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Fantasy Football 2017 -- Week 3 Rankings Update


Fantasy Football 2017 -- Week 3 Rankings Update

Here's a look at the updated Week 3 rankings for standard scoring with a few player notes along the way...


1.  Aaron Rodgers, GB
2.  Tom Brady, NE
3.  Matt Ryan, ATL
4.  Derek Carr, OAK
5.  Cam Newton, CAR
6.  Matthew Stafford, DET
7.  Drew Brees, NO
8.  Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
9.  Russell Wilson, SEA
10.  Philip Rivers, LAC
11.  Carson Wentz, PHI
12.  Kirk Cousins, WAS
13.  Dak Prescott, DAL
14.  Jameis Winston, TB
15.  Carson Palmer, ARI
16.  Marcus Mariota, TEN
17.  Jay Cutler, MIA
18.  Alex Smith, KC
19.  Trevor Siemian, DEN
20.  DeShone Kizer, CLE
21.  Andy Dalton, CIN
22.  Eli Manning, NYG
23.  Tyrod Taylor, BUF
24.  Jacoby Brissett, IND
25.  Joe Flacco, BAL

Notes: Ninth is a touch low for Wilson based on draft status, but one touchdown pass and only 356 yards thru two games doesn't help. Ninth is also still a QB1 and expecting a bounceback if not rock star performance from Wilson against the Titans. ... Vegas put the Raiders-Redskins over/under at 54, the highest in Week 3. That kind of scoring potential is a great reason to use Kirk Cousins. Use is one thing, but I'll wait another week before believing Washington's passing game is trustworthy after what we've seen so far. ...Mariota won't have rookie Corey Davis against a Seahawks' imposing secondary that has allowed one touchdown pass to date.

Running backs

1.  Le'Veon Bell, PIT
2.  Kareem Hunt, KC
3.  Ezekiel Elliott, DAL
4.  Jay Ajayi, MIA
5.  Todd Gurley, LAR
6.  Ty Montgomery, GB
7.  Devonta Freeman, ATL
8.  Melvin Gordon, LAC
9.  Carlos Hyde, SF
10.  LeSean McCoy, BUF
11.  C.J. Anderson, DEN
12.  Dalvin Cook, MIN
13.  Marshawn Lynch, OAK
14.  Isaiah Crowell, CLE
15.  Leonard Fournette, JAC
16.  Christian McCaffrey, CAR
17.  Mike Gillislee, NE
18.  Javorius Allen, BAL
19.  Lamar Miller, HOU
20.  Jonathan Stewart, CAR
21.  Tarik Cohen, CHI
22.  Ameer Abdullah, DET
23.  Chris Carson, SEA
24.  Jacquizz Rodgers, TB
25.  Derrick Henry, TEN
26.  Tevin Coleman, ATL
27.  Frank Gore, IND
28.  Mark Ingram, NO
29.  Joe Mixon, CIN
30.  Jordan Howard, CHI
31.  Chris Thompson, WAS
32.  Darren Sproles, PHI
33.  Theo Riddick, DET
34.  Matt Forte, NYJ
35.  James White, NE
36.  DeMarco Murray, TEN
37.  Chris Johnson, ARI
38.  Bilal Powell, NYJ
39.  Duke Johnson, CLE
40.  Samaje Perine, WAS
41.  Terrance West, BAL
42.  Robert Kelley, WAS -- Update: Unlikely to play, per report.
43.  Giovani Bernard, CIN
44.  Shane Vereen, NYG
45.  Alvin Kamara, NO
46.  Paul Perkins, NYG
47.  Kerwynn Williams, ARI
48.  Jamaal Charles, DEN
49.  Jalen Richard, OAK
50.  D'Onta Foreman, HOU
51.  Wendell Smallwood, PHI
52.  Orleans Darkwa, NYG
53.  LeGarrette Blount, PHI
54.  Charles Sims, TB
55.  Adrian Peterson, NO
56.  Andre Ellington, ARI
57.  Chris Ivory, JAC
58.  Jeremy Hill, CIN
59.  Jerick McKinnon, MIN
60.  Matt Breida, SF
61.  Mike Tolbert, BUF
62.  Thomas Rawls, SEA
63.  Dion Lewis, NE
64.  Tyler Ervin, HOU
65.  C.J. Prosise, SEA
66.  Robert Turbin, IND
67.  Branden Oliver, LAC
68.  Jamaal Williams, GB
69.  Alex Collins, BAL
70.  DeAndre Washington, OAK

