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Fantasy Football -- Players to target before trade deadline

Week 10 marks a crucial moment in the fantasy football world: Trade deadline.

There are players worth targeting for the playoff push – and others worth dumping while you can before Sunday's deadline.

BUY

Derek Carr, Michael Crabtree, Marshawn Lynch – Week 10 is never a good time for a bye, but this where opportunistic owners can make a move. Oakland’s schedule is loaded with scoring opportunities over the final six weeks; Fantasy Pros ranks the Raiders remaining quarterback schedule as the easiest and receiver second. The fact that Carr and Crabtree have been quieter than normal over the last couple of games also helps those looking to add. Lynch (3.8 yards per carry) hasn’t been a dynamic runner, but improvement in the passing attack should boost his potential scoring chances.

Brandin Cooks – The quicker than quick receiver is averaging a whopping 17.1 yards per catch, but hasn’t quite popped for the Patriots. Two of his three touchdowns came in the same week as his only 100-yard receiving game. New England might not have Chris Hogan for at least another week and logic suggest Tom Brady and the coaching staff spent their bye week figuring out to get Cooks more involved.

Hunter Henry – With the 3-5 Chargers on the outside of the playoff picture, there’s no reason not to play their younger plays. Henry has three games with 70+ yards this season and the fifth easiest schedule for tight ends remaining.

Josh Doctson – Whether the 2016 first round pick is available on waivers or via trade, now is the time for Doctson. Well, at least the opportunity looks all too real. Doctson jumped ahead of Terrelle Pryor in the Redskins wide receiver rotation three weeks ago, but that meant little in terms of production. Based on total numbers, still does, but his diving 38-yard catch to set-up Washington’s game-winning touchdown Sunday against Seattle looks like a turning point moment.

Lions defense – Over its last seven games, Detroit is set to face quarterbacks DeShone Kizer (Week 10), Mitch Trubisky (twice!), Joe Flacco and Andy Dalton along with Case Keenum and possibly Ryan Fitzpatrick depending on what decisions are made in Minnesota and Tampa Bay respectively. Enough said.

Jordan Reed – The Pro Bowl tight end hasn’t looked like one all season. Then a hamstring took him out of Week 9 and perhaps longer. Meanwhile, Vernon Davis has just made play after play in his place. That his value is now so low because of these factors is why Reed is worth targeting. His talent remains undeniable at a position with few game-changers and his remaining schedule is fantasy-friendly. Owners who are over Martellus Bennett, have been streaming tight ends or simply don’t have Rob Gronkowski, Zach Ertz or Travis Kelce should consider stashing Reed.

Others: Players offering immediate help or worthy of add-and-stash consideration possibly sitting in your league’s free agent pool include Jets quarterback Josh McCown, Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls, Lions running back Theo Riddick, Titans wide receiver Corey Davis, 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola and Bills tight end Charles Clay.

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SELL

DeAndre Hopkins – The Texans’ standout went from a rough 2016 into currently leading all fantasy receivers in points. That’s great, except for the whole Tom Savage at quarterback with DeShawn Watson out for the season part. Hopkins finished with a solid 6-86-1 line Sunday in Savage’s first start, but those type of numbers might be the high end with his new quarterback. Don’t sell the crazy-talented Hopkins for 50 cents on the dollar, but it’s cool seeing if another owner might fork over significant help in return.

LeGarrette Blount – This is less about Philadelphia’s Week 10 bye and more about all the mouths to feed in the Eagles backfield. Jay Ajayi’s explosive potential was evident in his debut and Corey Clement showed he’s worthy of looks. Blount remains a goal-line threat, but he’s no threat in the passing game, meaning it’s touchdown or bust most weeks.

IN BETWEEN

Mike Evans – This one can go either way depending on your situation. The playmaking wide receiver must sit out Week 10 after receiving a one-game suspension for his role in a fight during Sunday’s Buccaneers-Saints game. That’s a rough spot for those in win-now mode. Even when Evans returns, he won’t have quarterback Jameis Winston, who is expected to miss a couple of weeks with a shoulder injury. That said, he remains an elite option with the potential for weekly red-zone scores. Owners feeling good about their playoff path could target Evans with Weeks 14-16 in mind.

