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Fantasy Football 2017: Week 6 rankings

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Fantasy Football 2017: Week 6 rankings

The first Bye Week has come and gone and fantasy managers are beginning to start working on trades to clean up their rosters for bye weeks.

Week 6 is here and so are my fantasy football positional rankings. 

Quarterbacks

1.  Tom Brady, NE
 
2.  Aaron Rodgers, GB
 
3.  Drew Brees, NO
 
4.  Deshaun Watson, HOU
 
5.  Kirk Cousins, WAS
 
6.  Cam Newton, CAR
 
7.  Matt Ryan, ATL
 
8.  Matthew Stafford, DET
 
9.  Jameis Winston, TB
 
10.  Philip Rivers, LAC
 
11.  Alex Smith, KC
 
12.  Carson Palmer, ARI
 
13.  Carson Wentz, PHI
 
14.  Marcus Mariota, TEN
 
15.  Derek Carr, OAK
 
16.  Jacoby Brissett, IND
 
17.  Case Keenum, MIN
 
18.  Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
 
19.  Josh McCown, NYJ
 
20.  Trevor Siemian, DEN
 
21.  Kevin Hogan, CLE
 
22.  Joe Flacco, BAL
 
23.  Brian Hoyer, SF
 
24.  Blake Bortles, JAC
 
25.  Jared Goff, LAR
 
26.  Mitch Trubisky, CHI
 
27.  Jay Cutler, MIA
 
28.  Eli Manning, NYG

Running backs

1.  Kareem Hunt, KC
 
2.  Leonard Fournette, JAC
 
3.  Le'Veon Bell, PIT
 
4.  Todd Gurley, LAR
 
5.  Devonta Freeman, ATL
 
6.  Melvin Gordon, LAC
 
7.  C.J. Anderson, DEN
 
8.  Lamar Miller, HOU
 
9.  Jordan Howard, CHI
 
10.  Mark Ingram, NO
 
11.  DeMarco Murray, TEN
 
12.  Jay Ajayi, MIA
 
13.  Marshawn Lynch, OAK
 
14.  Javorius Allen, BAL
 
15.  Mike Gillislee, NE
 
16.  Doug Martin, TB
 
17.  Jerick McKinnon, MIN
 
18.  Ameer Abdullah, DET
 
19.  Aaron Jones, GB
 
20.  Alvin Kamara, NO
 
21.  Carlos Hyde, SF
 
22.  Tevin Coleman, ATL
 
23.  Elijah McGuire, NYJ
 
24.  Chris Thompson, WAS
 
25.  Christian McCaffrey, CAR
 
26.  Duke Johnson, CLE
 
27.  Jonathan Stewart, CAR
 
28.  LeGarrette Blount, PHI
 
29.  Isaiah Crowell, CLE
 
30.  Frank Gore, IND
 
31.  Andre Ellington, ARI
 
32.  Alex Collins, BAL
 
33.  Wayne Gallman, NYG
 
34.  Latavius Murray, MIN
 
35.  James White, NE
 
36.  Derrick Henry, TEN
 
37.  Theo Riddick, DET
 
38.  Marlon Mack, IND
 
39.  Jamaal Charles, DEN
 
40.  Matt Breida, SF
 
41.  Adrian Peterson, ARI
 
42.  Tarik Cohen, CHI
 
43.  D'Onta Foreman, HOU
 
44.  Chris Ivory, JAC
 
45.  Ty Montgomery, GB
 
46.  Samaje Perine, WAS
 
47.  Shane Vereen, NYG
 
48.  Jalen Richard, OAK
 
49.  Dion Lewis, NE
 
50.  Corey Clement, PHI
 
51.  Charcandrick West, KC
 
52.  Austin Ekeler, LAC
 
53.  Robert Turbin, IND
 
54.  Charles Sims, TB
 
55.  Jacquizz Rodgers, TB
 
56.  Benny Cunningham, CHI
 
57.  Malcolm Brown, LAR
 
58.  DeAndre Washington, OAK
 
59.  Kyle Juszczyk, SF
 
60.  James Conner, PIT
 
61.  Kerwynn Williams, ARI
 
