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Fantasy Fix: Week 7 rankings

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Fantasy Fix: Week 7 rankings

Here we go, the Week 7 fantasy football rankings. This week is trickier than normal for owners considering the number of potent players out because of byes, including Aaron Rodgers, Matt Forte, A.J. Green and Demaryius Thomas. Then you have the Sunday morning matchup overseas between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills. Also keep an eye on the status on the likes of injured players Marcus Mariota, Dion Lewis, Dez Bryant, Jordan Reed and DeSean Jackson.

I'll certainly do that and will update my rankings/talk about the players over the weekend. This is primarily a Twitter thing, but also note I'm part of the Comcast SportsNet weekly fantasy football show which first airs Friday's at 6:00 p.m. and reairs several times including Sunday morning at 11AM. Speaking of Twitter, shoot me your questions and we might use it on the show. Cool? Cool.

Players I like more than normal this week: Carson Palmer, Philip Rivers, Blake Bortles, Todd Gurley, Lamar Miller, Christine Michael, Charles Sims, Larry Fitzgerald, Keenan Allen, Stefon Diggs, Pierre Garcon, Dorian Green-Beckham, Antonio Gates, Delanie Walker, Jacob Tamme

Players I like less than normal this week: Joe Flacco, Chris Ivory, Dion Lewis, Jordan Matthews, Kendall Wright, Jordan Reed, Heath Miller.

Lineup and roster scenarios worth watching heading into Sunday: Cowboys backfield (Christine Michael, Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden), Bills quarterback (Tyrod Taylor, E.J. Manuel), Ravens tight end (Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams), Patriots backfield (Dion Lewis, LeGarrette Blount), Brown backfield (Duke Johnson, Isaiah Crowell, Robert Turbin)

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Quarterbacks

  1. Carson Palmer - ARI vs. Bal
  2. Andrew Luck - IND vs. NO
  3. Tom Brady - NE vs. NYJ
  4. Philip Rivers - SD vs. Oak
  5. Drew Brees - NO at Ind
  6. Cam Newton - CAR vs. Phi
  7. Russell Wilson - SEA at SF
  8. Blake Bortles - JAC vs. Buf
  9. Matt Ryan - ATL at Ten
  10. Matthew Stafford - DET vs. Min
  11. Eli Manning - NYG vs. Dal
  12. Tyrod Taylor - BUF at Jac
  13. Ryan Fitzpatrick - NYJ at NE
  14. Ryan Tannehill - MIA vs. Hou
  15. Brian Hoyer - HOU at Mia
  16. Sam Bradford - PHI at Car
  17. Josh McCown - CLE at StL
  18. Colin Kaepernick - SF vs. Sea
  19. Landry Jones - PIT at KC
  20. Teddy Bridgewater - MIN at Det
  21. Alex Smith - KC vs. Pit
  22. Derek Carr - OAK at SD
  23. Joe Flacco - BAL at Ari
  24. Kirk Cousins - WAS vs. TB
  25. Jameis Winston - TB at Was
  26. Nick Foles - STL vs. Cle
  27. Zach Mettenberger - TEN vs. Atl
  28. Matt Cassel - DAL at NYG

