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Fantasy Football, Week 3 rankings: Green is good


Fantasy Football, Week 3 rankings: Green is good

The Week 3 rankings are up along with some quick notes...

  • Of course you're starting Bengals WR A.J. Green, but there are reasons to feel better than normal about him for weekly or daily fantasy players. Green's last three games against the Ravens:

Sept. 7, 2014: 6 receptions, 131 yards, one touchdown on nine targets

Dec. 29, 2013: 4-61-1 on 10 targets

Nov. 10, 2013: 8-15-1 on 15 targets

  • Whatever nickname you want to give Alfred Morris and Matt Jones, you can call both Redskins running backs RB2 worthy plays in Week 2, especially standard scoring formats. This is more about Washington's run-heavy game plan than the matchup. Morris likely ends up with the most carries, at least early in the game. Even if the Redskins fall back, Jones will remain in the game as a three-down threat. 

  • Players I like more than normal this week: Carson Palmer, Cam Newton, Tyrod Taylor, Latavius Murray, DeVonta Freeman, Matt Jones, Duke Johnson, A.J. Green, Allen Robinson, Michael Crabtree, Jordan Reed, Crockett Gillmore, Larry Donnell

  • Players I like less than normal this week: Peyton Manning, Matthew Stafford, Eddie Lacy (injury), Brandin Cooks, Andre Johnson, Roddy White, Nelson Agholor, Jordan Cameron

MORE NFL: Need to Know: Can the Redskins put together a winning effort against the Giants?


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

Running backs

1. Marshawn Lynch - SEA vs. Chi
2. Le'Veon Bell - PIT at StL
3. Jamaal Charles - KC at GB
4. Adrian Peterson - MIN vs. SD
5. Latavius Murray - OAK at Cle
6. Matt Forte - CHI at Sea
7. Justin Forsett - BAL vs. Cin
8. LeSean McCoy - BUF at Mia
9. Mark Ingram - NO at Car
10. Eddie Lacy - GB vs. KC
11. Chris Ivory - NYJ vs. Phi
12. Jonathan Stewart - CAR vs. NO
13. Jeremy Hill - CIN at Bal
14. C.J. Anderson - DEN at Det
15. Alfred Morris - WAS at NYG
16 T.J. Yeldon - JAC at NE
17. Carlos Hyde - SF at Ari
18. Joseph Randle - DAL vs. Atl
19. Melvin Gordon - SD at Min
20. Dion Lewis - NE vs. Jac
21. Frank Gore - IND at Ten
22. Devonta Freeman - ATL at Dal
23. Isaiah Crowell - CLE vs. Oak
24. Matt Jones - WAS at NYG
25. Danny Woodhead - SD at Min
26. Doug Martin - TB at Hou
27. Lamar Miller - MIA vs. Buf
28. DeMarco Murray - PHI at NYJ
29. Ameer Abdullah - DET vs. Den
30. LeGarrette Blount - NE vs. Jac
31. Bishop Sankey - TEN vs. Ind
32. Giovani Bernard - CIN at Bal
33. Tre Mason - STL vs. Pit
34. Arian Foster - HOU vs. TB
35. Rashad Jennings - NYG vs. Was
36. David Johnson - ARI vs. SF
37. Shane Vereen - NYG vs. Was
38. James Starks - GB vs. KC
39. Chris Polk - HOU vs. TB
40. Ryan Mathews - PHI at NYJ
41. Duke Johnson - CLE vs. Oak
42. Chris Johnson - ARI vs. SF
43. DeAngelo Williams - PIT at StL
44. Darren Sproles - PHI at NYJ
45. Ronnie Hillman - DEN at Det
46. Lorenzo Taliaferro - BAL vs. Cin
47. Fred Jackson - SEA vs. Chi
48. Bilal Powell - NYJ vs. Phi
49. Karlos Williams - BUF at Mia
50. Joique Bell - DET vs. Den

Wide receivers

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

Tight ends

1. Rob Gronkowski - NE vs. Jac
2. Travis Kelce - KC at GB
3. Jimmy Graham - SEA vs. Chi
4. Greg Olsen - CAR vs. NO
5. Jordan Reed - WAS at NYG
6. Martellus Bennett - CHI at Sea
7. Jason Witten - DAL vs. Atl
8. Tyler Eifert - CIN at Bal
9. Jordan Cameron - MIA vs. Buf
10. Delanie Walker - TEN vs. Ind
11. Heath Miller - PIT at StL
12. Kyle Rudolph - MIN vs. SD
13. Crockett Gillmore - BAL vs. Cin
14. Zach Ertz - PHI at NYJ
15. Vernon Davis - SF at Ari
16. Larry Donnell - NYG vs. Was
17. Richard Rodgers - GB vs. KC
18. Eric Ebron - DET vs. Den
19. Charles Clay - BUF at Mia
20. Owen Daniels - DEN at Det
21. Darren Fells - ARI vs. SF
22. Jacob Tamme - ATL at Dal
23. Dwayne Allen - IND at Ten
24. Scott Chandler - NE vs. Jac
25. Jared Cook - STL vs. Pit


1. Steven Hauschka - SEA vs. Chi
2. Stephen Gostkowski - NE vs. Jac
3. Adam Vinatieri - IND at Ten
4. Justin Tucker - BAL vs. Cin
5. Dan Bailey - DAL vs. Atl
6. Matt Bryant - ATL at Dal
7. Josh Brown - NYG vs. Was
8. Mason Crosby - GB vs. KC
9. Brandon McManus - DEN at Det
10. Matt Prater - DET vs. Den
11. Blair Walsh - MIN vs. SD
12. Josh Scobee - PIT at StL
13. Chandler Catanzaro - ARI vs. SF
14. Cody Parkey - PHI at NYJ
15. Andrew Franks - MIA vs. Buf
16. Dan Carpenter - BUF at Mia
17. Josh Lambo - SD at Min
18. Nick Folk - NYJ vs. Phi
19. Graham Gano - CAR vs. NO
20. Robbie Gould - CHI at Sea


