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Fantasy Football: Week 9 rankings

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Fantasy Football: Week 9 rankings

We've crossed the midway point of the 2015 fantasy football season which means each lineup decision takes on extra importance. Fine, that might not be statistically true, but we can agree the pressure for wins is mounting, right? Here are my initial ranking for Week 9. Check back later in the week for updates and catch the Comcast SportsNet Fantasy Football show on Friday at 6:00 p.m and Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

Players I like more than normal this week: Derek Carr, Jameis Winston, Doug Martin, Darren McFadden, Jeremy Langford, Randall Cobb, Jarvis Landry, Michael Crabtree, Brandon LaFell, Stevie Johnson, Heath Miller

Players I like less than normal this week: Andrew Luck, Frank Gore, T.J Yeldon, Donte Moncrief, James Jones, Charles Clay

Quarterbacks

1. Tom Brady - NE vs. Was
2. Philip Rivers - SD vs. Chi
3. Drew Brees - NO vs. Ten
4. Ben Roethlisberger - PIT vs. Oak
5. Andy Dalton - CIN vs. Cle
6. Aaron Rodgers - GB at Car
7. Eli Manning - NYG at TB
8. Cam Newton - CAR vs. GB
9. Matt Ryan - ATL at SF
10. Derek Carr - OAK at Pit
11. Jay Cutler - CHI at SD
12. Peyton Manning - DEN at Ind
13. Tyrod Taylor - BUF vs. Mia
14. Ryan Tannehill - MIA at Buf
15. Andrew Luck - IND vs. Den
16. Jameis Winston - TB vs. NYG
17. Marcus Mariota - TEN at NO
18. Ryan Fitzpatrick - NYJ vs. Jac
19. Kirk Cousins - WAS at NE
20. Sam Bradford - PHI at Dal
21. Blake Bortles - JAC at NYJ
22. Geno Smith - NYJ vs. Jac
23. Teddy Bridgewater - MIN vs. StL
24. Zach Mettenberger - TEN at NO
25. Nick Foles - STL at Min
26. Matt Cassel - DAL vs. Phi

Running backs

1. Todd Gurley - STL at Min
2. Devonta Freeman - ATL at SF
3. Mark Ingram - NO vs. Ten
4. Doug Martin - TB vs. NYG
5. Chris Ivory - NYJ vs. Jac
6. Jeremy Hill - CIN vs. Cle
7. LeSean McCoy - BUF vs. Mia
8. Darren McFadden - DAL vs. Phi
9. DeAngelo Williams - PIT vs. Oak
10. Jonathan Stewart - CAR vs. GB
11. Adrian Peterson - MIN vs. StL
12. DeMarco Murray - PHI at Dal
13. LeGarrette Blount - NE vs. Was
14. Lamar Miller - MIA at Buf
15. Dion Lewis - NE vs. Was
16. Eddie Lacy - GB at Car
17. Ronnie Hillman - DEN at Ind
18. Jeremy Langford - CHI at SD
19. Latavius Murray - OAK at Pit
20. Giovani Bernard - CIN vs. Cle
21. Danny Woodhead - SD vs. Chi
22. Antonio Andrews - TEN at NO
23. Frank Gore - IND vs. Den
24. C.J. Anderson - DEN at Ind
25. T.J. Yeldon - JAC at NYJ
26. Melvin Gordon - SD vs. Chi
27. C.J. Spiller - NO vs. Ten
28. Charles Sims - TB vs. NYG
29. Ryan Mathews - PHI at Dal
30. Shane Vereen - NYG at TB
31. Rashad Jennings - NYG at TB
32. Matt Jones - WAS at NE
33. James Starks - GB at Car
34. Duke Johnson - CLE at Cin
35. Karlos Williams - BUF vs. Mia
36. Alfred Morris - WAS at NE
37. Darren Sproles - PHI at Dal
38. Pierre Thomas -  SF vs. ATL
39. Tevin Coleman - ATL at SF
40. Chris Thompson - WAS at NE
41. Christine Michael - DAL vs. Phi
42. Dexter McCluster - TEN at NO
43. Isaiah Crowell - CLE at Cin
44. Bilal Powell - NYJ vs. Jac
45. Shaun Draughn - SF vs. Atl
46. Orleans Darkwa - NYG at TB
47. Ahmad Bradshaw - IND vs. Den
48. Antone Smith - CHI at SD
49. Kendall Gaskins - SF vs. Atl
50. Mike Tolbert - CAR vs. GB
51. Andre Williams - NYG at TB

