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Need to Know: Playing the odds predicting the Redskins' 2015 O-line

Need to Know: Playing the odds predicting the Redskins' 2015 O-line

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, March 5, five days before the Washington Redskins and the rest of the NFL start free agency.

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Question of the day

We’re going back to the NTK format we’ve been using since last month. Every day I’ll give an in-depth answer to a question submitted by a fan on my Twitter feed, via the Real Redskins Facebook page, or in the comments section here. On Twitter address the questions to me at @Rich_TandlerCSN with the #NTK hashtag. There will be a comment thread set up on the Facebook page and if you’re asking your question here, put “for NTK” at the start of the comment.

Today’s question is from Twitter:

As free agency is approaching, the Redskins may be on the verge of reshaping the offensive line. Or, they may be on the verge of largely standing pat.

The only move they have made so far is re-signing Tom Compton, the starter at right tackle for the last half of the 2014 season. The signing was pretty much a foregone conclusion as Compton was an exclusive rights free agent. Even if he will have to compete for the starting job and even for a roster spot there was no reason not to bring him back.

So who will start on the line in Week 1 in 2015? Let’s do something a little different here. Let’s say I had $100 in casino chips to bet on who starts at each position. How would I divide up the chips? Here is how my crystal ball shows it right now.

LT Trent Williams $100—I trust that this one doesn’t need any explanation.

LG Shaun Lauvao $90, the field $10—The switch of the Redskins to more of a power running scheme will help Lauvao, who struggled mightily at the start of last year but improved as the year went on. At his cap number you aren’t going to see him on the bench. But if Scot McCloughan sees a guard he likes in the second round he could pounce and that rookie could push Lauvao to the bench.

C Kory Lichtensteiger $100—He’s not the long-term answer as someone who weighs north of 300 pounds will be playing in the middle of the line by 2017. Right now the situation is clear—he played well in 2014 and there are simply too many actual problem areas for the team to worry about to devote cap money or a draft pick to replacing a solid performer. For the time being the ideal will be sacrificed at the altar of the pretty good.

RG Chris Chester $35, Spencer Long $45, the field $20—Yes, I know that many of you are disappointed to see Chester still in the running. But he’s on the team as of now and he’s played virtually every snap since he signed with the team in 2011. And he has continually drawn praise from Jay Gruden. Long is younger and cheaper and it’s not at all a stretch to think that if he gets in a full offseason of work he will be ready to start in September. If McCloughan isn’t as high on Chester as Gruden is and doesn’t see what Bruce Allen saw in Long to make him a third-round pick, a free agent or draft pick could come in and take the job.

RT Tom Compton $40, Morgan Moses $30, the field $30—If Moses had not suffered a Lisfranc injury late last season I would have at least $50 on him, probably more. But we’re not sure of his condition right now and if he is not going to be able to participate in OTAs and part of training camp his chances of winning the job go down. Compton was up and down last year and he could smooth out the rough spots if he works with the first unit during the offseason. That could make him tough for Moses to push out. As with the guard situation, McCloughan might not like what he sees and bring in a starter via the draft or free agency.

Timeline

—It’s been 67 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 192 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL free agency starts 5; Redskins offseason workouts start 46; 2015 NFL Draft 56

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All about the Lisfranc injury, the injury that Jonathan Allen is now dealing with

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All about the Lisfranc injury, the injury that Jonathan Allen is now dealing with

Whether you're a medical expert or not, odds are that when you saw the words "Lisfranc injury" next to the words "Jonathan Allen," you had an inkling that wasn't a good thing. Unfortunately, that inkling was right.

On Tuesday, it was reported that Allen, who was originally expected to miss about a month, will actually be sidelined for the rest of the season because of the Lisfranc issue that popped up in Washington's game vs. San Francisco. So, what's the deal with this injury?

Here's some information on the ailment that ended the first-round pick's first year with the Redskins.

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What part of the foot is affected by a Lisfranc injury?

OrthoInfo.org says that a Lisfranc injury occurs when bones "in the midfoot are broken or ligaments that support the midfoot are torn." They're common with football players because often times they happen when one player steps on the foot of another, or when a player's cleat doesn't release normally from the field.

What's the recovery from a Lisfranc injury like?

Players affected by a Lisfranc injury can opt to take the surgery route or recover without surgery. According to Ian Rapoport, though, Allen has chosen to undergo surgery.

After the operation, Allen will probably stay off the foot for at least a month and a half or two months. He'll then be allowed to slowly bear weight on it, and eventually, the screws should be removed.