Kareem Hunt – The rookie running back’s spectacular season has hit some turbulence. After opening the season with 47, 25 and 25 points in PPR formats, Hunt hasn’t topped 16 points and is coming off back-to-back games with nine and 10 points. He only had nine carries in Sunday’s loss at Dallas and now heads into a bye week. Reminder: Only Todd Gurley has scored more points this season than Hunt. His trade value remains high. If you think the recent trend continues, seek out an owner willing to pony up a solid RB1 and help at another position in return. For me, I’m sticking with the kid and looking to add if his current has the shakes. Kansas City running backs have the sixth-best remaining strength of schedule.

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 23, 19 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 overrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/30/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Yesterday we looked at three events that were underrated at the time they happened. Here, in no particular order, are three overrated events from 2017.

Beating the Raiders—At the time, the Raiders were 2-0 and they still had the status of being one of the favorites to get to the Super Bowl. The Redskins whipped them 27-10 and the prevailing view was that the Redskins were on their way to a special year. But that loss started a four-game losing streak for the Raiders. They are currently riding a three-game skid and at 6-9 they are contenders for a top-10 draft pick, not for the Super Bowl. The win became less impressive for the Redskins as the year went on.

Signing Terrelle Pryor—There was plenty of excitement when the Redskins signed the Browns wide receiver, who had 1,000 receiving yards catching passes from a sub-mediocre group of quarterbacks in Cleveland. Imagine what he could do with a quality QB and a good offense around him. The hype grew when a fan captured him making this catch in training camp:

But the production was not there. In nine games before going on injured reserve with an ankle injury, Pryor caught 20 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown.

Su’a Cravens departure—There was a lot of concern about issues both on and off the field when Cravens abruptly let it be known to teammates that he intended to retire just after the Redskins finalized their 53-man roster on September 2. All offseason Cravens’ name had been written at the top of the depth chart at strong safety in Sharpie. When he walked away and was put on the Exempt/Left Squad list (and eventually on the Reserve/Left Squad list, ending his season), there was plenty of speculation about whether the organization botched the situation and, of more immediate importance, what would happen at safety without Cravens. We’re still not sure about what happened but Montae Nicholson and Deshazor Everett did a respectable job at safety.

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) 6
—NFL Draft (4/26) 62
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 198

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 22, 20 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 underrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/29/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Here, in no particular order, are three underrated events from 2017. Tomorrow we’ll look at three events that were overrated at the time they happened.  

Beating the Rams in Week 2—Nobody got particularly excited when the Redskins went to the LA Memorial Coliseum and beat a Rams team that had gone 4-12 in 2016. Sure, there was a belief that they were in good hands with Sean McVay but nobody saw them as anything better than a middle of the pack team. The win looks much more impressive now as the 11-4 Rams have locked up their division with a playoff game in their future.

Drafting safety Montae Nicholson—He was a fourth-round pick who had a shoulder injury and appeared to be a reach. But once he got on the field, the reasons the Redskins drafted him became apparent. His range and hard hitting had an immediate impact on the game. Nicholson had problems staying on the field and he will finish the year on IR, so his impact this year was diminished. Regardless, he has a good chance of being part of the solution to a position with which the Redskins have had issues for years.

Ty Nsekhe’s injury—Against the Raiders in Week 3, Shawn Lauvao’s facemask had an issue and he had to leave the game for a play. In came Nsekhe without an opportunity to warm up. He suffered a core muscle injury and had to undergo surgery. His absence didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, but Trent Williams suffered a knee injury the next week and other offensive linemen were sidelined with injuries over the next several weeks. Nsekhe was inactive until the Week 10 game against the Vikings and he didn’t start a game until the Thanksgiving game against the Giants. He sure would have been useful to have in the lineup instead of T.J. Clemmings or Tyler Catalina.

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) 7
—NFL Draft (4/26) 63
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 199