Lamar Jackson - QB - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson finished 7-of-15 for 49 yards and a touchdown and added 26 yards rushing on four carries in Week 2 preseason action against the Indianapolis Colts on Monday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: This game again showed why fantasy owners should be both excited and need to be patient with the former Heisman Trophy winner, as his touchdown pass on the run to Chris Moore was a thing of beauty. Conversely, he absorbed too much punishment trying to make things happen as a runner. His athleticism is going to put him on the high-end QB2 radar if Joe Flacco gets hurt, but it is obvious he needs more time to develop his game.
Nyheim Hines - RB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts RB Nyheim Hines ran five times for 12 yards and caught one pass for nine yards in Week 2 preseason action versus the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: Hines has reportedly been struggling in camp and hasn't torn it up in exhibition play either, totaling 19 yards on eight carries. He has also fumbled four times, which definitely isn't going to help his cause. The rookie needs to be in space to be at his best, and he isn't getting many of those opportunities thus far. It remains to be seen whether or not he'll get those chances in the team's dress rehearsal this Saturday against the San Francisco 49ers. For now, owners need to view him as a later-round lottery ticket.
Jordan Wilkins - RB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts RB Jordan Wilkins ran seven times for 26 yards and caught two passes for 17 yards in Week 2 preseason action versus the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: It's not the type of performance that figures to put a ton of heat on likely starter Marlon Mack, but it has been assumed for some time the Colts would be utilizing a committee backfield. Wilkins did himself no favors by fumbling near the goal line, although the play resulted in a touchdown anyway when the ball bounced nicely into the waiting hands of Chester Rogers. Wilkins should be considered no more than a middling RB4 at this point.
Andrew Luck - QB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck went 6-of-13 for 50 yards and an interception in Week 2 preseason action versus the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: The one big caveat here is Luck did not have T.Y. Hilton, Marlon Mack or Nyheim Hines available to him. With that said, Luck was sacked twice in 23 plays and forced a red zone throw in the direction of Jack Doyle that was intercepted. While it's a step back for Luck, it's hardly a surprise he struggled without some of his best weapons against what figures to be one of the better defenses in the league again this year. While he comes with some obvious risk, he is still very much in the low-end QB1 discussion.
Joe Flacco - QB - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco finished 7-of-9 for 72 yards and one touchdown in Week 2 preseason action against the Indianapolis Colts on Monday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: Flacco connected with Michael Crabtree along the sideline on a 29-yard play before finding John Brown in the back of the end zone on a 7-yard throw. The 33-year-old has been on point so far in two preseason games, healthy after being dogged by injuries for the first half of last season. While he should not be viewed as anything more than an average fantasy QB2, a healthy Flacco should be good enough to make Crabtree and Brown relevant in fantasy.
Josh Gordon - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon (personal) will not be active for Week 3 of the preseason. Gordon remains on the Active/Non-Football Illness list and has not resumed practicing.
Huddle Up: Gordon's situation is ongoing. It has already been reported that he has a chance to play Week 1, but his long-term potential is obviously risky. Feel free to grab him as a mid-range WR2, but have a contingency plan in place.
A.J. McCarron - QB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills QB AJ McCarron (collarbone) did not fracture his collarbone in Week 2 of the preseason, as was originally reported, according to a source. He is expected to be back at practice soon.
Huddle Up: McCarron isn't as seriously hurt as we thought, but Allen will still start this week. The Bills seemingly like what they've seen from Allen more than what they've seen from a healthy McCarron. The bottom line, though, is to not draft any Buffalo quarterbacks as your starter.
Josh Allen - QB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen is making his first start of the preseason this week, according to a source.
Huddle Up: It was only a matter of time before Allen was given a chance with the starters, especially after AJ McCarron fractured his collarbone. Allen has the talent to succeed in the NFL, but his supporting cast is lacking. He's only worth a late-round flier in fantasy leagues.
Sebastian Janikowski - PK - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks PK Sebastian Janikowski has won the starting kicking job with the release of PK Jason Myers.