62.  Kenjon Barner, PHI
 
63.  Damien Williams, MIA
 
64.  Bilal Powell, NYJ
 
65.  Robert Kelley, WAS
 
66.  Paul Perkins, NYG

Wide receivers

1.  Antonio Brown, PIT
 
2.  DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
 
3.  Julio Jones, ATL
 
4.  Michael Thomas, NO
 
5.  Jordy Nelson, GB
 
6.  Keenan Allen, LAC
 
7.  T.Y. Hilton, IND
 
8.  Mike Evans, TB
 
9.  Chris Hogan, NE
 
10.  Brandin Cooks, NE
 
11.  Tyreek Hill, KC
 
12.  Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
 
13.  Michael Crabtree, OAK
 
14.  Davante Adams, GB
 
15.  Adam Thielen, MIN
 
16.  Stefon Diggs, MIN
 
17.  Golden Tate, DET
 
18.  Devin Funchess, CAR
 
19.  Alshon Jeffery, PHI
 
20.  Kelvin Benjamin, CAR
 
21.  Pierre Garcon, SF
 
22.  Demaryius Thomas, DEN
 
23.  Rishard Matthews, TEN
 
24.  Emmanuel Sanders, DEN
 
25.  Devante Parker, MIA
 
26.  Amari Cooper, OAK
 
27.  Jarvis Landry, MIA
 
28.  DeSean Jackson, TB
 
29.  Terrelle Pryor, WAS
 
30.  Randall Cobb, GB
 
31.  Will Fuller, HOU
 
32.  John Brown, ARI
 
33.  Marvin Jones, DET
 
34.  Jermaine Kearse, NYJ
 
35.  Danny Amendola, NE
 
36.  Willie Snead, NO
 
37.  Taylor Gabriel, ATL
 
38.  Tyrell Williams, LAC
 
39.  Jeremy Maclin, BAL
 
40.  Martavis Bryant, PIT
 
41.  Mike Wallace, BAL
 
42.  Jamison Crowder, WAS
 
43.  Jaron Brown, ARI
 
44.  Robby Anderson, NYJ
 
45.  Cooper Kupp, LAR
 
46.  Eric Decker, TEN
 
47.  Allen Hurns, JAC
 
48.  J.J. Nelson, ARI
 
49.  Marqise Lee, JAC
 
50.  Sammy Watkins, LAR
 
51.  Ted Ginn, NO
 
52.  Kendall Wright, CHI
 
53.  Josh Doctson, WAS
 
54.  Ricardo Louis, CLE
 
55.  Marquise Goodwin, SF
 
56.  Mohamed Sanu, ATL
 
57.  Nelson Agholor, PHI
 
58.  Roger Lewis, NYG
 
59.  Donte Moncrief, IND
 
60.  JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT
 
61.  Adam Humphries, TB
 
62.  Torrey Smith, PHI
 
63.  Kenny Stills, MIA
 
64.  Robert Woods, LAR
 
65.  Travis Benjamin, LAC
 
66.  Jeremy Kerley, NYJ
 
67.  Seth Roberts, OAK
 
68.  Brandon Coleman, NO
 
69.  Sterling Shepard, NYG
 
70.  Kenny Golladay, DET

Tight ends

1.  Rob Gronkowski, NE
 
2.  Zach Ertz, PHI
 
3.  Delanie Walker, TEN
 
4.  Jordan Reed, WAS
 
5.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ
 
6.  Travis Kelce, KC
 
7.  Cameron Brate, TB
 
8.  Evan Engram, NYG
 
9.  Kyle Rudolph, MIN
 
10.  Martellus Bennett, GB
 
11.  Hunter Henry, LAC
 
12.  Jared Cook, OAK
 
13.  Coby Fleener, NO
 
14.  Ryan Griffin, HOU
 
15.  Jack Doyle, IND
 
16.  Ed Dickson, CAR
 
17.  Zach Miller, CHI
 
18.  Benjamin Watson, BAL
 
19.  George Kittle, SF
 
20.  Austin Hooper, ATL
 
21.  A.J. Derby, DEN
 
22.  David Njoku, CLE
 
23.  Jesse James, PIT
 
24.  Tyler Higbee, LAR
 
25.  Vernon Davis, WAS

