C.J. Prosise - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise (hip) missed his second straight practice Monday, Aug. 13, due to a hip flexor injury.
Huddle Up: Prosise might be able to return to practice soon, and he'll need to get back with plenty of competition in the backfield. The presence of Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny and Mike Davis, as well as Prosise's propensity for injury, makes him a very, very risky fantasy proposition.
Doug Baldwin - WR - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (knee) keeps coming to practice and stretching with his teammates before going inside at the start of practice to presumably get treatment. He remains out indefinitely with his left knee ailment.
Huddle Up: Baldwin should be ready for Week 1, but prospective fantasy owners will want to have plenty of depth on hand at the position just in case of any setbacks. He is normally a WR1 when working at 100 percent healthy, but because of the injury and uncertainty he should be drafted as a WR2 with plenty of upside.
Mike Davis - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Mike Davis worked with the starting offense Monday, Aug. 13, in practice with RB Chris Carson (undisclosed) working on a side field.
Huddle Up: Davis earned a starting job down the stretch last season, but he will have a hard time reprising the role with Chris Carson now healthy and the team drafting stud rookie Rashaad Penny. For now, Davis should go mostly undrafted unless injuries rear their ugly head again.
Chris Carson - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson (undisclosed) worked on the side with a training in practice Monday, Aug. 13, running from sideline to sideline on a different field from the team.
Huddle Up: Carson has been receiving rave reviews early in training camp, so it's uncertain if Carson has suffered a new injury or the team was just being cautious as he returns from a broken leg. He has rookie Rashaad Penny to contend with in the backfield, but right now Carson isn't a bad back to scoop up as an RB5.
Ed Dickson - TE - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks TE Ed Dickson (quadriceps) has yet to practice during training camp due to a quadriceps injury, and head coach Pete Carroll said 'it's still a bit' before Dickson will be back on the practice field.
Huddle Up: Dickson had a chance at a big role in the offense, but right now it's Nick Vannett and Will Dissly handling the top two spots at tight end. Even when Dickson is healthy, he is more of a blocking tight end rather than a successful pass catcher, and he always has been. Don't expect much in the way of fantasy appeal at this point of his career.
Nick Vannett - TE - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks TE Nick Vannett is pain-free after battling a herniated disk in his low back during his first two seasons. He said Monday, Aug. 13, that this is the best he has felt in years, and that's good news since he is listed as the No. 1 tight end on the team's depth chart. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is using the tight end in its traditional role, so he'll do plenty of run blocking and pass catching. 'In the pass game, you know, there are a lot of plays where we are the No. 1 read. They are really trusting us to make big play, in the pass game, in the run game, pass protection,' Vannett said.
Huddle Up: Vannett will still have to contend with Ed Dickson, the team's free-agent signing, at some point. So far Dickson hasn't practice due to a quadriceps injury, and Will Dissly, who is considered more of a blocking tight end. Things are working in Vannett's favor, as he could have a breakout season. However, he is only worth a look as a low-end TE2 in the deepest of fantasy formats right now.
Ezekiel Elliott - RB - Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys want to mix up their usage of RB Ezekiel Elliott in an attempt to spread out defenses. He has been lined up in the slot so he can match up against a linebacker or safety. 'It's going to be big for us in the offense,' offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said Monday, Aug. 13.
Huddle Up: Elliott has averaged 10.9 yards per reception, posting 58 catches through 25 career games. If he sees more targets in the passing game, his fantasy production is obviously going to increase, especially in PPR formats. He has averaged 104.6 rushing yards per game in his two NFL seasons, so as long as that number doesn't take a hit fantasy owners will be extremely pleased.
David Johnson - RB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson was limited to just two snaps in the preseason opener, posting a pair of 14-yard runs. He said earlier in the preseason that he didn't think he needed to play much if at all in the preseason to get ready. His head coach, Steve Wilks, disagrees. 'David didn't play last year,' Wilks said Monday, Aug. 13. 'And you talk about the timing. I think it's important he plays quite a bit. When I say quite a bit, I'm talking my standards.' Wilks clarified and added that his standards do not necessarily mean playing into the second or third quarter, but it would be seeing more than just two offensive snaps.
Huddle Up: Johnson is coming off a major injury, but he looked to have nice burst in his cameo. He is a fantasy stud, too, because he is expected to be the workhorse in a backfield with unspectacular backups like Chase Edmonds, D.J. Foster, Sherman Badie and T.J. Logan. The club likely won't expose him to too much unnecessary contact, especially considering their lack of depth at the position. Fantasy owners hope he'll see just a series or two before the season to preserve him for when the games matter for real.
