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  • Michael Floyd - WR - Minnesota Vikings
    Posted 5/18/17 6:49pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings WR Michael Floyd will begin practicing next week after having the remainder of his 96-day house arrest transferred from Arizona to Minnesota, according to a league source.

    Huddle Up: Floyd could claim the No. 3 receiver job in Minnesota, but being the third or fourth option in a dink-and-dump passing game doesn't translate to a lot of fantasy appeal. He is just a late-round flier.

  • Andy Dalton - QB - Cincinnati Bengals
    Posted 5/18/17 6:34pm ET

    Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon's versatility will make it harder for defenses to know what the offense is doing, according to QB Andy Dalton.

    Huddle Up: Mixon could displace Jeremy Hill for touches sooner rather than later, and he could become a solid flex play by the end of the year. Draft him as a high-upside RB4, and grab him in the first round in rookie drafts.

  • DeSean Jackson - WR - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Posted 5/18/17 6:19pm ET

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans said it will be 'awesome' to play with WR DeSean Jackson, and he believes they 'could be one of the best tandems in the league.'

    Huddle Up: Evans was already one of the top fantasy receivers, and having Jackson to take the top off defenses should only help his value. Jackson can be a little big-play dependent, but he has enough upside to use as a WR3.

  • Jamaal Charles - RB - Denver Broncos
    Posted 5/18/17 6:09pm ET

    Denver Broncos RB Jamaal Charles has a 50 percent chance to make the 53-man roster, according to beat writer Mike Klis.

    Huddle Up: If Charles can prove he is healthy during camp, he should land a spot in the running back rotation. Even in that scenario, he is only worth taking a chance on in the later rounds.

  • Eddie Lacy - RB - Seattle Seahawks
    Posted 5/18/17 2:58pm ET

    Seattle Seahawks RB Eddie Lacy can earn $1.3 million if he rushes for at least 1,200 yards this season. Rushing for a minimum of 800 yards will cash him in for $250,000, 900 yards will be $500,000, 1,000 yards will be $750,000 and $1,100 yards would earn him $1 million. He has already gained $55,000 for not exceeding 255 pounds.

    Huddle Up: Lacy's incentives will be difficult to reach with Thomas Rawls in the fold. Lacy does have more appeal, though, and deserves a look as a low-end RB2 to high-end RB3 in standard leagues.

  • JuJu Smith-Schuster - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
    Posted 5/18/17 2:30pm ET

    Pittsburgh Steelers rookie WR JuJu Smith-Schuster has the size and ability to serve as a successful slot receiver if that's where the Steelers want him to play, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler.

    Huddle Up: The rookie will need to battle Eli Rogers and Darrius Heyward-Bey for playing time as Pittsburgh's No. 3 receiver behind Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant. There is promise with Smith-Schuster in Pittsburgh, but it may take some time for him to reach his full potential. He's no more than a late-round flier.

  • Breshad Perriman - WR - Baltimore Ravens
    Posted 5/18/17 2:16pm ET

    Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman is developing a rapport with QB Joe Flacco. Perriman feels like he has a rhythm with Flacco now after working out with his quarterback for several weeks this offseason. 'We've been working every day running routes,' Perriman said. 'I feel like it's been paying off and we're getting on the same page.'

    Huddle Up: Perriman's game seems to be coming together in his third year in the NFL. Last year was his first year actually playing, and he did alright. The stars are aligned for him to have a breakout season, including Steve Smith and Kamar Aiken being gone. He has WR3 upside in standard leagues.

  • Zay Jones - WR - Buffalo Bills
    Posted 5/18/17 1:38pm ET

    Buffalo Bills WR Zay Jones signed his four-year rookie contract Thursday, May 18. Financial terms were not disclosed.

    Huddle Up: Jones has the opportunity to make an immediate impact in Buffalo as he strives for the No. 2 receiver position alongside Sammy Watkins. Even so, there will be growing pains, and he's already dealing with a knee injury. Jones' real worth will be in leagues with standard scoring.

  • Ladarius Green - TE - Pittsburgh Steelers
    Posted 5/18/17 12:19pm ET

    Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green was released Thursday, May 18.

    Huddle Up: That experiment didn't go very well for the Steelers. Jesse James now has a firm grasp on the starting tight end job in Pittsburgh. He'll cede some playing time to David Johnson, but James is officially a deep sleeper at his position.

  • Trevor Siemian - QB - Denver Broncos
    Posted 5/18/17 11:36am ET

    Denver Broncos QBs Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch will need to make good decisions in order to win the starting position, according to head coach Vance Joseph. 'The guy who makes great decisions with the football, not turning the ball over, and the guy who lets his teammates play for him, that's the guy I want to lead our football team,' Joseph said. '[Decisions-making] is the biggest factor in this decision I'm going to make.'

    Huddle Up: Overall, Siemian made mostly productive decisions in his first season as starter last year. Lynch may be more prone to turnovers since he is just in his second season, but he's still in a good position to win the starting gig. As has been said previously, though, neither one of these guys deserves the starting nod for fantasy purposes except for as a bye-week replacement.

