Danny Amendola - WR - New England Patriots
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (groin) and WR Danny Amendola (knee, concussion) were among a group of injured players who were able to practice Wednesday, Sept. 20.
Huddle Up: Owners of Gronkowski and Amendola have to be encouraged by this news, as the Patriots would have likely held out both players if there was any concern about setbacks and/or their status for Week 3. For now, it appears both are on the right track to start Week 3 against the Houston Texans. Don't hesitate to start either player, so long as both make it through the week without any further issues.
Andrew Luck - QB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) will not practice at all prior to the team's Week 3 game versus the Cleveland Browns.
Huddle Up: The fact that Luck still doesn't appear all that close to returning to football activities suggests he won't be ready next week either, which makes it even more confusing why he wasn't put on the Physically Unable to Perform list prior to the season. Luck is still worth a hold at the moment, but it may become more difficult to do so as the bye weeks start affecting roster decisions. Jacoby Brissett will get another start but is not worth fantasy consideration in most leagues.
Isaiah Crowell - RB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell reportedly asked head coach Hue Jackson about the lack of carries through two games, and said Jackson told him he wants to get Crowell the ball more often.
Huddle Up: In Jackson's defense, Cleveland has faced the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens in the first two weeks of the season, and the Browns have been playing from behind most of the time. The Browns' next three opponents (Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets) should offer less resistance and figure to put the Browns in fewer negative game-script situations, so Crowell should start rolling soon. He remains a strong fantasy RB2.
Sam Bradford - QB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford (knee) was feeling better Tuesday, Sept. 19, and he's being considered day to day, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
Huddle Up: Bradford hasn't been a particularly quick healer in his career, and he's anything but a safe bet to play in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If he goes, he's still a backup option in fantasy.
Deshaun Watson - QB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson has a tough matchup against the New England Patriots in Week 3 based on historical data. No rookie quarterback has won in New England since head coach Bill Belichick was hired in 2000. They are 0-8 with five touchdowns, 16 interceptions and a 50.7 passer rating.
Huddle Up: Watson is only an option in dynasty leagues or in leagues where you must start two quarterbacks. However, this week isn't a strong matchup.
Jacquizz Rodgers - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Jacquizz Rodgers (illness) started in Week 2 despite batting with the flu.
Huddle Up: Rodgers had a 19-67-1 showing and has a couple more games as the featured back until Doug Martin returns from suspension. He's a flex option against the Minnesota Vikings this week.
Tarik Cohen - RB - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears rookie RB Tarik Cohen is averaging 6.6 yards per carry on his 12 rushing attempts through two games but is spending an average of 4.17 seconds per run before crossing the line of scrimmage - nearly a full second more than any other player in league with at least 10 carries this season.
Huddle Up: Cohen is already one of the more elusive backs in the league, but most of the credit for his league-high time in the backfield is due to the fact he is being used primarily on tosses and sweeps. Nevertheless, it's still a very long time for any back - Le'Veon Bell led the league in 2016 at 3.09 seconds - and obviously unsustainable. The Bears' dearth of wideouts has forced them to rely heavily on Cohen in the passing game, and the rookie has quickly moved into RB2 consideration in PPR formats.
Chris Ivory - RB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars RBs Chris Ivory (73.3 percent) and Leonard Fournette (52.5) rank first and fifth, respectively, in the NFL in regards to how often they face eight defenders in the box.
Huddle Up: Two games is obviously a very small sample size, but it highlights just how little regard defenses have the passing game's ability - namely Blake Bortles - to beat them. Since Jacksonville's passing game doesn't figure to improve with Allen Robinson out for the year, owners should get used to seeing Ivory and Fournette facing eight men in the box on a regular basis. Thankfully, both have volume on their side, meaning Fournette should remain a quality RB2 and Ivory a matchup-based flex option.
