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Fantasy Football -- Players to target before trade deadline

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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.


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.



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.


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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Redskins will start their No. 3 center against the Giants

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Redskins will start their No. 3 center against the Giants

Jay Gruden said during the offseason that the thing that scared him most was not having a good center and a backup available. The coach probably is terrified now.

Spencer Long, who started the season at center, is headed to injured reserve. He has been battling tendonitis in his knees for several weeks and, apparently, an injured quad muscle. Gruden said that Long will have surgery to fix the quad.


Rookie Chase Roullier has been playing well in Long’s absence but he will be on the shelf at least this week. He broke a bone in his hand against the Saints and, according to a report, he has had surgery to repair it. While he has not been ruled out it seems likely that he will miss at least this game, if not more.

The Redskins’ third option is veteran journeyman Tony Bergstrom. It looks like he will start at center against the Giants on Thursday. The Redskins are Bergstrom’s fourth team in four seasons in the league. He has started four games, all for the Raiders in 2012 and 2015. Bergstrom signed with the Redskins about four weeks ago.

Bergstrom’s backup will be Demetrius Rhaney, who was just signed. He started one game for the Rams after they drafted him in the seventh round in 2014.

As expected, both Chris Thompson and Terrelle Pryor are headed to injured reserve. In addition to signing Rhaney, the team will promote LB Pete Robertson and RB LeShun Daniels from the practice squad. Earlier this week they re-signed DL A.J. Francis. They will have to drop one player from the 53-man roster before all of these moves are made official.


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.

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Kirk Cousins responds brilliantly to newspaper mistaking him for 'DeMarcus' Cousins

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Kirk Cousins responds brilliantly to newspaper mistaking him for 'DeMarcus' Cousins

Apparently, 'Kirk' Cousins left New Orleans a little bit later than the rest of the team.

On top of that, he managed to quickly get the starting job for New Orleans' NBA franchise and then got ejected in his first career start.

At least that is how one newspaper reported the Pelicans vs. Thunder match-up on Monday evening.

Kirk Cousins was ejected for raising his elbows near Russell Westbrook's face - resulting in a flagrant foul that knocked Westbrook to the floor holding his head - in the Pelicans' 114-107 win over the visiting Thunder.

No, the real Kirk Cousins, who is quarterback for the Washington Redskins, is not still in New Orleans. No, Cousins did not make an NBA team, nor did he get into an altercation with Russell Westbrook. He is back home preparing for the Thanksgiving night match-up against the New York Giants.

If you haven't gotten it by now, it was meant to be DeMarcus Cousins.

Quite simply, whoever created this blurb may have assisted in some way with coverage of the Washington vs. New Orleans game this past Sunday. 

Normally, this mistake largely goes unnoticed and there may or may not be an editor's note in the next day's edition. The real Kirk Cousins, though, got a copy of it and had some fun.

No harm, no foul, although DeMarcus Cousins would probably appreciate one less ejection going on his record.