T.J. Yeldon - RB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon (hamstring) is not participating in practice Saturday, Aug. 19.
Huddle Up: Yeldon suffered the injury during the second preseason game and his return is uncertain. Yeldon is competing for the No. 2 running back job but can be avoided in all fantasy leagues.
Danny Woodhead - RB - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens RB Danny Woodhead (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Saturday, Aug. 19.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to keep an eye on the situation to see if Woodhead is dealing with a minor or a more serious injury. He probably will be used as mostly a receiver out of the backfield but could also receive some carries. He has a chance to be a No. 2 running back or flex option in point-per-reception leagues and will also be valuable in standard leagues.
Mike Gillislee - RB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots RB Mike Gillislee (hamstring) is not expected to play in the preseason game against the Houston Texans Saturday, Aug. 19.
Huddle Up: Gillislee has missed most of training camp because of his hamstring injury and there is no timetable to return. He is expected to receive most of the carries when he is healthy but will also share playing time with other running backs on the roster. He could be a No. 2 running back or flex option if he is ready for the season.
DeMarco Murray - RB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring) will not play in the preseason game against the Carolina Panthers Saturday, Aug. 19, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Murray is coming back from a hamstring injury, so the team is probably being cautious with him. He will receive a majority of the carries this season and can be a low-end No. 1 or a No. 2 running back in all fantasy leagues.
Leonard Fournette - RB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (foot) told reporters Saturday, Aug. 19, he expects to be ready for Week 1 but acknowledged his exact return date is up to the coaches.
Huddle Up: This is a mildly curious report since Fournette was being rested this week to calm down a 'minor' foot injury, so owners have a right to be skeptical. Until more is known, however, owners should assume Fournette will be a high-volume RB2 who is a worthy selection in the second round of most fantasy drafts. He has the talent to overcome his less-than-ideal situation, but he should be expected to be inconsistent until the quarterback and offensive play in Jacksonville improves.
Samaje Perine - RB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins rookie RB Samaje Perine impressed the team with the way he bounced back from some miscues in the team's preseason opener on Thursday, Aug. 10, versus the Baltimore Ravens - both with how he responded in the game and during practice this week.
Huddle Up: Perine fumbled, dropped a pass and struggled in pass protection in his first NFL game, and ESPN's John Keim speculated shortly thereafter that 'a gap' existed between Rob Kelley and the rookie for the starting job. That would appear to still be the case, but Perine is a powerful runner who will continue to get opportunities in what should be a pretty good offense. He's well worth a late-round pick as a high-upside RB5.
Eddie Lacy - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson saw nine snaps with the first-team offense against the Minnesota Vikings on Friday, Aug. 18, as opposed to Eddie Lacy's 13. Carson ran six times for 27 yards and contributed a 17-yard reception on his only target.
Huddle Up: Carson likely saw more first-team work than expected because of injuries to Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise, but the undrafted free-agent has done nothing but impress since the start of camp. Given how sluggish Lacy looked again, there is a case to be made that Carson is now threatening the former Green Bay Packer's spot on the roster instead of Alex Collins'. Owners should monitor Carson in next week's dress rehearsal against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Stefon Diggs - WR - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs caught four of his five targets for 65 yards versus the Seattle Seahawks on Friday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: Diggs took advantage of a busted zone coverage to break off a 39-yard catch-and-run, but it was clear he was the primary target for Sam Bradford in this one. The third-year receiver broke out in 2016 with 84 receptions despite missing three games and is well on his way to becoming a consistent 100-catch receiver if he can stay healthy. He is a high-end WR2 in PPR leagues despite an inability to find the end zone only seven times thus far in his career.
Doug Baldwin - WR - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin, all four of his targets for 69 yards versus the Minnesota Vikings on Friday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: Baldwin looked every bit like the low-end WR1 he is being drafted as this summer, routinely creating separation and piling up yards after the catch. He's not going to bring the monster upside of the elite group of receivers such as Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr. and Julio Jones, but a season of at least 80 catches, 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns is well within reason for Baldwin in 2017.
