Antonio Brown - WR - Oakland Raiders
New England Patriots WR Antonio Brown was accused of sexually assaulting his former trainer in a civil lawsuit filed in the Southern District of Florida on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Brown's attorney subsequently issued a statement denying 'each and every allegation in the lawsuit.' The Patriots also released their own statement, which indicated the NFL had informed the club that they would be investigating the matter.
Huddle Up: Just when it seemed like the bizarre Antonio Brown saga was winding down things took a potentially serious turn on Tuesday. There's no way to know how expeditiously the legal process will play out or what the outcome will be, but Brown's status is suddenly unclear with rumors that Roger Goodell could place AB on the commissioner's exempt list -- a move that would put Brown on the shelf indefinitely. You don't get very far predicting what the NFL will do in a given case, so for now it's best to keep the status quo and wait for an update from the league.
Matthew Stafford - QB - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford has the full trust of his coaching staff after television cameras caught him appearing to say 'trust me' after a timeout was called by the sideline with the play clock winding down ahead of a third-and-5 play in the fourth quarter of Sunday's tie against the Arizona Cardinals. 'To sum it up, like 1,000 percent,' head coach Matt Patricia said Monday, Sept. 9, when asked about his trust level with Stafford. 'Everyone knows how much I think of, how highly I think of him and trust him. There's no issue.'
Huddle Up: Stafford completed 27 of 45 attempts for 385 yards and three touchdowns without a pick in the draw. He remains a mid-to-low tier QB1 heading into Week 2 against the Los Angeles Chargers at home.
Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton assured reporters Tuesday, Sept. 10, he'll be able to throw the deep ball whenever it's required. 'If it's going to hinder us from winning, I don't want to throw it. But if it's going to make us win, 'Oh, baby,' you better throw some doggone deep balls,' Newton said while impersonating offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Newton underwent arthroscopic surgery on his throwing shoulder in the offseason.
Huddle Up: Newton threw just one pass traveling 20-plus yards beyond the line of scrimmage in Week 1, completing 25 of 38 passes for 239 yards and one interception in the loss to the Los Angeles Rams. He remains a bonafide QB1 despite the lackluster season debut.
Kenny Stills - WR - Miami Dolphins
Houston Texans WR Kenny Stills was limited to 27 of the team's 64 snaps in Week 1 against the New Orleans Saints, primarily because he was acquired so late in the preseason, according to comments made by head coach Bill O'Brien. According to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson, the Texans plan to expand his role as he learns more of the playbook.
Huddle Up: It's unclear at this moment if an increase in Stills' playing time will come at the expense of Keke Coutee's snaps. Either way, Stills' skill-set is a good fit with Deshaun Watson's ability to throw deep, so there is plenty of potential for multiple weeks of spiked production moving forward. Stills isn't quite ready to be considered a fantasy starter yet, but he needs to be owned in the majority of leagues and should be a savvy DFS play when the right matchup presents itself.
Peyton Barber - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber will get the start again in Week 2 over Ronald Jones, although head coach Bruce Arians suggested he will go with the 'hot hand' after Jones gets a chance to mix in.
Huddle Up: Jones won Round 1 pretty convincingly, piling up a career-high 93 yards on 14 touches against the San Francisco 49ers, while Barber tallied 45 yards on 10 touches. It's unknown at this point whether Arians is trying to make Jones earn the job or not, but he's the only back on the roster with the explosiveness and pedigree to emerge as a potential bell-cow. Whether that is allowed to happen or not is another story. For now, owners should let this play a little bit longer and treat Jones as a low-floor flex.
Darren Waller - TE - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders TE Darren Waller played all 55 of the team's offensive snaps in Week 1 against Denver Broncos. Head coach Jon Gruden suggested Waller's role didn't necessarily grow because Antonio Brown wasn't there anymore. 'We're going to get the ball to Waller. Waller's special,' Gruden told Myles Simmons of the Las Vegas Review Journal.
Huddle Up: It didn't take long for Waller to live up to his preseason hype, as he caught seven of his eight targets in Week 1 against the Denver Broncos, doing most of his work in the first three quarters. The 26-year-old looked every bit like a former NFL receiver in the passing game and promises to be a mismatch more weeks than not. Looking like he has finally put his personal demons to rest and guaranteed to remain one of the top two targets in this offense, Waller should be viewed as a TE1 in fantasy moving forward.
Demaryius Thomas - WR - New England Patriots
New England Patriots WR Demaryius Thomas was traded to the New York Jets in exchange for a 2021 sixth-round draft pick on Tuesday, Sept. 10, according to sources.
Huddle Up: It's difficult to understand why the Jets felt the need to trade a draft pick for a player who they could have had for free less than two weeks ago, but here we are. While Thomas is no longer near his prime, he gets to reunite with his former head coach in Adam Gase. It's hard to make a case that Thomas will be fantasy-relevant in his new home, but his arrival probably eliminates whatever fantasy value Quincy Enunwa had.
Greg Olsen - TE - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (back) told reporters Tuesday, Sept. 10, that he 'plans' to play in Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after getting 'jacked up' in the season opener versus the Los Angeles Rams.
Huddle Up: Olsen did not participate in practice on Monday, and it wouldn't be a surprise if he sits out against the Buccaneers with only three full days to recover. Ian Thomas would likely become a full-time player in his absence and be worth a look as a low-end starting option for owners at what is almost always a thin position.
Greg Olsen - TE - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (back) said he plans to play Thursday, Sept. 12, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He added that the short week wasn't ideal.
Huddle Up: Olsen had nine targets and converted four of them for 36 yards in Week 1. He's a low-end TE1 option, but he sounds like he'll be limited. It might be best to go another route for your lineup.
Greg Olsen - TE - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (back) is out of practice Tuesday, Sept. 10.
Huddle Up: Olsen had four grabs for 36 yards on nine targets in Week 1. The nine targets is promising if he's able to go this week. He'd be a low-end TE1 option against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Baker Mayfield - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield (hand) 'looked good' throwing the ball Tuesday, Sept. 10, according to head coach Freddie Kitchens.
Huddle Up: Mayfield should have a chance to bounce back from a rough Week 1 outing with his matchup against the New York Jets. He's a midrange QB1 in Week 2.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) has given the team optimism for his Week 2 status, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster will be a solid WR1 option against the Seattle Seahawks if he's good to go.