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Fantasy Football: Updated top 150 rankings


Fantasy Football: Updated top 150 rankings

Here we go, my latest top 150 fantasy football rankings, but first, a little strategy session.

Quarterback - All the people claiming they no longer care about DeflateGate clearly don't play fantasy football. Tom Brady's draft value drops into the 10-12 range if the insane four-game suspension is upheld, ticks up slightly if halved and jumps into top-5 territory if wiped out altogether. My advice on Brady based on his current status remains the same and works in concert with a wait-on-drafting-your-QB strategy. Go ahead and select him as early as 10th overall QB, but don't wait to long before adding a viable four-week fill-in like Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater or Carson Palmer. Hope those guys get off to hot starts and then flip them to another owner when Brady returns. Also, remember that fantasy football typically isn't about cumulative stats, but winning games and winning late. Brady will play during the fantasy playoffs. With no bye weeks early, your other players can carry the day until the Golden Boy returns if he misses any time at all. ...We'll see if Kirk Cousins helps the Washington Redskins win more games, but his presence as the starting quarterback helps the outlook for (almost) all involved. For more of my fantasy thoughts on Cousins and the Redskins, click here for words and here for my latest podcast (We start with the Redskins).

Running back - Go ahead and drool all over Ameer Abdullah highlights or plant your flag with Joique Bell's versatility. Individually, positive takes are valid. Collectively and combined with how the Lions often interchangeably use their backs, the situation is far murky. Abdullah looked all kinds of shifty early during the preseason. The rookie went 5-15 in his next two games. Bell returned from PUP list. That's good. That he averaged under four yards per carry (3.9) in each of the last two seasons is not. Bell did catch over 30 passes last seasons, but so did Theo Riddick, who remains on the roster just to annoy fantasy owners. For full disclosure, I own Bell in one league as an RB3/Flex option where Jaguars rookie T.J. Yeldon as my current second back. I would consider drafting Abdullah if I went with a zero-RB approach and wanted pure upside in the round 4-5 range. That's not the same as targeting either directly.

Wide receiver - The one player I'd love to grab from each of my five WR tiers for PPR (points per reception) formats: Antonio Brown, Brandin Cooks, Allen Robinson, Nelson Agholor, Markus Wheaton. These calls are all about upside and volume targets. Adding a veteran like Larry Fitzgerald also works as something of a safe hedge, but one with potential for big weeks.

Tight end - No real interest in Julius Thomas throughout the draft prep process, though I ranked him in the 8-10 range. That status changed with news he'll likely need finger surgery and could be out the next month or so. The swap from Peyton Manning to Blake Bortles already was a downer. That many fantasy owners would overreach for name recognition took essentially took him off my board (so did my plan of either grabbing one of the to 3-4 tight end or waiting for one in double-digit rounds). Now, Thomas definitely drops into that blobby fifth tier mass with the likes of Zach Ertz and Larry Donnell. All could rock, but who knows which one gets it done. Unless you Gronk it early, build your roster at RB and WR, then grab a tight end.


