Darren McFadden - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden rushed six times for 28 yards in a 13-10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 12, but Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com believes McFadden left some yards on the field and thinks the Cowboys could go with a committee approach while RB Ezekiel Elliott is serving his suspension.
Huddle Up: McFadden and Alfred Morris are the likely candidates to pick up the slack while Elliott is sidelined, but McFadden is still the more attractive option. He will have RB2 potential, especially in PPR formats. Morris should be owned in case McFadden struggles or is injured.
Tavon Austin - WR - Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Rams WR Tavon Austin (hamstring) will not participate in practice this week because of a hamstring injury. Head coach Sean McVay said the team is not sure if Austin will play in any preseason games.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to keep an eye on the situation to see if Austin will be ready for the start of the regular season. He probably will be the No. 3 or No. 4 receiver for the Rams this season and may see fewer targets because of the addition of Sammy Watkins. He could be a No. 5 receiver in some leagues or a waiver wire option during the season.
Sterling Shepard - WR - New York Giants
New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard (ankle) fully participated in practice Sunday, Aug. 13. Shepard may have a chance to play in the second preseason game.
Huddle Up: Shepard probably will be the slot receiver for the Giants this season and should receive plenty of playing time this season. He recorded 683 yards and eight touchdowns last season and has a chance to improve on those stats. He can be considered a No. 4 or No. 5 receiver in most fantasy leagues.
Jordan Reed - TE - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (toe) said his new cleats and orthotics have made a difference with his sprained big toe. He is still on the Physically Unable to Perform list but expects to start practicing soon.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to keep an eye on the situation to see when Reed will be able to return to practice. Reed is one of the better fantasy tight ends but continues to be a risky option because of his injury history. He can be a No. 1 tight end for owners this season but they should have a strong backup in case he misses time.
Jay Ajayi - RB - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi (concussion, dehydration) participated in practice Sunday, Aug. 13, but left early because of hydration issues. Ajayi is still technically in the concussion protocol even though he participated in practice.
Huddle Up: Ajayi appears to be close to being cleared and should be able to play in at least one preseason game. He was one of the top running backs in the NFL in 2016 and should receiver a similar number of carries this season. Ajayi can be a solid No. 1 running back in all leagues.
Zay Jones - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Zay Jones worked exclusively with the first-team offense during practice Sunday, Aug. 13.
Huddle Up: Jones is expected to be a top-three receiver for the Bills this season and could be used as an outside receiver. He can be considered a No. 4 receiver in some fantasy leagues but will be more valuable in keeper leagues.
Jordan Matthews - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Jordan Matthews (chest) suffered a chest injury during practice Sunday, Aug. 13, but was able to finish practice. He was being evaluated after practice.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to keep an eye on the situation to find out the severity of Matthews' injury. He should be a starting receiver this season for the Bills, but owners will have a better understanding of his role when he plays in preseason games. Matthews probably can be considered a No. 3 fantasy receiver.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers PK Roberto Aguayo was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Bears Sunday, Aug. 13, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Aguayo will compete with the Connor Barth for the kicking job during training camp but can be avoided in all leagues if he wins the job because of his struggles over the last few seasons.
Andrew Luck - QB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck's (shoulder) surgically repaired shoulder is stronger now than it was at any point last season, according to general manager Chris Ballard.
Huddle Up: Luck is working his way back from the surgery and his status for the start of the regular season is in question but it seems like he is making progress. He is one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL when he is healthy and will have a solid group of receivers to work with in 2017. He can be considered a No. 1 fantasy quarterback in all leagues, but owners will need a strong backup in case Luck misses a few games.
Kenny Golladay - WR - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay finished with three catches for 53 yards and two touchdowns in the team's preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Aug. 13.
Huddle Up: Golladay's first score on a catch in which his right arm was obstructed by cornerback Quincy Wilson and as he was falling into the end zone, while the second came on an underthrown fade-stop. Both receptions showed off the rookie's ability to play the ball in the air and justified the hype he has created during camp. While Golden Tate and Marvin Jones have secure holds on their starting jobs, Golladay is a solid stash in dynasty and could carry some WR5 value.