Reputable NFL doctor Robert Anderson said in a 2013 interview that the overall process usually takes five or six months. However, as is the case for most surgeries, recovery time does vary.

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What other NFL players have had a Lisfranc injury in the past?

As mentioned earlier, this isn't an uncommon injury in the NFL. Here's a sample of guys who've had it in the recent past:

  • Matt Schaub
  • Le'Veon Bell
  • Jake Locker
  • Morgan Moses (his rookie year was also ended by one)
  • Maurice Jones-Drew
  • Santonio Holmes
  • Jimmy Smith
  • Dwight Freeney

Some guys, like Bell and Freeney, emerged from the injury and continued to improve. But others, like Locker and Holmes, had major difficulty coming back from it.

Can a Lisfranc injury linger?

It sure can, and that's obviously something the Redskins are really, really hoping won't happen with Allen. A study published by the University of Pennsylvania reported that more than 90 percent of players who suffered a Lisfranc injury resumed playing within 15 months (Allen should apparently come back much sooner) and saw no noticeable decrease in performance.

With that being said, arthritis can flare up in the foot. In addition, players can still feel pain long after surgery and long after their return to action. So this is clearly a tricky thing and something that may affect the talented defensive lineman for a long time to come.

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Fantasy Football -- Week 7 rankings

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Fantasy Football -- Week 7 rankings

Week 7 is here and comes after another injury-heavy set of games that knocked out Aaron Rodgers likely for the season and put the status of Leonard Fournette and Jameis Winston into question. Everyone is left trying to figure out Plan B's and also dealing with the Texans and Lions on byes.

Quarterbacks

1.  Tom Brady, NE
 
2.  Drew Brees, NO
 
3.  Dak Prescott, DAL
 
4.  Matt Ryan, ATL
 
5.  Carson Wentz, PHI
 
6.  Cam Newton, CAR
 
7.  Kirk Cousins, WAS
 
8.  Russell Wilson, SEA
 
9.  Alex Smith, KC
 
10.  Marcus Mariota, TEN
 
11.  Tyrod Taylor, BUF
 
12.  Jameis Winston, TB
 
13.  Carson Palmer, ARI
 
14.  Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
 
15.  Jared Goff, LAR
 
16.  Brett Hundley, GB
 
17.  Derek Carr, OAK
 
18.  Philip Rivers, LAC
 
19.  Blake Bortles, JAC
 
20.  C.J. Beathard, SF
 
21.  Case Keenum, MIN
 
22.  Trevor Siemian, DEN
 
23.  Andy Dalton, CIN
 
24.  Josh McCown, NYJ
 
25.  DeShone Kizer, CLE
 
26.  Jay Cutler, MIA
 
27.  Jacoby Brissett, IND
 
28.  Eli Manning, NYG
 
29.  Mitch Trubisky, CHI
 
30.  Joe Flacco, BAL

Notes:  The usual QB2 worth starting this week is Taylor against a Bucs defense allowing the second-most points to fantasy quarterbacks. That Buffalo doesn't have an impressive receiving corps doesn't help, but the matchup puts Taylor into a better situation than Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers. ... Brett Hundley, good luck replacing a legend. That he has Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, Randall Cobb and Martellus Bennett means his numbers might be good enough for fantasy owners. Hosting New Orleans screams shootout under normal circumstances. Even if you prefer waiting before using, Hundley is worth a pick-up for those needing a QB2 or another QBBC option.