Wide receivers

1. Julio Jones - ATL at SF
2. Antonio Brown - PIT vs. Oak
3. Odell Beckham - NYG at TB
4. A.J. Green - CIN vs. Cle
5. Alshon Jeffery - CHI at SD
6. Demaryius Thomas - DEN at Ind
7. Mike Evans - TB vs. NYG
8. Randall Cobb - GB at Car
9. Brandon Marshall - NYJ vs. Jac
10. Julian Edelman - NE vs. Was
11. Dez Bryant - DAL vs. Phi
12. Emmanuel Sanders - DEN at Ind
13. Martavis Bryant - PIT vs. Oak
14. Jarvis Landry - MIA at Buf
15. Eric Decker - NYJ vs. Jac
16. Amari Cooper - OAK at Pit
17. Brandin Cooks - NO vs. Ten
18. Steve Johnson - SD vs. Chi
19. Michael Crabtree - OAK at Pit
20. T.Y. Hilton - IND vs. Den
21. Sammy Watkins - BUF vs. Mia
22. Stefon Diggs - MIN vs. StL
23. DeSean Jackson - WAS at NE
24. Malcom Floyd - SD vs. Chi
25. Allen Robinson - JAC at NYJ
26. Brandon LaFell - NE vs. Was
27. Donte Moncrief - IND vs. Den
28. Allen Hurns - JAC at NYJ
29. Rishard Matthews - MIA at Buf
30. Marvin Jones - CIN vs. Cle
31. Jordan Matthews - PHI at Dal
32. Davante Adams - GB at Car
33. Pierre Garcon - WAS at NE
34. Willie Snead - NO vs. Ten
35. Anquan Boldin - SF vs. Atl
36. Travis Benjamin - CLE at Cin
37. Tavon Austin - STL at Min
38. Rueben Randle - NYG at TB
39. Ted Ginn - CAR vs. GB
40. James Jones - GB at Car
41. Dontrelle Inman - SD vs. Chi
42. Dorial Green-Beckham - TEN at NO
43. Robert Woods - BUF vs. Mia
44. Marques Colston - NO vs. Ten
45. Torrey Smith - SF vs. Atl
46. Jamison Crowder - WAS at NE
47. Dwayne Harris - NYG at TB
48. Mike Wallace - MIN vs. StL
49. Andre Johnson - IND vs. Den
50. Marquess Wilson - CHI at SD
51. Roddy White - ATL at SF
52. Justin Hunter - TEN at NO
53. Kenny Britt - STL at Min
54. Chris Hogan - BUF vs. Mia
55. Kenny Stills - MIA at Buf
56. Harry Douglas - TEN at NO

Tight ends

1. Rob Gronkowski - NE vs. Was
2. Greg Olsen - CAR vs. GB
3. Tyler Eifert - CIN vs. Cle
4. Gary Barnidge - CLE at Cin
5. Antonio Gates - SD vs. Chi
6. Martellus Bennett - CHI at SD
7. Heath Miller - PIT vs. Oak
8. Jordan Reed - WAS at NE
9. Delanie Walker - TEN at NO
10. Jason Witten - DAL vs. Phi
11. Ben Watson - NO vs. Ten
12. Julius Thomas - JAC at NYJ
13. Zach Ertz - PHI at Dal
14. Austin Seferian-Jenkins - TB vs. NYG
15. Jacob Tamme - ATL at SF
16. Jordan Cameron - MIA at Buf
17. Richard Rodgers - GB at Car
18. Charles Clay - BUF vs. Mia
19. Vernon Davis - DEN at Ind
20. Coby Fleener - IND vs. Den
21. Kyle Rudolph - MIN vs. StL
22. Garrett Celek - SF vs. Atl
23. Ladarius Green - SD vs. Chi
24. Larry Donnell - NYG at TB
25. Clive Walford - OAK at Pit
26. Wil Tye - NYG at TB
27. Jared Cook - STL at Min
28. Owen Daniels - DEN at Ind
29. Dwayne Allen - IND vs. Den
30. Anthony Fasano - TEN at NO

Kickers

1. Brandon McManus - DEN at Ind
2. Mike Nugent - CIN vs. Cle
3. Stephen Gostkowski - NE vs. Was
4. Josh Brown - NYG at TB
5. Kai Forbath - NO vs. Ten
6. Josh Lambo - SD vs. Chi
7. Mason Crosby - GB at Car
8. Dan Bailey - DAL vs. Phi
9. Dan Carpenter - BUF vs. Mia
10. Matt Bryant - ATL at SF
11. Chris Boswell - PIT vs. Oak
12. Connor Barth - TB vs. NYG
13. Robbie Gould - CHI at SD
14. Graham Gano - CAR vs. GB
15. Nick Folk - NYJ vs. Jac
16. Caleb Sturgis - PHI at Dal
17. Sebastian Janikowski - OAK at Pit
18. Adam Vinatieri - IND vs. Den
19. Andrew Franks - MIA at Buf
20. Ryan Succop - TEN at NO

