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Fantasy Football: Week 4 Waiver Wire

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Fantasy Football: Week 4 Waiver Wire

If your fantasy football team didn't score oodles of points in Week 3, then you probably own guys like Justin Forsett and C.J. Anderson. Or Andre Johnson and Colin Kaepernick. Or anyone on the Bears or Rams. Or, (gulp) Alfred Morris. Either way, you've got some work to do. Of course, even those feeling like the BMOC because A.J. Green, Aaron Rodgers and Jamaal Charles rule or their sleeper start rocked should remember this week's Devonta Freeman could be last week's (gulp) Matt Jones. Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski may rule the fantasy world, but they've got the week off along with the Fighting Mariota's. In other words, the Waiver Wire is for all. 

Quarterbacks (Assuming Andy Dalton and Marcus Mariota aren't available)

1. Tyrod Taylor -- After three weeks, what's not to like? Consecutive game with three touchdown passes. Gains yards on the ground. Next four games include winnable matchups against the Giants, Titans and Jaguars. Taylor is essentially a QB1 at this point. Wow.

2. Derek Carr -- The kid is real. So is the chemistry with wide receiver Amari Cooper and the Raiders offense overall. Sure, the numbers came against the Browns, but racking up 314 passing yards with two touchdowns without throwing an interception on the road works regardless of opponent. Set to face the lowly Bears, Carr is a QB1 start or Week 4.

3. Michael Vick -- Like the situation more than the player. It's rather hard trusting Vick after flame outs in recent years. It's easy loving the weapons around him, namely Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell. Those two plus Heath Miller give Vick a puncher's chance at a decent Week 4 performance, especially against the Ravens' 31st ranked fantasy defense. 

Week 4 streamers: Kirk Cousins, Colin Kaepernick

Running backs (Assuming Dion Lewis, Matt Jones and Chris Johnson aren't available)

1. Devonta Freeman -- The 2014 fantasy bust didn't strikeout with his Week 3 opportunity. Julio Jones going off against the Cowboys defense, sure. Freeman scoring three touchdowns with 193 yards from scrimmage, come on. Three of the next four matchups are against current top 10 fantasy defenses against running backs, but Freeman looks like a decent RB2 option against the Texans. Most of all, the odds of Freeman starting the next few weeks for Atlanta certainly look much better.

2. Karlos Williams -- The only RB to score a touchdown in each of the first three games could end up picking up lots more playing time if the Bills rest LeSean McCoy (hamstring). Williams is a must own for all McCoy owners and he's becoming worthy of Flex consideration regardless.

3. Ronnie Hillman -- C.J. Anderson owners are freaking out and with good reason. Their guy missed some time Sunday night being evaluated for a concussion; was held under 30 yards rushing for a third straight game; Denver's offensive line isn't all that and perhaps most of all, Hillman keeps receiving ample touches. This isn't changing, the Hillman touches that is. 

4. Lance Dunbar -- Brandon Weeden's struggles are real, but the Dallas QB succeeded in throwing Dunbar's way plenty in Week 3. Dunbar's 21 receptions lead all running backs through three weeks. PPR play for those needing some RB help.

5. Antonio Andrews -- Bishop Sankey, yeesh. The Titans bypassed their supposed RB of the future in Week 3 for Andrews, who didn't receive his first NL carry until Sunday. He finished with 13 touches (to seven for Sankey), averaged over four yards per carry and scored a touchdown. Don't go crazy with your free agent budget, but certainly worth a look.

Others: Alfred Blue, Duke Johnson, Bilal Powell, Thomas Rawls

Wide receivers (Assuming Allen Hurns, Marvin Jones and Michael Crabtree aren't available)

1. Rishard Matthews -- This season, the wide receiver hierarchy in Miami began with Jarvis Landry and then...uncertainty. Well, that's not the case anymore. Matthews keeps making play while Greg Jennings keeps losing value. Rookie DeVante Parker is a future threat as the Dolphins No. 2, but Matthews is a potential WR3 for fantasy owners right now.

2. Dorial Green-Beckham - The next two calls are more about the full season than Week 4, though DGB already has two touchdowns this season. Blessed with freaky size and speed, the primary football question was simply how quickly would Green-Beckham pick up the NFL game. So far, so good and that's without tons of targets. Those will come as the season moves along. Huge upside and an interesting investment for those with roster space.

3. Leonard Hankerson - At some point opponents will begin triple-teaming Julio Jones. Whey they do, Matt Ryan will target others and right now, the most likely other target is the ex-Redskin. Hankerson is out playing Roddy White. He has red zone size. He is not a weekly start now, but a stash. 