  1. Adrian Peterson - MIN RB
  2. Le'Veon Bell - PIT RB
  3. Eddie Lacy - GB RB
  4. Jamaal Charles - KC RB
  5. Marshawn Lynch - SEA RB
  6. C.J. Anderson - DEN RB
  7. Antonio Brown - PIT WR
  8. Jeremy Hill - CIN RB
  9. Dez Bryant - DAL WR
  10. Julio Jones - ATL WR
  11. Odell Beckham - NYG WR
  12. Rob Gronkowski - NE TE
  13. Matt Forte - CHI RB
  14. Demaryius Thomas - DEN WR
  15. Calvin Johnson - DET WR
  16. Randall Cobb - GB WR
  17. A.J. Green - CIN WR
  18. Andrew Luck - IND QB
  19. Aaron Rodgers - GB QB
  20. Frank Gore - IND RB
  21. DeMarco Murray - PHI RB
  22. LeSean McCoy - BUF RB
  23. Alshon Jeffery - CHI WR
  24. Mike Evans - TB WR
  25. Jordan Matthews - PHI WR
  26. Lamar Miller - MIA RB
  27. Jimmy Graham - SEA TE
  28. DeAndre Hopkins - HOU WR
  29. Brandin Cooks - NO WR
  30. T.Y. Hilton - IND WR
  31. Russell Wilson - SEA QB
  32. Justin Forsett - BAL RB
  33. Mark Ingram - NO RB
  34. Andre Johnson - IND WR
  35. Melvin Gordon - SD RB
  36. Emmanuel Sanders - DEN WR
  37. Carlos Hyde - SF RB
  38. Andre Ellington - ARI RB
  39. Joseph Randle - DAL RB
  40. Latavius Murray - OAK RB
  41. Jonathan Stewart - CAR RB
  42. Brandon Marshall - NYJ WR
  43. Alfred Morris - WAS RB
  44. Ameer Abdullah - DET RB
  45. Chris Ivory - NYJ RB
  46. Peyton Manning - DEN QB
  47. Amari Cooper - OAK WR
  48. Matt Ryan - ATL QB
  49. Drew Brees - NO QB
  50. Ryan Tannehill - MIA QB
  51. Davante Adams - GB WR
  52. Keenan Allen - SD WR
  53. Doug Martin - TB RB
  54. T.J. Yeldon - JAC RB
  55. Allen Robinson - JAC WR
  56. Golden Tate - DET WR
  57. Greg Olsen - CAR TE
  58. Arian Foster - HOU RB
  59. Sammy Watkins - BUF WR
  60. DeSean Jackson - WAS WR
  61. Travis Kelce - KC TE
  62. Jeremy Maclin - KC WR
  63. Ben Roethlisberger - PIT QB
  64. Tony Romo - DAL QB
  65. Eli Manning - NYG QB
  66. LeGarrette Blount - NE RB
  67. Jarvis Landry - MIA WR
  68. Nelson Agholor - PHI WR
  69. C.J. Spiller - NO RB
  70. Todd Gurley - STL RB
  71. Joique Bell - DET RB
  72. Giovani Bernard - CIN RB
  73. Tom Brady - NE QB
  74. Ryan Mathews - PHI RB
  75. Martellus Bennett - CHI TE
  76. Devonta Freeman - ATL RB
  77. Charles Johnson - MIN WR
  78. Anquan Boldin - SF WR
  79. Cam Newton - CAR QB
  80. Matthew Stafford - DET QB
  81. Julian Edelman - NE WR
  82. Brandon LaFell - NE WR
  83. Philip Rivers - SD QB
  84. Mike Wallace - MIN WR
  85. Roddy White - ATL WR
  86. Rashad Jennings - NYG RB
  87. Shane Vereen - NYG RB
  88. Vincent Jackson - TB WR
  89. Steve Smith - BAL WR
  90. John Brown - ARI WR
  91. Markus Wheaton - PIT WR
  92. Eric Decker - NYJ WR
  93. Larry Fitzgerald - ARI WR
  94. Delanie Walker - TEN TE
  95. Jason Witten - DAL TE
  96. Zach Ertz - PHI TE
  97. Bishop Sankey - TEN RB
  98. Dwayne Allen - IND TE
  99. Duke Johnson - CLE RB
  100. Martavis Bryant - PIT WR
  101. Marques Colston - NO WR
  102. Kendall Wright - TEN WR
  103. Michael Floyd - ARI WR
  104. Tevin Coleman - ATL RB
  105. Tre Mason - STL RB
  106. Matt Jones - WAS RB
  107. Colin Kaepernick - SF QB
  108. Sam Bradford - PHI QB
  109. DeVante Parker - MIA WR
  110. Teddy Bridgewater - MIN QB
  111. Eddie Royal - CHI WR
  112. Torrey Smith - SF WR
  113. Antonio Gates - SD TE
  114. Isaiah Crowell - CLE RB
  115. Derek Carr - OAK QB
  116. Pierre Garcon - WAS WR
  117. Brian Quick - STL WR
  118. Jordan Cameron - MIA TE
  119. Victor Cruz - NYG WR
  120. Terrance Williams - DAL WR
  121. Carson Palmer - ARI QB
  122. Knile Davis - KC RB
  123. Alfred Blue - HOU RB
  124. Tyler Eifert - CIN TE
  125. Breshad Perriman - BAL WR
  126. Joe Flacco - BAL QB
  127. Jay Cutler - CHI QB
  128. Marvin Jones - CIN WR
  129. Andy Dalton - CIN QB
  130. Steve Johnson - SD WR
  131. Heath Miller - PIT TE
  132. Seattle Seahawks - Sea DST
  133. Dwayne Bowe - CLE WR
  134. Danny Woodhead - SD RB
  135. Julius Thomas - JAC TE
  136. Kyle Rudolph - MIN TE
  137. David Cobb - TEN RB
  138. David Johnson - ARI RB
  139. Jonas Gray - NE RB
  140. Devin Funchess - CAR WR
  141. Kirk Cousins - WAS QB
  142. Doug Baldwin - SEA WR
  143. Ty Montgomery - GB WR
  144. Darren Sproles - PHI RB
  145. Ronnie Hillman - DEN RB
  146. Darren McFadden - DAL RB
  147. Fred Jackson -  RB
  148. Reggie Bush - SF RB
  149. Jordan Reed - WAS TE
  150. Jeff Janis - GB WR

