Danny Amendola - WR - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins WR Danny Amendola is 'speaking loudest by his actions or demeanor' more than any other teammate in the early going, as he brings the 'same off-the-charts level of intensity' to each practice. He's been staying on the field as long as anyone, works solo on 'some unique drills,' and when something happens to not go his way, 'there is a brief outburst that screams of how much he cares.'
Huddle Up: Amendola's passion and intensity has never been in question but they are two traits that have helped enable the 32-year-old to enjoy a very solid NFL career -- when he's on the field, that is. If Amendola can remain healthy, he'll be one of the main fantasy contributors from this Dolphins team. Improved quarterback play with Ryan Tannehill back under center figures to help Amendola potentially maintain WR3 value.
Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore has 'looked the part' thus far during organized team activities and minicamp, according to Albert Breer of SI.com.
Huddle Up: That's good news for those buying into Moore to make an impact in his rookie campaign after he was the first wide receiver selected in this year's draft. While he's decisively the fourth option in the passing game, Moore could still put up useful numbers for a WR4 with the ceiling of a WR3.
Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore signed his four-year rookie deal Monday, June 18. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Moore has one of the easiest paths to success among rookie wide receivers this year. He will start opposite Devin Funchess, but he is, in fact, the No. 4 target for Cam Newton behind Funchess, Greg Olsen and Christian McCaffrey. Drafting Moore in WR3 to WR4 territory is ideal.
Eric Ebron - TE - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts TE Eric Ebron was one of the more impressive players during offseason workouts and could have an impact in the passing game this season, in the opinion of the Indianapolis Star's Stephen Holder.
Huddle Up: Ebron likely will have a solid role in the passing game in 2018 even if he is not the starting tight end and could be a target in the red zone. He has a chance to be a No. 2 fantasy tight end in some leagues.
Jamaal Williams - RB - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers RBs Ty Montgomery, Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones will be part of a committee at running back this upcoming season, according to head coach Mike McCarthy. McCarthy said the team will be able to adjust if one of the running backs shows they can be the full-time starter.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to monitor the situation during the preseason to see how each running back is used. Montgomery probably is the best receiver out of the three, but Williams and Jones are also decent receivers. All three will have value in fantasy leagues but none will be more than No. 3 running backs unless one takes over the starting job.
Andrew Luck - QB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) senses differences in how his shoulder reacts to new things this year. 'The pain is gone, and it's going to stay that way,' Luck said to reporters at minicamp. 'My body doesn't revolt, in a sense, to new things I ask.'
Huddle Up: Luck has the chance to be the best quarterback in fantasy, but until we see him in a team setting, he's still a risky high-end choice.
Joe Flacco - QB - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco said he plans to have throwing sessions with his receivers over the summer. 'So we'll be getting together, and it'll be good for us,' Flacco said.
Huddle Up: Flacco is trying to develop chemistry with some new additions to the receiving corps, and the presence of Lamar Jackson probably adds a little motivation. Even with some extra work over the offseason, Flacco is a midrange QB2, at best.
Leonard Fournette - RB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Washington Redskins RB Derrius Guice is going to do 'big things' this season, according to Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette. 'He always had the talent when I was there at LSU,' Fournette said. 'He's going to have a great year.'
Huddle Up: Fournette powered his way to 1,040 rushing yards and 10 total touchdowns as a rookie, and Guice could approach those numbers if he commands most of the carries on early downs, as expected. Guice is a RB2 candidate in redraft leagues and a first-round pick in rookie drafts.
Sam Bradford - QB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals QB Sam Bradford (knee) saw more reps during team drills as minicamp progressed, and he said limiting his reps has helped him prepare physically and mentally. 'I can really build on what we had done here and coming to training camp ready to go,' Bradford said. 'I feel like we've done a great job of sticking to the plan,' Bradford said. 'I think the plan has worked and my body feels really good right now.'
Huddle Up: He is expected to open the year as the starter, and while Josh Rosen will be waiting in the wings, Bradford can be a midrange QB2 as long as long as he has the starting gig.
Ben Roethlisberger - QB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger won't pursue an extension on his contract, which expires in two years, over the summer months. Roethlisberger said he prefers to just play football and let his representation worry about the money.
