John Brown - WR - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown will be the main beneficiary of the departure of Minnesota Vikings WR Michael Floyd, according to Jordan Schultz of Yahoo! Sports. Floyd accounted for 88 targets for the Cardinals last season.
Huddle Up: Brown was a 1,000-yard receiver in 2015, and now that he is healthy and the No. 2 option behind Larry Fitzgerald, WR3 protection is a good bet.
Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey said he is expects to catch passes from QB Cam Newton (shoulder) this weekend and next weekend.
Huddle Up: McCaffrey should have a role in the passing game this season, so it will help him to build chemistry with Newton leading up to the season. McCaffrey probably will also be involved in the running game, which makes him a solid option for fantasy owners. He should be considered a No. 3 running back or flex option in leagues.
Rishard Matthews - WR - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans WR Rishard Matthews should be one of the starting wide receivers this season, in the opinion of TitansOnline.com's Jim Wyatt.
Huddle Up: Matthews is coming off a solid 2016 season when he posted 945 yards and nine touchdowns. The team has added to their receiver corps this offseason, but Matthews probably will receive a similar amount of targets in 2017. Owners in most leagues should consider Matthews as a No. 3 receiver.
Greg Olsen - TE - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen and his agent still have yet to make a decision regarding whether or not Wilson will show up for training camp. Olsen is due to make $6.5 million in each the next two seasons and ranks 12th in guaranteed money, making the three-time Pro Bowler one of the more underpaid tight ends in the league.
Huddle Up: Olsen is also 32 years old, so he is likely looking at his final opportunity to land a big contract. It would be a surprise if he holds out, just like it would be a minor shock if the team didn't try to appease him in some way. Assuming he reports to camp in time, Olsen needs to be considered among the top-five tight ends in fantasy yet again.
Theo Riddick - RB - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick will be used mainly in the passing game if RB Ameer Abdullah is healthy, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, and Birkett believes Riddick could approach 1,000 yards from scrimmage with around 700 coming as a receiver.
Huddle Up: Riddick should at least make for a solid flex play in PPR formats, and given Abdullah's injury history, there is a good chance Riddick could be a RB2 at some point this season.
Ben Roethlisberger - QB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant said he wants to talk with QB Ben Roethlisberger 'man-to-man' about the public comments Roethlisberger made about Bryant's suspension. 'Hopefully we'll have it before the season starts,' Bryant said. 'If not, that's fine. I'm still going to go out and perform and do what I have to do to be the best teammate I can be.'
Huddle Up: Fair or foul, the comments Roethlisberger made shouldn't have much impact on Bryant's fantasy value. If he can stay out of trouble, Bryant's big-play potential makes him a high-upside WR3.
Michael Floyd - WR - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings WR Michael Floyd has been suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Floyd has had some off the field problems over the last year and will miss the first month of the season because of the suspension. Floyd had some value when he signed with the Vikings but probably can be avoided in fantasy leagues now. Adam Thielen could see more targets this season and can be a No. 3 receiver in leagues.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is due to make $12.1 million in 2017 if he plays the season under the franchise tag, but the team hopes to 'press' negotiations over the weekend as the sides head toward the deadline to sign franchise players to long-term deals Monday, July 17.
Huddle Up: Bell is due to make roughly $4 million more than any other running back in the league if he plays under the tag this season, which obviously isn't helping things progress any quicker. Still, the 25-year-old is as good of a back as there is in the league and a great fit in the Steelers' offense, so look for both sides to make an honest attempt to get a deal done. Bell is a strong top-three pick in virtually all fantasy drafts.
LeGarrette Blount - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz attempted 607 passes last year, the second-highest total for a rookie in NFL history. Head coach Doug Pederson hopes to 'take a little bit off' Wentz's plate in 2017 and believes the addition of RB LeGarrette Blount to the running game will help in that respect.
Huddle Up: The running game fell off about the same time right tackle Lane Johnson began serving his suspension, which contributed largely to the Eagles' heavy reliance on Wentz. There is a good chance the second-year signal-caller will improve on last year's numbers (3782 yards passing, 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions) simply because he has a better supporting cast around him now, led by Alshon Jeffery. Wentz should be a solid QB2 in fantasy in 2017.
Ezekiel Elliott - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is reportedly 'bracing' for a 'short suspension' of between one to two games for his alleged involvement in a 2016 domestic violence incident, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Huddle Up: The mere fact the NFL has dragged its investigation into Elliott this long suggests he is more likely than not to miss some time, although everything is speculative at this point. Early drafters may want to slide him down their cheatsheets a few spots, but a one- or two-game suspension puts him essentially in the same boat as Le'Veon Bell last year, and Bell handsomely rewarded owners who spent a late first-round pick on him. Elliott could easily do the same for his owners and is still very much worth a top-10 pick.
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