Greg Zuerlein - PK - Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Rams PK Greg Zuerlein (foot) was not able to practice Wednesday, Jan. 23. It's Zuerlein's non-kicking foot that is ailing.
Huddle Up: Zuerlein was gold last week, kicking the Rams into Super Bowel LIII. He's fantasy gold when healthy, too, and managed to achieve PK1 status despite being sidelined for seven games in 2018.
Larry Fitzgerald - WR - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald needs 23 receptions to reach 1,326 receptions and pass former NFL TE Tony Gonzalez for second place on the all-time receptions list. Former NFL WR Jerry Rice tops the list at 1,549 catches. For a loftier goal, Fitzgerald needs 13 touchdowns to reach 129 career receiving touchdowns and pass former NFL WR Marvin Harrison for fifth on the all-time receiving touchdowns list.
Huddle Up: After Fitz finishes his 2019 campaign, he'll go down as one of the greatest wide receivers in the history of the game. His 2018 season left something to be desired, but he has scored at least six touchdowns in each of the last four seasons. With a new offensive minded head coach and another offseason under Josh Rosen's belt, Fitz possesses PPR WR2 value.
LeSean McCoy - RB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy believes he and the Bills will bounce back after a personally and collectively trying season. McCoy had his worst season as a professional football player, he was the subject of accusation in an alleged domestic incident and he was benched in Week 16.
Huddle Up: What's more is that McCoy will turn 31 years old this offseason and is over the hill in running back years. He should still be the main guy in Buffalo's backfield, but he is far from being the RB1 conversation.
Larry Fitzgerald - WR - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald announced Wednesday, Jan. 23, that he'll return for the 2019 season.
Huddle Up: Fitz had a 69-734-6 season, which was well below the 100-catch, 1,000-yard seasons the three years previously. The rookie quarterback was part of the problem, but he doesn't have much more upside next season. He's still a PPR asset, but he'll be a mid-round option as a WR3.
Albert Wilson - WR - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins WR Albert Wilson (hip) is on schedule with his recovery from an October hip injury that landed him on IR and could be at full speed when the team's offseason workout program begins in April.
Huddle Up: After four largely nondescript seasons in Kansas City, Wilson flashed some playmaking ability before getting injured against the Lions. There are far too many variables in Miami for an accurate read on Wilson's fantasy prospects for 2019, but he did enough last year to warrant your attention.
Nick Foles - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles would be eligible to be franchise or transition tagged and then traded if the team decides not to pick up his option, which ESPN's Chris Mortensen believes is a possibility as doing so would allow the Eagles to influence Foles' destination.
Huddle Up: Mortensen indicates such a move would prevent Foles from going to a division rival, but it's all speculation at this point. While it's far from a sure thing, Foles could have some fantasy value in the right situation.
Cole Beasley - WR - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys impending free-agent WR Cole Beasley claimed Tuesday, Jan. 22, that the Dallas front office encourages the coaching staff to get the football to certain players. 'I haven't been a huge priority in that regard. Maybe that will change but I'm not sure,' Beasley said.
Huddle Up: Beasley's frustrations are evident and understandable, although Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott and Michael Gallup are all bigger, more talented threats with the ball. Beasley does have a role to play and put together his second best season from a statistical standpoint. That being said, he's only a mid- to late-round PPR flier if he stays in Dallas.
Jared Cook - TE - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders impending free-agent TE Jared Cook will be re-signed if head coach Jon Gruden has his way, but Gruden admitted that Cook will be a popular name on the free-agent market.
Huddle Up: Cook was one of the few bright spots for the Raiders this season, and maybe the lone bright spot. He's a top-five fantasy tight end candidate now after finishing 2018 as the TE5.
Julio Jones - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones led all receivers with 24 receptions for first downs on 30 third-down targets this past season.
Huddle Up: Despite a slow start in the TD department (none in his first seven games) Jones also wound up leading the league in receiving yards (1,677) for the second time in the last four seasons. And even with Jones turning 30 this offseason (on Super Bowl Sunday), he remains an elite WR1 in all fantasy formats.
Marshawn Lynch - RB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch, an impending free agent this offseason, hasn't announced whether he plans on playing in 2019, but if he does, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said Tuesday, Jan. 22, that 'we'd love to have him back.'
