Ezekiel Elliott - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott caused some concern when he reported to training camp at 231 pounds, and one scout who evaluated him believes Elliott could have trouble dealing with the spotlight of playing in the NFL.
Huddle Up: While no rookie is a sure thing, Elliott has all the makings of a fantasy star. He is a RB1 in any format, and he is worth grabbing toward the end of the first round.
Frank Gore - RB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts RB Robert Turbin will likely serve as the backup to RB Frank Gore, according to beat writer Stephen Holder.
Huddle Up: Josh Ferguson is still worth a flier in keeper leagues, but Turbin is the back to grab in the later rounds as a handcuff to Gore.
Julio Jones - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) is questionable to return against the Miami Dolphins Thursday, Aug. 25, after injuring his ankle.
Huddle Up: Expect the Falcons to be cautious with their star receiver. It remains to be seen if the injury is serious, but if Jones has to miss any time, Mohamed Sanu should be the main beneficiary.
Josh Gordon - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon said he wants to stay put, while the team has said there are no plans to trade the 25-year-old wideout. 'Listening (to trade offers) is probably a mischaracterization,' said Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown. 'We've said all we needed to say about it. We're not looking to trade Josh.'
Huddle Up: It appears unless an offer comes along that completely wows Browns management, Gordon is indeed going nowhere. He's slated to serve a four-game suspension to begin the campaign, but once he's done with that, Gordon will have WR1 potential. At the same time, owners shouldn't be surprised if he ultimately settles in as a solid WR2 due to the rust he'll probably be dealing with after only playing in five games the past two seasons.
A.J. Green - WR - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green said there is 'no way' he is missing the birth of his first child, and he would miss a regular season game if it comes to that. His first child is due in about a month.
Huddle Up: That's a perfectly understandable reason to sit out a game, and at least he's giving his owners fair warning a month in advance. That projects to about Week 3, so owners who still have to draft should take that into account, as well as Cincinnati's bye week in Week 9. Nonetheless, Green is still a valid WR1 option and should continue to be treated as such.
Ladarius Green - TE - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (ankle) still hopes to be ready for Week 1, but acknowledged that the rehabilitation process is 'very slow.'
Huddle Up: If Green is sidelined for Week 1, then Jesse James would make for a nice, cheap tight end play in daily formats. Ben Roethlisberger frequented Heath Miller's catching radius and has always been fond of dumping the ball off to his tight ends. James is also a handcuff consideration for those who draft Green as their TE1.
Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will not play in the final two preseason games. Peterson made the decision himself and said it's in his best interest to rest until Week 1 of the regular season against the Tennessee Titans.
Huddle Up: This is commonplace as Peterson has not played in the preseason since 2011. It's usually a precursor to him attaining RB1 status year after year. He's still an RB1 candidate going into his 10th season in the NFL. The Vikings will continue to rely on him and he should be one of the first backs taken in all fantasy formats.
Breshad Perriman - WR - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens WRs Steve Smith (Achilles') and Breshad Perriman (knee) are not expected to play Saturday, Aug. 27, against the Detroit Lions. They did not practice Thursday, Aug. 25.
Huddle Up: Both players have been dealing with injuries this offseason, and Smith is especially no surprise to be sitting out preseason action. Perriman is more disappointing as we haven't seen much of him over his first two years. As it stands, Smith is in low-end WR3 to high-end WR4 territory, while Perriman is more of a deep flier in later rounds.
Jeremy Langford - RB - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford (foot) believes he's improving at being a complete running back and would like to be a three-down back for the Bears this season. Langford cited improvements in playing through contact, catching the football and his pass-blocking ability as factors in him becoming a better player. Additionally, Langford said his recent foot injury feels good and is getting better.
Huddle Up: Langford is a bit of a conundrum in the fantasy realm this year. His yards per carry (3.6) left something to be desired in his rookie season, but he did show flashes of his ability to be a featured running back. If can stay healthy, he'll have plenty of chances to solidify himself as THE guy in Chicago's backfield. Draft him as a low-end RB2 to high-end RB3.
John Brown - WR - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (concussion) is participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 25.
