Matt Bryant - PK - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons PK Matt Bryant (undisclosed) kicked 15 balls during practice Wednesday, Aug. 15, and will be a game-time decision for the second preseason game, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Huddle Up: Bryant should be ready for the start of the regular season and can be a solid fantasy option for owners most weeks.
Rashaad Penny - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Updating a previous report, Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny (finger) possibly might miss 'a game or two' to open up the regular season, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Huddle Up: With Penny potentially sidelined for Week 1 and perhaps the following week as well, that means Chris Carson should receive every opportunity to establish himself as the bell cow back in the early going. However, being the club's first-round draft pick this past April, Penny figures to immediately be inserted back into the fold once he returns and will have a regular workload. This shouldn't deter fantasy owners from drafting him.
Martavis Bryant - WR - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders WR Martavis Bryant (head) participated in practice Wednesday, Aug. 14, after he missed the previous two practices because of headaches.
Huddle Up: Bryant has had an up-and-down training camp so far, but it appears like he has a good chance to be the team's No. 3 receiver. Bryant is a big-ply threat because of his speed and could be a No. 4 fantasy receiver if he continues to perform well.
Ben Roethlisberger - QB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (concussion) is believed to be fine and traveled with the team for their preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger may not play in any preseason games but should be fine for the start of training camp. He has been a solid fantasy option for the last several seasons and can be considered a low-end No. 1 fantasy quarterback again this season.
Derrius Guice - RB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins RB Derrius Guice (knee) will have surgery Friday, Aug. 17 to repair his torn anterior cruciate ligament, according to a source. Renowned Dr. James Andrews will perform the procedure.
Huddle Up: Guice is done for the season with a torn ACL, so it will be up to a committee led by Rob Kelley, Samaje Perine and Chris Thompson to fill the void. Kapri Bibbs might also factor in at some point. Each have their strong points in fantasy, with Thompson useful in PPR leagues and as a flex play in standard. Kelley and Perine are more RB3-type options in standard leagues for now, and their value could fluctuate based upon touches.
Joe Mixon - RB - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon (undisclosed) left practice early Wednesday, Aug. 15, walking off under his own power and without a trainer. He did not return from the locker room.
Huddle Up: It's uncertain if Mixon suffered an injury, needed a restroom break or was just taken off as a precaution with weather in the area. We'll keep on top of Mixon's absence and let you know the latest when more details emerge.
Tyler Lockett - WR - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett (undisclosed) went down in practice Wednesday, Aug. 15, but appeared to be OK afterwards.
Huddle Up: It was not disclosed what Lockett hurt, but the incident was not serious. Lockett possesses sleeper allure as Seattle's No. 2 wide receiver. Injuries have plagued him in his young career, but achieving WR3 status is not out of the question with Russell Wilson at quarterback.
Jordan Wilkins - RB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts RB Jordan Wilkins has emerged as a potential backup, taking advantage of the absence of RB Marlon Mack (hamstring).
Huddle Up: Mack is expected to be back for the opener, so Wilkins isn't someone to pin your fantasy hopes upon. He is also still jockeying with rookie Nyheim Hines, as well as veterans Christine Michael and Branden Oliver for a meaningful role. Still, he is a name worth filing away if he wins a job on the 53-man roster and Mack goes down again at some point during the season.
Houston Texans PK Ka'imi Fairbairn (undisclosed) is nursing an undisclosed injury and might miss the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 18 against the San Francisco 49ers.
Huddle Up: Apparently Fairbairn's injury is considered minor, but they did bring in veteran Giorgio Tavecchio as a camp body. It's uncertain if Tavecchio will be used to just fill in, or if he is a threat to Fairbairn's job. Monitor the situation before drafting a Houston kicker in the final round on draft day.
Giorgio Tavecchio - PK - Oakland Raiders
The Houston Texans worked out free-agent PKs Giorgio Tavecchio (Raiders) and Nick Rose on Wednesday, Aug. 15. Both apparently did well, but Tavecchio is now under consideration to be signed.
