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Fantasy Fix: Todd Gurley running hot in Week 5 rankings

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Fantasy Fix: Todd Gurley running hot in Week 5 rankings

The Week 5 fantasy football rankings are up along with a potpourri of notes, thoughts and whatnot to hopefully help with lineup and season-long decisions...

During my weekly fantasy football podcast, we the following: If we redrafted leagues right now, which running backs would you select over Rams rookie Todd Gurley, who dominated in his first full game last week. My answer:

Adrian Peterson

Le'Veon Bell

Jamaal Charles

Eddie Lacy

Matt Forte

Marshawn Lynch

That's it, that's list.

Jeremy Hill is close, but he must fend off Giovani Bernard every game. LeSean McCoy is hurt. C.J. Anderson is a mess and DeMarco Murray is currently lost. DeVonta Freeman isn't there yet, but ask me again if he produces against the Redskins formidable run defense. Mark Ingram is producing in all formats, but C.J. Spiller and Khiry Robinson might snake valuable touches.

Gurley looked like a rock star in the second half of the Rams' surprising road win against the Cardinals. Not only are we talking talent, but opportunity. St. Louis' offense lacks playmakers, meaning it will lean heavily on the powerful runner plenty going forward.

His Week 5 matchup at Green Bay isn't ideal; the Packers have only allowed 102 rushing yards combined over the last three weeks. Oh, you're still starting the rookie, just don't expect tier 1 level production this time, but close enough.

  • If there are any running backs I didn't mention that you would select over Gurley, let us know in the comments section.

Quarterbacks

  1. Tom Brady - NE at Dal
  2. Aaron Rodgers - GB vs. StL
  3. Matt Ryan - ATL vs. Was
  4. Philip Rivers - SD vs. Pit
  5. Peyton Manning - DEN at Oak
  6. Carson Palmer - ARI at Det
  7. Drew Brees - NO at Phi
  8. Eli Manning - NYG vs. SF
  9. Sam Bradford - PHI vs. NO
  10. Russell Wilson - SEA at Cin
  11. Marcus Mariota - TEN vs. Buf
  12. Jay Cutler - CHI at KC
  13. Andy Dalton - CIN vs. Sea
  14. Alex Smith - KC vs. Chi
  15. Tyrod Taylor - BUF at Ten
  16. Joe Flacco - BAL vs. Cle
  17. Blake Bortles - JAC at TB
  18. Josh McCown - CLE at Bal
  19. Kirk Cousins - WAS at Atl
  20. Michael Vick - PIT at SD
  21. Jameis Winston - TB vs. Jac
  22. Matthew Stafford - DET vs. Ari
  23. Nick Foles - STL at GB
  24. Derek Carr - OAK vs. Den
  25. Ryan Mallett - HOU vs. Ind
  26. Colin Kaepernick - SF at NYG
  27. Matt Hasselbeck - IND at Hou
  28. Brandon Weeden - DAL vs. NE

