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Silva's June Top 150

While we don't expect to have a firm grip on position-battle outcomes until midway through or even the end of training camp, many depth chart situations have at least begun to clarify during OTAs. Somesignificant injuries have already occurred. Mandatory, full-squad minicamp season will begin next week. Training camp opens in late July.

These are my Top 150 fantasy rankings as of June 7, weighted based on positional depth (i.e. quarterback is deep) and concocted with standard-league scoring in mind. There are PPR references throughout the player writeups, but the rankings were made according to a yardage- and touchdown-heavy scoring system.

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First Round

1. Adrian Peterson -- Most dominant player at fantasy's most valued position.
2. Doug Martin -- Fantasy's No. 2 scorer as rookie gets both stud guards back.
3. C.J. Spiller -- Huge year imminent for centerpiece of new Bills run-first offense.
4. Marshawn Lynch -- Lone real concern is possible suspension after 2012 DUI.
5. Jamaal Charles -- Top-3 PPR pick under pass-happy new coach Andy Reid.
6. Alfred Morris -- Ideal standard-league back churns out yards and touchdowns.
7. Calvin Johnson -- Megatron has a tier unto himself among fantasy receivers.
8. Arian Foster -- Many red flags. Overworked. Rapid YPC decline. Already hurt.
9. Trent Richardson -- Overblown injury concerns will make him great draft value.
10. LeSean McCoy -- Set for career-high workload in run-heavy Chip Kelly attack.
11. Jimmy Graham -- Clear top tight end due to Rob Gronkowski's medical woes.
12. Ray Rice -- Bernard Pierce usage is concern, but still a shoo-in top-15 pick.

Second Round

13. Steven Jackson -- A virtual lock for double-digit TDs in high-octane offense.
14. Stevan Ridley -- Better in standard than PPR; Ridley doesn't catch passes.
15. Brandon Marshall -- Ideal fit for Bears new quick-hitting, pass-heavy scheme.
16. Dez Bryant -- Monster talent has arrived and learned to defeat double teams.
17. A.J. Green -- Only mediocre QB play keeps Green behind Marshall and Dez.
18. Julio Jones -- WR1 but shares the ball with Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez.
19. Rob Gronkowski -- High-risk, high-reward pick after surgery-filled offseason.
20. Demaryius Thomas -- WR1 but shares ball with Eric Decker and Wes Welker.
21. Andre Johnson -- The DeAndre Hopkins pick could cost him a fistful of targets.
22. Frank Gore -- Still going strong at 30 and has best run-blocking OL in league.
23. Matt Forte -- Will be better PPR pick; Forte could catch 90 passes this year.
24. Chris Johnson -- Production depends on long runs. Boom/bust weekly player.

Third Round

25. Larry Fitzgerald -- Carson Palmer and Bruce Arians will rejuvenate his stats.
26. Vincent Jackson -- Last year's No. 6 fantasy wideout can improve TD total (8).
27. Dwayne Bowe -- Alex Smith is the best quarterback of Bowe's NFL career.
28. Percy Harvin -- New focal point of Seahawks up-and-coming passing offense.
29. Darren McFadden -- Hate Oakland's offense but DMC slated for big workload.
30. Drew Brees -- Top-two fantasy quarterback in four of the past five seasons.
31. Aaron Rodgers -- Run-game improvement could curb Rodgers' upside slightly.
32. Cam Newton -- No. 5 fantasy QB as a rookie and finished as QB4 last year.
33. Tom Brady -- A top-three quarterback scorer in three consecutive seasons.
34. Aaron Hernandez -- Could catch 90-100 passes if Gronkowski misses time.
35. David Wilson -- G-Men need to lean on run this year to hide shaky defense.
36. Roddy White -- No longer a sexy pick, but consistent WR2 with high floor.

Fourth Round

37. Randall Cobb -- Rodgers' favorite target is a candidate for 100-plus receptions.
38. Marques Colston -- Reliable WR2 pick typically scores like a borderline WR1.
39. Victor Cruz -- NFL's premier speed-slot receiver; holdout not a concern just yet.
40. Reggie Bush -- Will probably finish second on Lions in catches, behind Mega.
41. DeMarco Murray -- Overrated talent, but workhorse until he gets injured again.
42. Matthew Stafford -- Fantasy's likeliest bounce-back star after hard-luck season.
43. Montee Ball -- Seems to have already earned Peyton Manning's trust at OTAs.
44. Chris Ivory -- Will be foundation of Jets offense as "Ground 'N Pound" returns.
45. Maurice Jones-Drew -- Workload is a plus, but fading runner coming off injury.
46. Lamar Miller -- Explosive downhill runner with prime opportunity for breakout.
47. Eddie Lacy -- If Lacy wins starting job outright, he'll be a shoo-in for 10+ TDs.
48. Le'Veon Bell -- Lacks big-play run skills, but should lead rookies in touches.


