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Fantasy Football -- Week 14 rankings

Week 14 is upon us. Congratulations to those who have already qualified for their league's fantasy football playoffs, and best of luck to those trying to qualify this week. Here's a look at my latest rankings. That's it for the intro, other than to say don't overthink things and use this or others lists as guides rather than bibles. You wake up with the results, nobody else...

Quarterbacks

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

Running backs

1.  Le'Veon Bell, PIT
 
2.  Todd Gurley, LAR
 
3.  Alvin Kamara, NO
 
4.  LeSean McCoy, BUF
 
5.  Melvin Gordon, LAC
 
6.  Lamar Miller, HOU
 
7.  Leonard Fournette, JAC
 
8.  Mark Ingram, NO
 
9.  Kareem Hunt, KC
 
10.  Kenyan Drake, MIA
 
11.  Devonta Freeman, ATL
 
12.  Carlos Hyde, SF
 
13.  Samaje Perine, WAS
 
14.  Jamaal Williams, GB
 
15.  Marshawn Lynch, OAK
 
16.  Rex Burkhead, NE
 
17.  Jordan Howard, CHI
 
18.  Dion Lewis, NE
 
19.  Alex Collins, BAL
 
20.  Alfred Morris, DAL
 
21.  Frank Gore, IND
 
22.  Latavius Murray, MIN
 
23.  Giovani Bernard, CIN
 
24.  Christian McCaffrey, CAR
 
25.  Mike Davis, SEA
 
26.  Derrick Henry, TEN
 
27.  DeMarco Murray, TEN
 
28.  Tevin Coleman, ATL
 
29.  Orleans Darkwa, NYG
 
30.  C.J. Anderson, DEN
 
31.  Isaiah Crowell, CLE
 
32.  Jerick McKinnon, MIN
 
33.  Peyton Barber, TB
 
34.  Jay Ajayi, PHI
 
35.  Duke Johnson, CLE
 
36.  Kerwynn Williams, ARI
 
37.  Rod Smith, DAL
 
38.  Theo Riddick, DET
 
39.  Austin Ekeler, LAC
 
40.  Matt Forte, NYJ
 
41.  Bilal Powell, NYJ
 
42.  Doug Martin, TB
 
43.  Jonathan Stewart, CAR
 
44.  Marlon Mack, IND
 
45.  Devontae Booker, DEN
 
46.  LeGarrette Blount, PHI
 
47.  Tion Green, DET
 
48.  Travaris Cadet, BUF
 
49.  Danny Woodhead, BAL
 
50.  James White, NE
 
51.  Andre Ellington, HOU
 
52.  Matt Breida, SF
 
53.  D.J. Foster, ARI
 
54.  Tarik Cohen, CHI
 
55.  Wayne Gallman, NYG
 
56.  Aaron Jones, GB
 
57.  T.J. Yeldon, JAC
 
58.  Alfred Blue, HOU
 
59.  Corey Clement, PHI
 
60.  Byron Marshall, WAS
 
61.  Elijah McGuire, NYJ
 
62.  Jalen Richard, OAK
 
63.  Javorius Allen, BAL
 
64.  DeAndre Washington, OAK
 
65.  Charles Sims, TB

Wide receivers

1.  Antonio Brown, PIT
 
2.  Keenan Allen, LAC
 
3.  A.J. Green, CIN
 
4.  DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
 
5.  Julio Jones, ATL
 
6.  Brandin Cooks, NE
 
7.  Tyreek Hill, KC
 
8.  Michael Thomas, NO
 
9.  Adam Thielen, MIN
 
10.  Mike Evans, TB
 
11.  Michael Crabtree, OAK
 
12.  Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
 
13.  Dez Bryant, DAL
 
14.  Marvin Jones, DET
 
15.  Davante Adams, GB
 
16.  Jamison Crowder, WAS
 
17.  Golden Tate, DET
 
18.  Josh Gordon, CLE
 
19.  Alshon Jeffery, PHI
 
20.  Robby Anderson, NYJ
 
21.  Devin Funchess, CAR
 
22.  Jarvis Landry, MIA
 
23.  Cooper Kupp, LAR
 
24.  Sterling Shepard, NYG
 
25.  Stefon Diggs, MIN
 
