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Fantasy Football: Week 2 ranks and the fall of Peyton


Fantasy Football: Week 2 ranks and the fall of Peyton

Peyton Manning owners, you're right to feel scared.

For perhaps the first time since his rookie season, No. 18 isn't a slam dunk fantasy football starter for reasons beyond rest or weather. Owners couldn't really believe last season's swoon would last the final five weeks considering the earlier success during the campaign -- and his entire Hall of Fame worthy career. Even the whispers of limited arm strength this summer didn't deter many from selecting Manning, especially when he dipped into the third round. 

Those whispers turned into audible gasps when Manning averaged a paltry 4.4 yards per attempt in Denver's Week 1 win over Baltimore. He threw for 175 yards. Total. Not a half, the game. He didn't throw a touchdown pass. That's two straight without one dating back to last season. The game logs show Manning last went two straight regular games without a TD pass during the final two weeks of the 2009 season when the Broncos lost after starting 14-0. 

Analysis from following Week 1:

Not the start Broncos fans were longing for from Peyton Manning. Many hoped the late-season quad injury would explain away the poor play from him last season, but Sunday looked like more of the same. He was accurate on just 68.6 percent of his passes and finished with a -3.1 overall grade. He was also uncharacteristically confused by multiple coverages and blitzes and allowed 13 pressures to convert into four sacks.

Now the Broncos face a Kansas City defense armed with pass rushers and plenty of experience against Manning's desires. The AFC West matchup takes place Thursday so a short week to boot.

Even with all that factored into the equation, most will start Peyton Manning this week. Owners that spent a high pick for this QB likely didn't invest in another until the late rounds. Carson Palmer, Eli Manning, Sam Bradford and Phillip Rivers are the only quarterbacks I ranked ahead of Peyton Manning this week that were realistic backup options during drafts and really only Palmer. Also, the Broncos have playmakers who can turn a short pass into a long gainer. That's good, because right now that might be the only way Manning produces a long touchdown. 

* Higher than usual rankings for Donte Moncrief, Benny Cunningham and Khiry Robinson are based on current uncertainty over playing time for, T.Y. Hilton, Tre Mason/Todd Gurley and C.J. Spiller. Mason sounds like the most likely of the bunch to go this week, but he wouldn't be a strong play against the Redskins' run defense. The real interesting news from St. Louis is that Gurley practiced in "full" Wednesday, according to the team's injury report. Don't expect the rookie in this week, but Gurley has top 10 potential when healthy.

* As for the Redskins, Pierre Garcon moves into borderline WR2 range with DeSean Jackson out, though his lack of touchdowns makes him more valuable in PPR formats. Alfred Morris rocked in Week 1, but he's just an ordinary RB2 this week against the Rams imposing front four. Tight end Jordan Reed offers hope after a strong season debut. That is assuming Washington doesn't need to keep him near the line of scrimmage for blocking as St. Louis sends waves of blitzers from all angles. Ignore Andre Roberts, but keep tabs on Ryan Grant and Jamison Crowder with a nod toward next week's waivers.

RELATED: Five Redskins who are under the gun on Sunday


  1. Drew Brees - NO vs. TB
  2. Andrew Luck - IND vs. NYJ
  3. Matt Ryan - ATL at NYG
  4. Aaron Rodgers - GB vs. Sea
  5. Carson Palmer - ARI at Chi
  6. Tony Romo - DAL at Phi
  7. Russell Wilson - SEA at GB
  8. Eli Manning - NYG vs. Atl
  9. Sam Bradford - PHI vs. Dal
  10. Ben Roethlisberger - PIT vs. SF
  11. Philip Rivers - SD at Cin
  12. Tom Brady - NE at Buf
  13. Peyton Manning - DEN at KC
  14. Ryan Tannehill - MIA at Jac
  15. Matthew Stafford - DET at Min
  16. Andy Dalton - CIN vs. SD
  17. Colin Kaepernick - SF at Pit
  18. Cam Newton - CAR vs. Hou
  19. Marcus Mariota - TEN at Cle
  20. Nick Foles - STL at Was
  21. Teddy Bridgewater - MIN vs. Det
  22. Joe Flacco - BAL at Oak
  23. Tyrod Taylor - BUF vs. NE
  24. Alex Smith - KC vs. Den
  25. Ryan Fitzpatrick - NYJ at Ind

