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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: Five players who are wild cards for the 2018 Redskins

Need to Know: Five players who are wild cards for the 2018 Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, April 19, seven days before the 2018 NFL draft.  

Five wild cards for the 2018 Redskins

We know what to expect out of many members of the Redskins. Ryan Kerrigan will register between 10 and 13 sacks. Zach Brown will be among the league leaders in tackles. Jamison Crowder will compile about 800 yards receiving. But we really don’t know what to expect out of a lot of the players expected to play key roles. Here are five of them.

S Montae Nicholson—Although most of the uncertainty surrounding Nicholson is about his health, we really don’t know what he can do over a full season. Sure, he looked good in the six games he played last year but opposing offenses did not have much of a chance to probe his weaknesses. If he stays healthy, his ability to adjust to what the offenses are doing against him will be the next phase of his development. 

CB Fabian Moreau—As a rookie, he was impressive as a punt team gunner, but he got very limited playing time on defense (59 snaps, only seven after Week 5). The Redskins will be counting on him stepping into a bigger role after the departures of Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller. He has the tools but we won’t know how well he can handle the job until he gets extended playing time. 

WR Maurice Harris—Last year he went from spectacular to invisible in a hurry. He made a sensational catch for 36 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings the first time he was targeted. In five games after that, he had just three receptions for 26 yards. Should he have had more playing time (76 snaps)? Or did he just not earn more targets? The real Maurice Harris should come to the forefront in 2018.

NT Phil Taylor—You know the story here. He was looking great in training camp until a quad injury sidelined him for the season. Taylor is healthy enough for the Redskins to give him another chance but this is a player who has not taken the field since November of 2014. We simply don’t know what to expect out of him even if he does make into Week 1 in good health. 

RB Samaje Perine—His play improved as the year went on but he wasn’t good enough to keep both Jay Gruden and Doug Williams from saying that running back is a draft need. Ideally, he shares carries with the probable draft pick with a few going to Chris Thompson and they combine to rush for 1,800 yards. 

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Days until:

—OTAs start (5/22) 33
—Training camp starts (7/26) 98
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 143

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Is the Redskins’ starter at left guard already on the roster?

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Is the Redskins’ starter at left guard already on the roster?

The Redskins have checked off a number of their “needs” boxes that they had when the season began. But there are two holes that remain. 

One is nose tackle. Of course, that has been an issue since 2010. The Redskins may have obtained part of the solution when the brought back Phil Taylor last week and most believe that more help will come in the draft. 

The other need, the one at left guard, also may be a work in progress. Or, perhaps they think they have the solution on the depth chart. 

The team does not put out a depth chart before training camp but if they did distribute one right now they would have Arie Kouandjio as the starting left guard. That is cause for consternation among many Redskins fans and based on some of his past play the low confidence level is justified. 

Kouandjio was a fourth-round pick in 2015. He played sparingly his first two years in the league, getting two fill-in starts in 2016. In training camp last year, he spent a lot of time playing with the third team and it was no surprise when he was one of the final cuts. The team kept undrafted rookie Tyler Catalina instead. 

Kouandjio caught on with the Ravens’ practice squad but when injuries started to pile upon the O-line in Week 8, the Redskins brought him back. Two days after he was signed he played 22 snaps at left guard against the Cowboys. 

In all, he played in eight games, starting six of them. He allowed three sacks, which is the same number that Brandon Scherff gave up, but Scherff played about twice as many snaps. 

What about 2018? Word from John Keim is that Kouandjio has changed his training to focus on lower-body strength and agility. He knows that he has a chance to establish himself in the NFL and he’s doing what he can to take advantage of it. 

Another option at left guard is 31-year-old Tony Bergstrom, who was re-signed earlier this week. He has played for four teams in six years in the league and has started seven games including three at center for the Redskins. Like Kouandjio, he may not be the ideal solution but perhaps a passable option. 

The whole picture here could up be upended in the draft if the Redskins use one of their top picks on a guard. There has been plenty of chatter about Ohio State center Billy Price going to the Redskins in the second round. He may not last that long. If he’s there, however, the Redskins have to seriously consider him. 

The team may go through the draft and perhaps OTAs and minicamp with what they have now. If it doesn’t look like they have a starting caliber player in place they then could reach out to the free agent market and bring in someone like Alex Boone

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