he's able to stay healthy, unlike a year ago, Bryant has the potential to pace all wide receivers in fantasy. He's still worth being drafted in the earliest rounds.
Dorial Green-Beckham - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles WR Dorial Green-Beckham will receive snaps with the first-team offense during the preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts Saturday, Aug. 27, according to head coach Doug Pederson.
Huddle Up: Green-Beckham has a chance to earn a solid role in the passing game if he plays well against the Colts since none of the Eagles receivers have stood out during training camp. Green-Beckham was inconsistent as a member of the Titans, so he should only be a late-round option in deeper leagues at this point.
Thomas Rawls - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls (ankle) will be ready to play in Week 1, according to head coach Pete Carroll. Rawls will not play in the preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys Thursday, Aug. 25, but has looked good during training camp.
Huddle Up: Rawls should receive most of the work at running back this season and is coming off a terrific 2015 season. Rawls should be a solid No. 2 running back in most leagues, but there is a chance that he loses some of his carries to Christine Michael early in the season.
Teddy Bridgewater - QB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (shoulder) said he expects to play in the preseason game against the San Diego Chargers Sunday, Aug. 28. Bridgewater did not say much about his shoulder injury.
Huddle Up: It is not known how much playing time Bridgewater will receive if he is active for the game, but it would be a good sign if he is able to play. He probably should be considered a No. 2 quarterback in fantasy leagues since the Vikings are more of a running team and will not throw as much as other teams.
John Brown - WR - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (concussion) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Aug. 24, because he is dealing with a headache.
Huddle Up: Brown is working his way back from a concussion and will be held out until he is healthy. He will have a few weeks to recover before the start of the season, so owners should monitor the situation. He is part of one of the better receiver corps in the NFL and should be considered a No. 3 receiver in most leagues.
Matt Forte - RB - New York Jets
New York Jets RB Matt Forte (hamstring) hopefully will be able to play in the preseason game against the New York Giants Saturday, Aug. 27, as long as he does not suffer any setbacks, according to head coach Todd Bowles.
Huddle Up: Forte probably will see limited playing time against the Giants because the Jets want him to be ready for Week 1. Forte should receive most of the work at running back this season and can be a No. 2 running back in a majority of fantasy leagues.
Chris Thompson - RB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson (undisclosed) is not expected to play in the preseason game against the Buffalo Bills Friday, Aug. 26, according to head coach Jay Gruden.
Huddle Up: It appears Thompson is dealing with a minor injury and wants to be ready for the start of the regular season. Thompson is expected to be the third-down back this season if Matt Jones is healthy and could be a late-round option in deeper leagues.
Jamison Crowder - WR - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson (Achilles') and Jamison Crowder (knee) have been ruled out for the preseason game against the Buffalo Bills Friday, Aug. 26.
Huddle Up: Doctson and Crowder have missed multiple practices because of injury and may not play again until Week 1 if they are healthy. Both receivers are probably No. 5 receivers in most fantasy leagues since the Redskins have other targets in the passing game.
Larry Fitzgerald - WR - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) said he could be taking part in practice but does not want to suffer a setback this close to the start of the season.
Huddle Up: Fitzgerald is dealing with a minor injury and does not need to play in a preseason game because the Cardinals know what to expect from him. He had a terrific season in 2015 and should be considered a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues in 2016.
Rob Gronkowski - TE - New England Patriots
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (undisclosed) is participating in practice Wednesday, Aug. 24.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski probably will sit out the third preseason game but appears to be on track for the start of the regular season. He should be the top tight end selected in all fantasy leagues as long as he is healthy.
Breshad Perriman - WR - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman has shown better pass catching ability during training camp, according to offensive coordinator Marc Trestman. 'I think his hands and his concentration have even gotten better since he first got here,' Trestman said. 'He's much more sure-handed -- not that he wasn't -- but he's become even more sure-handed and I think that goes with confidence.'
Huddle Up: Perriman's hands have been questioned dating back to college, but he also missed his entire rookie season, which is likely a bigger hurdle. Also, with Steve Smith, Kamar Aiken and Mike Wallace currently ahead of Perriman, the sophomore has a steep climb to being a reliable fantasy commodity. His size and speed remain intriguing, but he still hasn't shown anything on the field to elevate him above late-round flier territory.
Victor Cruz - WR - New York Giants
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz caught three passes during team drills and a touchdown pass during a red-zone drill during practice Wednesday, Aug. 23. He is on pace to play against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 27.
Huddle Up: It's another step in the right direction for Cruz, but he's still nothing more than a late-round flier in fantasy leagues. How he holds up in game action should be more telling. Continue to temper your expectations for now.
Brock Osweiler - QB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans QB Brock Osweiler is encouraged by the chemistry he is developing with his receivers following the second preseason game. 'I think the receivers are understanding when I want to get the ball out versus man versus maybe a zone coverage. Obviously, I'm learning the body language of each wide receiver when he's going to come out of his break, how he likes his football, where he likes his football. Every single day we're getting better.'
Huddle Up: Osweiler is a low-end quarterback option who should be left to the waiver wire outside of SuperFlex and two-QB leagues. There is some potential in the revamped Houston attack, but fantasy owners should wait to see the offense clicking before relying on Osweiler as anything more than a desperation start.
Kenneth Dixon - RB - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens RB Justin Forsett is still in line to be the starting running back, in the opinion of ESPN's Jamison Hensley, but RBs Javorius Allen and Kenneth Dixon project to share third- down work with RB Terrance West serving as a short-yardage back in the red zone.
Huddle Up: As an undersized journeyman, Forsett's reign atop the depth chart could be short lived, and the potential of a multi-faceted rushing attack isn't ideal for his fantasy stock. West presents nice value as a late-round flier in standard and touchdown-heavy settings, whereas Allen presents similar potential in PPR leagues. Dixon is likely the most talented back of the quartet, but expect him to have to bide his time for an opportunity in 2016. The rookie is nothing more than a stash option at this point.
Marcus Mariota - QB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota said the no-huddle offense is comfortable for him because of his experience operating it last season and during college. Mariota complete all six of his passing attempts, including a 21-yard touchdown pass to WR Harry Douglas during an 81-yard drive utilizing the no-huddle offense against the Carolina Panthers Saturday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: Mariota boasts plenty of upside and could emerge as a weekly starting quarterback this season. His ability to pad his fantasy points on the ground is a nice bonus, too. However, he likely won't be the most reliable week-to-week option, so he might be best utilized as a streaming option in favorable matchups. He's best viewed as a late-round target for those who wait at the position.
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