Jameis Winston - QB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston was sacked five times in a 13-12 preseason win over the Cleveland Browns Friday, Aug. 23, and he completed nine of his 19 pass attempts for 88 yards and rushed two times for six yards.
Huddle Up: Winston was running for his life all night, but on the plus side, he continued to show good chemistry with Chris Godwin. With plenty of weapons around him, he should deliver QB1 numbers for fantasy owners, even if the Buccaneers struggle to win games.
Derrius Guice - RB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins RB Derrius Guice's performance against the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, Aug. 22, impressed head coach Jay Gruden. 'Looked like he was decisive with his cuts for the most part, ran with some power at times, moved the pile when there wasn't anything there,' Gruden said.
Huddle Up: While Guice is likely slated for a committee with Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson to open the year, he could take command of the backfield sooner rather than later. He's a safer pick in keeper formats, but he has a enough upside in redraft leagues to take a chance on in the middle rounds.
Matthew Stafford - QB - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford completed 12 of his 19 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown in a 24-20 preseason loss to the Buffalo Bills Friday, Aug. 23.
Huddle Up: Stafford has delivered a few low-end QB1 season in the past, but while he may be more efficient in an offense that is expected to focus more on the ground game, he is likely headed for midrange QB2 production.
T.J. Hockenson - TE - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions TE T.J. Hockenson caught three of his four targets for 52 yards in a 24-20 preseason loss to the Buffalo Bills Friday, Aug. 23.
Huddle Up: Rookie tight ends have a notoriously tough time transitioning to the NFL, but Hockenson is going to have a role immediately. He should at least be a threat in the red zone and a streaming option for fantasy owners.
LeSean McCoy - RB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy rushed six times for 37 yards in a 24-20 preseason win over the Detroit Lions Friday, Aug. 23.
Huddle Up: Rumors have circulated that McCoy could be cut or traded, but if he remains with the Bills, he is going to be part of a committee with Frank Gore and Devin Singletary. At best, he could be a low-end flex option.
Ronald Jones - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones rushed four times for eight yards and failed to catch his only target in a 13-12 preseason win over the Cleveland Browns Friday, Aug. 23.
Huddle Up: Te be fair, Peyton Barber was even worse running the ball, but Jones has yet to show he can produce on the field when it matters. He has the highest ceiling of Tampa Bay's running backs, but he remains a boom-or-bust RB4.
Chris Godwin - WR - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin caught four of his six targets for 52 yards in a 13-12 preseason win over the Cleveland Browns Friday, Aug. 23.
Huddle Up: Godwin continues to look sharp in the preseason, backing up all the offseason hype. He has legitimate WR2 upside, but the window to grab him as a value pick in fantasy drafts closed a long time ago.
Baker Mayfield - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield completed 10 of his 26 passes for 72 yards and an interception in a 13-12 preseason loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Friday, Aug. 23.
Huddle Up: It was an ugly offensive performance for both teams, but it is worth noting that while all the pieces are in place for Mayfield to have a big season, he is still unproven compared to some other QB1 options.
DK Metcalf - WR - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks WR D.K. Metcalf (knee) will participate in some practice activities next week because his knee has shown no swelling since his surgery, head coach Pete Carroll said Friday, Aug. 23.
Huddle Up: While it still remains to be seen if Metcalf will be on the field for Week 1, it doesn't sound like the knee injury will sideline him for an extended period. He will likely be a big-play dependent fantasy option as a rookie, but he's a good fit for Seattle's passing attack. He's a late-round option with upside in redraft leagues and an even better pick in best ball formats.
Ronald Jones - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones (knee) 'has had some busts in blitz pickup, and he's still working on his route running,' according to ESPN's Jenna Laine.
Huddle Up: Running backs coach Todd McNair also noticed during the offseason Jones was using "odd angles with his hands" when attempting to catch the ball. While McNair worked with Jones on that aspect of his game throughout the spring, it could explain why he has struggled to be a better receiver. The expectation is Peyton Barber will begin the season as the starter and Jones will get a chance to overtake him at some point. Both backs belong on benches in the majority of fantasy leagues at the moment.
Antonio Brown - WR - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown's second helmet grievance of the preseason was heard Friday, Aug. 23, and a decision is expected early next week, according to a source.