Others:  Ted Ginn, Rueben Randle, Cecil Shorts, Phillip Dorsett

Tight ends (Assuming Eric Ebron is gone)

1. Charles Clay - The biggest question with the move from Miami to Buffalo involved Clay's QB. No need to question Taylor right now. Clay's TD against his former team was a dazzling catch-and run effort that reminded potential owners that he's got the goods. Rob Gronkowski and Delanie Walker owners needing bye week help can start right here.

2. Coby Fleener - This one comes down to whether Dwayne Allen misses a second straight game with an ankle injury. If he does, Andrew Luck's primary TE becomes a viable streaming option against the Jaguars.

Others: Richard Rodgers, Owen Daniels

Defenses -- Week 4 specific streaming

1. Colts (vs. jaguars)

2. Eagles (at Redskins)

3. Falcons (vs. Texans)

MORE FANTASY FOOTBALL: Fantasy Football, Week 3 rankings: Green is good

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Costly cornerbacks, offseason blueprint

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Costly cornerbacks, offseason blueprint

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 17, 25 days before NFL free agency starts.

The Redskin week that was

My weekly look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics on RealRedskins.com and NBCSportsWashington.com.

An offseason blueprint for the Redskins—Should the Redskins focus their free agency money on keeping their own? In addition to unrestricted free agents Zach Brown and Trent Murphy, they need to consider extensions for Brandon Scherff, Preston Smith, and Jamison Crowder. That could chew up a bunch of the approximately $31 million of cap space that they have. They may get some help on the market but most of their improvement should come from the draft and from within.

Redskins offseason will hit warp speed soon—With the exception of the Alex Smith trade, which actually hasn’t happened yet, there hasn’t been much going on with the Redskins. That is going to change soon, check out the post for the calendar and how the events matter for the Redskins.

No mixed messages from Alex Smith—In a radio interview, Alex Smith said that he was “jacked” to be a part of the Redskins. Now, the phrase often repeated here is that you shouldn’t listen to what they say, you should watch what they do. And the moment that he signs the reported four-year extension that he has negotiated with the team, a deal that likely would put him in Washington for the rest of his career, we will see his actions backing up his words. Then we will know.

What we know, and what we think, of the Su'a Cravens situation—This will be a true test of the acumen of the front office. It’s a very tricky situation. The Redskins have to decide if they want to keep Cravens. Should they decide to keep him, there will be a lot of smoothing over of ruffled feelings that would need to be done over and trust in Cravens would have to be restored. If they don’t want him around, they have to make it look like they are willing to go into the season with him in order to be able to trade him. Otherwise, teams may just wait for them to cut him and sign him as a free agent. Again, don’t listen to what they say, watch what they do.

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Quarterback is not the only NFL position with rising salaries. The players teams hire to try to stop opposing QBs, cornerbacks, are getting expensive, too. Bashaud Breeland is a good cornerback, not a great one. His coverage skills are solid, he’s a good team player (if a bit of a hothead at times) and his work ethic is not questioned. For a fourth-round pick who everybody thought left Clemson a year too early, he has done well for himself But he hasn’t made a Pro Bowl and he hasn’t even come close enough to be considered a snub. Breeland has eight interceptions in four years in the league with a high of three in 2016.

The price tag for good at cornerback is likely to be in the vicinity of $10 million per season. And good for him if he gets it. But with the Redskins employing Josh Norman, who has cap hits in the range of $14.5 million-$16.9 million over the next three years, it would be difficult to fit him in. Truth be told, Breeland has probably been destined to leave as a free agent ever since Norman signed his contract in April of 2016.

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Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 12
—NFL Draft (4/26) 68
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 204

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Cousins would reportedly look to file grievance if Redskins use franchise tag on him

Cousins would reportedly look to file grievance if Redskins use franchise tag on him

The Redskins might try to franchise tag quarterback Kirk Cousins to try to get some compensation for him as he leaves. But Cousins’ camp might not let that happen without a fight.

According to Albert Breer of the MMQB, Cousins might file a grievance if he is tagged, saying that the Redskins would be violating the spirit of the rules regarding the use of the franchise tag. He would be seeking to have the tag voided because the team clearly isn ’t interested in reaching a long-term deal with him given the acquisition of Alex Smith. The tag is supposed to be used to buy time to get an agreement done, not to squat on a player’s rights in order to trade him.

There is precedent for the tag being used in order to facilitate a trade. In 2009, the Patriots tagged quarterback Matt Cassel. They clearly had no intention of keeping him as they had Tom Brady on the roster. But New England pulled it off, shipping Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel to the Chiefs for a second-round pick.

But it is up to the player to object to being tagged and for whatever reason Cassel and his agent went along with the tag and trade rather than fighting for free agency.

It looks like Cousins ’camp won’t go as quietly.

It’s up to the Redskins to make the first move. The window to be able to tag a player opens on Tuesday with the deadline coming on March 6. We will see how things play out after that.

MORE REDSKINS: THE EXPECTATIONS GAME

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