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Fantasy Football Week 7: Waiver Wire picks


Fantasy Football Week 7: Waiver Wire picks

The nice folks at asked yours truly and a handful of other fantasy football writers to rank 25 potential waiver wire options based on the rest of the season. They provided the names -- all running backs, wide receivers and tight ends. My rankings are below along with additional thoughts on Stefon Diggs, bye week QB options and more.

1. Christine Michael (RB - DAL)  -- We're talking about a running back with two carries on the season playing in a backfield with a player who scored three touchdowns in one game this campaign plus Darren McFadden. Yet all signs point to the Cowboys giving the ex-Seahawk a legitimate shot at becoming the team's primary ball handler. I made this call early on Monday and before reports that Michael was handling most of the first team reps during Monday's practice. Bidding 35 percent or more of your FAAB isn't a bad thought, especially if RB woes are ruining your team, but we should all acknowledge this somewhat a leap of faith.

2. Marvin Jones (WR - CIN) -- Monster performance in Week 6. Issue has been weekly consistency. Issue this week? Cincinnati is on a bye.

3. Stefon Diggs (WR - MIN) -- We were asked to identify one player on the waiver list that intrigued us most. I picked Diggs:

“There are receivers and there are playmakers, but not all receivers are playmakers. Stefon Diggs, he is indeed a playmaker. Anybody who watched him at the University of Maryland knows this truth and also understands that injuries rather than talent knocked him from becoming a Day 2 NFL Draft pick into the third round. Minnesota’s roster includes several intriguing options at receiver, but only Mike Wallace is producing. Until now that is. Diggs has weekly WR3 upside and ranks second in my ROS rankings among these options only because Cincinnati’s Marvin Jones has a longer track record/plays with a better quarterback.”

4. Brandon LaFell (WR - NE) -- It's quite possible this ranking is about three slots to low, especially if LaFell and Brady show the same chemistry they developed when the receiver joined the team last year. LaFell (foot) is eligible to return from the PUP list. All indications are pointing to that occurring. We'll see later in the week if he's ready to practice, let alone play.

5. James Starks (RB - GB) -- Packers head coach Mike McCarthy didn't announce Starks as the starting going forward Monday. Green Bay's bye week gives Eddie Lacy a chance to rest. Therefore, only Lacy owners MUST add Starks if possible, but all should considering doing the same.

6. Theo Riddick (RB - DET) -- Entered the season third on the depth chart, but only Lions running back putting up stats as runner and receiver. 

7. Charles Sims (RB - KC) -- Doug Martin is the clear No. 1, but Sims offers potential Flex appeal now. If he lands starter job, Bucs RBs have fifth easiest schedule going forward.

8. Eddie Royal (WR - CHI) -- Jay Cutler receivers put up stats and the slot target remains best bet as second option opposite Alshon Jeffery.

9. Cecil Shorts (WR - HOU) -- At some point teams are going to start triple-teaming DeAndre Hopkins, right?

10. Jamison Crowder (WR - WAS) -- Not going away even when DeSean Jackson returns, whenever that is.

11. Ted Ginn (WR - CAR) -- Coming off a nothing week, but has been Cam Newton's top receiver.

12. Ben Watson (TE - NO) -- That was some monster performance last Thursday. Maybe not a weekly play. Then again, Saints passing game hierarchy isn't exactly set.

13. Kamar Aiken (WR - BAL) -- Clearly the Ravens will be in plenty of shootouts going forward.

14. Dorial Green-Beckham (WR - TEN) -- Pure lottery ticket with jackpot potential due to impressive size and speed.

15. Malcom Floyd (WR - SD) -- Value shoots up if Keenan Allen's hp injury worsens.

16. Javorius Allen (RB - BAL) -- WIll Justin Forsett make it through all 16 games?

17. Michael Floyd (WR - ARI) -- Big upside due to red zone size and Carson Palmer's hot hand, but behind Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown.

18. Crockett Gillmore (TE - BAL) -- Combo with Maxx Williams gives Baltimore options at tight end, though they also cancel each other out in fantasy.

19. Ahmad Bradshaw (RB - IND) -- Reminder: Frank Gore is 32. Not that Bradshaw is a kid, but he's the one in waiting.

20. Danny Amendola (WR - NE) -- Good stats Sunday night, but hard counting on him week-to-week especially with LaFell returning.

21. Albert Wilson (WR - KC) -- Only worth mentioning in case Jeremy Maclin misses time. 

22. Robert Woods (WR - BUF) -- Higher value for Week 7 considering no Sammy Watkins or Percy Harvin.

23. Kenny Stills (WR - MIA) -- Bummer there are so many receiver mouths to feed in Miami.

24. Derek Carrier (TE - WAS) -- Hey, it's not like we know when Jordan Reed returns or how long he remains available if he does. 

25. Robert Turbin (RB - CLE) -- Potentially interesting if Duke Johnson needs time off.

Click here for the article and the combined rankings among all the rankers.

Week 7 only picks


1. Ryan Tannehill

2. Blake Bortles

3. Ryan Fitzpatrick

Others: Landry Jones, Brian Hoyer

Running backs

1. Theo Reddick

2. Christine Michael

3. Darren McFadden

4. Knile Davis

5. Charles Sims

6. Chris Thompson/Matt Jones

Wide receivers

1. Stefon Diggs

2. Malcom Floyd

3. Rishard Matthews

4. Jamison Crowder

5. Kamar Aiken

Tight ends

1. Ben Watson

2. Crockett Gillmore

3. Zach Ertz


1. Giants 

2. Redskins

3. 49ers

4. Browns

5. Jaguars

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Need to Know: Redskins player quick hitters—Defensive starters

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Need to Know: Redskins player quick hitters—Defensive starters

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, March 22, 35 days before the NFL draft.  

