Blake Bortles - QB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles has the highest passer rating (111) in the NFL over the last two seasons during garbage time (defined as the last five minutes of the fourth quarter and the losing team is down nine or more points), having completed 78-of-118 passes for 964 yards, with 12 touchdowns versus only four interceptions. Additionally, since 2015, 20.7 percent of Bortles' touchdown passes have come in these instances, which is nearly four times the average for the rest of the league.
Huddle Up: Experienced fantasy owners are probably already aware of Bortles' elite ability to pad his stats in meaningless situations, but it's even more glaring when you look at the actual numbers. Still, it shouldn't really tempt owners to draft the fourth-year pro as their starter, as Bortles was a huge letdown last season when many expected him to make a giant leap. He'll be entering a make-or-break campaign and hasn't really exhibited any encouraging signs this summer.
Paxton Lynch - QB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch has received 'considerably more' first-team reps this week than he ever had during training camp. In a joint practice with the San Francisco 49ers Wednesday, August 16, there were five 'team' periods of 11-on-11 football, with Lynch getting three and QB Trevor Siemian receiving the other two. It was also 'pretty much that way' during the team's practices over the prior two days.
Huddle Up: Lynch is slated to start the club's next preseason game on Saturday, so that has a lot to do with him getting this type of workload. Denver is expected to announce their starting quarterback going into the new season in the next week, but no matter who emerges from this battle, they shouldn't be counted on as your QB1 in any format entering Week 1.
Anquan Boldin - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Anquan Boldin will make his team debut in the second preseason game Thursday, August 17, against the Philadelphia Eagles. He is expected to play a 'good amount in the first half,' as he wants to continue to nail down the timing in the passing game with QB Tyrod Taylor.
Huddle Up: Boldin proved last year in Detroit that he still has some usefulness left at age 36, and while Jordan Matthews is sidelined, he figures to attract plenty of targets. However, with Matthews expected back by Week 1, the ceiling probably won't be that high for the 14-year veteran, and as a result, it'll be hard to trust him as a WR3 in standard formats.
Greg Olsen - TE - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen's agent has talked with interim general manager Marty Hurney about a possible contract extension for Olsen, but no deal is imminent at this point, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Olsen is looking for a new deal but will probably have to wait until next offseason for a deal. He has been one of the most consistent tight ends in the NFL and should be a No. 1 fantasy tight end in all fantasy leagues.
Vance McDonald - TE - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch said the team is very happy with how TE Vance McDonald has performed during training camp.
Huddle Up: McDonald was made available in a trade at the draft but is still with the team and could be a starter when the season begins. He could be a late-round flier in fantasy leagues as a possible No. 2 tight end.
Devonta Freeman - RB - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (concussion) is expected to go through the concussion protocol over the next few days and could return to practice soon, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Huddle Up: The Falcons should take things slow with Freeman and make sure he is ready for Week 1. Freeman recorded 1,079 yards and 11 touchdowns last season and will continue to be a focal point on offense in 2017. He should be a No. 1 running back in all fantasy leagues.
Ty Montgomery - RB - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers RB Ty Montgomery (leg) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 16.
Huddle Up: Montgomery could be held out of the second preseason game because of his injury but has a few weeks to prepare for the regular season. He will be the starting running back for the Packers this season and will continue to be used in the passing game. He will be a solid No. 2 running back in all leagues.
Markus Wheaton - WR - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears WR Markus Wheaton (pinkie) recently underwent surgery to repair his broken left pinkie. Head coach John Fox said there is no timetable for Wheaton's return.
Huddle Up: Wheaton has dealt with injuries during training camp and it is not known when he will return to practice this time. Wheaton could be a late-round flier if he wins the No. 2 receiver job for the Bears.
Josh Doctson - WR - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson (hamstring) participated in some individual drills during practice Wednesday, Aug. 16, and said he is feeling good. Head coach Jay Gruden said Doctson has not been ruled out for the preseason game against the Green Bay Packers Saturday, Aug. 19.
Huddle Up: Doctson has been dealing with the hamstring for about a week, so the team may decide to keep him out against the Packers and look to play him in the third preseason game. He received limited playing time last season because of an injury but is expected to be a starter in 2017. He could be a No. 4 receiver in some fantasy leagues if he is able to recover from his injury.
Tyler Bray - QB - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith will play the first half of the team's preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals Saturday, Aug. 19, according to head coach Andy Reid. QB Patrick Mahomes will play the third quarter, while QB Tyler Bray will play the fourth quarter.
