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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. 

RELATED: WEEK 15 NFL POWER RANKINGS 

Quarterbacks

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

Defenses

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

Kickers

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, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCSand follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCS.

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Timeline  

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, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCS.

Timeline  

Days until:

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

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