26.  Doug Baldwin, SEA
 
27.  T.Y. Hilton, IND
 
28.  Marquise Goodwin, SF
 
29.  Sammy Watkins, LAR
 
30.  Demaryius Thomas, DEN
 
31.  Mohamed Sanu, ATL
 
32.  Kenny Stills, MIA
 
33.  Jermaine Kearse, NYJ
 
34.  Ted Ginn, NO
 
35.  Martavis Bryant, PIT
 
36.  Marqise Lee, JAC
 
37.  Rishard Matthews, TEN
 
38.  Chris Hogan, NE
 
39.  DeSean Jackson, TB
 
40.  Emmanuel Sanders, DEN
 
41.  Nelson Agholor, PHI
 
42.  Mike Wallace, BAL
 
43.  DeVante Parker, MIA
 
44.  Amari Cooper, OAK
 
45.  Jeremy Maclin, BAL
 
46.  Josh Doctson, WAS
 
47.  Dontrelle Inman, CHI
 
48.  Danny Amendola, NE
 
49.  Jordy Nelson, GB
 
50.  Dede Westbrook, JAC
 
51.  Corey Coleman, CLE
 
52.  Travis Benjamin, LAC
 
53.  Kenny Golladay, DET
 
54.  Corey Davis, TEN
 
55.  Randall Cobb, GB
 
56.  Will Fuller, HOU
 
57.  Zay Jones, BUF
 
58.  Paul Richardson, SEA
 
59.  Trent Taylor, SF
 
60.  Brandon LaFell, CIN
 
61.  Kelvin Benjamin, BUF
 
62.  Tyrell Williams, LAC
 
63.  Albert Wilson, KC
 
64.  Ryan Grant, WAS
 
65.  Josh Reynolds, LAR
 
66.  Terrance Williams, DAL
 
67.  Jaron Brown, ARI
 
68.  J.J. Nelson, ARI
 
69.  Donte Moncrief, IND
 
70.  Chester Rogers, IND

Tight ends

1.  Travis Kelce, KC
 
2.  Zach Ertz, PHI
 
3.  Delanie Walker, TEN
 
4.  Jimmy Graham, SEA
 
5.  Evan Engram, NYG
 
6.  Hunter Henry, LAC
 
7.  Jack Doyle, IND
 
8.  Jason Witten, DAL
 
9.  Kyle Rudolph, MIN
 
10.  Cameron Brate, TB
 
11.  Jared Cook, OAK
 
12.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ
 
13.  Ricky Seals-Jones, ARI
 
14.  Vernon Davis, WAS
 
15.  Stephen Anderson, HOU
 
16.  Charles Clay, BUF
 
17.  Austin Hooper, ATL
 
18.  Tyler Kroft, CIN
 
19.  Julius Thomas, MIA
 
20.  Greg Olsen, CAR
 
21.  Eric Ebron, DET
 
22.  David Njoku, CLE
 
23.  Benjamin Watson, BAL
 
24.  Dwayne Allen, NE
 
25.  O.J. Howard, TB

Defenses

1.  Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC
 
2.  New England Patriots, NE
 
3.  Green Bay Packers, GB
 
4.  Cincinnati Bengals, CIN
 
5.  Pittsburgh Steelers, PIT
 
6.  Minnesota Vikings, MIN
 
7.  Tennessee Titans, TEN
 
8.  Dallas Cowboys, DAL
 
9.  Seattle Seahawks, SEA
 
10.  Buffalo Bills, BUF
 
11.  New York Jets, NYJ
 
12.  Los Angeles Chargers, LAC
 
13.  Houston Texans, HOU
 
14.  Denver Broncos, DEN
 
15.  Arizona Cardinals, ARI
 
16.  Detroit Lions, DET
 
17.  Baltimore Ravens, BAL
 
18.  Carolina Panthers, CAR
 
19.  Philadelphia Eagles, PHI
 
20.  New Orleans Saints, NO

Kickers

1.  Stephen Gostkowski, NE
 
2.  Greg Zuerlein, LAR
 
3.  Matt Bryant, ATL
 
4.  Wil Lutz, NO
 
5.  Harrison Butker, KC
 
6.  Matt Prater, DET
 
7.  Dan Bailey, DAL
 
8.  Travis Coons, LAC
 
9.  Ryan Succop, TEN
 
10.  Jake Elliott, PHI
 
11.  Kai Forbath, MIN
 
12.  Chris Boswell, PIT
 
13.  Ka'imi Fairbairn, HOU
 
14.  Justin Tucker, BAL
 
15.  Mason Crosby, GB
 
16.  Josh Lambo, JAC
 
17.  Giorgio Tavecchio, OAK
 
18.  Robbie Gould, SF
 
19.  Blair Walsh, SEA
 
20.  Graham Gano, CAR
 