Running backs

1.  Kareem Hunt, KC
 
2.  Le'Veon Bell, PIT
 
3.  Leonard Fournette, JAC
 
4.  Todd Gurley, LAR
 
5.  Mark Ingram, NO
 
6.  LeSean McCoy, BUF
 
7.  Jay Ajayi, MIA
 
8.  Devonta Freeman, ATL
 
9.  Melvin Gordon, LAC
 
10.  Jordan Howard, CHI
 
11.  Jerick McKinnon, MIN
 
12.  Carlos Hyde, SF
 
13.  C.J. Anderson, DEN
 
14.  Adrian Peterson, ARI
 
15.  DeMarco Murray, TEN
 
16.  Ezekiel Elliott, DAL
 
17.  Doug Martin, TB
 
18.  Chris Thompson, WAS
 
19.  Alvin Kamara, NO
 
20.  Christian McCaffrey, CAR
 
21.  Tevin Coleman, ATL
 
22.  Joe Mixon, CIN
 
23.  LeGarrette Blount, PHI
 
24.  Marshawn Lynch, OAK
 
25.  Javorius Allen, BAL
 
26.  Derrick Henry, TEN
 
27.  Aaron Jones, GB
 
28.  Frank Gore, IND
 
29.  Orleans Darkwa, NYG
 
30.  Ty Montgomery, GB
 
31.  Isaiah Crowell, CLE
 
32.  Duke Johnson, CLE
 
33.  Dion Lewis, NE
 
34.  Jonathan Stewart, CAR
 
35.  Mike Gillislee, NE
 
36.  James White, NE
 
37.  Alex Collins, BAL
 
38.  Matt Forte, NYJ
 
39.  Latavius Murray, MIN
 
40.  Marlon Mack, IND
 
41.  Chris Ivory, JAC
 
42.  Tarik Cohen, CHI
 
43.  Thomas Rawls, SEA
 
44.  Bilal Powell, NYJ
 
45.  Eddie Lacy, SEA
 
46.  Andre Ellington, ARI
 
47.  Wendell Smallwood, PHI
 
48.  Jamaal Charles, DEN
 
49.  Elijah McGuire, NYJ
 
50.  Wayne Gallman, NYG
 
51.  Robert Kelley, WAS
 
52.  Matt Breida, SF
 
53.  Alfred Morris, DAL
 
54.  Samaje Perine, WAS
 
55.  Giovani Bernard, CIN
 
56.  Mike Tolbert, BUF
 
57.  Jalen Richard, OAK
 
58.  Shane Vereen, NYG
 
59.  DeAndre Washington, OAK
 
60.  Charcandrick West, KC

Notes: Talk about a trade working out (so far) for both teams. Shipping Adrian Peterson to Arizona opened the Saints to actually feeding Mark Ingram. Meanwhile, the Cardinals turned the backfield over to their new guy and Peterson delivered (134 rushing yards, two touchdowns). Now he faces a Rams defense ranked 32nd, or last, against fantasy running backs this season. ... Buck Allen has turned into a steady option, especially in PPR formats. Just be leery using him in standard against a Vikings defense surrendering a league-low 15 fantasy points per game to running backs.