Huddle Up: Tavecchio played for special teams coach Brad Seely in Oakland. Apparently Ka'imi Fairbairn is dealing with some type of short-term injury, so it's unclear if Tavecchio will be given a real shot to replace him or the team simply wants him just for the next preseason game. No fantasy appeal here, at least not yet.
Allen Robinson - WR - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson (knee) will play sparingly in Week 2 of the preseason, according to head coach Matt Nagy. Robinson did not play in the first preseason game.
Huddle Up: We'll get our first look at Robinson in his new uniform in a tough test versus Chris Harris and/or Bradley Roby. As long as he doesn't see any setbacks over the next few weeks, he's a prime WR2 as the No. 1 target in an up-and-coming offense.
Courtland Sutton - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton (ankle) twisted his ankle running a route in practice Wednesday, Aug. 15. He did walk off the field on his own power.
Huddle Up: No need to panic for the impressive rookie. Sutton has already made an impression with his performance during training camp. He's the Broncos' No. 3 wide receiver and will have WR2 to WR3 upside if either Demaryius Thomas or Emmanuel Sanders are injured.
Cameron Meredith - WR - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints WR Cameron Meredith (undisclosed) returned to practice Wednesday, Aug. 15, but did not participate in team drills.
Huddle Up: It's unclear what has been bothering Meredith, but it doesn't seem to be serious since he was on the practice field today. Monitor his status, but he has WR3 upside in one of the best passing offenses in the NFL.
Jeremy McNichols - RB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers RB Jeremy McNichols is running with the first-team Wednesday, Aug. 15.
Huddle Up: He's still behind injured Jerick McKinnon (knee) and Matt Breida (shoulder), but he appears entrenched at No. 3. If the aforementioned injuries linger, McNichols could be a good stash option.
Rishard Matthews - WR - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans WR Rishard Matthews (undisclosed) remained on the sidelines at practice Wednesday, Aug. 15.
Huddle Up: There's still no word on the mystery ailment for the WR3 in fantasy. Continue monitoring for the next couple of weeks.
DeVante Parker - WR - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (finger) won't be traded, according to a league source. The Dolphins are happy Parker has advanced in his knowledge of the offense to where he knows both outside receiver spots.
Huddle Up: Things can change, but it sounds like the team still believes in Parker. He should have ample opportunity to live up to his middle-round slotting once he recovers from the injury.
Rashaad Penny - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Updating previous reports, Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny (finger) is having surgery on his broken finger Wednesday, Aug. 15, and he should be ready by Week 1, according to a source. Seattle Mariners 2B Robinson Cano had the same surgery and was a full go within three weeks.
Huddle Up: Penny could still lose some ground to camp standout Chris Carson, but Penny is still worthy of being an RB3 with upside.
Tyrod Taylor - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB Tyrod Taylor will be the team's starting quarterback, according to head coach Hue Jackson. 'I have not changed. I'm not going to change,' Jackson said. 'Tyrod Taylor's the starting quarterback here, and Baker (Mayfield is) the future of our organization.'
Huddle Up: Taylor may open the season the starter, but Mayfield had an impressive preseason opener. Time will tell how much of a placeholder Taylor is. He's a QB2 in fantasy.
Rashaad Penny - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny (hand) will undergo surgery to repair a broken finger on Wednesday, Aug. 15, and he's expected to miss three to four weeks.
Huddle Up: Penny has been trying to beat back the challenge of Chris Carson during training camp, and now the rookie is out of action until basically Week 1 and possibly beyond depending on how quickly he heals. This could spell real trouble for Penny's value, especially early on. At this stage it's probably best to view Penny as an RB3 and Carson as an RB4 as we close in on the regular season, though both players clearly carry the potential to over (or under) perform those designations.
Tyler Eifert - TE - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) will be on a snap count this season. Head coach Marvin Lewis went as far as to say that he hopes Eifert doesn't reach 50 snaps in a game this year.
Huddle Up: Eifert is fragile; that notion is well documented. As such, Tyler Kroft serves as a fine replacement for those who want to play with fire and draft Eifert. The upside is big, but the risk is bigger.