21.  Nick Rose, WAS

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10 Questions in 10 Days: What can the Redskins expect from Derrius Guice?

10 Questions in 10 Days: What can the Redskins expect from Derrius Guice?

With Redskins Training Camp set to begin July 26th, JP Finlay takes a look at 10 of the most pressing questions for the Burgundy and Gold before the team heads to Richmond. 

No. 10: Major questions at linebacker on Redskins depth chart 

No. 9: What is Kevin O’Connell's new role in Redskins offense?

No. 8: More investments on D-Line, but who goes where?

No. 7: Do the Redskins have a 1,000-yard WR?

No. 6: Is Shawn Lauvao the concern, or is the issue bigger on the O-Line?

No. 5: What can the Redskins expect from Derrius Guice?

No rookie draft pick excited the Redskins fan base like Derrius Guice since Robert Griffin III came to Washington back in 2012. That's a fact. 

Guice slipped during the draft to near the end of the second round, a position much too late for a player with his talent. Rumors emerged that he had character issues, but in the months since April's selection, they seem unfounded. In quick time, Guice has emerged as a Redskins fan favorite and has performed plenty of charitable acts.

So, moving past the erroneous off-field questions, it's time to manage expectations for what Guice can do on the field. 

DJ Swearinger recently said he expects Guice to make the Pro Bowl and rush for more than 1,000 yards. As a rookie. (Listen here)

That's not unheard of, last year rookie Kareem Hunt led the NFL in rush yards. In 2016, Ezekiel Elliott did the same thing. Rookie running backs can step in and produce right away in the NFL, unlike some positions that usually bring more of a learning curve. 

Can Guice do that?

The first and most important questions will be health and durability. Guice dealt with lingering knee injuries last year at LSU, and the Redskins will need him fully healthy. A 1,000-yard season is not unrealistic if Guice plays a full 16-game season. It would require rushing for about 65 yards-per-game. 

The bigger key is opportunities. 

How many carries will Guice log in 2018? Early on in the season, Guice might still be learning pass protection in the Redskins scheme, and Jay Gruden will not tolerate missed assignments that result in big hits on QB Alex Smith.

If Guice can lock in on blitz pickup, 200 carries seems reasonable. Remember that Chris Thompson will still be a featured part of the Redskins offense, and Rob Kelley will get chances too. 

Last season, Samaje Perine led all rushers with 175 carries. He didn't do much with the chances, averaging just 3.4 yards-per-carry. Kelley had 62 carries before injuries shut his season down after parts of seven games. 

Combine Perine and Kelley's carries, and then things start to get interesting. With 230 carries, at an average of 4 yards a pop, Guice starts to approach 1,000 yards.

