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Fantasy Football: Week 8 rankings


Fantasy Football: Week 8 rankings

Here we go, the first run of the Week 8 fantasy football rankings. Check back over the weekend for updates and feel free to hit me up on Twitter with any specific questions. Cool? Cool. 

Players I like more than normal this week: Eli Manning, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Hoyer, Justin Forsett, Chris Johnson, LeGarrette Blount, Brandon Marshall, Mike Evans, Jeremy Maclin, Nate Washington, Ladarius Green, Clive Walford

Players I like a little less than usual this week: Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, Eddie Lacy, C.J. Anderson, Melvin Gordon, Amari Cooper, James Jones, Terrance Williams, Dwayne Allen


1. Tom Brady - NE vs. Mia
2. Philip Rivers - SD at Bal
3. Carson Palmer - ARI at Cle
4. Cam Newton - CAR vs. Ind
5. Andy Dalton - CIN at Pit
6. Ben Roethlisberger - PIT vs. Cin
7. Aaron Rodgers - GB at Den
8. Eli Manning - NYG at NO
9. Matthew Stafford - DET at KC
10. Drew Brees - NO vs. NYG
11. Matt Ryan - ATL vs. TB
12. Andrew Luck - IND at Car
13. Ryan Tannehill - MIA at NE
14. Ryan Fitzpatrick - NYJ at Oak
15. Joe Flacco - BAL vs. SD
16. Russell Wilson - SEA at Dal
17. Brian Hoyer - HOU vs. Ten
18. Jay Cutler - CHI vs. Min
19. Teddy Bridgewater - MIN at Chi
20. Peyton Manning - DEN vs. GB
21. Alex Smith - KC vs. Det
22. Marcus Mariota - TEN at Hou
23. Derek Carr - OAK vs. NYJ
24. Jameis Winston - TB at Atl
25. Josh McCown - CLE vs. Ari
26. Nick Foles - STL vs. SF
27. Colin Kaepernick - SF at StL
28. Johnny Manziel - CLE vs. Ari
29. Matt Cassel - DAL vs. Sea

Running backs

1. Todd Gurley - STL
2. Devonta Freeman - ATL
3. Le'Veon Bell - PIT
4. Adrian Peterson - MIN
5. Marshawn Lynch - SEA
6. Matt Forte - CHI
7. Justin Forsett - BAL
8. Mark Ingram - NO
9. Lamar Miller - MIA
10. Doug Martin - TB
11. Chris Ivory - NYJ
12. Chris Johnson - ARI
13. Jonathan Stewart - CAR
14. LeGarrette Blount - NE
15. Giovani Bernard - CIN
16. Danny Woodhead - SD
17. Latavius Murray - OAK
18. Charcandrick West - KC
19. Jeremy Hill - CIN
20. Frank Gore - IND
21. Carlos Hyde - SF
22. Eddie Lacy - GB
23. Darren McFadden - DAL
24. Ronnie Hillman - DEN
25. Duke Johnson - CLE
26. Dion Lewis - NE
27. Alfred Blue - HOU
28. Charles Sims - TB
29. Theo Riddick - DET
30. James Starks - GB
31. Antonio Andrews - TEN
32. Ameer Abdullah - DET
33. Rashad Jennings - NYG
34. Isaiah Crowell - CLE
35. Shane Vereen - NYG
36. Chris Polk - HOU
37. Khiry Robinson - NO
38. Andre Ellington - ARI
39. C.J. Spiller - NO
40. Melvin Gordon - SD
41. Dexter McCluster - TEN
42. C.J. Anderson - DEN
43. Orleans Darkwa - NYG
44. Tevin Coleman - ATL
45. Christine Michael - DAL
46. David Johnson - ARI
47. Branden Oliver - SD
48. Joique Bell - DET
49. Thomas Rawls - SEA
50. James White - NE
51. Javorius Allen - BAL
52. Mike Tolbert - CAR
53. Andre Williams - NYG
54. Fred Jackson - SEA
55. Jonathan Grimes - HOU

