Tyler Kroft - TE - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills TE Tyler Kroft (foot) is 'moving in the right direction' in his recovery from foot surgery, according to head coach Sean McDermott Sunday, Aug. 18. McDermott didn't provide a timeline for Kroft's return to the field but added he has been working on his own behind the scenes.
Huddle Up: Kroft was a candidate to be a late-round fantasy pick for those punting the tight end position, buy fantasy roster managers will now likely be able to wait to see how he starts the season before picking him up off of the waiver wire.
Jason Witten - TE - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten said he experienced some jitters Saturday, Aug. 17, as he made his return to live action for the first time since ending his one-year retirement. Witten caught one pass for 10 yards in the Cowboys' preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams. 'A year away from the game, all the work to get back here since March, getting in shape, getting your body ready, having an opportunity, I know I've got a lot to prove,' Witten said. 'It wasn't perfect. I thought we're on schedule with the things I want to work on. Able to get a third-down conversion. Dak showed he had the confidence on that. Some of the other things in the passing game, running game, I felt good with. It's always tricky when you're coming back out here ... so the jitters were real. A lot of work to get back to here, but it felt good.'
Huddle Up: Witten's return to the Cowboys will mean a lot more in reality than fantasy, where he isn't a consideration outside of super-deep and tight end-premium leagues.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - New York Jets
New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell hasn't played in the team's first two preseason games, and head coach Adam Gase is noncommital about Bell playing in the third. 'We'll kind of see how next week goes,' Gase said Friday, Aug. 16. 'He's played a lot of football. And I like where he's at right now. I love how he's working. If I feel like there's a need to play him next week, we will. If he has a good week of practice and it's not worth it for us to get him out there, then we won't.' If Bell doesn't play in Week 3 of the preseason, then there's little chance of him playing in Week 4 when starters typically rest.
Huddle Up: Fantasy GMs and Jets fans are anxious to get a glimpse of Bell in a N.Y. uniform, but it likely will have to wait until the regular-season opener against the Buffalo Bills. In the meantime, he remains steady as a solid RB1 fantasy pick.
Eddy Pineiro - PK - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears PK Eddy Pineiro is not locked in as the team's starting kicker with the release Sunday, Aug. 18, of competing PK Elliott Fry, in the opinion of one veteran beat writer, who said the favorite is likely an unknown, soon-to-be-released kicker from another team.
Huddle Up: Just for those in fantasy leagues which still use kickers and are anxiously awaiting the fate of the Bears' starting gig. (Sarcasm intended)
Miles Boykin - WR - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens WR Miles Boykin (unknown) was among the players missing practice Sunday, Aug. 18. No reason was immediately given for Boykin's absence.
Huddle Up: The rookie Boykin made a quick impression earlier in camp but remains a fantasy option only in dynasty or super-deep re-draft leagues.
Marcus Mariota - QB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota isn't a lock to open the season as the team's starter, according to camp observers and even if Mariota does beat out offseason addition Ryan Tannehill, he will have a short leash.
Huddle Up: Coming off last season's injury-hampered season, Mariota remains the favorite but should be valued as a QB3 for now given his track record and risk of losing his gig.
Delanie Walker - TE - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker caught both of his targets for 26 yards and a touchdown in a 22-17 preseason loss to the New England Patriots Saturday, Aug. 17.
Huddle Up: Walker missed all but one game last year, and while his best days are behind him, he has always been one of Marcus Mariota's favorite targets. Walker is still worth a look as a low-end TE1.
Josh Jacobs - RB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders RB Josh Jacobs was praised for his versatility by QB Derek Carr. 'We knew how good of a runner he was, that he was tough and that he could block,' Carr said. 'You just never know with rookies who are that big. Can they catch? Josh can do all that stuff. He has really been impressive.'
Huddle Up: Jacobs continues to make a case to be an every-down back for Oakland's offense, and at this point, volume-based RB2 production seems like his floor.
Eric Ebron - TE - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts TE Eric Ebron caught both of his targets for 28 yards and a touchdown in a 21-18 preseason loss to the Cleveland Browns Saturday, Aug. 17.