Ben Roethlisberger - QB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (rest) is not expected to play in the team's second preseason game Thursday, Aug. 16, against the Green Bay Packers.
Huddle Up: This is just standard procedure for the 15-year veteran, who has sat out the second preseason game in each of the last several years. He's perfectly healthy at the moment and remains a higher-end QB1 entering the new campaign, leading one of football's most potent offenses.
Rashaad Penny - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny is getting better with pass protection, according to offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who added that 'he's really smart with all of the blitz pickups' and 'sees things really well.'
Huddle Up: Of course, blocking can't get running backs any points in fantasy but it can maximize their playing time, which makes it crucial that a rookie like Penny becomes good at it quickly. As it is right now, the No. 27 overall pick in this past April's draft is slotted in as the No. 2 running back behind Chris Carson, but he's still expected to garner a regular workload out of the gate, with potential to do a whole lot more.
Antonio Brown - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (leg) limped off the practice field Monday, Aug. 13, but did not aggravate his quadriceps issue and is fine, according to a source.
Huddle Up: There's nothing to see here. Look for the Steelers to take it a little bit easier with their star receiver for the remainder of the preseason, but his status as the No. 1 fantasy wide receiver has not changed.
Saquon Barkley - RB - New York Giants
New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley (hamstring) suffered a mild hamstring strain during practice Monday, Aug. 13.
Huddle Up: Don't expect to see much of Barkley this preseason until his hamstring clears up. Assuming no setbacks find him, Barkley remains a mid-range RB1 candidate.
Aaron Rodgers - QB - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is expected to play in Week 2 of the preseason, although he is less likely to play in the last two preseason games.
Huddle Up: Obviously the Packers aren't going to play Rodgers more than they need to. He's a season removed from a broken collarbone anyway. Continue to draft him as the No. 1 fantasy quarterback.
Rashaad Penny - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny (undisclosed) left practice early Monday, Aug. 13, but offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said he thinks Penny will be fine.
Huddle Up: Penny's luster has faded over the last month or so with Chris Carson making a good impression again. Seattle's backfield will be one to keep an eye on as the preseason progresses. Penny still deserves low-end RB2 to high-end RB3 consideration.
Martavis Bryant - WR - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders WR Martavis Bryant (head) did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 13, because he was dealing with a headache, according to head coach Jon Gruden.
Huddle Up: Bryant has gotten off to a bit of a rocky start with the Raiders but was performing better recently. He has a chance to serve as the No. 3 receiver and is a big-play threat. Bryant can be at least a No. 4 fantasy receiver in 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 Monday, Aug. 13.
Huddle Up: Darnold is coming off a solid preseason game and appears to have a good chance to win the starting quarterback job. He would have a lot of value in keeper leagues if he starts but would only be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback in standard leagues.
Braxton Miller - WR - Houston Texans
Houston Texans WR Braxton Miller (illness) participated in practice Monday, Aug. 13. Miller missed a few practices because of an illness.
Huddle Up: Miller has improved over the last few years and is competing for the No. 3 receiver job for the Texans. He likely will not see a lot of targets this season and probably can be avoided in most fantasy leagues.
Alshon Jeffery - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) has continued to progress in his recovery from rotator cuff surgery, but there is a chance he won't be healthy enough to play in Week 1. NFLNetwork's Ian Rapoport added that Jeffery could remain on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Huddle Up: Jeffery is screaming risk as fantasy drafts approach. He hasn't regressed, but his current predicament combined with his already worrisome injury history makes for an avoidable draftee. Think of him as more of a high-end WR3 than a WR2. That's even assuming he doesn't stay on the PUP list.
Peyton Barber - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber is currently considered the team's starting running back, according to head coach Dirk Koetter. Koetter said the team also plans to use RB Ronald Jones this season but thought Jones' performance in the first preseason game was average.
Huddle Up: Barber may be the starter but will be sharing touches with Jones and Jacquizz Rodgers. There is a good chance that Jones will take over the starting job at some point during the 2018 season. Barber could be a No. 3 fantasy running back at this point, but owners may also want to select Jones if they draft Barber.
Kenny Stills - WR - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins WR Kenny Stills (ankle) did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 13.
Huddle Up: Stills has plenty of time to heal before the start of the season and likely will be back on the field in the near future. He should receive a solid role in the passing game this season and can be considered a No. 3 or No. 4 fantasy receiver.