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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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Need to Know: Five safe draft picks for the Redskins

Need to Know: Five safe draft picks for the Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, April 22, four days before the 2018 NFL draft.  

Five safe picks for the Redskins

Sometimes teams try to hit home runs with their draft picks. They may hit a few but they also will strike out a lot. Teams often are better off trying to hit solid singles and doubles. Here are five picks who would are unlikely to make many Pro Bowls but the Redskins would not regret the pick if they turned in the cards with their names on it. 

RB Kerryon Johnson, Auburn—I’m starting off here with a player who would be a safe pick in the third round. Of course, the Redskins don’t have a third right now but if they do swing a trade and get one, Johnson would be a good pick. He doesn’t have breakaway speed, which is one reason why he might be available in the third. He is a grinder who will be an upgrade over Samaje Perine and Rob Kelley. 

DL Vita Vea, Washington—There is plenty of hand wringing over whether Vea is a three-down player or just a base defense nose tackle. But even if he can’t rush the passer very well his floor is a player who can go a long way towards helping the Redskins stop the run, a chronic weakness. This is why a lot of fans and media are urging the Redskins to not overthink this and take a player that will, at a minimum, bolster one of their weakest areas. 

OL Billy Price, Ohio State—He started 55 games for the Buckeyes, the most of any player in the storied history of the program. He did suffer the partial tear of a chest muscle in the combine but that will be fully healed by training camp. When he’s ready, he’s an explosive, smart, and powerful player. Just plug him in at left guard and the Redskins’ O-line is set with all home-grown talent. 

LB Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State—He doesn’t have the ceiling that the more heralded Roquan Smith and Tremaine Edmunds have. However, he may have a higher floor. Smith is undersized, and Edmunds will be highly drafted based more on potential than on production. At 6-4, 256, Vander Esch has plenty of size, and he racked up 141 tackles last year on his way to defensive player of the year honors in the Mountain West. 

 CB Isaiah Oliver, Colorado—The All-Pac-12 selection has the size and athleticism that add up to a safe pick in the second round. He needs some work on technique, but he has enough natural athletic ability—he competed in the decathlon—to be a productive cornerback right out of the gate. One other plus that fans will appreciate is that his strength is press coverage, not off man. 

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

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Days until:

—OTAs start (5/22) 30
—Training camp starts (7/26) 95
—Redskins @ Cardinals (9/9) 140

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—All-Redskins mock, fast-fading interest in Dez

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—All-Redskins mock, fast-fading interest in Dez

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 21, five days before the 2018 NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington

Should the Redskins pursue Dez Bryant? This topic was one like a meteor, very hot for a short period of time before it quickly faded out. It started to heat up as soon as the Cowboys cut Dez (about a month too late) and when it was reported that he wanted to play against Dallas twice a year it really picked up steam. But then people started to actually think and figured out that signing Bryant didn’t make much sense for the Redskins. Add to that the reports that the Redskins had no interest and would not look into signing Dez in the future and the Redskins fans quickly lost enthusiasm for the topic.

Seven-round Redskins mock draft—I think that most Redskins fans would be happy with this mock. Well, I’ll say some Redskins fans, most is a pretty strong word in this case. 

Is the draft pool deep enough for the Redskins to trade back? There is plenty of talk about the Redskins trading down in the first round to recoup the third-round pick they gave up in the Alex Smith trade. But they need to be careful. Many consider the draft to be top heavy and they may lose their chance to pick up an impact player if they trade back too far. The question then becomes one of quality vs. quantity. 

Three questions as offseason workouts get underway—There will be plenty more questions that we can ask about this team. But we don’t really know what to ask before the draft, particularly when it comes to the defensive line and running back. One the personnel settle into place we will know what we don’t know. 

Tweet of the week

On Chris Cooley’s thought that the Redskins might try to trade back and get Da’Ron Payne in the draft and the use the assets obtained to move up to get Derrius Guice. 

This is related to the questions about trading back. On paper it looks like a good idea, assuming the Redskins want Payne. We’re pretty sure they would like to have Guice but we haven’t heard as much about the Alabama defensive lineman. 

I had many reply that Guice won’t be there in the second round. It’s possible, perhaps even likely, but you just don’t know. There was zero chance that Jonathan Allen would be there at No. 17 last year, right? 

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


Days until:

—OTAs start (5/22) 31
—Training camp starts (7/26) 96
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 141

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