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Fantasy Football: Draft cheat sheet

Fantasy Football: Draft cheat sheet

These rankings are based on a combined yardagescoring system (4 points for a passing touchdown, 6 points for a rushingreceiving touchdown, one point for every 25 passing yards, one point for every 10 rushingreceiving yards) and will be updated weekly until the season begins. In-season, we will offer weekly rankings based on the matchups at hand.

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Quarterback
1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
2. Tom Brady, Patriots
NOTE: Looks primed for a monster year.
3. Drew Brees, Saints
NOTE: How much is Payton's absence worth?
4. Cam Newton, Panthers
5. Matthew Stafford, Lions
6. Eli Manning, Giants
NOTE: You never lose money on him.
7. Matt Ryan, Falcons
NOTE: Letter perfect in the preseason.
8. Michael Vick, Eagles
9. Philip Rivers, Chargers
NOTE: Can he make it work with these wideouts?
10. Peyton Manning, Broncos
NOTE: King of continuity heads to new city.
11. Tony Romo, Cowboys
NOTE: Trouble with his supporting cast.
12. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
13. Andrew Luck, Colts
NOTE: Blew his cover with snappy preseason debut.
14. Robert Griffin III, Redskins
15. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills
NOTE: Could be a sleeper offense if key guys stay healthy.
16. Josh Freeman, Buccaneers
NOTE: Will get most of the lost stats back.
17. Matt Schaub, Texans
NOTE: Nothing special to see here.
18. Jay Cutler, Bears
19. Carson Palmer, Raiders
NOTE: Good setup, but he'll make some loose throws.
20. Joe Flacco, Ravens
21. Andy Dalton, Bengals
22. Alex Smith, Niners
NOTE: They've added pieces, but do they trust him?
23. Matt Cassel, Chiefs
24. Christian Ponder, Vikings
NOTE: Vastly improved in season two.
25. Jake Locker, Titans
26. Sam Bradford, Rams
NOTE: The jury is getting restless.
27. Matt Flynn, Seahawks
28. John Skelton, Cardinals
29. Mark Sanchez, Jets
NOTE: Sabotaged by his own organization.
30. Tim Tebow, Jets
31. Matt Hasselbeck, Titans
32. Brandon Weeden, Broncos
33. Blaine Gabbert, Jaguars
34. Kevin Kolb, Cardinals
35. Matt Moore, Dolphins
36. David Garrard, Dolphins
NOTE: When you have three quarterbacks, you have a problem.
37. Chad Henne, Jaguars
38. Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins
39. Russell Wilson, Seahawks
40. Shaun Hill, Lions

