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Fantasy football: Week 10 waiver wire


Fantasy football: Week 10 waiver wire

While Week 9 didn't include the massive amount of injury carnage from the prior week, but notables like Ben Roethlisberger, LeSean McCoy and Eddie Lacy could all miss games while Dion Lewis is definitely out for the season. Then factor in bye weeks for the likes of Devonta Freeman, Julio Jones, Andrew Luck, Matt Ryan, Philip Rivers, Antonio Gates and, for those of you in deep leagues, members of the 49ers, and many fantasy football owners might need a replacement or two. Welcome to the Week 10 Waiver Wire.

Running backs

1. James Starks
2. Karlos Williams
3. James White
4. Joique Bell
5. Theo Riddick
6. Brandon Bolden
7. Taiwan Jones
8. Marcel Reece
Others: Shaun Draughn, Chris Thompson, Javorius "Buck" Allen, David Cobb, Tevin Coleman, Jordan Todman

Forget Eddie Lacy's groin injury. He simply isn't getting the job done in Green Bay. On the other hand, Starks keeps producing when given opportunities and looks spry doing it. This is no longer about Lacy owners adding a handcuff RB. This isn't even about thinking about a lottery ticket. Starks may simply be the better back and Green Bay may start truly using him as such. ...Williams could end up with the start Thursday against the Jets if LeSean McCoy (shoulder) can't go on short rest after exiting early Sunday. The matchup isn't ideal, but Williams has scored a touchdown in all five of his games played this year. ...Just when it appeared the fantasy football was getting a read on the Patriots backfield usage, Dion Lewis suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Week 9 win over the Redskins. LeGarrette Blount now takes over as the primary back, but White likely takes over as the passing down back with Bolden in the mix behind both.  Considering how often New England passes, White's PPR potential is promising, but don't go overboard for either RB. ...When we last left the 1-7 Lions, Detroit put rookie Ameer Abdullah on the bench while mixing in Bell with the versatile Riddick. Perhaps Bell recaptures his RB2 value after dealing with injuries most of the season. ...Jones and Reece could make moves up the Week 10 rankings depending on the status of Latavius Murray (concussion). ...Thompson nearly played as many snaps as Matt Jones against the Patriots. If the Redskins go pass-heavy against the Saints, Thompson might end up first this coming week.

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Wide receivers

1. Kamar Aiken
2. Nate Washington
3. Davante Adams
4. Dorial Green-Beckham
5. Rueben Randle
6. Devin Funchess
7. Jamison Crowder
Others: Cole Beasley, Chris Givens, Dontrelle Inman

Aiken and Washington are coming off bye weeks so consider this a reminder of their existence. The Ravens are in weekly shootouts and Aiken inherits Steve Smith No. 1 receiver role while Washington went 13-201-3 over his last two games. ...Not sure if we can say if it was a breakout game, but Adams posted his best single-game stats in Week 9 with seven receptions for 93 yards. Any of Aaron Rodgers' primary options offers weekly hope ...Green-Beckham is worth stashing in all formats because of his size and speed combination. Turned a team-high 10 targets into 5-77 in Tennessee's win over New Orleans. Sneaky threat to be second half difference maker. ...Crowder led the Redskins receivers in snaps last week.

Tight ends

1. Eric Ebron
2. Crockett Gillmore
3. Austin Seferian-Jenkins
4. Richard Rodgers
Others: Jacob Tamme, Garrett Celek

Gillmore might be the most interesting of the bunch considering Baltimore's passing game hierarchy is a tad unsettled following Steve Smith's injury. Ebron and Rodgers, playing in the same game, are arguably the two best option for Week 10.

Quarterbacks (Week 10)

1. Blake Bortles
2. Derek Carr
3. Brian Hoyer
4. Kirk Cousins
5. Marcus Mariota
6. Tony Romo

Bortles faces a Ravens defense that entered their bye week surrendering the second most points per week to fantasy quarterbacks. ...Carr has thrown 11 touchdown passes over the last three weeks. By comparison, that's more than Joe Flacco (10), Peyton Manning (9) and Russell Wilson (9) have thrown this season. ...Romo is reportedly getting closer to returning. If he's available, now is the time to add.

Defenses (Week 10)

1. Steelers (vs. Browns)
2. Bengals (vs. Texans)
3. Chiefs (at Broncos)
4. Bills (at Jets)

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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.


Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


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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.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

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Days until:

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

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