Blake Bortles - QB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles was not immediately named the starter for Week 8 against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, Oct. 22. Head coach Doug Marrone told reporters he has yet to make a decision and won't until he has a chance to speak to the team.
Huddle Up: Given how often coaches make a next-day proclamation they are staying with an embattled starter, so this likely means Cody Kessler will be getting the nod in London this weekend. Bortles was benched in Week 7 after losing two fumbles, giving him eight turnovers the last three games. Kessler accounted for himself fairly well after Bortles' benching, but there's nothing in his history to suggest he is going to be the answer.
Amari Cooper - WR - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper is being traded to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a first-round draft pick, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Good on the Raiders for obtaining a first-round pick. Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant represent Oakland's starting wide receivers with Cooper out of the picture. If Bryant is still available he deserves to be a top waiver wire pickup this week. Look for Jalen Richard and Seth Roberts to be even more involved in the passing game going forward. Roberts is worth a roster spot in deeper leagues.
Amari Cooper - WR - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper is being acquired by the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a first-round draft pick, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The Cowboys finally gain a much-needed offensive playmaker to help Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. Cooper can't do any worse in Dallas than he was doing in Oakland. Targets shouldn't be an issue anymore, ideally, as he immediately becomes the Cowboys' best passing threat. On top of usage, Cooper has a favorable schedule remaining from a fantasy perspective.
Sony Michel - RB - New England Patriots
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) will be considered week-to-week after an MRI on Monday, Oct. 22, revealed no structural damage, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The injury looked like a potential season-ender when it happened, so the Patriots - not to mention Michel's fantasy owners - got off lucky here. This news doesn't figure to stop New England from adding temporary help at the position, as James White and Kenjon Barner make for an undersized duo on a team that wants to be able to run the ball up the middle.
Rob Gronkowski - TE - New England Patriots
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) was sidelined in Week 7 after experiencing back spasms Friday, Oct. 19 - a problem team doctors spent 'a considerable amount of time' trying to alleviate over the weekend. According to a team source, the problem is expected to be a 'short-term thing' and there is hope he will be able to play in Week 8 against the Buffalo Bills.
Huddle Up: The Patriots play on Monday night this week, so owners have to hope they get some clarity on the situation before Sunday. Backup Jacob Hollister missed Week 7 with a hamstring injury and Dwayne Allen did not contribute anything statistically in their absence, so owners probably aren't going to find their answer on the Patriots' roster if Gronkowski sits.
Keke Coutee - WR - Houston Texans
Houston Texans WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) is likely to miss Week 8 against the Miami Dolphins with a hamstring injury, but he is not expected to miss much more time than that, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Huddle Up: Coutee's production has slowed considerably since his 11-catch, 15-target debut, but he's also seen limited time at practice since returning and been dogged by a hamstring injury since this summer. Owners of the rookie receiver should hold onto him, as they have already seen his upside, and he's one injury away from having significant relevance in fantasy.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell was not present at team headquarters Monday, Oct. 22, as the rest of the team came back following the bye week, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Huddle Up: It was reported last week Bell wants to wait to see if the trade deadline brings about any changes to his status before reporting. He needs to report within the next two weeks in order to get the accrued season he desires toward free agency or else his absence from the team to this point will have been for naught. James Conner should see one - if not two - more weeks of elite RB1 usage at the very least before owners will be forced to make other plans.
Josh Gordon - WR - New England Patriots
New England Patriots WR Josh Gordon is reportedly doing what he needs to do in order to gain the trust of Tom Brady, as the latter praised the former during a radio interview Monday, Oct. 22. 'I think our confidence (in Gordon) is growing and growing and growing ... I'm excited to see where we're going,' Brady told the Kirk & Callahan radio show.
Huddle Up: Brady showed plenty of confidence in Gordon on a leaping catch on fourth down in Week 7. The troubled receiver also played a season-high 95 percent of the snaps against the Chicago Bears. As long as he avoids the demons that have haunted him throughout most of his career, he is a great bet to be a high-upside WR2 at the very least the rest of the way.
Kenny Stills - WR - Miami Dolphins
Updating a previous report, Miami Dolphins WR Kenny Stills (groin) will have an MRI Monday, Oct. 22, due to a groin injury.
Huddle Up: The Dolphins play on Thursday, and it's hard to fathom him being able to make that quick of a turnaround. DeVante Parker could receive some buzz this week. Give him a speculative pickup.
Torrey Smith - WR - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers WR Torrey Smith (knee) will be checked out Monday, Oct. 22, after his knee swelled up from a hard hit. It's not believed to be structurally injured, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: Smith has come alive in the last couple of weeks and is worth having as depth.