Running Back
1. Arian Foster, Texans
2. Ray Rice, Ravens
3. LeSean McCoy, Eagles
4. Chris Johnson, Titans
NOTE: Strangely enough, he's a high-floor pick.
5. Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks
6. Matt Forte, Bears
NOTE: A force between the 20s, but often pulled at goal.
7. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars
8. Darren McFadden, Raiders
NOTE: Already missed 19 pro games.
9. DeMarco Murray, Cowboys
10. Trent Richardson, Browns
NOTE: How quickly can he get healthy?
11. Fred Jackson, Bills
12. Steven Jackson, Rams
13. Jamaal Charles, Chiefs
NOTE: Looks good, but they like Hillis as well.
14. Michael Turner, Falcons
NOTE: On his last legs, but still a goal-line factor.
15. Adrian Peterson, Vikings
NOTE: No one knows the right answer here.
16. Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants
NOTE: Gets points for toughness, but the surgeries keep adding up.
17. Doug Martin, Buccaneers
NOTE: How soon can he claim job?
18. Ryan Mathews, Chargers
19. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Bengals
NOTE: Vanilla all the way, but in a good spot.
20. Frank Gore, Niners
NOTE: Air is seeping out, and there's depth here.
21. Darren Sproles, Saints
22. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers
23. Willis McGahee, Broncos
24. Donald Brown, Colts
NOTE: Has significant growth potential.
25. Reggie Bush, Dolphins
26. Peyton Hillis, Chiefs
NOTE: Reunited with OC from breakout 2010.
27. Shonn Greene, Jets
28. Ben Tate, Texans
NOTE: The most intriguing backup in the league; mad upside.
29. Beanie Wells, Cardinals
NOTE: No one likes him, not even the Cards.
30. DeAngelo Williams, Panthers
31. Isaac Redman, Steelers
NOTE: Looked like a nifty sleeper before groin injury.
32. Stevan Ridley, Patriots
NOTE: There's some upside here, but team typically rotates backs.
33. C.J. Spiller, Bills
34. Mark Ingram, Saints
35. Roy Helu, Redskins
NOTE: Nicked up, and Shanahan loves to trick us.
36. Michael Bush, Bears
37. Pierre Thomas, Saints
38. Jacquizz Rodgers, Falcons
NOTE: Exciting youngster will cut into Turner's time.
39. Toby Gerhart, Vikings
NOTE: Better than you think.
40. Kevin Smith, Lions
NOTE: By default, could be Detroit's starter.
41. Ryan Williams, Cardinals
42. James Starks, Packers
43. Rashad Jennings, Jaguars
NOTE: Ready to go if MJD isn't placated.
44. Isaiah Pead, Rams
45. Evan Royster, Redskins
46. David Wilson, Giants
47. Shane Vereen, Patriots
48. Alex Green, Packers
49. LeGarrette Blount, Buccaneers
NOTE: Has he finally grown up?
50. Jonathan Dwyer, Steelers
51. Ronnie Hillman, Broncos
NOTE: Doubtful they force him into action right away.
52. Mike Goodson, Raiders
53. Felix Jones, Cowboys
54. Bernard Scott, Bengals
55. Cedric Benson, Packers
NOTE: On his last legs, but has a chance to start.
56. Ronnie Brown, Chargers
NOTE: Nothing special, but Mathews is hurt.
57. Kendall Hunter, Niners
58. Montarrio Hardesty, Browns
59. Bilal Powell, Jets
NOTE: Greene doesn't have infinite leash.
60. Taiwan Jones, Raiders
61. Tim Hightower, Redskins
62. Mikel Leshoure, Lions
NOTE: Out two games from drug suspension.
63. LeRon McClain, Chargers
64. Joe McKnight, Jets
65. Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers
66. Mike Tolbert, Panthers
67. Daniel Thomas, Dolphins
68. Alfred Morris, Redskins
NOTE: Any Washington back could emerge, that's how it works.
69. Robert Turbin, Seahawks
70. LaMichael James, Niners
71. Brandon Jacobs, Niners
72. Javon Ringer, Titans
73. Jahvid Best, Lions
74. LaRod Stephens-Howling, Cardinals
75. D.J. Ware, Giants

