Houston Texans PK Ka'imi Fairbairn (undisclosed) is nursing an undisclosed injury and might miss the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 18 against the San Francisco 49ers.
Huddle Up: Apparently Fairbairn's injury is considered minor, but they did bring in veteran Giorgio Tavecchio as a camp body. It's uncertain if Tavecchio will be used to just fill in, or if he is a threat to Fairbairn's job. Monitor the situation before drafting a Houston kicker in the final round on draft day.
Giorgio Tavecchio - PK - Oakland Raiders
The Houston Texans worked out free-agent PKs Giorgio Tavecchio (Raiders) and Nick Rose on Wednesday, Aug. 15. Both apparently did well, but Tavecchio is now under consideration to be signed.
Huddle Up: Tavecchio played for special teams coach Brad Seely in Oakland. Apparently Ka'imi Fairbairn is dealing with some type of short-term injury, so it's unclear if Tavecchio will be given a real shot to replace him or the team simply wants him just for the next preseason game. No fantasy appeal here, at least not yet.
Allen Robinson - WR - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson (knee) will play sparingly in Week 2 of the preseason, according to head coach Matt Nagy. Robinson did not play in the first preseason game.
Huddle Up: We'll get our first look at Robinson in his new uniform in a tough test versus Chris Harris and/or Bradley Roby. As long as he doesn't see any setbacks over the next few weeks, he's a prime WR2 as the No. 1 target in an up-and-coming offense.
Courtland Sutton - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton (ankle) twisted his ankle running a route in practice Wednesday, Aug. 15. He did walk off the field on his own power.
Huddle Up: No need to panic for the impressive rookie. Sutton has already made an impression with his performance during training camp. He's the Broncos' No. 3 wide receiver and will have WR2 to WR3 upside if either Demaryius Thomas or Emmanuel Sanders are injured.
Cameron Meredith - WR - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints WR Cameron Meredith (undisclosed) returned to practice Wednesday, Aug. 15, but did not participate in team drills.
Huddle Up: It's unclear what has been bothering Meredith, but it doesn't seem to be serious since he was on the practice field today. Monitor his status, but he has WR3 upside in one of the best passing offenses in the NFL.
Jeremy McNichols - RB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers RB Jeremy McNichols is running with the first-team Wednesday, Aug. 15.
Huddle Up: He's still behind injured Jerick McKinnon (knee) and Matt Breida (shoulder), but he appears entrenched at No. 3. If the aforementioned injuries linger, McNichols could be a good stash option.
Rishard Matthews - WR - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans WR Rishard Matthews (undisclosed) remained on the sidelines at practice Wednesday, Aug. 15.
Huddle Up: There's still no word on the mystery ailment for the WR3 in fantasy. Continue monitoring for the next couple of weeks.
DeVante Parker - WR - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (finger) won't be traded, according to a league source. The Dolphins are happy Parker has advanced in his knowledge of the offense to where he knows both outside receiver spots.
Huddle Up: Things can change, but it sounds like the team still believes in Parker. He should have ample opportunity to live up to his middle-round slotting once he recovers from the injury.
Rashaad Penny - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Updating previous reports, Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny (finger) is having surgery on his broken finger Wednesday, Aug. 15, and he should be ready by Week 1, according to a source. Seattle Mariners 2B Robinson Cano had the same surgery and was a full go within three weeks.
Huddle Up: Penny could still lose some ground to camp standout Chris Carson, but Penny is still worthy of being an RB3 with upside.
Tyrod Taylor - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB Tyrod Taylor will be the team's starting quarterback, according to head coach Hue Jackson. 'I have not changed. I'm not going to change,' Jackson said. 'Tyrod Taylor's the starting quarterback here, and Baker (Mayfield is) the future of our organization.'
Huddle Up: Taylor may open the season the starter, but Mayfield had an impressive preseason opener. Time will tell how much of a placeholder Taylor is. He's a QB2 in fantasy.
Rashaad Penny - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny (hand) will undergo surgery to repair a broken finger on Wednesday, Aug. 15, and he's expected to miss three to four weeks.