Leonard Fournette - RB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (foot) sat out of practice due to a foot injury Sunday, Aug. 13. Head coach Doug Marrone was noncommittal when asked if the injury would keep Fournette out of the team's second preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, Aug. 17. 'It?s been something that has been growing. ... The other day, it was sore so we said, ?Hey, let?s not take any chances. ? We?re going to be really cautious with that. If it puts anything in jeopardy for a longer deal, then I probably won?t (play him Thursday),' Marrone said.
Huddle Up: Fournette is a solid bet to carry the ball 300-plus times in 2017, so the Jaguars will probably opt to sit him against Tampa Bay. For now, he remains a solid pick in the middle of the second round in fantasy drafts. Expect T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory to see the bulk of the work in the first half versus the Buccaneers.
Jay Ajayi - RB - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi is no longer in the concussion protocol, according to head coach Adam Gase.
Huddle Up: Ajayi reportedly left Sunday's practice early, but it appears it was a case of dehydration and not a relapse of concussion symptoms. Ajayi ended up is missing nearly two weeks of practice due to the concussion, so he's a bit behind, but not to the point where he should be able to get ready to handle a full load by Week 1. Assuming good health, Ajayi is a good bet to push 300 carries and should be taken a RB1 inside the top 20 picks of most fantasy drafts.
Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) is being restricted from making deep throws, but he made some passes during a red zone portion of practice Sunday, Aug. 13.
Huddle Up: Newton has about another month to get ready for the season opener against the San Francisco 49ers, so there is no cause for alarm yet. Expect Newton to progressively work on deeper throws toward the end of the month before the team allows him to cut it loose in the first week of September. There is no question he comes with some risk, but Newton has top-five upside at his position if he doesn't experience any setbacks.
Paul Perkins - RB - New York Giants
New York Giants RB Paul Perkins has not 'blown anyone away with his performance this summer,' according to ESPN.com's Jordan Raanan. He also drew criticism from head coach Ben McAdoo for his inability to get a first down on one of his few carries in the team's preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. 'He has to make (that safety) miss and he has to run him over. We have to at least get a first down on that play,' McAdoo said.
Huddle Up: Orleans Darkwa has reportedly split some first-team reps with Perkins recently, which is obviously not a good sign. Perkins' upside was already a bit limited given the Giants' desire to use a committee, but it was assumed he would have a fairly good grasp on early-down duties. The second-year back is little more than a fantasy RB4 and will probably remain that way in 2017.
Rico Gathers - TE - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys TE Rico Gathers caught four passes for 47 yards and a touchdown, his second of the preseason, in a 13-10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams Saturday, Aug. 12.
Huddle Up: Gathers continues to show promise as he makes his transition from basketball player to tight end. If he is available in your dynasty league, he is a worthwhile stash candidate.
Sammy Watkins - WR - Buffalo Bills
Los Angeles Rams WR Sammy Watkins said he can be 'that home-run guy' for the offense.
Huddle Up: Watkins has loads of talent, but staying healthy was already a problem, and the quarterback situation in Los Angeles is far from ideal. He should be considered a high-upside WR3 at this point.
Robby Anderson - WR - New York Jets
New York Jets WR Robby Anderson caught three passes for a game-high 71 yards in a 7-3 win over the Tennessee Titans in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 12.
Huddle Up: Anderson is the best receiver the Jets have at this point, so volume alone should push him into the WR4 range.
Marcus Mariota - QB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota (leg) played two series against the New York Jets in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 12, completing two of his three pass attempts for 15 yards.
Huddle Up: The numbers are really secondary to the fact that Mariota saw action in a game for the first time since breaking his leg last season. It should be full steam ahead for the dual-threat quarterback, and Mariota has a chance to sneak into QB1 territory this season.
Alfred Blue - RB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans RB Alfred Blue said he feels more explosive and can make quicker cuts this season thanks to a workout regimen that included yoga and Pilates.
Huddle Up: Blue is competing with D'Onta Foreman to be the primary backup to Lamar Miller. The upside is in Foreman's corner, but if Blue wins the No. 2 job, he would be worth a late-round flier in case Miller goes down.
Paxton Lynch - QB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch looked more comfortable going through his progressions during practice Saturday, Aug. 12, according to Cecil Lammey of 104.3 The Fan.
Huddle Up: Lynch is struggling to beat out Trevor Siemian for the starting gig, and it doesn't seem like he'll help fantasy owners any time soon. It doesn't hurt to stash him in dynasty leagues if you have the space, but he can be ignored in redraft formats.