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Fantasy Football: Panthers clawing up Week 11 rankings?

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Fantasy Football: Panthers clawing up Week 11 rankings?

Here we go, the first look at the Week 11 fantasy football rankings. Check back over the weekend for update and ask any specific questions in the comments field below or on Twitter (@benstandig).

Players I like more than normal this week: Cam Newton, Derek Carr, Matthew Stafford, Mark Sanchez, Lamar Miller, Charcandrick West, Jonathan Stewart, David Cobb, Mike Evans, Jordan Matthews, Danny Amendola, Eric Ebron, Garrett Celek

Players I like less than normal this week: Andy Dalton, Kirk Cousins, T.J. Yeldon, Alfred Blue, Alfred Morris, DeAndre Hopkins, Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett

Players I'm not ready to downgrade just because their quarterback is Brock Osweiler: Peyton Manning was one of the worst quarterbacks this season and the new guy has a much better arm, so why are things now worse for Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders?

As for the Panthers: The Redskins defense still hasn't allowed a 300-yard passer this season and overall showed improvement during the last two weeks. However, they have still allowed at least 150 rush yards in five straight games and are now facing a run-heavy team in the Panthers. Jonathan Stewart is getting the work -- 20+ carries five games in a row -- and the production should follow this week if Washington can't stop with the missed tackles. Seeing as Cam Newton runs lots, his rushing numbers should flourish as well.

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Quarterbacks

1. Tom Brady - NE vs. Buf
2. Cam Newton - CAR vs. Was
3. Derek Carr - OAK at Det
4. Carson Palmer - ARI vs. Cin
5. Philip Rivers - SD vs. KC
6. Aaron Rodgers - GB at Min
7. Matt Ryan - ATL vs. Ind
8. Blake Bortles - JAC vs. Ten
9. Tony Romo - DAL at Mia
10. Russell Wilson - SEA vs. SF
11. Matthew Stafford - DET vs. Oak
12. Mark Sanchez - PHI vs. TB
13. Tyrod Taylor - BUF at NE
14. Andy Dalton - CIN at Ari
15. Marcus Mariota - TEN at Jac
16. Ryan Fitzpatrick - NYJ at Hou
17. Alex Smith - KC at SD
18. Jay Cutler - CHI vs. Den
19. Ryan Tannehill - MIA vs. Dal
20. Joe Flacco - BAL vs. StL
21. Jameis Winston - TB at Phi
22. Matt Hasselbeck - IND at Atl
23. T.J. Yates - HOU vs. NYJ
24. Brock Osweiler - DEN at Chi
25. Teddy Bridgewater - MIN vs. GB
26. Kirk Cousins - WAS at Car
27. Case Keenum - STL at Bal
28. Blaine Gabbert - SF at Sea

Running backs

1. Devonta Freeman - ATL vs. Ind
2. Adrian Peterson - MIN vs. GB
3. Lamar Miller - MIA vs. Dal
4. Todd Gurley - STL at Bal
5. Charcandrick West - KC at SD
6. Jonathan Stewart - CAR vs. Was
7. Marshawn Lynch - SEA vs. SF
8. Chris Ivory - NYJ at Hou
9. DeMarco Murray - PHI vs. TB
10. Darren McFadden - DAL at Mia
11. LeGarrette Blount - NE vs. Buf
12. Latavius Murray - OAK at Det
13. LeSean McCoy - BUF at NE
14. James Starks - GB at Min
15. Jeremy Langford - CHI vs. Den
16. Doug Martin - TB at Phi
17. Frank Gore - IND at Atl
18. Justin Forsett - BAL vs. StL
19. Danny Woodhead - SD vs. KC
20. Chris Johnson - ARI vs. Cin
21. T.J. Yeldon - JAC vs. Ten
22. Giovani Bernard - CIN at Ari
23. Matt Jones - WAS at Car
24. Ronnie Hillman - DEN at Chi
25. Karlos Williams - BUF at NE
26. Antonio Andrews - TEN at Jac
27. Jeremy Hill - CIN at Ari
28. Melvin Gordon - SD vs. KC
29. Joique Bell - DET vs. Oak
30. Charles Sims - TB at Phi
31. Ryan Mathews - PHI vs. TB
32. Theo Riddick - DET vs. Oak
33. Shaun Draughn - SF at Sea
34. Alfred Blue - HOU vs. NYJ
35. C.J. Anderson - DEN at Chi
36. Andre Ellington - ARI vs. Cin
37. Eddie Lacy - GB at Min
38. Alfred Morris - WAS at Car
39. James White - NE vs. Buf
40. Darren Sproles - PHI vs. TB
41. Chris Thompson - WAS at Car
42. Thomas Rawls - SEA vs. SF
43. Dexter McCluster - TEN at Jac
44. Jay Ajayi - MIA vs. Dal
45. Ameer Abdullah - DET vs. Oak
46. David Cobb - TEN at Jac
47. Matt Forte - CHI vs. Den
48. Chris Polk - HOU vs. NYJ
49. Carlos Hyde - SF at Sea
50. Ahmad Bradshaw - IND at Atl
51. Denard Robinson - JAC vs. Ten
52. Jonathan Grimes - HOU vs. NYJ
53. Tevin Coleman - ATL vs. Ind
54. Brandon Bolden - NE vs. Buf
55. Javorius Allen - BAL vs. StL
56. Mike Tolbert - CAR vs. Was
57. Marcel Reece - OAK at Det
58. Ka'Deem Carey - CHI vs. Den
59. David Johnson - ARI vs. Cin
60. Kyle Juszczyk - BAL vs. StL