Notes: Lynch faces a Redskins defense that couldn't handle Todd Gurley in Week 2 and doesn't have a major threat at nose tackle. Biggest concern for Lynch fans involves how much production Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington siphon from him. ... McCaffrey hasn't completely wowed yet on the NFL level, but decent chance that changes in Week 3 as Carolina compensates for the loss of Greg Olsen against a leaky New Orleans defense. ...The Patriots announced Rex Burkhead is out for Week 3. That should mean more work for James White, who is a borderline RB2 in points-per-reception formats. ...The late Saturday night reports that Robert Kelley (rib) is not expected to play in Sunday night's matchup against the Raiders means Chris Thompson owners can even feel better about their guy as a low-end RB2/flex. Thompson likely won't receive goal-line work and head coach Jay Gruden acknowledged this week that giving the smallish back a heavy workload isn't ideal. However, Thompson should lead the team in snaps which means more opportunities even if Samaje Perine handles early downs. Consider Perine a risk-reward Flex option.

Wide receivers

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

Notes: J.J. Nelson has six touchdowns in last seven games. Good enough for me. ... Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen are in position for good games against a meh Bucs secondary -- except Sam Bradford is out once again.  The Case Keenum drag is real, dropping both receivers out of must-start WR2 range, but don't go out of your way to sit because the talent is too good. ... Nobody goes out of their way to start Browns and Colts receivers, but with Cleveland and Indianapolis are facing each other, such planning becomes more palatable. ... Classic Bill Belichick defensive plan shaping up against Houston: Take out the top receiver thresat -- DeAndre Hopkins -- and let the Texans figure things out from there. Good luck, Houston. 

Tight ends

1.  Zach Ertz, PHI
2.  Rob Gronkowski, NE
3.  Travis Kelce, KC
4.  Jordan Reed, WAS
5.  Delanie Walker, TEN
6.  Kyle Rudolph, MIN
7.  Martellus Bennett, GB
8.  Jason Witten, DAL
9.  Eric Ebron, DET
10.  Jack Doyle, IND
11.  Coby Fleener, NO
12.  Jared Cook, OAK
13.  Hunter Henry, LAC
14.  Jimmy Graham, SEA
15.  Austin Hooper, ATL
16.  Charles Clay, BUF
17.  Evan Engram, NYG
18.  Julius Thomas, MIA
19.  Benjamin Watson, BAL
20.  Zach Miller, CHI
21.  Cameron Brate, TB
22.  Jesse James, PIT
23.  Ed Dickson, CAR
24.  Antonio Gates, LAC
25.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ

Notes: With Rob Gronkowski a tad banged up and the Giants defense struggling against tight ends, Zach Ertz gets my No. 1 slot. Hey, he entered Week 3 third in receiving yards among all players. ... Ben Watson and Julius Thomas aren't ranked as starters, but their respective matchups against the Jaguars and Jets give them starter upside. 


1.  Matt Bryant, ATL
2.  Stephen Gostkowski, NE
3.  Justin Tucker, BAL
4.  Mason Crosby, GB
5.  Matt Prater, DET
6.  Dan Bailey, DAL
7.  Giorgio Tavecchio, OAK
8.  Graham Gano, CAR
9.  Cairo Santos, KC
10.  Chris Boswell, PIT
11.  Dustin Hopkins, WAS
12.  Blair Walsh, SEA
13.  Will Lutz, NO
14.  Phil Dawson, ARI
15.  Brandon McManus, DEN
16.  Adam Vinatieri, IND
17.  Cody Parkey, MIA
18.  Nick Folk, TB
19.  Ryan Succop, TEN
20.  Younghoe Koo, LAC


1.  Baltimore Ravens, BAL
2.  Denver Broncos, DEN
3.  Pittsburgh Steelers, PIT
4.  Los Angeles Rams, LAR
5.  Seattle Seahawks, SEA
6.  Philadelphia Eagles, PHI
7.  Miami Dolphins, MIA
8.  Green Bay Packers, GB
9.  New England Patriots, NE
10.  Kansas City Chiefs, KC
11.  Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC
12.  Minnesota Vikings, MIN
13.  Arizona Cardinals, ARI
14.  Tennessee Titans, TEN
15.  New York Giants, NYG
16.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TB
17.  Carolina Panthers, CAR
18.  Cleveland Browns, CLE
19.  Oakland Raiders, OAK
20.  Houston Texans, HOU

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Paul Richardson's Redskins contract is team friendly early

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Paul Richardson's Redskins contract is team friendly early

The Redskins’ contract with wide receiver Paul Richardson is very team friendly in the first year but it increases over the years to the point where he needs to be a very productive receiver in order to justify staying on the roster.