  • Zay Jones - WR - Buffalo Bills
    Posted 5/18/17 8:34am ET

    Buffalo Bills WR Zay Jones (knee), the team's second-round pick in 2017, suffered a knee injury Tuesday, May 16, which the team believes is a sprain. He'll miss some time.

    Huddle Up: Jones has a chance to be the No. 2 receiver for the team, and this could hurt his chances. Take a wait-and-see approach with him if you're drafting in the near term.

  • Sammy Watkins - WR - Buffalo Bills
    Posted 5/18/17 8:30am ET

    Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) is not participating in the organized team activities Thursday, May 18.

    Huddle Up: Watkins has shown equal ability on the field as his propensity for injury. His 60-1,047-9 campaign in 2015 over 13 games had him as a high-end WR2 last year before another foot injury. He'll enter 2017 as a high-risk WR2 that could fall into the WR3 area and handsomely reward you.

  • Leonard Fournette - RB - Jacksonville Jaguars
    Posted 5/17/17 12:57pm ET

    Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette signed his four-year deal with the Jaguars Wednesday, May 17, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

    Huddle Up: Fournette likely will be the starting running back for the Jaguars in 2017 and should receive most of the carries during games. He should be considered a No. 2 or No. 3 running back in most leagues as long as he can stay healthy.

  • Eric Ebron - TE - Detroit Lions
    Posted 5/17/17 11:42am ET

    Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron said he has talked with general manager Bob Quinn about a possible contract extension.

    Huddle Up: Ebron posted a career-high 711 receiving yards in 2016 but recorded only one touchdown in 13 games. He has missed at least two games in each of the last three seasons, so he does have a bit of an injury concern. He probably can be considered a low-end No. 1 tight end in deeper fantasy leagues.

  • Carlos Hyde - RB - San Francisco 49ers
    Posted 5/17/17 10:46am ET

    San Francisco 49ers fourth-round pick RB Joe Williams has a 'legitimate chance' to 'immediately unseat' RB Carlos Hyde as the team's top running back this season, according to CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco.

    Huddle Up: Head coach Kyle Shanahan convinced general manager John Lynch to draft Williams, even after Lynch initially left him off the draft board. Hyde also has been incredibly injury-prone and is in the final year of his rookie contract and the team's new brass isn't tied to him in any way, so they aren't going to start Hyde over 'their guy' unless he is clearly the better option. Williams will almost certainly make some starts in 2017 and should be considered a steal in rookie drafts if he lasts very far into the second round.

  • Devonta Freeman - RB - Atlanta Falcons
    Posted 5/17/17 10:11am ET

    Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman wants to be 'elite paid', according to ESPN's Josina Anderson. 'I want to be the best. I want to be elite paid. Whatever that is, that's where I want to be,' Freeman said.

    Huddle Up: It's a bit funny Freeman is giving off the impression he doesn't know how much money the elite backs make, but he is justified in asking to be paid like one of the league's top backs because he is. Le'Veon Bell is the highest-paid back in the league this year making $12-plus million on the franchise tag, while LeSean McCoy and Doug Martin rank second and third at $8.01 million and $7.15 million, respectively. The fourth-year pro is entering his walk year and a rock-solid RB1 in all formats.

  • LeGarrette Blount - RB - New England Patriots
    Posted 5/17/17 10:00am ET

    Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews is expected to be released once he is healthy following the signing of LeGarrette Blount, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

    Huddle Up: Mathews has long been rumored to be out in Philadelphia, so Schefter isn't really breaking any new news here. The official move may take a while to happen, since the 29-year-old is still healing from neck surgery. Mathews may get another shot or two at running in the NFL, but his days of being a somewhat useful fantasy back are probably coming to an end.

  • LeGarrette Blount - RB - New England Patriots
    Posted 5/17/17 7:25am ET

    Free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount (Patriots) agreed to a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles Wednesday, May 17, worth up to $2.8 million.

    Huddle Up: The Eagles are expected to cut Ryan Mathews, and Blount will battle with Donnel Pumphrey and Wendell Smallwood for the carries on first and second downs. Darren Sproles will be in the mix on most third downs. If Blount, who should have a leg up on the rest, can seize the job, he'll be a decent RB2 in fantasy.

  • Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
    Posted 5/17/17 6:55am ET

    New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (concussion) suffered a concussion last season, according to his wife, Gisele Bundchen, appearing on 'CBS This Morning' Wednesday, May 17.

    Huddle Up: It never showed up on the injury report, but it serves as a reminder that Father Time is undefeated. Brady turns 40 in August, but he remains a high-end QB1 in fantasy that will carry some risk.

  • Rob Kelley - RB - Washington Redskins
    Posted 5/17/17 5:57am ET

    Washington Redskins RB Rob Kelley is in shape and ready for the season, according to sources.

    Huddle Up: With Kelley's weight issues behind him, he appears poised to battle rookie Samaje Perine for the lion's share. He had a 168-704-6 line rushing (4.2 yards per carry) and a 12-82-1 line receiving last year. He'll be a solid RB2 in fantasy.

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