Ben Roethlisberger - QB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger won't pursue an extension on his contract, which expires in two years, over the summer months. Roethlisberger said he prefers to just play football and let his representation worry about the money.
Huddle Up: With no distractions over money, Roethlisberger should be a decent mid-round selection in most fantasy drafts, either as a low QB1 or high QB2. The question is can he stay healthy.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady acknowledged in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired on her network Sunday, June 17, he knows he is getting closer to retirement as he nears his 41st birthday in August, telling Winfrey he is 'seeing that there's definitely an end coming, sooner rather than later.' However, Brady also added he wants to play 'as long as I'm loving the training and preparation and willing to make the commitment.'
Huddle Up: Brady was named the league MVP last season and has already announced he will play in 2018. While dynasty owners might want to see what they can get in return for him, most fantasy enthusiasts can be excused for riding this wave out as long as they can. Brady will almost certainly be among the top five quarterbacks drafted in most fantasy leagues again this season.
O.J. Howard - TE - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard 'showed how versatile and explosive he can be during minicamp,' according to Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times.
Huddle Up: Howard caught 26 passes for 432 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie, and a strong case can be made Tampa Bay used him much too often as a blocker and not nearly often enough as a receiver in 2017. While Cameron Brate figures to remain a factor in the red zone for the foreseeable future, Howard is too talented not to become one of the top 10 tight ends in the league early in his career. It could happen as soon as this season. He's well worth investing in as a high-upside TE2 late in drafts.
Zay Jones - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Zay Jones will have to 'earn his way' and 'not necessarily go right to the top of the line' after a mostly disappointing rookie season, according to general manager Brandon Beane.
Huddle Up: Jones dabbled with fantasy relevancy for a short while about midway through the season, but he caught only 27 of 74 targets. Thus, it's no surprise Beane is taking the stance he is. Still, if Jones shows more of the ability that made him a second-round pick out of East Carolina last year, he should be able to secure a starting spot ahead of the likes of Jeremy Curley, Rod Streater and Andre Holmes. Jones does not need to be drafted in most leagues.
Tampa bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones could post the biggest numbers of the team's defense-heavy draft class since he should get 15 to 20 touches per game, according to Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times.
Huddle Up: It's unclear whether or not Stroud meant he can see Jones eventually take on that kind of workload right away or down the road. It has been widely assumed and reported Jones will begin his rookie season by sharing early-down touches with Peyton Barber while ceding third-down work to Charles Sims. That should still be the expectation for now, but Jones is also a solid bet to move into the role Stroud is describing later in the season. He should be drafted as a RB3 but has immense upside.
Tyrod Taylor - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield 'still has a long way to go' to unseat Tyrod Taylor as the starter, according to Ben Volin of The Boston Globe.
Huddle Up: While Taylor has 'held up his end of the bargain with not just the way he works but the way he plays and the way he leads,' according to head coach Hue Jackson, Mayfield is already stealing second-team snaps away from Drew Stanton. The No. 1 overall pick still seems like a good bet to start at some point in 2018, but it is quite possible his opportunity may not come until the Browns have been eliminated from postseason consideration.
Denver Broncos WR DaeSean Hamilton should 'play plenty' this season, according to Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com.
Huddle Up: Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas will cap Hamilton's upside for now, but they won't be around forever. He could be a great stash candidate in dynasty formats.
Corey Coleman - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman 'work ethic and football intelligence' continue to be questioned by the coaching staff, according to Scott Petrak of the Chronicle-Telegram.
Huddle Up: Between the injuries and lack of production, it's tough to expect Coleman to suddenly put it all together. He's a late-round lottery ticket, at best.
D'Onta Foreman - RB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans RB D'Onta Foreman (Achilles') is unlikely to be 100 percent by the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: Foreman remains a must-own player in keeper leagues with RB2 upside, but at this point, there is no guarantee he will be fully healthy by Week 1. Lamar Miller will be a volume-based RB2 until Foreman is on the field and in playing shape.
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson took all the reps during team drills Thursday, June 14, and had his best day throwing the football, according to head coach John Harbaugh.
Huddle Up: Jackson will probably need an injury to Joe Flacco to make a significant impact in redraft leagues this year, but his Michael Vick-like skills make him a must-own option in keeper formats.
Odell Beckham - WR - New York Giants
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. has not made progress in contract extension talks with the Giants, and no deal is imminent at this point, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Beckham plans to report for training camp on time, so the contract situation is not expected to be a big deal at this point. He will be a No. 1 fantasy receiver in all leagues and probably will be selected in one of the first two rounds of drafts.
Odell Beckham - WR - New York Giants
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. said he plans to report to training camp on time and will not be holding out because of his contract situation.
Huddle Up: The Giants and Beckham could talk about his contract over the next several months, but it looks like Beckham will be ready for camp. He is one of the most productive receivers when he is healthy and will be a No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues.