Tyler Eifert - TE - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) will be on a snap count this season. Head coach Marvin Lewis went as far as to say that he hopes Eifert doesn't reach 50 snaps in a game this year.
Huddle Up: Eifert is fragile; that notion is well documented. As such, Tyler Kroft serves as a fine replacement for those who want to play with fire and draft Eifert. The upside is big, but the risk is bigger.
Derek Carr - QB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr has been vocal, directive and fluent in head coach Jon Gruden's offense so far. The command of the offense Carr has shown is evident.
Huddle Up: Carr needs a bounce-back year after a disappointing 2017 campaing. Gruden and his regime may be the spark that ignites that rebound. As for fantasy purposes, Carr just doesn't throw for enough yards or enough touchdowns to have his name included with those in QB1 territory.
Ben Roethlisberger - QB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (undisclosed) was looked at by trainers Tuesday, Aug. 14, after being face down on the field and picking himself up.
Huddle Up: There aren't many details regarding the nature of Ben's injury yet, so this development will need some monitoring. Assuming the issue is not serious, Big Ben remains comfortably in the QB1 conversation.
Patrick Mahomes - QB - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and the first-team offense will play the whole first half in Week 2 of the preseason, according to head coach Andy Reid.
Huddle Up: Mahomes will be given meaningful playing time for the first time since Week 17 of last season. He'll need it, too, to shake off rust and develop more fluidity with his supporting cast. His dual-threat ability gives him high-end QB2 appeal.
Marquise Goodwin - WR - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin has continued to establish himself as the team's top receiver and is 'clearly Jimmy Garoppolo's favorite target,' according to ESPN's Nick Wagoner.
Huddle Up: The drumbeat on Goodwin has been steady throughout camp, and owners need to acknowledge 2018 may be his time after he emerged as a top receiver down the stretch last year. He needs to be considered a WR3 with upside.
Royce Freeman - RB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos RB Royce Freeman 'will be the primary back before too long,' according to ESPN's Jeff Legwold.
Huddle Up: Legwold cautions this news might not mean Freeman will see 250 carries, but he's going to get work, already blocks well enough to play on third down and is the favorite to get red zone chances. Devontae Booker is going to mix in to be sure, but it sounds as if the rookie now has a realistic shot of becoming the next C.J. Anderson in this offense. Freeman is starting to sound as if he could be a strong value pick in the fifth round.
DeVante Parker - WR - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (finger) is week to week with a broken middle finger, according to a source. He's expected back for the season opener.
Huddle Up: It's always something. Parker is the quintessential tease at the position and in fantasy, but he has yet to live up to the hype. He could be a value in the middle rounds or a weekly headache.
Carson Wentz - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
Updating an ongoing story, Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (knee) said 'it will be close' as to whether he'll be ready for Week 1. 'I obviously would love to be out there,' Wentz said. 'That's been my goal all offseason ever since the injury. It's going to be close. I'm still eyeing that date. At the end of the day, it's not just my decision. There's coaches and doctors that really have the final say. I really like where I'm at and time will tell here.'
Huddle Up: Wentz is a top-five option at quarterback in fantasy. However, he's swinging on a pendulum. If he were to miss a game or two, the pool in the midrange QB1 area is so close that maybe he slides down a few spots. The thing with Wentz is he has top-three upside, whereas you probably can't say that about the other QBs around him.
Saquon Barkley - RB - New York Giants
New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley (hamstring) is working with a resistance band on the sidelines at practice Tuesday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: Barkley is a RB1 with a lot of pizzazz this season. Be careful not to overdraft him ahead of sure things, but he looks the part.
Tyler Higbee - TE - Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee has been a standout in training camp.
Huddle Up: Higbee will have to hold off Gerald Everett, but he's dealing with a shoulder injury. The high-powered Rams offense gives Higbee some luster as a very late-round backup.
Eric Decker - WR - New England Patriots
New England Patriots WR Eric Decker dropped the first pass QB Tom Brady threw him last week, dropped two more Sunday, Aug. 12, and three more Monday, Aug. 13. After his drops, Decker appeared to run the wrong route when Brady first targeted him in 11-on-11s. He ended practice with four catches in a row, however.
Huddle Up: The good news is that Decker has a gaping opening to a starting spot at receiver due to suspension and injuries. The bad news, though, is that these are things that could linger in Brady's mind when it's crunch time. Decker did have a long layoff, though, and he's still worth pursuing in the later rounds.
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.