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It's not a fantasy: Redskins WRs worthy


It's not a fantasy: Redskins WRs worthy

Combining my roles as contributor on the Redskins Talk blog and Fantasy Football savant (or at least FFToolbox writer and podcast host ), heres my latest look at the Redskins fantasy options. QB: What remains clear at least until the Shanahans take the leash off their prized pupil and open up the playbook is that Robert GriffinIIIis not a fantasy starter but remains one to own. The top 12, from Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady to Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger, are (barring injury) still set in stone (the players more than the exact order). While Jay Cutler and Matt Schaub are next up, especially as in case of emergency backup (think Michael Vick or Manning) , Bob Griffins upside is next followed by the true line of QB2 demarcation. Perhaps Andrew Luck makes it a foursome by the time your league drafts, but thats about it. For now, dont draftRG3 to start no matter how deep your burgundy and gold fandom runs, but youre hardly a homer takinghim around theeighth round in 12-team leagues.RB: Wow does this get uglier by the minute. Bad enough, from a clear-cut fantasy perspective, that hes not the Redskins starter, but now Roy Helu is dealing with Achilles tendon issues. For now, the seriousness of the injury remains unclear; this is also how fantasy football owners should view the overall backfield. Assuming he misses no time, Helu (No. 23 RB and pre-injury revelation rank) remains the best bet even with 12-15 touches a game. Based on his elusiveness and the productivity shown last season, he remains around the outer mark of the top 25 runners (discussing Helu plus those RBs above and belowhim on Tuesday's podcast). However, that rank comes not with a bullet but a question mark. Theres the history of Shananigans (i.e. frequently changing primary options). The current starting status of Evan Royster (not blown away by the beefier option, but if he is the short yardage back, worth a late round flyer). The uncertainty of Tim Hightowers health and role (let your other Redskins buddy draft him). In addition, RG3s legs will find the end zone way more than last years QB options. If you feel compelled to have a Redskin on your team, let it be at another this one. From the physical Pierre Garcon (moving closer to WR2 territory) to the slot target and reshaped Santana Moss (potential steal as a WR4) to the up-and-coming Leonard Hankerson (tons of sleeper buzz for the red zone threat), there are plenty of options here for 12-team leaguers. As for Garcon, Ive been touting his fantasy goodness for weeks and backing up the talk as hes the only player on both of my industry league rosters (June and July mocks). Josh Morgan remains a waiver wire play and while his rise could enhance the Redskins offense, it could muddle the status for Moss.TE: Though currently ranked No. 7 at his position, it would be nice to see Fred Davis and his new QB show more on-field rapport than reports have currently suggested. More to the point, of Garcon is truly RG3s main target, Daviss lofty status could take a minor dip since it factors in the rookie QBs love throwing to their tight end premise is in play. Regardless, draft Davis with confidence -- and just hope hes also on his best off-field behavior.Defense: Personally, Id move this unit (25th overall) up into more the bye-week option range on the strength of the front-7, but the reality is the secondary is kind of scary. If the move inside turns DeAngelo Hall back into a playmaker then combined with the Orakpo-Kerrigan pass rush, this group has some juice. Not draftable, but interesting in Week 2 against the Rams.Kicker: Until we know who wins the job officially, dont take Neil Rackers or Graham Gano. Realistically, you shouldnt draft either booter of the ball regardless.Ben Standig blogs about the Redskins, Wizards, Hoyas and the D.C.area college basketball scene for CSNwashington. You can reach him by email at, follow him on Twitter @BenStandig and catch his musings at the D.C. Sportalistand his fantasy football thoughts at

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Best 2017 Black Friday gift ideas for the Redskins fan in your life


Best 2017 Black Friday gift ideas for the Redskins fan in your life

Black Friday is nearly here, and in anticipation of the holiday, you're probably planning on buying that nice, new TV or laptop you've needed for a while. But in addition to those typical Black Friday items, it's also the perfect time to pick up something for that dedicated Redskins fan in your life.

Not sure what to get the Burgundy and Gold supporter, though? Look no further than the list of 10 things below.

We've done our part by creating this list for you, just like a quarterback who gives his receiver a chance with a great throw. Now it's up to you to finish the play.

