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Posted: 4/4/2018 5:16am et
Penn State RB Saquon Barkley will visit the New York Giants Sunday, April 8.
Huddle Up: Barkley figures to be in the RB1 mix in fantasy regardless of where he lands. He's one of the best running back prospects to come out in a while.

Posted: 4/2/2018 7:44am et
Penn State RB Saquon Barkley is being targeted by the Cleveland Browns at No. 4 overall, according to a friend of Browns general manager John Dorsey.
Huddle Up: Barkley figures to be on the RB1 radar regardless of where he's drafted.

Posted: 4/1/2018 11:29am et
University of Louisville QB Lamar Jackson is reportedly seeing his draft stock 'trend upward,' according to Yahoo! Sports Jordan Schultz, who believes the Arizona Cardinals are a possibility for him with the No. 15 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Jackson's offseason has been unique to say the least. At the NFL Combine, some teams reportedly wanted him to try out at receiver. NFL teams have supposedly had trouble reaching him to schedule interviews over the last two months and his choice to not work with an agent has led to some curious choices regarding his workouts. Nevertheless, Jackson will very much be worth grabbing in dynasty leagues regardless of his landing spot.

Posted: 3/21/2018 8:55am et
Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield is hosting a private workout for the Miami Dolphins Wednesday, March 21.
Huddle Up: Mayfield is only an option in long-term fantasy formats for now.

Posted: 3/20/2018 5:30am et
Penn State RB Saquon Barkley will do running back skill drills at his Pro Day Tuesday, March 20, but he won't bench press or run the 40-yard dash.
Huddle Up: Barring something unexpected, Barkley should be a top-five pick in the 2018 NFL draft. He's the most exciting running back prospect since Reggie Bush, and wherever he lands, he should see a prominent role in the offense. Look for him to be a late-RB1 target or an early RB2.

Posted: 3/10/2018 6:38pm et
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler's (hand) broken hand has fully healed, and he has resumed a workout regimen.
Huddle Up: With Melvin Gordon handling a bulk of the snaps for the Chargers, Ekeler is only worth stashing on the end of your bench in case Gordon suffers an injury.

Posted: 3/3/2018 6:13pm et
The Miami Dolphins like Louisiana State RB Derrius Guice 'a lot,' according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.
Huddle Up: If Miami goes after a bigger back like Guice in the draft, it would be a strong indication that they aren't comfortable giving Kenyan Drake a workhorse role.

Posted: 3/3/2018 1:40pm et
Texas Tech WR Dylan Cantrell (6-foot-3, 226 pounds) ran a 4.59-second 40-yard dash Saturday, March 3, at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine. He lifted 18 reps (tied for 7th best) on the 225-pound bench press, reaching 38 1/2 inches (3rd best) in the vertical jump and 10-foot-10 (2nd best) in the broad jump.
Huddle Up: Cantrell certainly helped himself with this performance, and his hands are among the best of this year's class. In the right environment, he has low-end fantasy appeal for 2018 and a high ceiling for those in full-retention keeper leagues. Keep an eye out for where he lands in the draft and expect him to be late-round fantasy roster fodder.

Posted: 3/3/2018 11:35am et
Oklahoma State WR Marcell Ateman officially ran a 4.62-second 40-yard dash at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine Saturday, March 3. He also recorded a 34-inch vertical jump and completed 13 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press.
Huddle Up: Ateman has a chance to be selected in one of the early rounds of the NFL Draft because of his height and college production. He probably will receive limited playing time this season and probably would not be a great fantasy option.

Posted: 3/3/2018 10:35am et
Maryland WR D.J. Moore ran a 4.42-second 40-yard dash Saturday, March 3, at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine. He ran the fifth-fastest time at his position. Moore posted 15 reps at 225 pounds on the bench press, which tied for 13th-most at his position, and his 11-foot broad jump led all receivers.
Huddle Up: Moore excelled in 2017, despite playing with four different starting quarterbacks. He measures well at 6-foot, 210 pounds, and is a coaching delight. There is no question he helped his cause during the combine. Fantasy owners should stash his name in the memory bank if he lands in the right situation.

