Matt Forte - RB - New York Jets
New York Jets RB Matt Forte should receive plenty of rest this season with RBs Bilal Powell and Khiry Robinson also in the mix.
Huddle Up: The new free-agent acquisition will still see the lion's share of the work, but his days as a sure-fire RB1 appear to be over.
Richard Rodgers - TE - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers TE Richard Rodgers is expected to start over TE Jared Cook, not just in 2016, but for the next few seasons, according to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. An advantage Rodgers has this season is that he is in better shape after weighing up to 272 pounds last year.
Huddle Up: This is a reminder not to overlook the third-year tight end -- who finished ninth among fantasy tight ends last season -- in favor of the shiny new free-agent acquisition, but in all, Cook's arrival knocks both out of legitimate draftable position with a target split fully expected.
J.J. Watt - DE - Houston Texans
Updating previous reports, Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt could miss up to 10 weeks after his back operation, which would include the first month of the season, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Back injuries are nothing to mess with -- even for superheroes such as Watt -- and his IDP-league owners may have to bite the bullet and plan to be without Watt's mega-production for a quarter of the season. Stay tuned ...
Jordy Nelson - WR - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (knee) appears to be ahead of the curve in his rehabilitation, and Nelson said he would have been able to play in the Super Bowl last year had the Packers qualified.
Huddle Up: All reports continue to speak glowingly of Nelson's progress, and that has him back in the WR1 conversation entering upcoming drafts.
Jimmy Graham - TE - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (knee) is recovering from a ruptured right patellar tendon which he suffered Nov. 29. He is expected to be back on the field for the start of the regular season, but he won't be rushed back. Through the first 12 weeks last season he was the team's most targeted player.
Huddle Up: This is a serious injury in which Graham is trying to bounce back from, and there is a definite risk that he won't play in -- or be at full strength for -- a full 16 games. That's the main reason why we currently have him ranked as a borderline TE1.
Blaine Gabbert - QB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers QBs Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick head into training camp battling for the starting job under center. Many in the organization feel Gabbert is a better fit in head coach Chip Kelly's offense, and he has a good grasp of the offseason.
Huddle Up: It's a battle that's more intriguing to NFL Nation in general than the fantasy realm, and neither is viewed as much as a QB2 given the uncertainty and the myriad offensive question marks with the San Fran offense. Even though Gabbert is the slight favorite to win the job, Kaepernick has more upside simply because he's done it before.
Todd Gurley - RB - Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) will be close to two full years removed from an anterior cruciate ligament injury, and conventional wisdom says players generally do not get back to full strength until two years after the injury. He will go through his first full training camp, and running backs coach Skip Peete said there is no limit to what Gurley can accomplish in his second NFL season.
Huddle Up: Precisely some of the reasons why Gurley currently sits atop The Huddle's preseason RB rankings.
Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will be part of a more shotgun-centric offense this season, and he struggled to run out of the gun early last year. The team shifted its offense to run more plays under center afterwards. Peterson vowed to become a better receiver this offseason.
Huddle Up: Some age (he turned 31 in March), mileage (2,619 career offensive touches) and offensive-scheme concerns with AD, but he's still a consensus RB1 on most draft boards this summer.
Mark Sanchez - QB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos QB Mark Sanchez was endorsed as the starting quarterback to the team by head coach Gary Kubiak, according to DT Sylvester Williams.
Huddle Up: While a decision likely hasn't been made, it is regarded as Sanchez's job to lose, although it shouldn't matter too much in the overall fantasy scheme of things.
Ryan Mathews - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews isn't a great fit in head coach Doug Pederson's offense as he wants to move his backs around to create mismatches for opposing defenses in the passing game.
Huddle Up: Interesting as Mathews is the only proven, pure-runner now on the Philly RB depth chart, and that opportunity is why we have him ranked as a borderline RB2.
Matt Spaeth - TE - Free Agent
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Matt Spaeth (knee) was released with a failed physical designation Thursday, July 21. 'Matt never fully recovered from knee surgery that occurred this past offseason, and he will not be ready to return to football activities at this time,' general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement released by the team.