Defenses

1. Cincinnati Bengals - CIN vs. Cle
2. New York Jets - NYJ vs. Jac
3. New England Patriots - NE vs. Was
4. St. Louis Rams - STL at Min
5. Denver Broncos - DEN at Ind
6. Green Bay Packers - GB at Car
7. Philadelphia Eagles - PHI at Dal
8. Atlanta Falcons - ATL at SF
9. Pittsburgh Steelers - PIT vs. Oak
10. Dallas Cowboys - DAL vs. Phi
11. New Orleans Saints - NO vs. Ten
12. San Diego Chargers - SD vs. Chi
13. Buffalo Bills - BUF vs. Mia
14. New York Giants - NYG at TB
15. Jacksonville Jaguars - JAC at NYJ
16. Miami Dolphins - MIA at Buf
17. Oakland Raiders - OAK at Pit
18. Carolina Panthers - CAR vs. GB
19. Minnesota Vikings - MIN vs. StL
20. Indianapolis Colts - IND vs. Den
21. Cleveland Browns - CLE at Cin

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 23, 19 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.

The overrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/30/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Yesterday we looked at three events that were underrated at the time they happened. Here, in no particular order, are three overrated events from 2017.

Beating the Raiders—At the time, the Raiders were 2-0 and they still had the status of being one of the favorites to get to the Super Bowl. The Redskins whipped them 27-10 and the prevailing view was that the Redskins were on their way to a special year. But that loss started a four-game losing streak for the Raiders. They are currently riding a three-game skid and at 6-9 they are contenders for a top-10 draft pick, not for the Super Bowl. The win became less impressive for the Redskins as the year went on.

Signing Terrelle Pryor—There was plenty of excitement when the Redskins signed the Browns wide receiver, who had 1,000 receiving yards catching passes from a sub-mediocre group of quarterbacks in Cleveland. Imagine what he could do with a quality QB and a good offense around him. The hype grew when a fan captured him making this catch in training camp:

But the production was not there. In nine games before going on injured reserve with an ankle injury, Pryor caught 20 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown.

Su’a Cravens departure—There was a lot of concern about issues both on and off the field when Cravens abruptly let it be known to teammates that he intended to retire just after the Redskins finalized their 53-man roster on September 2. All offseason Cravens’ name had been written at the top of the depth chart at strong safety in Sharpie. When he walked away and was put on the Exempt/Left Squad list (and eventually on the Reserve/Left Squad list, ending his season), there was plenty of speculation about whether the organization botched the situation and, of more immediate importance, what would happen at safety without Cravens. We’re still not sure about what happened but Montae Nicholson and Deshazor Everett did a respectable job at safety.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 6
—NFL Draft (4/26) 62
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 198

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 22, 20 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.

The underrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/29/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Here, in no particular order, are three underrated events from 2017. Tomorrow we’ll look at three events that were overrated at the time they happened.  

Beating the Rams in Week 2—Nobody got particularly excited when the Redskins went to the LA Memorial Coliseum and beat a Rams team that had gone 4-12 in 2016. Sure, there was a belief that they were in good hands with Sean McVay but nobody saw them as anything better than a middle of the pack team. The win looks much more impressive now as the 11-4 Rams have locked up their division with a playoff game in their future.

Drafting safety Montae Nicholson—He was a fourth-round pick who had a shoulder injury and appeared to be a reach. But once he got on the field, the reasons the Redskins drafted him became apparent. His range and hard hitting had an immediate impact on the game. Nicholson had problems staying on the field and he will finish the year on IR, so his impact this year was diminished. Regardless, he has a good chance of being part of the solution to a position with which the Redskins have had issues for years.

Ty Nsekhe’s injury—Against the Raiders in Week 3, Shawn Lauvao’s facemask had an issue and he had to leave the game for a play. In came Nsekhe without an opportunity to warm up. He suffered a core muscle injury and had to undergo surgery. His absence didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, but Trent Williams suffered a knee injury the next week and other offensive linemen were sidelined with injuries over the next several weeks. Nsekhe was inactive until the Week 10 game against the Vikings and he didn’t start a game until the Thanksgiving game against the Giants. He sure would have been useful to have in the lineup instead of T.J. Clemmings or Tyler Catalina.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 7
—NFL Draft (4/26) 63
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 199