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Fantasy Football: Week 6 rankings

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Fantasy Football: Week 6 rankings

Five weeks into the season doesn't exactly provide season-defining data, but we're getting closer to figuring out fact from fiction. 

Tampa Bay's defense surrenders the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Seems legit, so, good news for Matt Ryan owners in Week 6.

The Jets allow the second-fewest points to fantasy tight ends. Does that stinginess mean sit Eric Ebron Sunday? Eh, probably not considering the limited options at the position, but such statistical factors now become part of the weekly lineup equations. 

Here's a look at this week's position by position rankings. Good luck out there.

Quarterbacks

1.  Patrick Mahomes, KC
 
2.  Tom Brady, NE
 
3.  Aaron Rodgers, GB
 
4.  Matt Ryan, ATL
 
5.  Deshaun Watson, HOU
 
6.  Cam Newton, CAR
 
7.  Jameis Winston, TB
 
8.  Kirk Cousins, MIN
 
9.  Jared Goff, LAR
 
10.  Andy Dalton, CIN
 
11.  Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
 
12.  Russell Wilson, SEA
 
13.  Carson Wentz, PHI
 
14.  Andrew Luck, IND
 
15.  Philip Rivers, LAC
 
16.  Baker Mayfield, CLE
 
17.  Blake Bortles, JAC
 
18.  Alex Smith, WAS
 
19.  Mitch Trubisky, CHI
 
20.  Joe Flacco, BAL
 
21.  Derek Carr, OAK
 
22.  Eli Manning, NYG
 
23.  C.J. Beathard, SF
 
24.  Case Keenum, DEN
 
25.  Ryan Tannehill, MIA
 
26.  Marcus Mariota, TEN
 
27.  Sam Darnold, NYJ
 
28.  Dak Prescott, DAL
 
29.  Josh Allen, BUF
 
30.  Josh Rosen, ARI

Running backs

1.  Todd Gurley, LAR
 
2.  Melvin Gordon, LAC
 
3.  Ezekiel Elliott, DAL
 
4.  James Conner, PIT
 
5.  Saquon Barkley, NYG
 
6.  Christian McCaffrey, CAR
 
7.  Joe Mixon, CIN
 
8.  Kareem Hunt, KC
 
9.  Sony Michel, NE
 
10.  David Johnson, ARI
 
11.  T.J. Yeldon, JAC
 
12.  Marshawn Lynch, OAK
 
13.  Jordan Howard, CHI
 
14.  James White, NE
 
15.  Carlos Hyde, CLE
 
16.  Chris Carson, SEA
 
17.  Isaiah Crowell, NYJ
 
18.  Tevin Coleman, ATL
 
19.  LeSean McCoy, BUF
 
20.  Phillip Lindsay, DEN
 
21.  Alfred Morris, SF
 
22.  Chris Thompson, WAS
 
23.  Adrian Peterson, WAS
 
24.  Aaron Jones, GB
 
25.  Bilal Powell, NYJ
 
26.  Alex Collins, BAL
 
27.  Nyheim Hines, IND
 
28.  Austin Ekeler, LAC
 
29.  Wendell Smallwood, PHI
 
30.  Lamar Miller, HOU
 
31.  Corey Clement, PHI
 
32.  Latavius Murray, MIN
 
33.  Kenyan Drake, MIA
 
34.  Dion Lewis, TEN
 
35.  Javorius Allen, BAL
 
36.  Royce Freeman, DEN
 
37.  Mike Davis, SEA
 
38.  Tarik Cohen, CHI
 
39.  Ronald Jones II, TB
 
40.  Derrick Henry, TEN
 
41.  Dalvin Cook, MIN
 
42.  Alfred Blue, HOU
 
43.  Peyton Barber, TB
 
44.  Jamaal Williams, GB
 
45.  Kyle Juszczyk, SF
 
46.  Frank Gore, MIA
 
47.  Ty Montgomery, GB
 
48.  Duke Johnson, CLE
 
49.  Devonta Freeman, ATL
 
50.  Jordan Wilkins, IND
 
51.  Jalen Richard, OAK
 
52.  Chris Ivory, BUF
 
53.  Ito Smith, ATL
 
54.  Nick Chubb, CLE
 
55.  Marlon Mack, IND
 
56.  C.J. Anderson, CAR
 
57.  Mark Walton, CIN
 
58.  Spencer Ware, KC
 
59.  Devontae Booker, DEN
 
60.  Doug Martin, OAK

Wide receivers

1.  Antonio Brown, PIT
 
2.  Julio Jones, ATL
 
3.  Odell Beckham Jr., NYG
 
4.  DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
 
5.  A.J. Green, CIN
 
6.  Davante Adams, GB
 
7.  Adam Thielen, MIN
 
8.  Mike Evans, TB
 
9.  Tyreek Hill, KC
 
10.  JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT
 
11.  Stefon Diggs, MIN
 
12.  Keenan Allen, LAC
 
13.  Robert Woods, LAR
 
14.  Jarvis Landry, CLE
 
