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Fantasy Football -- Week 14 rankings


Fantasy Football -- Week 14 rankings

Week 14 is upon us. Congratulations to those who have already qualified for their league's fantasy football playoffs, and best of luck to those trying to qualify this week. Here's a look at my latest rankings. That's it for the intro, other than to say don't overthink things and use this or others lists as guides rather than bibles. You wake up with the results, nobody else...


1.  Tom Brady, NE
2.  Alex Smith, KC
3.  Carson Wentz, PHI
4.  Philip Rivers, LAC
5.  Drew Brees, NO
6.  Russell Wilson, SEA
7.  Matthew Stafford, DET
8.  Jared Goff, LAR
9.  Matt Ryan, ATL
10.  Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
11.  Jameis Winston, TB
12.  Cam Newton, CAR
13.  Dak Prescott, DAL
14.  Kirk Cousins, WAS
15.  Marcus Mariota, TEN
16.  Derek Carr, OAK
17.  Case Keenum, MIN
18.  Jimmy Garoppolo, SF
19.  Josh McCown, NYJ
20.  DeShone Kizer, CLE
21.  Andy Dalton, CIN
22.  Brett Hundley, GB
23.  Blaine Gabbert, ARI
24.  Blake Bortles, JAC
25.  Jacoby Brissett, IND
26.  Trevor Siemian, DEN
27.  Tom Savage, HOU
28.  Tyrod Taylor, BUF
29.  Jay Cutler, MIA
30.  Eli Manning, NYG
31.  Mitch Trubisky, CHI
32.  Joe Flacco, BAL

Running backs

1.  Le'Veon Bell, PIT
2.  Todd Gurley, LAR
3.  Alvin Kamara, NO
4.  LeSean McCoy, BUF
5.  Melvin Gordon, LAC
6.  Lamar Miller, HOU
7.  Leonard Fournette, JAC
8.  Mark Ingram, NO
9.  Kareem Hunt, KC
10.  Kenyan Drake, MIA
11.  Devonta Freeman, ATL
12.  Carlos Hyde, SF
13.  Samaje Perine, WAS
14.  Jamaal Williams, GB
15.  Marshawn Lynch, OAK
16.  Rex Burkhead, NE
17.  Jordan Howard, CHI
18.  Dion Lewis, NE
19.  Alex Collins, BAL
20.  Alfred Morris, DAL
21.  Frank Gore, IND
22.  Latavius Murray, MIN
23.  Giovani Bernard, CIN
24.  Christian McCaffrey, CAR
25.  Mike Davis, SEA
26.  Derrick Henry, TEN
27.  DeMarco Murray, TEN
28.  Tevin Coleman, ATL
29.  Orleans Darkwa, NYG
30.  C.J. Anderson, DEN
31.  Isaiah Crowell, CLE
32.  Jerick McKinnon, MIN
33.  Peyton Barber, TB
34.  Jay Ajayi, PHI
35.  Duke Johnson, CLE
36.  Kerwynn Williams, ARI
37.  Rod Smith, DAL
38.  Theo Riddick, DET
39.  Austin Ekeler, LAC
40.  Matt Forte, NYJ
41.  Bilal Powell, NYJ
42.  Doug Martin, TB
43.  Jonathan Stewart, CAR
44.  Marlon Mack, IND
45.  Devontae Booker, DEN
46.  LeGarrette Blount, PHI
47.  Tion Green, DET
48.  Travaris Cadet, BUF
49.  Danny Woodhead, BAL
50.  James White, NE
51.  Andre Ellington, HOU
52.  Matt Breida, SF
53.  D.J. Foster, ARI
54.  Tarik Cohen, CHI
55.  Wayne Gallman, NYG
56.  Aaron Jones, GB
57.  T.J. Yeldon, JAC
58.  Alfred Blue, HOU
59.  Corey Clement, PHI
60.  Byron Marshall, WAS
61.  Elijah McGuire, NYJ
62.  Jalen Richard, OAK
63.  Javorius Allen, BAL
64.  DeAndre Washington, OAK
65.  Charles Sims, TB