Sony Michel - RB - New England Patriots
Updating previous reports, New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) is expected to miss some time, but it's not believed to be overly serious, according to a source.
Huddle Up: James White is the last man standing in the backfield, and the team will likely need to acquire another back to share the carries. White is an RB3 with RB2 potential in PPR leagues.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is third in fantasy points among quarterbacks the last three weeks. He is 81-for-114 for 955 yards, seven touchdowns and four picks with two rushing scores.
Huddle Up: The rushing scores might not be an aberration because of the numerous injuries in the backfield. Brady's return from an early slump is in line with Josh Gordon's arrival, and he has shown increased confidence in him with the 50-50 ball Brady completed to him on fourth down. He'll have a poor matchup against the Buffalo Bills this week, though. They're the second-toughest matchup against the position the last five weeks. One thing to keep in mind, though, is the Pats can't run the ball. They may have to run RPOs as rushing attacks. Brady is a high-end QB1 either way.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is not present Monday, Oct. 22, in the team facility as the team returned to work following the bye week.
Huddle Up: Bell would be an RB2 if he suits up against the Cleveland Browns this week.
Joe Flacco - QB - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco completed 23 of 39 passes for 279 yards and 2 TDs against the New Orleans Saints in Week 7.
Huddle Up: Flacco played well against the Saints, accounting for nearly 300 yards and a pair of TDs without a turnover. The veteran has a reputation for not being a very good fantasy QB, but his numbers this season suggest he's playable in the right matchups. Carry Flacco as a backup and check back for his weekly outlook before deciding whether to start him.
Andy Dalton - QB - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton finished 15-of-29 of 148 yards and a touchdown in Week 7 against the Kansas City Chiefs. He also was intercepted once.
Huddle Up: Dalton has been one of fantasy's top quarterbacks so far, but it was just not meant to be against Kansas City. Whether he felt the pressure to keep pace with Patrick Mahomes or not is debatable, but the entire offense started out sluggish. He also telegraphed a throw on the first drive of the third quarter that resulted in a pick-six and ended whatever chance Cincinnati had of getting back into the game. Dalton should bounce back in Week 8, however, and will be in the QB1 discussion versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Nelson Agholor - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles WR Nelson Agholor had six receptions for 20 yards against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Oct. 21.
Huddle Up: After averaging 12.4 yards per catch on 62 receptions last season, Agholor has mustered a woeful 8.5 yards per grab this year (and four times this season he's been held below 6.0 YPC). Something is off with the Eagles, and Agholor isn't immune to it. His activity level -- 5.4 receptions per game thus far -- keeps him at the fringes of WR5 status, but we're nearing the point where it's time to consider cutting bait.
C.J. Uzomah - TE - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals TE C.J. Uzomah caught both of his targets for 13 yards and a touchdown in Week 7 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: Uzomah 4-yard score was Cincinnati's only touchdown of the night and came on a route in which he stopped and boxed out his defender in the end zone. With Tyler Eifert out for the year and Tyler Kroft out indefinitely, Uzomah is keeping busy as the Bengals' main man between the hashes. Given the state of position this year, a capable receiving tight end who logs full-time snaps is going to have value in fantasy. He'll be a strong TE2 at the very least in Week 8 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Spencer Ware - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware logged eight carries for 59 yards in Week 7 versus the Cincinnati Bengals. Ware also caught all three of his targets for 30 more yards.
Huddle Up: Ware had amassed a total of 10 rushing attempts and six receptions in six games leading up to their rout of the Bengals, so most owners probably don't need to scramble to the waiver wire in order to add him - unless they intend on handcuffing him to Kareem Hunt or are desperate for a bye-week fill-in.
Marvin Jones - WR - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones caught three passes (on four targets) for 29 yards during the team's win over the Miami Dolphins in Week 7.
Huddle Up: After averaging a little more than 58 receiving yards per game over the first month, Jones has just 37 yards combined over the last two games. While Kenny Golladay may be part of the issue, the true culprit is the development of Kerryon Johnson, who has given Detroit its first real running threat since *checks notes* Barry Sanders (sorry James Stewart)! It's hard to envision the Lions returning to a pass-heavy approach on a regular basis, which means Jones' downturn could be a new norm. Hold him for now, but if Jones doesn't start seeing more work soon it could be time to drop him.
Sammy Watkins - WR - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins caught four of his seven targets for 74 yards in Week 7 versus the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: It's been pretty clear for most of the season Watkins needs an injury to either Tyreek Hill and/or Travis Kelce to be anything more than a complementary piece in this offense. He has scored only once despite starting in perhaps the league's most explosive aerial attack and topped 70 yards receiving in only three of seven games this season. He'll be a fringe WR3 in many leagues in Week 8 against the Denver Broncos.