Redskins starters quick hitters—defense

The last couple of days here I looked at how the depth charts are shaping up with a little bit of commentary (offense, defense). Today and tomorrow I’ll take a closer look at the starters with some quick hitters about each one. Yesterday it was the offense, now the defense is up.  

DE Jonathan Allen—He was close to being ready to practice during the last couple of weeks of the season so his Lisfranc rehab is going well. Anticipation will be high when he takes the field in Week 1.

DE Stacy McGee—From looking at my social media timelines I can conclude that many Redskins fans hear “free agent D-lineman” and automatically say “bust”. That’s not the case with McGee. Last year he was the Redskins’ most consistent defensive lineman.

NT Ziggy Hood—I’ve said this before and it still holds true—Hood should not be a starting nose tackle. He would be very good as a rotational defensive lineman.

OLB Preston Smith—Sure, he’s inconsistent. But he’s on often enough to be a very valuable player. He lacks eye-popping sack totals but since he came into the league in 2015, only Smith has at least 20 sacks, 3 interceptions, and four forced fumbles.

OLB Ryan Kerrigan—He will turn 30 during training camp but he shows no signs of slowing down.

ILB Zach Brown—The Redskins needed to bring him back and they got it done. He does struggle in coverage at times, but the defense is much better with him than without him.

ILB Mason Foster—He and Allen saw their seasons end due to injuries at about the same time and the defense wasn’t the same after that. Foster brings experience and toughness to the defense that is hard to replace.

CB Quinton Dunbar—It’s possible that Fabian Moreau will beat him out for the starting job before the season starts. But Dunbar has come a long way since the former wide receiver volunteered to help out at cornerback when a rash of injuries hit during his rookie season. I wouldn’t bet against him.

CB Josh Norman—He certainly didn’t play poorly last year but the goose egg in the interceptions column is a black mark. The thing is, with quarterbacks like to test Dunbar and Moreau playing on the other side, he might not get many opportunities to pick off passes this year, either.

S D.J. Swearinger—After signing as a free agent, he put himself on the line, saying he was the leader of a defense before he had even played a snap with the group he wanted to lead. He walked the walk, filling both the leadership vacuum and the lack of quality safety play.

S Montae Nicholson—Jay Gruden said that Nicholson was the defensive version of Jordan Reed, a player who changes what the unit can do when he is on the field. High praise, but also a lot of pressure to stay on the field.

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Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 26
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 128
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 172

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Free agency update: What happens next for the Redskins on the defensive line?


Free agency update: What happens next for the Redskins on the defensive line?

The Redskins sure hosted a lot of free agent defensive line visits in the second week of free agency, but so far, no signed contracts. 

Johnathan Hankins came to Ashburn. Sylvester Williams came to Ashburn. Pernell McPhee came to Ashburn. All three left without a done deal, and now for Redskins fans, the question becomes not about when a deal will get done, but if any deals will happen.

Actually, one deal did happen. According to a report, Williams has signed with the Lions. 

Since visiting the Redskins on Monday, Hankins also took a trip to see the Lions. McPhee, who was offered a contract by the Redskins, has since taken a trip to visit the Falcons. 


Keep in mind too, Washington expressed interest in nose tackle Bennie Logan last offseason, and the 6-foot-2, 309 lb., former Chief is again on the market. A visit from Logan would surprise nobody, though it hasn't been reported yet. 

Mother Nature might also be an impediment for the Redskins. A March snowstorm shut the D.C. region down on Wednesday, which could have limited potential free agent visits.

What's clear is between Hankins, McPhee and Williams this week, in addition to Muhammad Wilkerson and Benson Mayowa last week, the Redskins are obviously looking to upgrade their defensive line. Combine that with a contract restructure for incumbent Terrell McClain, and Washington has the flexibility to improve on last season's NFL-worst run defense. 

That doesn't mean, however, the Redskins will absolutely sign one of the above mentioned players. And it doesn't mean outside linebacker Junior Gallete won't return to the Redskins either. 

Many fans wonder if a McPhee signing means the Redskins would move on from Galette. It might, but that's no sure thing. 

Washington went into the 2017 season with five outside linebackers: Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith, Galette, Ryan Anderson and Chris Carter. Right now, the 'Skins only have Kerrigan, Smith and Anderson under contract. The team needs to add at least one OLB, but likely two.

McPhee also carries about 20 extra pounds on his frame than Galette, giving the former Bear and Raven more flexibility to play against the run. Galette is a speed, leverage and moves player, focused on getting to the quarterback. He's capable against the run, but in the same way a sports car shouldn't carry a snow plow, Galette should be used to pressure QBs. 

Point being: McPhee and Galette could both make sense for the Redskins, if the team can work out the cash. 

Money usually matters the most in free agency, and it's clear the Redskins haven't made the type of offers that any of these players felt compelled to immediately sign. Deals could still happen though. Hankins didn't sign last offseason until April and Galette seems to thank Redskins fans via social media with relative frequency. 

Washington also had some success with the patient approach to free agency. The team was able to keep Zach Brown, though it took some nervous days of allowing the tackling machine linebacker to test the free agent market. With that win in hand, don't expect the Redskins brass to change their philosophy. 

Until further notice, it's hurry up and wait season in Ashburn.

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