Wide receivers

1. Julio Jones - ATL vs. Ind
2. Mike Evans - TB at Phi
3. Calvin Johnson - DET vs. Oak
4. Dez Bryant - DAL at Mia
5. Allen Robinson - JAC vs. Ten
6. Larry Fitzgerald - ARI vs. Cin
7. Amari Cooper - OAK at Det
8. DeAndre Hopkins - HOU vs. NYJ
9. A.J. Green - CIN at Ari
10. Demaryius Thomas - DEN at Chi
11. Brandon Marshall - NYJ at Hou
12. Jarvis Landry - MIA vs. Dal
13. Sammy Watkins - BUF at NE
14. Michael Crabtree - OAK at Det
15. Randall Cobb - GB at Min
16. Jordan Matthews - PHI vs. TB
17. Eric Decker - NYJ at Hou
18. Allen Hurns - JAC vs. Ten
19. Alshon Jeffery - CHI vs. Den
20. T.Y. Hilton - IND at Atl
21. Brandon LaFell - NE vs. Buf
22. Danny Amendola - NE vs. Buf
23. Steve Johnson - SD vs. KC
24. Emmanuel Sanders - DEN at Chi
25. Stefon Diggs - MIN vs. GB
26. Jeremy Maclin - KC at SD
27. Rishard Matthews - MIA vs. Dal
28. Davante Adams - GB at Min
29. Kamar Aiken - BAL vs. StL
30. Michael Floyd - ARI vs. Cin
31. Tavon Austin - STL at Bal
32. John Brown - ARI vs. Cin
33. Donte Moncrief - IND at Atl
34. Golden Tate - DET vs. Oak
35. Doug Baldwin - SEA vs. SF
36. Marvin Jones - CIN at Ari
37. DeSean Jackson - WAS at Car
38. James Jones - GB at Min
39. Nate Washington - HOU vs. NYJ
40. Ted Ginn - CAR vs. Was
41. Chris Givens - BAL vs. StL
42. Dorial Green-Beckham - TEN at Jac
43. Pierre Garcon - WAS at Car
44. Terrance Williams - DAL at Mia
45. Jamison Crowder - WAS at Car
46. Robert Woods - BUF at NE
47. Anquan Boldin - SF at Sea
48. Cecil Shorts - HOU vs. NYJ
49. Dontrelle Inman - SD vs. KC
50. Andre Johnson - IND at Atl
51. Mike Wallace - MIN vs. GB
52. Leonard Hankerson - ATL vs. Ind
53. Harry Douglas - TEN at Jac
54. Kenny Britt - STL at Bal
55. Torrey Smith - SF at Sea
56. Tyler Lockett - SEA vs. SF
57. Cole Beasley - DAL at Mia
58. Philly Brown - CAR vs. Was
59. Roddy White - ATL vs. Ind
60. Devin Funchess - CAR vs. Was

Tight ends

1. Rob Gronkowski - NE vs. Buf
2. Greg Olsen - CAR vs. Was
3. Travis Kelce - KC at SD
4. Tyler Eifert - CIN at Ari
5. Delanie Walker - TEN at Jac
6. Jordan Reed - WAS at Car
7. Eric Ebron - DET vs. Oak
8. Antonio Gates - SD vs. KC
9. Jason Witten - DAL at Mia
10. Jimmy Graham - SEA vs. SF
11. Martellus Bennett - CHI vs. Den
12. Jacob Tamme - ATL vs. Ind
13. Crockett Gillmore - BAL vs. StL
14. Charles Clay - BUF at NE
15. Richard Rodgers - GB at Min
16. Julius Thomas - JAC vs. Ten
17. Zach Ertz - PHI vs. TB
18. Coby Fleener - IND at Atl
19. Austin Seferian-Jenkins - TB at Phi
20. Garrett Celek - SF at Sea
21. Ladarius Green - SD vs. KC
22. Kyle Rudolph - MIN vs. GB
23. Clive Walford - OAK at Det
24. Jordan Cameron - MIA vs. Dal
25. Brent Celek - PHI vs. TB