Wide receivers

1.  Antonio Brown, PIT
 
2.  A.J. Green, CIN
 
3.  Julio Jones, ATL
 
4.  Michael Thomas, NO
 
5.  Dez Bryant, DAL
 
6.  Mike Evans, TB
 
7.  Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
 
8.  Chris Hogan, NE
 
9.  Brandin Cooks, NE
 
10.  Demaryius Thomas, DEN
 
11.  Michael Crabtree, OAK
 
12.  Jordy Nelson, GB
 
13.  Tyreek Hill, KC
 
14.  Doug Baldwin, SEA
 
15.  Adam Thielen, MIN
 
16.  Alshon Jeffery, PHI
 
17.  Kelvin Benjamin, CAR
 
18.  Jarvis Landry, MIA
 
19.  Pierre Garcon, SF
 
20.  Keenan Allen, LAC
 
21.  Rishard Matthews, TEN
 
22.  Devin Funchess, CAR
 
23.  T.Y. Hilton, IND
 
24.  Davante Adams, GB
 
25.  John Brown, ARI
 
26.  DeSean Jackson, TB
 
27.  Marqise Lee, JAC
 
28.  Nelson Agholor, PHI
 
29.  Danny Amendola, NE
 
30.  Amari Cooper, OAK
 
31.  Terrelle Pryor, WAS
 
32.  Eric Decker, TEN
 
33.  Kenny Stills, MIA
 
34.  Jermaine Kearse, NYJ
 
35.  Robert Woods, LAR
 
36.  Robby Anderson, NYJ
 
37.  Ted Ginn, NO
 
38.  Sammy Watkins, LAR
 
39.  Stefon Diggs, MIN
 
40.  Randall Cobb, GB
 
41.  Cooper Kupp, LAR
 
42.  Jeremy Maclin, BAL
 
43.  Taylor Gabriel, ATL
 
44.  Willie Snead, NO
 
45.  Josh Doctson, WAS
 
46.  Martavis Bryant, PIT
 
47.  Allen Hurns, JAC
 
48.  Ricardo Louis, CLE
 
49.  Kendall Wright, CHI
 
50.  Bennie Fowler, DEN
 
51.  Mohamed Sanu, ATL
 
52.  Roger Lewis, NYG
 
53.  JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT
 
54.  Tyrell Williams, LAC
 
55.  Paul Richardson, SEA
 
56.  Mike Wallace, BAL
 
57.  Tyler Lockett, SEA
 
58.  Jaron Brown, ARI
 
59.  Donte Moncrief, IND
 
60.  Zay Jones, BUF
 
61.  Cole Beasley, DAL
 
62.  Brice Butler, DAL
 
63.  Marquise Goodwin, SF
 
64.  Jamison Crowder, WAS
 
65.  De'Anthony Thomas, KC
 
66.  J.J. Nelson, ARI
 
67.  Jeremy Kerley, NYJ
 
68.  Terrance Williams, DAL
 
69.  Torrey Smith, PHI
 
70.  Adam Humphries, TB

Notes: That massive Dez Bryant is coming. Like this week. Let's call for 7-135-1 against a 49ers suspect and thin secondary. By the way, it's so bizarre Dallas cannot find a steady WR2 after all these years to help take the pressure off Dez, right? ... Seeing as the Redskins could be without both of their top cornerbacks this week, Alshon Jeffery isn't the only Eagles receiver worth starting. Nelson Agholor enters Week 7 with touchdowns in back-to-back games. He also had a season-high six receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown in Philadelphia's Week 1 win at Washington. 

Tight ends

1.  Rob Gronkowski, NE
 
2.  Zach Ertz, PHI
 
3.  Travis Kelce, KC
 
4.  Jimmy Graham, SEA
 
5.  Evan Engram, NYG
 
6.  Delanie Walker, TEN
 
7.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ
 
8.  Cameron Brate, TB
 
9.  Jordan Reed, WAS
 
10.  Hunter Henry, LAC
 
11.  Kyle Rudolph, MIN
 
12.  Austin Hooper, ATL
 
13.  Jason Witten, DAL
 
14.  George Kittle, SF
 
15.  Zach Miller, CHI
 
16.  Jared Cook, OAK
 
17.  Ed Dickson, CAR
 
18.  Nick O'Leary, BUF
 
19.  Jack Doyle, IND
 
20.  Martellus Bennett, GB
 
21.  Benjamin Watson, BAL
 
22.  Tyler Kroft, CIN
 
23.  Vernon Davis, WAS
 
24.  Coby Fleener, NO
 
25.  Tyler Higbee, LAR

Notes: Rob Gronkowksi is the king of all tight ends. In the Week 7 matchup against Atlanta, Austin Hooper has a chance to do so some Gronking against a Patriots defense allowing nearly one touchdown a game to tight ends and the third most points. ...With Charles Clay sidelined, Nick O'Leary becomes the main tight end for the Bills against a Bucs defense struggling against the pass. ...It's understandable if you're a Jordan Reed owner frustrated at watching Vernon Davis proving the more effective of Washington's tight ends. Don't sit Reed. Hang tight. The upside is worth it even if Reed doesn't look quite right physically.

Defenses

1.  Minnesota Vikings, MIN
 
2.  Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC
 
3.  Seattle Seahawks, SEA
 
4.  Denver Broncos, DEN
 
5.  Carolina Panthers, CAR
 
6.  Pittsburgh Steelers, PIT
 
7.  Tennessee Titans, TEN
 
8.  Buffalo Bills, BUF
 
9.  New Orleans Saints, NO
 
10.  Miami Dolphins, MIA
 
11.  Kansas City Chiefs, KC
 
12.  Los Angeles Chargers, LAC
 
13.  Los Angeles Rams, LAR
 
14.  Cincinnati Bengals, CIN
 
15.  New York Giants, NYG
 
16.  New York Jets, NYJ
 
17.  Baltimore Ravens, BAL
 
18.  Philadelphia Eagles, PHI
 
19.  Arizona Cardinals, ARI
 
20.  Dallas Cowboys, DAL

Kickers

1.  Stephen Gostkowski, NE
 
2.  Dan Bailey, DAL
 
3.  Jake Elliott, PHI
 
4.  Harrison Butker, KC
 
5.  Matt Bryant, ATL
 
6.  Will Lutz, NO
 
7.  Ryan Succop, TEN
 
8.  Greg Zuerlein, LAR
 
9.  Graham Gano, CAR
 
10.  Justin Tucker, BAL
 
11.  Josh Lambo, JAC
 
12.  Blair Walsh, SEA
 
13.  Adam Vinatieri, IND
 
14.  Nick Novak, LAC
 
15.  Mason Crosby, GB
 
16.  Robbie Gould, SF
 
17.  Kai Forbath, MIN
 
18.  Aldrick Rosas, NYG
 
19.  Steven Hauschka, BUF
 
20.  Brandon McManus, DEN