Running backs

  1. Devonta Freeman - ATL at Ten
  2. Todd Gurley - STL vs. Cle
  3. Le'Veon Bell - PIT at KC
  4. Adrian Peterson - MIN at Det
  5. Arian Foster - HOU at Mia
  6. Marshawn Lynch - SEA at SF
  7. Lamar Miller - MIA vs. Hou
  8. LeSean McCoy - BUF at Jac
  9. Chris Ivory - NYJ at NE
  10. Mark Ingram - NO at Ind
  11. Latavius Murray - OAK at SD
  12. Frank Gore - IND vs. NO
  13. Doug Martin - TB at Was
  14. DeMarco Murray - PHI at Car
  15. Carlos Hyde - SF vs. Sea
  16. LeGarrette Blount - NE vs. NYJ
  17. Danny Woodhead - SD vs. Oak
  18. Chris Johnson - ARI vs. Bal
  19. Dion Lewis - NE vs. NYJ
  20. Justin Forsett - BAL at Ari
  21. Jonathan Stewart - CAR vs. Phi
  22. Duke Johnson - CLE at StL
  23. Christine Michael - DAL at NYG
  24. T.J. Yeldon - JAC vs. Buf
  25. Theo Riddick - DET vs. Min
  26. Alfred Morris - WAS vs. TB
  27. Charcandrick West - KC vs. Pit
  28. Melvin Gordon - SD vs. Oak
  29. Shane Vereen - NYG vs. Dal
  30. Ameer Abdullah - DET vs. Min
  31. Joseph Randle - DAL at NYG
  32. Rashad Jennings - NYG vs. Dal
  33. Ryan Mathews - PHI at Car
  34. Andre Ellington - ARI vs. Bal
  35. Antonio Andrews - TEN vs. Atl
  36. Isaiah Crowell - CLE at StL
  37. Charles Sims - TB at Was
  38. Matt Jones - WAS vs. TB
  39. Darren McFadden - DAL at NYG
  40. Knile Davis - KC vs. Pit
  41. David Johnson - ARI vs. Bal
  42. Darren Sproles - PHI at Car
  43. Tevin Coleman - ATL at Ten
  44. Denard Robinson - JAC vs. Buf
  45. Robert Turbin - CLE at StL
  46. Roy Helu - OAK at SD
  47. Chris Thompson - WAS vs. TB
  48. Khiry Robinson - NO at Ind
  49. Dexter McCluster - TEN vs. Atl
  50. C.J. Spiller - NO at Ind
  51. Javorius Allen - BAL at Ari
  52. Bilal Powell - NYJ at NE
  53. Mike Tolbert - CAR vs. Phi

Wide receivers

  1. DeAndre Hopkins - HOU at Mia
  2. Julio Jones - ATL at Ten
  3. Larry Fitzgerald - ARI vs. Bal
  4. Keenan Allen - SD vs. Oak
  5. Brandon Marshall - NYJ at NE
  6. Calvin Johnson - DET vs. Min
  7. Odell Beckham - NYG vs. Dal
  8. Julian Edelman - NE vs. NYJ
  9. T.Y. Hilton - IND vs. NO
  10. Antonio Brown - PIT at KC
  11. Eric Decker - NYJ at NE
  12. John Brown - ARI vs. Bal
  13. Steve Smith - BAL at Ari
  14. Allen Robinson - JAC vs. Buf
  15. Mike Evans - TB at Was
  16. Amari Cooper - OAK at SD
  17. Donte Moncrief - IND vs. NO
  18. Martavis Bryant - PIT at KC
  19. Jarvis Landry - MIA vs. Hou
  20. Allen Hurns - JAC vs. Buf
  21. Vincent Jackson - TB at Was
  22. Travis Benjamin - CLE at StL
  23. Jeremy Maclin - KC vs. Pit
  24. Stefon Diggs - MIN at Det
  25. Willie Snead - NO at Ind
  26. Jordan Matthews - PHI at Car
  27. Brandin Cooks - NO at Ind
  28. Pierre Garcon - WAS vs. TB
  29. Golden Tate - DET vs. Min
  30. Anquan Boldin - SF vs. Sea
  31. Rishard Matthews - MIA vs. Hou
  32. Michael Crabtree - OAK at SD
  33. Tavon Austin - STL vs. Cle
  34. Kendall Wright - TEN vs. Atl
  35. Jamison Crowder - WAS vs. TB
  36. Terrance Williams - DAL at NYG
  37. Leonard Hankerson - ATL at Ten
  38. Mike Wallace - MIN at Det
  39. Michael Floyd - ARI vs. Bal
  40. Rueben Randle - NYG vs. Dal
  41. Ted Ginn - CAR vs. Phi
  42. Doug Baldwin - SEA at SF
  43. Torrey Smith - SF vs. Sea
  44. Dorial Green-Beckham - TEN vs. Atl
  45. Robert Woods - BUF at Jac
  46. Kamar Aiken - BAL at Ari
  47. Malcom Floyd - SD vs. Oak
  48. Roddy White - ATL at Ten
  49. Danny Amendola - NE vs. NYJ
  50. Chris Hogan - BUF at Jac
  51. Kenny Stills - MIA vs. Hou
  52. Andre Johnson - IND vs. NO
  53. Josh Huff - PHI at Car
  54. DeSean Jackson - WAS vs. TB
  55. Steve Johnson - SD vs. Oak
  56. Devin Funchess - CAR vs. Phi
  57. Jermaine Kearse - SEA at SF
  58. Kenny Britt - STL vs. Cle
  59. DeVante Parker - MIA vs. Hou
  60. Cole Beasley - DAL at NYG
  61. Riley Cooper - PHI at Car
  62. Nate Washington - HOU at Mia
  63. Bryan Walters - JAC vs. Buf
  64. Tyler Lockett - SEA at SF
  65. Lance Moore - DET vs. Min
  66. Albert Wilson - KC vs. Pit
  67. Markus Wheaton - PIT at KC
  68. Justin Hunter - TEN vs. Atl

