Matthew Stafford - QB - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford said he hopes the offense plays at a quicker pace this season. He has gone 12-for-17 for 171 yards in two preseason games when the team has used an up-tempo offense.
Huddle Up: Stafford played well once Jim Bob Cooter became the offensive coordinator last season and should continue to improve this season. He did lose Calvin Johnson during the offseason but still has several weapons to work with in the passing game. Stafford probably should be a high-end No. 2 quarterback in most leagues but could be used as a starter against certain opponents.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's suspension has been reduced to three games, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Bell will now be eligible to play in Week 4, which will help his fantasy value. He should be considered a No. 1 running back in all fantasy leagues and will be selected in one of the first two or three rounds.
Josh Ferguson - RB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts RB Josh Ferguson ran with the first-team offense in the Colts' first preseason game and understands how valuable the experience is to improving his game. An undrafted free-agent rookie, Ferguson has gained praise around the Indianapolis organization this summer, and the Colts are intrigued by his ability as a complementary receiving back.
Huddle Up: Ferguson has a fair chance to contribute meaningful fantasy work in 2016, regardless of what happens to a 33-year-old Frank Gore. PPR owners should nab Ferguson in the waning rounds or as a handcuff to Gore.
Tyler Boyd - WR - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd is turning heads this preseason and has begun to separate himself from the pack behind WR A.J. Green. Boyd had two catches for 38 yards and a touchdown in the second preseason game. '(He) does an awesome job of being in the right place, knowing what to do and how to do it and you can't say enough good things about T.B.,' QB A.J. McCarron said. 'If I have anything to say he's always all ears and doesn't question it. He's awesome, can't say enough good things about him.'
Huddle Up: Boyd has a good chance to make his presence felt in fantasy with Brandon LaFell's status iffy with a torn ligament in his hand. That could force Boyd into the second spot on the depth chart. Boyd is one of the tricks to have up your sleeve later in drafts in the WR4 territory.
J.J. Watt - DE - Houston Texans
Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (back) has head coach Bill O'Brien encouraged by Watt's progress from back surgery. However, O'Brien is still unsure about Watt's availability for the first two games of the season.
Huddle Up: Watt is the cream of the crop as far as defensive linemen go in fantasy, and it's not even close. If he continues to progress and avoids setback, he's still firmly atop the D-line perch in fantasy.
Thomas Rawls - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls (ankle) will practice fully next week, according to head coach Pete Carroll. Rawls could play in the third preseason game, but Carroll said they'd make that decision late next week.
Huddle Up: Rawls was a stud before he broke his ankle, and that uncertainty is probably the only thing keeping him in the RB2 mix. He's in a good system that depends on the run, and you're in a good spot with him as a second back in fantasy.
Kenjon Barner - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles RB Kenjon Barner has made it clear that he is the No. 2 running back behind RB Ryan Mathews, according to beat writer Reuben Frank. He has rushed 13 times for 76 yards in the first two preseason games.
Huddle Up: Barner may be the No. 2, but Darren Sproles is the second back to own in fantasy - especially in PPR leagues. Mathews does have a decorated injury history, which could make Barner a factor. However, he doesn't have much upside beyond a RB5 handcuff for now.
Paul Turner - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles WR Paul Turner has been the best wide receiver for the team aside from WR Jordan Matthews, in the opinion of beat writer Reuben Frank. He has made highlight plays, including a one-handed catch in the second preseason game.
Huddle Up: Turner is an undrafted rookie, and he will have to do a lot more to usurp Nelson Agholor and Dorial Green-Beckham. Turner doesn't have much fantasy luster for now.
Kamar Aiken - WR - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens WR Kamar Aiken had 25 catches for 333 yards in eight games with WR Steve Smith last year, and Aiken had 50 catches for 611 yards in the eight games Smith missed.
Huddle Up: Aiken is a popular fantasy sleeper, but if Smith and Breshad Perriman stay healthy, Aiken could struggle to make an impact. He is worth a late-round grab, but don't overpay.