Defenses

1.  Denver Broncos, DEN
 
2.  Houston Texans, HOU
 
3.  Baltimore Ravens, BAL
 
4.  Atlanta Falcons, ATL
 
5.  Washington Redskins, WAS
 
6.  Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC
 
7.  Kansas City Chiefs, KC
 
8.  New England Patriots, NE
 
9.  Carolina Panthers, CAR
 
10.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TB
 
11.  Los Angeles Rams, LAR
 
12.  Arizona Cardinals, ARI
 
13.  Tennessee Titans, TEN
 
14.  Philadelphia Eagles, PHI
 
15.  Green Bay Packers, GB
 
16.  New York Giants, NYG
 
17.  Minnesota Vikings, MIN
 
18.  Chicago Bears, CHI
 
19.  Pittsburgh Steelers, PIT
 
20.  Oakland Raiders, OAK

Kickers

1.  Matt Bryant, ATL
 
2.  Dustin Hopkins, WAS
 
3.  Justin Tucker, BAL
 
4.  Stephen Gostkowski, NE
 
5.  Will Lutz, NO
 
6.  Harrison Butker, KC
 
7.  Brandon McManus, DEN
 
8.  Ka'imi Fairbairn, HOU
 
9.  Matt Prater, DET
 
10.  Giorgio Tavecchio, OAK
 
11.  Mason Crosby, GB
 
12.  Nick Novak, LAC
 
13.  Graham Gano, CAR
 
14.  Jake Elliott, PHI
 
15.  Ryan Succop, TEN
 
16.  Jason Myers, JAC
 
17.  Adam Vinatieri, IND
 
18.  Kai Forbath, MIN
 
19.  Greg Zuerlein, LAR
 
20.  Patrick Murray, TB
 

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Fantasy Football Week 15 rankings--Looking at the semifinals

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Fantasy Football Week 15 rankings--Looking at the semifinals

Here's some truth: Fewer people than normal will read this other fantasy football articles posted this week. The reason is obvious: We've reached the playoffs all over the land. Many/most leagues are down to the semifinals. The lack of eyeballs doesn't change the approach with the rankings. Just the opposite. 

Lineup choices are never more important than when so much is at stake. That would be right now. We're still early in the week and there is plenty uncertain in some spots. Keep an eye on some struggling NFL teams possibly changing lineups or depth charts to reflect their status, i.e. getting a look at younger players.

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Quarterback injuries with the Eagles and Jets alter forecasts for those offenses while the Packers received a massive boost with the return of Aaron Rodgers. Running backs Leonard Fournette and Tevin Coleman are must-track injury report stories along with wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin.

Don't forget about offensive line issues. Redskins fans wondering if left tackle Trent Wiliams continues gutting it out on that hurt left knee know what I mean.

Here's the first look at Week 15. If you have any specific questions, hit me up on Twitter (@benstandig). Cool? Cool -- and good luck out there.