1. Seattle Seahawks - SEA vs. Chi
2. New York Jets - NYJ vs. Phi
3. Carolina Panthers - CAR vs. NO
4. Houston Texans - HOU vs. TB
5. Denver Broncos - DEN at Det
6. Arizona Cardinals - ARI vs. SF
7. Miami Dolphins - MIA vs. Buf
8. New England Patriots - NE vs. Jac
9. Cincinnati Bengals - CIN at Bal
10. St. Louis Rams - STL vs. Pit
11. Baltimore Ravens - BAL vs. Cin
12. Cleveland Browns - CLE vs. Oak
13. Green Bay Packers - GB vs. KC
14. Pittsburgh Steelers - PIT at StL
15. Indianapolis Colts - IND at Ten
16. Buffalo Bills - BUF at Mia
17. Minnesota Vikings - MIN vs. SD
18. New York Giants - NYG vs. Was
19. Washington Redskins - WAS at NYG
20. Philadelphia Eagles - PHI at NYJ

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New free agent Doug Martin unlikely fix to Redskins' woeful run game

New free agent Doug Martin unlikely fix to Redskins' woeful run game

News broke Tuesday that the Tampa Bay Bucaneers released former Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin, and while the name certainly triggers value, his play of the last two seasons should calm the excitement. 

Since a 2015 season where Martin rushed for 1,400 yards and averaged nearly 5 yards-per-carry in 16 games, Martin has been suspended, undergone substance abuse rehab and missed games due to injury.

In the last two seasons, Martin has played in 16 of 32 games, rushed for 827 yards and averaged less than 3 yards-per-carry.

Over his six year NFL career with the Bucs, Martin has only played two full seasons. Those two seasons were great, in 2012 and 2015, but the other four have been largely disappointing. 


The Redskins averaged just 3.6 yards-per-carry last season, and could definitely use a boost in the run game. It's entirely possible Washington might look to upgrade their offensive backfield this offseason, either in free agency or in the 2018 NFL Draft, but Martin does not look like the player to help. 

Early in the 2017 season, it appeared the Redskins run game might be a strength for the offense. After a disappointing effort on the ground to open the year in a loss to the Eagles, the Redskins rushed for at least 111 yards in their next three contests, including nearly 230 yards on the ground in a Week 2 win over the Rams. 

Injuries undid the run game, however, as Rob Kelley got hurt and the offensive line lost players, too. Over the course of the season, rookie Samaje Perine sustained minor injuries and Chris Thompson was lost for the year with a broken leg. 

Going into 2018, Kelley, Perine, Thompson and Kapri Bibbs are all on the roster and expected for now to stay with the team. That's yet another reason why the Redskins are likely to stay away from Doug Martin.


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Need to Know: Redskins' Junior Galette will be a valued free agent

Need to Know: Redskins' Junior Galette will be a valued free agent

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, February 20, 22 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

Galette to be a valued free agent

Originally published 12/13/17

Like the Redskins, the Broncos are no longer relevant in 2017. Both teams’ fan bases have started to look towards the coming offseason.

To give their readers what they want, the Denver Post published an article by Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus that discussed some of the top pending free agents who have done the most to increase their values in the past year. There were two Redskins named, one you would expect to see on such a list and one that might surprise some people.

Kirk Cousins is at the top of the list. “The Washington signal-caller is grading as a top-10 quarterback (82.8), and soon he’ll have the long-term contract of one,” Renner wrote. “Only this time its value will be exponentially higher than any one he would have signed back when he first became a free agent in 2016.”

But the surprising name is that of Junior Galette. After missing the last two seasons with two torn Achilles tendons, he played this year on a one-year, $800,000 deal. And while he hasn’t been on fire in the sack department with just two on the year, he has been getting pressure on the passer.

“He’s accumulated the 27th-highest pass-rushing grade of any edge defender this season, but in only 264 snaps,” wrote Renner. “At 29 years of age, it’s doubtful he ever gets back to the level of the contract that he once had on the table with New Orleans. With how he’s played this season though, some pass-rush-needy team will pay handsomely for his services.”

One team that could be considered to be pass rush needy is the Redskins. Preston Smith is the starter and supposedly one of the Redskins’ top pass rushers. But in 100 fewer pass rush snaps this year, Galette has only three fewer quarterback hits than Smith and six more hurries.

And after missing those two seasons, Galette has remained healthy. Although he was limited with a hamstring during much of the preseason, he has not missed a practice or appeared on an injury report this year.

But would the Redskins be willing to pay him “handsomely”? Perhaps a good comp would be Connor Barwin, who moved from the Eagles to the Rams this past offseason at the age of 31. He had five sacks in Philly in 2016. That got him a one-year deal worth $3.5 million.

Barwin likely will have more sacks on his ledger going into free agency so let’s say Galette could command around $3 million. Perhaps he could offer Washington a bit of a hometown discount and agree to something in the $2.75 million range. If that is the case, the Redskins would be smart to keep him around for another year.

Plenty of things could alter the equation. If Galette gets hot in the last three games and posts a few more sacks his price could rise. With Smith and Ryan Kerrigan both back next year, perhaps Galette will want to go somewhere that he might get more playing time.

The details need to be sorted out but don’t be surprised if Galette gets a lot of attention in free agency, as much as teams need pass rush, and if the Redskins have to make a very tough decision about how much he is worth.

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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