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Fantasy Football: Updated Week 10 rankings

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Fantasy Football: Updated Week 10 rankings

Week 10 of the NFL season kicked off Thursday night and now 13 games remain. Below are the fantasy football rankings of the essential players at each position. 

Players I like more than normal this week: Blake Bortles, Kirk Cousins, Mark Ingram, Darren McFadden, James Starks, Matt Jones, Allen Robinson, Brandin Cooks, Stefon Diggs, Michael Crabtree, Davante Adams, Chris Givens, Jordan Reed, Kyle Rudolph

Players I like less than normal this week: Russell Wilson, Jeremy Hill, Chris Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Jason Witten

Quarterback

1. Tom Brady - NE at NYG
2. Aaron Rodgers - GB vs. Det
3. Drew Brees - NO at Was
4. Andy Dalton - CIN vs. Hou
5. Cam Newton - CAR at Ten
6. Blake Bortles - JAC at Bal
7. Derek Carr - OAK vs. Min
8. Eli Manning - NYG vs. NE
9. Kirk Cousins - WAS vs. NO
10. Carson Palmer - ARI at Sea
11. Peyton Manning - DEN vs. KC
12. Ryan Tannehill - MIA at Phi
13. Joe Flacco - BAL vs. Jac
14. Matthew Stafford - DET at GB
15. Brian Hoyer - HOU at Cin
16. Jameis Winston - TB vs. Dal
17. Jay Cutler - CHI at StL
18. Teddy Bridgewater - MIN at Oak
19. Sam Bradford - PHI vs. Mia
20. Landry Jones - PIT vs. Cle
21. Russell Wilson - SEA vs. Ari
22. Marcus Mariota - TEN vs. Car
23. Josh McCown - CLE at Pit
24. Matt Cassel - DAL at TB
25. Johnny Manziel - CLE at Pit
26. Alex Smith - KC at Den
27. Nick Foles - STL vs. Chi

Running back

1. Todd Gurley - STL vs. Chi
2. Mark Ingram - NO at Was
3. DeAngelo Williams - PIT vs. Cle
4. Adrian Peterson - MIN at Oak
5. DeMarco Murray - PHI vs. Mia
6. Marshawn Lynch - SEA vs. Ari
7. Darren McFadden - DAL at TB
8. Lamar Miller - MIA at Phi
9. Justin Forsett - BAL vs. Jac
10. LeGarrette Blount - NE at NYG
11. Doug Martin - TB vs. Dal
12. Jonathan Stewart - CAR at Ten
13. James Starks - GB vs. Det
14. Latavius Murray - OAK vs. Min
15. Jeremy Langford - CHI at StL
16. Giovani Bernard - CIN vs. Hou
17. T.J. Yeldon - JAC at Bal
18. Charcandrick West - KC at Den
19 Jeremy Hill - CIN vs. Hou
20. Chris Johnson - ARI at Sea
21. Antonio Andrews - TEN vs. Car
22. Ryan Mathews - PHI vs. Mia
23. C.J. Anderson - DEN vs. KC
24. Ronnie Hillman - DEN vs. KC
25. Matt Jones - WAS vs. NO
26. Eddie Lacy - GB vs. Det
27. Alfred Blue - HOU at Cin
28. Shane Vereen - NYG vs. NE
29. Duke Johnson - CLE at Pit
30. Charles Sims - TB vs. Dal
31. Isaiah Crowell - CLE at Pit
32. Joique Bell - DET at GB
33. Rashad Jennings - NYG vs. NE
34. Theo Riddick - DET at GB
35. Chris Thompson - WAS vs. NO 
36. Alfred Morris - WAS vs. NO
37. James White - NE at NYG 
38. C.J. Spiller - NO at Was
39. Darren Sproles - PHI vs. Mia
40. Andre Ellington - ARI at Sea
41. Chris Polk - HOU at Cin
42. Dexter McCluster - TEN vs. Car
43. Marcel Reece - OAK vs. Min
44. Orleans Darkwa - NYG vs. NE
45. Javorius Allen - BAL vs. Jac
46. David Johnson - ARI at Sea
47. Jay Ajayi - MIA at Phi
48. Kyle Juszczyk - BAL vs. Jac
49. Taiwan Jones - OAK vs. Min
50. Ka'Deem Carey - CHI at StL
51. Fred Jackson - SEA vs. Ari
52. Denard Robinson - JAC at Bal
53. Brandon Bolden - NE at NYG
54. Jerick McKinnon - MIN at Oak
55. Mike Tolbert - CAR at Ten
56. Knile Davis - KC at Den
57. Christine Michael - DAL at TB
58. Jordan Todman - PIT vs. Cle
59. Thomas Rawls - SEA vs. Ari
60. Ameer Abdullah - DET at GB