Wide receivers

1.  Antonio Brown, PIT
2.  Keenan Allen, LAC
3.  A.J. Green, CIN
4.  DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
5.  Julio Jones, ATL
6.  Brandin Cooks, NE
7.  Tyreek Hill, KC
8.  Michael Thomas, NO
9.  Adam Thielen, MIN
10.  Mike Evans, TB
11.  Michael Crabtree, OAK
12.  Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
13.  Dez Bryant, DAL
14.  Marvin Jones, DET
15.  Davante Adams, GB
16.  Jamison Crowder, WAS
17.  Golden Tate, DET
18.  Josh Gordon, CLE
19.  Alshon Jeffery, PHI
20.  Robby Anderson, NYJ
21.  Devin Funchess, CAR
22.  Jarvis Landry, MIA
23.  Cooper Kupp, LAR
24.  Sterling Shepard, NYG
25.  Stefon Diggs, MIN
26.  Doug Baldwin, SEA
27.  T.Y. Hilton, IND
28.  Marquise Goodwin, SF
29.  Sammy Watkins, LAR
30.  Demaryius Thomas, DEN
31.  Mohamed Sanu, ATL
32.  Kenny Stills, MIA
33.  Jermaine Kearse, NYJ
34.  Ted Ginn, NO
35.  Martavis Bryant, PIT
36.  Marqise Lee, JAC
37.  Rishard Matthews, TEN
38.  Chris Hogan, NE
39.  DeSean Jackson, TB
40.  Emmanuel Sanders, DEN
41.  Nelson Agholor, PHI
42.  Mike Wallace, BAL
43.  DeVante Parker, MIA
44.  Amari Cooper, OAK
45.  Jeremy Maclin, BAL
46.  Josh Doctson, WAS
47.  Dontrelle Inman, CHI
48.  Danny Amendola, NE
49.  Jordy Nelson, GB
50.  Dede Westbrook, JAC
51.  Corey Coleman, CLE
52.  Travis Benjamin, LAC
53.  Kenny Golladay, DET
54.  Corey Davis, TEN
55.  Randall Cobb, GB
56.  Will Fuller, HOU
57.  Zay Jones, BUF
58.  Paul Richardson, SEA
59.  Trent Taylor, SF
60.  Brandon LaFell, CIN
61.  Kelvin Benjamin, BUF
62.  Tyrell Williams, LAC
63.  Albert Wilson, KC
64.  Ryan Grant, WAS
65.  Josh Reynolds, LAR
66.  Terrance Williams, DAL
67.  Jaron Brown, ARI
68.  J.J. Nelson, ARI
69.  Donte Moncrief, IND
70.  Chester Rogers, IND

Tight ends

1.  Travis Kelce, KC
2.  Zach Ertz, PHI
3.  Delanie Walker, TEN
4.  Jimmy Graham, SEA
5.  Evan Engram, NYG
6.  Hunter Henry, LAC
7.  Jack Doyle, IND
8.  Jason Witten, DAL
9.  Kyle Rudolph, MIN
10.  Cameron Brate, TB
11.  Jared Cook, OAK
12.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ
13.  Ricky Seals-Jones, ARI
14.  Vernon Davis, WAS
15.  Stephen Anderson, HOU
16.  Charles Clay, BUF
17.  Austin Hooper, ATL
18.  Tyler Kroft, CIN
19.  Julius Thomas, MIA
20.  Greg Olsen, CAR
21.  Eric Ebron, DET
22.  David Njoku, CLE
23.  Benjamin Watson, BAL
24.  Dwayne Allen, NE
25.  O.J. Howard, TB


1.  Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC
2.  New England Patriots, NE
3.  Green Bay Packers, GB
4.  Cincinnati Bengals, CIN
5.  Pittsburgh Steelers, PIT
6.  Minnesota Vikings, MIN
7.  Tennessee Titans, TEN
8.  Dallas Cowboys, DAL
9.  Seattle Seahawks, SEA
10.  Buffalo Bills, BUF
11.  New York Jets, NYJ
12.  Los Angeles Chargers, LAC
13.  Houston Texans, HOU
14.  Denver Broncos, DEN
15.  Arizona Cardinals, ARI
16.  Detroit Lions, DET
17.  Baltimore Ravens, BAL
18.  Carolina Panthers, CAR
19.  Philadelphia Eagles, PHI
20.  New Orleans Saints, NO


1.  Stephen Gostkowski, NE
2.  Greg Zuerlein, LAR
3.  Matt Bryant, ATL
4.  Wil Lutz, NO
5.  Harrison Butker, KC
6.  Matt Prater, DET
7.  Dan Bailey, DAL
8.  Travis Coons, LAC
9.  Ryan Succop, TEN
10.  Jake Elliott, PHI
11.  Kai Forbath, MIN
12.  Chris Boswell, PIT
13.  Ka'imi Fairbairn, HOU
14.  Justin Tucker, BAL
15.  Mason Crosby, GB
16.  Josh Lambo, JAC
17.  Giorgio Tavecchio, OAK
18.  Robbie Gould, SF
19.  Blair Walsh, SEA
20.  Graham Gano, CAR
21.  Nick Rose, WAS

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Need to Know: Five potential Redskins first-round draft picks

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Need to Know: Five potential Redskins first-round draft picks

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, January 17, 56 days before NFL free agency starts.