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Scandrick, Hankins both visiting with Redskins soon


Scandrick, Hankins both visiting with Redskins soon

The Redskins will be taking visits from two former NFC East foes in the next few days.

Former Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick will visit Redskins Park on Monday. Scandrick, 31, has been with Dallas since them made him a fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft. He has eight career interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

The Cowboys released Scandrick on Friday in a salary cap move. The Redskins would be attracted to Scandrick’s versatility. He can play either side at corner and, of particular interest to the Redskins, in the slot. That is a position of concern for Washington since they traded Kendall Fuller to the Chiefs as part of the deal for quarterback Alex Smith.

The Redskins have been trying to get former Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to sign for the past several days, but they can’t come together on money. Scandrick could be a fallback if they need one.

The other visitor will be former Giants defensive lineman Jonathan Hankins, per John Keim of ESPN. Hankins, 25, was a second-round draft pick and played his first four years in New York. Last year he moved on to the Colts as a free agent. They are changing their defense and decided to release Hankins after paying him $10 million last year.

Hankins could bolster a defensive line that still needs young talent. It’s not known if he would be considered a nose tackle in the Redskins’ scheme. The Giants ran a 4-3 defense and in the Colts’ 3-4 he was used as an end.

The Redskins had former Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson in for a visit earlier this week, but he decided to sign with the Packers.


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News, notes and observations from the first week of NFL Free Agency

News, notes and observations from the first week of NFL Free Agency

A whirlwind week in the NFL, but that's come to be the norm when free agency opens. Actually, not even when free agency opens, rather the legal tampering period opening two days before the actual start of the new league year. 

A lot happened, and more to come, but let's try to make sense of it all. 

  • The worst keep secret ever finally got revealed when the Redskins held their press conference to announce Alex Smith as their new starting quarterback. Everybody knows about the trade, and losing Kendal Fuller, but this trade makes a ton of sense and Smith was a homerun at the presser. He doesn't care about image or perception, a refreshing angle from the passer, and seems quite prepared for his new role. Smith was great in Kansas City in 2017. If he can replicate that in 2018 for the Redskins, the move will be loudly applauded. 
  • We still haven't gotten total clarity on Smith's contract. My intel says three years are really guaranteed, so Smith will be on the payroll through 2020 at least. Doug Williams joked at the presser that Smith could maybe play until he's 40, and since he's 33 right now, that would be a long time from now. 