Posted: 3/3/2018 10:28am et
Alabama WR Calvin Ridley ran a 4.44-second 40-yard dash Saturday, March 3, at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine. He tied for the eighth-fastest time at his position. Ridley posted 15 reps at 225 pounds on the bench press, which tied for 13th-most at his position.
Huddle Up: The top wide receiver prospect on most boards looked the part in drills and during his workouts. He's a likely first-round selection and, in the right situation, could offer matchup utility in fantasy this year.

Posted: 3/3/2018 9:45am et
Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk ran a 4.47-second 40-yard dash Saturday, March 3, at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine. He hoisted 20 reps at 225 pounds on the bench press, which ranked tied for third-most at his position. His 40 time tied for 10th-fastest among wide receivers.
Huddle Up: Kirk has a legitimate shot at being the second receiver chosen and could make an immediate impact for fantasy purposes. He could compare favorably to Golden Tate in terms of style of play, but his landing spot will play a major factor in any potential fantasy success in Year 1.

Posted: 3/3/2018 8:52am et
Wyoming QB Josh Allen spent 35.2 percent of his 2017 snaps under center, which edged out UCLA QB Josh Rosen's 33.6 percent among the most highly rated prospects at the position. Louisville QB Lamar Jackson was under center 8.4 percent of his snaps, followed by Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield (4.8 percent), Southern California QB Sam Darnold (4.2 percent) and Washington State QB Luke Falk (0 percent).
Huddle Up: While these numbers don't define a quarterback's ability to translate to the NFL, it gives fantasy owners a helping hand at trying to determine how quickly a player may be ready to adapt to any given team's offensive system. Allen played in the same offense as Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz in college. We witnessed the latter start from Day 1 for the Eagles and become a fantasy asset in Year 2. For Allen and the others, tuck this away as another piece to the overall puzzle.

Posted: 3/1/2018 6:24am et
UCLA QB Josh Rosen measured at 6-foot-4, 226 pounds with a hand size of 9 7/8 Thursday, March 1, at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Huddle Up: Rosen was pretty consistent in his freshman and junior seasons, which flanked a sophomore season that ended early due to surgery on his throwing shoulder. He completed 62.6 percent of his passes with 26 scores and 10 picks last year. All three were collegiate bests for him. He'll be targeted high in the NFL Draft and could be an upside QB2 in fantasy.

Posted: 3/1/2018 5:25am et
Southern California QB Sam Darnold measured at 6-foot-3 3/8, 221 pounds with a hand size of 9 3/8 Thursday, March 1, at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Huddle Up: The redshirt-sophomore quarterback threw for 4,143 yards with 26 scores and 13 picks last season. His completion percentage dipped from 67.2 percent to 63.1 percent, but he's a high-end prospect. He'll be a QB2 to target for upside depending on where he's drafted.

Posted: 2/28/2018 9:39am et
Penn State RB Saquon Barkley measured 6-foot, 233 pounds Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine.
Huddle Up: Barkley is a sure-fire first-rounder in the draft and, in the right situation, could be a strong RB2 in fantasy.

Posted: 2/19/2018 3:26pm et
Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield will dine with members of the Miami Dolphins prior to Oklahoma's pro day March 14. The Dolphins own the No. 11 overall pick in this year's draft and are making an effort to get to know Mayfield if he remains available at that spot.
Huddle Up: Ryan Tannehill would have the inside track on Miami's starting job even if Mayfield were drafted, assuming Tannehill is at full health. Mayfield is a polarizing prospect in this year's draft and likely won't possess immediate fantasy value.

Posted: 2/5/2018 4:42pm et
Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield is high on Cleveland Browns consultant Scot McCloughan's draft board. McCloughan has already endorsed Mayfield as his top quarterback in this year's draft class, describing the polarizing signal-caller as a 'shorter Brett Favre.'
Huddle Up: Mayfield is lower on most pundits' draft boards. Only time will tell if Cleveland uses one of its two top-five draft picks on the former Sooner. If they do, fantasy owners can wait at least a year before seriously considering Mayfield for their fake squads. He'll at least need to beat out DeShone Kizer first.

