Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton appears to be struggling due to a lack of football conditioning following off-season shoulder surgery and a preseason foot injury, in the opinion of one veteran NFL reporter.
Huddle Up: Newton has only totaled 27.9 fantasy points in two games, and most alarming is his lack of rushing production with minus-2 yards on five attempts so far. Perhaps the extended break (11 days) before Week 3 will do Newton some good, but strongly consider other fantasy QB options until Cam can show some strides in live action.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - New York Jets
New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell (shoulder) is expected to return to practice on Saturday after undergoing an MRI for a shoulder issue, head coach Adam Gase said Friday, Sept. 13.
Huddle Up: That's more good news for Bell and his fantasy owners as the MRI revealed no damage and it looks like he'll be good to go as a RB1 on Monday night against the Cleveland Browns.
Sam Darnold - QB - New York Jets
New York Jets QB Sam Darnold (illness) isn't likely to be placed on the Reserve/Injured list as he deals with a bout of mononucleosis, head coach Adam Gase said Friday, Sept. 13.
Huddle Up: A trip to IR even with a return would mean Darnold would be out two months, but he is expected to recover well before then. Keep him around if you have the roster space in deeper two-QB leagues, but in other cases you're going to need help for the next 2-3 weeks at least.
Antonio Brown - WR - Oakland Raiders
New England Patriots WR Antonio Brown will be eligible to play in Week 2. The NFL decided against placing Brown on the commissioner's exempt list because no criminal charges have been filed in the civil lawsuit filed against him.
Huddle Up: AB only started practicing with the team a couple of days ago, but he should be starting in your lineup if he's active. You can't expect WR1 numbers, but there's no way a third receiver has more potential output than him.
Joe Mixon - RB - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon (ankle) returned to practice Friday, Sept. 13.
Huddle Up: Mixon looks like he'll be good to go as a decent RB1 against the San Francisco 49ers this week.
Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton completed 25 of 51 passes for 333 yards during the team's Week 2 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Newton also ran twice for no yards and lost a fumble.
Huddle Up: There's something wrong with Newton. Whether that problem is physical or mental is unclear. The team claims the foot injury he suffered in the preseason is a non-factor and that he's recovered from offseason shoulder surgery, but anyone that watched Thursday night saw a bevy of wildly inaccurate throws and a striking lack of athleticism -- it should be a red flag that the team didn't call Newton's number on 4th and 1 with the game on the line. This is eight straight losses for Newton as a starter, and four in a row without a TD pass. At this point it's time to strongly consider moving Newton out of your starting lineup, assuming you have a competent backup, and see if he can shake off this malaise.
Christian McCaffrey - RB - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey rushed 16 times for 37 yards Thursday, Sept. 12, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2. He caught two passes for 16 yards on six targets.
Huddle Up: A week after dropping 42 PPR points, CMC is held to bench material vs. a shaky Tampa run D. He was about eight inches away from salvaging a touchdown, for whatever that is worth. Next on the docket for Carolina is the Arizona Cardinals on the road. The matchup could be challenging, which isn't a reason to get away from him, of course.
Chris Godwin - WR - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin caught eight passes for 121 yards and one touchdown on nine targets Thursday, Sept. 12, against the Carolina Panthers in Week 2.
Huddle Up: His breakout season is off to a great start with scores in each of Godwin's first two outings. The New York Giants are ahead for Tampa, and the blossoming receiver is poised for another strong showing.
D.J. Moore - WR - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore caught nine passes and 89 yards on 14 targets Thursday, Sept. 12, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2.
Huddle Up: PPR gamers will be content with that performance, but one would hope for more when Cam Newton throws 50 times vs. a susceptible defense. In Week 3, Arizona hosts the Panthers, and Moore will be a strong play in reception-rewarding setups.
Greg Olsen - TE - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (back, nose) caught six passes for 110 yards on nine looks Thursday, Sept. 12, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2. He left the game briefly to tend to a bloodied nose.
Huddle Up: Carolina's seasoned tight end put forth a warrior-like effort on Thursday night. The Panthers head to Arizona in Week 3 to face a defense Detroit Lions rookie TE T.J. Hockenson walloped in Week 1.
O.J. Howard - TE - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard was held without a target Thursday, Sept. 12, against the Carolina Panthers in Week 2.
Huddle Up: Not cool. Howard is teetering on the edge of playable in Week 3 against the New York Giants. It's best to maintain faith and give him another shot before totally freaking out -- even though we all want to right about now!
Mike Evans - WR - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans caught four passes for 61 yards one eight targets Thursday, Sept. 12, against the Carolina Panthers in Week 2.
Huddle Up: It is nice to see the eight looks go his way, but Jameis Winston's inaccuracy was on display near the goal line late in the game. Evans remains a must-start receiver, even if gamers are forced to take some lumps along the way. He should get on track vs. the New York Giants in Week 3.
Ronald Jones - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones rushed four times for nine yards Thursday, Sept. 12, against the Carolina Panthers in Week 2. He was held without a reception.
Huddle Up: A week after setting personal bests across the board, Jones was relegated to sparse utility as Peyton Barber was tasked with shouldering the load for 23 carries. The New York Giants are ahead, but the matchup is meaningless if Jones is an observer.
Jameis Winston - QB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston completed 16 of 25 passing for 208 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions Thursday, Sept. 12, against the Carolina Panthers in Week 2. He rushed four times for nine yards.
Huddle Up: The Bucs have a home game in Week 3 against the New York Giants -- a matchup in which Winston could be a decent starting option in conventional leagues.
Peyton Barber - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber rushed 23 times for 82 yards and one touchdown Thursday, Sept. 12, against the Carolina Panthers in Week 2. He caught one pass for seven yards.
Huddle Up: It wasn't pretty, but offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich stuck with Barber as he fought for every inch. Tampa Bay hosts the Giants in Week 3, and Barber should be a low-tier flex consideration.
Donte Moncrief - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Donte Moncrief (finger) will keep playing through a dislocated finger suffered in training camp. '(QB Ben Roethlisberger's) depending on me and I've got to make plays for him, hurt finger or not,' Moncrief said. 'There's nothing you can do to a dislocated finger, especially when you're a receiver. You've just got to tough out the pain and go.'
Huddle Up: Moncrief was expected to be the Steelers' No. 2 receiver after signing a two-year, $9 million free-agent contract this offseason, but he called his own Week 1 performance "probably (his) worst game ever." He'll continue to battle James Washington for targets behind No. 1 option JuJu Smith-Schuster, but he's far from a safe weekly start.
Tyler Lockett - WR - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett (back) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Sept. 12.
Huddle Up: Lockett's expected to be fine come Sunday. He caught one of just two targets in Week 1 but went for 44 yards and a score in a flash of his big-play upside. He should have more targets most weeks, but Seattle's run-heavy system holds him back from full potential. He's a WR2, but he will have frustrating outings because of his coaching staff.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 12.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster should receive his normal workload this week despite his injury and will be a starting option in all fantasy leagues.
Greg Olsen - TE - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (back) is active for his team's Week 2 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, Sept. 12.
Huddle Up: Olsen's days as a TE1 are largely behind him barring the most appealing of matchups, but he's a steady TE2 most weeks.
James Conner - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (illness) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 12.
Huddle Up: Conner was largely held in check last week but likely will receive more touches against the Seattle Seahawks. He should still be considered a starting option in all fantasy leagues.