The big picture of the deal is $40 million over five years. A total of $12.5 million is fully guaranteed at signing, which is comprised of a $10 million signing bonus, his $1.5 million 2018 salary, and $1 million of his $5 million 2019 salary.

More money will become guaranteed if Richardson is on the roster as of five days after the start of the league years in 2019 and 2020. The remaining $4 million of his 2019 salary and $3.5 million of his $6 million 2020 salary become guaranteed on those dates.


Richardson will get salaries of $7.5 million in 2021 and 2022. Each year of the contract he can earn $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses ($31,250 for each game he is on the 46-man game day roster).

It all adds up to the following salary cap numbers:

2018: $4 million
2019: $7.5 million
2020: $8.5 million
2021: $10 million
2022: $10 million

The average annual value of the contract is $8 million, which is tied for 24th among NFL receivers.

The first window the Redskins have to terminate Richardson’s contract without taking a negative cap hit would be in 2020 as long as they do it prior to the fifth day of the league year when the partial salary guarantee kicks in. They would take a $6 million deal cap hit but they would save a net of $2.5 million.

The last two years, when the cap numbers are at their highest, the Redskins could easily move on, saving $6 million in cap space in 2021 and $8 million in 2022.


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Need to Know: Redskins player quick hitters—Offensive starters

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Need to Know: Redskins player quick hitters—Offensive starters

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, March 21, 36 days before the NFL draft.  

Redskins starters quick hitters—offense

The last couple of days here I looked at how the depth charts are shaping up with a little bit of commentary (offense, defense). Today and tomorrow I’ll take a closer look at the starters with some quick hitters about each one, starting today with the offense.

QB Alex Smith—The deal is done, and the Redskins have their man for five years at $22.2 million per year or, if they prefer, three years at $23.7 million per. It seems like most fans are behind him but there will have to be a few more wins than losses this fall for that to become permanent.

RB Samaje Perine—He got better as the year went on, averaging nearly a half yard per carry more in the last seven games compared to the first nine. But the 3.4 average per carry certainly did not stop both Doug Williams and Jay Gruden from talking about drafting a running back early.

TE Jordan Reed—According to reports, he is rehabbing well from the hamstring and toe injuries that severely limited him last year. Still, expect him to be kept in bubble wrap until training camp and even then, his action may be limited.

WR Josh Doctson—Did Kirk Cousins look away from Doctson too often, lacking the confidence in him to let him go get the 50-50 balls? Will Smith have more confidence in Doctson? The answers to those questions may determine if the third-year receiver breaks out in 2018 or he continues to tease with flashes of ability.

WR Paul Richardson—He’s capable of the acrobatic catch, which should be fun to watch. Richardson was good with Russell Wilson on the off-schedule plays, maybe he can do the same with Smith.

WR Jamison Crowder—I guess it’s fair to say he had an off year in 2017 but his receiving yardage only dropped by 60 yards from 2016. It will be interesting to see if they keep him in as the punt returner after he averaged 6.3 yards per return (23rd of 25 qualifiers) last year.

LT Trent Williams—The six-time Pro Bowler is still in the relatively early stages of recovering from surgery to the knee that kept him from practicing from about Week 6 on. Don’t look for him until training camp and even then, the early workload is likely to be light.

LG Arie Kouandjio—This is the one offensive position that remains up in the air. Kouandjio has shown some grit as a spot starter but I don’t think the organization views him as a 16-game starter.

C Chase Roullier—Shortly after Roullier got the starting job when Spencer Long went out injured, Jay Gruden said that Roullier would be the Redskins’ center “for a long time”. There is no reason to doubt that at this point in time.

RG Brandon Scherff—His concern no longer is trying to live up to having been the fifth pick of the draft. Scherff has to play well enough to justify his 2019 option-year salary, which will be in the vicinity of $13 million.

RT Morgan Moses—He had surgery to repair his ankles, which were an issue most of last season. Still, he didn’t miss a start. Like Williams, even if he’s ready for training camp, don’t expect to see a whole lot of him.

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—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 27
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 129
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 173

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