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Fantasy Football -- Who's number 1 heading into Week 11?


Fantasy Football -- Who's number 1 heading into Week 11?

We've reached the final week with teams on a bye and this one shouldn't be too problematic considering the Panthers, Colts, Jets and 49ers are the ones resting. Outside of Cam Newton, Carlos Hyde and T.Y. Hilton, not a ton of talent missing this week.

Meanwhile, owners must finish strong over the final 3-4 weeks of the regular season or fear missing their league's playoffs. Without further delay, here's a look at the Week 11 rankings that hopefully can get you there.

(UPDATE -- (* Soon after this posted the Bills benched Tyrod Taylor for rookie Nate Peterman. Yikes. Whatever the Bills are thinking about the long-term, this won't help fantasy owners now.  Expectations for LeSean McCoy take a dip, though he remains a must-start. Kelvin Benjamin already is in the WR4 range. For those now in need of a QB for Week 11, Blake Bortles and Eli Manning are your best hopes.)


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

Running backs

1.  Le'Veon Bell, PIT
2.  Kareem Hunt, KC
3.  Leonard Fournette, JAC
4.  Todd Gurley, LAR
5.  Mark Ingram, NO
6.  LeSean McCoy, BUF
7.  Melvin Gordon, LAC
8.  Jordan Howard, CHI
9.  Alvin Kamara, NO
10.  Tevin Coleman, ATL
11.  Lamar Miller, HOU
12.  Adrian Peterson, ARI
13.  Chris Thompson, WAS
14.  Jerick McKinnon, MIN
15.  Joe Mixon, CIN
16.  Orleans Darkwa, NYG
17.  DeMarco Murray, TEN
18.  Jay Ajayi, PHI
19.  Doug Martin, TB
20.  Jamaal Williams, GB
21.  Latavius Murray, MIN
22.  Marshawn Lynch, OAK
23.  Kenyan Drake, MIA
24.  Isaiah Crowell, CLE
25.  Dion Lewis, NE
26.  Ameer Abdullah, DET
27.  Rex Burkhead, NE
28.  Alfred Morris, DAL
29.  C.J. Anderson, DEN
30.  Alex Collins, BAL
31.  Samaje Perine, WAS
32.  Damien Williams, MIA
33.  Duke Johnson, CLE
34.  Derrick Henry, TEN
35.  James White, NE
36.  Javorius Allen, BAL
37.  Austin Ekeler, LAC
38.  Rod Smith, DAL
39.  Devontae Booker, DEN
40.  Theo Riddick, DET
41.  Thomas Rawls, SEA
42.  Jamaal Charles, DEN
43.  Danny Woodhead, BAL
44.  J.D. McKissic, SEA
45.  D'Onta Foreman, HOU
46.  Tarik Cohen, CHI
47.  LeGarrette Blount, PHI
48.  Jalen Richard, OAK
49.  Wayne Gallman, NYG
50.  Giovani Bernard, CIN
51.  Eddie Lacy, SEA
52.  T.J. Yeldon, JAC
53.  Corey Clement, PHI
54.  Terron Ward, ATL
55.  DeAndre Washington, OAK
56.  Andre Ellington, ARI
57.  Shane Vereen, NYG
58.  Charcandrick West, KC
59.  Chris Ivory, JAC
60.  Mike Tolbert, BUF

