Pittsburgh Steelers WR James Washington's production in college won't translate to the NFL, according to an NFL scout. 'In college, he used his body against a lot of people to get separation,' the scout said. 'He's not going to do that. They're going to cover him up in the NFL. He can be a No. 4, or maybe a No. 3 on a bad team.'
Huddle Up: Time will tell if Washington will be effective in the NFL, but in the meantime, he's expected to be the No. 3 receiver for a potent Pittsburgh offense. He is worth a late-round lottery ticket in redraft leagues and a second-round pick in rookie drafts.
Mitchell Trubisky - QB - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky is going to be allowed to 'cut it loose' more often this year, according to head coach Matt Nagy.
Huddle Up: With a year of experience under his belt and more weapons around him, Trubisky should be better equipped to deliver big plays in 2018. He's unproven, but he's still an appealing QB2 with upside.
Baltimore Ravens TE Hayden Hurst said he knows there is pressure on him to produce immediately, but he has 'a lot of confidence' in his football ability.
Huddle Up: Rookie tight ends don't typically provide a lot of fantasy value, but Hurst could have a big enough role to be a TE2 in deeper leagues. He's also one of the best prospects at the position in rookie drafts.
Jordan Howard - RB - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard 'can play all three downs,' according to head coach Matt Nagy. 'We're going to do that,' Nagy said. 'We're going to use him and we're going to use other guys on first and second down when we need to.'
Huddle Up: While Howard will undoubtedly see some targets out of the backfield, Tarik Cohen figures to see plenty of time on passing downs. Howard is still a low-end RB1 or strong RB2, but he is unlikely to have the every-down impact to join the ranks of the elite fantasy backs.
Breshad Perriman - WR - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman said he has some nervousness as he enters a 'make-or-break year,' but he is trying to avoid putting extra pressure on himself.
Huddle Up: Injuries have completely derailed his career, and he might not even make the 53-man roster. Even if he does make the team, he's no more than lottery ticket in dynasty leagues.
Chicago Bears WR Anthony Miller made several terrific catches during practice Saturday, July 21.
Huddle Up: Miller has a chance to be a solid contributor in the passing game this season and can be a late-round option in deeper leagues.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady indicated that he plans to report to training camp early.
Huddle Up: Brady skipped most of the workouts this offseason but will be ready when training camp begins. He is still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL despite his age and will be a No. 1 quarterback in all standard leagues.
Antonio Gates - TE - Los Angeles Chargers
The Los Angeles Chargers have continued to express interest in re-signing free-agent TE Antonio Gates, according to general manager Tom Telesco.
Huddle Up: The 38-year-old Gates has slowed down in recent years but is familiar with the club's offense and would make a better fantasy option than the healthy tight ends currently on the Chargers' roster. He should be viewed as a TE2 in most leagues.
Kyle Rudolph - TE - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph said he's looking forward to working with offensive coordinator John DeFilippo because of DeFilippo's success with tight ends.
Huddle Up: Gary Barnidge and Zach Ertz both had great years under DeFilippo. Rudolph is already an established TE1 because of his red zone prowess, and the addition of Kirk Cousins and DeFilippo could push his ceiling higher.
Joe Flacco - QB - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson was on the field at the same time as QB Joe Flacco for a few plays during training camp Thursday, July 19.
Huddle Up: Flacco is still expected to open the year as the starter, but Jackson may have some packages or at least some gadget plays. He probably needs an injury to Flacco to be a useful fantasy asset this year, but he's a must-own option in keeper formats because of his dual-threat potential.
Aaron Rodgers - QB - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has not made any meaningful progress in contract extension talks with the Packers, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Rodgers is looking for a new contract but will not hold out of training camp or the regular season. He is one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL when healthy and will have some new pass catchers to work with in 2018. He should be an elite No. 1 quarterback in all fantasy leagues.
Andrew Luck - QB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck will have no limitations with his surgically repaired shoulder and is 'good to go' for training camp, according to general manager Chris Ballard, who added Luck will take occasional days off but is fully healthy.
Huddle Up: So far, so good. While Luck still has to prove he can take a hit to his shoulder or fall on it without incident, it appears as if the Colts and the quarterback feel comfortable finding out where he's at. Although he figures to see very little action during the preseason, Luck can prove he is worth a mid-to-late round investment just by making it through August. Even with the Colts' upgraded offensive line personnel, however, he's a risk-reward QB1 until he proves he can make it through a season.
Jimmy Graham - TE - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers TE Jimmy Graham will likely split out wide as a receiver much more often than in-line as a traditional tight end this season, according to USA Today Network Wisconsin's Aaron Nagler.
Huddle Up: While much has been made of who will be the WR3 behind Davante Adams and Randall Cobb, the reality is Graham will likely fill that role quite often with Marcedes Lewis in the more traditional role. It figures to be much closer to what he did in New Orleans than in Seattle, which could bode well for his statistical outlook in 2018. Consider Graham a midrange TE1 with top-five upside.
Denver Broncos RB Royce Freeman 'catches the ball well,' according to head coach Vance Joseph.
Huddle Up: Freeman is already expected to see his share of carries on early downs, and if he can contribute in the passing game, it will only improve his chances of becoming the unquestioned lead back. He's a RB3 candidate in redraft leagues and a first-round pick in rookie drafts.
Deshaun Watson - QB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson (knee) said he will be a 'full-go' when training camp begins.
Huddle Up: All signs point to Watson being ready for the start of the season, and even though he is coming off a knee injury, Watson has to be considered a QB1 after he threw an NFL-record 19 touchdown passes in his first seven games last year.
Brice Butler - WR - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals WR Christian Kirk is not in the mix for the No. 2 receiver job, according to Mike Jurecki of 98.7 Arizona, and Jurecki believes either WR Chad Williams, WR JJ Nelson or WR Brice Butler will win the job.
Huddle Up: Kirk could still have a role in the passing attack as a rookie, a role that could grow as the season goes on. He is still worth a flier at the end of drafts, and his long-term upside makes him a potential first-round option in rookie drafts.
Chad Williams - WR - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals WR Chad Williams looks more confident and comfortable this offseason and is one of the players in the mix for the No. 2 receiver job, in the opinion of Mike Jurecki of 98.7 Arizona.
Huddle Up: Williams is unproven, but if he heads into the season as the starter, he will be worth a flier as a WR5.
Robby Anderson - WR - New York Jets
New York Jets WR Robby Anderson is set to 'explode' and become a 'more complete player' in 2018, according to wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell.
Huddle Up: Anderson could be facing punishment for some issues off the field, but after nearly reaching 1,000 yards last year and flashing big-play potential, he is worth a look as a WR3.
Julio Jones - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones will not receive a new deal at this point, but the Falcons have told Jones that they will work on his contract situation next offseason, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Jones may skip some time during training camp but should be on the field for Week 1. He is one of the top receivers in the NFL and should be selected in one of the first two rounds of all fantasy drafts.
Allen Robinson - WR - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson (knee) is 'full steam ahead' as the Bears commence training camp, according to head coach Matt Nagy.
Huddle Up: Don't expect the Bears to push Robinson too hard in his comeback from a torn ACL so as to avoid any setbacks or aggravations. Robinson begins a promising second start in what is still a young NFL career. As Chicago's No. 1 wide receiver in what will be a potentially improved offense, Robinson has low-end WR1 to high-end WR2 intrigue.