Brice Butler - WR - Arizona Cardinals
Free-agent WR Brice Butler (Cardinals) says he will be re-signing with the Dallas Cowboys, posting an 'I'm backkkkk!!' tweet Tuesday, Sept. 18, along with a photo of himself in a Cowboys uniform. The team has not made an offical announcement.
Huddle Up: Butler caught 43 passes for 794 yards and six TDs from 2015-17 with the Cowboys, but his addition would just add another body to a fantasy-unfriendly wide receiver logjam. Six Dallas wideouts have drawn at least two targets so far with only one, Tavon Austin, owning double-digit fantasy points (standard scoring) through two games, and that came courtesy of his 64-yard scoring grab Sunday night. Stay away until the situation gains some clarity.
Antonio Brown - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown was absent from team meetings and film review Monday, Sept. 17, head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed Tuesday, Sept. 18, but did not say whether the absence was excused or not. As for Brown's 'trade me' tweet Monday, Tomlin said, '(I'm) not going to talk about much social media. I'll address that with him. I'll leave that between he and I.'
Huddle Up: Brown fired off his tweet in response to a critical jab by a former Steelers PR staff member, but his absence Monday may indicate that there could be a little more here going on behind the scenes. The best guess, though, is that Tomlin and Brown will be able to smooth things out, and the latter will remain locked into his customary elite WR1 status.
Antonio Brown - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown was absent from meetings and film review Monday, Sept. 17, and it's not known whether it was excused or not.
Huddle Up: A former Steelers employee was critical of AB on social media saying he was a product of the positive circumstances the team had when he was drafted. Brown fired back: "Trade me and let's find out." Clearly, there is a disconnect of some sorts here. Keep tabs on this when practice opens Wednesday to see if there is potential punishment for the elite WR1.
Chris Carson - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Updating a previous report, Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson's touches on offense in Week 2 against the Chicago Bears were limited because he was 'gassed' after also playing special teams, head coach Pete Carroll said Monday, Sept. 17.
Huddle Up: If you were wondering why Rashaad Penny led the running backs in touches, and not Carson, it's because of his work on special teams, too. He also added the team wanted to see more of Penny. Fantasy owners of Carson cannot be terribly pleased he is doubling on special teams, as there is nothing to gain from a fantasy perspective in that capacity. The backfield picture is rather muddled heading into Week 3 against the Dallas Cowboys.
Anthony Miller - WR - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears WR Anthony Miller had two grabs for 11 yards and a touchdown in the Week 2 win against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, Sept. 17.
Huddle Up: The rookie out of Memphis was dominant in college and he has speed to burn. He has a ton of upside, and he is a tremendous long-term keeper fantasy option. However, in redraft leagues he is more of a WR5 for now. The Bears travel to meet the Cardinals in Week 3.
Trey Burton - TE - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears TE Trey Burton had four grabs for 20 yards and a touchdown on his four targets in Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, Sept. 17.
Huddle Up: The touchdown was nice for Burton, but he still has just five catches and 35 yards through two games on 10 targets. He'll need to bump up those totals before becoming a regular outside of the deepest of fantasy formats. The Bears travel to meet the Cardinals in Week 3.
Taylor Gabriel - WR - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears WR Taylor Gabriel posted four receptions for 30 yards on seven targets in Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, Sept. 17, and he rushed three times for 17 yards.
Huddle Up: Gabriel is a Swiss Army Knife who came be a difference maker, and it appears head coach Matt Nagy wants to get the ball in his hands. However, he remains more of a WR5 in fantasy leagues of 12 or more teams heading into Week 3 against the Arizona Cardinals.
Allen Robinson - WR - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson posted 10 receptions for 83 yards on 14 targets in Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, Sept. 17.
Huddle Up: Robinson's numbers were game highs across the board, as he reeled in plenty of short and intermediate balls from Mitchell Trubisky. Going forward, it doesn't look like Trubisky is going to be looking downfield a whole lot, so Robinson could post some big catch totals on the short stuff. He's a solid WR3 or flex fantasy option in PPR leagues heading into Week 3 against the Arizona Cardinals.
Jordan Howard - RB - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard rushed 14 times for just 35 yards in Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, Sept. 17 while adding three grabs for 33 yards on four targets.
Huddle Up: Howard totaled 17 touches, but he was mostly spinning his wheels in a game which turned out to be a defensive slog. He'll likely have a lot more success in Week 3 on the road against the Arizona Cardinals, a team which allowed three rushing TDs to Todd Gurley in Week 2.
Mitchell Trubisky - QB - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears WR Mitchell Trubisky completed 25-of-34 passes for 200 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Week 2 game against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, Sept. 17.
