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Fantasy Football -- Looking at Week 8 rankings

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Fantasy Football -- Looking at Week 8 rankings

Quarterbacks

1.  Carson Wentz, PHI
 
2.  Tom Brady, NE
 
3.  Drew Brees, NO
 
4.  Russell Wilson, SEA
 
5.  Dak Prescott, DAL
 
6.  Kirk Cousins, WAS
 
7.  Cam Newton, CAR
 
8.  Andy Dalton, CIN
 
9.  Tyrod Taylor, BUF
 
10.  Matt Ryan, ATL
 
11.  Jameis Winston, TB
 
12.  Alex Smith, KC
 
13.  Philip Rivers, LAC
 
14.  Deshaun Watson, HOU
 
15.  Matthew Stafford, DET
 
16.  Josh McCown, NYJ
 
17.  Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
 
18.  Derek Carr, OAK
 
19.  Case Keenum, MIN
 
20.  C.J. Beathard, SF
 
21.  Trevor Siemian, DEN
 
22.  Jacoby Brissett, IND
 
23.  Mitch Trubisky, CHI
 
24.  Joe Flacco, BAL
 
25.  Matt Moore, MIA
 
26.  DeShone Kizer, CLE

Running backs

1.  Le'Veon Bell, PIT
 
2.  Ezekiel Elliott, DAL
 
3.  Kareem Hunt, KC
 
4.  LeSean McCoy, BUF
 
5.  Devonta Freeman, ATL
 
6.  Mark Ingram, NO
 
7.  Melvin Gordon, LAC
 
8.  Jordan Howard, CHI
 
9.  Jay Ajayi, MIA
 
10.  Joe Mixon, CIN
 
11.  Doug Martin, TB
 
12.  Carlos Hyde, SF
 
13.  Lamar Miller, HOU
 
14.  Alvin Kamara, NO
 
15.  Chris Thompson, WAS
 
16.  Jerick McKinnon, MIN
 
17.  LeGarrette Blount, PHI
 
18.  C.J. Anderson, DEN
 
19.  Ameer Abdullah, DET
 
20.  Christian McCaffrey, CAR
 
21.  Tevin Coleman, ATL
 
22.  Jalen Richard, OAK
 
23.  Javorius Allen, BAL
 
24.  Frank Gore, IND
 
25.  Latavius Murray, MIN
 
26.  Bilal Powell, NYJ
 
27.  DeAndre Washington, OAK
 
28.  Jonathan Stewart, CAR
 
29.  Dion Lewis, NE
 
30.  Matt Forte, NYJ
 
31.  Alex Collins, BAL
 
32.  Wendell Smallwood, PHI
 
33.  Duke Johnson, CLE
 
34.  James White, NE
 
35.  Robert Kelley, WAS
 
36.  Isaiah Crowell, CLE
 
37.  Marlon Mack, IND
 
38.  Tarik Cohen, CHI
 
39.  Thomas Rawls, SEA
 
40.  Mike Gillislee, NE
 
41.  Eddie Lacy, SEA
 
42.  Giovani Bernard, CIN
 
43.  Jamaal Charles, DEN
 
44.  Theo Riddick, DET
 
45.  D'Onta Foreman, HOU
 
46.  Mike Tolbert, BUF
 
47.  Rex Burkhead, NE
 
48.  Matt Breida, SF
 
49.  Austin Ekeler, LAC
 
50.  J.D. McKissic, SEA
 
51.  Jeremy Hill, CIN
 
52.  Terrance West, BAL
 
53.  Devontae Booker, DEN
 
54.  Charles Sims, TB
 
55.  Alfred Morris, DAL
 
56.  Charcandrick West, KC
 
57.  Damien Williams, MIA
 
58.  Elijah McGuire, NYJ
 
59.  Samaje Perine, WAS
 
60.  C.J. Prosise, SEA

Wide receivers

1.  A.J. Green, CIN
 
2.  Antonio Brown, PIT
 
3.  Julio Jones, ATL
 
4.  Mike Evans, TB
 
5.  Michael Thomas, NO
 
6.  Dez Bryant, DAL
 
7.  DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
 
8.  Doug Baldwin, SEA
 
9.  Brandin Cooks, NE
 
10.  Keenan Allen, LAC
 
11.  Michael Crabtree, OAK
 
12.  Chris Hogan, NE
 
13.  Amari Cooper, OAK
 
14.  Kelvin Benjamin, CAR
 
15.  Demaryius Thomas, DEN
 
16.  Tyreek Hill, KC
 
17.  Alshon Jeffery, PHI
 
18.  Adam Thielen, MIN
 
19.  Pierre Garcon, SF
 
20.  Marvin Jones, DET
 
21.  Devin Funchess, CAR
 
22.  Jarvis Landry, MIA
 
23.  T.Y. Hilton, IND
 
24.  Nelson Agholor, PHI
 
25.  DeSean Jackson, TB
 