Huddle Up: Penny has been trying to beat back the challenge of Chris Carson during training camp, and now the rookie is out of action until basically Week 1 and possibly beyond depending on how quickly he heals. This could spell real trouble for Penny's value, especially early on. At this stage it's probably best to view Penny as an RB3 and Carson as an RB4 as we close in on the regular season, though both players clearly carry the potential to over (or under) perform those designations.
Tyler Eifert - TE - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) will be on a snap count this season. Head coach Marvin Lewis went as far as to say that he hopes Eifert doesn't reach 50 snaps in a game this year.
Huddle Up: Eifert is fragile; that notion is well documented. As such, Tyler Kroft serves as a fine replacement for those who want to play with fire and draft Eifert. The upside is big, but the risk is bigger.
Derek Carr - QB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr has been vocal, directive and fluent in head coach Jon Gruden's offense so far. The command of the offense Carr has shown is evident.
Huddle Up: Carr needs a bounce-back year after a disappointing 2017 campaing. Gruden and his regime may be the spark that ignites that rebound. As for fantasy purposes, Carr just doesn't throw for enough yards or enough touchdowns to have his name included with those in QB1 territory.
Ben Roethlisberger - QB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (undisclosed) was looked at by trainers Tuesday, Aug. 14, after being face down on the field and picking himself up.
Huddle Up: There aren't many details regarding the nature of Ben's injury yet, so this development will need some monitoring. Assuming the issue is not serious, Big Ben remains comfortably in the QB1 conversation.
Patrick Mahomes - QB - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and the first-team offense will play the whole first half in Week 2 of the preseason, according to head coach Andy Reid.
Huddle Up: Mahomes will be given meaningful playing time for the first time since Week 17 of last season. He'll need it, too, to shake off rust and develop more fluidity with his supporting cast. His dual-threat ability gives him high-end QB2 appeal.
Marquise Goodwin - WR - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin has continued to establish himself as the team's top receiver and is 'clearly Jimmy Garoppolo's favorite target,' according to ESPN's Nick Wagoner.
Huddle Up: The drumbeat on Goodwin has been steady throughout camp, and owners need to acknowledge 2018 may be his time after he emerged as a top receiver down the stretch last year. He needs to be considered a WR3 with upside.
Royce Freeman - RB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos RB Royce Freeman 'will be the primary back before too long,' according to ESPN's Jeff Legwold.
Huddle Up: Legwold cautions this news might not mean Freeman will see 250 carries, but he's going to get work, already blocks well enough to play on third down and is the favorite to get red zone chances. Devontae Booker is going to mix in to be sure, but it sounds as if the rookie now has a realistic shot of becoming the next C.J. Anderson in this offense. Freeman is starting to sound as if he could be a strong value pick in the fifth round.
DeVante Parker - WR - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (finger) is week to week with a broken middle finger, according to a source. He's expected back for the season opener.
Huddle Up: It's always something. Parker is the quintessential tease at the position and in fantasy, but he has yet to live up to the hype. He could be a value in the middle rounds or a weekly headache.
Carson Wentz - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
Updating an ongoing story, Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (knee) said 'it will be close' as to whether he'll be ready for Week 1. 'I obviously would love to be out there,' Wentz said. 'That's been my goal all offseason ever since the injury. It's going to be close. I'm still eyeing that date. At the end of the day, it's not just my decision. There's coaches and doctors that really have the final say. I really like where I'm at and time will tell here.'
Huddle Up: Wentz is a top-five option at quarterback in fantasy. However, he's swinging on a pendulum. If he were to miss a game or two, the pool in the midrange QB1 area is so close that maybe he slides down a few spots. The thing with Wentz is he has top-three upside, whereas you probably can't say that about the other QBs around him.
Saquon Barkley - RB - New York Giants
New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley (hamstring) is working with a resistance band on the sidelines at practice Tuesday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: Barkley is a RB1 with a lot of pizzazz this season. Be careful not to overdraft him ahead of sure things, but he looks the part.