Kenyan Drake - RB - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake (head) suffered an apparent head injury in practice Monday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: Drake may have had some RB5 luster because starter Jay Ajayi (concussion) has been concussed. Drake is more of a handcuff than one with true RB5 stature.
Devonta Freeman - RB - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (concussion) was out of practice Monday, Aug. 14, and he is in the concussion protocol. He has been ruled out for the second preseason game.
Huddle Up: He left practice Sunday due to heat-related symptoms, but it appears the situation was worse than expected. He still has plenty of time to be ready for the season, and he remains a high-end RB1 in fantasy.
Jordan Reed - TE - Washington Redskins
Updating previous reports, Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (toe) disclosed that he had a fracture in his toe Sunday, Aug. 13. 'It's the cleats more than anything,' Reed said. 'The cleats prior to this were more narrow and pressing on the bone that I had the fracture in. These cleats are wider and the orthotics are softer so I don't feel it.'
Huddle Up: Reed is expected back before the start of the season. He's a legit TE1 in fantasy, but his propensity for injuries require a high-upside backup behind him.
Marqise Lee - WR - Jacksonville Jaguars
Updating previous reports, Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (ankle) is out with a high ankle sprain. He will attempt to return before Week 1.
Huddle Up: These are usually four-to-six-week injuries, and Week 1 should be considered doubtful. Lee falls back to a WR5 flyer. Rashad Greene could see more time in the slot, but he's a fringe WR5.
Julius Thomas - TE - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins TE Julius Thomas (back) is out of practice Monday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: The oft-injured tight end could still be a useful backup in fantasy, but his ceiling is pretty low compared to where it once was.
Wendell Smallwood - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles RB Wendell Smallwood (hamstring) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: Smallwood was making some noise before he lost a week due to injury. He has some work to do, but he's in the RB5 category.
Jordan Matthews - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Jordan Matthews (chest) has a chip fracture in his sternum, and the team is calling his status 'week to week.'
Huddle Up: It sounds like he'll be ready to go for Week 1. The change of scenery doesn't change his outlook in fantasy a whole lot. He remains a solid WR3 in PPR leagues.
Jamaal Charles - RB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos RB Jamaal Charles (knee) may not play in the second exhibition game Saturday, Aug. 19, against the San Francisco 49ers.
Huddle Up: Ordinarily this would not be a big deal, as many of the regular players do not take part in one or more of the exhibitions. However, with Charles returning from knee issues, he needs to show Denver he is capable of some workload. Continue to monitor the situation but keep his draft status downgraded, at least RB4.
Paul Richardson - WR - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks WR Paul Richardson (shoulder) exited the preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers with a shoulder injury.
Huddle Up: Richardson has flashed the talent that made him a second-round pick, but durability has been a huge issue, and he's dinged up again. He has a lot of upside for a player who should be available late in drafts, but don't count on him playing the entire season.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (head) returned to practice Sunday, Aug. 13.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster is in a battle for the No. 3 receiver role in Pittsburgh. If he breaks camp with the job, he is worth a late-round flier. If he has a smaller role, his value is limited to keeper formats.
DeMarco Murray - RB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring) will return to practice this week and 'do more than he did last week,' head coach Mike Mularkey said Sunday, Aug. 13.
Huddle Up: Derrick Henry is pushing for more playing time, but Murray is still top dog in Tennessee and a low-end RB1. That being said, spending a mid-round pick to add Henry as a handcuff would be wise.
Josh Doctson - WR - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson (hamstring) is still four or five days away from returning to practice, head coach Jay Gruden said Sunday, Aug. 13.
Huddle Up: Doctson has been battling injures since being drafted last year, but the former first-rounder should have a steady role in Washington's passing attack if he can stay on the field. Given his upside, he is worth gambling on as a WR4.
James Conner - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) said he felt great after doing individual work and 7-on-7 drills during practice Sunday, Aug. 13, and he is on track to play in the second preseason game Sunday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: As long as Conner's recovery remains on schedule, he should enter the season as the primary backup to Le'Veon Bell. He is one of the more appealing backup running backs to draft, and Bell owners should grab him as a handcuff.
Darren McFadden - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden rushed six times for 28 yards in a 13-10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 12, but Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com believes McFadden left some yards on the field and thinks the Cowboys could go with a committee approach while RB Ezekiel Elliott is serving his suspension.
Huddle Up: McFadden and Alfred Morris are the likely candidates to pick up the slack while Elliott is sidelined, but McFadden is still the more attractive option. He will have RB2 potential, especially in PPR formats. Morris should be owned in case McFadden struggles or is injured.
Tavon Austin - WR - Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Rams WR Tavon Austin (hamstring) will not participate in practice this week because of a hamstring injury. Head coach Sean McVay said the team is not sure if Austin will play in any preseason games.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to keep an eye on the situation to see if Austin will be ready for the start of the regular season. He probably will be the No. 3 or No. 4 receiver for the Rams this season and may see fewer targets because of the addition of Sammy Watkins. He could be a No. 5 receiver in some leagues or a waiver wire option during the season.
Sterling Shepard - WR - New York Giants
New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard (ankle) fully participated in practice Sunday, Aug. 13. Shepard may have a chance to play in the second preseason game.
Huddle Up: Shepard probably will be the slot receiver for the Giants this season and should receive plenty of playing time this season. He recorded 683 yards and eight touchdowns last season and has a chance to improve on those stats. He can be considered a No. 4 or No. 5 receiver in most fantasy leagues.
Jordan Reed - TE - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (toe) said his new cleats and orthotics have made a difference with his sprained big toe. He is still on the Physically Unable to Perform list but expects to start practicing soon.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to keep an eye on the situation to see when Reed will be able to return to practice. Reed is one of the better fantasy tight ends but continues to be a risky option because of his injury history. He can be a No. 1 tight end for owners this season but they should have a strong backup in case he misses time.
Jay Ajayi - RB - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi (concussion, dehydration) participated in practice Sunday, Aug. 13, but left early because of hydration issues. Ajayi is still technically in the concussion protocol even though he participated in practice.
Huddle Up: Ajayi appears to be close to being cleared and should be able to play in at least one preseason game. He was one of the top running backs in the NFL in 2016 and should receiver a similar number of carries this season. Ajayi can be a solid No. 1 running back in all leagues.
Zay Jones - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Zay Jones worked exclusively with the first-team offense during practice Sunday, Aug. 13.
Huddle Up: Jones is expected to be a top-three receiver for the Bills this season and could be used as an outside receiver. He can be considered a No. 4 receiver in some fantasy leagues but will be more valuable in keeper leagues.
Jordan Matthews - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Jordan Matthews (chest) suffered a chest injury during practice Sunday, Aug. 13, but was able to finish practice. He was being evaluated after practice.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to keep an eye on the situation to find out the severity of Matthews' injury. He should be a starting receiver this season for the Bills, but owners will have a better understanding of his role when he plays in preseason games. Matthews probably can be considered a No. 3 fantasy receiver.