Huddle Up: It was Trubisky's first career game with two touchdowns in a single game. Both of the TD strikes came on play-action. Last season he had a total of two play-action TDs. He is showing some growth under Matt Nagy this season, but not enough to warrant fantasy consideration on a regular basis. The Bears travel to meet the Cardinals in Week 3.
Tarik Cohen - RB - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears RB Tarik Cohen (ankle) left the Week 2 game against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, Sept. 17 due to an ankle injury. He ran four times for eight yards and he added a 17-yard catch before departing.
Huddle Up: The severity of Cohen's injury is not yet known. When healthy he is only worth a look as a RB5 in the very deepest of fantasy leagues at this point. The Bears travel to meet the Cardinals in Week 3.
Brandon Marshall - WR - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks WR Brandon Marshall posted four grabs for 44 yards on six targets in Week 2 against the Chicago Bears on Monday, Sept. 17.
Huddle Up: All of Marshall's production came in the first half, and Russell Wilson barely looked his way in the second half of the game. While Marshall was second on the team in receiving yards and targets, he is still nothing more than a low-end WR5 in fantasy leagues of 12 or more teams heading into Week 3 against the Cowboys.
Tyler Lockett - WR - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett racked up five receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown on a team-high seven targets in Week 2 against the Chicago Bears on Monday, Sept. 17.
Huddle Up: Lockett looked like the only NFL-caliber receiver on the Seattle roster, and he was able to post a decent stat line despite the fact his quarterback was under duress all night with little time to look downfield to get Lockett the ball. He is the only wideout worthy of fantasy consideration while Doug Baldwin (knee) is on the shelf.
Chris Carson - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson carried six times for 24 yards in Week 2 against the Chicago Bears on Monday, Sept. 17 and he had no catches on just one target.
Huddle Up: Carson was second among the tailbacks in touches, as Rashaad Penny led the way with 10 total touches. The Twittersphere was losing its mind, as people were questioning if Carson was injured. There was no reported injury, as head coach Pete Carroll just elected to try Penny more. Right now, Carson is looking like nothing more than a low-end RB4 heading into Week 3 against Dallas.
Rashaad Penny - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny rushed 10 times for 30 yards in Week 2 against the Chicago Bears on Monday, Sept. 17 and he did not have a catch on two targets.
Huddle Up: Penny saw seven runs for just eight yards in Denver in Week 1 while totaling 11 touches. He had 10 touches in this one, but was used slightly more in the run game. It was tough sledding all night for the Seattle offense, and Penny's team-leading 30 yards on the ground isn't terribly impressive for fantasy purposes. Still, it's notable he had more touches than any other Seattle back.
Russell Wilson - QB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson completed 22-of-36 passes for 226 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the Week 2 game against the Chicago Bears and he ran for 17 yards.
Huddle Up: Wilson was under duress all evening by the hungry Bears pass rush, dropping him six times for sack. The Bears also got him for a pick-six late in the second half to make the difference in this one. Seattle returns home to face a sturdy Cowboys defense in Week 3, but Wilson remains a low-end QB1 in most fantasy leagues of 12 or more teams.
Larry Fitzgerald - WR - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) will be monitored in practice this week, according to head coach Steve Wilks. The coach said Fitzgerald wants to play in Week 3.
Huddle Up: Fitzgerald exited the game against the Rams in the second half due to a hamstring injury, and it's uncertain if he did not return to the game before his injury was more than minor, or if he was held out since the game was out of hand. We'll have a much better idea by Friday whether Fitzgerald will be ready or not.
David Johnson - RB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson will be used more in the slot, as the team tries to get him into open space, head coach Steve Wilks said Monday, Sept. 17.
Huddle Up: Fantasy owners love the sound of that, as Johnson didn't do much in the stagnant Arizona offense in Week 2. It's still relatively early in the season, so be patient with the first-round fantasy pick. Wilks knows what he has and the team will try and get the ball in his hands as much as possible. Be patient.
Rob Kelley - RB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins RB Samaje Perine is expected to be the third active running back on game day while RB Rob Kelley (toe) is sidelined.
Huddle Up: Kelley is nursing a toe injury and might be sidelined at least a month, so Perine will get a chance to show what he can do. However, he still has Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson ahead of him, so Perine's roll will be rather limited. Perine is still not worth using in most fantasy leagues unless Peterson or Thompson go down, too.
Tra Carson - RB - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals RB Tra Carson will be part of the backfield plan starting in Week 3 against the Carolina Panthers with RB Joe Mixon (knee) sidelined.
Huddle Up: Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor wants to use two backs in his rotation, even with Mixon out, so the entire workload won't fall on Giovani Bernard. Carson should see plenty of touches, but only enough to make him worth using in the deepest of fantasy leagues.