Running backs

  1. Marshawn Lynch - SEA at GB
  2. Matt Forte - CHI vs. Ari
  3. DeMarco Murray - PHI vs. Dal
  4. Jeremy Hill - CIN vs. SD
  5. Jamaal Charles - KC vs. Den
  6. Adrian Peterson - MIN vs. Det
  7. Carlos Hyde - SF at Pit
  8. Justin Forsett - BAL at Oak
  9. Eddie Lacy - GB vs. Sea
  10. LeSean McCoy - BUF vs. NE
  11. Chris Ivory - NYJ at Ind
  12. Lamar Miller - MIA at Jac
  13. Mark Ingram - NO vs. TB
  14. C.J. Anderson - DEN at KC
  15. DeAngelo Williams - PIT vs. SF
  16. Ameer Abdullah - DET at Min
  17. Jonathan Stewart - CAR vs. Hou
  18. Joseph Randle - DAL at Phi
  19. Rashad Jennings - NYG vs. Atl
  20. Frank Gore - IND vs. NYJ
  21. Alfred Morris - WAS vs. StL
  22. Doug Martin - TB at NO
  23. Danny Woodhead - SD at Cin
  24. Tevin Coleman - ATL at NYG
  25. Bishop Sankey - TEN at Cle
  26. Latavius Murray - OAK vs. Bal
  27. T.J. Yeldon - JAC vs. Mia
  28. Benny Cunningham - STL at Was
  29. Melvin Gordon - SD at Cin
  30. Giovani Bernard - CIN vs. SD
  31. Shane Vereen - NYG vs. Atl
  32. LeGarrette Blount - NE at Buf
  33. Isaiah Crowell - CLE vs. Ten
  34. Ronnie Hillman - DEN at KC
  35. Joique Bell - DET at Min
  36. Darren Sproles - PHI vs. Dal
  37. Duke Johnson - CLE vs. Ten
  38. Chris Johnson - ARI at Chi
  39. David Johnson - ARI at Chi
  40. Ryan Mathews - PHI vs. Dal
  41. Dion Lewis - NE at Buf
  42. Khiry Robinson - NO vs. TB
  43. Alfred Blue - HOU at Car
  44. Devonta Freeman - ATL at NYG
  45. Lance Dunbar - DAL at Phi
  46. Bilal Powell - NYJ at Ind
  47. Darren McFadden - DAL at Phi
  48. C.J. Spiller - NO vs. TB
  49. Tre Mason - STL at Was
  50. Knile Davis - KC vs. Den

Wide Receivers

  1. Julio Jones - ATL at NYG
  2. Antonio Brown - PIT vs. SF
  3. Odell Beckham - NYG vs. Atl
  4. Calvin Johnson - DET at Min
  5. Jordan Matthews - PHI vs. Dal
  6. A.J. Green - CIN vs. SD
  7. Brandin Cooks - NO vs. TB
  8. Demaryius Thomas - DEN at KC
  9. DeAndre Hopkins - HOU at Car
  10. Keenan Allen - SD at Cin
  11. Alshon Jeffery - CHI vs. Ari
  12. Randall Cobb - GB vs. Sea
  13. Jarvis Landry - MIA at Jac
  14. Emmanuel Sanders - DEN at KC
  15. Terrance Williams - DAL at Phi
  16. Brandon Marshall - NYJ at Ind
  17. Julian Edelman - NE at Buf
  18. Larry Fitzgerald - ARI at Chi
  19. John Brown - ARI at Chi
  20. Steve Smith - BAL at Oak
  21. Mike Evans - TB at NO
  22. Jeremy Maclin - KC vs. Den
  23. Roddy White - ATL at NYG
  24. Vincent Jackson - TB at NO
  25. Pierre Garcon - WAS vs. StL
  26. Davante Adams - GB vs. Sea
  27. Golden Tate - DET at Min
  28. Donte Moncrief - IND vs. NYJ
  29. Anquan Boldin - SF at Pit
  30. Allen Robinson - JAC vs. Mia
  31. Andre Johnson - IND vs. NYJ
  32. Amari Cooper - OAK vs. Bal
  33. Kendall Wright - TEN at Cle
  34. Steve Johnson - SD at Cin
  35. Brandon Coleman - NO vs. TB
  36. Charles Johnson - MIN vs. Det
  37. Mike Wallace - MIN vs. Det
  38. Nelson Agholor - PHI vs. Dal
  39. Sammy Watkins - BUF vs. NE
  40. Eric Decker - NYJ at Ind
  41. Allen Hurns - JAC vs. Mia
  42. James Jones - GB vs. Sea
  43. Rueben Randle - NYG vs. Atl
  44. Cole Beasley - DAL at Phi
  45. Marques Colston - NO vs. TB
  46. Markus Wheaton - PIT vs. SF
  47. Eddie Royal - CHI vs. Ari
  48. Percy Harvin - BUF vs. NE
  49. T.Y. Hilton - IND vs. NYJ
  50. Doug Baldwin - SEA at GB