Wide receivers

1. DeAndre Hopkins - HOU at Cin
2. A.J. Green - CIN vs. Hou
3. Julian Edelman - NE at NYG
4. Allen Robinson - JAC at Bal
5. Calvin Johnson - DET at GB
6. Odell Beckham - NYG vs. NE
7. Dez Bryant - DAL at TB
8. Demaryius Thomas - DEN vs. KC
9. Alshon Jeffery - CHI at StL
10. Antonio Brown - PIT vs. Cle
11. Randall Cobb - GB vs. Det
12. Amari Cooper - OAK vs. Min
13. Mike Evans - TB vs. Dal
14. Emmanuel Sanders - DEN vs. KC
15. Brandin Cooks - NO at Was
16. Stefon Diggs - MIN at Oak
17. Allen Hurns - JAC at Bal
18. Michael Crabtree - OAK vs. Min
19. Martavis Bryant - PIT vs. Cle
20. Jarvis Landry - MIA at Phi
21. Jordan Matthews - PHI vs. Mia
22. Willie Snead - NO at Was
23. Brandon LaFell - NE at NYG
24. Tavon Austin - STL vs. Chi
25. Jeremy Maclin - KC at Den
26. James Jones - GB vs. Det
27. Larry Fitzgerald - ARI at Sea
28. Davante Adams - GB vs. Det
29. John Brown - ARI at Sea
30. Marvin Jones - CIN vs. Hou
31. Kamar Aiken - BAL vs. Jac
32. Rishard Matthews - MIA at Phi
33. DeSean Jackson - WAS vs. NO
34. Pierre Garcon - WAS vs. NO
35. Travis Benjamin - CLE at Pit
36. Golden Tate - DET at GB
37. Michael Floyd - ARI at Sea
38. Nate Washington - HOU at Cin
39. Rueben Randle - NYG vs. NE
40. Dorial Green-Beckham - TEN vs. Car
41. Ted Ginn - CAR at Ten
42. Chris Givens - BAL vs. Jac
43. Mike Wallace - MIN at Oak
44. Cecil Shorts - HOU at Cin
45. Danny Amendola - NE at NYG
46. Terrance Williams - DAL at TB
47. Marques Colston - NO at Was
48. Jamison Crowder - WAS vs. NO
49. Dwayne Harris - NYG vs. NE
50. Doug Baldwin - SEA vs. Ari
51. Tyler Lockett - SEA vs. Ari
52. Marquess Wilson - CHI at StL
53. Vincent Jackson - TB vs. Dal
54. Jermaine Kearse - SEA vs. Ari
55. Kendall Wright - TEN vs. Car
56. Philly Brown - CAR at Ten
57. Harry Douglas - TEN vs. Car
58. Justin Hunter - TEN vs. Car
59. Mohamed Sanu - CIN vs. Hou
60. Kenny Britt - STL vs. Chi

Tight ends

1. Rob Gronkowski - NE at NYG
2. Greg Olsen - CAR at Ten
3. Tyler Eifert - CIN vs. Hou
4. Jordan Reed - WAS vs. NO
5. Gary Barnidge - CLE at Pit
6. Travis Kelce - KC at Den
7. Delanie Walker - TEN vs. Car
8. Jimmy Graham - SEA vs. Ari
9. Ben Watson - NO at Was
10. Martellus Bennett - CHI at StL
11. Richard Rodgers - GB vs. Det
12. Eric Ebron - DET at GB
13.Julius Thomas - JAC at Bal
14. Kyle Rudolph - MIN at Oak
15. Jason Witten - DAL at TB
16. Crockett Gillmore - BAL vs. Jac
17. Zach Ertz - PHI vs. Mia
18. Heath Miller - PIT vs. Cle
19. Clive Walford - OAK vs. Min
20. Jordan Cameron - MIA at Phi

Kicker

1. Stephen Gostkowski - NE at NYG
2. Justin Tucker - BAL vs. Jac
3. Brandon McManus - DEN vs. KC
4. Mason Crosby - GB vs. Det
5. Josh Brown - NYG vs. NE
6. Steven Hauschka - SEA vs. Ari
7. Sebastian Janikowski - OAK vs. Min
8. Blair Walsh - MIN at Oak
9. Jason Myers - JAC at Bal
10. Mike Nugent - CIN vs. Hou
11. Graham Gano - CAR at Ten
12. Greg Zuerlein - STL vs. Chi
13. Caleb Sturgis - PHI vs. Mia
14. Dan Bailey - DAL at TB
15. Chris Boswell - PIT vs. Cle
16. Kai Forbath - NO at Was
17. Dustin Hopkins - WAS vs. NO
18. Chandler Catanzaro - ARI at Sea
19. Robbie Gould - CHI at StL
20. Connor Barth - TB vs. Dal

Defenses

1. Denver Broncos - DEN vs. KC
2. St. Louis Rams - STL vs. Chi
3. Carolina Panthers - CAR at Ten
4. Green Bay Packers - GB vs. Det
5. Cincinnati Bengals - CIN vs. Hou
6. Philadelphia Eagles - PHI vs. Mia
7. New England Patriots - NE at NYG
8. Arizona Cardinals - ARI at Sea
9. Pittsburgh Steelers - PIT vs. Cle
10. Seattle Seahawks - SEA vs. Ari
11. Minnesota Vikings - MIN at Oak
12. Dallas Cowboys - DAL at TB
13. Kansas City Chiefs - KC at Den
14. Oakland Raiders - OAK vs. Min
15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - TB vs. Dal
16. Cleveland Browns - CLE at Pit
17. Baltimore Ravens - BAL vs. Jac
18. Miami Dolphins - MIA at Phi
19. New Orleans Saints - NO at Was
20. Chicago Bears - CHI at StL

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Need to Know: Tandler's Take—Drafting a running back early not a cure-all for Redskins' ground game

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Need to Know: Tandler's Take—Drafting a running back early not a cure-all for Redskins' ground game

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, February 18, 24 days before NFL free agency starts.