1. Redskins PlayStation 4 Skin Set

Price: $14.99

Where to buy: Amazon

Why they'll love it: As someone who just bought a PlayStation 4, I'd be thrilled to be able to personalize it with this 'Skins Skin set. The only thing better than taking down a Cowboys fan online in Madden is taking down a Cowboys fan online in Madden with Redskins-themed controllers.

2. Redskins NFL Krazy Kover

Price: $10.02

Where to buy: Amazon

Why they'll love it: This is more than a koozie; it's a sweater for your beer. Why are you still reading and not buying?

3. Redskins infant bodysuit set

Price: $26.99

Where to buy:

Why they'll love it: The other items on this list are all for the Redskins fan in your life. This one, on the other hand, is for the future Redskins fan in your life. Quick, give them this bodysuit set before your weird, Eagles-supporting aunt does the same.

4. Redskins light up sweater

Price: $79.99

Where to buy:

Why they'll love it: It's just like the one you've seen in the commercials, except better, because it's Burgundy and Gold! There's one for men and one for women.

5. Redskins fidget spinner

Price: $3.99

Where to buy:

Why they'll love it: The fidget spinner fad has died down a bit, but let's be honest: when you get one in your hand these days, you still spin the heck out of it. Give the gift of spinning to those you love most this Black Friday.

6. Redskins golf balls 

Price: $13.99

Where to buy:

Why they'll love it: I'm addicted to golf and would cherish each of these Redskins balls right up to the moment I sliced them straight into the woods on the third tee.

7. Redskins lunch box/cooler

Price: $29.99

Where to buy:

Why they'll love it: People have forgotten how important it is to have a useful lunch box in 2017. Remind them with this beautiful cooler, so they can then display their dedication to Washington's team inside of their office's overcrowded fridge.

8. Redskins platter

Price: $39.99

Where to buy:

Why they'll love it: We're heading into the thick of the party-hosting section of the calendar. When you're serving up your guests your finest cheeses, do it on this Redskins platter.

9. Redskins full/queen comforter set

Price: $69.99

Where to buy:

Why they'll love it: With a comforter this gorgeous, you may actually want to make your bed every morning.

10. Redskins license plate frame

Price: $19.99

Where to buy:

Why they'll love it: Think of how many cars sit behind you on a daily basis. Then, think of how many of those people root for the other NFC East rivals. Buy this so you can taunt them without even knowing it.

11. fuboTV Subscription

Price: $19.99/month for 2 months

Where to buy:

Why they'll love it: What better gift than the games themselves? Perfect for the cord-cutting Redskins fan on your list, fuboTV offers 80 streaming channels from sports to news to movies and more. Watch on all of your favorite devices including Roku, Apple TV, Amazon FireTV and AndroidTV or take it anywhere with the fuboTV app, available for both Android and iOS. If you're on the go, take advantage of fuboTV's cloud-based DVR service to record your favorite programs and watch them wherever you'd like. Even better? There are no hidden fees or long-term contracts and you can cancel anytime. 

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Redskins will start their No. 3 center against the Giants

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Redskins will start their No. 3 center against the Giants

Jay Gruden said during the offseason that the thing that scared him most was not having a good center and a backup available. The coach probably is terrified now.

Spencer Long, who started the season at center, is headed to injured reserve. He has been battling tendonitis in his knees for several weeks and, apparently, an injured quad muscle. Gruden said that Long will have surgery to fix the quad.


Rookie Chase Roullier has been playing well in Long’s absence but he will be on the shelf at least this week. He broke a bone in his hand against the Saints and, according to a report, he has had surgery to repair it. While he has not been ruled out it seems likely that he will miss at least this game, if not more.

The Redskins’ third option is veteran journeyman Tony Bergstrom. It looks like he will start at center against the Giants on Thursday. The Redskins are Bergstrom’s fourth team in four seasons in the league. He has started four games, all for the Raiders in 2012 and 2015. Bergstrom signed with the Redskins about four weeks ago.

Bergstrom’s backup will be Demetrius Rhaney, who was just signed. He started one game for the Rams after they drafted him in the seventh round in 2014.

As expected, both Chris Thompson and Terrelle Pryor are headed to injured reserve. In addition to signing Rhaney, the team will promote LB Pete Robertson and RB LeShun Daniels from the practice squad. Earlier this week they re-signed DL A.J. Francis. They will have to drop one player from the 53-man roster before all of these moves are made official.


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.