Tight Ends 

  1. Rob Gronkowski - NE at Buf
  2. Jimmy Graham - SEA at GB
  3. Travis Kelce - KC vs. Den
  4. Greg Olsen - CAR vs. Hou
  5. Jason Witten - DAL at Phi
  6. Martellus Bennett - CHI vs. Ari
  7. Tyler Eifert - CIN vs. SD
  8. Jordan Cameron - MIA at Jac
  9. Ladarius Green - SD at Cin
  10. Delanie Walker - TEN at Cle
  11. Heath Miller - PIT vs. SF
  12. Jordan Reed - WAS vs. StL
  13. Austin Seferian-Jenkins - TB at NO
  14. Zach Ertz - PHI vs. Dal
  15. Dwayne Allen - IND vs. NYJ
  16. Kyle Rudolph - MIN vs. Det
  17. Vernon Davis - SF at Pit
  18. Jared Cook - STL at Was
  19. Charles Clay - BUF vs. NE
  20. Owen Daniels - DEN at KC


  1. Dan Bailey - DAL at Phi
  2. Matt Bryant - ATL at NYG
  3. Justin Tucker - BAL at Oak
  4. Steven Hauschka - SEA at GB
  5. Cody Parkey - PHI vs. Dal
  6. Josh Brown - NYG vs. Atl
  7. Mason Crosby - GB vs. Sea
  8. Adam Vinatieri - IND vs. NYJ
  9. Brandon McManus - DEN at KC
  10. Stephen Gostkowski - NE at Buf
  11. Matt Prater - DET at Min
  12. Josh Lambo - SD at Cin
  13. Chandler Catanzaro - ARI at Chi
  14. Zach Hocker - NO vs. TB
  15. Phil Dawson - SF at Pit
  16. Robbie Gould - CHI vs. Ari
  17. Josh Scobee - PIT vs. SF
  18. Dan Carpenter - BUF vs. NE
  19. Greg Zuerlein - STL at Was
  20. Andrew Franks - MIA at Jac


  1. Baltimore Ravens - Bal at Oak
  2. Miami Dolphins - Mia at Jac
  3. St. Louis Rams - StL at Was
  4. Carolina Panthers - Car vs. Hou
  5. Houston Texans - Hou at Car
  6. Denver Broncos - Den at KC
  7. Arizona Cardinals - Ari at Chi
  8. Kansas City Chiefs - KC vs. Den
  9. Buffalo Bills - Buf vs. NE
  10. Cincinnati Bengals - Cin vs. SD
  11. Tennessee Titans - Ten at Cle
  12. Seattle Seahawks - Sea at GB
  13. New England Patriots - NE at Buf
  14. Cleveland Browns - Cle vs. Ten
  15. San Francisco 49ers - SF at Pit
  16. Minnesota Vikings - Min vs. Det
  17. Indianapolis Colts - Ind vs. NYJ
  18. Green Bay Packers - GB vs. Sea
  19. New York Jets - NYJ at Ind
  20. Washington Redskins - Was vs. StL

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O-line, D-line is the move for the Redskins at No. 13, according to Charles Davis

O-line, D-line is the move for the Redskins at No. 13, according to Charles Davis

We are nearing the start of the NFL Draft, less than three days to be exact, and right now there are a ton of names circling around whom the Washington Redskins should take at No. 13.

You’ve probably read countless mock drafts at this point (if you haven’t or need another here is ours), and there’s one thing that is consistent: nothing.

So let's concern ourselves less of ‘who’ and exactly what each player will bring to the Redskins.

There are very few evaluators of talent better than the NFL Network’s Charles Davis, so he got to talk with J.P. Finlay and Mitch Tischler on the latest edition of the Redskins Talk podcast.