Quarterbacks

1.  Russell Wilson, SEA
 
2.  Tom Brady, NE
 
3.  Cam Newton, CAR
 
4.  Drew Brees, NO
 
5.  Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
 
6.  Aaron Rodgers, GB
 
7.  Dak Prescott, DAL
 
8.  Matthew Stafford, DET
 
9.  Philip Rivers, LAC
 
10.  Case Keenum, MIN
 
11.  Kirk Cousins, WAS
 
12.  Matt Ryan, ATL
 
13.  Blake Bortles, JAC
 
14.  Alex Smith, KC
 
15.  Jameis Winston, TB
 
16.  Jimmy Garoppolo, SF
 
17.  Jared Goff, LAR
 
18.  Nick Foles, PHI
 
19.  Tyrod Taylor, BUF
 
20.  Derek Carr, OAK
 
21.  Marcus Mariota, TEN
 
22.  Blaine Gabbert, ARI
 
23.  Joe Flacco, BAL
 
24.  Trevor Siemian, DEN
 
25.  DeShone Kizer, CLE
 
26.  Mitch Trubisky, CHI
 
27.  Jay Cutler, MIA
 
28.  Jacoby Brissett, IND
 
29.  Andy Dalton, CIN
 
30.  Eli Manning, NYG
 
31.  Bryce Petty, NYJ
 
32.  T.J. Yates, HOU

Running backs

1.  Le'Veon Bell, PIT
 
2.  Todd Gurley, LAR
 
3.  Alvin Kamara, NO
 
4.  Leonard Fournette, JAC
 
5.  LeSean McCoy, BUF
 
6.  Mark Ingram, NO
 
7.  Kenyan Drake, MIA
 
8.  Melvin Gordon, LAC
 
9.  Kareem Hunt, KC
 
10.  Devonta Freeman, ATL
 
11.  Jordan Howard, CHI
 
12.  Alex Collins, BAL
 
13.  Carlos Hyde, SF
 
14.  Jamaal Williams, GB
 
15.  Samaje Perine, WAS
 
16.  Marshawn Lynch, OAK
 
17.  Latavius Murray, MIN
 
18.  Rex Burkhead, NE
 
19.  Mike Davis, SEA
 
20.  Lamar Miller, HOU
 
21.  Dion Lewis, NE
 
22.  Frank Gore, IND
 
23.  Alfred Morris, DAL
 
24.  Christian McCaffrey, CAR
 
25.  C.J. Anderson, DEN
 
26.  Jay Ajayi, PHI
 
27.  Kerwynn Williams, ARI
 
28.  Theo Riddick, DET
 
29.  Jerick McKinnon, MIN
 
30.  DeMarco Murray, TEN
 
31.  Isaiah Crowell, CLE
 
32.  Jonathan Stewart, CAR
 
33.  Giovani Bernard, CIN
 
34.  Derrick Henry, TEN
 
35.  Rod Smith, DAL
 
36.  Peyton Barber, TB
 
37.  Duke Johnson, CLE
 
38.  Matt Forte, NYJ
 
39.  Tevin Coleman, ATL
 
40.  Bilal Powell, NYJ
 
41.  Austin Ekeler, LAC
 
42.  Orleans Darkwa, NYG
 
43.  Doug Martin, TB
 
44.  Devontae Booker, DEN
 
45.  Tarik Cohen, CHI
 
46.  Wayne Gallman, NYG
 
47.  LeGarrette Blount, PHI
 
48.  Marlon Mack, IND
 
49.  Matt Breida, SF
 
50.  Javorius Allen, BAL
 
51.  Danny Woodhead, BAL
 
52.  Tion Green, DET
 
53.  Corey Clement, PHI
 
54.  J.D. McKissic, SEA
 
55.  James White, NE
 
56.  DeAndre Washington, OAK
 
57.  D.J. Foster, ARI
 
58.  Mike Tolbert, BUF
 
59.  T.J. Yeldon, JAC
 
60.  Aaron Jones, GB

Wide receivers

1.  Antonio Brown, PIT
 
2.  Julio Jones, ATL
 
3.  Keenan Allen, LAC
 
4.  Michael Thomas, NO
 
5.  Adam Thielen, MIN
 
6.  Devin Funchess, CAR
 
7.  DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
 
8.  A.J. Green, CIN
 
9.  Tyreek Hill, KC
 
10.  Brandin Cooks, NE
 
11.  Dez Bryant, DAL
 
12.  Doug Baldwin, SEA
 
13.  Michael Crabtree, OAK
 
14.  Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
 
15.  Davante Adams, GB
 
16.  Marvin Jones, DET
 
17.  Jordy Nelson, GB
 
18.  Mike Evans, TB
 
19.  Marquise Goodwin, SF
 
20.  Josh Gordon, CLE
 
21.  Demaryius Thomas, DEN
 
22.  Golden Tate, DET
 
23.  Stefon Diggs, MIN
 
24.  Alshon Jeffery, PHI
 
25.  Jamison Crowder, WAS
 
26.  Jarvis Landry, MIA
 