Wide receivers

1. Julio Jones - ATL vs. TB
2. DeAndre Hopkins - HOU vs. Ten
3. Brandon Marshall - NYJ at Oak
4. Antonio Brown - PIT vs. Cin
5. Odell Beckham - NYG at NO
6. Calvin Johnson - DET at KC
7. Keenan Allen - SD at Bal
8. A.J. Green - CIN at Pit
9. Larry Fitzgerald - ARI at Cle
10. Alshon Jeffery - CHI vs. Min
11. Demaryius Thomas - DEN vs. GB
12. Emmanuel Sanders - DEN vs. GB
13. Mike Evans - TB at Atl
14. Martavis Bryant - PIT vs. Cin
15. Randall Cobb - GB at Den
16. Julian Edelman - NE vs. Mia
17. T.Y. Hilton - IND at Car
18. Steve Smith - BAL vs. SD
19. Jarvis Landry - MIA at NE
20. Eric Decker - NYJ at Oak
21. John Brown - ARI at Cle
22. Jeremy Maclin - KC vs. Det
23. Stefon Diggs - MIN at Chi
24. Amari Cooper - OAK vs. NYJ
25. Brandin Cooks - NO vs. NYG
26. Travis Benjamin - CLE vs. Ari
27. Donte Moncrief - IND at Car
28. Rishard Matthews - MIA at NE
29 James Jones - GB at Den
30. Michael Crabtree - OAK vs. NYJ
31. Willie Snead - NO vs. NYG
32. Kendall Wright - TEN at Hou
33. Marvin Jones - CIN at Pit
34. Nate Washington - HOU vs. Ten
35. Golden Tate - DET at KC
36. Tavon Austin - STL vs. SF
37. Steve Johnson - SD at Bal
38. Ted Ginn - CAR vs. Ind
39. Mike Wallace - MIN at Chi
40. Michael Floyd - ARI at Cle
41. Anquan Boldin - SF at StL
42. Rueben Randle - NYG at NO
43. Brandon LaFell - NE vs. Mia
44. Davante Adams - GB at Den
45. Doug Baldwin - SEA at Dal
46. Terrance Williams - DAL vs. Sea
47. Dez Bryant - DAL vs. Sea
48. Danny Amendola - NE vs. Mia
49. Eddie Royal - CHI vs. Min
50. Malcom Floyd - SD at Bal

Tight ends

1. Rob Gronkowski - NE vs. Mia
2. Greg Olsen - CAR vs. Ind
3. Tyler Eifert - CIN at Pit
4. Martellus Bennett - CHI vs. Min
5. Ladarius Green - SD at Bal
6. Gary Barnidge - CLE vs. Ari
7. Travis Kelce - KC vs. Det
8. Jimmy Graham - SEA at Dal
9. Delanie Walker - TEN at Hou
10. Eric Ebron - DET at KC
11. Jason Witten - DAL vs. Sea
12. Jordan Cameron - MIA at NE
13. Ben Watson - NO vs. NYG
14. Crockett Gillmore - BAL vs. SD
15. Kyle Rudolph - MIN at Chi
16. Heath Miller - PIT vs. Cin
17. Larry Donnell - NYG at NO
18. Richard Rodgers - GB at Den
19. Jacob Tamme - ATL vs. TB
20. Jared Cook - STL vs. SF
21. Clive Walford - OAK vs. NYJ
22. Vernon Davis - SF at StL
23. Owen Daniels - DEN vs. GB
24. Coby Fleener - IND at Car
25. Dwayne Allen - IND at Car


1. Stephen Gostkowski - NE vs. Mia
2. Steven Hauschka - SEA at Dal
3. Justin Tucker - BAL vs. SD
4. Chandler Catanzaro - ARI at Cle
5. Matt Bryant - ATL vs. TB
6. Josh Brown - NYG at NO
7. Brandon McManus - DEN vs. GB
8. Kai Forbath - NO vs. NYG
9. Josh Lambo - SD at Bal
10. Cairo Santos - KC vs. Det
11. Greg Zuerlein - STL vs. SF
12. Blair Walsh - MIN at Chi
13. Nick Folk - NYJ at Oak
14. Graham Gano - CAR vs. Ind
15. Mason Crosby - GB at Den
16. Travis Coons - CLE vs. Ari
17. Matt Prater - DET at KC
18. Adam Vinatieri - IND at Car
19. Chris Boswell - PIT vs. Cin
20. Connor Barth - TB at Atl
21. Andrew Franks - MIA at NE