Wide Receiver
1. Calvin Johnson, Lions
NOTE: In a tier of his own.
2. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
NOTE: A shift to Skelton would be appreciated.
3. A.J. Green, Bengals
4. Roddy White, Falcons
5. Julio Jones, Falcons
NOTE: Looks like obvious breakout player.
6. Jordy Nelson, Packers
7. Mike Wallace, Steelers
8. Wes Welker, Patriots
9. Victor Cruz, Giants
10. Hakeem Nicks, Giants
NOTE: Coming back from foot injury.
11. Andre Johnson, Texans
12. Greg Jennings, Packers
NOTE: Go away, concussion problems.
13. Steve Smith, Panthers
14. Miles Austin, Cowboys
15. Marques Colston, Saints
16. Brandon Marshall, Bears
17. Percy Harvin, Vikings
NOTE: Those rushing yards come in handy.
18. Eric Decker, Broncos
19. Jeremy Maclin, Eagles
20. Antonio Brown, Steelers
NOTE: Should be in 7-9 touchdown range this year.
21. Stevie Johnson, Bills
22. Dez Bryant, Cowboys
23. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs
NOTE: In a contract snit.
24. Brandon Lloyd, Patriots
NOTE: Back with Josh McDaniels, though Pats are crowded.
25. Demaryius Thomas, Broncos
26. Vincent Jackson, Buccaneers
27. DeSean Jackson, Eagles
28. Robert Meachem, Chargers
NOTE: You worry about him changing teams.
29. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Raiders
NOTE: Oakland's wideouts are plenty deep.
30. Torrey Smith, Ravens
31. Pierre Garcon, Redskins
32. Denarius Moore, Raiders
33. Reggie Wayne, Colts
NOTE: Lots of bargains on this offense.
34. Lance Moore, Saints
NOTE: Has mind meld working with Brees.
35. Malcom Floyd, Chargers
36. Greg Little, Browns
37. Austin Collie, Colts
38. Kenny Britt, Titans
NOTE: Is he worth the constant headache?
39. Anquan Boldin, Ravens
NOTE: Upside has left the building.
40. Santonio Holmes, Jets
NOTE: When's the last time you really trusted him?
41. Nate Washington, Titans
NOTE: Underrated by everyone, Tennessee included.
42. Michael Crabtree, Niners
43. Titus Young, Lions
NOTE: Upside candidate, though he's trendy.
44. Mike Williams, Buccaneers
45. Laurent Robinson, Jaguars
46. Doug Baldwin, Seahawks
NOTE: Most reliable wideout here.
47. Danny Amendola, Rams
48. Sidney Rice, Seahawks
NOTE: Uncertain health encouraged Owens move.
49. Justin Blackmon, Jaguars
50. Jonathan Baldwin, Chiefs
NOTE: Should be much improved in year two.
51. James Jones, Packers
NOTE: Never will be a star, but could elevate if others are hurt.
52. Vincent Brown, Chargers
53. Brandon LaFell, Panthers
NOTE: No sure thing but has ability.
54. Kendall Wright, Titans
NOTE: Might be needed right away.
55. Nate Burleson, Lions
56. Randall Cobb, Packers
57. David Nelson, Bills
58. Terrell Owens, Seahawks
NOTE: We're not expecting much.
59. Davone Bess, Dolphins
60. Randy Moss, Niners
NOTE: See Terrell Owens.
61. Leonard Hankerson, Redskins
62. Jerome Simpson, Vikings
63. Emmanuel Sanders, Steelers
64. Steve Smith, Rams
NOTE: He's raised eyebrows in camp.
65. Alshon Jeffery, Bears
66. Josh Morgan, Redskins
67. Santana Moss, Redskins
68. Stephen Hill, Jets
69. Rueben Randle, Giants
70. Mario Manningham, Niners
71. Donald Jones, Bills
NOTE: Still in running for starting spot.
72. Michael Floyd, Cardinals
NOTE: Hasn't picked up pro game very quickly.
73. Devery Henderson, Saints
74. Early Doucet, Cardinals
75. Brian Quick, Rams
76. Mohamed Sanu, Bengals
77. Steve Breaston, Chiefs
78. Mohamed Massaquoi, Browns
79. Jason Avant, Eagles
80. Brandon Stokley, Broncos
81. Josh Gordon, Browns
82. Earl Bennett, Bears
83. Danario Alexander, Rams
84. Kevin Walter, Texans
85. Golden Tate, Seahawks
NOTE: Struggling for a prominent role.
86. Devin Hester, Bears
NOTE: No one is impressed anymore.
87. Andre Caldwell, Broncos
88. Jeremy Kerley, Jets
89. Jacoby Ford, Raiders
90. Mike Thomas, Jaguars
91. Riley Cooper, Eagles
92. Chaz Schilens, Jets
93. Eddie Royal, Chargers
94. Donald Driver, Packers
NOTE: Not much left in the tank.

Tight End
1. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots
2. Jimmy Graham, Saints
NOTE: Interchangeable with Gronk, do what you like.
3. Antonio Gates, Chargers
NOTE: Moving well in early camp.
4. Jermichael Finley, Packers
NOTE: Mad skills, but drops too many passes.
5. Aaron Hernandez, Patriots
6. Vernon Davis, Niners
NOTE: Finally has feel of Harbaugh's offense.
7. Brandon Pettigrew, Lions
8. Tony Gonzalez, Falcons
9. Jason Witten, Cowboys
NOTE: Spleen injury is worrisome.
10. Fred Davis, Redskins
NOTE: Super receiver, but has he grown up?
11. Jermaine Gresham, Bengals
12. Jacob Tamme, Broncos
NOTE: Knows Manning, but will he play at goal?
13. Brent Celek, Eagles
14. Jared Cook, Titans
NOTE: Trendy sleeper, but let him come to you.
15. Greg Olsen, Panthers
16. Dustin Keller, Jets
17. Owen Daniels, Texans
18. Coby Fleener, Colts
NOTE: Played with Luck at Stanford.
19. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings
NOTE: A tight end not bogged down by the dirty work, which is good.
20. Heath Miller, Steelers
21. Dennis Pitta, Ravens
22. Martellus Bennett, Giants
NOTE: A sleeper, just ask him.
23. Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars
24. Dwayne Allen, Colts
25. Anthony Fasano, Dolphins
26. Evan Moore, Browns
NOTE: So underrated, he's actually overrated.
27. Lance Kendricks, Rams
28. Scott Chandler, Bills
29. Tony Moeaki, Chiefs
30. Kellen Davis, Bears
31. Tony Scheffler, Lions
32. Ed Dickson, Ravens
33. John Carlson, Vikings
34. Dallas Clark, Buccaneers
NOTE: The bus left for good a while ago.

