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Cowboys are done for 2018, but should Redskins fans be nervous for 2019?

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Cowboys are done for 2018, but should Redskins fans be nervous for 2019?

The Cowboys season ended Saturday night in Los Angeles after a divisional playoff round loss to the Rams, but looking at next season, Dallas looks like a dangerous squad.

Could this Cowboys bunch be the first to win the NFC East in consecutive seasons sine 2004? Certainly the Giants, Eagles and Redskins will have a lot to say about that, but Dallas seems to be set up well for next year, even if the money looks dicey in 2020 and beyond. 

Offensively, Jerry Jones made a bold move in the middle of the 2018 campaign by trading for wide receiver Amari Cooper. Dallas gave up a first-round pick to the Raiders for Cooper, and while it was panned at the time, it looks strong now. 

In just 11 games with the Cowboys, Cooper established himself as a real deep threat and game-changer for QB Dak Prescott. And the team went 8-3 once Cooper arrived.

In 2019, Prescott, Cooper and running back Ezekiel Elliott will be in the final year of their contracts. Dallas retains a fifth-year option for 2020 on Elliott, but with Cooper and Prescott, it's pay up or face free agency. Franchise and transition tags could be in play too. 

On defense, the Cowboys will be focused on getting a deal done with pass rusher Demarcus Lawrence. That's no sure thing, and Lawrence already played the 2018 season on a $17 million franchise tag. Dallas seems unlikely to pay the mandatory increase to tag Lawrence again, especially as the team must work on deals for Elliott, Cooper and Prescott. 

The good news for a surging Cowboys defense is that young linebackers Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith are on rookie deals. Veteran linebacker Sean Lee seems like a salary cap casualty, but that would require Dallas making the logical and not emotional decision. 

There's not much good news for Redskins fans here. 

Before the trade to acquire Cooper, Dallas was a one-dimensional offense. After the Cooper trade, Dallas became dangerous. The defense was good before and after the trade.

In the NFC East, Dallas could easily be expected to win the division in 2019. And that's before the team makes a draft pick or spends any of its more than $50 million available under the salary cap for next season. Some of that cap room could be swallowed up by deals for Prescott or Cooper. 

It's also worth nothing that for many teams, paying $25 million or more per year to a quarterback becomes a losing proposition. Rookie deals are incredibly important for NFL clubs, especially at the league's most important position. What will that mean for the Cowboys and Prescott?

But for Redskins fans, it was probably hard to watch the Dallas loss Saturday night and think the Cowboys would not be a factor in 2019 in the NFC East.

In fact, if fans are being honest, this Cowboys team has the foundation of something that could be quite difficult for Washington to overcome. 

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Fantasy Football TE Rankings 2019: Week 7

Fantasy Football TE Rankings 2019: Week 7

Week 6 is in the books and rosters are beginning to take shape. Here are the top tight ends for Week 7.

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 7
Running Back Rankings: Week 7
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 7
Tight End Rankings: Week 7

TIER 1: Best of the best

1. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs  
Opponent: at Broncos
2019 Stats: 32 Receptions, 497 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 87.7 PTS, 2019 TE3
Previous Ranking: 1   

2. George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers  
Opponent: at Redskins
2019 Stats: 31 Receptions, 338 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 72.6 PTS, 2019 TE8
Previous Ranking: 8

TIER 2: High-end TE1's3.  

3. Evan Engram, New York Giants  
Opponent: vs. Cardinals
2019 Stats: 33 Receptions, 373 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 82.8 PTS, 2019 TE4 
Previous Ranking: 3    

4. Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons  
Opponent: vs. Rams
2019 Stats: 42 Receptions, 480 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 110 PTS, 2019 TE1
Previous Ranking: 6  

5. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles  
Opponent: at Cowboys 
2019 Stats: 33 Receptions, 373 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 82.8 PTS, 2019 TE5
Previous Ranking: 2  

6. Darren Waller, Oakland Raiders
Opponent: at Packers 
2019 Stats: 37 Receptions, 359 Receiving YDS, 73.6 PTS, 2019 TE7
Previous Ranking: Bye

7. Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers  
Opponent: at Titans
2019 Stats: 12 Receptions, 160 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 2019 TE19
Previous Ranking: 9  

8. Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens  
Opponent: at Seahawks
2019 Stats: 34 Receptions, 410 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 91 PTS, 2019 TE2
Previous Ranking: 4  

TIER 4: Low-end TE1's  

9. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans  
Opponent: vs. Chargers 
2019 Stats: 21 Receptions, 215 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 54.5 PTS, 2019 TE11
Previous Ranking: 10

10. Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts 
Opponent: vs. Texans
2019 Stats: 14 Receptions, 128 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 32.8 PTS, 2019 TE25 
Previous Ranking: Bye

11. Dawson Knox, Buffalo Bills
Opponent: vs. Dolphins
Previous Ranking: Bye

12. Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints  
Opponent: at Bears
Previous Ranking: 12  

TIER 5: High-end TE2s  

13. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys  
Opponent: vs. Eagles  
Previous Ranking: 13  

14. Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams  
Opponent: at Falcons
Previous Ranking: 14  

15. T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions  
Opponent: vs. Vikings
Previous Ranking: 15  

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 7
Running Back Rankings: Week 7
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 7
Tight End Rankings: Week 7

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Fantasy Football RB Rankings 2019: Week 7

Fantasy Football RB Rankings 2019: Week 7

Week 6 is in the books and rosters are beginning to take shape. Here are the top running backs for Week 5.

