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Fantasy Football -- Who's number 1 heading into Week 11?

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Fantasy Football -- Who's number 1 heading into Week 11?

We've reached the final week with teams on a bye and this one shouldn't be too problematic considering the Panthers, Colts, Jets and 49ers are the ones resting. Outside of Cam Newton, Carlos Hyde and T.Y. Hilton, not a ton of talent missing this week.

Meanwhile, owners must finish strong over the final 3-4 weeks of the regular season or fear missing their league's playoffs. Without further delay, here's a look at the Week 11 rankings that hopefully can get you there.

(UPDATE -- (* Soon after this posted the Bills benched Tyrod Taylor for rookie Nate Peterman. Yikes. Whatever the Bills are thinking about the long-term, this won't help fantasy owners now.  Expectations for LeSean McCoy take a dip, though he remains a must-start. Kelvin Benjamin already is in the WR4 range. For those now in need of a QB for Week 11, Blake Bortles and Eli Manning are your best hopes.)

Quarterbacks

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

Running backs

1.  Le'Veon Bell, PIT
 
2.  Kareem Hunt, KC
 
3.  Leonard Fournette, JAC
 
4.  Todd Gurley, LAR
 
5.  Mark Ingram, NO
 
6.  LeSean McCoy, BUF
 
7.  Melvin Gordon, LAC
 
8.  Jordan Howard, CHI
 
9.  Alvin Kamara, NO
 
10.  Tevin Coleman, ATL
 
11.  Lamar Miller, HOU
 
12.  Adrian Peterson, ARI
 
13.  Chris Thompson, WAS
 
14.  Jerick McKinnon, MIN
 
15.  Joe Mixon, CIN
 
16.  Orleans Darkwa, NYG
 
17.  DeMarco Murray, TEN
 
18.  Jay Ajayi, PHI
 
19.  Doug Martin, TB
 
20.  Jamaal Williams, GB
 
21.  Latavius Murray, MIN
 
22.  Marshawn Lynch, OAK
 
23.  Kenyan Drake, MIA
 
24.  Isaiah Crowell, CLE
 
25.  Dion Lewis, NE
 
26.  Ameer Abdullah, DET
 
27.  Rex Burkhead, NE
 
28.  Alfred Morris, DAL
 
29.  C.J. Anderson, DEN
 
30.  Alex Collins, BAL
 
31.  Samaje Perine, WAS
 
32.  Damien Williams, MIA
 
33.  Duke Johnson, CLE
 
34.  Derrick Henry, TEN
 
35.  James White, NE
 
36.  Javorius Allen, BAL
 
37.  Austin Ekeler, LAC
 
38.  Rod Smith, DAL
 
39.  Devontae Booker, DEN
 
40.  Theo Riddick, DET
 
41.  Thomas Rawls, SEA
 
42.  Jamaal Charles, DEN
 
43.  Danny Woodhead, BAL
 
44.  J.D. McKissic, SEA
 
45.  D'Onta Foreman, HOU
 
46.  Tarik Cohen, CHI
 
47.  LeGarrette Blount, PHI
 
48.  Jalen Richard, OAK
 
49.  Wayne Gallman, NYG
 
50.  Giovani Bernard, CIN
 
51.  Eddie Lacy, SEA
 
52.  T.J. Yeldon, JAC
 
53.  Corey Clement, PHI
 
54.  Terron Ward, ATL
 
55.  DeAndre Washington, OAK
 
56.  Andre Ellington, ARI
 
57.  Shane Vereen, NYG
 
58.  Charcandrick West, KC
 
59.  Chris Ivory, JAC
 
60.  Mike Tolbert, BUF

Wide receivers

1.  Antonio Brown, PIT
 
2.  Michael Thomas, NO
 
3.  Doug Baldwin, SEA
 
4.  DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
 
5.  Tyreek Hill, KC
 
6.  Julio Jones, ATL
 
7.  Mike Evans, TB
 