Kicker
1. David Akers, Niners
NOTE: Deserves this slot, but don't chase 2011 stats.
2. Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots
3. Mason Crosby, Packers
4. Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders
NOTE: Long-distance leg, but still a wild card.
5. Alex Henery, Eagles
6. Matt Bryant, Falcons
NOTE: Could be a fun offense to bankroll.
7. Dan Bailey, Cowboys
8. Rob Bironas, Titans
9. Robbie Gould, Bears
10. Randy Bullock, Texans
NOTE: Great situation, but make sure he wins job.
11. Matt Prater, Broncos
12. Jason Hanson, Lions
NOTE: When does the age start to show?
13. Garrett Hartley, Saints
14. Neil Rackers, Redskins
15. Billy Cundiff, Ravens
NOTE: Had a good season before playoff mishap.
16. Nate Kaeding, Chargers
17. Mike Nugent, Bengals
18. Lawrence Tynes, Giants
19. Shaun Suisham, Steelers
NOTE: Good luck kicking in Heinz Field.
20. Steven Hauschka, Seahawks
21. Ryan Succop, Chiefs
22. Jay Feely, Cardinals
23. Rian Lindell, Bills
NOTE: Wind tunnel doesn't help him.
24. Phil Dawson, Browns
25. Connor Barth, Buccaneers
26. Dan Carpenter, Dolphins
27. Josh Scobee, Jaguars
28. Josh Brown, Jets
NOTE: This offense looks absolutely toxic.
29. Adam Vinatieri, Colts
30. Greg Zuerlein, Rams
31. Justin Medlock, Panthers
32. Blair Walsh, Vikings
33. John Kasay, Saints
34. Olindo Mare, Panthers
35. Nick Folk, Jets
36. Nick Novak, Chargers
37. Shayne Graham, Texans

Defense
1. San Francisco 49ers
2. Green Bay Packers
3. New York Giants
4. Philadelphia Eagles
5. Chicago Bears
6. Seattle Seahawks
NOTE: Especially nasty at home.
7. Buffalo Bills
8. Detroit Lions
9. Dallas Cowboys
NOTE: Follow the sacks.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers
11. New England Patriots
12. New York Jets
13. Houston Texans
14. Baltimore Ravens
NOTE: A sure bet to be overdrafted - avoid.
15. Denver Broncos
16. Kansas City Chiefs
NOTE: A tough out at Arrowhead.
17. Atlanta Falcons
18. Cincinnati Bengals
19. Arizona Cardinals
NOTE: A few playmakers offer run-back juice.
20. San Diego Chargers
21. Minnesota Vikings
NOTE: Even with Jared Allen, not much here.
22. Tennessee Titans
23. Washington Redskins
24. Carolina Panthers
25. Cleveland Browns
NOTE: A better group than many realize.
26. New Orleans Saints
27. Oakland Raiders
28. Miami Dolphins
29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
30. St. Louis Rams
31. Indianapolis Colts
32. Jacksonville Jaguars
NOTE: Offense will sell them down the river.

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Brooks Orpik's time in Washington may not be over after all

Brooks Orpik's time in Washington may not be over after all

Friday's trade with the Colorado Avalanche seemed to mark the end of Brooks Orpik's time with the Washington Capitals. But that may not actually be the case.

Trading away Orpik also meant trading away his $5.5 million cap hit. That is not an insignificant amount of money especially for a team trying to re-sign defenseman John Carlson to a big-money contract.

But Orpik will not be playing out the final year of his contract in Colorado. The Avalanche placed Orpik on unconditional waivers Saturday for the purpose of a buyout, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.

CapFriendly has the details of the buyout. The Avalanche will pay Orpik $3 million and take a cap hit of $2.5 million in the 2018-19 season and $1.5 million in the 2019-20 season.

So why would Colorado agree to take Orpik just to buy him out and take on dead cap space? Because by acquiring him, it lowered the cost of the Grubauer trade.

What this means for Brooks Orpik is that he will become a free agent, free to sign with anyone for the upcoming season. Including Washington.

For a 37-year-old defenseman who does not boast great mobility or speed, a $5.5 million cap hit was a bit too steep for the Caps who were very close to the cap ceiling last season and who need that extra money to re-sign their free agents. But the team did value Orpik's leadership and that could be especially important as young defensemen Madison Bowey and Christian Djoos continue developing plus prospects Jonas Siegenthaler, Lucas Johansen and Connor Hobbs all try to work themselves into contention for a spot on the NHL roster.