Wide receivers

1.  Antonio Brown, PIT
2.  Michael Thomas, NO
3.  Doug Baldwin, SEA
4.  DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
5.  Tyreek Hill, KC
6.  Julio Jones, ATL
7.  Mike Evans, TB
8.  A.J. Green, CIN
9.  Michael Crabtree, OAK
10.  Brandin Cooks, NE
11.  Amari Cooper, OAK
12.  Adam Thielen, MIN
13.  Stefon Diggs, MIN
14.  Golden Tate, DET
15.  Dez Bryant, DAL
16.  Sterling Shepard, NYG
17.  Alshon Jeffery, PHI
18.  Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
19.  JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT
20.  Jarvis Landry, MIA
21.  Devante Parker, MIA
22.  Keenan Allen, LAC
23.  Emmanuel Sanders, DEN
24.  Demaryius Thomas, DEN
25.  Robert Woods, LAR
26.  Marqise Lee, JAC
27.  Jeremy Maclin, BAL
28.  Marvin Jones, DET
29.  Davante Adams, GB
30.  Ted Ginn, NO
31.  DeSean Jackson, TB
32.  Nelson Agholor, PHI
33.  Jamison Crowder, WAS
34.  Mohamed Sanu, ATL
35.  Rishard Matthews, TEN
36.  Paul Richardson, SEA
37.  Cooper Kupp, LAR
38.  Sammy Watkins, LAR
39.  Kelvin Benjamin, BUF
40.  Corey Davis, TEN
41.  Tyler Lockett, SEA
42.  Jordy Nelson, GB
43.  Josh Doctson, WAS
44.  Kenny Stills, MIA
45.  Mike Wallace, BAL
46.  Danny Amendola, NE
47.  Dontrelle Inman, CHI
48.  Randall Cobb, GB
49.  Chris Hogan, NE
50.  John Brown, ARI
51.  Bruce Ellington, HOU
52.  Tyrell Williams, LAC
53.  Terrance Williams, DAL
54.  Brandon LaFell, CIN
55.  Martavis Bryant, PIT
56.  Kenny Golladay, DET
57.  Dede Westbrook, JAC
58.  Will Fuller, HOU
59.  Demarcus Robinson, KC
60.  Keelan Cole, JAC

Tight ends

1.  Travis Kelce, KC
2.  Rob Gronkowski, NE
3.  Zach Ertz, PHI
4.  Evan Engram, NYG
5.  Jimmy Graham, SEA
6.  Jared Cook, OAK
7.  Kyle Rudolph, MIN
8.  Vernon Davis, WAS
9.  Delanie Walker, TEN
10.  Cameron Brate, TB
11.  Jason Witten, DAL
12.  Hunter Henry, LAC
13.  Tyler Kroft, CIN
14.  Austin Hooper, ATL
15.  Coby Fleener, NO
16.  Charles Clay, BUF
17.  Jordan Reed, WAS
18.  Julius Thomas, MIA
19.  Benjamin Watson, BAL
20.  C.J. Fiedorowicz, HOU
21.  Eric Ebron, DET
22.  Jermaine Gresham, ARI
23.  Marcedes Lewis, JAC
24.  David Njoku, CLE
25.  A.J. Derby, DEN


1.  Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC
2.  Baltimore Ravens, BAL
3.  Arizona Cardinals, ARI
4.  Kansas City Chiefs, KC
5.  Denver Broncos, DEN
6.  Detroit Lions, DET
7.  Seattle Seahawks, SEA
8.  Pittsburgh Steelers, PIT
9.  Cincinnati Bengals, CIN
10.  New Orleans Saints, NO
11.  Philadelphia Eagles, PHI
12.  Houston Texans, HOU
13.  Los Angeles Rams, LAR
14.  Los Angeles Chargers, LAC
15.  Miami Dolphins, MIA
16.  Minnesota Vikings, MIN
17.  Green Bay Packers, GB
18.  Chicago Bears, CHI
19.  Buffalo Bills, BUF
20.  New England Patriots, NE


1.  Stephen Gostkowski, NE
2.  Harrison Butker, KC
3.  Jake Elliott, PHI
4.  Justin Tucker, BAL
5.  Wil Lutz, NO
6.  Matt Prater, DET
7.  Greg Zuerlein, LAR
8.  Chris Boswell, PIT
9.  Kai Forbath, MIN
10.  Blair Walsh, SEA
11.  Matt Bryant, ATL
12.  Giorgio Tavecchio, OAK
13.  Ryan Succop, TEN
14.  Josh Lambo, JAC
15.  Brandon McManus, DEN
16.  Steven Hauschka, BUF
17.  Mike Nugent, DAL
18.  Nick Novak, LAC
19.  Mason Crosby, GB
20.  Nick Rose, WAS

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Need to Know: The five key plays from the Redskins' win over Arizona

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Need to Know: The five key plays from the Redskins' win over Arizona

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, December 18, six days before the Washington Redskins play the Denver Broncos at FedEx Field.


Today’s schedule: Jay Gruden press conference 3 p.m.

Days until:

—Redskins @ Giants (12/31) 13
—NFL free agency starts (3/14/18) 86
—NFL Draft (4/26/18) 129

The five key plays during Redskins vs Cardinals

Sack and strip by Anthony Lanier, recovery by Preston Smith—This was on the third play of the game and the Redskins had a touchdown on the fifth play of the game. It also was the start of a stellar day for Lanier, who had two sacks, a tackle for loss, and three passes batted down in addition to the forced fumble.