  • Smith was the headline, but the Redskins also held a press conference with new WR Paul Richardson. He was possibly more impressive than Smith, just because the young speedster was more of an unknown. Smith has talked at a ton of podiums and faced a ton of reporters. I don't know, but that might have been Richardson's first ever press conference with a room that had probably 100 or more people in it. Check out the video above. 
  • Richardson had a great line when asked about the dangers of big hits on passes over the middle: "They gotta catch me." He's right. He will get a lot of opportunities for the Redskins, and he should make things better for Josh Doctson and Jamison Crowder. The Redskins wideouts did not get great separation in 2017, there are Pro Football Focus stats to back that up, and the offense got bogged down because of that. In 2018, with Richardson in place as a deep threat, defenses will need to react. 
  • The key to the Redskins offense truly succeeding in 2018: Jordan Reed. If he can stay healthy, the Washington air attack looks dangerous. 
  • Smart contract structure for the Redskins with Richardson. 
  • Zach Brown's contract is a 10/10 for the Redskins. A tackling machine that can actually improve from a strong 2017 season. Getting him back changed the entire tenor of Redskins free agency, as the team went from quietly sitting out the spending sprees (minus the Richardson move) to locking up their most important defensive player. 
  • Brown back, along with Mason Foster, gives the Redskins two strong inside linebackers. It's hard to remember now, but last September, that Redskins defense looked fierce. Injuries robbed the unit of a chance to completely gel and improve, but 2018 brings a new opportunity for that.
  • Offensively, the Redskins had to invest at wide receiver in free agency. The money for Allen Robinson got crazy and the team was smart to move forward with Richardson. He fits their desired profile: Young player coming off a rookie contract on a career upswing. 
  • The Redskins did not invest at running back, despite Jay Gruden and Doug Williams saying the team must improve at the position. Frankly, the Isaiah Crowell contract with the Jets was quite affordable, and he's a player some team sources had interest in. The Redskins do not have the luxury of taking a running back early in the draft, and I'd argue they shouldn't even look at RB in the second round. The Redskins should be focused up front on the offensive and defensive lines. A dream scenario: A player like Vita Vea or Da'Ron Payne at 13, and then Ohio State interior offensive lineman Billy Price at 44. Price would have been a first-round lock but for a pectoral injury at the Scouting Combine. Medicals say he should be fine for training camp. Washington has shown a proclivity to draft players that slip due to injury concerns (Kendall Fuller in 2016, Fabian Moreau in 2017) and Price could fit the same mold. 
  • The vacancy at left guard has not been addressed, and wasn't going to be addressed in free agency, or at least not in the early days where the big money gets paid out. Washington has more than $26 million invested this season in just three players on their offensive line (Trent Williams at $14M, Morgan Moses at $5M, Brandon Scherff at almost $7M) and the team knows Scherff will cost more money soon. The Jaguars just gave Andrew Norwell $30 million guaranteed; the guard market has arrived. The 'Skins will want to keep Scherff, and to do it, they need to keep some cash on hand. That means the new left guard will either be a budget free agent find, or come from the draft.
  • To that point, the team viewed Spencer Long expendable. He was well liked by players and coaches, but has never played a full 16-game season and missed half the year in 2017. Also, the emergence of Chase Roullier helped the team move forward without Long. 


  • A bit of a surprise to see Trent Murphy leave, but he got good money from the Bills. Washington liked Murphy, and wanted to keep him, but not at the price Buffalo paid. 
  • What happened to Ryan Grant is complete junk. The Ravens are a first-class organization, but that was a bush league move. The guy has never missed a game in four years and now he can't pass a physical?!? C'mon man. Hoping the best for Ryan and will be interested to see if his represenatives seek retribution from Baltimore. 
  • Bashaud Breeland sure likes to keep it interesting. Why sign a contract if you know you have a hurt foot and can't pass a physical? Why would the agent not disclose that? Maybe it was disclosed, but that situation just seems so weird. The Redskins were never bringing Breeland back, something I reported as far back as December, but now it seems Breeland's next NFL team will have to wait to see when his foot can pass a physical. Bree is a good and funny dude, hope he heals up. 
  • Two crazy things from one draft class: The 'Skins NAILED their 2014 draft haul. Without a first round pick, they got five solid contributors in Murphy, Moses, Long, Breeland and Grant. But now, after their rookie contracts have all expired, only Moses remains with the team. Bizarre. 

  • Credit where it's due: The 2014 Draft belonged to a certain Bruce Allen. That was the year after the Shanahan crew was fired and the year before Scot McCloughan was hired. Credit where it's due. 
  • I think a Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie deal gets done. I think a Junior Galette deal might get done. 
  • Ndamukong Suh is still out there. Just saying. 
  • So is Bennie Logan. Just saying. 

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