If Orpik does return, it will be a masterstroke for general manager Brian MacLellan. MacLellan freed up a lot of cap space to re-sign Carlson without having to buy out Orpik's contract, but could still possibly keep him on the roster at a much-reduced cost.

After a strong playoff performance, there may be other teams vying for Orpik's services next season. Getting traded to get bought out likely isn't a good feeling, but considering he just won a Stanley Cup in Washington, the defensive guru Todd Reirden is expected to be promoted to head coach and that re-signing with the Caps would mean not moving his family for what could very possibly and will very likely be the last contract of his NHL career, there are a lot of reasons why it would make sense for both the team and the player if Orpik stayed with the Caps.

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Need to Know: Tandler's Take—Jay Gruden know the pressure is on him in 2018

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Need to Know: Tandler's Take—Jay Gruden know the pressure is on him in 2018

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 24, 32 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The heat is on Jay Gruden

Jay Gruden knows that his Redskins need to win in 2018.

“This isn’t a two- or three-year process,” he said last week. “This is a one-year process and we have got to win right away.” 

Jay Gruden gave this answer to a question about Alex Smith, but his words should resonate with the whole team. He’s right. This is no longer a rebuilding team. It’s time for this team to get it together and make a playoff run. 

That puts the pressure on Gruden. 

This is his fifth year as coach of the Redskins. He is well beyond the point where he can credibly point a finger of blame at his predecessor for any problems that are lingering. Only five players who were around in 2013, Mike Shanahan’s last year in Washington. It’s Gruden’s show now. 

His tenure is now the longest for a Redskins head coach since Norv Turner made it nearly seven years, from 1994 through 13 games into the 2000 season. His 49-59-1 run with the Redskins spanned three owners in Jack Kent Cooke, John Kent Cooke, and Dan Snyder. 

It should be noted that Turner’s third and fourth years at the helm closely resembled Gruden’s past two years. Turner’s team went 9-7 in 1996 and 8-7-1 the next year, narrowly missing the playoffs both years. That looks a lot like Gruden’s 8-7-1 and 7-9 records over the past two years. 

Gruden does not want this year’s team to resemble the 1998 Redskins. Turner’s fifth team started out 0-7 before winning four of their last five to finish 6-10. 

Turner kept his job in part because of the team’s uncertain ownership situation after the elder Cooke passed away in 1997. Gruden will not have a similar set of circumstances to help him out if he needs a lifeline in January. 

Gruden wants his fifth year to turn out more like Turner’s sixth season. That team went 10-6, topped the NFC East standings and won a playoff game. 

To get there, he needs a lot of his decisions to go right. While the trade for Smith was not his call, every indication is that he was on board with it. 

Last year, it was his decision to say no, thanks to Wade Phillips, who wanted to be his defensive coordinator and promote Greg Manusky into the job. The results were mixed as the Redskins were sixth in pass defense DVOA but 29thagainst the run. It was viewed as a marginal improvement on defense but the unit still seeme to be more of a liability than an asset. 

This year, the Redskins re-signed inside linebackers Zach Brown and Mason Foster and added defensive lineman Daron Payne with their first-round pick after spending their first-round pick on DE Jonathan Allen in 2017. There will be no excuses for Manusky and, by extension, Gruden if the defense does not improve. 

Joe Barry, Manusky’s predecessor who also was hired by Gruden when Phillips was an option, was out after two years of failing to significantly improve the defense. Any reasonable analysis would have to conclude that Barry did not get an infusion of talent anywhere approaching what Manusky has received in his two seasons. Manusky is getting a second year but he probably won’t get a third if the defense is still considered to be an impediment to the team’s progress. 

And if Manusky has to go, you have to wonder if Gruden will get a chance to hire a third defensive coordinator. 

I’m not sure if there is a certain number of games that the Redskins have to win for Gruden to return in 2019. It feels like he would not survive a 6-10 season or maybe not even another 7-9 finish. On the other end of the spectrum, making the playoffs and winning a game when they get there would certainly punch his ticket for a sixth season. 

Anything in between would leave Gruden in some jeopardy and the call would come down to the vague “moving in the right direction” criteria. 

There are some holes on this team, to be sure. But every team has some and the ones that are well coached figure out how to overcome them. The pressure will be on Gruden to best utilize their strengths and minimize any damage brought about by the weaker points. 

From his statement, it’s apparent that he is well aware of that. 

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

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Timeline  

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 32
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 46
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 60

The Redskins last played a game 175 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 77 days. 

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