Running backs

  1. Le'Veon Bell - PIT at SD
  2. Jamaal Charles - KC vs. Chi
  3. Eddie Lacy - GB vs. StL
  4. Matt Forte - CHI at KC
  5. Justin Forsett - BAL vs. Cle
  6. Devonta Freeman - ATL vs. Was
  7. Mark Ingram - NO at Phi
  8. Todd Gurley - STL at GB
  9. Marshawn Lynch - SEA at Cin
  10. Arian Foster - HOU vs. Ind
  11. Frank Gore - IND at Hou
  12. Dion Lewis - NE at Dal
  13. Jeremy Hill - CIN vs. Sea
  14. T.J. Yeldon - JAC at TB
  15. Carlos Hyde - SF at NYG
  16. Doug Martin - TB vs. Jac
  17. Latavius Murray - OAK vs. Den
  18. Melvin Gordon - SD vs. Pit
  19. Danny Woodhead - SD vs. Pit
  20. Joseph Randle - DAL vs. NE
  21. Alfred Morris - WAS at Atl
  22. Chris Johnson - ARI at Det
  23. Ronnie Hillman - DEN at Oak
  24. DeMarco Murray - PHI vs. NO
  25. C.J. Anderson - DEN at Oak
  26. LeGarrette Blount - NE at Dal
  27. Giovani Bernard - CIN vs. Sea
  28. Anthony Dixon - BUF at Ten
  29. Ameer Abdullah - DET vs. Ari
  30. C.J. Spiller - NO at Phi
  31. Duke Johnson - CLE at Bal
  32. Rashad Jennings - NYG vs. SF
  33. Matt Jones - WAS at Atl
  34. Andre Ellington - ARI at Det
  35. Isaiah Crowell - CLE at Bal
  36. Ryan Mathews - PHI vs. NO
  37. Shane Vereen - NYG vs. SF
  38. Antonio Andrews - TEN vs. Buf
  39. Andre Williams - NYG vs. SF
  40. Darren Sproles - PHI vs. NO
  41. Darren McFadden - DAL vs. NE
  42. Thomas Rawls - SEA at Cin
  43. Lorenzo Taliaferro - BAL vs. Cle
  44. Charles Sims - TB vs. Jac
  45. David Johnson - ARI at Det
  46. Bishop Sankey - TEN vs. Buf
  47. Roy Helu - OAK vs. Den
  48. Khiry Robinson - NO at Phi
  49. Karlos Williams - BUF at Ten
  50. Reggie Bush - SF at NYG
  51. James Starks - GB vs. StL
  52. Alfred Blue - HOU vs. Ind
  53. Christine Michael - DAL vs. NE
  54. Zach Zenner - DET vs. Ari
  55. Fred Jackson - SEA at Cin
  56. Joique Bell - DET vs. Ari
  57. Tevin Coleman - ATL vs. Was
  58. Tre Mason - STL at GB
  59. Chris Thompson - WAS at Atl
  60. Theo Riddick - DET vs. Ari

Wide receivers

  1. Julio Jones - ATL vs. Was
  2. Odell Beckham - NYG vs. SF
  3. Demaryius Thomas - DEN at Oak
  4. Keenan Allen - SD vs. Pit
  5. Randall Cobb - GB vs. StL
  6. Antonio Brown - PIT at SD
  7. Larry Fitzgerald - ARI at Det
  8. DeAndre Hopkins - HOU vs. Ind
  9. Julian Edelman - NE at Dal
  10. Emmanuel Sanders - DEN at Oak
  11. A.J. Green - CIN vs. Sea
  12. Calvin Johnson - DET vs. Ari
  13. Jeremy Maclin - KC vs. Chi
  14. Allen Robinson - JAC at TB
  15. Jordan Matthews - PHI vs. NO
  16. Mike Evans - TB vs. Jac
  17. T.Y. Hilton - IND at Hou
  18. James Jones - GB vs. StL
  19. Pierre Garcon - WAS at Atl
  20. Amari Cooper - OAK vs. Den
  21. Vincent Jackson - TB vs. Jac
  22. John Brown - ARI at Det
  23. Allen Hurns - JAC at TB
  24. Leonard Hankerson - ATL vs. Was
  25. Brandin Cooks - NO at Phi
  26. Donte Moncrief - IND at Hou
  27. Kendall Wright - TEN vs. Buf
  28. Alshon Jeffery - CHI at KC
  29. Terrance Williams - DAL vs. NE
  30. Percy Harvin - BUF at Ten
  31. Rueben Randle - NYG vs. SF
  32. Travis Benjamin - CLE at Bal
  33. Martavis Bryant - PIT at SD
  34. Anquan Boldin - SF at NYG
  35. Nelson Agholor - PHI vs. NO
  36. Kamar Aiken - BAL vs. Cle
  37. Golden Tate - DET vs. Ari
  38. Eddie Royal - CHI at KC
  39. Michael Crabtree - OAK vs. Den
  40. Doug Baldwin - SEA at Cin
  41. Michael Floyd - ARI at Det
  42. Marvin Jones - CIN vs. Sea
  43. Tavon Austin - STL at GB
  44. Willie Snead - NO at Phi
  45. Marques Colston - NO at Phi
  46. Jamison Crowder - WAS at Atl
  47. Robert Woods - BUF at Ten
  48. Steve Johnson - SD vs. Pit
  49. Kenny Britt - STL at GB
  50. Torrey Smith - SF at NYG
  51. Jermaine Kearse - SEA at Cin
  52. Cole Beasley - DAL vs. NE
  53. Sammy Watkins - BUF at Ten
  54. Marlon Brown - BAL vs. Cle
  55. Ryan Grant - WAS at Atl
  56. Dorial Green-Beckham - TEN vs. Buf
  57. Dwayne Harris - NYG vs. SF
  58. Ty Montgomery - GB vs. StL
  59. Mohamed Sanu - CIN vs. Sea
  60. Malcom Floyd - SD vs. Pit