26.  Ted Ginn, NO
 
27.  Robby Anderson, NYJ
 
28.  Jermaine Kearse, NYJ
 
29.  Mohamed Sanu, ATL
 
30.  Stefon Diggs, MIN
 
31.  Will Fuller, HOU
 
32.  Tyrell Williams, LAC
 
33.  Tyler Lockett, SEA
 
34.  Danny Amendola, NE
 
35.  Kenny Stills, MIA
 
36.  Jeremy Maclin, BAL
 
37.  Josh Doctson, WAS
 
38.  JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT
 
39.  Paul Richardson, SEA
 
40.  Kenny Golladay, DET
 
41.  Jamison Crowder, WAS
 
42.  Devante Parker, MIA
 
43.  Brandon LaFell, CIN
 
44.  Marquise Goodwin, SF
 
45.  Jordan Matthews, BUF
 
46.  Terrelle Pryor, WAS
 
47.  Bennie Fowler, DEN
 
48.  Torrey Smith, PHI
 
49.  Donte Moncrief, IND
 
50.  Willie Snead, NO
 
51.  Mike Wallace, BAL
 
52.  Taylor Gabriel, ATL
 
53.  TJ Jones, DET
 
54.  Cole Beasley, DAL
 
55.  Brandon Coleman, NO
 
56.  Jeremy Kerley, NYJ
 
57.  Kendall Wright, CHI
 
58.  Deonte Thompson, BUF
 
59.  Travis Benjamin, LAC
 
60.  Terrance Williams, DAL
 
61.  Zay Jones, BUF
 
62.  Ricardo Louis, CLE
 
63.  Albert Wilson, KC
 
64.  Laquon Treadwell, MIN
 
65.  Adam Humphries, TB
 
66.  Demarcus Robinson, KC
 
67.  Seth Roberts, OAK
 
68.  Brice Butler, DAL
 
69.  Cordarrelle Patterson, OAK
 
70.  Trent Taylor, SF

Tight ends

1.  Rob Gronkowski, NE
 
2.  Zach Ertz, PHI
 
3.  Travis Kelce, KC
 
4.  Jordan Reed, WAS
 
5.  Jimmy Graham, SEA
 
6.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ
 
7.  Kyle Rudolph, MIN
 
8.  Hunter Henry, LAC
 
9.  Cameron Brate, TB
 
10.  Jason Witten, DAL
 
11.  Jack Doyle, IND
 
12.  Zach Miller, CHI
 
13.  Tyler Kroft, CIN
 
14.  Jared Cook, OAK
 
15.  Ed Dickson, CAR
 
16.  George Kittle, SF
 
17.  Austin Hooper, ATL
 
18.  Benjamin Watson, BAL
 
19.  Nick O'Leary, BUF
 
20.  Ryan Griffin, HOU
 
21.  Vernon Davis, WAS
 
22.  Eric Ebron, DET
 
23.  O.J. Howard, TB
 
24.  Julius Thomas, MIA
 
25.  A.J. Derby, DEN

Defenses

1.  Minnesota Vikings, MIN
 
2.  Cincinnati Bengals, CIN
 
3.  Philadelphia Eagles, PHI
 
4.  Kansas City Chiefs, KC
 
5.  Baltimore Ravens, BAL
 
6.  Seattle Seahawks, SEA
 
7.  Pittsburgh Steelers, PIT
 
8.  New Orleans Saints, NO
 
9.  Miami Dolphins, MIA
 
10.  Carolina Panthers, CAR
 
11.  New England Patriots, NE
 
12.  Atlanta Falcons, ATL
 
13.  Buffalo Bills, BUF
 
14.  Denver Broncos, DEN
 
15.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TB
 
16.  Houston Texans, HOU
 
17.  Detroit Lions, DET
 
18.  Oakland Raiders, OAK
 
19.  New York Jets, NYJ
 
20.  Chicago Bears, CHI

Kickers

1.  Stephen Gostkowski, NE
 
2.  Jake Elliott, PHI
 
3.  Wil Lutz, NO
 
4.  Harrison Butker, KC
 
5.  Justin Tucker, BAL
 
6.  Matt Bryant, ATL
 
7.  Kai Forbath, MIN
 
8.  Randy Bullock, CIN
 
9.  Matt Prater, DET
 
10.  Chris Boswell, PIT
 
11.  Steven Hauschka, BUF
 
12.  Blair Walsh, SEA
 
13.  Graham Gano, CAR
 
14.  Nick Novak, LAC
 
15.  Nick Rose, WAS
 
16.  Giorgio Tavecchio, OAK
 
17.  Adam Vinatieri, IND
 
18.  Patrick Murray, TB
 
19.  Chandler Catanzaro, NYJ
 
20.  Mike Nugent, DAL

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Need to Know: Five Redskins who must step up in 2018

