Delanie Walker - TE - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker (thumb) will play in the preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday, Aug. 28, according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt.
Huddle Up: Good to see 2014's ninth-ranked TE on the mend after he missed the team's first two exhibition contests with his stitched-up left hand. His on-field presence will only aid in the development of rookie QB Marcus Mariota.
Tyrod Taylor - QB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills QBs Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel may each be rotated in with the starting unit Saturday, Aug. 29, against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to Joe Buscaglia of WGR Sports Radio 550. All three quarterbacks have received first-team repetitions the last two practices.
Huddle Up: The Buffalo QB race is coming down to the wire, and while Manuel currently owns the highest QB rating (117.2) out of the trio, the starting gig is expected to be decided between Taylor and Cassel. QB rotations rarely work, but let's see how Saturday night pans out.
Bishop Sankey - RB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans RB Bishop Sankey had 45 yards on six carries in the team's second preseason game against the St. Louis Rams, and head coach Ken Whisenhunt saw improvement from Sankey from the first week of the preseason. Sankey had just 15 yards on eight carries in Week 1 of the preseason against the Atlanta Falcons.
Huddle Up: Rookie David Cobb has gotten more touches (21-14), including five more rushes (19-14) but they've had about the same level of efficiency with Sankey averaging 4.3 yards per carry and Cobb 4.2. Whoever winds up starting, though, likely won't be a bellcow back with the other still heavily involved and neither should be considered more than a flex option in the majority of weeks.
Ronnie Hillman - RB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman will receive more repetitions in the offense, according to head coach Gary Kubiak. 'He's moved himself up. He's had a really good camp,' Kubiak said. 'He deserves more reps and if he keeps playing like that he'll continue to get some more.'
Huddle Up: Hillman has rushed for a league-most 120 yards midway through the preseason, and has at least emerged as the clear C.J. Anderson handcuff at this point, if not a threat to steal some No. 1 RB work.
Victor Cruz - WR - New York Giants
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz doesn't know when he'll be able to return to practice as he continues to deal with inflammation in his calf. He is, however, confident that he will be able to play in the regular season opener against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Sept. 13.
Huddle Up: Just when Cruz was feeling good about his return from last season's knee injury, the calf issue has cropped up, further complicating things. He currently owns an ADP of 88 -- 32nd among WRs.
Jameis Winston - QB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston is fine after falling on his ankle in the preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday, Aug. 24.
Huddle Up: With the injury not believed to be serious, it was good news all-around for the top overall pick who finished 8-of-13 for 90 yards and scrambled for a 1-yard score in the 25-11 thrashing of the Bengals. It was a marked improvement over his erratic 9-of-19, 131-yard debut with a an interception against the Vikings.
Andre Williams - RB - New York Giants
New York Giants RB Andre Williams could overtake RB Rashad Jennings as the lead back sometime this season, maybe even to open the season. Williams has worked on his receiving game this offseason and studied Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's patience with the ball.
Huddle Up: The raw numbers (5 rushes-11 yards, 1 catch-16 yards) say the second-year Williams isn't exactly tearing it up this preseason, but it sounds like he's showing some definite strides in practice. Something to definitely keep an eye on as Williams is currently the 49th RB being drafted, on average, while Jennings is 24th and Shane Vereen is 39th.
Mike Evans - WR - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (hamstring) isn't believed to have a serious hamstring injury. 'I talked to him and he didn't feel like it was that serious,' head coach Lovie Smith said. 'We wanted to get our (starters) into the second quarter and then get them out.'
Huddle Up: Evans' injury tossed a scare into fantasy drafters, but if he's back on the field--even briefly--for this weekend's third preseason game he should remain ensconced in the top 10 fantasy wideouts.
Ty Montgomery - WR - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers WR Ty Montgomery will be the slot receiver in practice this week with WR Jeff Janis, WR Myles White, WR Larry Pinkard, WR Ed Williams and WR Jared Abbrederis competing for a spot after him.
Huddle Up: Montgomery has been creating buzz in training camp, and with Jordy Nelson out there's an opening at WR3 in Green Bay. Janis was the presumed leader, but heading into the all-important third preseason game it looks as if Montgomery will get first shot at the gig.
Jameis Winston - QB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston completed eight of his 13 pass attempts for 90 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in the preseason game Monday, Aug. 24, against the Cincinnati Bengals. He also ran once for a touchdown.