27.  JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT
 
28.  Marqise Lee, JAC
 
29.  Mohamed Sanu, ATL
 
30.  Robby Anderson, NYJ
 
31.  Robert Woods, LAR
 
32.  T.Y. Hilton, IND
 
33.  Cooper Kupp, LAR
 
34.  Paul Richardson, SEA
 
35.  Dede Westbrook, JAC
 
36.  Mike Wallace, BAL
 
37.  Nelson Agholor, PHI
 
38.  Sterling Shepard, NYG
 
39.  Rishard Matthews, TEN
 
40.  Ted Ginn, NO
 
41.  Chris Hogan, NE
 
42.  Josh Doctson, WAS
 
43.  Sammy Watkins, LAR
 
44.  Emmanuel Sanders, DEN
 
45.  Jeremy Maclin, BAL
 
46.  Kenny Stills, MIA
 
47.  Randall Cobb, GB
 
48.  DeSean Jackson, TB
 
49.  Jermaine Kearse, NYJ
 
50.  Corey Coleman, CLE
 
51.  Tyrell Williams, LAC
 
52.  Devante Parker, MIA
 
53.  Kelvin Benjamin, BUF
 
54.  Tyler Lockett, SEA
 
55.  Martavis Bryant, PIT
 
56.  Kendall Wright, CHI
 
57.  Zay Jones, BUF
 
58.  Dontrelle Inman, CHI
 
59.  Ryan Grant, WAS
 
60.  Danny Amendola, NE
 
61.  Terrance Williams, DAL
 
62.  Kenny Golladay, DET
 
63.  Torrey Smith, PHI
 
64.  Travis Benjamin, LAC
 
65.  Roger Lewis, NYG
 
66.  Chester Rogers, IND
 
67.  Albert Wilson, KC
 
68.  Will Fuller, HOU
 
69.  Trent Taylor, SF
 
70.  Cole Beasley, DAL

Tight ends

1.  Rob Gronkowski, NE
 
2.  Travis Kelce, KC
 
3.  Delanie Walker, TEN
 
4.  Zach Ertz, PHI
 
5.  Jimmy Graham, SEA
 
6.  Evan Engram, NYG
 
7.  Hunter Henry, LAC
 
8.  Jack Doyle, IND
 
9.  Kyle Rudolph, MIN
 
10.  Jared Cook, OAK
 
11.  Jason Witten, DAL
 
12.  Eric Ebron, DET
 
13.  Greg Olsen, CAR
 
14.  Vernon Davis, WAS
 
15.  Charles Clay, BUF
 
16.  Austin Hooper, ATL
 
17.  Stephen Anderson, HOU
 
18.  Cameron Brate, TB
 
19.  O.J. Howard, TB
 
20.  Ricky Seals-Jones, ARI
 
21.  David Njoku, CLE
 
22.  Benjamin Watson, BAL
 
23.  Jesse James, PIT
 
24.  Julius Thomas, MIA
 
25.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ

Defenses

1.  Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC
 
2.  Baltimore Ravens, BAL
 
3.  New Orleans Saints, NO
 
4.  Buffalo Bills, BUF
 
5.  Minnesota Vikings, MIN
 
6.  Philadelphia Eagles, PHI
 
7.  Denver Broncos, DEN
 
8.  Detroit Lions, DET
 
9.  Atlanta Falcons, ATL
 
10.  Indianapolis Colts, IND
 
11.  Washington Redskins, WAS
 
12.  Dallas Cowboys, DAL
 
13.  Seattle Seahawks, SEA
 
14.  Tennessee Titans, TEN
 
15.  Arizona Cardinals, ARI
 
16.  Los Angeles Chargers, LAC
 
17.  San Francisco 49ers, SF
 
18.  Los Angeles Rams, LAR
 
19.  Chicago Bears, CHI
 
20.  Carolina Panthers, CAR
 
21.  New England Patriots, NE
 
22.  Miami Dolphins, MIA

Kickers

1.  Stephen Gostkowski, NE
 
2.  Wil Lutz, NO
 
3.  Matt Bryant, ATL
 
4.  Matt Prater, DET
 
5.  Kai Forbath, MIN
 
6.  Greg Zuerlein, LAR
 
7.  Justin Tucker, BAL
 
8.  Harrison Butker, KC
 
9.  Josh Lambo, JAC
 
10.  Graham Gano, CAR
 
11.  Jake Elliott, PHI
 
12.  Dan Bailey, DAL
 
13.  Robbie Gould, SF
 
14.  Travis Coons, LAC
 
15.  Chris Boswell, PIT
 
16.  Brandon McManus, DEN
 
17.  Ryan Succop, TEN
 
18.  Mason Crosby, GB
 
19.  Patrick Murray, TB
 
20.  Giorgio Tavecchio, OAK

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Here are the reasons why the Redskins won't be moving on from Jordan Reed this offseason

