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Fantasy Football -- Week 3 rankings

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Fantasy Football -- Week 3 rankings

Just like that, two weeks are in the books. Not exactly high-level football to date, let's be honest.

Then again, fantasy football owners should largely be happy with the overall running back depth this season.

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Sleepers including Buck Allen, Tarik Cohen and Chris Carson have emerged and several teams have multiple viable options to date. Jordan Howard and Ezekiel Elliott owners aren't exactly thrilled at the moment. Understood. Hang tight, especially the Elliott faction, though I didn't love the Cowboys offense overall entering this season now that teams had a chance for a longer look at the Dak Prescott-led attack.

Meanwhile, passing game struggles with the Bengals, Giants and Redskins are a tad concerning, though A.J. Green and Odell Beckham owners should resist trade offers from those attempting to buy low.

What's going on with Alex Smith and the Chiefs actually seems sustainable considering the playmakers available -- Kareem Hunt, Tyreke Hill, Travis Kelce -- while the Eagles' heavy pass-run imbalance gives Carson Wentz weekly QB1 consideration. 

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Those with high-end tight ends are on edge after a rough Week 2 saw Greg Olsen exit with a multi-week foot injury while Rob Gronkowski and Jordan Reed owners hope their guys won't miss time.

Let's get to the Week 3 rankings and note those higher -- Carson Wentz, Jay Ajayi, Buck Allen, Chris Thompson, Kelvin Benjamin, J.J. Nelson, Hunter Henry  -- and lower than normal. Check back for updates or hit me up on Twitter -- @benstandig -- with questions. ​

Quarterbacks

1.  Aaron Rodgers, GB
 
2.  Tom Brady, NE
 
3.  Matt Ryan, ATL
 
4.  Cam Newton, CAR
 
5.  Derek Carr, OAK
 
6.  Matthew Stafford, DET
 
7.  Drew Brees, NO
 
8.  Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
 
9.  Russell Wilson, SEA
 
10.  Dak Prescott, DAL
 
11.  Marcus Mariota, TEN
 
12.  Carson Wentz, PHI

13.  Kirk Cousins, WAS
 
14.  Jameis Winston, TB
 
15.  Philip Rivers, LAC
 
16.  Alex Smith, KC
 
17.  Carson Palmer, ARI
 
18.  DeShone Kizer, CLE
 
19.  Sam Bradford, MIN
 
20.  Trevor Siemian, DEN
 
21.  Jay Cutler, MIA
 
22.  Andy Dalton, CIN
 
23.  Jacoby Brissett, IND
 
24.  Tyrod Taylor, BUF
 
25.  Eli Manning, NYG
 
26.  Joe Flacco, BAL
 
27.  Jared Goff, LAR
 
28.  Deshaun Watson, HOU
 
29.  Josh McCown, NYJ
 
30.  Blake Bortles, JAC
 
31.  Mike Glennon, CHI
 
32.  Brian Hoyer, SF

Running backs

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

Wide receivers

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

Tight ends

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

Kickers

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

Defenses

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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Why ailing Zach Brown has plenty of incentive to keep playing

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Why ailing Zach Brown has plenty of incentive to keep playing

Redskins linebacker Zach Brown missed practice for a second straight day on Thursday, putting doubt into his availability for the game against the Cardinals.

Brown is leading the league in combined tackles and, probably, in injuries.

The team’s injury report says that he is dealing with four of them—toe, Achilles, and ankle with an illness piled on top of those.

“They’re hindering him quite a bit,” Jay Gruden said of Brown’s laundry list of ailments.

“Sickness is starting to clear up a little bit but he’s still a little sore. We’ll see if he makes any progress tomorrow. It’d have to be pretty significant, but we’ll have to wait and see.”

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The illness might clear up but the other injuries are unlikely to go away until a few weeks into the offseason. He is getting treatments that include massage, laser, and acupuncture but rest is the only thing that will get rid of the problems.

Some have wondered why Brown persists with multiple injuries and the team now mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. For one thing, playing is what he does.

“I like to play the game,” said Brown last week.

