Knowshon Moreno - RB - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins RBs Lamar Miller and Knowshon Moreno split first-team snaps in practice the past two days, and head coach Joe Philbin said Tuesday, Aug. 26, that the job is open. However, he was more effusive and expansive discussing Miller than Moreno this week. 'I like everything Lamar has done since he's gotten here,' Philbin said. 'He's had an excellent offseason and camp. I like everything he's done since April 21.'
Huddle Up: Best bet is that Miami's backfield takes on a committee approach, with Miller running as the lead dog right now. Given that the team will open the season with an entirely new offensive line, it may take a while for either Miller or Moreno to gain much fantasy traction.
Jordan Cameron - TE - Cleveland Browns
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (personal) was 'dealing with an issue' Monday, Aug. 25, and his absence from practice was not related to the sprained AC joint he suffered in his shoulder during an intrasquad scrimmage.
Huddle Up: Here's hoping Cameron dealt with his issue in a manner that will allow him to return to practice on a regular basis, as right now he is the entirety of the Cleveland passing game.
Marques Colston - WR - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston (undisclosed) came off the field during team drills Tuesday, Aug. 26, and talked with a trainer before watching the rest of practice from the sidelines.
Huddle Up: The Saints have been extremely cautious with Colston this preseason in an effort to keep him healthy, so the hope is that taking him out of practice is more of a precautionary measure than something that fantasy owners will need to worry about heading into the regular season.
Golden Tate - WR - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate said he believes his numbers can go up this year despite moving from the top option in Seattle to the No. 2 option in Detroit. 'I think my numbers can be way better in this offense naturally how it's set up,' Tate said. 'I was coming from, you gotta think I was in the toughest division with the 49ers, Rams and Cardinals, defensively, with a run-heavy offense and now I'm going to a pass-happy offense where I'm on the same team as the best player in the league, one of the best players in the league who is going to draw a lot of attention, a lot of double coverage, which is going to leave me with a lot of single coverage with a lot of No. 2 and No. 3 cornerbacks.'
Huddle Up: The Lions will throw the ball infinitely more than Tate's former team did in Seattle, so that alone should increase his opportunities. And while he's running as the WR2, playing Calvin Johnson's wingman should yield plenty of chances to face single coverage. In other words, fantasy owners should join Tate in expecting big--or at least improved--numbers this season.
Reggie Bush - RB - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush will probably sit out the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28, as head coach Jim Caldwell plans to give his veterans some extra rest.
Huddle Up: Bush, who is currently the 16th RB being drafted, showed he was ready for the games that matter with an 86-yard scoring sprint in the exhibition win over the Jaguars last Friday night.
Nate Burleson - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns WR Nate Burleson (hamstring) took part in team drills Tuesday, Aug. 26, and could play in the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28, according to head coach Mike Pettine.
Huddle Up: The free-agent signee has been MIA so far this preseason and desperately needs to get in sync with his new offensive teammates.
Dez Bryant - WR - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant could have a new contract before the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28, sources in Dallas told NFL Media columnist Michael Silver.
Huddle Up: That would be one less distraction for the Cowboys and Bryant, who's currently the 14th player coming off the board in non-PPR re-draft leagues.
Giorgio Tavecchio - PK - Detroit Lions
The Oakland Raiders claimed PK Giorgio Tavecchio (Lions) off waivers Tuesday, Aug. 26.
Huddle Up: Tavecchio made a strong run at the Lions' PK job and has been added as insurance in case Sebastian Janikowski's quad injury sidelines him past the preseason.
Rob Gronkowski - TE - New England Patriots
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) has not encountered any setbacks from the end of last week, and the acquisition of TE Timothy Wright is not a sign that the team is concerned about Gronkowski's health. The Patriots have wanted to remain cautious with Gronkowski's workload this preseason. Wright is a 'move' tight end, similar to the role free-agent TE Aaron Hernandez used to play with the team.
Huddle Up: Definitely a needed assurance for those who are banking on a big bounce-back fantasy season from Gronk this fall.
John Brown - WR - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown may be used on 60 percent of the team's offensive snaps, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Brown has looked impressive all offseason and could very well end up being the team's third best wideout behind Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd.