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 7
Running Back Rankings: Week 7
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 7
Tight End Rankings: Week 7

TIER 1: RB1's 

1. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals  
Opponent: at Giants
2019 Stats: 298 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 30 Receptions, 315 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 121.3 PTS, 2019 RB5
Previous Ranking: 4

2. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys  
Opponent: vs. Eagles
2019 Stats: 491 Rushing YDS, 5 Rushing TD, 18 Receptions, 139 Receiving YDS, 109 PTS, 2019 RB8
Previous Ranking: 2  

3. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings  
Opponent: at Lions
2019 Stats: 583 Rushing YDS, 6 Rushing TD, 23 Receptions, 213 Receiving YDS, 136.6 PTS, 2019 RB2
Previous Ranking: 3  

4. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints  
Opponent: at Bears 
2019 Stats: 373 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 33 Receptions, 276 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 110.4 PTS 2019 RB7
Previous Ranking: 5  

5. Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers  
Opponent: vs. Raiders
2019 Stats: 349 Rushing YDS, 8 Rushing TD, 23 Receptions, 163 Receiving YDS, 120.2 PTS, 2019 RB6
Previous Ranking: 11  
  
6. Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts
Opponent: vs. Texans
2019 Stats: Rushing YDS, Rushing TD, Receptions, Receiving YDS, PTS, 2019 RB19
Previous Ranking: Bye

7. Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars  
Opponent: at Bengals   
2019 Stats: 584 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 26 Receptions, 189 Receiving YDS, 107.3 PTS, 2019 RB9
Previous Ranking: 14  

TIER 2: High-end RB2's  

8. Mark Ingram, Baltimore Ravens
Opponent: at Seahawks
2019 Stats: 424 Rushing YDS, 7 Rushing TD, 11 Receptions, 89 Receiving YDS, 104.3 PTS, 2019 RB10
Previous Ranking: 12

9. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans  
Opponent: vs. Chargers
2019 Stats: 416 Rushing YDS, 4 Rushing TD, 6 Receptions, 102 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 87.8 PTS, 2019 RB15
Previous Ranking: 8  

10. Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks  
Opponent: vs. Ravens
2019 Stats: 504 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 19 Receptions, 140 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 101.4 PTS, 2019 RB11
Previous Ranking: 10  

11. Tevin Coleman, San Francisco 49ers
Opponent: at Redskins
2019 Stats: 165 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 4 Receptions, 49 Receiving YDS, 37.4 PTS, 2019 RB46
Previous Ranking:  NR

12. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams  
Opponent: at Falcons
2019 Stats: 270 Rushing YDS, 5 Rushing TD, 14 Receptions, 68 Receiving YDS, 75.8 PTS, 2019 RB18
Previous Ranking: 17

13. Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders
Opponent: at Packers
2019 Stats: 430 Rushing YDS, 4 Rushing TD, 6 Receptions, 77 Receiving YDS, 80.7 PTS, 2019 RB17
Previous Ranking: Bye

TIER 3: On the verge RB2's  

14. Kerryon Johnson, Detroit Lions  
Opponent: vs. Vikings
2019 Stats: 285 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 9 Receptions, 126 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 66.1 PTS, 2019 RB23  
Previous Ranking: 13  

15. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons  
Opponent: vs. Rams
2019 Stats: 275 Rushing YDS, 25 Receptions, 203 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 88.8 PTS, 2019 RB14
Previous Ranking: 19     

16. Le’Veon Bell, New York Jets  
Opponent: vs. Patriots
2019 Stats: 256 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 28 Receptions, 169 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 82.5 PTS, 2019 RB16
Previous Ranking: 16  

17. Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills  
Opponent: vs. Dolphins
2019 Stats: 127 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 5 Receptions, 28 Receiving YDS, 26.5 PTS, 2019 RB60  
Previous Ranking: Bye

18. Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers  
Opponent: vs. Texans 
2019 Stats: 49 Rushing YDS, 7 Receptions, 37 Receiving YDS, 15.6 PTS, 2019 RB72  
Previous Ranking: 18  

19. Carlos Hyde, Houston Texans
Opponent: at Colts
2019 Stats: 426 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 6 Receptions, 22 Receiving YDS, 66.8 PTS, 2019 RB22
Previous Ranking: NR

20. James White, New England Patriots  
Opponent: at Jets
2019 Stats: 63 Rushing YDS, 31 Receptions, 224 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 65.6 PTS, 2019 RB24
Previous Ranking: 15

21. Matt Breida, San Francisco 49ers  
Opponent: at Redskins
2019 Stats: 376 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 10 Receptions, 73 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 66.9 PTS, 2019 RB21
Previous Ranking: 21  

22. Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos  
Opponent: vs. Chiefs
2019 Stats: 397 Rushing YDS, 4 Rushing TD, 19 Receptions, 147 Receiving YDS, 97.4 PTS, 2019 RB13 
Previous Ranking: 22  

23. Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers  
Opponent: vs. Titans
2019 Stats: 241 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 42 Receptions, 370 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 135.1 PTS, 2019 RB3
Previous Ranking: 9  

24. Sony Michel, New England Patriots  
Opponent: at Jets
2019 Stats: 348 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 5 Receptions, 59 Receiving YDS, 61.7 PTS, 2019 RB28 
Previous Ranking: 23  

25. Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles  
Opponent: at Cowboys
2019 Stats: 199 Rushing YDS, 13 Receptions, 219 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 58.8 PTS, 2019 RB29
Previous Ranking: 25  

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 7
Running Back Rankings: Week 7
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 7
Tight End Rankings: Week 7