Huddle Up: Lynch will be 33 by the time next season rolls around, but he'd still be a fantasy RB2 consideration if were to be projected to be the primary RB in Oakland.
Jerick McKinnon - RB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon (knee) was recently seen catching passes from QB Jimmy Garoppolo, general manager John Lynch said Tuesday, Jan. 22, in an interview.
Huddle Up: A preseason knee injury shelved McKinnon for the season, but at least it happened earlier enough that McKinnon is expected to participate in training camp and be ready for the start of 2019 season. And that coupled with the Niners' strong productiveness with several different backs makes McKinnon an intriguing fantasy bounce-back candidate.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) was throwing passes to RB Jerick McKinnon (knee) recently, 49ers general manager John Lynch said Tuesday, Jan. 22, in an interview.
Huddle Up: All appears to be going well in the recovery of Garoppolo, who was injured in Week 3. There are sure to be plenty of updates upcoming throughout the offseason, but expect Garoppolo to be ready for training camp.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady could retire if the Patriots win Super Bowl LIII.
Huddle Up: Of course, we've been saying this for the past five years or so, but with time marching on, it's inevitably growing closer to coming true.
Todd Gurley - RB - Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley has a tough matchup in the Super Bowl against a New England Patriots defense that has quietly stymied opposing running backs of late.
Huddle Up: The Patriots didn't allow a rushing touchdown the last three weeks of the regular season and have really limited opposing rushers in the playoffs. They held Melvin Gordon to 9-15-1 on the ground and Damien Williams to 10-30-1 on the ground. Gurley, who was invisible in the NFC Championship game is clearly a supreme option to those two, and he's the best back playing in the Super Bowl. However, if you're playing in daily formats, you might be better off paying for James White and another player than paying for Gurley's large salary.
Rob Gronkowski - TE - New England Patriots
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski was on the field for all 97 offensive snaps during the AFC Championship game.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski has struggled at times during second half of the season but is coming off a solid performance against the Kansas City Chiefs. It is believed that he will consider retirement this offseason, so owners should monitor the situation. He could still be a No. 1 tight end in fantasy leagues if he plays.
Eli Manning - QB - New York Giants
New York Giants QB Eli Manning is expected to return to the Giants next season, according to his agent Tom Condon. Condon said he has not had any talks with the Giants about the possibility of them releasing Manning.
Huddle Up: Manning has thrown for at least 4,000 yards in four of the last five season but has thrown only 40 touchdowns over the last two seasons. The Giants likely will add a quarterback at some point this offseason, but it is not known if Manning will be a starter in 2019. Owners in all leagues probably can avoid Manning even if he is a starting quarterback.
Alex Smith - QB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins QB Alex Smith (leg) was seen wearing a special leg brace Monday, Jan. 21. Smith underwent multiple surgeries on a broken fibula and tibia in addition to dealing with infections as a result of complications from the surgeries.
Huddle Up: Smith and his leg have a long road ahead of them. His status for the 2019 season seems doubtful given the severity of the injury and the extensive recovery. If the Redskins don't sign or draft a quarterback, Colt McCoy figures to start assuming he makes a full recovery from a broken leg. He is not a realistic fantasy option.
Sony Michel - RB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel is the first rookie running ever to run for at least 100 yards and two touchdowns in a championship game.
Huddle Up: Michel has been on fire in his first postseason, amassing 242 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns in his first two games. That's with Rex Burkhead and James White taking away snaps, too. Michel's value is weaker in PPR leagues, but he's a quality RB2 prospect going forward.
Alvin Kamara - RB - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara became just the second running back ever to catch at least 11 passes in a conference championship game. San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon caught 11 passes in the NFC Championship game last year with the Minnesota Vikings.
Huddle Up: Kamara is arguably the best receiving threat out the backfield in all of football. He has caught 81 balls in each of his first two seasons and must be drafted in the first round, especially with Drew Brees expected to return.
Nelson Agholor - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles WR Nelson Agholor could be made available in a trade, according to Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski, who cites Agholor's high salary ($9.387 million) and the team's limited cap space as reasons the Eagles would consider trading Agholor.
Huddle Up: Outside of TDs, Agholor more or less matched his "breakout" campaign last season, posting a 64-736-4 line (slightly down from 62-768-8 in '17). As it stands, the USC product is a late-round flier, though he could move up or down by the time we hit August.