Huddle Up: After finding the end zone 13 times last year, fantasy owners are used to Ebron making plays in the red zone. After the Colts added some weapons this offseason, Ebron could have a tough time matching his overall numbers from 2018. However, his role as a go-to target near the goal line should keep him in the TE1 mix.
Deon Cain - WR - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts WR Deon Cain caught seven of his nine targets for a game-high 80 yards in a 21-18 preseason loss to the Cleveland Browns Saturday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: Cain lost his rookie season to a knee injury, but he has started to generate some buzz once again. The offseason addition of Devin Funchess will make it tough for Cain to have value in redraft leagues, but he is an intriguing stash candidate in keeper formats.
Marquise Brown - WR - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens WR Marquise Brown (foot) is expected to participate in the joint practices with the Philadelphia Eagles next week and could play in the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 22.
Huddle Up: Brown recently was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list and could use some preseason snaps to build chemistry with Lamar Jackson. He has a chance to be the main receiver for the Ravens this season and could be a late-round option in fantasy leagues.
Antonio Brown - WR - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown (feet) fully participated in the team's walkthrough Saturday, Aug. 17, and should return to practice in the near future, according to head coach Jon Gruden.
Huddle Up: Brown probably will not play in any preseason games but should be ready for the start of the regular season. He will be playing with a new quarterback this season but should continue to be a No. 1 fantasy receiver.
Andrew Luck - QB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (ankle) worked out on the field before the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 17, and appeared to be moving around well.
Huddle Up: Luck is still uncertain for Week 1, so fantasy players will need to continue to keep an eye on his status. He is a No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues when he is healthy, but players may want to draft a strong No. 2 quarterback in case Luck misses a few games.
Kyler Murray - QB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray will play at least the first half of the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 24, according to head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
Huddle Up: Murray struggled in the last preseason game but will be the starting quarterback for the team this season. Murray probably should be considered low-end No. 1 quarterback or a No. 2 quarterback in most leagues but will be more valuable in keeper leagues.
Nick Chubb - RB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb will not play in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 17.
Huddle Up: Chubb will be the starting running back this season and should receive a solid amount of touches each week. He can be considered a No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues but could lose some work during the second half of the season when Kareem Hunt rejoins the roster.
Marqise Lee - WR - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (knee) was activated from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform Saturday, Aug. 17, and will participate in practice Saturday.
Huddle Up: Lee has missed a lot of time because of his knee injury, so his status for Week 1 is uncertain at this point. He has a chance to earn a starting job this season if he is healthy, but fantasy players should monitor his status over the next few weeks.
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QB - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick likely will be the starting quarterback for the third preseason game, according to head coach Brian Flores.
Huddle Up: The Dolphins probably will decide after the third preseason game if Fitzpatrick or Josh Rosen will be the starting quarterback for Week 1. Fitzpatrick has had some success in the past, but fantasy players probably should avoid the Miami quarterback situation during drafts.
Daniel Jones - QB - New York Giants
New York Giants QB Daniel Jones completed 11 of his 14 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown and lost a pair of fumbles in a 32-13 preseason win over the Chicago Bears Friday, Aug. 16.
Huddle Up: Jones will obviously have to clean up the ball security issues, but he was once again sharp throwing the ball. Eli Manning's presence limits his value to keeper formats for the time being, but Jones is showing some potential.
Josh Rosen - QB - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins QB Josh Rosen completed 10 of his 18 passes for 102 yards in a 16-14 preseason loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Friday, Aug. 16. He was also sacked three times.
Huddle Up: Rosen didn't make any major mistakes, but he was unable to push the ball down the field in any fashion. He will likely have a chance to start at some point, but he is a low-end QB2, at best.
Jordan Scarlett - RB - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers RB Jordan Scarlett led the team in carries and yards in a 27-14 preseason loss to the Buffalo Bills Friday, Aug. 16, finishing with eight carries for 35 yards. He also caught one pass for 14 yards.
Huddle Up: Scarlett was dealing with a back injury, but he was able to show why he is being billed as the likely backup for Christian McCaffrey. He is the best bet as a handcuff if you invest in McCaffrey in the first round.