Tight ends

  1. Rob Gronkowski - NE at Dal
  2. Travis Kelce - KC vs. Chi
  3. Charles Clay - BUF at Ten
  4. Owen Daniels - DEN at Oak
  5. Martellus Bennett - CHI at KC
  6. Jason Witten - DAL vs. NE
  7. Delanie Walker - TEN vs. Buf
  8. Jimmy Graham - SEA at Cin
  9. Antonio Gates - SD vs. Pit
  10. Tyler Eifert - CIN vs. Sea 
  11. Coby Fleener - IND at Hou
  12. Richard Rodgers - GB vs. StL
  13. Derek Carrier - WAS at Atl
  14. Maxx Williams - BAL vs. Cle
  15. Heath Miller - PIT at SD
  16. Dwayne Allen - IND at Hou
  17. Zach Ertz - PHI vs. NO
  18. Jared Cook - STL at GB
  19. Gary Barnidge - CLE at Bal
  20. Larry Donnell - NYG vs. SF
  21. Vernon Davis - SF at NYG
  22. Ladarius Green - SD vs. Pit
  23. Crockett Gillmore - BAL vs. Cle
  24. Eric Ebron - DET vs. Ari
  25. Jordan Reed - WAS at Atl

Kickers

  1. Justin Tucker - BAL vs. Cle
  2. Stephen Gostkowski - NE at Dal
  3. Matt Bryant - ATL vs. Was
  4. Mason Crosby - GB vs. StL
  5. Cairo Santos - KC vs. Chi
  6. Josh Brown - NYG vs. SF
  7. Steven Hauschka - SEA at Cin
  8. Brandon McManus - DEN at Oak
  9. Adam Vinatieri - IND at Hou
  10. Chandler Catanzaro - ARI at Det
  11. Josh Lambo - SD vs. Pit
  12. Dan Bailey - DAL vs. NE
  13. Dan Carpenter - BUF at Ten
  14. Sebastian Janikowski - OAK vs. Den
  15. Robbie Gould - CHI at KC
  16. Caleb Sturgis - PHI vs. NO
  17. Greg Zuerlein - STL at GB
  18. Matt Prater - DET vs. Ari
  19. Zach Hocker - NO at Phi
  20. Mike Nugent - CIN vs. Sea

Defenses

  1. New York Giants - NYG vs. SF
  2. Denver Broncos - DEN at Oak
  3. Arizona Cardinals - ARI at Det
  4. Buffalo Bills - BUF at Ten
  5. Seattle Seahawks - SEA at Cin
  6. Green Bay Packers - GB vs. StL
  7. Kansas City Chiefs - KC vs. Chi
  8. Baltimore Ravens - BAL vs. Cle
  9. Cincinnati Bengals - CIN vs. Sea
  10. New England Patriots - NE at Dal
  11. San Diego Chargers - SD vs. Pit
  12. Atlanta Falcons - ATL vs. Was
  13. Houston Texans - HOU vs. Ind
  14. Indianapolis Colts - IND at Hou
  15. Jacksonville Jaguars - JAC at TB
  16. Philadelphia Eagles - PHI vs. NO
  17. Pittsburgh Steelers - PIT at SD
  18. Cleveland Browns - CLE at Bal
  19. St. Louis Rams - STL at GB
  20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - TB vs. Jac

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Need to Know: The five highest-paid 2018 Redskins

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Need to Know: The five highest-paid 2018 Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 24, 18 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.