Fifth Round

49. Reggie Wayne -- Volume WR in more balanced O.
50. Antonio Brown -- Legitimate threat for 100 catches.
51. Jordy Nelson -- Fantasy's No. 2 WR as recently as '11.
52. Darren Sproles -- His baseline is WR2/3-caliber stats.
53. Tony Gonzalez -- Top-five fantasy tight end in six of his last seven seasons.
54. Steve Smith -- Shows few signs of slowing down despite advancing age (34).
55. Russell Wilson -- No. 1 overall fantasy QB over last season's final five weeks.
56. Danny Amendola -- Will produce like WR1/2 for as many games as he lasts.
57. Andrew Luck -- Expect Luck's efficiency to spike in Pep Hamilton's offense.
58. Peyton Manning -- Signs of decline at age 37, but remains mid-range QB1.
59. Matt Ryan -- Might be overdrafted this season; still never a top-6 fantasy QB.
60. Robert Griffin III -- Could pass Luck, Manning, Ryan if recovery stays on track.

Sixth Round

61. Mike Wallace -- Flirted with WR1 value in Pittsburgh; will be WR2/3 in Miami.
62. Pierre Garcon -- Would be top-15 receiver candidate if not for troublesome toe.
63. Torrey Smith -- Ravens counting on year-three leap with Anquan Boldin gone.
64. Eric Decker -- TDs will regress, but Decker still makes for a passable WR2.
65. Vernon Davis -- Projects as primary beneficiary of Michael Crabtree's injury.
66. Jason Witten -- Should remain high-catch total guy, but never a big TD scorer.
67. Wes Welker -- Will disappoint owners counting on his old Patriots statistics.
68. Ahmad Bradshaw -- Assumes he signs with Colts. Would be their lead back.
69. Ryan Mathews -- Might be better rebound candidate if he had a better O-Line.
70. Greg Jennings -- Takes over the Percy Harvin role in Christian Ponder's offense.
71. Hakeem Nicks -- Value depends wholly on his health, which hasn't been good.

72. DeSean Jackson -- Clearly passing Jeremy Maclin as Eagles' top fantasy WR.

Seventh Round

73. Colin Kaepernick -- Michael Crabtree Achilles' tear drops Kap to borderline QB1.
74. Jonathan Stewart -- New Panthers offense will lean more on the running backs.
75. Giovani Bernard -- Bernard's role should increase as the season progresses.
76. James Jones -- Won't lead NFL in receiving TDs again, but role is increasing.
77. T.Y. Hilton -- Will move up this list once he beats out Darrius Heyward-Bey.
78. Kenny Britt -- Healthy and rearing for breakout season in final year of contract.
79. Cecil Shorts -- Exciting player could be held back by shoddy quarterback play.
80. Dennis Pitta -- Could lead Baltimore in catches if receiver corps stays as is.
81. Shane Vereen -- Arguably more talented all-around back than teammate Ridley.
82. Danario Alexander -- Fear he'll be a bit overdrafted after last year's second half.
83. Tavon Austin -- Sam Bradford has always peppered slot receivers with targets.

84. Isaiah Pead -- Most talented running backin STL should lead Rams in carries.

Eighth Round

 

85. Josh Gordon -- Two-game suspension will make him a better value in drafts.
86. Rashard Mendenhall -- The tentative favorite for Cardinals lead tailback duties.
87. Mark Ingram -- Sean Payton sounds committed to restoring Saints run game.
88. Tony Romo -- Annual QB value pick; Cowboys will continue to lean on pass.
89. Zac Stacy -- If Pead doesn't win the Rams' starting job, Stacy is next man up.
90. Ben Tate -- As Arian Foster shows signs of breakdown, Tate is next man up.
91. Miles Austin -- Doesn't offer the ceiling he once did; now a low-upside WR3.
92. Mike Williams -- Touchdown-dependent player hurts you when he doesn't score.
93. Lance Moore -- Quietly coming off career-best season with role still on the rise.
94. Anquan Boldin -- Candidate to be overvalued; can't carry 49ers receiving load.
95. Stevie Johnson -- Bills' transition to run-heavy offense will hurt Johnson's stats.
96. Ryan Broyles -- Getting little hype, but breakout candidate if health cooperates.