Huddle Up: With no distractions over money, Roethlisberger should be a decent mid-round selection in most fantasy drafts, either as a low QB1 or high QB2. The question is can he stay healthy.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady acknowledged in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired on her network Sunday, June 17, he knows he is getting closer to retirement as he nears his 41st birthday in August, telling Winfrey he is 'seeing that there's definitely an end coming, sooner rather than later.' However, Brady also added he wants to play 'as long as I'm loving the training and preparation and willing to make the commitment.'
Huddle Up: Brady was named the league MVP last season and has already announced he will play in 2018. While dynasty owners might want to see what they can get in return for him, most fantasy enthusiasts can be excused for riding this wave out as long as they can. Brady will almost certainly be among the top five quarterbacks drafted in most fantasy leagues again this season.
O.J. Howard - TE - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard 'showed how versatile and explosive he can be during minicamp,' according to Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times.
Huddle Up: Howard caught 26 passes for 432 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie, and a strong case can be made Tampa Bay used him much too often as a blocker and not nearly often enough as a receiver in 2017. While Cameron Brate figures to remain a factor in the red zone for the foreseeable future, Howard is too talented not to become one of the top 10 tight ends in the league early in his career. It could happen as soon as this season. He's well worth investing in as a high-upside TE2 late in drafts.
Zay Jones - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Zay Jones will have to 'earn his way' and 'not necessarily go right to the top of the line' after a mostly disappointing rookie season, according to general manager Brandon Beane.
Huddle Up: Jones dabbled with fantasy relevancy for a short while about midway through the season, but he caught only 27 of 74 targets. Thus, it's no surprise Beane is taking the stance he is. Still, if Jones shows more of the ability that made him a second-round pick out of East Carolina last year, he should be able to secure a starting spot ahead of the likes of Jeremy Curley, Rod Streater and Andre Holmes. Jones does not need to be drafted in most leagues.
Tampa bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones could post the biggest numbers of the team's defense-heavy draft class since he should get 15 to 20 touches per game, according to Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times.
Huddle Up: It's unclear whether or not Stroud meant he can see Jones eventually take on that kind of workload right away or down the road. It has been widely assumed and reported Jones will begin his rookie season by sharing early-down touches with Peyton Barber while ceding third-down work to Charles Sims. That should still be the expectation for now, but Jones is also a solid bet to move into the role Stroud is describing later in the season. He should be drafted as a RB3 but has immense upside.
Tyrod Taylor - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield 'still has a long way to go' to unseat Tyrod Taylor as the starter, according to Ben Volin of The Boston Globe.
Huddle Up: While Taylor has 'held up his end of the bargain with not just the way he works but the way he plays and the way he leads,' according to head coach Hue Jackson, Mayfield is already stealing second-team snaps away from Drew Stanton. The No. 1 overall pick still seems like a good bet to start at some point in 2018, but it is quite possible his opportunity may not come until the Browns have been eliminated from postseason consideration.
Denver Broncos WR DaeSean Hamilton should 'play plenty' this season, according to Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com.
Huddle Up: Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas will cap Hamilton's upside for now, but they won't be around forever. He could be a great stash candidate in dynasty formats.
Corey Coleman - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman 'work ethic and football intelligence' continue to be questioned by the coaching staff, according to Scott Petrak of the Chronicle-Telegram.
Huddle Up: Between the injuries and lack of production, it's tough to expect Coleman to suddenly put it all together. He's a late-round lottery ticket, at best.
D'Onta Foreman - RB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans RB D'Onta Foreman (Achilles') is unlikely to be 100 percent by the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: Foreman remains a must-own player in keeper leagues with RB2 upside, but at this point, there is no guarantee he will be fully healthy by Week 1. Lamar Miller will be a volume-based RB2 until Foreman is on the field and in playing shape.
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson took all the reps during team drills Thursday, June 14, and had his best day throwing the football, according to head coach John Harbaugh.
Huddle Up: Jackson will probably need an injury to Joe Flacco to make a significant impact in redraft leagues this year, but his Michael Vick-like skills make him a must-own option in keeper formats.
Odell Beckham - WR - New York Giants
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. has not made progress in contract extension talks with the Giants, and no deal is imminent at this point, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Beckham plans to report for training camp on time, so the contract situation is not expected to be a big deal at this point. He will be a No. 1 fantasy receiver in all leagues and probably will be selected in one of the first two rounds of drafts.