1. St. Louis Rams - STL vs. SF
2. Seattle Seahawks - SEA at Dal
3. Arizona Cardinals - ARI at Cle
4. Minnesota Vikings - MIN at Chi
5. Carolina Panthers - CAR vs. Ind
6. New York Jets - NYJ at Oak
7. Atlanta Falcons - ATL vs. TB
8. Green Bay Packers - GB at Den
9. New England Patriots - NE vs. Mia
10. Houston Texans - HOU vs. Ten
11. Denver Broncos - DEN vs. GB
12. New York Giants - NYG at NO
13. Kansas City Chiefs - KC vs. Det
14. Tennessee Titans - TEN at Hou
15. Dallas Cowboys - DAL vs. Sea
16. New Orleans Saints - NO vs. NYG
17. Detroit Lions - DET at KC
18. Cincinnati Bengals - CIN at Pit
19. San Diego Chargers - SD at Bal
20. San Francisco 49ers - SF at StL

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Jacksonville is out, so who's still in the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes?

Jacksonville is out, so who's still in the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes?

Jacksonville locked up their quarterback situation during the weekend, agreeing to a three-year contract extension with Blake Bortles worth more than $50 million. 

That means one less team competing for Kirk Cousins when he likely hits free agency in March. 

With the Jaguars out of the picture, what teams are left to pursue Cousins? Let's take a look at the revamped QB market with some analysis below:

  • New York Jets - Oddsmakers have installed the Jets as the heavy favorite to land Cousins. Reports out of New York have made clear that the team intends to pursue Cousins, and the Jets have more than $70 million in salary cap space to spend this offseason. New York can afford Cousins and has a need for a QB. The Jets also pick 6th in the NFL Draft, which does mean drafting a new franchise QB remains an option. Status: Favorite
  • Cleveland Browns - The Browns have a ton of cap space, more than $100 million, and certainly a need at QB. Cleveland also has the Nos. 1 and 4 pick in the draft, so should new GM John Dorsey decide to draft a passer, the opportunity will be there. The Browns could pay Cousins more than any other team, but also need to completely rebuild their roster. Does spending $30 million or more on Cousins make sense for a team that has won one game in the last two years? Maybe, but it would also likely mean former Redskins GM Scot McCloughan has a change of heart. McCloughan is working with the Browns front office now, and has said repeatedly that a team should not overpay for Cousins. Status: Somewhat possible
  • Minnesota Vikings - If the Vikings decide to open up their wallet, Cousins should absolutely listen to the offer. Minnesota has one of the best defenses in the NFL and made the NFC Championship Game in 2017. The Vikings are good, have a ton of weapons on offense, and would be a great fit for Cousins. The problem here is the Vikings first have to decide what to do with Case Keenum, who played at a high level for in Minnesota last season. The Vikings also have a decision to make with former QB Teddy Bridgewater. Minnesota should be Cousins' first choice, but it's not clear if Cousins will be the Vikings first choice. Status: Somewhat possible
  • Denver Broncos - Plenty of people want to establish the Broncos as the favorite landing spot for Kirk Cousins. Until Denver makes some moves to clear salary cap space, they aren't. Right now, Denver has about $25 million to spend for the 2018 offseason. Maybe Cousins will take a slight discount to land with John Elway in Denver, but it won't be significant enough for the Broncos to pay him and other free agents without making some major cap space. Also, don't forget the Broncos hold the 5th pick in the NFL Draft. Elway might have his eye on a potential rookie star like Josh Allen or Baker Mayfield, a pair of young passers that would count far less on the salary cap than Cousins. Status: Possible, but need to make cap space
  • Arizona Cardinals - Similar to the Broncos, Arizona makes sense for Cousins until you look at the books. The Cardinals actually have less money available under the cap than the Broncos do. The team could always clear space, and with the 15th pick, it seems unlikely Steve Keim and the Cards brass are counting on one of the top rookie QBs in the draft. Status: Possible, but need to make cap space
  • Buffalo Bills - The Bills want better QB play than they've been getting from Tyrod Taylor. That became clear in 2017 when they benched Taylor for Nathan Peterman, who was terrible.  What makes this hard to figure out is Taylor is still under contract in 2018, and at a reasonable $11 million salary. Taylor guided the Bills to the playoffs in 2017. Would Buffalo be better off paying Cousins $30 million than it is paying Taylor a third of that? Those are decisions for the Bills brass. Buffalo also has two 1st-round draft picks, the 21st and 22nd picks, and could be looking to make a move in the draft to acquire a rookie passer. Status: Somewhat possible
  • Miami Dolphins - They might need better QB play in South Beach, but the Dolphins have no cap space. Could Miami dump Ndamukong Suh ($26M) and Ryan Tannehill ($19M) to free up cash? Sure. Plus trading away Jarvis Landry ($16M)? Sure. But that's a lot of moves to be made. Status: Longshot 
  • New York Giants - Eli Manning is 37 years old and will cost $22 million in 2018. That's not a good equation. New Giants GM Dave Gettleman seems committed to Manning at least for 2018, and New York has the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 Draft. Big Blue can draft a new franchise passer should they choose to. This just doesn't make sense. Status: Very longshot