Posted: 2/1/2018 10:01am et
Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard is excited about the Bears' new coaching staff and believes the offense will be more creative under new head coach Matt Nagy.
Huddle Up: Howard can succeed with or without offensive creativity as he has 1,217.5 yards and 7.5 touchdowns on the ground in his first two NFL seasons. His passing game production took somewhat of a backseat in 2017 with the emergence of Tarik Cohen, but Howard remains in the RB1 conversation in any scoring format.

Posted: 1/28/2018 8:28pm et
Alabama WR Calvin Ridley is more than a deep threat and will be 'a top-tier No. 2 wideout' in the NFL, according to Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com.
Huddle Up: Ridley is considered by many to be the top receiving prospect in the 2018 NFL Draft, and he could have an immediate fantasy impact if he lands with a receiver-needy team. Expect him to be a first-round pick in rookie drafts.

Posted: 1/28/2018 7:36pm et
Cleveland Browns OT Joe Thomas said he wants the front office to use cap space to sign Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins.
Huddle Up: Cleveland might not be the best landing spot for Cousins' fantasy value, but he'd have to throw early and often to try to keep the Browns in games. No matter where he plays in 2018, Cousins should at least be a low-end QB1.

Posted: 1/18/2018 9:22am et
Alabama WR Calvin Ridley was given to the Chicago Bears in the first 2018 mock draft by ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper. Ridley is widely considered the top wide receiver available in the 2018 draft class.
Huddle Up: Ridley to Chicago is about as logical of a fit as any player to any team this year. The Bears are hurting badly at the wide receiver position and need a talented playmaker that young quarterback Mitchell Trubisky can look to. Additionally, Chicago picks early enough (No. 8) to take Ridley ahead of other prospective teams. If this pick does come to fruition, Ridley would gain immediate fantasy relevance as Chicago's most talented pass-catcher.

Posted: 1/14/2018 3:33pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Keelan Cole had just one catch for 45 yards in the fourth quarter of the AFC Divisional Round playoff game Sunday, Jan. 14, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Huddle Up: Cole has big-play ability, but Blake Bortles did not find him until late. He is a risky play in standard fantasy formats in the regular season, but he is a decent mid-tier DFS option with some upside heading into the AFC Championship Game against the Patriots next week.

Posted: 1/7/2018 6:33am et
If Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur gets hired as a head coach by a club in desperate need of a quarterback, QB Case Keenum could join the same team, according to multiple league sources. Keenum will be a free agent at the end of the season.
Huddle Up: Shurmur has received interest from the Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and New York Giants thus far, with the Cardinals and Giants possessing the most unstable quarterback situations. Keenum has played at a high level this year and could be viewed as a low-end QB1 in fantasy leagues next season depending on where he lands.

Posted: 1/1/2018 2:48pm et
Penn State RB Saquon Barkley may be the early target for the Indianapolis Colts with their No. 3 overall draft pick. Owner Jim Irsay hinted that pairing QB Andrew Luck with a solid running back would make Indianapolis a 'special place to be and a special place to play.'
Huddle Up: The Colts have many needs, and running back is one of them with Frank Gore turning 35 years old next summer. They drafted Marlon Mack last year and he has shown glimpses of good upside, but Barkley is an instant game-changer and has franchise running back written all over him. Time will tell if Irsay is blowing smoke or if the Colts really do want Barkley.

Posted: 12/31/2017 7:05pm et
Penn State RB Saquon Barkley announced Sunday, Dec. 31, that he plans to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: The do-it-all back is the early favorite to be the top pick in rookie drafts, and he has the skills to put up RB1 numbers immediately in the right situation.

Posted: 12/29/2017 6:25pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Keelan Cole (quadriceps) was a full participant in practice Friday, Dec. 29, and he was removed from the Week 17 injury report.
Huddle Up: Cole has recorded at least 99 receiving yards in each of his last three games, and with Marqise Lee ruled out in Week 17, Cole looks like a quality WR3 against the Tennessee Titans.