Kirk Cousins screen pass to Kapri Bibbs for a touchdown—This was a well-designed play, with Kirk Cousins first doing a play-action fake to Bibbs and then faking a jet sweep to Ryan Grant. All that gave time for the offensive line to form a wall and Bibbs got behind it, took Cousins’ short pass, and rolled 39 yards for the touchdown. That made it 14-3 early in the third quarter, giving the Redskins some breathing room to keep the Cardinals at arm’s length, while their offense struggled at times.

Vernon Davis fumble—The Redskins had a chance to grab some momentum back before halftime after Smith picked off a Gabbert pass at the Washington eight. His return and a personal foul penalty set the Redskins up with a first down at their own 41 with 1:50 left in the half. But on the first play, Davis caught a pass from Cousins, turned upfield and fumbled. The Cardinals recovered and drove in for a field goal that made it 14-9 at halftime.

Second half kickoff gaffe—The Cardinals tried a pooch kick and it worked like a charm. None of the Redskins seemed to know what to do with the kick either before or after it hit the ground. The Cardinals recovered and got a field goal that made it a two-point game.

Gabbert pass for Larry Fitzgerald incomplete on fourth down—After exchanges of field goals in the second half, it came down to a fourth and 10 play at the Redskins 21 with Washington leading 20-15 with 23 seconds left. Gabbert threw for Fitzgerald at inside the 10 yard line. The pass was high but Fitzgerald has made his bones on hauling in such passes. Ex-Cardinal D.J. Swearinger was there to contest the pass and he maybe got a couple of fingers on it. The pass fell incomplete and the Redskins breathed a sigh of relief before celebrating a badly-needed win.

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Five takeaways from the Redskins’ narrow win over the Cardinals

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Five takeaways from the Redskins’ narrow win over the Cardinals

Here are my five takeaways from the Redskins’ 20-15 win over the Cardinals.

Turnovers are important: Part of the Redskins’ problems in their last two non-competitive games was a lack of turnovers. Their only takeaway against the Cowboys and Chargers came on an interception in LA long after the outcome had been decided. Today, the Redskins got one three plays into the game, giving them an extremely short field (six yards) and a 7-0 lead a minute and a half into the game. That proved to be critical on a day when the offense operated well only in fits and starts.

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Kendall Fuller might go to the Pro Bowl: Well, maybe he won’t because not many cornerbacks on 6-8 teams with low-ranked defenses get picked. But he is very, very good. Sunday he was all over the place and finished with eight tackles, including one in the middle of the line on a running play, something you don’t see a corner do often. He also knocked down two passes. The Redskins hope that some of their players who are now rookies can take the same leap that Fuller has between his first and second seasons.

Bad call, Jay: I’m not usually one to bang on Jay Gruden for his play calling but the end around to Josh Doctson late in the third quarter was just awful. They had a five-point lead first down at their own 32. A nice steady drive to any kind of score makes it tough for the Cardinals. But instead of sticking with what was working, Gruden called for an end around the Josh Doctson. It was the wrong play call at the wrong time to the wrong player. Doctson lost 14 yards on the play, which killed the drive. The Cardinals took possession after the punt and got back within two points on a field goal. Not good, Jay.

Special teams still struggle: There were three separate special teams gaffes in the second half. The Cardinals did a pooch kick on the second-half kickoff and they recovered it after the ball took an odd bounce. Then Jamison Crowder let a punt hit the ground and roll all the way back to the six-yard line, costing about 15 yards of field position. Finally, the Cardinals hit a 54-yard field goal but AJ Francis was called for using leverage to try to block the kick, giving the Cardinals a first down. Fortunately, they survived all of the miscues. The defense held Arizona to a field goal after the kickoff, the offense managed to drive for a field goal after getting the ball at the six, and the Cardinals kicked another field goal after the penalty on Francis. Still, the special teams can’t rely on getting bailed out all the time.

A needed win: The Cardinals did manage to put a big scare into the Redskins by driving down to the Washington 21 in the last minute. But the home team held on, averting disaster in the process. Had they lost due to a late drive engineered by Blaine Gabbert, who completed 39-percent of his passes and had a passer rating of 43, things would have become very ugly. A win is a win in the NFL so the fact that a couple of passes went just off the fingertips of receivers inside the 10 on the final drive won’t matter. They will celebrate and go into the week to prepare for the Broncos in a much better frame of mind.

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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.