Matt Asiata - RB - Free Agent
Free-agent RB Matt Asiata (Vikings) agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions Friday, May 26, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Asiata will be joining a running back group that includes Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick, Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington. He probably will have to compete for a roster spot during training camp and likely can be avoided in most fantasy leagues because he would see limited carries.
Julius Thomas - TE - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins TE Julius Thomas' chemistry with QB Ryan Tannehill appears to be a work in progress at this point during offseason workouts, in the opinion of The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson.
Huddle Up: Thomas will have training camp and the preseason to build chemistry with Tannehill, so owners should not be worried about the situation. Thomas should be a valuable fantasy option for owners as long as he is healthy and can be a low-end No. 1 option.
Chris Ivory - RB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Chris Ivory looks to be in much better shape than he was in last season, according to head coach Doug Marrone.
Huddle Up: Ivory likely will be competing for the No. 2 job during training camp with Leonard Fournette on the team. He likely will receive limited touches if he makes the 53-man roster and probably would only be a late-round pick in deeper leagues.
Cole Beasley - WR - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys fourth-round pick WR Ryan Switzer is getting first-team reps in the slot while WR Cole Beasley is dealing hamstring soreness. However, while head coach Jason Garrett has made it clear while Switzer was drafted in part for his ability to back up Beasley, the Cowboys are working on packages for both to be on the field at the same time to take advantage of mismatches. '(Switzer) has a similar game (to Beasley), but he has his own things. We would really like those two guys to be able to complement each other and run real similar route trees. ? His role is significant. ? He complements Beasley and also gives us some big-time needed depth at that position,' Garrett said.
Huddle Up: Beasley is coming off a career-high 75-catch season and figures to remain the top slot option for at least this season, but the heat will be on. Switzer is a dynamic return man and possesses more talent, so it may only be a matter of time before their roles are reversed. While Beasley is easily the better redraft option in 2017, Switzer is the better long-term use of a roster spot in dynasty.
Leonard Fournette - RB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette impressed head coach Doug Marrone with his ability to catch the ball during OTAs, according to 1010XL AM's Hays Carlyon.
Huddle Up: One of the questions on Fournette during the draft process was his ability to be a threat out of the backfield, although LSU didn't do him many favors by rarely ever using him as one (41 catches in three seasons). If the No. 4 overall pick earns the coaching staff's trust as a receiver and blocker, he should quickly emerge as an every-down back and potential low-end RB1 in fantasy.
Evan Engram - TE - New York Giants
New York Giants TE Evan Engram lined up everywhere in practice Thursday, May 25. He was in-line, in the slot, out wide and in motion like an H-back during team drills.
Huddle Up: The Giants have a history of reliance on the tight end and haven't had one since Larry Donnell's lone big season in 2014. Engram is one to watch and worth taking as an upside TE2.
Cody Kessler - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB Cody Kessler increased his arm strength this offseason and said the added strength will allow him to be more aggressive. 'Being able to push the ball down the field and having that confidence and knowing that you can get it there and put a little more on it is something that definitely helps you,' Kessler said.
Huddle Up: Kessler appears to be the favorite for the starting spot, but he merits very little fantasy appeal right now.
Michael Floyd - WR - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings WR Michael Floyd's one-year deal that contains no guaranteed money, according to ESPN's Ben Goessling. That means the team has no financial commitment to Floyd should he fail to make the final cut.
Huddle Up: Floyd teased for years in Arizona as part of a much better passing attack. There are certainly opportunities to earn snaps in Minnesota, but it's unlikely Floyd will do enough to return meaningful value. He's best left on waivers.
Buffalo Bills WR Zay Jones (knee) is 'progressing well,' according to head coach Sean McDermott. Jones' status remains week-to-week.
Huddle Up: Jones has a great chance to emerge as the starter opposite Sammy Watkins, and while the knee injury isn't an ideal way to get integrated into the Bills offense it's not time to get concerned yet. Assuming he heals up, Jones could have some late-round flier potential.