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Here are the reasons why the Redskins won't be moving on from Jordan Reed this offseason

The Redskins put tight end Jordan Reed on injured reserve Tuesday, ending a disappointing and unproductive season for one of the most talented players on the team.

A hamstring strain that was slow to heal and got worse when Reed suffered a setback while trying to get back on the field was the reason for the move. This year will mark the second time in Reed’s five NFL seasons that he has ended the year on IR. He was put on the shelf with a concussion at the end of his rookie 2013 season.

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The IR stints are only the tip of the injury iceberg for Reed. He missed all of training camp this year due to a toe injury. Reed has missed time with concussions, other hamstring issues, a shoulder AC joint separation, and knee problems, among some others. His injury history and his 2018 salary cap number of $10.3 million has many wondering if the Redskins will choose to move on from him during the offseason.

It’s unlikely that they will do so this year. The best option for doing so would be to trade him. But they would have a very tough time making a deal. Other teams know of Reed’s injury history as well. He has played in as many as 14 games in a season just once, in 2015. By the end of this season, he will have played in 52 of a possible 90 games. It will be hard to get a team to give up anything of value to take on his contracted salaries. He is scheduled to make $8.25 million this year and he has salaries ranging from $7.6 million to $8.75 million over the following three seasons.

The Redskins also would take a dead cap hit of $5.4 million if they trade Reed. That is the same hit that they would take if they released him, which is an option. Since they wouldn’t have to pay his salary, however, they would save a net of $4.9 million against the cap in either case.

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You can’t rule out the Redskins moving on if the cap gets tight. However, when Reed is healthy, he is one of the best in the game. They signed him to his current deal, a five-year, $46.75 million extension that kicked in this year, after his 2015 season, which was the best and, not coincidentally, healthiest of his career. Letting Reed go now would be a classic case of buying high and selling low.

It seems likely that the Redskins’ plan will be to work with Reed to get him back to good health for the 2018 season. They will take what they can get from him and then reevaluate in 2019 to decide if they want to continue the relationship. At that point, the dead cap hit would be down to $3.6 million and the net cap savings would be $6.1 million.

Reed will be just 28 next season and when he can play, he is a special talent. The Redskins would be well advised to be patient and risk moving on from him a year too late rather than doing something this year and take the chance that they will look back someday and see that they gave up too early.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.