Ameer Abdullah - RB - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah has looked 'sharp' throughout training camp, 'appears to have retained speed and agility' he had prior to his injury last season and should get almost all the work on early downs for Detroit this season, according to ESPN's Michael Rothstein.
Huddle Up: Rothstein makes it clear he expects Theo Riddick to retain his passing-game role and Zach Zenner to be a goal-line presence, but he believes 1,000 yards rushing is very realistic for Abdullah this season. Given the fact he is unlikely to see much of the high-leverage work that would help his fantasy upside, the third-year back figures to be a low-end RB2 at best in 2017.
Jimmy Graham - TE - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (back, knee) sat out the preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings Friday, Aug. 18, due to back spasms, according to head coach Pete Carroll.
Huddle Up: The 30-year-old Graham had 65 receptions for 923 yards and six touchdowns last season and should be viewed as an elite TE1 in all fantasy formats.
C.J. Prosise - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise (groin) was held out of the preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings Friday, Aug. 18, due to a minor groin issue, according to head coach Pete Carroll.
Huddle Up: Although Prosise will see the bulk of his playing time in third-down situations, he has the potential to be a decent flex option and is worthy of consideration as a RB4 in PPR fantasy leagues.
Dalvin Cook - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook rushed seven times for 40 yards Friday, Aug. 18, in a 20-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Huddle Up: A strong Seahawks defense was largely the thing that held the Vikings running game in check, with just 71 yards on 17 carries. Cook was drafted with the idea he would break the running game open, and he should be considered as a mid-range RB2 candidate. He will have some solid outings.
Russell Wilson - QB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson was 13-of-18 for 206 yards and a pair of touchdowns Friday, Aug. 18, in a 20-13 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
Huddle Up: Seattle didn't dip heavily into its passing game as evidenced by Wilson's 18 throws, but he looked solid midway through the preseason. Wilson grades out now as a mid-range QB1 on a strong Seahawks squad.
Jordan Howard - RB - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard (eye) suffered a corneal abrasion during the team's walkthrough Friday, Aug. 18, and did not travel with the team for their preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals. The Bears believe Howard's injury is minor.
Huddle Up: Owners should monitor the situation to see when Howard will be able to return to the field, but he likely will be back before the start of the regular season. Howard is coming off an outstanding 2016 season and will continue to be a focal point of the team's offense. He should be considered a solid No. 1 running back in most fantasy leagues.
Antonio Brown - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown will not play in the preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: Brown should play in the third preseason game like he did last season. Brown is one of the best receivers in the NFL and will be a No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues.
Rob Gronkowski - TE - New England Patriots
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski probably will not play in the preseason game against the Houston Texans Saturday, Aug. 19, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski has struggled with injuries over the last few years and probably will not play until the regular season. He is a risky option because of his injury history but is a No. 1 tight end when he is healthy.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is expected to play in the preseason game against the Houston Texans Saturday, Aug. 19, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Brady probably will only play a few series during the game but wants to prepare for the regular season. He has one of the best group of pass catchers in the NFL and will be a No. 1 quarterback in all fantasy leagues.
Tyrod Taylor - QB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor will start the third preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens, and head coach Sean McDermott said he has all the confidence in the world in Taylor. Taylor will receive all of the first-team work against the Ravens and is expected to be the starting quarterback in Week 1.
Huddle Up: Taylor has struggled at times during the preseason, but he should be the starter for at least the start of the season. He recorded 3,023 passing yards and 23 total touchdowns in 2016. Taylor will be working with a new set of receivers this season but can still be considered a No. 2 fantasy quarterback.
Alshon Jeffery - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker is comparable to Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery but with more speed, according to QB Jay Cutler.
Huddle Up: Parker improved his stats from 2015 to 2016 and finished with 744 yards and four touchdowns. He will be a top-three receiver for the Dolphins this season and should receive a solid amount of targets. He can be considered a No. 3 fantasy receiver in most leagues.