Cameron Brate - TE - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate could see 60 targets in 2019 while working as the backup to starter O.J. Howard, according to Taylor Jenkins of PewterReport.com.
Huddle Up: Jenkins projected just 45 targets for RB Peyton Barber, leaving extra work in the passing game for Brate. The 28-year-old has been a reliable red-zone threat over the past four years, but the chance for more catches and yards could make him a more reliable option in fantasy leagues. He's best left to the waiver wire, but he'll be worth starting as a bye-week replacement.
Peyton Barber - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber will receive close to 45 targets in 2019, according to Taylor Jenkins of PewterReport.com.
Huddle Up: Jenkins projects Barber to be the every-down back for the Bucs this season. The 25-year-old caught 20 of 29 targets while starting all 16 games last year, but he went for just 92 yards and one touchdown through the air. He's an adequate RB3 play in standard leagues if he's able to hold off Ronald Jones II in training camp, but Jones has the higher upside.
Phillip Lindsay - RB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (wrist) is ready for the start of training camp but will be eased back into practice during the early portion of camp.
Huddle Up: Lindsay is on track for the start of the regular season and could see some playing time in the preseason. He is expected to be the lead running back in 2019 after a terrific 2018 season. Lindsay can be at least a No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues.
Emmanuel Sanders - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles') will not open camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to team president John Elway.
Huddle Up: Sanders is a tough decision later in drafts this year. He's aging, and he's coming off an Achilles' injury. He's a risky WR4 or a WR5 flyer.
Austin Hooper - TE - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper caught 71 of 88 targets last season for an 80.7 percent catch ratio. In comparison, former TE Tony Gonzalez's best catch ratio was 75 percent in 2012. 'Hooper, the improvement just keeps getting better,' Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said. 'Now, he's ready to go to another level, and I'm looking forward to seeing him make that growth.'
Huddle Up: That catch ratio can be looked at in different lenses and could be an aberration. Hooper delivered a 71-660-4 season, and he could improve upon that or level off. He's a solid midrange TE1 in PPR formats.
Alfred Blue - RB - Houston Texans
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Alfred Blue is the 'frontrunner' for the No. 2 spot behind RB Leonard Fournette, in the opinion of The Florida Times-Union's John Reid.
Huddle Up: There are some other recognizable names on the depth chart, including Thomas Rawls and rookie Ryquell Armstead, but Blue has been penciled in as RB2 since he signed with the Jags. He remains a decent late-round handcuff for Fournette owners.
Derrick Henry - RB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry ran for 625 yards and eight touchdowns on 97 carries in five December games last season. New offensive coordinator Arthur Smith intends to ride Henry in 2019, according to Jim Wyatt of the team's website.
Huddle Up: Henry is entering the final year of his contract and has a solid offensive line in front of him, which may be the two most important reasons why the Titans may not care about running him into the ground. Other reasons may include Smith not knowing if Marcus Mariota can hold up his end of the deal. If Smith stays true to his word, Henry has as good of a chance to lead the league in rushing as any back.
Marcus Mariota - QB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota needs to earn a long-term commitment from the team as he enters the fifth-year option of his rookie deal in 2019, according to head coach Mike Vrabel. 'I think everybody has a contract, and we're very aware of players who are in the last year of the deal. Marcus is obviously one of those,' Vrabel said. 'When you make a commitment to the QB you want to make sure that this is going to be your guy for the next 7-10 years when you look at the percentage of the cap quarterbacks are driving. Nobody is more proud of what Marcus has done in the offseason than me. He's come back stronger, bigger, with greater understanding of what we're doing offensively, being able to communicate it to players the field. I don't look at the lack of a long-term extension as a negative, though that's what people try to make it. I know Marcus's demeanor and that won't change whether he's on a 10-year contract or its up after the season. He's that type of person. So I know it'll work because of how he is.'
Huddle Up: Extra motivation could very well boost Mariota's fantasy numbers in 2019. The 25-year-old has completed 63.2 percent of passes over his 56 games (55 starts) with 69 touchdowns against 42 interceptions. He has scored at least two rushing TDs in each of his four seasons. After receiving plenty of hype last offseason, Mariota is worth a flier for those deploying a late-round quarterback strategy.
Ronald Jones - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones 'received only raves' from the new coaching staff, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, who noted his standout spring came without pads.
Huddle Up: Jones has been among the most hyped players this offseason and is reportedly tipping the scales at 221 pounds after playing around 208 as a rookie last season. Owners still need to remain skeptical he will break out in 2019, but the talent is there and Peyton Barber isn't the most impossible obstacle to overcome if Jones can carry over his performance from spring workouts to training camp and beyond. For the moment, owners should view him as a high-upside flex option.
Emmanuel Sanders - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) told The Athletic's Nicki Jhabvala that he is 'definitely not going to be full-go from the jump' in training camp. He also said the plan is to gradually work him back to full practices.
Huddle Up: It goes without saying Sanders is a high-risk player for fantasy purposes this year, as Achilles tears are among the worst injuries for players who rely on making Quicken sharp cuts as much as receivers do. Sanders and fantasy owners alike should feel fortunate if he can regain his 2018 form at any point this season, making him more of a low-end WR4 option at best.
Delanie Walker - TE - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker (ankle) is expected to be ready for Week 1, according to Jim Wyatt of the team's website.
Huddle Up: Walker recently stated he wasn't sure if he would begin camp of the Physically Unable to Perform list, but he was optimistic he would be ready for the season opener. The Titans have little reason to rush the 35-year-old, who has been Marcus Mariota's favorite target since the latter entered the league. If he can return to form, it should come as no surprise if Walker has at least one more low-end TE1 season left in him.
Rob Gronkowski - TE - New England Patriots
Retired TE Rob Gronkowski has a 40-percent chance of returning to play for the New England Patriots this season, a source close to the tight end told Pro Football Talk's Miuke Florio on Tuesday, July 16. The report speculates that Gronkowski may come back for the 'good stuff,' the end of the season and playoffs.
Huddle Up: This obviously would be a huge turn of events for the Pats, but a late-season return wouldn't do much for fantasy GMs. Steer clear for now, but also keep your ears open if the Gronk rumors heat up.
Saquon Barkley - RB - New York Giants
New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley led all running backs with 12 runs of at least 25 yards in 2018.
Huddle Up: In the actual draft, the Giants were ripped for not taking a QB, but those who went with Barkley in their fantasy drafts weren't left disappointed. Now, entering Year 2, he's a legit candidate to go with the No. 1-overall pick in drafts.
Josh Allen - QB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen led all quarterbacks in 2018 with seven rushes of at least 25 yards.
Huddle Up: Allen's rushing numbers, which consisted of 631 yards and a QB-most eight TDs, accounted for a whopping 43.6 percent of his fantasy points as a rookie. But he'll have to develop more as a passer to become anything more than a low-end QB2.
Quincy Enunwa - WR - New York Jets
New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa will be used more on the outside this year, whereas he was used on screen routes more last season. Head coach Adam Gase said that Enunwa needs to go down more instead of fighting for the extra inch in order to stay healthy.
Huddle Up: Enunwa showed promise early last season, but high ankle sprains derailed him. He's a WR5 target with some upside in the up-and-coming offense.