Ronald Jones - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones rushed four times for two yards in a 30-14 preseason win over the Tennessee Titans Saturday, Aug. 18, but head coach Dirk Koetter said the performance had nothing to do with Jones' effort. 'We just haven?t been able to spring him loose,' Koetter said.
Huddle Up: Peyton Barber appears to be ahead of Jones right now for early-down work, but Jones is the more explosive back and has the better long-term upside. Grab him as a RB4, and he could emerge as a flex option by the end of the year.
Peyton Barber - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber rushed six times for a team-high 32 yards and caught one pass for three yards in a 30-14 preseason win over the Tennessee Titans Saturday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: Ronald Jones is lurking, but Barber seems locked into the starting role for now and could be a RB3 to start the year. Pairing Barber with Jones might be a solid strategy in case Jones eventually overtakes Barber.
Chris Godwin - WR - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin caught two passes for 11 yards and a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: Godwin is a solid stash in dynasty formats, but he is no more than a late-round lottery ticket in redraft leagues.
Jameis Winston - QB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston completed 13 of his 18 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns against the Tennessee Titans in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: Winston is facing a suspension to open the year, but he is capable of delivering QB1 efforts when on the field.
Marquise Goodwin - WR - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin caught three passes, including a 40-yard reception, and finished with 61 yards against the Houston Texans in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: Goodwin showed some chemistry with Jimmy Garoppolo at the end of last season and seems to be picking up where he left off. He has WR3 upside heading into 2018.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo completed 10 of his 12 passes for 136 yards, a touchdown and an interception against the Houston Texans in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: With the hype that has built around Garoppolo, you are going to have to draft him as a QB1 if you want him on your fantasy team. He could very well live up to that hype, but he's not a proven commodity yet.
Deshaun Watson - QB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson completed five of his eight passes for 73 yards and a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: Watson looks no worse for wear after last year's knee injury, and he is locked in as a QB1 heading into 2018.
John Ross - WR - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross caught one pass on three targets for 29 yards against the Dallas Cowboys in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: Ross is going to be given every opportunity to hold down the No. 2 receiver job, and he has the speed to be a dangerous deep threat. He will be a big play-dependent fantasy option, but Ross is a high-upside option to grab at the end of drafts.
Dak Prescott - QB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott completed 10 of his 15 passes for 86 yards and a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: Prescott will try to bounce back after a lackluster sophomore campaign, but with an unproven group of receivers, he needs to be treated as a QB2 for now.
Delanie Walker - TE - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker (undisclosed) will not be active for Week 2 of the preseason.
Huddle Up: Walker was banged up in practice earlier this week, but we still don't know the specific injury or its extent. Assuming it's minor, Walker remains a mid-range TE1.
Dez Bryant - WR - Dallas Cowboys
Free-agent WR Dez Bryant (Cowboys) is no longer on the front burner for the Cleveland Browns, and the two sides are not expected to reach an agreement anytime soon, according to a source. Head coach Hue Jackson has said the team is still open to signing Bryant even though WR Josh Gordon returning.
Huddle Up: It looks like Bryant will need to wait longer before signing with a team, so owners should continue to monitor the situation. He has a chance to be a No. 3 fantasy receiver if he joins a good offense.
Vance McDonald - TE - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald (foot) is not expected to play in the third preseason game because of a foot injury.
Huddle Up: McDonald played well in the playoffs last season but has missed most of training camp because of an injury. Owners in most leagues should consider McDonald as a No. 2 fantasy tight end or a waiver wire option during the season.
Latavius Murray - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray rushed for 12 yards on six carries during the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Saturday, Aug. 18. He also fumbled the ball twice during the game.
Huddle Up: Murray will serve as the No. 2 running back for the Vikings this season and probably will only see limited touches each week. He could a handcuff to Dalvin Cook in some leagues but likely will be a No. 4 running back on most rosters.
Blake Bortles - QB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles went 12-for-20 for-159 yards and one interception in the preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings Saturday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: Bortles is coming off a productive playoff run and will have a solid receiving corps to work with this season. He probably should be considered a No. 2 quarterback in deeper leagues.
T.J. Yeldon - RB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon was the workhorse in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 18 against the Minnesota Vikings, rushing for 39 yards on 10 carries while adding a game-high five grabs and 73 yards on six targets.
Huddle Up: Yeldon received a long look after Leonard Fournette exited the game early. The former Alabama standout is trying to hold off Corey Grant, Tim Cook and Brandon Wilds for the primary backup job to Fournette. It appears the incumbent will hold onto his job, but his fantasy appeal remains limited to deeper PPR leagues and as a handcuff for Fournette.
Kirk Cousins - QB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins completed just three of his eight pass attempts for 12 yards and he was sacked once in the preseason game loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: There will certainly be better days for Cousins and the Minnesota offense, but they were pushed around at home by a quality Jacksonville defense. Cousins threw for at least 4,000 yards and 25 or more touchdowns in each of his three seasons as a full-time starter, so he is a bona fide No. 1 fantasy option in all formats.
Jordan Reed - TE - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (illness) did not participate in practice Saturday, Aug. 18, because of an illness.
Huddle Up: Reed probably will be back on the field in a few days and should be able to play in the third preseason game. Reed is a solid fantasy option when he is on the field but is a risky option in all leagues because of his lengthy injury history. Owners can consider him a No. 1 tight end this season but will need a solid backup plan.
T.Y. Hilton - WR - Indianapolis Colts
Updating a previous report, Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (shoulder) suffered a sprained shoulder in practice Saturday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: Hilton was icing down his shoulder after practice, and the update was a sprain. It sounds worse than it is, most likely, and would be a lot more serious if it were a separation or fracture. He'll have a couple of weeks to get himself back to health before the regular season opener. Target him as a low-end WR1, especially with Andrew Luck back. Just be sure to have reinforcements on hand in the event he is slow to return.
Dez Bryant - WR - Dallas Cowboys
Free-agent WR Dez Bryant (Cowboys) is still an option for the Cleveland Browns even though WR Josh Gordon has rejoined the team, according to head coach Hue Jackson.
Huddle Up: Bryant has been talking with the Browns, but the two sides have not reached a team. He would be behind Gordon and Jarvis Landry if he signs with the Browns and probably would compete with Antonio Callaway for the No. 3 receiver job. Bryant can still be a productive option for fantasy owners and has a chance to be a No. 3 fantasy receiver depending on his role.
Ben Roethlisberger - QB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (head) is a full participant during practice Saturday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger should receive some work in the third preseason game after sitting out the first two. He has posted solid numbers over the last several seasons and can be a low-end No. 1 fantasy quarterback.