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Fantasy Football -- Looking at Super Bowl/Week 16 rankings

Week 16 is here and once again let me offer congratulations to those still alive one way or another in your fantasy football leagues.

Earlier in the week, I took a look at a few potential sleepers or sport start candidates worth considering for Super Bowl week. Now we get to the entire field with rankings for all the positions. 

Best of luck with your lineup decisions. Do your best not to overthink. As someone who does just that in most aspects of life, I know that is easier said than done. If you have questions, hit me up on Twitter at @benstandig. I'll post a rankings update later in the week as we hopefully receive a better sense of the status for Julio Jones, Joe Mixon, Davante Adams and others.

Even since this post went live Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein and Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard were placed on injured reserve. Other end-of-season moves could follow so stay vigilant. 



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

Running backs

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

Wide receivers

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

Tight ends

1.  Rob Gronkowski, NE
2.  Travis Kelce, KC
3.  Zach Ertz, PHI
4.  Greg Olsen, CAR
5.  Evan Engram, NYG
6.  Delanie Walker, TEN
7.  Kyle Rudolph, MIN
8.  Jimmy Graham, SEA
9.  Jack Doyle, IND
10.  Eric Ebron, DET
11.  Jason Witten, DAL
12.  Jared Cook, OAK
13.  Charles Clay, BUF
14.  Cameron Brate, TB
15.  Vernon Davis, WAS
16.  Jesse James, PIT
17.  O.J. Howard, TB  -- UPDATE -- The Bucs placed the rookie on IR Wednesday
18.  Antonio Gates, LAC
19.  Benjamin Watson, BAL
20.  Ricky Seals-Jones, ARI
21.  Austin Hooper, ATL
22.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ
23.  Stephen Anderson, HOU
24.  Tyler Kroft, CIN
25.  Garrett Celek, SF


1.  Baltimore Ravens, BAL
2.  Minnesota Vikings, MIN
3.  Los Angeles Chargers, LAC
4.  Chicago Bears, CHI
5.  Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC
6.  Pittsburgh Steelers, PIT
7.  Carolina Panthers, CAR
8.  Kansas City Chiefs, KC
9.  New England Patriots, NE
10.  Los Angeles Rams, LAR
11.  Washington Redskins, WAS
12.  Philadelphia Eagles, PHI
13.  Arizona Cardinals, ARI
14.  Detroit Lions, DET
15.  Denver Broncos, DEN
16.  Dallas Cowboys, DAL
17.  New Orleans Saints, NO
18.  San Francisco 49ers, SF
19.  Seattle Seahawks, SEA
20.  Miami Dolphins, MIA


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

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Looking at cheap, reasonable and expensive wide receiver scenarios for Redskins

Looking at cheap, reasonable and expensive wide receiver scenarios for Redskins

Most NFL teams usually carry at least six wide receivers, but going into the 2018 season, only Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson, Maurice Harris and Robert Davis hold signed contracts with the Redskins.

That means Washington must consider adding receiver help via free agency, especially considering Harris and Davis rarely played in 2017. Terrelle Pryor and Ryan Grant both played with the Burgundy and Gold in 2017, and while Grant has a solid chance to return, it would seem Pryor will head elsewhere after a disappointing season in D.C. 

Like every year, a number of receivers will be available via free agency, but what guys make sense for Jay Gruden's team? Let's take a look at three different scenarios, knowing Washington likely needs to add at least one free agent wideout. 


