Eli Manning - QB - New York Giants
New York Giants QB Eli Manning still has many years to play in the NFL, in the opinion of owner John Mara.
Huddle Up: At 36 years old, Manning has posted three straight seasons of at least 4,000 yards and 25 touchdowns. Longevity seems to be in the Manning gene pool -- brother Peyton played for 18 seasons and father Archie played for 16 seasons. As for Eli's fantasy value, he's a high-end QB2 with the ability to perform as a QB1 depending on the matchup.
Derek Carr - QB - Oakland Raiders
Updating earlier reports, Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr is fully guaranteed $40 million and has more than $70 million in total guarantees. He's under contract through 2022.
Huddle Up: Carr is on the rise and is a player with upside if you miss out on the first few QBs in your fantasy draft.
Markus Wheaton - WR - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears WR Markus Wheaton likely has a good chance to start on the outside for the team. The Pittsburgh Steelers used Wheaton in the slot, but he wasn't nearly as productive as he was on the outside.
Huddle Up: Wheaton's best season came two years ago with a 44-749-5 line, and he won't have the likes of Ben Roethlisberger throwing to him. He's worthy of monitoring as a WR5, but he doesn't provide the upside many others would in that role for your team.
Derek Carr - QB - Oakland Raiders
Updating an earlier report, Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr agreed to a five-year, $125 million extension Thursday, June 22, according to sources. The deal makes him the highest-paid player in NFL history on an average annual basis.
Huddle Up: Carr has had two really good years in a row. At 26, with a good supporting cast around him, he looks poised to take the next step. However, he's not in the cream of the crop in fantasy yet. When the top signal-callers come off the board, Carr is an excellent fallback.
Derek Carr - QB - Oakland Raiders
Updating previous reports, Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr has a deal in place with the Raiders, and only language remains. It could be finalized this week. Carr could choose to backload the deal because there is no state tax in Nevada and California's tax rate is 13.3 percent. Doing so would save him millions.
Huddle Up: Carr has about as much hype as anyone in fantasy circles, and he was great last season before his leg injury. However, it's premature to put him in the elite QB1 category. He's a nice consolation if you miss out on the first three or four.
Derek Carr - QB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr is close to agreeing on a contract extension that is expected to pay him around $25 million per season, according to sources. The deal could be announced as early as the end of this week.
Huddle Up: Carr recorded 3,937 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2016 before he suffered a season-ending leg injury and has thrown for 81 touchdowns in his three years in the NFL. He should be ready for training camp and will have plenty of pass catchers to work with in the passing game. He should be considered a No. 1 quarterback in most fantasy leagues.
Blake Bortles - QB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles has committed 63 turnovers over the last three seasons, which is the most in the NFL. His 51 interceptions during that span ranks second among quarterbacks.
Huddle Up: Bortles has thrown at least 16 interceptions in all three seasons since joining the NFL but has also thrown 58 touchdowns over the last two seasons. Bortles is a risky option for owners because of his turnovers and probably should be considered a No. 2 quarterback in fantasy leagues.
Lamar Miller - RB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller received 268 carries in 2016 but likely will see a drop in his carries this season so the team could keep him fresher later in the season. Running backs coach Charles London said the team has a diverse group of running backs, which will allow the team to balance Miller's workload.
Huddle Up: Miller finished in the top 10 in rushing with 1,073 yards and his 268 carries ranked sixth among running backs in 2016. He probably will lose some work to Alfred Blue and D'Onta Foreman this season but will continue to be the main focus in the running game. Owners in most leagues should consider Miller a low-end No. 1 fantasy running back.
Todd Gurley - RB - Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Rams OL Rodger Saffold told ESPN's Alden Gonzalez he saw improvement in the communication with RB Todd Gurley during the offseason program. 'It's more just kind of figuring out the speed out of the backfield that (Gurley) needs. Once you get that down, then you kind of see the mesh of what we're trying to get done. ? I think he's attacking where we want the ball to go a lot better. And I think he?s letting things develop, too. Letting things develop on the inside, but on the outside he?s really pushing that edge, and it?s opening up some things for him,' Saffold said.
Huddle Up: Gurley pressed the issue at times last year, but who can blame him? The Rams are hoping the veteran savvy of new left tackle Andrew Whitworth and center John Sullivan can help fix the team's issues up front. Gurley may lose some passing-down snaps to Lance Dunbar, but he is a prime rebound candidate if he can learn to trust his line again. He's shaping up to be a potential steal at his current mid-second round ADP.
Greg Olsen - TE - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen doesn't rule out holding out of training camp for a new contract.
Huddle Up: The 32-year-old has three straight 1,000-yard seasons, but last year's three touchdowns really hurt his stock. He's still an effective, high-end TE1 in fantasy. However, the ceiling might not be as high as others in that tier.
Jeremy Maclin - WR - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens WR Jeremy Maclin (groin) said that he played through a torn groin muscle last season.
Huddle Up: Maclin slumped to a 44-536-2 clip last season, and he did miss four games due to injury. He's 29 now and could still have some productivity left as a WR3 in fantasy.
Chad Williams - WR - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals third-round WR Chad Williams will likely begin the season as the team's fifth receiver, according to 98.7 Arizona's Mike Jurecki.
Huddle Up: It's not a big surprise despite the early hype he has generated, considering the Cardinals have a reputation recently of not getting much out of their rookie class and the fact Arizona has Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, J.J. Nelson and Jaron Brown ahead of him on the depth chart. He is being groomed as Fitzgerald's replacement, however, so he should have significant value in 2018 and beyond.
Jarvis Landry - WR - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry has secured 199 catches out of the slot over the last three seasons, more than any other receiver in the NFL over that time.
Huddle Up: Much of Landry's production out of the slot came in his first two seasons, but that doesn't diminish just how consistently he gets open regardless of where he lines up. The fourth-year wideout is a rock-solid WR2 in most leagues and only needs to find the end zone more often in order to become a WR1.
Brandin Cooks - WR - New England Patriots
New England Patriots WR Brandin Cooks has already impressed head coach Bill Belichick. 'Brandin's worked hard. Definitely, he has some skill. A transition for him [from the Saints]; he's working hard to make it,' Belichick said. Belichick said Cooks is able to do multiple things for the Patriots and they'll have to see how those tools translate at training camp.
Huddle Up: Cooks, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski, among others, give Tom Brady a versatile and formidable group of pass-catchers. Cooks may not be as involved with the Patriots, but he'll still play an integral role. As such, he should part of the WR2 conversation for fantasy purposes.
Eric Decker - WR - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans WR Eric Decker's one-year deal is worth up to $5.35 million, according to a source. The deal comes with a $2.5 million signing bonus, a $1.35 million salary and up to $1.50 million in incentives.
Huddle Up: It's a reasonable deal for a one-year contract. Decker will be able to contribute right away to an underrated offense. He even has a good opportunity to be the most productive wide receiver in Tennessee. Still, caution should be used. He'll be competing with Rishard Matthews, Corey Davis and Delanie Walker for targets. Decker has low-end WR3 to high-end WR4 appeal in his new stomping grounds.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Huddle Up: Bell is arguably the best running back in football, but $12 million is a steep price to pay for a running back, no matter how good they are. Deal or not, it would behoove owners with a top three draft pick to select Bell.
Chris Conley - WR - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs WR Chris Conley is just one piece of a young offensive group that has given head coach Andy Reid confidence despite the loss of Baltimore Ravens WR Jeremy Maclin. 'We have a lot of talent right here to do whatever we need to do,' Reid said. Conley himself is ready to take on a leadership role. 'You have to be a good listener [in order to lead], and I got a lot of time being able to watch and listen, and I think that's the way you help these younger guys is you just pay attention,' Conley said.
Huddle Up: Conley seems to be the favorite to take over the Chiefs' No. 2 wide receiver position behind Tyreek Hill. As for fantasy purposes, Conley does have some upside, but he's only ideal as a late-round option in standard formats.
Devonta Freeman - RB - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman's possible long-term contract could be done by the first week of training camp, according to a source. Freeman is entering the final year of his current contract.
Huddle Up: Freeman has averaged 13.5 touchdowns over the last two seasons. He managed 13 total touchdowns last season even with Tevin Coleman breaking out and remains a mid-range RB1 with more value in PPR leagues.
Matthew Stafford - QB - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford has one year left on the extension he signed in 2013, and Lions general manager Bob Quinn told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio over the weekend he?s ?confident? a deal will get done.
Huddle Up: The Lions are expected to make Stafford the highest paid player in the NFL at an average annual salary of more than $25 million per season, although the prevailing wisdom seems to be he will wait until potential contracts with Kirk Cousins and Derek Carr get done before finalizing his contract. Stafford has settled into a midrange QB1 under offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter.
Kirk Cousins - QB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins has 'become a leader and a fixture at a position of perpetual angst for (team owner Dan) Snyder,' according to CBS sports Jason La Confora, who believes there is now an 80 percent chance Cousins signs a long-term deal with the Redskins.
Huddle Up: La Confora also suggests letting Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson walk in free agency was a precursor to a long-term deal for Cousins. There has been a lot of positive momentum to reach a long-term deal this summer, and the sides have just under a month to negotiate a contract before Cousins is forced to play under the franchise tag. He figures to be a low-end QB1 in 2017.
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