Posted: 12/28/2017 2:25pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Keelan Cole (quadriceps) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 28.
Huddle Up: Cole suffered the injury last week and appears to have a chance to play in Week 17. He has posted back-to-back 100-yard games and has three touchdowns in the last four games. He would be a solid No. 3 receiver if he is able to play.

Posted: 12/27/2017 4:11pm et
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (hand) took part in a full practice session Wednesday, Dec. 27.
Huddle Up: Ekeler was active in Week 16 but he did not see any offensive snaps. There is opportunity for someone to step up with Melvin Gordon (ankle) in doubt for the finale, but it might be Branden Oliver, not Ekeler, stepping up into a big role.

Posted: 12/27/2017 3:54pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Keelan Cole (quadriceps) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Dec. 27.
Huddle Up: Cole has been a surprise performer over the past couple of games, taking advantage of injuries to others at the wide receiver position. Whether or not Allen Hurns (ankle) and WR Marqise Lee (ankle) can play, it's hard to imagine Cole's role shrinks after his big production lately.

Posted: 12/24/2017 8:12pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Keelan Cole posted six receptions for a team-high 108 yards on 13 targets in Week 16 against the San Francisco 49ers.
Huddle Up: Cole had his second consecutive big game, taking advantage of injuries to Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee. He certainly looks like someone who should have a role heading into 2018, but remember Allen Robinson, Dede Westbrook, Hurns and Lee will all be jockeying for targets.

Posted: 12/24/2017 4:26pm et
Detroit Lions RB Tion Green ran seven times for 43 yards and a touchdown in Week 16 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: Green averaged a robust 6.1 yards per attempt. A star is born? Well, it's still early to say, but with the team eliminated from the playoffs they could lean upon Green heavily in Week 17 to see what they have.

Posted: 12/24/2017 9:28am et
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (hand) is officially active for the team's Week 16 game.
Huddle Up: Ekeler is expected to be limited to special teams work because of his broken hand and should be avoided in all fantasy leagues.

Posted: 12/23/2017 9:46pm et
Green Bay Packers WR Michael Clark caught three passes on nine targets for a team-high 36 yards in a 16-0 loss to Minnesota Vikings in Week 16. The nine targets also tied a team high.
Huddle Up: Clark was playing in his first game of the year, but with Davante Adams out and Jordy Nelson leaving early, he was thrust into a major role. If Adams and Nelson remain sidelined for the finale, Clark could be a DFS lottery ticket.

Posted: 12/22/2017 5:47pm et
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (hand) will be a game-time decision for the team's Week 16 game.
Huddle Up: Ekeler is dealing with a broken hand, so he may not receive a lot of touches if he is active for the game. Owners probably should keep Ekeler on the bench and use other options.

Posted: 12/22/2017 3:20pm et
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (hand) practiced in full Friday, Dec. 22, but he is still listed as questionable for Week 16 against the New York Jets.
Huddle Up: Ekeler has been limited to single-digit total touch counts over the past five games, and he hasn't found the end zone in each of the past four outings. He remains a very risky fantasy play for Week 16 due to his lack of touches lately.

Posted: 12/21/2017 2:55pm et
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (hand) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 21.
Huddle Up: Ekeler probably will not be able a big factor in the offense because of his broken hand, so owners should look for other options for their lineups.

Posted: 12/20/2017 5:26pm et
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (hand) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 20.
Huddle Up: Ekeler may be active for the Week 16 game, but it is not known what he can do on offense with a broken hand. Owners in all leagues should be able to find other options to use in their lineups.

Posted: 12/19/2017 8:15am et
Detroit Lions RB Tion Green faces the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 16, which have allowed the most fantasy points to the position in the last five weeks.
Huddle Up: Green usurped Ameer Abdullah last week, but there's no guarantee he remains ahead of him. However, Theo Riddick's (wrist) status is unknown, and he has a history of wrist problems. The matchup and Riddick's questionable health make Green worth the pickup for a potential flex play.