  • Expensive: Jags WR Allen Robinson - A second-round pick in 2014, Robinson posted a 1,400-yard season in 2015 and has shown the ability to be a true No. 1 wideout in the NFL. He's 6-foot-3 with speed and leaping ability. In 2016, his numbers dipped to less than 900 yards receiving, but that season the Jacksonville QB Blake Bortles struggled significantly. Here's the thing: Robinson blew out his knee in the NFL opener in 2017, and that might make his price tag drop a bit. Word is the former Penn State star should be fully cleared by early March from the injury, and just 24 years old, he will be intriguing. Washington showed they would spend for a wideout in 2017 with the Pryor signing, but they did so on a one-year deal. If Robinson finds the free agent market not as robust as he wants, maybe a similar short-term deal could be reached?
  • Reasonable: Colts WR Donte Moncrief - A third-round pick in 2014, Moncrief also had a big sophomore season in 2015. He grabbed 64 catches for 733 yards and six touchdowns. That was his only full 16-game season, as injuries have continued to be an issue for the 6-foot-2, 220 lbs. wideout out of Ole Miss. In 2016, only playing in nine games, he still contributed with seven touchdowns. In 2017, his numbers slipped big-time, and he posted less than 400 yards receiving in 12 games. Moncrief's problem isn't talent, it's health. That means he could be relatively cheap, and at just 24 years old, that contract might bring a strong return. 
  • Wild Card: Jets WR Eric Decker -  The Redskins have lacked a true veteran wideout since DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon left the team following the 2016 season. Decker will turn 31 in March and would give Washington a different presence in the WR meeting room. He posted two 1,000 yard seasons playing with Peyton Manning in Denver and went to the Super Bowl in 2013. In 2015, while teamed up with Ryan Fitzpatrick playing for the Jets, Decker again hit the 1,000-yard mark and hit the end zone 12 times. Throughout his career, Decker has been a solid red zone threat and has shown the ability to win on tough routes. He will need to take a big pay cut from the $4.5 million, one-year deal he signed in Tennessee in 2017, but that has to be expected considering his paltry production. In 16 games with the Titans, Decker logged 563 yards and only one TD. Decker might make sense, though the cost would need to be low. 

There are plenty of other names to watch, guys like Seattle's Paul Richardson or Buffalo's Jordan Matthews. Free agency opens in mid-March, and some connections between the Redskins and wideouts will start prior to that.

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Redskins Fan of the Year bracket: Which Washington supporter deserves the title?


Redskins Fan of the Year bracket: Which Washington supporter deserves the title?

Every week during the 2017 Redskins season, NBC Sports Washington found two Redskins fans in the crowd and paired them in a head-to-head matchup on Twitter to determine the fan of the game.

And now that the season is over, it's time to take each of those winners, throw them into a NCAA Tournament-style bracket and let Twitter pick the Redskins Fan of the Year.

Starting on January 8 over on the @NBCSRedskins Twitter account, one matchup a day will be posted at 11 a.m., and fans will have 24 hours to vote for their favorite supporter by retweeting or liking depending on their preference. Week 1's winner will face off with Week 17's, Week 2's will play Week 16's, etc.

The winners will advance, and eventually, one member of the Burgundy and Gold faithful will stand above all the rest, earning the coveted title of Redskins Fan of the Year. 

Check out the results below, which'll be updated every day. To see the tweet that corresponded with each matchup, click the link after the date, but remember, retweets and likes submitted after the 24-hour period won't be counted.


The Elite 8's first matchup is underway. Vote now:


January 8: Round one, matchup one

This was a close one that came down to the last-minute, but at the 24-hour mark, Week 17's winner garnered justtttttttt enough retweets to move on.

January 9: Round one, matchup two

In this tournament, a giant Redskins chain is apparently worth more than a giant football hat.

January 10: Round one, matchup three

In the tournament's third showdown, we have our first winner from the Likes side:

January 11: Round one, matchup four

Was there anyway she wasn't gonna win, especially with the little Hogettes nose?

January 12: Round one, matchup five

Our fifth matchup's winner earned the most retweets of anyone up to this point:

January 15: Round one, matchup six

These three 'Skins fans had to witness Washington's Thursday night flop in Dallas, so it's only fair that they get to advance to the second round:

January 16: Round one, matchup seven

You'd think a turkey hat would be enough to capture a W, but not in this one:

January 17: Round one, matchup eight

The Elite 8 is now set with this showdown going to the retweets side: