Charles Clay - TE - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 14, because he received the day off.
Huddle Up: Clay likely will receive practices off during the season because of his back but will be able to play as long as he does not suffer a setback. He should have a solid role in the passing game this season but should only be considered a No. 2 fantasy tight end.
John Ross - WR - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (shoulder) was a full participant in practice Monday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: Unfortunately for Ross, he's a one-trick pony; a deep threat. Plus, he'll be competing for targets behind at least A.J. Green, Brandon LaFell and Tyler Eifert. The rookie speedster is a stash in standard leagues.
Braxton Miller - WR - Houston Texans
Houston Texans WR Braxton Miller (ankle) is dealing with a mild ankle sprain, but his prognosis is positive.
Huddle Up: Miller has a good opportunity to earn the Texans' No. 2 wide receiver spot with Will Fuller sidelined. The talent is there, but Miller is still learning after just one season in the NFL. View the sophomore as a late-round flier.
Leonard Fournette - RB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (foot) will not play Thursday, Aug. 17, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because of his foot injury, according to head coach Doug Marrone.
Huddle Up: The Jaguars will take it easy with their highly touted rookie so as to not aggravate the injury. Fournette had foot issues in college, too, so they'll be especially careful. As long as Fournette doesn't have any setbacks, he remains a low-end RB1 to high-end RB2 consideration.
Ryan Mathews - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews arrived in Philadelphia Monday, Aug. 14, which could generate a decision on his status with the Eagles in the near future.
Huddle Up: The Eagles' backfield is crowded even without Mathews. He ran for nearly 700 yards and eight touchdowns last year, but LeGarrette Blount is taking over his role. Mathews is somewhat of a misfit right now. Don't be surprised to see him cut.
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) is slated for an October debut as he returns from a back injury, according to sources.
Huddle Up: It'll take time for him to get acclimated to game speed when he returns, so you can essentially start expecting a return on your WR5 investment in the second half of the season.
Deshaun Watson - QB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson took first-team repetitions in practice Monday, Aug. 14, but head coach Bill O'Brien downplayed it saying that's how the repetitions lined up.
Huddle Up: Watson has a chance to unseat Tom Savage as the starter, but he's more of a dynasty option.
Kenyan Drake - RB - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake (head) suffered an apparent head injury in practice Monday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: Drake may have had some RB5 luster because starter Jay Ajayi (concussion) has been concussed. Drake is more of a handcuff than one with true RB5 stature.
Devonta Freeman - RB - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (concussion) was out of practice Monday, Aug. 14, and he is in the concussion protocol. He has been ruled out for the second preseason game.
Huddle Up: He left practice Sunday due to heat-related symptoms, but it appears the situation was worse than expected. He still has plenty of time to be ready for the season, and he remains a high-end RB1 in fantasy.
Jordan Reed - TE - Washington Redskins
Updating previous reports, Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (toe) disclosed that he had a fracture in his toe Sunday, Aug. 13. 'It's the cleats more than anything,' Reed said. 'The cleats prior to this were more narrow and pressing on the bone that I had the fracture in. These cleats are wider and the orthotics are softer so I don't feel it.'
Huddle Up: Reed is expected back before the start of the season. He's a legit TE1 in fantasy, but his propensity for injuries require a high-upside backup behind him.
Marqise Lee - WR - Jacksonville Jaguars
Updating previous reports, Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (ankle) is out with a high ankle sprain. He will attempt to return before Week 1.
Huddle Up: These are usually four-to-six-week injuries, and Week 1 should be considered doubtful. Lee falls back to a WR5 flyer. Rashad Greene could see more time in the slot, but he's a fringe WR5.
Julius Thomas - TE - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins TE Julius Thomas (back) is out of practice Monday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: The oft-injured tight end could still be a useful backup in fantasy, but his ceiling is pretty low compared to where it once was.
Wendell Smallwood - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles RB Wendell Smallwood (hamstring) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: Smallwood was making some noise before he lost a week due to injury. He has some work to do, but he's in the RB5 category.
Jordan Matthews - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Jordan Matthews (chest) has a chip fracture in his sternum, and the team is calling his status 'week to week.'
Huddle Up: It sounds like he'll be ready to go for Week 1. The change of scenery doesn't change his outlook in fantasy a whole lot. He remains a solid WR3 in PPR leagues.
Jamaal Charles - RB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos RB Jamaal Charles (knee) may not play in the second exhibition game Saturday, Aug. 19, against the San Francisco 49ers.
Huddle Up: Ordinarily this would not be a big deal, as many of the regular players do not take part in one or more of the exhibitions. However, with Charles returning from knee issues, he needs to show Denver he is capable of some workload. Continue to monitor the situation but keep his draft status downgraded, at least RB4.
Paul Richardson - WR - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks WR Paul Richardson (shoulder) exited the preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers with a shoulder injury.
Huddle Up: Richardson has flashed the talent that made him a second-round pick, but durability has been a huge issue, and he's dinged up again. He has a lot of upside for a player who should be available late in drafts, but don't count on him playing the entire season.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (head) returned to practice Sunday, Aug. 13.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster is in a battle for the No. 3 receiver role in Pittsburgh. If he breaks camp with the job, he is worth a late-round flier. If he has a smaller role, his value is limited to keeper formats.
DeMarco Murray - RB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring) will return to practice this week and 'do more than he did last week,' head coach Mike Mularkey said Sunday, Aug. 13.
Huddle Up: Derrick Henry is pushing for more playing time, but Murray is still top dog in Tennessee and a low-end RB1. That being said, spending a mid-round pick to add Henry as a handcuff would be wise.
Josh Doctson - WR - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson (hamstring) is still four or five days away from returning to practice, head coach Jay Gruden said Sunday, Aug. 13.
Huddle Up: Doctson has been battling injures since being drafted last year, but the former first-rounder should have a steady role in Washington's passing attack if he can stay on the field. Given his upside, he is worth gambling on as a WR4.
James Conner - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) said he felt great after doing individual work and 7-on-7 drills during practice Sunday, Aug. 13, and he is on track to play in the second preseason game Sunday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: As long as Conner's recovery remains on schedule, he should enter the season as the primary backup to Le'Veon Bell. He is one of the more appealing backup running backs to draft, and Bell owners should grab him as a handcuff.