Days until:

—NFL franchise tag deadline (3/6) 48
—NFL Draft (4/26) 99
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 235

Five possible Redskins first-round draft picks

As you can see from the “Days until” counter above, the NFL draft is 99 days away. A lot will happen between now and then but let’s look at some prospects who will fit the Redskins and who should be available at pick No. 13.

ILB Roquan Smith, Georgia—If you watched Georgia at all during the national semifinals or finals, you had to be impressed with his instincts, speed, hard hitting, and solid tackling. Even if free agent Zach Brown stays, the Redskins could pair him up with Smith and have a dynamic pair of inside linebackers for the first time since they started running the 3-4 in 2010. The problem for the Redskins is that his high-profile performances in those big game may have pushed Smith into the top 10.

QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma—A quarterback should be the choice early in the draft unless Kirk Cousins is signed to a long-term deal. Mayfield is an unconventional type of QB at about 6-1. There’s a lot to like about him, though—mobility, playmaking ability, and deep ball accuracy. He seems to have learned from his off-field mistakes, including an arrest about a year ago (apparently for yelling). In any case, if he is on the Redskins’ radar they will thoroughly vet him between now and draft day. Other QB possibilities are Josh Allen of Wyoming and Lamar Jackson of Louisville.

WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama—Hey, why not another wide receiver, which would be the second one in the first round in three years, and another member of the Crimson Tide after taking Alabama players 1-2 in 2017. I know that people would cringe at another round 1 WR, but after Terrelle Pryor flamed out last year it certainly is a need. Ridley would represent a solid value at No. 13.

DL Vita Vea, Washington—This pick would solve a couple of problems. At 6-4, 332 Vea has the size and strength needed to play nose tackle, solving another problem that has been around since 2010. What might make him worth a first-round pick is that he doesn’t have to go to the bench in nickel. Vea is versatile enough to rush the passer and play three downs. Start a line with Vea, Jonathan Allen, and Matt Ioannidis, mix in a few quality rotational players, and get Jim Tomsula to coach them up and you will have a top-notch D-line. As of right now, Vea is considered to be more of a late first-round player but a lot can change in the next 99 days.

RB Derrius Guice, LSU—Dreams of getting Saquon Barkley at No. 13 are just that and trading up far enough to get him would cost way too much draft capital. But Guice is a good mix of speed, power, agility, and receiving ability. With the exception of Alfred Morris’ first couple of seasons, the Redskins have been ordinary at best since the prime of Clinton Portis a decade ago. Many were impressed with Sony Michel of Georgia, who could be available in the second round.

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Redskins Fan of the Year bracket: Which Washington supporter deserves the title?


Redskins Fan of the Year bracket: Which Washington supporter deserves the title?

Every week during the 2017 Redskins season, NBC Sports Washington found two Redskins fans in the crowd and paired them in a head-to-head matchup on Twitter to determine the fan of the game.

And now that the season is over, it's time to take each of those winners, throw them into a NCAA Tournament-style bracket and let Twitter pick the Redskins Fan of the Year.

Starting on January 8 over on the @NBCSRedskins Twitter account, one matchup a day will be posted at 11 a.m., and fans will have 24 hours to vote for their favorite supporter by retweeting or liking depending on their preference. Week 1's winner will face off with Week 17's, Week 2's will play Week 16's, etc.

The winners will advance, and eventually, one member of the Burgundy and Gold faithful will stand above all the rest, earning the coveted title of Redskins Fan of the Year. 

Check out the results below, which'll be updated every day. To see the tweet that corresponded with each matchup, click the link after the date, but remember, retweets and likes submitted after the 24-hour period won't be counted.

January 8: Round one, matchup one

This was a close one that came down to the last-minute, but at the 24-hour mark, Week 17's winner garnered justtttttttt enough retweets to move on.

January 9: Round one, matchup two

In this tournament, a giant Redskins chain is apparently worth more than a giant football hat.

January 10: Round one, matchup three

In the tournament's third showdown, we have our first winner from the Likes side:

January 11: Round one, matchup four

Was there anyway she wasn't gonna win, especially with the little Hogettes nose?

January 12: Round one, matchup five

Our fifth matchup's winner earned the most retweets of anyone up to this point:

January 15: Round one, matchup six

These three 'Skins fans had to witness Washington's Thursday night flop in Dallas, so it's only fair that they get to advance to the second round:

January 16: Round one, matchup seven

There's still time to vote on this one: