Austin Hooper - TE - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper was praised by head coach Dan Quinn for his improvements as a run blocker.
Huddle Up: Improving as a blocker should help Hooper play more snaps, which will only boost his fantasy appeal. He has been tabbed as a breakout candidate throughout the offseason, and low-end TE1 production isn't out of the question.
Peyton Barber - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber has performed like a starting running back during the preseason, according to head coach Dirk Koetter. 'He's doing everything he should be doing right now, and I think if we went out there and gave it to Peyton 20 times, we'd like what he does,' Koetter said.
Huddle Up: Barber looks poised to open the year as the starter and should be a RB3 candidate for at least the first several weeks. Ronald Jones will likely earn more snaps as the year goes on, so grabbing Jones a few rounds after selecting Barber isn't a bad idea.
Dallas Goedert - TE - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles TE Dallas Goedert should 'slide right into' the role that Chicago Bears TE Trey Burton filled for the offense last year, according to Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com.
Huddle Up: Goedert has delivered solid performances in both preseason games and looks ready to contribute. As much as the Eagles utilized tight ends last year, Goedert is an intriguing TE2 candidate.
Dante Pettis - WR - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers WR Dante Pettis has 'quickly emerged as a legitimate threat' for the offense, according to Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com.
Huddle Up: Pettis doesn't need to be owned in redraft leagues just yet, but with all the positive reviews the rookie has received, he has become a must-own option in dynasty leagues.
Ezekiel Elliott - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott doesn't have to play in the preseason, owner Jerry Jones said Saturday, Aug. 18, and Jones said it has yet to be decided if Elliott will play in the third preseason game Sunday, Aug. 26, against the Arizona Cardinals.
Huddle Up: Elliott is averaging more than 100 rushing yards per game in his NFL career, and his workhorse role in the Dallas offense makes him one of the safest fantasy options at any position.
Charles Sims - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims (knee) did not suffer a serious injury in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 18, and he is expected to be fine for the start of the regular season.
Huddle Up: Sims is in a dogfight for a roster spot, let alone any fantasy appeal, as Shaun Wilson has impressed and so has Ronald Jones. Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers remain planted at the top of the depth chart, too. If Sims does make the team, he isn't likely to make much of an impact. Leave him to the waiver wire for now.
Antonio Callaway - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Callaway (groin) did individual drills Sunday, Aug. 19, but he did not participate in team drills. He missed the mandatory minicamp over the summer due to the same groin injury.
Huddle Up: Callaway has been banged up during training camp and the preseason, as last week he was dealing with an injury to his ribs. He has tremendous speed and athleticism, and could be an impact player if he can stay on the field. He isn't a bad late-round pick for his upside, but his propensity for injury and potential disciplinary action for an earlier off-field issue make him a risky proposition.
Saquon Barkley - RB - New York Giants
New York Giants WR Saquon Barkley (hamstring) is not participating in practice Sunday, Aug. 19.
Huddle Up: Barkley may not play in another preseason game but should be ready for Week 1. Barkley should be a focal point in the Giants offense this season and likely will be a No. 1 running back in all fantasy leagues.
Rex Burkhead - RB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (knee) is participating in practice Sunday, Aug. 19.
Huddle Up: Burkhead is on track to be the starting running back for the Patriots this season. He should be involved in the running and passing game, which can make him a No. 2 or No. 3 running back in most leagues.
Matt Bryant - PK - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons PK Matt Bryant (undisclosed) is considered day-to-day because of an undisclosed injury.
Huddle Up: Bryant has a few weeks to heal before the start of the season. He will be a weekly starting option if he is healthy for the regular season.
Adrian Peterson - RB - Free Agent
Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Cardinals) is scheduled to meet with the Washington Redskins Monday, Aug. 20, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Peterson had a decent season in 2017 but was not able to find a new contract this offseason. He would be part of a committee if he signs with the Redskins but could a flex option in most standard leagues.
Jordan Reed - TE - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (illness) is participating in practice Sunday, Aug. 19.
Huddle Up: Reed should be fine and likely will play in the next preseason game. He is a solid fantasy option when he is healthy but is a risky option in all leagues because of his injury history.
Frank Gore - RB - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins RB Frank Gore said he plans to play in the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 25.
Huddle Up: Gore does not need a lot of preseason time to prepare for the regular season. He is expected to split playing time with Kenyan Drake this season and could receive a decent amount of carries in 2018. He may be a flex option in some standard leagues.
Sam Darnold - QB - New York Jets
New York Jets QB Sam Darnold received most of the snaps with the first-team offense during practice Sunday, Aug. 19, and appears to be the likely candidate to start in the third preseason game.
Huddle Up: Darnold appears to be the leading candidate for the starting job and will be a valuable option in keeper leagues, but owners in standard leagues should only consider him a low-end No. 2 fantasy quarterback.
Josh Gordon - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has a chance to be ready for Week 1, according to head coach Hue Jackson.
Huddle Up: Gordon has about three weeks to return to the field and prepare for the start of the season. He has shown that he can be a No. 1 or No. 2 fantasy receiver when he is on the field but will be a risky option for Week 1.
Hunter Henry - TE - Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) is about three months into his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, but the team has not ruled out the possibility of Henry playing in 2018. Henry is expected to be placed on the Reserve/Injured list.
Huddle Up: Henry likely will miss most, of not all of the 2018 season, so owners in standard leagues should avoid him. The Chargers have tried several players out at starting tight end, but none of the players have much fantasy value.
Los Angeles Chargers PK Roberto Aguayo appears likely to win the team's placekicking job, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Huddle Up: The 24-year-old Aguayo made his only field goal attempt and has successfully converted all five of his extra-point attempts this preseason but he has struggled with accuracy throughout his career. Fantasy owners should be able to find more reliable options.
Demaryius Thomas - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (wrist) did not play in the team's preseason game against the Chicago Bears Saturday, Aug. 18, because of a sore wrist suffered in practice, according to head coach Vance Joseph.
Huddle Up: The 30-year-old Thomas failed to reach the 1,000-yard receiving mark last year for the first time since 2011 and has seen his numbers decline over each of the last three seasons. That being said, he should still be viewed as a decent WR2 option in PPR fantasy formats.
Tavon Austin - WR - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys WR Tavon Austin (hamstring) did not play in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 18 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: Austin is a shifty player who has the potential to be a big playmaker on a team looking for a jolt in the passing game with Dez Bryant and Jason Witten moving on. However, he has been unable to show what he can do because of injury, and he is only worth a look as a late-round flier in the deepest of fantasy leagues at the moment.
C.J. Prosise - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise (hip) was able to make his preseason debut Saturday, Aug. 18, against the Los Angeles Chargers. He finished with 12 rushing yards on three carries while posting six receptions for 35 yards on his six targets.
Huddle Up: Prosise has a ton of talent, and he could be someone who helps fantasy owners in PPR leagues if he could only stay healthy. His propensity for injury makes him a very risky play. Avoid him in all but the deepest of leagues, especially since he has a ton of company in the Seattle backfield with Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny, Mike Davis and JD McKissic.