Tight ends

  1. Rob Gronkowski - NE vs. NYJ
  2. Antonio Gates - SD vs. Oak
  3. Greg Olsen - CAR vs. Phi
  4. Travis Kelce - KC vs. Pit
  5. Jimmy Graham - SEA at SF
  6. Julius Thomas - JAC vs. Buf
  7. Delanie Walker - TEN vs. Atl
  8. Gary Barnidge - CLE at StL
  9. Charles Clay - BUF at Jac
  10. Jordan Reed - WAS vs. TB
  11. Jason Witten - DAL at NYG
  12. Jordan Cameron - MIA vs. Hou
  13. Kyle Rudolph - MIN at Det
  14. Ben Watson - NO at Ind
  15. Crockett Gillmore - BAL at Ari
  16. Jacob Tamme - ATL at Ten
  17. Ladarius Green - SD vs. Oak
  18. Zach Ertz - PHI at Car
  19. Larry Donnell - NYG vs. Dal
  20. Coby Fleener - IND vs. NO
  21. Heath Miller - PIT at KC
  22. Dwayne Allen - IND vs. NO
  23. Jared Cook - STL vs. Cle
  24. Brent Celek - PHI at Car
  25. Josh Hill - NO at Ind
  26. Vernon Davis - SF vs. Sea
  27. Tim Wright - DET vs. Min
  28. Derek Carrier - WAS vs. TB

Kickers

  1. Stephen Gostkowski - NE vs. NYJ
  2. Chandler Catanzaro - ARI vs. Bal
  3. Steven Hauschka - SEA at SF
  4. Adam Vinatieri - IND vs. NO
  5. Josh Brown - NYG vs. Dal
  6. Matt Bryant - ATL at Ten
  7. Justin Tucker - BAL at Ari
  8. Josh Lambo - SD vs. Oak
  9. Dan Carpenter - BUF at Jac
  10. Blair Walsh - MIN at Det
  11. Dan Bailey - DAL at NYG
  12. Graham Gano - CAR vs. Phi
  13. Cairo Santos - KC vs. Pit
  14. Dustin Hopkins - WAS vs. TB
  15. Matt Prater - DET vs. Min
  16. Nick Folk - NYJ at NE
  17. Chris Boswell - PIT at KC
  18. Greg Zuerlein - STL vs. Cle
  19. Travis Coons - CLE at StL
  20. Phil Dawson - SF vs. Sea

Defenses

  1. Carolina Panthers - CAR vs. Phi
  2. Seattle Seahawks - SEA at SF
  3. St. Louis Rams - STL vs. Cle
  4. Arizona Cardinals - ARI vs. Bal
  5. Washington Redskins - WAS vs. TB
  6. Minnesota Vikings - MIN at Det
  7. Buffalo Bills - BUF at Jac
  8. Miami Dolphins - MIA vs. Hou
  9. New England Patriots - NE vs. NYJ
  10. New York Giants - NYG vs. Dal
  11. New York Jets - NYJ at NE
  12. Philadelphia Eagles - PHI at Car
  13. Houston Texans - HOU at Mia
  14. Atlanta Falcons - ATL at Ten
  15. Kansas City Chiefs - KC vs. Pit
  16. Pittsburgh Steelers - PIT at KC
  17. San Diego Chargers - SD vs. Oak
  18. Jacksonville Jaguars - JAC vs. Buf
  19. Cleveland Browns - CLE at StL
  20. San Francisco 49ers - SF vs. Sea

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Costly cornerbacks, offseason blueprint

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Costly cornerbacks, offseason blueprint

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 17, 25 days before NFL free agency starts.