Posted: 12/18/2017 2:01pm et
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (hand) could still play this week despite his broken hand, according to head coach Anthony Lynn.
Huddle Up: We'll have to see how Ekeler progresses this week, but he'll likely be wearing a cast or protective covering if he does play. He's been a pleasant PPR surprise in 2017, but have someone like Kapri Bibbs ready to pick up if needed.

Posted: 12/17/2017 7:36pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Jaydon Mickens posted four receptions for 61 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Week 15 game against the Houston Texans on five targets.
Huddle Up: Mickens has been a standout on special teams, but this was his first chance to stand out as a receiver with Allen Hurns out and Marqise Lee checking out early. He and Keelan Cole stepped up and look like legitimate fantasy targets heading into Week 16 if Hurns and Lee are sidelined.

Posted: 12/17/2017 7:35pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Keelan Cole posted seven receptions for 186 yards and a touchdown on nine targets in Week 15 against the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: Cole had been coming along nicely in the past two games, posting six grabs for 148 yards with a touchdown in each game, but no one thought he would make like Antonio Brown and exploded for a huge stat line. He'll be a popular pick-up off the waiver wire in Week 16.

Posted: 12/17/2017 2:16pm et
Arizona Cardinals TE Ricky Seals-Jones finished with just two receptions for 11 yards on six targets in Week 15 against the Washington Redskins.
Huddle Up: Seals-Jones had an amazing two-week stretch with 127 yards and three touchdowns to burst onto the scene. But just as quickly as he emerged, he has disappeared. He has just five grabs for 75 yards and no scores over the past three weeks and shouldn't be trusted for fantasy purposes at this juncture.

Posted: 12/17/2017 2:16pm et
Arizona Cardinals WR JJ Nelson hauled in a 46-yard reception on his only catch on three targets in Week 15 against the Washington Redskins.
Huddle Up: Nelson doesn't get enough catches to make him worth using in most standard fantasy leagues, but he has a lot of big-play potential making him a useful option in specialty leagues rewarding longer plays and scores.

Posted: 12/17/2017 9:30am et
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (hand) suffered a broken hand during the team's Week 15 game and will miss the rest of the 2017 season, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Melvin Gordon will receive most of the work at running back in the last two games of the season and should be a No. 2 running back or flex option in both games.

Posted: 12/16/2017 8:09pm et
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (hand) suffered a hand injury against the Kansas City Chiefs Saturday, Dec. 16, and is questionable to return.
Huddle Up: If Ekeler's injury turns out to be serious, it will mean even more touches for the already busy Melvin Gordon.

Posted: 12/16/2017 5:55pm et
Detroit Lions RB Tion Green carried 10 times for 35 yards in a win over the Chicago Bears in Week 15.
Huddle Up: With Ameer Abdullah largely ineffective, Green is picking up some slack. However, he needs to be the main No. 1 force many thought possible. With Theo Riddick still getting touches, Green's effectiveness drops.

Posted: 12/11/2017 5:17am et
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Keelan Cole had three catches for 99 yards and a touchdown Sunday, Dec. 10, against the Seattle Seahawks. He led all receivers in yards in the game.
Huddle Up: Cole has scored two weeks in a row, but he has just six targets combined the last two weeks. He's on the fringe of a waiver pickup.

Posted: 12/10/2017 8:13pm et
Arizona Cardinals WR JJ Nelson was held to two grabs for 26 yards on three targets in Week 14 against the Tennessee Titans.
Huddle Up: Nelson is a big-play receiver with some fantasy value in leagues rewarding longer touchdown, but he doesn't see enough touches to warrant usage outside of the deepest standard leagues.

Posted: 12/10/2017 8:10pm et
Arizona Cardinals TE Ricky Seals-Jones was limited to one reception for 20 yards on three targets in Week 14 against the Tennessee Titans.
Huddle Up: Seals-Jones had been humming along with a three scores in two games from Week 11 and Week 12, but he has just three grabs for 64 yards over the past two games with no touchdowns. After emerging as a sleeper tight end in deeper fantasy leagues, he is back to TE2 status in most formats again.