Huddle Up: Brown has been dealing with head injuries for the past few weeks, so he probably will be eased back into practice. Brown should receive plenty of targets this season and can be a low-end No. 2 or a high-end No. 3 receiver in leagues.
Eric Ebron - TE - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (ankle) is not participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 25.
Huddle Up: Ebron was on the field earlier in the week but does not appear ready to practice at this point. Ebron is expected to be ready for Week 1, but owners should keep an eye on the situation. He should be considered a low-end No. 1 or a high-end No. 2 tight end in most leagues.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) will play in the preseason game against the New Orleans Saints Friday, Aug. 26, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Huddle Up: Bell will miss the first three games of the season because of his suspension, so he will need some playing time during the preseason. The suspension does hurt his value, but he should still be considered a No. 1 running back in most leagues and will be selected in one of the first two or three rounds of drafts.
Karlos Williams - RB - Buffalo Bills
Free-agent RB Karlos Williams (Bills) is receiving interest from five teams, according to sources. Williams has already met with the New York Jets.
Huddle Up: Williams probably will be a backup running back for a team this season, but his fantasy value will be determined by his role. He would be a late-round option in leagues if he finds a good situation.
Matthew Stafford - QB - Detroit Lions
Huddle Up: Stafford had a big second half last year with 19 touchdowns and two interceptions when offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter took over. He lost Megatron to retirement, but the show appears to roll on. Stafford is in the lower-middle portion of starting quarterbacks, but he could be on the cusp of that breakthrough year.
Stevan Ridley - RB - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions RB Stevan Ridley was released Thursday, Aug. 25.
Huddle Up: Zach Zenner and/or Dwayne Washington may move up to be the team's third running back. They won't be entirely useful in fantasy unless something happens to Ameer Abdullah or Theo Riddick ahead of them, but the two youngsters are amidst the RB5 speculative flyers. Ridley could still latch on and serve as an RB5 somewhere before the season.
Derrick Henry - RB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry will get onto the field, as head coach Mike Mularkey said Wednesday, Aug. 24, that he will find ways to use Henry even though RB DeMarco Murray is the starter.
Huddle Up: The Heisman Trophy candidate out of Alabama has been impressive and he'll see his share of the carries in Nashville, although Murray is the top dog. Consider Henry a RB3 with plenty of upside.
Jordan Matthews - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (knee) promised he'd be ready for Week 1. The wideout hasn't played yet this preseason.
Huddle Up: Owners are understandably concerned that Matthews might not be ready for the start of the season, but this proclamation from the 24-year-old should put those concerns at an ease. Matthews sounds very confident about being ready for Week 1, so it appears that will be the case more likely than not. After barely missing out on 1,000 receiving yards a year ago, Matthews is a solid bet to top that plateau in the upcoming campaign. It's also worth noting that he hasn't missed a single game in his first two seasons.
Dez Bryant - WR - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (concussion) didn't make the trip to Seattle for the team's next preseason game Thursday, August 25.
Huddle Up: Bryant has already been ruled out for the game, but fortunately, this concussion doesn't figure to threaten his status for the season opener in just a few weeks. As long as he's able to stay healthy, unlike a year ago, Bryant has the potential to pace all wide receivers in fantasy. He's still worth being drafted in the earliest rounds.
Dorial Green-Beckham - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles WR Dorial Green-Beckham will receive snaps with the first-team offense during the preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts Saturday, Aug. 27, according to head coach Doug Pederson.
Huddle Up: Green-Beckham has a chance to earn a solid role in the passing game if he plays well against the Colts since none of the Eagles receivers have stood out during training camp. Green-Beckham was inconsistent as a member of the Titans, so he should only be a late-round option in deeper leagues at this point.
Thomas Rawls - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls (ankle) will be ready to play in Week 1, according to head coach Pete Carroll. Rawls will not play in the preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys Thursday, Aug. 25, but has looked good during training camp.
Huddle Up: Rawls should receive most of the work at running back this season and is coming off a terrific 2015 season. Rawls should be a solid No. 2 running back in most leagues, but there is a chance that he loses some of his carries to Christine Michael early in the season.
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