The Redskin week that was

My weekly look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics on RealRedskins.com and NBCSportsWashington.com.

An offseason blueprint for the Redskins—Should the Redskins focus their free agency money on keeping their own? In addition to unrestricted free agents Zach Brown and Trent Murphy, they need to consider extensions for Brandon Scherff, Preston Smith, and Jamison Crowder. That could chew up a bunch of the approximately $31 million of cap space that they have. They may get some help on the market but most of their improvement should come from the draft and from within.

Redskins offseason will hit warp speed soon—With the exception of the Alex Smith trade, which actually hasn’t happened yet, there hasn’t been much going on with the Redskins. That is going to change soon, check out the post for the calendar and how the events matter for the Redskins.

No mixed messages from Alex Smith—In a radio interview, Alex Smith said that he was “jacked” to be a part of the Redskins. Now, the phrase often repeated here is that you shouldn’t listen to what they say, you should watch what they do. And the moment that he signs the reported four-year extension that he has negotiated with the team, a deal that likely would put him in Washington for the rest of his career, we will see his actions backing up his words. Then we will know.

What we know, and what we think, of the Su'a Cravens situation—This will be a true test of the acumen of the front office. It’s a very tricky situation. The Redskins have to decide if they want to keep Cravens. Should they decide to keep him, there will be a lot of smoothing over of ruffled feelings that would need to be done over and trust in Cravens would have to be restored. If they don’t want him around, they have to make it look like they are willing to go into the season with him in order to be able to trade him. Otherwise, teams may just wait for them to cut him and sign him as a free agent. Again, don’t listen to what they say, watch what they do.

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Quarterback is not the only NFL position with rising salaries. The players teams hire to try to stop opposing QBs, cornerbacks, are getting expensive, too. Bashaud Breeland is a good cornerback, not a great one. His coverage skills are solid, he’s a good team player (if a bit of a hothead at times) and his work ethic is not questioned. For a fourth-round pick who everybody thought left Clemson a year too early, he has done well for himself But he hasn’t made a Pro Bowl and he hasn’t even come close enough to be considered a snub. Breeland has eight interceptions in four years in the league with a high of three in 2016.

The price tag for good at cornerback is likely to be in the vicinity of $10 million per season. And good for him if he gets it. But with the Redskins employing Josh Norman, who has cap hits in the range of $14.5 million-$16.9 million over the next three years, it would be difficult to fit him in. Truth be told, Breeland has probably been destined to leave as a free agent ever since Norman signed his contract in April of 2016.

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Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 12
—NFL Draft (4/26) 68
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 204

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Cousins would reportedly look to file grievance if Redskins use franchise tag on him

Cousins would reportedly look to file grievance if Redskins use franchise tag on him

The Redskins might try to franchise tag quarterback Kirk Cousins to try to get some compensation for him as he leaves. But Cousins’ camp might not let that happen without a fight.

According to Albert Breer of the MMQB, Cousins might file a grievance if he is tagged, saying that the Redskins would be violating the spirit of the rules regarding the use of the franchise tag. He would be seeking to have the tag voided because the team clearly isn ’t interested in reaching a long-term deal with him given the acquisition of Alex Smith. The tag is supposed to be used to buy time to get an agreement done, not to squat on a player’s rights in order to trade him.

There is precedent for the tag being used in order to facilitate a trade. In 2009, the Patriots tagged quarterback Matt Cassel. They clearly had no intention of keeping him as they had Tom Brady on the roster. But New England pulled it off, shipping Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel to the Chiefs for a second-round pick.

But it is up to the player to object to being tagged and for whatever reason Cassel and his agent went along with the tag and trade rather than fighting for free agency.

It looks like Cousins ’camp won’t go as quietly.

It’s up to the Redskins to make the first move. The window to be able to tag a player opens on Tuesday with the deadline coming on March 6. We will see how things play out after that.

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