Huddle Up: The speedy third-round pick out of FCS Pittsburg State leads the Cards with 20 targets and 165 receiving yards on 10 catches this preseason and is a must-add in deeper and dynasty leagues.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RBs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will play in the team's final preseason game against the Carolina Panthers, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. Starters normally don't play in the final preseason game, perhaps indicating this could be part of the punishment the two face for being charged with driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. Bell and Blount are still awaiting a decision on possible suspensions.
Huddle Up: Wow, getting sent out to play in a meaningless exhibition finale is certainly a punishment, but it could backfire on the Steelers and the backs' fantasy owners if either gets hurt.
Emmanuel Sanders - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (quadriceps) is still not at 100 percent in his recovery from an injured right quadriceps. Sanders takes breaks during practice to avoid aggravating the injury.
Huddle Up: Sanders looked more than OK Saturday night, hauling in 5 passes for 128 yards and 2 TDs in essentially what was his preseason debut, and he'll have an extra week to get ready for Week 1 with most of the Broncos' regulars not expected to play in the preseason finale.
Brandon McManus - PK - Denver Broncos
New York Giants PK Brandon McManus was traded to the Denver Broncos Tuesday, Aug. 26, in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick. The Broncos then waived rookie PK Mitch Ewald.
Huddle Up: McManus, who gave Josh Brown a strong run for the Giants' starting job, will handle the PK duties for the Broncos while Matt Prater is suspended for the first four games, and will certainly be a draftable commodity given the Broncos' high-scoring offense. McManus has made all 3 of his career preseason FG attempts -- each from 46 yards or longer.
Brady Quinn - QB - Free Agent
Miami Dolphins QB Brady Quinn announced on his Twitter account that he's been released.
Huddle Up: The journey continues for the former first-round pick.
Greg Salas - WR - New York Jets
New York Jets WR Greg Salas is in a pretty good situation right now, according to head coach Rex Ryan. It is looking like Salas will make the roster.
Huddle Up: Salas has caught all 4 of his preseason targets for 53 yards and a TD, but don't get too excited about his fantasy prospects as he'd be the 4th or 5th WR on a not-so-pass-happy team.
Josh Gordon - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon's hearing for a drunken-driving charge has been rescheduled for November. He was originally scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, Aug. 26. He was arrested July 5 after being pulled over for going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone. Gordon is also still waiting to hear from the league on whether he'll be suspended for all or part of this year for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
Huddle Up: The seemingly endless wait for the Gordon decision continues. Meanwhile, fantasy GMs have had to make their calls, and Gordon currently owns the 44th-highest ADP among WRs, coming off the board with the 116th pick on average
Anthony Spencer - DE - Dallas Cowboys
Updating a previous item, Dallas Cowboys DE Anthony Spencer (knee) will be activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list soon, but he still will not be ready to play in Week 1, according to owner Jerry Jones. The team is optimistic Spencer can play as soon as Week 2.
Huddle Up: The defensively-challenged Cowboys can certainly use Spencer, who missed basically all of last season after recording a career-high 11 sacks and 95 total tackles in 2012.
Tim Wright - TE - New England Patriots
The New England Patriots acquired TE Timothy Wright and an undisclosed draft pick from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for OG Logan Mankins on Tuesday, Aug. 26.
Huddle Up: The Patriots proved serious about adding another receiving threat at TE, sending the six-time Pro Bowler Mankins to Tampa in exchange for Wright, who impressed with 54 catches for 571 yards and 5 TDs as a rookie last season. The Bucs were loaded at TE with Brandon Myers, Luke Stocker and second-round pick Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and Wright will provide much needed insurance should -- or is it when? -- injury befalls Rob Gronkowski again.
Shaun Hill - QB - St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams QB Shaun Hill will remain the starter, according to head coach Jeff Fisher. Recent speculation placed the Rams the center of trade talks for a new quarterback, but Fisher said the team is committed to Hill.
Huddle Up: Trade rumors persist -- lately involving Philly backup Mark Sanchez -- but even if the Rams stick with Hill, at least he's a fantasy upgrade over Kellen Clemens, who started 9 games and threw only 8 TD passes after Sam Bradford went down last season.
Daniel Thomas - RB - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas (hamstring) will make his preseason debut in the final game Thursday, Aug. 28.
Huddle Up: It might be a case of too little, too late for the underwhelming 2011 second-round pick with newcomers Knowshon Moreno and Damien Williams showing well this preseason in back of 2013 starter Lamar Miller.
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