The five highest-paid Redskins in 2018

Originally published 1/12/18

This is how the five highest-paid Redskins per their 2018 salary cap numbers stack up as of now. The list could change, of course during free agency and if a particular quarterback returns. Cap numbers via Over the Cap.

CB Josh Norman, $17 million—The Redskins do have a window which would allow them to move on from Norman. His $13.5 million salary for this year doesn’t become guaranteed until the fifth day of the league year so it would be “only” a $9 million cap charge to move on from Norman, who turned 30 in December. Don’t look for that to happen but the possibility is there.

OT Trent Williams, $13.86 million—He is one of the best left tackles in the business. Those of you out there who have advocated moving him to left guard should look at this cap number, which is way out of line for what a team can afford to pay a guard. At his pay, he needs to be playing on the edge.

OLB Ryan Kerrigan, $12.45 million—He has delivered double-digit sacks in each of the two seasons that his contract extension has been in effect. That’s good value in a league that values the ability to get to the quarterback.

TE Jordan Reed, $10.14 million—The Redskins knew that he might have a year like last year when he played in only six games when they agreed to Reed’s five-year, $50 million extension. They can live with one such season. If he has another one in 2018 they may rethink things.

G Brandon Scherff, $6.75 million—The fact that a rookie contract is No. 5 on this list is a good sign that, as of now, the Redskins’ cap is not top heavy like it was last year. The top three cap hits from Norman, Williams, and Kirk Cousins totaled $59 million, which was about 35 percent of the cap. This year the total cap numbers of the top three come to $43.3 million, 24.3 percent of the estimated $178 million salary cap.

Next five: OT Morgan Moses ($5.4 million), TE Vernon Davis ($5.33 million), DL Stacy McGee ($4.8 million), DL Terrell McClain ($4.75 million), S D.J. Swearinger ($4.33 million)

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Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 5
—NFL Draft (4/26) 61
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 197

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Martavis Bryant could make sense for the Redskins, at the right price

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Martavis Bryant could make sense for the Redskins, at the right price

A 2017 midseason trade for Martavis Bryant made no sense for the Redskins. A 2018 offseason trade for Martavis Bryant, however, might make sense for the Redskins. 

Bryant is on the trade block, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, and will be an intriguing prospect for receiver-needy teams across the NFL. In parts of three seasons with the Steelers, Bryant has 17 touchdowns and a 15.2 yards-per-reception average. 

A big play threat from any place on the field, Bryant would immediately make the Redskins receiving unit more athletic and explosive. 

It's not all good news with Bryant, though.

He was suspended for the entire 2016 season after repeated drug violations and caused some distraction for Pittsburgh during the 2017 season when he asked for a trade via social media. 

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Is the talent enough to overcome the off-field distractions? Many would say it is. 

Last year, in just eight starts, Bryant grabbed 50 catches for more than 600 yards and three TDs. In their lone playoff loss to the Jaguars, Bryant caught two passes for 78 yards and a TD. 

Remember, too, the Steelers have an explosive offense, and Bryant is coupled with Antonio Brown on the receiver front along with Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback and Le'Veon Bell at running back. The Pittsburgh offense is loaded. 

Washington's offense is not nearly the prolific unit that the Steelers send out, but Jay Gruden does design a good offense. 

The real question surrounding any talk of trading for Bryant is the cost.

The Redskins are not in a position to send away any more draft picks this offseason after giving up a third-round pick, in addition to Kendall Fuller, to acquire Alex Smith. Bruce Allen and the Redskins front office need to improve their team in plenty of spots, and the team's draft picks are quite valuable. 

Bryant only has one year remaining on his rookie deal, and it's hard to balance that sort of short-term investment with the value of adding a rookie committed to the team for at least four years. Perhaps a late-round pick would make sense, but it would need to be a sixth-rounder. 

This could be one of those rare situations in the NFL where a player for player swap could work, though pulling that type of maneuver requires a lot of moving parts. 

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