Huddle Up: Smith recorded 3,502 yards and 20 total touchdowns in 2016 and probably will post similar numbers this season. He probably should be considered a low-end No. 2 quarterback in most fantasy leagues.
Eric Decker - WR - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans WR Eric Decker (ankle) suffered an ankle injury during practice Wednesday, Aug. 16. Head coach Mike Mularkey said he does not believe Decker's injury is serious.
Huddle Up: Decker could miss the second preseason game because of the injury but does not appear to be in danger of missing the start of the regular season. He is expected to be a top-three receiver for the Titans this season and should see a solid amount of targets. He can be considered a low-end No. 3 or a No. 4 receiver in fantasy leagues.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (undisclosed) left practice early Wednesday, Aug. 16, after suffering an undisclosed injury. He was on the ground for a few minutes but was able to walk off on his own.
Huddle Up: Owners probably will know more about Smith-Schuster's injury in the next day or two and there is a chance he misses the second preseason game. He has been competing for the No. 3 receiver job during training camp but could lose the job if he misses time. He could be worth a late-round flier if he wins the No. 3 receiver job.
Eric Ebron - TE - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 16.
Huddle Up: It is not known if Ebron suffered a setback or if the team is being cautious with him, but he probably will not play in the second preseason game. Ebron will have a role in the passing game if he is able to recover before the start of the season and has a chance to be a low-end No. 1 tight end in fantasy leagues.
Kenny Golladay - WR - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay worked exclusively with the first-team offense during practice Wednesday, Aug. 16, when they lined up in three-receiver sets. He lined up as an outside receiver.
Huddle Up: Golladay caught two touchdowns in the first preseason game and appears to have a chance to be the No. 3 receiver this season. Owners will need to keep an eye on him during the remaining preseason because he has a chance to be a No. 5 fantasy receiver if he has a solid role in the passing game.
Brock Osweiler - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns OT Joe Thomas said he believes QB Brock Osweiler will open the season as the starting quarterback based on what he has seen during practice.
Huddle Up: Osweiler will be starting his second straight preseason game this week and appears to be performing well during practice. Owners can continue to monitor the situation to see which quarterback will start, but the winner of the job should not be owed in fantasy leagues.
Bilal Powell - RB - New York Jets
New York Jets RB Bilal Powell (neck) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Aug. 16.
Huddle Up: Powell appears to be recovered from his neck injury and could see some playing time in the second preseason game. He probably will see most of the snaps at running back this season and will also be involved in the passing game. Powell can be a low-end No. 2 running back in point-per-receptions leagues.
Matt Forte - RB - New York Jets
New York Jets RB Matt Forte (hamstring) was limited to individual drills during practice Wednesday, Aug. 16, and is not expected to play in the preseason game against the Detroit Lions Saturday, Aug. 19.
Huddle Up: The Jets likely are taking things slow with Forte, and it appears he has a chance to be ready for the start of the regular season. He is expected to share snaps with Bilal Powell this season but may serve as the No. 2 running back for the Jets. Owners can consider Forte a No. 3 or No. 4 running back in most leagues.
Mike Gillislee - RB - New England Patriots
New York England RB Mike Gillislee (hamstring) did not travel with the team for their joint practices with the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: Gillislee has missed a lot of practice time since the start of training camp because of his injury and there is no timetable for his return. He was expected to have a role similar to LeGarrette Blount had last season, but he may have a smaller role in the offense if he does not return soon. He has a chance to be a No. 2 running back or a flex option if he receives most of the carries.
Ben Roethlisberger - QB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has been told that he will not play in the preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Aug. 20, but will play in the third preseason game.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger had a similar workload last preseason, so the team wants to make sure he is healthy for the start of the regular season. Roethlisberger has plenty of weapons to work with in the passing game but is not a great fantasy option because he has struggled on the road for the last few seasons. He should be considered a low-end No. 1 or a No. 2 quarterback in leagues.
Brock Osweiler - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB Brock Osweiler will start Week 2 of the preseason, according to head coach Hue Jackson. Osweiler will be followed by QB DeShone Kizer, then QB Cody Kessler.
Huddle Up: We'll see if Osweiler can stave off the promising rookie, Kizer, for a couple more weeks. The Browns could use some new blood, and Kizer has running ability, too. The bottom line, though, is that there should be no Cleveland quarterback starting for any fantasy squad on a weekly basis.