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Fantasy Football Week 15 rankings--Looking at the semifinals

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Fantasy Football Week 15 rankings--Looking at the semifinals

Here's some truth: Fewer people than normal will read this other fantasy football articles posted this week. The reason is obvious: We've reached the playoffs all over the land. Many/most leagues are down to the semifinals. The lack of eyeballs doesn't change the approach with the rankings. Just the opposite. 

Lineup choices are never more important than when so much is at stake. That would be right now. We're still early in the week and there is plenty uncertain in some spots. Keep an eye on some struggling NFL teams possibly changing lineups or depth charts to reflect their status, i.e. getting a look at younger players.

RELATED: WEEK 14 NFL POWER RANKINGS 

Quarterback injuries with the Eagles and Jets alter forecasts for those offenses while the Packers received a massive boost with the return of Aaron Rodgers. Running backs Leonard Fournette and Tevin Coleman are must-track injury report stories along with wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin.

Don't forget about offensive line issues. Redskins fans wondering if left tackle Trent Wiliams continues gutting it out on that hurt left knee know what I mean.

Here's the first look at Week 15. If you have any specific questions, hit me up on Twitter (@benstandig). Cool? Cool -- and good luck out there.

Quarterbacks

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

Running backs

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

Wide receivers

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

Tight ends

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

Defenses

1.  Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC
 
2.  Baltimore Ravens, BAL
 
3.  New Orleans Saints, NO
 
4.  Buffalo Bills, BUF
 
5.  Minnesota Vikings, MIN
 
6.  Philadelphia Eagles, PHI
 
7.  Denver Broncos, DEN
 
8.  Detroit Lions, DET
 
9.  Atlanta Falcons, ATL
 
10.  Indianapolis Colts, IND
 
11.  Washington Redskins, WAS
 
12.  Dallas Cowboys, DAL
 
13.  Seattle Seahawks, SEA
 
14.  Tennessee Titans, TEN
 
15.  Arizona Cardinals, ARI
 
16.  Los Angeles Chargers, LAC
 
17.  San Francisco 49ers, SF
 
18.  Los Angeles Rams, LAR
 
19.  Chicago Bears, CHI
 
20.  Carolina Panthers, CAR
 
21.  New England Patriots, NE
 
22.  Miami Dolphins, MIA

Kickers

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

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Need to Know: How many starters are left from the Redskins' last playoff game?

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Need to Know: How many starters are left from the Redskins' last playoff game?

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, January 19, 54 days before NFL free agency starts.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL franchise tag deadline (3/6) 46
—NFL Draft (4/26) 97
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 233

Things change quickly

Two years ago today, the Redskins were in the process of picking up the pieces after their 35-18 home loss to the Packers in the wild-card round of the 2015 season playoffs. How many of the 22 players who started that game for Washington are still with the team? You may be surprised to find out just how few are likely to be with the Redskins when the season opens in September.

Offense:

WR DeSean Jackson—Signed with the Bucs as a free agent last year.
WR Pierre Garçon—Signed with 49ers as a free agent last year.
WR Jamison Crowder—Still with the Redskins
TE Jordan Reed—Still with the Redskins
LT Trent Williams—Still with the Redskins
LG Spencer Long—Set to be an unrestricted free agent
C Kory Lichtensteiger—Retired following the 2016 season
RG Brandon Scherff—Still with the Redskins
RT Morgan Moses—Still with the Redskins
RB Alfred Morris—Signed with the Cowboys as a free agent in 2016
QB Kirk Cousins—Set to be a UFA, you know the story here

Of the 11 offensive starters, five are still with the team, one has retired, three are employed by other teams, and two are headed into free agency. The chances of either Long or Cousins returning currently hover under 50 percent, although things can change.