15.  Tyler Boyd, CIN
 
16.  Emmanuel Sanders, DEN
 
17.  John Brown, BAL
 
18.  Cooper Kupp, LAR
 
19.  Brandin Cooks, LAR
 
20.  Julian Edelman, NE
 
21.  Allen Robinson, CHI
 
22.  Calvin Ridley, ATL
 
23.  Sterling Shepard, NYG
 
24.  DeSean Jackson, TB
 
25.  Alshon Jeffery, PHI
 
26.  Corey Davis, TEN
 
27.  Will Fuller, HOU
 
28.  Demaryius Thomas, DEN
 
29.  Doug Baldwin, SEA
 
30.  Tyler Lockett, SEA
 
31.  Devin Funchess, CAR
 
32.  Amari Cooper, OAK
 
33.  Sammy Watkins, KC
 
34.  Quincy Enunwa, NYJ
 
35.  Chris Godwin, TB
 
36.  Josh Gordon, NE
 
37.  Michael Crabtree, BAL
 
38.  Keelan Cole, JAC
 
39.  Robby Anderson, NYJ
 
40.  Mohamed Sanu, ATL
 
41.  Kenny Stills, MIA
 
42.  Jordy Nelson, OAK
 
43.  Nelson Agholor, PHI
 
44.  Dede Westbrook, JAC
 
45.  Mike Williams, LAC
 
46.  Keke Coutee, HOU
 
47.  Donte Moncrief, JAC
 
48.  Taylor Gabriel, CHI
 
49.  Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
 
50.  Jamison Crowder, WAS
 
51.  Chester Rogers, IND
 
52.  Courtland Sutton, DEN
 
53.  Taywan Taylor, TEN
 
54.  Antonio Callaway, CLE
 
55.  Christian Kirk, ARI
 
56.  Ryan Grant, IND
 
57.  Pierre Garcon, SF
 
58.  Paul Richardson, WAS
 
59.  Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB
 
60.  Willie Snead, BAL
 
61.  Chris Hogan, NE
 
62.  Albert Wilson, MIA
 
63.  Tyrell Williams, LAC
 
64.  Kelvin Benjamin, BUF
 
65.  Geronimo Allison, GB
 
66.  Cole Beasley, DAL
 
67.  David Moore, SEA
 
68.  Martavis Bryant, OAK
 
69.  D.J. Moore, CAR
 
70.  Zay Jones, BUF

Tight ends

1.  Travis Kelce, KC
 
2.  Zach Ertz, PHI
 
3.  Rob Gronkowski, NE
 
4.  Jimmy Graham, GB
 
5.  George Kittle, SF
 
6.  Jared Cook, OAK
 
7.  Jordan Reed, WAS
 
8.  Eric Ebron, IND
 
9.  Trey Burton, CHI
 
10.  Cameron Brate, TB
 
11.  Kyle Rudolph, MIN
 
12.  David Njoku, CLE
 
13.  Austin Hooper, ATL
 
14.  Vance McDonald, PIT
 
15.  Geoff Swaim, DAL
 
16.  Nick Vannett, SEA
 
17.  Ricky Seals-Jones, ARI
 
18.  Charles Clay, BUF
 
19.  C.J. Uzomah, CIN
 
20.  Greg Olsen, CAR
 
21.  Hayden Hurst, BAL
 
22.  Antonio Gates, LAC
 
23.  Ryan Griffin, HOU
 
24.  Dallas Goedert, PHI
 
25.  Mike Gesicki, MIA

Kickers

1.  Stephen Gostkowski, NE
 
2.  Matt Bryant, ATL
 
3.  Harrison Butker, KC
 
4.  Justin Tucker, BAL
 
5.  Dan Bailey, MIN
 
6.  Jake Elliott, PHI
 
7.  Chris Boswell, PIT
 
8.  Ka'imi Fairbairn, HOU
 
9.  Mason Crosby, GB
 
10.  Randy Bullock, CIN
 
11.  Cairo Santos, LAR
 
12.  Chandler Catanzaro, TB
 
13.  Cody Parkey, CHI
 
14.  Graham Gano, CAR
 
15.  Caleb Sturgis, LAC
 
16.  Josh Lambo, JAC
 
17.  Adam Vinatieri, IND
 
18.  Ryan Succop, TEN
 
19.  Sebastian Janikowski, SEA
 
20.  Dustin Hopkins, WAS

Defenses

1.  Houston Texans, HOU
 
2.  Chicago Bears, CHI
 
3.  Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC
 
4.  Minnesota Vikings, MIN
 
5.  Los Angeles Rams, LAR
 
6.  Green Bay Packers, GB
 
7.  Baltimore Ravens, BAL
 
8.  Philadelphia Eagles, PHI
 
9.  New York Jets, NYJ
 
10.  Tennessee Titans, TEN
 
11.  Dallas Cowboys, DAL
 
12.  Seattle Seahawks, SEA
 
13.  Los Angeles Chargers, LAC
 
14.  Carolina Panthers, CAR
 
15.  Miami Dolphins, MIA
 
16.  Indianapolis Colts, IND
 
17.  Washington Redskins, WAS
 
18.  Cleveland Browns, CLE
 
19.  Buffalo Bills, BUF
 
20.  New York Giants, NYG

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Redskins make new hire at special teams coordinator, and he comes from Tampa Bay

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Redskins make new hire at special teams coordinator, and he comes from Tampa Bay

The Redskins announced the hiring of Nate Kaczor as their new special teams coach on Saturday morning. Kaczor will take over the role vacated by Ben Kotwica, who left Washington to take the same role in Atlanta.

Kaczor spent the last three seasons with the Buccaneers as special teams coordinator, but that coaching staff got let go this offseason. Prior to his work in Tampa, Kaczor coached in similar roles for the Titans and the Jaguars. 

It's not particularly easy to rank special teams, but Kotwica's groups did some things very well, particularly in punt coverage. Football Outsiders ranked all 32 special teams groups across the league based on a formula that combines field goals/extra points, kickoffs, kick returns, punts, and punt returns; The Redskins ranked 8th and Tampa ranked 29th. 

On the flip side, the Redskins had some of the lowest kick and punt return yardage in the NFL last season. The Redskins gained just 110 yards on all of their punt returns for the year. 

Head coach Jay Gruden spoke about bringing in Kaczor.

"We are excited to have Nate join our staff. We have had the opportunity to face his special teams play during his time at Tampa Bay and respected competing against him," Gruden said via press release. "He is a competitor and we have noticed and admired the intensity his units have played with through the course of his time as a special teams coordinator and assistant coach in the NFL."

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Kyler Murray is 'making a mistake' choosing football over baseball, according to Joe Theismann

Kyler Murray is 'making a mistake' choosing football over baseball, according to Joe Theismann

Joe Theismann wants Kyler Murray to have a "long, happy career" — as a professional baseball player.

In an interview with NBC Sports Washington, the former Redskins QB was asked what he thought of Murray's choice to pursue his NFL dreams over his MLB dreams for now. He didn't hold back.

"I think that he should choose baseball," Theismann said. "I think that he would struggle in the NFL."

As of now, many mock drafts are projecting the Heisman Trophy winner to be selected in the first round. His believers see him as an electric option who's entering a league perfectly suited for his skillset. 

Theismann is not in that camp, though.

"I understand a lot of guys work from the 'gun. You're away from the line of scrimmage," he explained. "But, sooner or later, defensive coaches in this league are going to figure out how to keep you in the pocket. And if you can't throw from the pocket, or you can't see from the pocket, it's going to become a problem."

Murray's height, which Theismann touched on, is a main concern for those skeptical of how he'd handle life in the NFL. Of course, being in the 5-foot-9 range matters far less on a MLB diamond.

Theismann also thinks that the Oklahoma product will need to be in an offense with a strong running attack. That's something any rookie passer needs to succeed, and without one, Theismann isn't sure if Murray can carry the load on his own.

In the end, Theismann told NBC Sports Washington that Murray is "making a mistake" by setting his sights on the gridiron. He simply doesn't see things going well for Murray as a signal caller.

"I think in professional football, it'll be a real challenge and an uphill climb for him to be able to do the things that he wants to do and a team wants him to do," he said.

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