Ninth Round

97. Daryl Richardson -- Rams seem to fancy Richardson as change-of-pace back.
98. BenJarvus Green-Ellis -- Giovani Bernard pick torpedoed Law Firm's fantasy value.
99. Andre Brown -- Potential goal-line and passing-down vulture behind David Wilson.
100. Bryce Brown -- Could offer standalone flex value in Chip Kelly's run-based attack.
101. Ben Roethlisberger -- Major weapons losses, but benefits from QB-friendly offense.
102. Martellus Bennett -- Likely increasingly pass-happy Bears' No. 2 receiving option.
103. Greg Olsen -- Steady, if low-upside TE1 remains Panthers' No. 2 pass catcher.
104. Jermichael Finley -- Annual underachiever teased with solid 2012 second half.
105. Kyle Rudolph -- Red-zone stud but not a dynamic receiver between the twenties.
106. Ryan Williams -- Should have every opportunity to beat out Mendenhall to start.
107. Jacquizz Rodgers -- Will remain involved in offense despite S-Jax acquisition.
108. Jared Cook -- Candidate to lead Rams in both receiving yards and TD catches.


Tenth Round

109. Owen Daniels -- DeAndre Hopkins hurts TE1 appeal.
110. Vick Ballard -- Colts' Bradshaw flirtation is telling.
111. Justin Blackmon -- Suspended but WR2/3 on return.
112. Denarius Moore -- Inconsistent & worsening QB play.
113. DeAndre Hopkins -- Hopkins and Daniels may offset each other in run-first attack.
114. Vincent Brown -- Seems to be ascending; saw first-team reps at Chargers OTAs.
115. Emmanuel Sanders -- Will be every-down receiver for the first time in his career.
116. Jeremy Maclin -- No. 2 or 3 pass-catching option in Philly's new run-first offense.
117. Jay Cutler -- Offers some breakout appeal in Marc Trestman's pass-happy attack.
118. Joe Flacco -- Production soared last season after Ravens fired OC Cam Cameron.
119. Jordan Cameron -- Probably the top breakout candidate of all fantasy tight ends.
120. Eli Manning -- Giants temporary passing-based offense is likely thing of the past.

Eleventh Round

121. Mikel Leshoure -- Becomes every-week RB2/flex again if Reggie Bush goes down.
122. Bernard Pierce -- The coaches love him, but needs Ray Rice injury to really matter.
123. Michael Floyd -- Promising first step; he's running ahead of Andre Roberts at OTAs.
124. Michael Bush -- Always a solid, consistent producer when Matt Forte misses time.
125. Mike Goodson -- Behind only injury-prone Chris Ivory on Jets backfield depth chart.
126. Sam Bradford -- Will play with best supporting cast of his NFL career this season.
127. Michael Vick -- Boom-or-bust QB2 gamble has some renaissance-year potential.
128. Carson Palmer -- Shaky bet to last 16 games, but Cards will throw it around yard.
129. Josh Freeman -- Likely to disappoint any owners counting on repeat of 2012 stats.
130. Antonio Gates -- A middling TE2 at this point in rapidly declining Chargers offense.
131. Brandon Myers -- Highly efficient receiver could be sneaky back-end TE1 in PPR.
132. Brandon Pettigrew -- Has big name, but very overrated in both real life in fantasy.

Twelfth Round

133. Rob Housler -- Bruce Arians' history of TE neglect may curb breakout potential.
134. Sidney Rice -- Will see fewer targets with Percy Harvin added to receiver corps.
135. Kendall Wright -- Many mouths to feed in Tennessee's QB-limited pass offense.
136. Darrius Heyward-Bey -- Some indications DHB could start over T.Y. Hilton.
137. Brian Quick -- Current ADP is undrafted; shades of Vincent Jackson in his game.
138. Rueben Randle -- Question marks surrounding both Giants starting receivers.
139. Santonio Holmes -- Talented headcase's Lisfranc recovery is behind schedule.
140. Nate Washington -- Would be much more interesting in a place like Baltimore.
141. Cordarrelle Patterson -- Legit playmaker with only Jerome Simpson to beat out.
142. Alshon Jeffery -- Intermediate-to-deep misfit for new high-percentage offense.
143. Brian Hartline -- 2012 will probably go down as the best stat line of his career.
144. Chris Givens -- Streak-route deep threat may struggle for targets this season.