One problem with extrapolating too much data from last season is the crazy amount of variables. Late in the year, with Perine largely ineffective and a very beat up offensive line, the Redskins simply couldn't produce on the ground. In their last five games of 2017, the Redskins never rushed for more than 100 yards. They averaged just 60 yards-per-game on the ground during that stretch, including a season low 31 rush yards against Arizona in December. 

The line can't be that beat up again, right?

Guice has to be able to deliver more than Perine, right?

If the answers to those questions are yes, then a 1,000-yard season seems possible for Guice in 2018. 

One misnomer from the Redskins 2017 campaign emerged that Washington simply did not run the ball well or enough. In fact, early in the year when the Redskins looked like a possible playoff team, they ran the ball quite well. In three of the first four games, Washington went over 100 yards on the ground, including 229 rush yards in a Week 2 win over the Rams. 

Guice might get to 1,000 yards in 2018. It's no sure thing, and there are plenty of variables, but it's possible. That hasn't happened in Washington since Alfred Morris, and would be a very welcome sight. 

The rookie runner has invigorated the Redskins faithful, and that's before he even steps on the field. If Guice can produce, the fans will go crazy.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Cousins and leadership, D-line potential

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Cousins and leadership, D-line potential

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, July 21, five days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.

How the addition of Alexander affects the Redskins' DB depth chart—Adonis Alexander was brought into the NFL about a week and a half ago and in five days he’ll be on the practice field in Richmond. How much will missing OTAs and minicamp hurt him in comparison to, say, his former Hokie teammate Greg Stroman? I think that the plan is for this to be a “redshirt” year for Alexander to learn. But that was supposed to be the plan for Josh Harvey-Clemons and Chase Roullier last year and both ended up playing key snaps. 

Can the Redskins defensive line live up to its potential? Many NFL fans don’t appreciate the value of having a good defensive line. Redskins fans are not in that group because they have seen what you get when you try to build a defensive line with over-the-hill veteran free agents, low draft picks, and undrafted players. Fans will value the talent, youth, and depth on the 2018 D-line.  

10 Questions in 10 days: LB depth chart—This is another area where the Redskins have not invested much in recent seasons. At least this year they stepped up and re-signed starters Mason Foster and Zach Brown. They are the present. Are Shaun Dion Hamilton and Josh Harvey-Clemons the future? 

The pass rush must continue to be a strength for the Redskins—With the picture at the cornerback position is somewhat murky right now, the pass rush will be critical, especially in the early going. The outside linebackers lost a key reserve, putting the burden on Preston Smith and Ryan Kerrigan to continue to get pressure on Ryan Anderson to take a leap forward in his second season. 

Tweet of the week

Well, this tweet did sort of stir things up as did some of the things that Cousins said in an article by Dan Pompei on the Bleacher Report. The thing about Twitter is that there is no room for nuance. I was labeled a Kirk “hater” by some. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. On multiple occasions, I urged the team to sign him long term and highlighted the positive aspects of his play. 

But this thing about not having a “platform” to lead always struck me as a cop-out. Cousins talked about it during some press conferences while he was here. The length of your contract should not prevent you from embracing a leadership role. You’re getting paid to lead, just do it. Few in leadership positions in business or in the military know where they will be a year from now. They embrace the role while they have it and Cousins should have done the same. 

The fact that I don’t like this one aspect of Cousins doesn’t mean that I don’t like him overall. He’s a good quarterback and I think he will have success with the Vikings. I think that the price got to be too much for the Redskins and the decision to move on to Alex Smith was sound or at least the best they could do after it became apparent that he was not going to sign here. But it’s not all one or the other. It is possible to see the positive and negative of Cousins. 

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

Timeline

Mike Sellers, whose seven receiving touchdowns in 2005 were the most by a Redskins running back since the merger, was born on this date in 1975.

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 5
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 19
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 42

The Redskins last played a game 202 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 50 days. 

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