Defense:

DE Chris Baker—Signed with the Bucs as a free agent last year.
DE Jason Hatcher—Retired following the 2015 season
NT Terrance Knighton—Signed with the Patriots following the 2015 season but was cut and he hasn’t played and subsequently retired
ILB Will Compton—Set to be an unrestricted free agent
ILB Mason Foster—Set to be an unrestricted free agent
OLB Ryan Kerrigan—Still with the Redskins
OLB Trent Murphy—Spent 2017 in injured reserve, set to be an unrestricted free agent
CB Bashaud Breeland—Set to be an unrestricted free agent
CB Will Blackmon—Released last September, currently unsigned
S DeAngelo Hall—Set to be an unrestricted free agent, likely to retire
S Dashon Goldson—Released after 2015 season, currently unsigned

Only one starter, Ryan Kerrigan, is under contract for 2018. Of the free agents, Breeland is likely to depart and things are up in the air regarding Foster, Compton, and Murphy.

To sum it up, out of 22 starters in that game played 740 days ago, only six are certain to be with the team in 2018 while nine have either signed elsewhere, spent 2017 out of football, or have retired (10 if you count Hall).

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Looking at cheap, reasonable and expensive wide receiver scenarios for Redskins

Looking at cheap, reasonable and expensive wide receiver scenarios for Redskins

Most NFL teams usually carry at least six wide receivers, but going into the 2018 season, only Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson, Maurice Harris and Robert Davis hold signed contracts with the Redskins.

That means Washington must consider adding receiver help via free agency, especially considering Harris and Davis rarely played in 2017. Terrelle Pryor and Ryan Grant both played with the Burgundy and Gold in 2017, and while Grant has a solid chance to return, it would seem Pryor will head elsewhere after a disappointing season in D.C. 

Like every year, a number of receivers will be available via free agency, but what guys make sense for Jay Gruden's team? Let's take a look at three different scenarios, knowing Washington likely needs to add at least one free agent wideout. 

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  • Expensive: Jags WR Allen Robinson - A second-round pick in 2014, Robinson posted a 1,400-yard season in 2015 and has shown the ability to be a true No. 1 wideout in the NFL. He's 6-foot-3 with speed and leaping ability. In 2016, his numbers dipped to less than 900 yards receiving, but that season the Jacksonville QB Blake Bortles struggled significantly. Here's the thing: Robinson blew out his knee in the NFL opener in 2017, and that might make his price tag drop a bit. Word is the former Penn State star should be fully cleared by early March from the injury, and just 24 years old, he will be intriguing. Washington showed they would spend for a wideout in 2017 with the Pryor signing, but they did so on a one-year deal. If Robinson finds the free agent market not as robust as he wants, maybe a similar short-term deal could be reached?
  • Reasonable: Colts WR Donte Moncrief - A third-round pick in 2014, Moncrief also had a big sophomore season in 2015. He grabbed 64 catches for 733 yards and six touchdowns. That was his only full 16-game season, as injuries have continued to be an issue for the 6-foot-2, 220 lbs. wideout out of Ole Miss. In 2016, only playing in nine games, he still contributed with seven touchdowns. In 2017, his numbers slipped big-time, and he posted less than 400 yards receiving in 12 games. Moncrief's problem isn't talent, it's health. That means he could be relatively cheap, and at just 24 years old, that contract might bring a strong return. 
  • Wild Card: Jets WR Eric Decker -  The Redskins have lacked a true veteran wideout since DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon left the team following the 2016 season. Decker will turn 31 in March and would give Washington a different presence in the WR meeting room. He posted two 1,000 yard seasons playing with Peyton Manning in Denver and went to the Super Bowl in 2013. In 2015, while teamed up with Ryan Fitzpatrick playing for the Jets, Decker again hit the 1,000-yard mark and hit the end zone 12 times. Throughout his career, Decker has been a solid red zone threat and has shown the ability to win on tough routes. He will need to take a big pay cut from the $4.5 million, one-year deal he signed in Tennessee in 2017, but that has to be expected considering his paltry production. In 16 games with the Titans, Decker logged 563 yards and only one TD. Decker might make sense, though the cost would need to be low. 

There are plenty of other names to watch, guys like Seattle's Paul Richardson or Buffalo's Jordan Matthews. Free agency opens in mid-March, and some connections between the Redskins and wideouts will start prior to that.

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