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Need to Know: Five Redskins who must step up in 2018

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, February 25, 17 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

Five Redskins who will have to step up in 2018

Originally published 12/26/17

WR Josh Doctson—This list is in no particular order but if it was, Doctson would be right here at the top. The watchword for Doctson is consistency. He makes some incredible catches and then there are throws that he drops or doesn’t quite seem to make enough of an effort to catch. There is promise there. The first-round pick has shown his ability and his teammates say he has a chance to be elite. But the potential must translate into production on the field, week in and week out.  

RB Samaje Perine—There is plenty of chatter about the Redskins’ need to sign or draft a top running back. But a look at this team’s recent history tells us that they are unlikely to invest major assets in the position. That means that Perine, a fourth-round pick in 2017, will have to become a more consistent runner. It’s not all his fault that he hasn’t done much since he had back-to-back 100-yard games in Weeks 11-12; tough defense, offensive line issues, and game score situations have slowed his production. But he needs to be consistently productive in 2018 no matter who he lines up against.

CB Josh Norman—Unless he gets a pick against the Giants, he will go through the year without any interceptions. Sure, they don’t throw his way all that often and INT’s don’t give you the complete picture of his play. But a CB taking up $20 million in cap room needs to get a couple of picks almost by sheer accident. Norman battled some injury problems and if he wants to justify the final two years and $23 million of salary remaining on his contract, his age 30 2018 season needs to be more impactful.

OLB Preston Smith—The third-year player started strong, with at least half a sack in the first five games. And he’s finishing strong, with three sacks, an interception, and a forced fumble in the last two games. But in between, he had a total of just half a sack in eight games. This follows the pattern he displayed his first two years in the league of being dominant in some games and invisible in others. If he can develop some consistency in his 2018 contract year, he could cash in huge in free agency the following year.

Head coach Jay Gruden—Normally I only include players on lists like this one but if Gruden doesn’t do something to get the Redskins out of their near-.500 rut then nothing else will matter. He needs to change up something, whether it’s pushing the players hard in training camp or perhaps fine tuning his friendly approach to the players. Sure, better luck regarding injuries and a schedule that right now appears to be a bit less challenging will help. But Gruden needs to look at what he can change, too.

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:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 4
—NFL Draft (4/26) 60
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 196

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Need to Know: The five highest-paid 2018 Redskins

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Need to Know: The five highest-paid 2018 Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 24, 18 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The five highest-paid Redskins in 2018

Originally published 1/12/18

This is how the five highest-paid Redskins per their 2018 salary cap numbers stack up as of now. The list could change, of course during free agency and if a particular quarterback returns. Cap numbers via Over the Cap.

CB Josh Norman, $17 million—The Redskins do have a window which would allow them to move on from Norman. His $13.5 million salary for this year doesn’t become guaranteed until the fifth day of the league year so it would be “only” a $9 million cap charge to move on from Norman, who turned 30 in December. Don’t look for that to happen but the possibility is there.

OT Trent Williams, $13.86 million—He is one of the best left tackles in the business. Those of you out there who have advocated moving him to left guard should look at this cap number, which is way out of line for what a team can afford to pay a guard. At his pay, he needs to be playing on the edge.

OLB Ryan Kerrigan, $12.45 million—He has delivered double-digit sacks in each of the two seasons that his contract extension has been in effect. That’s good value in a league that values the ability to get to the quarterback.

TE Jordan Reed, $10.14 million—The Redskins knew that he might have a year like last year when he played in only six games when they agreed to Reed’s five-year, $50 million extension. They can live with one such season. If he has another one in 2018 they may rethink things.

G Brandon Scherff, $6.75 million—The fact that a rookie contract is No. 5 on this list is a good sign that, as of now, the Redskins’ cap is not top heavy like it was last year. The top three cap hits from Norman, Williams, and Kirk Cousins totaled $59 million, which was about 35 percent of the cap. This year the total cap numbers of the top three come to $43.3 million, 24.3 percent of the estimated $178 million salary cap.

Next five: OT Morgan Moses ($5.4 million), TE Vernon Davis ($5.33 million), DL Stacy McGee ($4.8 million), DL Terrell McClain ($4.75 million), S D.J. Swearinger ($4.33 million)

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:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 5
—NFL Draft (4/26) 61
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 197