Huddle Up: It's highly unlikely Brown would sit out any regular-season games over a helmet, but there is enough concern over his current situation and change of teams that the former consensus-No. 1 overall fantasy wide receiver is a low-end WR1.
Jacoby Brissett - QB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts QB Jacoby Brissett will be held out of the team's Saturday, Aug. 24, preseason game against the Chicago Bears. The Colts are holding out a majority of their starters, and Brissett is the starting quarterback until Andrew Luck (ankle) returns to practice.
Huddle Up: Looks like it will be Phillip Walker and Chad Kelly time if you're looking for a QB for preseason DFS purposes.
Terrelle Pryor - WR - Buffalo Bills
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) is considered day-to-day after suffering a hamstring injury in the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 22. The injury isn't considered as serious as the hamstring injury he had two weeks ago.
Huddle Up: Pryor remains off the fantasy radar coming off two straight non-productive seasons, and the latest injury setback is doing nothing to help.
Jordan Reed - TE - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (concussion) is in the league's concussion protocol after sustaining the injury in a preseason game Thursday, Aug. 22.
Huddle Up: Another game, another injury for the star-crossed Reed. The tight end certainly has the talent to produce when healthy, but let another fantasy GM in your league take on the weekly injury risk with Reed.
JJ Arcega-Whiteside - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside earned the praise of head coach Doug Pederson on Thursday, Aug. 22, after catching eight of his nine targets for 104 yards and a touchdown in a preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens. 'One of the things (about)J.J. is (he is) a hard worker,' Pederson said. 'You see it in practice every day. He comes to work every day. He wants to get better. He wants to be taught. He wants to learn. He has a great mentor in Alshon (Jeffery) in front of him, so he's learning from that. Being able to talk to Josh or talk to Carson (Wentz) during the week, talk about routes, talk about coverage, and that's where he really takes it over to the field, and I think that's what you saw tonight with him and his ability to make plays. The red zone we know he can be explosive. He was able to do that really not only there, but out in the field.'
Huddle Up: Whiteside's upside is impressive, but he looks to have landed on the wrong team for 2019 re-draft fantasy purposes with all the passing game weapons in Philly. He's a late-round flyer for now.
Marquise Brown - WR - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens Marquise Brown (foot) made his pro debut Thursday, Aug. 22, in a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, catching all three of his targets for 17 yards, losing four yards o an end-around and catching a two-point conversion pass that was later called back. 'Man, it felt amazing,' he said. 'It's the best day so far. Just being out here -- from pregame to being in the game and being with the team -- it was just a lot of fun.'
Huddle Up: If he has no setbacks coming off offseason Lisfranc foot surgery, Brown has the skills to be an above-average NFL wideout, but his fantasy upside is limited by the Ravens' passing-game limitations. He's a late-round upside WR dart throw in the majority of leagues.
Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers
Updating previous reports, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (foot) was diagnosed with a mid-foot sprain, and the team is cautiously optimistic about his status for Week 1.
Huddle Up: While it's good news that it's not broken, a mid-foot sprain can still be a multiple-week injury. Newton is among a glut of mid-to-low QB1 options, and his early season prognosis doesn't look great. You should be careful if he's your QB1 option in drafts and assess other options within the tier.
Daniel Jones - QB - New York Giants
New York Giants QB Daniel Jones is 25-for-30 for 369 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in three preseason games.
Huddle Up: The only knock is that he has lost two fumbles. It's probably not enough to jettison Eli Manning out as the starter, but the clock is ticking. Jones is only worth owning in dynasty formats, but he could be an early season waiver claim.
Josh Rosen - QB - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins QB Josh Rosen completed 5 of 7 passes for 59 yards and ran four times for 23 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday, Aug. 22.
Huddle Up: Rosen led a 99-yard touchdown drive and continues to show improvement, and ESPN's Cameron Wolfe added that Rosen appears that he'll be "ready sooner than later." While Wolfe also noted that Ryan Fitzpatrick is the likely Week 1 starter, it would make no sense for the Dolphins not to take a long look at Rosen during what's set to be a rebuilding year. While neither player holds single-year value, Rosen still has long-term upside.
Dede Westbrook - WR - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook four of his seven targets for 29 yards and a touchdown in a 22-7 loss to the Miami Dolphins Thursday, Aug. 22.
Huddle Up: Westbrook is the closest thing the Jaguars have to a No. 1 receiver at this point, but he is only a flex option for fantasy purposes.