The Redskins decided to move on from Cousins and traded for Alex Smith. Reports of Washington's contract extension with Smith seem like good value for both sides. Smith will get guaranteed money of at least $50 million and Washington gets a Top 10 QB for less than $25 million per season. 

Jacksonville's decision to extend Bortles leaves some interesting questions. Since becoming a starter in 2015, Cousins has been undeniably better than Bortles. It's also obvious than Cousins will cost much more than Bortles on the free agent market. Maybe Jacksonville decided the team would be better off with Bortles at $20 million per year than Cousins at $30 million year.

If that's the case, and it seems like it was in D.C., might other teams think the same thing?

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Need to Know: Five Redskins who must step up in 2018

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Need to Know: Five Redskins who must step up in 2018

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, February 25, 17 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.

Five Redskins who will have to step up in 2018

Originally published 12/26/17

WR Josh Doctson—This list is in no particular order but if it was, Doctson would be right here at the top. The watchword for Doctson is consistency. He makes some incredible catches and then there are throws that he drops or doesn’t quite seem to make enough of an effort to catch. There is promise there. The first-round pick has shown his ability and his teammates say he has a chance to be elite. But the potential must translate into production on the field, week in and week out.  

RB Samaje Perine—There is plenty of chatter about the Redskins’ need to sign or draft a top running back. But a look at this team’s recent history tells us that they are unlikely to invest major assets in the position. That means that Perine, a fourth-round pick in 2017, will have to become a more consistent runner. It’s not all his fault that he hasn’t done much since he had back-to-back 100-yard games in Weeks 11-12; tough defense, offensive line issues, and game score situations have slowed his production. But he needs to be consistently productive in 2018 no matter who he lines up against.

CB Josh Norman—Unless he gets a pick against the Giants, he will go through the year without any interceptions. Sure, they don’t throw his way all that often and INT’s don’t give you the complete picture of his play. But a CB taking up $20 million in cap room needs to get a couple of picks almost by sheer accident. Norman battled some injury problems and if he wants to justify the final two years and $23 million of salary remaining on his contract, his age 30 2018 season needs to be more impactful.

OLB Preston Smith—The third-year player started strong, with at least half a sack in the first five games. And he’s finishing strong, with three sacks, an interception, and a forced fumble in the last two games. But in between, he had a total of just half a sack in eight games. This follows the pattern he displayed his first two years in the league of being dominant in some games and invisible in others. If he can develop some consistency in his 2018 contract year, he could cash in huge in free agency the following year.

Head coach Jay Gruden—Normally I only include players on lists like this one but if Gruden doesn’t do something to get the Redskins out of their near-.500 rut then nothing else will matter. He needs to change up something, whether it’s pushing the players hard in training camp or perhaps fine tuning his friendly approach to the players. Sure, better luck regarding injuries and a schedule that right now appears to be a bit less challenging will help. But Gruden needs to look at what he can change, too.

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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—NFL Combine (3/1) 4
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