C.J. Prosise - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise (hamstring) was in pads and on the field for practice Monday, Aug. 15. The extent of his participation was unclear.
Huddle Up: Good to see the third-round pick on the field after he's spent too much time on the sideline, and he's going to need to stay there if he's earn any kind of immediate role -- third-down work or otherwise -- in the crowded Seattle backfield.
Malcolm Mitchell - WR - New England Patriots
New England Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell (elbow) returned to practice in full pads Monday, Aug. 15.
Huddle Up: Good sign for the fourth-round pick who dislocated his elbow in the Pats' preseason opener last week. Mitchell, though, is sporting is sizable brace, and it would be a surprise if he's able to see any more action this preseason.
Sheldon Rankins - DL - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints DT Sheldon Rankins (leg) is believed to have a broken fibula based on initial test results, according to a source. Rankins was New Orleans' first-round pick in 2016, and he may land on the Reserve Injured/Designated to Return list.
Huddle Up: The Saints were counting on Rankins to help turn the tide following their historically horrific defensive season a year ago, but that help -- at least the first six games or so of the season -- will have to come elsewhere as the first-round pick is expected to miss up to eight weeks.
Andrew Quarless - TE - Detroit Lions
Free-agent TE Andrew Quarless (Packers) signed an undisclosed deal with the Detroit Lions Monday, Aug. 15. Quarless is suspended for the first two games on the season but can practice immediately. TE Ben McCord was waived.
Huddle Up: With Eric Ebron battling an ankle injury and Brandon Pettigrew on the PUP list, the Lions are in need of tight-end help, and they have turned to the ex-Packer Quarless. It might only be a preseason, check-the-tires move, though, until Ebron can get back on the field.
Andre Caldwell - WR - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions WR Andre Caldwell (hand) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Aug. 15.
Huddle Up: The tough early turn of events for Caldwell has thinned out the Lions' backup WR corps somewhat, clearing the paths for the likes of Jeremy Kerley and TJ Jones.
Braxton Miller - WR - Houston Texans
Houston Texans WR Braxton Miller had four catches for 34 yards in a 24-13 win over the San Francisco 49ers in the preseason Sunday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: The third-round pick Miller has been overshadowed some by the Texans' first-rounder, Will Fuller, but the former could wind up posting more consistent numbers, particularly in PPR leagues. In 12-team leagues, though, we're talking about end-of--your-WR-bench considerations here.
Josh Gordon - WR - Cleveland Browns
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon (quadriceps) is not expected to miss much practice time with a strained quadriceps muscle, according to Browns head coach Hue Jackson.
Huddle Up: Strains and dings are to be expected from a player who has been away from the team as much as Gordon. Even with a four-game suspension, he's a high-upside WR3 in fantasy drafts.
Stephone Anthony - LB - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints LB Stephone Anthony (leg) is likely to miss a couple of weeks, but he is expected back by the season opener, according to a source.
Huddle Up: This is good news for IDP owners. Anthony could emerge as a top- flight linebacker option if he can account for more tackles.
Karlos Williams - RB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills RB Karlos Williams (illness) passed his physical Monday, Aug. 15, and will practice after a stint on the Non-Football Illness list.
Huddle Up: Williams will miss the first four games, and the team brought in Reggie Bush, who may remain over him on the depth chart early on. Williams has a lot of talent, though, and should resurface at some point in the fantasy season. He's an RB5 you'll have to stash in the early stages.
Terrell Suggs - LB - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens LB Terrell Suggs (Achilles') was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list and is practicing Monday, Aug. 15.
Huddle Up: Suggs shouldn't be relied on as anything more than a reserve IDP player in deep formats.
Christine Michael - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Christine Michael could be part of a '1-2 punch' with RB Thomas Rawls, according to head coach Pete Carroll, and Carroll praised Michael's consistency.
Huddle Up: This isn't the first time Michael has flashed his upside, but he has yet to show he can deliver when it counts. He is an excellent upside pick if you can land him in the later rounds, but don't reach.
Kelvin Benjamin - WR - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin is 'struggling with conditioning', according to head coach Ron Rivera, who added his goal is to see Benjamin be able to handle 30 to 35 snaps by the end of the preseason.
Huddle Up: It shouldn't come as a surprise that Benjamin isn't quite ready yet coming off of last year's ACL tear, but this is the kind of report that should sound off an alarm for owners hoping he will pick right back up where he left off as a rookie. Benjamin benefited from a lot of negative game scripts in 2014 and the Panthers have already hinted they plan to spread it around in the passing game, so owners should treat him as a high-risk WR2.
Houston Texans WR Will Fuller had one catch for four yards in a 24-13 preseason win over the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: Fuller should hit his share of big plays as a rookie, but don't expect much consistency. Avoid him in standard formats. It's best to use him as an all-or-nothing play in daily games.
Colin Kaepernick - QB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) isn't expected to be out of action much longer and could play in the second preseason game against the Denver Broncos Saturday, Aug. 20, head coach Chip Kelly said.
Huddle Up: Kaepernick is facing an uphill battle to win the starting job from Blaine Gabbert. The eventual starter should benefit from Kelly's system and finish as a midrange QB2.
Mike Davis - RB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers RB Mike Davis had five carries a game-high 72 yards in a 24-13 loss to the Houston Texans in the preseason Sunday Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: Davis is worth watching as the preseason continues. If he can establish himself as Carlos Hyde's primary backup, Davis would be worth a late-round selection.
Jared Goff - QB - Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff's sore shoulder is not a concern, head coach Jeff Fisher said Sunday, Aug. 14, and Fisher said Goff was doing well in the training room.
Huddle Up: Goff should be stashed in keeper leagues, but he doesn't need to be owned in standard formats in 2016.
Dorial Green-Beckham - WR - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham is still struggling with consistency, head coach Mike Mularkey said Sunday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: Expectations were high for Green-Beckham coming into the season, but his reviews have been less than glowing during training camp. Consider him a high-upside WR5 at this point.
Vance McDonald - TE - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald finished with two receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown in the team's preseason opener against the Houston Texans on Sunday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: Garrett Celek started, but it was McDonald who resumed the connection he started to show with Blaine Gabbert late last season. Head coach Chip Kelly's offense is often able to create huge gaps down the middle of the field with his east-west run action, and McDonald has enough athleticism to take advantage of it in the way Zach Ertz did. The 26-year-old Rice product is a sleeper candidate for TE1 value on an offense lacking proven playmakers.
Lamar Miller - RB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller rushed four times for 30 yards against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Aug. 14, including a 14-yard run on his first carry of the game.
Huddle Up: Miller did not see a target in the passing game. The fifth-year back did nothing in his first game as a Texan to help or hinder his fantasy stock, but his performance was a relative bright spot during a first half in which Houston struggled to sustain drives. Miller may fall short of matching Arian Foster's best years as a Texan, but his all-purpose game makes him a fine selection for owners at the end of the first or beginning of the second round in most drafts.
Carlos Hyde - RB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde mixed in the good with the bad in the team's preseason opener against the Houston Texans on Sunday, Aug. 14, ripping off a tackle-breaking 22-yard gallop up the middle in the first quarter before committing a fumble that led to a Texans' defensive touchdown a few plays later.
Huddle Up: Hyde surprisingly saw two targets on the 49ers' opening drive, but Blaine Gabbert missed him badly on both. The third-year back figures to be Chip Kelly's bell cow for as long as he can handle it in 2016, although it should be noted the Ohio State product hasn't made it through a full season dating back to his college days. Hyde has RB1 upside if he can play all 16 games this season.
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