Huddle Up: Spaeth, with 55 career reception in nine seasons, has always been more of a blocking tight end, and this further clears the path for new addition Ladarius Green.
Larry Fitzgerald - WR - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald seems unlikely to retire anytime soon. 'Just trying to prepare for the next phase in your life, but I have a lot of good football left in me. How long I will play, I don't know. I feel great. I can still play at a high level. I just have to take it one year at a time and I got a really fantastic team I'm a part of,' Fitzgerald said.
Huddle Up: Fitz will turn 33 before the season begins, but is coming off a career year in receptions (109). Although his yardage total (1,215) was the fifth best of his career, it reflects his new status as a slot/possession receiver -- and it's one he is excelling at.
Russell Wilson - QB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson led all quarterbacks in Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA) last season when he was adequately protected, according to Football Outsiders. DVOA measures efficiency by comparing success on every play to the league average based on situation and opponent. Wilson was solid under pressure, too, ranking fourth in DVOA among quarterbacks.
Huddle Up: Thanks to career highs in passing yards (4,024) and TDs (34), Wilson finished fourth among fantasy QBs last season and is expected to be a top-five QB again this year. He'll be even better if the Seahawks can trim the 46 sacks (sixth most in the league) they allowed last season. In other words, an ideal QB to target if Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers and, say, Andrew Luck are the first three off the board in your draft.
A.J. Green - WR - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green said his mind is at ease entering the 2016 season. 'I don't have to worry about contracts or anything like that,' Green said. 'I just go in there free, [with a] clear head, just go out there, work and have fun.'
Huddle Up: Green was a low-end WR1 a year ago, even though he only posted his third-best year (86-1,297-10) of his career. A full season with QB Andy Dalton throwing passes, could nudge Green back up a notch or three.
Khiry Robinson - RB - New York Jets
New York Jets RB Khiry Robinson (leg) could be utilized as a short-yardage and goal-line back this season.
Huddle Up: Beware as this could throw a wrench into the Jets' fantasy backfield outlook and make it a three-headed RBBC with Matt Forte and Bilal Powell holding down the top two spots.
Josh Gordon - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon would be welcomed back by the team if he is reinstated after eligible to apply Aug. 1, according to beat writer Mary Kay Cabot. Head coach Hue Jackson has said everyone will begin with a clean slate and that includes Gordon.
Huddle Up: If it were any other team but the Browns, things might be different, but this is a franchise that is barren as they come when it comes to talented skill-position players.
John Kuhn - RB - Green Bay Packers
Free-agent FB John Kuhn (Packers) appears to be in the Green Bay Packers' rearview mirror and is not expected to re-sign. FB Aaron Ripkowski is expected to take over starting fullback duties.
Huddle Up: Welcome news for Eddie Lacy and James Starks owners as Kuhn has vultured 23 TDs over the last eight seasons on the tundra.
Spencer Ware - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware is viewed as the backup running back behind RB Jamaal Charles, according to ESPN.com's Adam Teicher. Teicher did say that Ware and RB Charcandrick West would both play if Charles was injured.
Huddle Up: This makes sense as West is more like Charles than Ware is, and the latter could be the K.C. goal-line back after rushing for six scores in only 72 carries a year ago.
Zac Stacy - RB - New York Jets
New York Jets RBs Zac Stacy (leg) and Khiry Robinson (leg) will compete for the No. 3 running back job during training camp, but Robinson may have an edge because the team does not believe he has reached his full potential yet.
Huddle Up: What's implied is that Matt Forte and Bilal Powell hold down the top two spots on the Jets' backfield depth chart. It's tough to see a third back carving out fantasy relevancy, especially with the Jets sporting a pair of receivers like Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker.
LeGarrette Blount - RB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount's (hip) roster spot isn't a given, but there shouldn't be any issues if he returns from his season-ending hip injury and runs hard.
Huddle Up: Blount has thrived as the hammer in New England's backfield, but if his hip is slowing him down--or if Bill Belichick can find someone younger or cheaper who can do the job as good or better--he'll be back on the street looking for work. At least it will make for an interesting training camp.
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