Thomas Rawls - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls (ankle) should return 'in a couple weeks', according to head coach Pete Carroll.
Huddle Up: Christine Michael's emergence has likely emboldened the Seattle coaching staff to be as conservative as possible with Rawls' return. Carroll's optimism suggests Rawls will be ready for at least part-time work in Week 1, although that is far from a given. For now, owners need to treat Rawls like a high-risk, high-reward RB2 who may begin the season inactive or sharing carries with Michael.
Tyrann Mathieu - S - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) is practicing with the team Sunday, Aug. 21, about 35 weeks after tearing his ACL.
Huddle Up: Don't look for 'Honey Badger' to play in the preseason, but his ability to seamlessly defend wide receivers as a cornerback or tight ends as a safety is a big deal for a team with Super Bowl aspirations like the Cardinals. Considering he has yet to experience any setbacks, expect Mathieu to be ready for Week 1 against the New England Patriots.
Eric Ebron - TE - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (ankle) still has no timetable for a return, but there is some optimism he'll be 'ready to roll' by Week 1, according to Detroit Free Press writer Dave Birkett.
Huddle Up: Ebron is still not practicing, but he was reportedly spotted jogging and caught passes from a JUGS machine Sunday. Birkett also tweeted it was the first time he'd seen the third-year tight end run since he first suffered his ankle injury on Aug. 6. Given his injury history and the plethora of pass-catching weapons Detroit has at the moment, Ebron should probably be considered a high-upside TE2.
Andrew Hawkins - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns WR Andrew Hawkins (hamstring) returned to practice Sunday, Aug. 21.
Huddle Up: Hawkins' value has decreased with the selection of Corey Coleman, the return of Josh Gordon and the emergence of Terrelle Pryor. He's still not a bad possession receiver for the Browns, but at this point he's really only suitable for PPR leagues.
James White - RB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots RB James White was 18th among running backs last season with 54 targets despite playing in just 12 games. He caught 40 passes for 410 yards and four touchdowns.
Huddle Up: White should take over as New England's primary pass-catching running back with Dion Lewis out indefinitely, with LeGarrette Blount still serving as the main runner. If White can stay healthy, he has a real chance to reach RB2 totals in PPR formats.
Paxton Lynch - QB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch has not been ruled out for the starting job, according to head coach Gary Kubiak. 'He's always been in the mix,' Kubiak said. 'Everybody is in competition to play.'
Huddle Up: Denver's quarterback situation is a crapshoot right now, and Lynch was probably the most impressive in their second preseason game. This thing could go down to the last preseason game, but whoever starts should not be a serious consideration as an every- week start for fantasy teams.
Dion Lewis - RB - New England Patriots
Updating previous reports, New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis (knee) is expected to miss two months because of his second knee surgery and likely will start the 2016 season on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Huddle Up: Lewis will not be back on the field until late October at the earliest, so owners should drop him on their draft boards. Lewis could still be a late-round option in leagues, but owners will need to stash him on the bench. James White should fill Lewis' role on offense and likely will be a middle- to late-round option in fantasy leagues.
Josh Gordon - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon (quadriceps) hopefully will be able to participate in practice this week, according to head coach Hue Jackson.
Huddle Up: Gordon has been dealing with the injury throughout training camp but appears to be close to returning. He has been suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season but still has plenty of value in fantasy leagues. He should be considered a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver in most fantasy leagues.
Corey Coleman - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson said he hopes WR Corey Coleman (hamstring) will be able to practice this week and said it is important for Coleman to play in the preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Friday, Aug. 26.
Huddle Up: Coleman has missed the first two preseason games and needs some work with the first-team offense before the start of the season. Coleman should still be a starting receiver even if he does not play in the preseason and can be a No. 4 receiver in most leagues.
Joe Flacco - QB - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (knee) has missed the first two preseason games but is expected to play in the preseason game against the Detroit Lions Saturday, Aug. 27.
Huddle Up: Flacco appears to be on track for the start of the season and probably will see limited work against the Lions. Flacco will have some weapons to work with this season but probably is best as a No. 2 quarterback for fantasy owners.
Dion Lewis - RB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis (knee) could start the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform list if he is not able to participate in practice this week, in the opinion of ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss. Lewis is doing well in his recovery but has not practiced since the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: Lewis is coming back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, so the Patriots may want to give him more time to recover before he plays again. Owners will need to keep an eye on the situation because Lewis could be a low-end No. 2 or solid No. 3 running back if he is ready Week 1. LeGarrette Blount and James White would receive a boost in value if Lewis misses the first six weeks.
Colin Kaepernick - QB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (arm) displayed improved velocity on his passes during pregame warmups Saturday, Aug. 20, and remains on target to resume practicing this week, according to head coach Chip Kelly. The team remains hopeful that he will play in the next preseason game versus the Green Bay Packers Friday, Aug. 26.
Huddle Up: Kaepernick is engaged in a battle this preseason for San Francisco's starting quarterback job with Blaine Gabbert. Although Kaepernick has a higher ceiling, neither player should be viewed as anything more than a QB2 in traditional fantasy leagues.
T.Y. Hilton - WR - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) continues to be bothered by a sore hamstring, which he suffered in the preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills, according to head coach Chuck Pagano.
Huddle Up: Despite this minor setback, the 26-year-old Hilton should have a solid year, especially if Andrew Luck remains under center for the entire season. View him as a high-end WR2 in traditional fantasy leagues.
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