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“I like to play the game with passion and I hate to lose. I try my best to help people do better, just trying to help some of the young guys. At the end of the day, you rest when the season’s over.”

There are financial considerations as well, on a couple of different fronts. Brown will be a free agent in 2018 and he is risking further injury that could lower his value on the market. He says that does not factor into is thinking.

“Last two years I was on the free agent market, it’s the way I play,” he said. “If that was the case I would have just shut it down already.”

There are other, more immediate financial considerations as well. Brown has per-game roster bonuses of $15,625 that are paid if he is on the list of 46 active players. And he has incentive bonuses of up to $2.3 million according to Over the Cap. It’s safe to say that at least some of those bonuses will be attainable only if Brown is able to play effectively in all or nearly all of the scheduled 16 games.

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Brown hasn’t spoken about the incentive bonus money being important and, given his answer to the free agency question, he probably wouldn’t. But this is not a player who has made a ton of money in his career. According to Spotrac, if he hits on his roster bonuses and on his likely to be earned incentives this year he will have about $7.7 million in career earnings. That’s a good chunk of money but once you take away taxes, a cut to his agent and other various and sundry expenses it’s not “set for life” money. It’s likely that his bank account would notice whatever he can collect in incentives.

Gruden has said that Brown is a player who could go on Sunday even with only one practice under his belt. We will know a lot more about his status this afternoon when his practice status for Friday and his game status for Sunday will be announced on the injury report.

 

 

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Need to Know: Looking ahead at the Redskins' 2018 depth chart on offense

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Need to Know: Looking ahead at the Redskins' 2018 depth chart on offense

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, December 15, two days before the Washington Redskins play the Cardinals at FedEx Field.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Practice 12:05 p.m.; Jay Gruden news conference and open locker room after practice, approx. 2 p.m.

Days until:

—Broncos @ Redskins Christmas Eve (12/24) 9
—Redskins @ Giants (12/17) 16
—NFL Draft (4/26/18) 132

Redskins 2018 depth chart—offense

The one constant at Redskins Park is change. What will the Redskins’ depth chart look like in Week 1 in 2018? I’ll take a look into the crystal ball at the offense today; look for the defense sometime in the next few days.

Quarterback

Starter: Colt McCoy
Backup: Baker Mayfield (draft)

This could go in a lot of different directions. It’s certainly possible that Kirk Cousins will be back but I have a hard time seeing either a long-term deal or the Redskins biting the bullet on the $35 million franchise tag. Certainly, they could sign another veteran free agent as a placeholder and they could draft a different quarterback. But I think the veteran and early draft pick is the model.

Running back

Starter: Samaje Perine
Backups: Chris Thompson, Rob Kelley

I think that there should be an upgrade here and perhaps if the right player falls into their lap in the draft they will jump. But history tells us they don’t value the position enough to invest a high pick or significant free agent dollars. If they don’t acquire anyone, it’s the status quo. It could work out if Perine takes the next step and Kelley stays healthy.

Tight end

Starter: Jordan Reed
Backups: Vernon Davis, Niles Paul, Jeremy Sprinkle

Reed will be back to give it another go in 2018. The question mark here is Paul, who is a free agent. It’s more likely than not that he’ll be back.

Wide receiver

Starters: Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder, Ryan Grant
Backups: Michael Gallup, Robert Davis, Brian Quick

Gallup is a productive receiver out of Colorado State who should be available in the second and maybe the third round. It may not be Gallup but I do think that the Redskins have to take a receiver sometime in their first 100 picks and start getting him in the system. That receiver eventually will push Grant back into being a backup. It’s also possible for Davis to develop enough to be the short-term starter.

Offensive line

Starters (left to right): Trent Williams, Spencer Long, Chase Roullier, Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses
Backups: Ty Nsekhe, Tyler Catalina, Kyle Kalis, 1-2 free agents and draft picks

Roullier was playing well for Long at center before the rookie himself went on the injury list. If he resumes his solid play when he returns, the plan may be to keep him at center and re-sign Long, who is an unrestricted free agent, to play left guard. 

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