Tandler’s Take

The topic for today’s post comes from Twitter:

When I asked for topics for this post, the subject of the running game came up with several of them. And since John brought up the draft, let’s look at that as a potential solution.

Let’s first establish that the Redskins’ running game was not good enough last year. I don’t need to spend a bunch of time on this but here are some numbers. They were 28th in rushing yards and 29th in yards per carry. If you like to weigh more complete metrics, they were 28th in rushing DVOA. If you want to look at a key situation, they were last in the league in yards per first-down rushing attempt. Last year a team gained 100 yards rushing or more 274 times. The Redskins got there five times.

I’m going to leave it at that here since, again, if you’re reading this you probably watched a lot of their games and you don’t need to be persuaded that the running game was largely unproductive. Yes, there were injuries that had the offensive linemen playing snaps just days after being signed and the broken leg suffered by Chris Thompson and Rob Kelley’s various ailments. But the Redskins haven’t ranked higher than 19th in rushing yards since Jay Gruden became the head coach. Rushing game struggles are an ongoing issue.

I am going to work on the premise that those who advocate having the Redskins improve their running game via the draft are talking about drafting a running back in the first or second round. That may be overgeneralizing but that gives me a good-sized chunk of data to work with and still be able to analyze it in the 1000 words or so I am allotted here.

I’m also going to call a 1,000-yard season the minimum that would be expected out of a back drafted in the first two rounds. There are other ways a back can contribute, of course, and we can deal with them separately.

From 2010-2017, there were 45 thousand-yard rushing seasons by players who entered the league during those years (all data via the indispensable Pro Football Reference unless noted). Twelve of them were accomplished by players drafted in the first round. Six came from second-round picks, six from third-rounders, four from the fourth, three from the fifth, four from the sixth and none from the seventh. Oh, and there were 10 thousand-yard seasons that came from undrafted players.

It should be noted that four of those seasons from undrafted players came from the Texans’ Arian Foster. And two each came from LeGarrette Blount and BenJarvus Green-Ellis. So those 10 thousand-yard seasons should not be seen as an indication that there is a treasure trove of running back talent going undrafted every year.

Back to the first and second rounders, the combined 16 thousand-yard seasons doesn’t mean much in isolation. How many backs were drafted in the first two rounds in that time? How many opportunities have they had to post big seasons?

In the past eight drafts, 34 running backs were drafted in the first and second round. That group has had 170 opportunities to post a 1,000-yard season. What I mean by opportunities is the number of seasons that have elapsed since the player was drafted. The six backs drafted in the first two rounds in 2010 have each had eight chances to gain 1,000 yards in a season so they have combined for 48 opportunities (6*8). There were five backs drafted in the first and second seven seasons ago, so there have combined for 35 opportunities, and so on. Through the eight years that adds up to 170 seasons.

The combined 16 thousand-yard seasons in 170 opportunities comes to a success rate of 9.4 percent when it comes to reaching the bar that most fans would set as the minimum.

A couple of things need to be pointed out here. There are some backs like Giovani Bernard, Shane Vereen, and Christian McCaffrey who do not have any big rushing seasons on their resumes but have been valuable catching passes out of the backfield. And some like Dalvin Cook, who was injured after a promising start last year, and McCaffrey seemed destined to have 1,000-yard seasons in their futures. So all of the backs who have not gained 1,000 yards in a season are not necessarily draft busts or failures.

But here are first-round running back busts, just like there are busts at every position. There were 12 running back picked in the first round of the past eight drafts. Javid Best, David Wilson, and Trent Richardson clearly were disappointments (the former two struggled with injuries). Doug Martin, Ryan Mathews, and C.J. Spiller have had some success but perhaps not enough to justify being first-round picks. It took Mark Ingram a while, but he got rolling in his sixth NFL season. I want to see more out of McCaffrey before judging him and Melvin Gordon needs to continue his upward trajectory. It’s safe to say that even with small sample sizes of data in the books on Ezekiel Elliott and Leonard Fournette they were home runs. So was Todd Gurley.

So out of 12 first-round backs in the last eight years, you have three clear busts, three moderate disappointments, four top-level performers (including Ingram) and two TBD.

In any case, it’s clear that just drafting a back early is not a panacea for a struggling running game. Blocking (from both the line and the receivers and other backs), play calling, scheme, and some intangible factors like attitude (as Brian Mitchell will tell you) all play into the success and failure of moving the ball on the ground.

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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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.

Tweet of the week

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.

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.

Timeline  

Days until:

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

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