Kickers

1. Stephen Gostkowski - NE vs. Buf
2. Steven Hauschka - SEA vs. SF
3. Dan Bailey - DAL at Mia
4. Cairo Santos - KC at SD
5. Graham Gano - CAR vs. Was
6. Justin Tucker - BAL vs. StL
7. Sebastian Janikowski - OAK at Det
8. Chandler Catanzaro - ARI vs. Cin
9. Matt Bryant - ATL vs. Ind
10. Greg Zuerlein - STL at Bal
11. Brandon McManus - DEN at Chi
12. Caleb Sturgis - PHI vs. TB
13. Matt Prater - DET vs. Oak
14. Mason Crosby - GB at Min
15. Blair Walsh - MIN vs. GB
16. Josh Lambo - SD vs. KC
17. Dan Carpenter - BUF at NE
18. Adam Vinatieri - IND at Atl
19. Robbie Gould - CHI vs. Den
20. Mike Nugent - CIN at Ari

Defenses

1 Seattle Seahawks - SEA vs. SF
2 Carolina Panthers - CAR vs. Was
3. Denver Broncos - DEN at Chi
4. New York Jets - NYJ at Hou
5. Philadelphia Eagles - PHI vs. TB
6. New England Patriots - NE vs. Buf
7. St. Louis Rams - STL at Bal
8. Arizona Cardinals - ARI vs. Cin
9. Tennessee Titans - TEN at Jac
10. Kansas City Chiefs - KC at SD
11. Green Bay Packers - GB at Min
12. Baltimore Ravens - BAL vs. StL
13. Dallas Cowboys - DAL at Mia
14. Houston Texans - HOU vs. NYJ
15. Jacksonville Jaguars - JAC vs. Ten
16. Cincinnati Bengals - CIN at Ari
17. Chicago Bears - CHI vs. Den
18. Oakland Raiders - OAK at Det
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - TB at Phi
20. Minnesota Vikings - MIN vs. GB

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'I started to realize that I’m not broken': Steve Smith opens up about mental health and depression

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'I started to realize that I’m not broken': Steve Smith opens up about mental health and depression

Former Carolina Panthers' star receiver Steve Smith spoke in front of a crowd of over 400 people at the fifth annual Wake up for Wellness breakfast that was sponsored by Mental Health America of Central Carolinas.

The 16-year veteran and current NFL Network analyst touched on the importance of seeking help for bouts with depression and spoke of battles that he has faced with the disease.

“On the outside you’ll see a tough exterior. But on the inside, I’m just broken or I believe even more broken than the average man. ... Because when the stadium goes dark and the cheers stop, you’re still looking for that pat on the back,” Smith said. “Throughout my whole career, I struggled with that.”

Smith discussed that in the beginning, he was so concerned about the stigma regarding mental health, that he opted for the professional to meet him for housecalls, and as time passed he realized the importance of speaking up.

“I started to realize that I’m not broken,” he said. “I’m not being sent back to the manufacturer ... I get up every morning and figure it out.”

Smith's comments on the issue came to light just a day after the NFL and NFLPA announced new legislation that focuses on mental well being.

The newly formed Comprehensive Mental Health and Wellness Committee will develop programs for members of the NFL in addition to collaborating with local and national mental health and suicide prevention organizations. Each team will be mandated to retain a Behavioral Health Team Clinician for assistance that will be required to be available to players at the individual team facilities for at least 8-12 hours per week and must conduct mandatory mental health education sessions for players and coaching staff.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: What to look out for at OTAs

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: What to look out for at OTAs

Kick off your Thursday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including what to watch for at OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. As the Ravens try and bolster their pass rush during the offseason, they hope to find much-needed help from outside linebacker, Shane Ray. The Ravens picked up Ray from the Denver Broncos where he had an unproductive last two seasons due to injury, only registering one sack in each of the past two seasons. However, Ray had a phenomenal career at Missouri as a unanimous All-American and SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2014. The Ravens have given Ray a shot at a career reboot and fans are excited to see what he's got.

2. Thursday is the media's first opportunity to get a look at the 2019-20 Ravens. Ravens writer Ryan Mink writes seven things to look out for at OTAs including, attendance from veterans even though OTAs are mandatory, a look at linebacker development with the signings of namely Pernell McPhee and Shane Ray and a first look at the rookie class to name a few.

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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