Dalvin Cook - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook isn't working with the first-team offense yet but is fitting in nicely, according to offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. 'He's a very instinctive runner,' Shurmur said. 'He'll get his foot down and gets up the field. He's actually pretty instinctive when it comes to who to block in pass protection and he catches the ball extremely well.'
Huddle Up: Murray should be a first-round pick in rookie drafts, but competition from Latavius Murray will make him more of a RB3 in redraft formats with more upside in PPR formats.
Alshon Jeffery - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz said he loves what WR Alshon Jeffery brings to the table and is looking forward to developing chemistry with the receiver. 'He plays on time, he knows what he's doing, his catch radius is impressive,' Wentz said 'That's the first thing that jumps out at me. I'm just looking forward to continuing to build that relationship.'
Huddle Up: Injuries are a constant concern with Jeffery, but he could shine as the likely go-to target in Philadelphia. His upside makes him worth the gamble as a WR2.
DeShone Kizer - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer worked mainly with the third-team offense during OTAs Wednesday, May 24, but he did rotate in with the starters.
Huddle Up: Kizer is a longshot to start as a rookie, but his long-term potential makes him worth stashing in keeper formats.
Brock Osweiler - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB Brock Osweiler worked mainly with the second-team offense Wednesday, May 24, but he said his expectation is to start.
Huddle Up: Osweiler could overtake Cody Kessler for the starting job, but even as the starter, he wouldn't be more than a low-end QB2.
Amari Cooper - WR - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper said he can have 'a lot more production' and is working to be 'dominant' this season.
Huddle Up: Cooper has topped 1,000 years in his first two years in the league, hauling in 155 passes. There is every reason to expect that his best is yet to come, and he should be drafted as a WR1.
Kelvin Benjamin - WR - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin has been facing unfair criticism, according to head coach Ron Rivera, and Rivera said Benjamin has 'looked great' on the field.
Huddle Up: Benjamin reportedly arrived at OTAs overweight and not in the best shape, but he hasn't had a history of weight issues. His size makes him a touch matchup, especially in the red zone, and Benjamin can be drafted as a low-end WR2.
Michael Thomas - WR - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas has added some extra weight this offseason, increasing from 210 pounds to 220 pounds.
Huddle Up: Thomas took the league by storm last year en route to 92 catches, over 1,100 yards and nine touchdowns. With Brandin Cooks now in New England, Thomas assumes the Saints' No. 1 receiver role. He's almost a sure bet to end his second season as a WR1 with Drew Brees still throwing his way.
Demaryius Thomas - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas said he's feeling the best he's felt in his entire career.
Huddle Up: Thomas hasn't missed a game in five straight seasons despite dealing with a fair share of bumps and bruises. Thomas's numbers were gaudy with Peyton Manning, but he still managed to record a season of 90 catches, 1000-plus yards and five touchdowns last year without Manning. As such, he sits comfortably in high-end WR2 territory.
Breshad Perriman - WR - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman is making his mark at organized team activities. TE Dennis Pitta said no one on the Ravens is making more plays at OTAs than Perriman.
Huddle Up: Perriman looks a lot like a guy who will break out in 2017. Steve Smith and Kamar Aiken are gone and Perriman is now the No. 2 receiver behind Mike Wallace. Perriman may frustrate at times, but in standard leagues he deserves a look as a WR3.
Ryan Tannehill - QB - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (knee) said he is 100 percent healthy now after recovering from his anterior cruciate ligament injury last season.
Huddle Up: It's been a struggle for Tannehill the last couple years. While he does have the ability to achieve QB1 numbers, it's best to draft him as a QB2.
Rob Gronkowski - TE - New England Patriots
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) has progressed well enough that he has been cleared to take the field for organized team activities.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski's injury history is well-documented, but he remains the best at his position. It appears he's on track to be ready to play by Week 1, so he should continue to be the first tight end taken in fantasy drafts.
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