Oakland Raiders tight end Darren Waller was back at practice Tuesday and was "active as he has been since suffering his shoulder sprain." He suffered an AC joint sprain on Aug 3 and has been a limiting contributor in practices since. It's unlikely he'll suit up for their second exhibition contest on Thursday, but hopefully, we see him dress for Week 3 of the preseason. Waller has been hyped throughout the offseason as well as training camp before the injury earning himself the "sleeper" moniker in fantasy circles. The former wide receiver out of Georgia Tech may have a slow start to the regular season with the amount of time he's missed, but could become a sneaky weapon in this improving offense.
Philadelphia Eagles starting right guard Brandon Brooks is still recovering from his Achilles' injury and has not yet been cleared for team drills. Brooks will "see how his body responds" to one-on-one drills this week. He remains a possibility for Week 1, but he'll need his injury to respond well to increasing work. Brooks suffered an Achilles' injury in the playoffs last season. The Eagles line would start Halapoulivaati Vaitai in place of Brooks if he can't work his way back in time.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen was his usual dependable self on Sunday, snagging all three of his targets for 45 yards in limited action with the first-team offense. Thielen made a nice over-the-shoulder grab for 34 yards in the first quarter and drew a pass interference penalty on a deep ball the very next play. Thielen is simply one of the top receivers in the league, breaking out for 1,373 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in 2018. He also tied the record for consecutive games with 100+ yards receiving with eight, joining Calvin Johnson. Thielen is being drafted at 28 overall (WR11) in points-per-reception formats and is worth a look as a rock-solid WR1 in 2019.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook was listed as active but didn't see the field on Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks. Cook was held out of last week's contest as well - the Vikings are being extra cautious with their third-year back during the preseason as he has struggled to stay healthy early in his career. He's an exceptionally talented player and has sneaky top-5 running back potential this season, but he's definitely not for the faint of heart. Cook's being drafted at 17 overall (RB10), which feels about right. Keep an eye on his status for the third preseason game, but don't expect him to play much, if at all.
Minnesota Vikings rookie tight end Irv Smith Jr. had an impressive night on Sunday, at least as far as preseason games go. Smith Jr. caught all five of his targets for 28 yards and a touchdown, and he looks firmly entrenched as the Vikings top backup option at the tight end spot. It's never a good idea to look too deep into how teams are scheming during the preseason, but it does seem fair to assume that Smith Jr. will be getting some opportunities in the passing game this season. He's more of a dynasty stash this year with Kyle Rudolph still in front of him, but he's probably worth keeping an eye on for ultra-deep leagues. Smith Jr. is currently going undrafted at 301 overall (TE32).
Minnesota Vikings starting quarterback Kirk Cousins was efficient in limited action on Sunday night, going 6-for-8 for 68 yards passing and leading the Vikings to a Dan Bailey 24-yard field goal in the first quarter. Cousins showed nice poise in the pocket and delivered a few beautiful deep balls to Adam Thielen before being pulled after just two drives. The veteran quarterback is entering a crucial second year with the Vikes, and he has the talent and offensive weapons to remain a high-end QB2 and even threaten to crack the QB1 tier in the right matchups. He's currently being drafted as QB16, but that may be underselling his value based on his 2018 production and this year's projections. Look for Cousins and the first-team offense to play much more in the next preseason game on Saturday against the Cardinals.
Buccaneers tight end Tanner Hudson has 177 yards and two touchdowns through two preseason games. He leads the team in both categories along with receptions thus far and has been a pleasant surprise. Hudson is not exactly fighting for starting snaps anytime soon but could play himself into a depth role on the Bucs' final 53. With former first-rounder O.J. Howard along with veteran Cameron Brate in place, Hudson could end up the third-string TE and could find some PT down the stretch if Brate is moved or either is hurt. Regardless, he will not be fantasy relevant for 2019 and should only be looked at for dynasty leagues.
Buccaneers running back Dare Ogunbowale saw first-team reps with Ronald Jones II (knee) out for the time being. The injury to Jones II is not seen as serious, but it is telling from Ogunbowale's recent workload that he is very likely to make the final 53-man roster as the third-string back. It would not be shocking to see Peyton Barber get cut around mid-season if he is ineffective and for Ogunbowale to see a load of touches in the backfield alongside Jones II.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers claimed wide receiver Emanuel Hall off of waivers earlier this week. Hall had been with the Bears earlier but could not make it through camp. The Buccaneers present a solid opportunity given their lack of depth beyond starters Mike Evans and Chris Godwin along with Hall's fit in their new offense. Although Hall is unlikely to make much of an impact in 2019, he could be a solid project for head coach Bruce Arians to groom.
It appears Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown has not gotten over his ongoing helmet issue as hes left the teams training camp once again. General manager Mike Mayock showed his frustration Sunday by saying it's time for him to be all-in or all-out." Brown submitted his old helmet in for testing, which it failed, and hes now left the team with no information on when, or if, hell return. The Raiders believe his frostbitten feet issues are behind him and hes healthy enough to practice, but they can only hope the seven-time Pro Bowler suits up for Week 1. Browns red flags make him a player to fade in the second round despite his immense talent.
Denver Broncos tight end Noah Fant looks to separate himself from his teammate tight ends on the roster for the Broncos, as the team drafted him with high expectations this spring. Offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello has spoken highly of Fant's preseason, as the rookie looks to follow-up a prolific career at the University of Iowa with similar results in the NFL. Fant's main competition is returning tight end Jeff Heuerman, who has been battling injury this preseason after a sub-par 2018 campaign.
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