Huddle Up: Two games and two rushing scores for the No. 1 overall pick, but his aerial numbers were a marked improvement over his Week 1 preseason figures (9-of-19, 131 yards, interception) vs. the Vikings. If he stays the course, he could challenge for mid-level QB2 status.
Doug Martin - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin rushed six times for 59 yards in the preseason game Monday, Aug. 24, against the Cincinnati Bengals. He also caught a 9-yard pass.
Huddle Up: The Muscle Hamster -- coming off back-to-back years of deep fantasy disappointment -- ran well, breaking tackles and showing some wiggle, and looked worthy of the raves he's been drawing in Bucs' camp this summer. There are still strong concerns about the Tampa offensive line, but Martin is worthy of a flyer at his current ADP of 83 -- 32nd among RBs.
Andy Dalton - QB - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton completed six of his 13 pass attempts for 46 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions in the preseason game Monday, Aug. 24, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: Even though one of the picks was a pass that bounced off the hands of a wide-open A.J. Green, Bad Andy was in fine form Monday and reminded fantasy GMs why he currently owns only the 24th-highest ADP among QBs.
Darren McFadden - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle had seven carries for 30 yards in the preseason game Sunday, Aug. 23, against the San Francisco 49ers, while RB Darren McFadden had three totes for just four yards. RB Lance Dunbar didn't have a run from scrimmage, and managed just two grabs for three yards. 'We didn't run the ball very well,' head coach Jason Garrett said. 'Obviously we were trying to control the line of scrimmage and didn't do a very good job of that.' The team was also playing without three starters along the offensive line, so that needs to be taken into account.
Huddle Up: Yeah, that last qualifying sentence above kind of says it all, so let's not judge the Big D ground game too harshly until it's a lot closer to full strength.
Melvin Gordon - RB - San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) is expected to play in the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29.
Huddle Up: The first-round pick has to be champing at the bit to get back on the field after gaining only 11 yards on six carries in the preseason opener and then sitting out the Bolts' second exhibition contest last weekend. Definitely a player to watch in Week 3.
Aaron Rodgers - QB - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers' passer rating when targeting WR Jordy Nelson in the last four seasons has been 150.2, 130.3, 111.6 and 128.2, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: Some impressive numbers right there, but Rodgers is still great enough -- and still has better-than-average talent to throw to -- that he'll still challenge for top-fantasy-QB honors.
Brian Quick - WR - St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams WR Brian Quick (shoulder) has been cleared to practice with contact this week, and he might even be able to play in the team's next preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29, against the Indianapolis Colts.
Huddle Up: Quick was off to a strong start before injury ended his 2014 season after seven games, and he might be flying under the radar late in your fantasy drafts.
Julio Jones - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones is still talking with the team about a contract extension, but the talks stalled significantly last week, according to sources. Owner Arthur Blank said he is still optimistic that the two sides can reach an agreement. Jones is willing to play for $10.176 million this season if no agreement is reached.
Huddle Up: Jones and his agent no doubt are trying to top the 5-year, $70 million deals that fellow No. 1 WRs Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas received last month, but the Falcons of course, aren't simply to going to give in too soon with the franchise-tag leverage on their side. New deal or not, though, Jones remains a no-doubt WR1 in all fantasy formats.
Todd Gurley - RB - St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) will still sit out the entire preseason even though he has been cleared to practice, according to head coach Jeff Fisher.
Huddle Up: Even if the first-round pick is able to play early in September, expect Tre Mason to shoulder most of the early load as it's still only been eight months since Gurley's injury late last season at Georgia. He remains, though, an extra-attractive pick in keeper and dynasty leagues.
Mike Evans - WR - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans left the preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals Monday, Aug. 24, due to a strained hamstring.
Huddle Up: These hammy issues need to be taken a little more seriously now that we're halfway through the preseason, so we'll keep a close eye on the Bucs' No. 1 wideout.
Duke Johnson - RB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson (hamstring) is expected to have a significant role on offense during the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 24, according to offensive coordinator John DiFilippo.
Huddle Up: With the Browns' ground game leaving something to be desired so far -- the team's RBs are averaging all of 2.6 yards per carry in 2 games -- the Cleveland brass (and fantasy owners) are eager to see what the highly touted third-round pick can do after sitting out the first two exhibitions.
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