Thirteenth Round

145. Ryan Tannehill -- Probably another year (and OC) away from fantasy breakout.
146. Shonn Greene -- Titans' short-yardage/goal-line specialist behind CJ?K for now.
147. Pierre Thomas -- Snaps could take hit as Saints increase Mark Ingram's role.
148. Fred Jackson -- Turned 32 in February; behind C.J. Spiller on Bills depth chart.
149. DeAngelo Williams -- At best, lesser half of Panthers running-back committee.
150. Ronnie Hillman -- Broncos envision him as change-of-pace back and no more.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Costly cornerbacks, offseason blueprint

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Costly cornerbacks, offseason blueprint

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 17, 25 days before NFL free agency starts.

The Redskin week that was

My weekly look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics on RealRedskins.com and NBCSportsWashington.com.

An offseason blueprint for the Redskins—Should the Redskins focus their free agency money on keeping their own? In addition to unrestricted free agents Zach Brown and Trent Murphy, they need to consider extensions for Brandon Scherff, Preston Smith, and Jamison Crowder. That could chew up a bunch of the approximately $31 million of cap space that they have. They may get some help on the market but most of their improvement should come from the draft and from within.

Redskins offseason will hit warp speed soon—With the exception of the Alex Smith trade, which actually hasn’t happened yet, there hasn’t been much going on with the Redskins. That is going to change soon, check out the post for the calendar and how the events matter for the Redskins.

No mixed messages from Alex Smith—In a radio interview, Alex Smith said that he was “jacked” to be a part of the Redskins. Now, the phrase often repeated here is that you shouldn’t listen to what they say, you should watch what they do. And the moment that he signs the reported four-year extension that he has negotiated with the team, a deal that likely would put him in Washington for the rest of his career, we will see his actions backing up his words. Then we will know.

What we know, and what we think, of the Su'a Cravens situation—This will be a true test of the acumen of the front office. It’s a very tricky situation. The Redskins have to decide if they want to keep Cravens. Should they decide to keep him, there will be a lot of smoothing over of ruffled feelings that would need to be done over and trust in Cravens would have to be restored. If they don’t want him around, they have to make it look like they are willing to go into the season with him in order to be able to trade him. Otherwise, teams may just wait for them to cut him and sign him as a free agent. Again, don’t listen to what they say, watch what they do.

Tweet of the week

Quarterback is not the only NFL position with rising salaries. The players teams hire to try to stop opposing QBs, cornerbacks, are getting expensive, too. Bashaud Breeland is a good cornerback, not a great one. His coverage skills are solid, he’s a good team player (if a bit of a hothead at times) and his work ethic is not questioned. For a fourth-round pick who everybody thought left Clemson a year too early, he has done well for himself But he hasn’t made a Pro Bowl and he hasn’t even come close enough to be considered a snub. Breeland has eight interceptions in four years in the league with a high of three in 2016.

The price tag for good at cornerback is likely to be in the vicinity of $10 million per season. And good for him if he gets it. But with the Redskins employing Josh Norman, who has cap hits in the range of $14.5 million-$16.9 million over the next three years, it would be difficult to fit him in. Truth be told, Breeland has probably been destined to leave as a free agent ever since Norman signed his contract in April of 2016.

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Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 12
—NFL Draft (4/26) 68
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 204

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Cousins would reportedly look to file grievance if Redskins use franchise tag on him

Cousins would reportedly look to file grievance if Redskins use franchise tag on him

The Redskins might try to franchise tag quarterback Kirk Cousins to try to get some compensation for him as he leaves. But Cousins’ camp might not let that happen without a fight.

According to Albert Breer of the MMQB, Cousins might file a grievance if he is tagged, saying that the Redskins would be violating the spirit of the rules regarding the use of the franchise tag. He would be seeking to have the tag voided because the team clearly isn ’t interested in reaching a long-term deal with him given the acquisition of Alex Smith. The tag is supposed to be used to buy time to get an agreement done, not to squat on a player’s rights in order to trade him.

There is precedent for the tag being used in order to facilitate a trade. In 2009, the Patriots tagged quarterback Matt Cassel. They clearly had no intention of keeping him as they had Tom Brady on the roster. But New England pulled it off, shipping Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel to the Chiefs for a second-round pick.

But it is up to the player to object to being tagged and for whatever reason Cassel and his agent went along with the tag and trade rather than fighting for free agency.

It looks like Cousins ’camp won’t go as quietly.

It’s up to the Redskins to make the first move. The window to be able to tag a player opens on Tuesday with the deadline coming on March 6. We will see how things play out after that.

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