He broke down EVERYONE that Washington could be taking at No. 13 overall. If you don’t have time to listen (which we highly recommend that you do), here are some of the highlights:

“This could be a wild first night,” said Davis. “All of these different trade scenarios are out there right? My experience has been that most of that calms down as we get closer. There’s a lot of discussion and chatter about it, but we don’t usually have it.”


“At 13, when you’re really down to it, Mitch I think you had said to me even before we began ‘O-line, D-line man, let’s talk O-line, D-line,’ and I think that is the perfect place for this Washington team.”


“If Vita Vea from Washington somehow is sitting there at 13, and the idea that you could go up there and put him a line and get Jonathan Allen back from last year, I think that’d be a great place to go. This is a top-10, top-5 talent in this draft that possibly could still be around at 13.”

“When we’re talking about the people that are in our business, the talking heads that people kind of go to and kind of get held accountable for their mock drafts… you don’t really see Vea in any consistency in the top ten.”

“Eleven is kind of the breakpoint for him.”


“I like him. I don’t know that I like him quite that high.”


“I like Payne, better than Hurst, but again I don’t know about quite that high.”

“The medical, you can’t help it when you’re talking about a heart. You can’t help but be a little bit concerned. Now he has gotten clearance, that has come through, but we all know that each team is going to do it’s own research and got to decide how comfortable they are with that.”


“I doubt he is falling to 13, because if somehow he falls to eight to the Bears and if the Bears don’t run up to the podium and plug him in, I’d be stunned.”


“Normally when you have a combine and you have some things that you have some questions marks on, normally you have some balancers. Orlando Brown had zero balancers. Everything was historically bad.”


“Now Will Hernandez has had about as good a postseason as an offensive lineman can have.”

“This kid Hernandez has become a massive road grater, quicker than you would think, better pass protector and he did all of this on an 0-12 team last year. So he is another guy to keep an eye on, especially if as you said they are able to move back.”


“I’d be surprised at 13.”

“Get back to 19 and then I think Guice is in play at 19. If that indeed is the runner that they like. I think the running back renaissance is real.”


“I think this John Kelly kid from Tennessee is a really good runner. He had a little trouble off-field last year, missed a game because of all that, but this kid runs hard, plays hard, he’s not Alvin Kamara… but this kid is more of a pure running back than Kamara is, he’s just not a bulky guy.”


“They’re in a tough spot because of the number. We’ve got all of this stuff now.”

“That’s a tough one, because if I’m Dallas and I want to come up and get my guy [Calvin Ridley], I don’t need to come up as high as 13 anyway, if you really think about it.”


“He’s a really good player. The kid played guard, he played center. Price is a really good technician. 44 a possibility? Possibility. Before the injury he was going late-first, early second.”

This is only scratching the surface of what the expert talked about. Get the full experience and listen to the full podcast.




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Why the Redskins should be hoping Tremaine Edmunds falls in their lap

Why the Redskins should be hoping Tremaine Edmunds falls in their lap

NBC Sports Washington’s four-part digital series ‘E-Boyz’ -- chronicling the illustrious past, decorated present and bright future of the Edmunds family -- is NOW LIVE. Check out a new episode daily, leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft. Watch the first episode above and more here.

When the NFL Draft comes around, you'll hear fans and analysts often say, "If Player X makes it to pick No. __, then Team Y should sprint to the podium to pick him."

Well, this Thursday, if Player X is Tremaine Edmunds, the pick is No. 13 and Team Y is the Washington Redskins, the Burgundy and Gold should sprint to the podium only if there's no other option to get there quicker. 

While the 'Skins already have two talented linebackers in Zach Brown and Mason Foster on the roster already, taking the Virginia Tech teenager shouldn't be ruled out. Now, the only problem is that Edmunds has to slide that far in the 2018 draft; the majority of mocks have him going before that spot.

Edmunds is the type of do-it-all LB that is especially valuable in today's NFL. He has the athleticism and ability to fit on the inside or outside, and is just as comfortable rushing the passer as he is in coverage. You know that issue the Redskins have when it comes to covering tight ends, the one that's lasted for like a decade now? Edmunds would help erase it, along with a host of other problems.

"They don't come like him," one NFC scout told about Edmunds. "I don't think there has ever been a linebacker that has had his size and speed."

Redskins fans, go outside and start searching for your four-leaf clovers now. Last year, the franchise got lucky and landed Jonathan Allen. This time around, they're going to need even more of it to secure Edmunds.