Ryan Grant - WR - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts WR Ryan Grant is the favorite over Chester Rogers to start opposite T.Y. Hilton, based on the one-year, $5 million contract Grant signed in free agency, according to NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal.
Huddle Up: It's poor reasoning from Rosenthal and runs counter to The Indianapolis Star' Zak Keefer, who reported a couple of weeks ago that Rogers is the 'leading candidate' to start in 2018. Rogers is reportedly picking up the new offense quickly and already has some chemistry with Andrew Luck. Grant can be a fine slot option, but asking him to hold up on the outside on a regular basis may be too big of a request.
Jay Ajayi - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles RB Jay Ajayi played fewer than half the team's snaps in the playoffs, according to NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal.
Huddle Up: It's not surprising from the standpoint Ajayi arrived at midseason. It's a bit surprising from the perspective that Ajayi is clearly the Eagles' best back, but Philadelphia seems pretty content with its committee backfield approach. Even with the departure of LeGarrette Blount and an offseason to learn coach Doug Pederson's offense, the ex-Miami Dolphin is probably going to struggle seeing enough consistent playing time to be a low-end fantasy RB2.
Rico Gathers - TE - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys TE Rico Gathers is a candidate to step up as the team's starting tight end, according to NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal.
Huddle Up: Due in part to Gathers' lack of football experience, Geoff Swaim will probably be the favorite to earn the most snaps at tight end in Dallas. But make no mistake about it, Gathers is the one Cowboys' pass-catcher who can be considered a matchup nightmare. If he can stay healthy this season - multiple head injuries sidelined him last year - he could make a strong case to win a job during the preseason.
Donnel Pumphrey - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles RB Donnel Pumphrey (hamstring) missed the 2017 season with a torn hamstring and will be fighting for a roster spot this summer. NJ.com's Eliot Shorr-Parks believes it is silly to write off Pumphrey after just 26 preseason carries, because the 2017 rookie looked dynamic at times in practice and bulked up, per reports. Even still, Pumphrey faces an uphill battle to make the final roster.
Huddle Up: Pumphrey has no immediate fantasy appeal, unless he manages to unexpectedly secure a job among the top three at his position. Darren Sproles is his fiercest competition for a roster spot, but Corey Clement will also enter ahead of him.
Darren Sproles - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles (knee) will have a big role in the offense, despite being 34 years old and coming off of a torn anterior cruciate ligament, in the opinion of Eliot Shorr-Parks, of NJ.com. Sproles was not signed to be a feel-good story, according to Shorr-Parks, and it would not be a surprising to see the veteran near or even atop the depth chart.
Huddle Up: Sproles might have a little gas in the tank for PPR gamers, but this is a crowded backfield. With Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement being more explosive, Sproles could be relegated third-down work and have an erratic role. Treat him as a roster-filling RB4 or No. 5
Julio Jones - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones is not expected to participate in organized team activities in part because he wants the team to update his contract. Jones has been in regular contact with head coach Dan Quinn and the team is open to updating Jones' contract. Jones is scheduled to make $10.5 million in 2018.
Huddle Up: It appears that Jones is on good terms with the team but could sit out the rest of offseason workouts. Jones is one of the best receivers in the NFL and should be a first- or second-round pick in all fantasy drafts in 2018.
Julio Jones - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones is not expected to report for organized team activities next week, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Jones is looking for a new contract, so he may not be on the practice field until training camp. He is a No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues as long as he does not hold out during the season.
Sammy Watkins - WR - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs WR Demarcus Robinson's rapport with QB Patrick Mahomes and the presence of WR Tyreek Hill and WR Sammy Watkins on the outside should allow him to exploit defenses underneath this season, according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.
Huddle Up: Kansas City suddenly has a crowded receiving corps, but if Mahomes excels, Robinson could be a nice depth option for fantasy owners in PPR formats.
Chris Thompson - RB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins RB Derrius Guice will likely be the starter according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com, but Rosenthal said it 'wouldn't be a surprise' if RB Chris Thompson ended up playing more snaps this year.
Huddle Up: Prior to his injury last year, Thompson had emerged as a dynamic weapon in the passing game. Expect the same role for Thompson in 2018, and he should be an excellent flex option in PPR formats.
