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Fantasy Football -- Week 3 rankings


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.


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. 


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. ​


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


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


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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Pernell McPhee reportedly on visit with Redskins


Pernell McPhee reportedly on visit with Redskins

NFL free agency doesn't care about your brackets. 

While you were watching UMBC, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee is currently on a visit with the Redskins:

Pernell, 29, was drafted in 2011 out of Mississppi State by the Baltimore Ravens. He played there for three years before spending the last two seasons with the Chicago Bears. 

Pernell has 182 career tackles and 31 career sacks. 


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The 2018 salaries of five Redskins become fully guaranteed today

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The 2018 salaries of five Redskins become fully guaranteed today

It may be the 18th of March but today could be like Christmas for five Redskins players.

The Redskins decided to use today, four days after the start of the league year, for some contract triggers. In this case, the triggers are all 2018 salary guarantees (some teams will pay out roster bonuses on trigger dates, but the Redskins rarely use that type of structure).

Here are the players whose have guarantees that kick in today 4 p.m. All data is via Over the Cap.


CB Josh Norman, base salary of $13.5 million becomes fully guaranteed—This was a window for the Redskins to move on from Norman if they were not happy with his performance after two seasons. He is 31 and he had no interceptions last season, leaving some to wonder if the Redskins might think about releasing him. But it never was a consideration.

TE Jordan Reed, $8 million of his $8.25 million salary becomes fully guaranteed—No, I’m not sure why they are leaving that $250,000 out there non-guaranteed. Fans thought that the Redskins might move on from Reed due to his injury issues. But, as with Norman, it never was a consideration.

S D.J. Swearinger, $3 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—This is a mere technicality, Swearinger wasn’t going anywhere after helping to solidify the safety position.


RB Chris Thompson, $1.996 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—His rehab is going well and after last year Thompson’s two-year, $7 million contract extension signed last September looks like a good deal for the team.

DE Terrell McClain, $3.25 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—If the Redskins sign a top free agent D-lineman or draft on early in the draft they could be in a numbers crunch. That new acquisition would be guaranteed a roster spot along with Jonathan Allen, Matt Ioannidis, Stacy McGee, and Anthony Lanier. That makes five and the Redskins kept six last year. Ziggy Hood is a favorite of the coaching staff but he has no guaranteed money left on his contract. That could tip the sixth spot in favor of McClain if he is on the roster at the close of business today. If they release McClain after today, they would take a cap charge of over $2 million. It seems unlikely that anything will happen but it’s something to keep an eye on.

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.