Huddle Up: Janikowski has some gas left in the tank, but not enough to be considered a viable weekly starter.
LeSean McCoy - RB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (groin) did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 20, because of a sore groin.
Huddle Up: McCoy probably will be back on the field later in the week and will be a focal point for the Bills offense this season. McCoy should be considered a low-end No. 1 running back in most fantasy leagues.
Isaiah Crowell - RB - New York Jets
New York Jets RB Isaiah Crowell (concussion) has gone through the concussion protocol and is participating in practice Monday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: Crowell probably will play in the third preseason game and is on track to be the starting running back for the Jets. He will be splitting some playing time with Bilal Powell this season but should receive most of the carries. He can be a No. 2 running back or a flex option in standard leagues.
Adrian Peterson - RB - Free Agent
Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Cardinals) will be signing with the Washington Redskins, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Peterson likely will compete with Rob Kelley for the starting job and could receive a solid amount of carries if he wins the job. He is not the running back he used to be but can still be a low-end No. 2 or flex option in standard leagues.
Demaryius Thomas - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (wrist) is participating in practice Monday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: Thomas missed the last preseason game but appears to be dealing with only a minor wrist injury. He is still a solid fantasy receiver despite a down 2017 season and can be a No. 2 receiver in most leagues in 2018.
Jay Ajayi - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles RB Jay Ajayi (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 20. Ajayi also missed practice Sunday, Aug. 19.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to keep an eye on the situation to see if Ajayi is dealing with any serious injury or if he is just dealing with something minor. He is on track to receive a majority of the carries this season and can be a No. 2 or No. 3 running back in standard leagues.
Carson Wentz - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (knee) said he will not play in the third preseason game Thursday, Aug. 23.
Huddle Up: Wentz will not return to the field until the regular season, but his status for Week 1 is still uncertain. Owners can still consider taking him as their No. 1 quarterback but will need a strong backup in case he misses some games early.
Kai Forbath - PK - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings PK Kai Forbath was released Monday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: The Vikings likely will be going with Daniel Carlson as their kicker entering the regular season. He could be an option for owners, but there will be more reliable kickers available.
Carson Wentz - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (knee) took part in 11-on-11 drills for the at practice Sunday, Aug. 19, for the first time in more than three weeks. 'His arm is live,' Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said of Wentz. 'He hasn?t had all the reps, obviously, that (QB) Nick (Foles) has had, that (QB) Nate (Sudfeld) has had, so his arm is live. He's fresh, and that's all the things that we wanted him to be at this stage.' Pederson didn't say whether Wentz would see any playing time in the Eagles' final two preseason games but left the possibility open that he could start the Sept. 6 season opener against the Atlanta Falcons.
Huddle Up: Only Russell Wilson (25.73) averaged more fantasy points per game than Wentz's 25.13 among QBs who started at least 10 contests last season. Wentz is a definite QB1 candidate even if he misses a few games to start the season.
Saquon Barkley - RB - New York Giants
New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley (hamstring) remained out of practice Monday, Aug. 20, as he recovers from a hamstring injury. He did take part in team warmups and was spending practice participating in individual drills on the side.
Huddle Up: Barkley's start in the Giants' preseason opener may prove to be the extent of his game action in August. But even if that proves to be the case, he's a locked-in RB1 in any and all upcoming fantasy drafts.
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is still in line to start in the team's Week 1 opener in place of the suspended Jameis Winston even though fellow QB Ryan W. Griffin has had a strong preseason, according to head coach Dirk Koetter.
Huddle Up: Fitzpatrick will be useful only for Weeks 1-3 in two-QB leagues while Winston serves his disciplinary suspension.
Josh Allen - QB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen will work with the first-team offense Monday, Aug. 20, with QB Nathan Peterman taking the second-team repetitions.
Huddle Up: Allen is a keeper-league stash for now, but he has a chance to start with AJ McCarron (collarbone) iffy for the start of the season. If he beats out Peterman, he'd be a QB2 in fantasy.