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New and improved fantasy football Week 12 rankings

The bye weeks are over, finally. Good thing because the injuries keep piling up around the league and certainly in Ashburn. 

Not that you need a reminder, but Thanksgiving means three games on Thursday. Oh, and spending time with your family, obviously. It's probably not a good idea ranking your relatives in any first-to-worst order, but I will provide you my first look at the Week 12 fantasy football rankings.

Quarterbacks

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

Running backs

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

Wide receivers

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

Tight ends

1.  Rob Gronkowski, NE
 
2.  Travis Kelce, KC
 
3.  Zach Ertz, PHI
 
4.  Evan Engram, NYG
 
5.  Jimmy Graham, SEA
 
6.  Vernon Davis, WAS
 
7.  Delanie Walker, TEN
 
8.  Greg Olsen, CAR
 
9.  Jack Doyle, IND
 
10.  Jared Cook, OAK
 
11.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ
 
12.  Jason Witten, DAL
 
13.  Kyle Rudolph, MIN
 
14.  Tyler Kroft, CIN
 
15.  Austin Hooper, ATL
 
16.  Hunter Henry, LAC
 
17.  Cameron Brate, TB
 
18.  Charles Clay, BUF
 
19.  Benjamin Watson, BAL
 
20.  Eric Ebron, DET
 
21.  Julius Thomas, MIA
 
22.  Marcedes Lewis, JAC
 
23.  Coby Fleener, NO
 
24.  O.J. Howard, TB
 
25.  C.J. Fiedorowicz, HOU

Defenses

1.  Pittsburgh Steelers, PIT
 
2.  Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC
 
3.  Cincinnati Bengals, CIN
 
4.  Baltimore Ravens, BAL
 
5.  Philadelphia Eagles, PHI
 
6.  Carolina Panthers, CAR
 
7.  Seattle Seahawks, SEA
 
8.  New England Patriots, NE
 
9.  Kansas City Chiefs, KC
 
10.  Atlanta Falcons, ATL
 
11.  Minnesota Vikings, MIN
 
12.  Washington Redskins, WAS
 
13.  Arizona Cardinals, ARI
 
14.  Tennessee Titans, TEN
 
15.  Houston Texans, HOU
 
16.  Oakland Raiders, OAK
 
17.  Los Angeles Chargers, LAC
 
18.  Denver Broncos, DEN
 
19.  Dallas Cowboys, DAL
 
20.  New York Jets, NYJ

Kickers

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

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New free agent Doug Martin unlikely fix to Redskins' woeful run game

New free agent Doug Martin unlikely fix to Redskins' woeful run game

News broke Tuesday that the Tampa Bay Bucaneers released former Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin, and while the name certainly triggers value, his play of the last two seasons should calm the excitement. 

Since a 2015 season where Martin rushed for 1,400 yards and averaged nearly 5 yards-per-carry in 16 games, Martin has been suspended, undergone substance abuse rehab and missed games due to injury.

In the last two seasons, Martin has played in 16 of 32 games, rushed for 827 yards and averaged less than 3 yards-per-carry.

Over his six year NFL career with the Bucs, Martin has only played two full seasons. Those two seasons were great, in 2012 and 2015, but the other four have been largely disappointing. 

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The Redskins averaged just 3.6 yards-per-carry last season, and could definitely use a boost in the run game. It's entirely possible Washington might look to upgrade their offensive backfield this offseason, either in free agency or in the 2018 NFL Draft, but Martin does not look like the player to help. 

Early in the 2017 season, it appeared the Redskins run game might be a strength for the offense. After a disappointing effort on the ground to open the year in a loss to the Eagles, the Redskins rushed for at least 111 yards in their next three contests, including nearly 230 yards on the ground in a Week 2 win over the Rams. 

Injuries undid the run game, however, as Rob Kelley got hurt and the offensive line lost players, too. Over the course of the season, rookie Samaje Perine sustained minor injuries and Chris Thompson was lost for the year with a broken leg. 

Going into 2018, Kelley, Perine, Thompson and Kapri Bibbs are all on the roster and expected for now to stay with the team. That's yet another reason why the Redskins are likely to stay away from Doug Martin.

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Need to Know: Redskins' Junior Galette will be a valued free agent

Need to Know: Redskins' Junior Galette will be a valued free agent

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, February 20, 22 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

Galette to be a valued free agent

Originally published 12/13/17

Like the Redskins, the Broncos are no longer relevant in 2017. Both teams’ fan bases have started to look towards the coming offseason.

To give their readers what they want, the Denver Post published an article by Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus that discussed some of the top pending free agents who have done the most to increase their values in the past year. There were two Redskins named, one you would expect to see on such a list and one that might surprise some people.

Kirk Cousins is at the top of the list. “The Washington signal-caller is grading as a top-10 quarterback (82.8), and soon he’ll have the long-term contract of one,” Renner wrote. “Only this time its value will be exponentially higher than any one he would have signed back when he first became a free agent in 2016.”

But the surprising name is that of Junior Galette. After missing the last two seasons with two torn Achilles tendons, he played this year on a one-year, $800,000 deal. And while he hasn’t been on fire in the sack department with just two on the year, he has been getting pressure on the passer.

“He’s accumulated the 27th-highest pass-rushing grade of any edge defender this season, but in only 264 snaps,” wrote Renner. “At 29 years of age, it’s doubtful he ever gets back to the level of the contract that he once had on the table with New Orleans. With how he’s played this season though, some pass-rush-needy team will pay handsomely for his services.”

One team that could be considered to be pass rush needy is the Redskins. Preston Smith is the starter and supposedly one of the Redskins’ top pass rushers. But in 100 fewer pass rush snaps this year, Galette has only three fewer quarterback hits than Smith and six more hurries.

And after missing those two seasons, Galette has remained healthy. Although he was limited with a hamstring during much of the preseason, he has not missed a practice or appeared on an injury report this year.

But would the Redskins be willing to pay him “handsomely”? Perhaps a good comp would be Connor Barwin, who moved from the Eagles to the Rams this past offseason at the age of 31. He had five sacks in Philly in 2016. That got him a one-year deal worth $3.5 million.

Barwin likely will have more sacks on his ledger going into free agency so let’s say Galette could command around $3 million. Perhaps he could offer Washington a bit of a hometown discount and agree to something in the $2.75 million range. If that is the case, the Redskins would be smart to keep him around for another year.

Plenty of things could alter the equation. If Galette gets hot in the last three games and posts a few more sacks his price could rise. With Smith and Ryan Kerrigan both back next year, perhaps Galette will want to go somewhere that he might get more playing time.

The details need to be sorted out but don’t be surprised if Galette gets a lot of attention in free agency, as much as teams need pass rush, and if the Redskins have to make a very tough decision about how much he is worth.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

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Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 9
—NFL Draft (4/26) 65
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 201