Cody Latimer - WR - New York Giants
New York Giants WR Roger Lewis could emerge as the No. 3 receiver this year ahead of WR Cody Latimer, according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.
Huddle Up: Even if Lewis wins the job, he figures to be fifth in the pecking order for targets. He can be ignored in fantasy leagues for now.
Danny Amendola - WR - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins WR Danny Amendola's work ethic has been impressing the coaching staff and rubbing off on the locker room, according to head coach Adam Gase. 'Any time you can get a guy who can not only produce for you but can be a great example for other guys in your locker room, he's making other guys better,' Gase said. 'He makes 24 other offensive guys better if they watch him work.'
Huddle Up: Amendola should have a steady role as Miami's slot receiver this year, but injuries are always a concern. He's a potential WR3 in PPR formats.
Eric Ebron - TE - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts TE Eric Ebron could be the 'de facto third receiver' this year, according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.
Huddle Up: Ebron has teased fantasy owners with his upside since entering the league. There is always a chance Andrew Luck could finally unlock Ebron's potential, but he is no more than a flier as a TE2.
Alex Collins - RB - Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens' decision not to select a running back in the 2018 NFL Draft is a sign that they are comfortable with RB Alex Collins as their starter, according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com.
Huddle Up: Collins proved to be a workhorse between the tackles once he was given a chance, and he should remain the lead back on early downs and near the goal line this year. He won't do a lot in the passing game, but draft him as a RB2 in standard formats.
Lamar Miller - RB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller will likely keep his roster spot and open the year as the starter because RB D'Onta Foreman (Achilles') is still recovering, according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.
Huddle Up: Miller has been a volume-based RB2 while with the Texans, but a lack of explosive plays has opened the door for Foreman. Foreman has the higher ceiling and is the better long-term investment, but both backs will be worth owning.
Adam Shaheen - TE - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears TE Adam Shaheen's skill set fits the offense, according to head coach Matt Nagy.
Huddle Up: The Bears signed Trey Burton in the offseason, and he figures to be the top option at tight end. Shaheen has great physical tools, but he remains a project and is only worth stashing in dynasty formats at this point.
Charles Sims - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims is expected to be a third-down back this upcoming season because of his ability to pass protect and catch the ball out of the backfield, according to offensive coordinator Todd Monken.
Huddle Up: Sims has a good chance to make the 53-man roster and likely would see a handful of touches each game. He could be a late-round option in point-per-reception leagues but will not be a weekly starting option for fantasy owners.
Chris Godwin - WR - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin has earned the opportunity to begin the regular season as a starter, according to offensive coordinator Todd Monken.
Huddle Up: One can deduce that this means Godwin would start over Adam Humphries and alongside Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson. Godwin showed flashes as a rookie, gaining 525 yards on just 34 catches. He's more of a late-round flier in standard leagues.
David Johnson - RB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (wrist) said his wrist feels great, and he's aiming for 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards.
Huddle Up: The team will be deploying a fullback this year, which will give him an added layer of protection. They'll have to prove that they can move the ball downfield to keep defenses honest, though. Sam Bradford throws a ton of short passes, and DJ should be an RB1 as long as he's healthy.
Robby Anderson - WR - New York Jets
New York Jets WR Robby Anderson will have a felony charge for resisting arrest with violence dismissed on Thursday, May 17, according to Anderson's attorney. This was the last of four felony charges remaining, and Anderson now faces only a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving from that arrest.
Huddle Up: This is good news for Anderson, whose career appeared to be in serious jeopardy following the 2017 arrest. He could still be suspended, but Anderson is now likely to stick with the Jets and could be a legitimate No. 3 fantasy receiver this year.
Tarik Cohen - RB - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears RB Tarik Cohen is a player that head coach Matt Nagy is excited to work with this upcoming season. 'You see how he is in the meeting rooms ? he listens to the play and when he comes out here how serious he is and he knows how to have fun. He's a player that for me, you get giddy about,' Nagy said.
Huddle Up: Cohen should have a solid role in the offense and will be involved in the running and passing game in 2018. He can be a No. 3 or No. 4 running back in point-per-reception leagues and a possible flex option in standard leagues.