Martellus Bennett - TE - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers TE Martellus Bennett finished with five catches for 47 yards in a Week 2 loss to the Atlanta Falcons but committed four drops - a problem offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett believes is rooted in fundamentals. 'It really just always goes back to being fundamentally sound, trusting his training. He has really good hands. We just have to be fundamentally sound in those situations, not allowing the ball to cross your eyes, things like that, extending for the football,' Bennett told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Huddle Up: The good news is only two tight ends - Jason Witten (22) and Zach Ertz (18) - have been targeted more often than Bennett (17). The bad news is Bennett only has eight catches for 90 yards so far. While it is troubling Bennett would be struggling with fundamentals in his age-30 season, his track record is far too good to believe he won't eventually get things figured out. Owners should stick it out with him and buy low on him if possible.
DeAndre Hopkins - WR - Houston Texans
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins has 29 targets through Week 2, making him easily the most targeted receiver in the league through two games.
Huddle Up: To give you some sense of how much the Texans are relying on him, 24 of rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson's 47 pass attempts in six quarters of action have been thrown in direction of Hopkins. The fifth-year wideout has responded with seven receptions in each of his first two games but is averaging only 9.1 yards per catch. Life won't get any easier in Week 3 when the New England Patriots will almost certainly force Watson to rely on his other receivers. Nevertheless, Hopkins is a solid WR2 in fantasy.
Kareem Hunt - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook and Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt lead the NFL with six big-play rushes - defined as runs that cover more than 10 yards - through two games.
Huddle Up: Unsurprisingly, Hunt leads the league in rushing with 229 yards, while Cook is third with a NFC-best 191. Hunt's five total touchdowns are tied for the second-most by any player in his first two career games, while his 355 scrimmage yards is the fourth-highest total by a rookie in his team's first two games in league history. Cook only needs to find the end zone - he has yet to do so - with some regularity before ascending into fantasy RB1 territory.
Corey Coleman - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman (hand) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Sept. 19.
Huddle Up: Rashard Higgins and Ricardo Louis look to benefit the most from Coleman's misfortune. Kenny Britt is seemingly an afterthought in the Browns' offense now and should also be an afterthought in fantasy lineups. Higgins takes precedence on the waiver wire.
Greg Olsen - TE - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Sept. 19, after having surgery on his broken foot Monday, Sept. 18. Specifically, Olsen broke the fifth metatarsal on his right foot and had a screw inserted to repair the fracture, according to Carolina's head athletic trainer.
Huddle Up: It's a tremendous loss for an already struggling offense. Ed Dickson will take over as the starting tight end, but his fantasy value doesn't hold a candle to Olsen's. Don't add him to replace Olsen unless you're desperate.
Dak Prescott - QB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (ankle) will be 'ready to go' for Week 3 against the Arizona Cardinals, according to general manager/owner Jerry Jones, after suffering a minor ankle injury in a Week 2 loss to the Denver Broncos.
Huddle Up: Prescott looked as though he could have hurt his knee when he was twisted awkwardly on a tackle at the end of a scramble in the first quarter, but it turned out to be his ankle and he did not miss any snaps after getting it rewrapped. The Cardinals pose yet another difficult matchup for the Cowboys, but Prescott has accounted well for himself so far and should be counted to produce like a low-end QB1 on Monday night.
Chris Thompson - RB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson is expected to see more work going forward, but head coach Jay Gruden warned reporters the team doesn't 'want to go crazy with him' given his 5-8, 190-pound frame.
Huddle Up: Thompson has turned six carries and seven catches into 162 total yards and two touchdowns through two weeks, giving the offense quite the spark despite limited work. He's definitely worked his way into flex consideration in all formats, but owners need to understand Gruden doesn't want him becoming a full-time back, so a Darren Sproles-like role is probably the best they can hope for from him.
Odell Beckham - WR - New York Giants
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle) played 34 of 56 (61 percent) offensive snaps in Week 2.
Huddle Up: He had four catches for 36 yards, but he wasn't used as a decoy. The offense just stunk it up. He'll have a better outlook in Week 3 against the Philadelphia Eagles if he recovers well.
Jordy Nelson - WR - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (quadriceps) is '50-50' to play in Week 3, according to a source, but his quadriceps strain isn't considered serious.
Huddle Up: The Packers face the 0-2 Cincinnati Bengals this week, and if Nelson goes, he could be on a snap count. Randall Cobb (shoulder), who was also nicked up, is day to day. Nelson would be a WR2 candidate if he suits up. Cobb could graduate to WR2 status if he were to play and Nelson didn't.