Eddie Lacy - RB - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy had nine carries for 45 yards and a touchdown in a 20-12 preseason win over the Oakland Raiders Thursday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: Coming off a down year, Lacy could slip a bit in drafts and up providing RB1 numbers for a RB2 price. If he is still on the board in the fourth round, don't hesitate to pull the trigger.
Robert Griffin III - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB Robert Griffin III completed six of his eight passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns and ran three times for 36 yards in a 24-13 preseason loss to the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: Griffin looked much better in his second preseason game, and with Hue Jackson as his head coach, he could put together a decent season. He is too risky to trust as your fantasy starter, but he should be owned as backup.
Terrelle Pryor - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor had one catch, a 50-yard touchdown, in a 24-13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: Pryor's big-play ability was evident, but he will likely be a boom-or-bust option for fantasy owners. He is a high-upside player to grab in the later rounds, and he will be an attractive DFS sleeper, especially in GPPs.
Sammy Watkins - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) could play against the New York Giants Saturday, Aug. 20, according to head coach Rex Ryan.
Huddle Up: Watkins has elite talent, but constant injuries push him into WR2 territory.
Devonta Freeman - RB - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman had four carries for 42 yards and a touchdown in a 24-13 preseason win over the Cleveland Browns Thursday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: Freeman is unlikely to repeat his numbers from 2015 unless Tevin Coleman misses time. That being said, Freeman should still be considered a high-end RB2 and a borderline RB1 in PPR formats.
LeGarrette Blount - RB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount had 11 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown in a 23-22 preseason win over the Chicago Bears Thursday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: New England's backfield is tough to predict. Blount is worth grabbing in the later rounds in case he carves out somewhat of a steady role, but he will be tough to rely on from one week to the next.
Jeremy Langford - RB - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford had eight carries for 55 yards and a touchdown and one catch for eight yards in a 23-22 preseason loss to the New England Patriots Thursday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: Langford is in line to start for the Bears, and he should sneak into RB2 territory.
Marvin Jones - WR - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones finished with four catches for a game-high 65 yards in a 30-14 preseason loss to the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: Jones continues to thrive in his first year in Detroit, and he has enough upside to grab in the middle rounds as a WR3.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (thumb) sliced his right thumb with a pair of scissors prior to the club's preseason game Thursday, August 18, against the Chicago Bears. Brady was trying to pry something from the bottom of his cleat prior to taking the field and sustained the cut. It's not known whether or not he needed stitches but he was seen leaving the stadium in regular clothes.
Huddle Up: It sounds like a minor injury, though the extent of the cut is still not yet known. It could be a little concerning, however, considering that it happened on his throwing hand. Regardless, Brady isn't slated to begin his season until Week 5, so he'll have plenty of time to heal from this uncharacteristic gaffe. It would be interesting to see if this would affect his Week 1 availability if he wasn't suspended for the first quarter of the year.
Jordy Nelson - WR - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (knee) went through pregame warm-ups in full pads prior to the team's preseason contest Thursday, August 18, versus the Oakland Raiders. He participated in individual position drills, even receiving passes against defensive backs. It was his first time wearing pads on a football field since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the second preseason game last year.
Huddle Up: This is very encouraging news for the star receiver, as it should ensure that he's ready to go for Week 1. As long as that's the case, Nelson can be drafted early on as a WR1, with potential to do big things in 2016. In his last season two years ago, the 31-year-old hauled in career highs of 98 receptions for 1,519 yards to go with 13 touchdowns.
Greg Olsen - TE - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen's (back) MRI on his ailing back came back negative, according to head coach Ron Rivera, but Olsen is still dealing with a big spasm.
Huddle Up: The timetable for Olsen's return wasn't made clear, but it shouldn't be too long since it's not too serious of an issue. He's one of the most reliable tight ends in the NFL and should be one of the first three tight ends taken in fantasy drafts.
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