8.  A.J. Green, CIN
 
9.  Michael Crabtree, OAK
 
10.  Brandin Cooks, NE
 
11.  Amari Cooper, OAK
 
12.  Adam Thielen, MIN
 
13.  Stefon Diggs, MIN
 
14.  Golden Tate, DET
 
15.  Dez Bryant, DAL
 
16.  Sterling Shepard, NYG
 
17.  Alshon Jeffery, PHI
 
18.  Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
 
19.  JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT
 
20.  Jarvis Landry, MIA
 
21.  Devante Parker, MIA
 
22.  Keenan Allen, LAC
 
23.  Emmanuel Sanders, DEN
 
24.  Demaryius Thomas, DEN
 
25.  Robert Woods, LAR
 
26.  Marqise Lee, JAC
 
27.  Jeremy Maclin, BAL
 
28.  Marvin Jones, DET
 
29.  Davante Adams, GB
 
30.  Ted Ginn, NO
 
31.  DeSean Jackson, TB
 
32.  Nelson Agholor, PHI
 
33.  Jamison Crowder, WAS
 
34.  Mohamed Sanu, ATL
 
35.  Rishard Matthews, TEN
 
36.  Paul Richardson, SEA
 
37.  Cooper Kupp, LAR
 
38.  Sammy Watkins, LAR
 
39.  Kelvin Benjamin, BUF
 
40.  Corey Davis, TEN
 
41.  Tyler Lockett, SEA
 
42.  Jordy Nelson, GB
 
43.  Josh Doctson, WAS
 
44.  Kenny Stills, MIA
 
45.  Mike Wallace, BAL
 
46.  Danny Amendola, NE
 
47.  Dontrelle Inman, CHI
 
48.  Randall Cobb, GB
 
49.  Chris Hogan, NE
 
50.  John Brown, ARI
 
51.  Bruce Ellington, HOU
 
52.  Tyrell Williams, LAC
 
53.  Terrance Williams, DAL
 
54.  Brandon LaFell, CIN
 
55.  Martavis Bryant, PIT
 
56.  Kenny Golladay, DET
 
57.  Dede Westbrook, JAC
 
58.  Will Fuller, HOU
 
59.  Demarcus Robinson, KC
 
60.  Keelan Cole, JAC

Tight ends

1.  Travis Kelce, KC
 
2.  Rob Gronkowski, NE
 
3.  Zach Ertz, PHI
 
4.  Evan Engram, NYG
 
5.  Jimmy Graham, SEA
 
6.  Jared Cook, OAK
 
7.  Kyle Rudolph, MIN
 
8.  Vernon Davis, WAS
 
9.  Delanie Walker, TEN
 
10.  Cameron Brate, TB
 
11.  Jason Witten, DAL
 
12.  Hunter Henry, LAC
 
13.  Tyler Kroft, CIN
 
14.  Austin Hooper, ATL
 
15.  Coby Fleener, NO
 
16.  Charles Clay, BUF
 
17.  Jordan Reed, WAS
 
18.  Julius Thomas, MIA
 
19.  Benjamin Watson, BAL
 
20.  C.J. Fiedorowicz, HOU
 
21.  Eric Ebron, DET
 
22.  Jermaine Gresham, ARI
 
23.  Marcedes Lewis, JAC
 
24.  David Njoku, CLE
 
25.  A.J. Derby, DEN

Defenses

1.  Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC
 
2.  Baltimore Ravens, BAL
 
3.  Arizona Cardinals, ARI
 
4.  Kansas City Chiefs, KC
 
5.  Denver Broncos, DEN
 
6.  Detroit Lions, DET
 
7.  Seattle Seahawks, SEA
 
8.  Pittsburgh Steelers, PIT
 
9.  Cincinnati Bengals, CIN
 
10.  New Orleans Saints, NO
 
11.  Philadelphia Eagles, PHI
 
12.  Houston Texans, HOU
 
13.  Los Angeles Rams, LAR
 
14.  Los Angeles Chargers, LAC
 
15.  Miami Dolphins, MIA
 
16.  Minnesota Vikings, MIN
 
17.  Green Bay Packers, GB
 
18.  Chicago Bears, CHI
 
19.  Buffalo Bills, BUF
 
20.  New England Patriots, NE

Kickers

1.  Stephen Gostkowski, NE
 
2.  Harrison Butker, KC
 
3.  Jake Elliott, PHI
 
4.  Justin Tucker, BAL
 
5.  Wil Lutz, NO
 
6.  Matt Prater, DET
 
7.  Greg Zuerlein, LAR
 
8.  Chris Boswell, PIT
 
9.  Kai Forbath, MIN
 
10.  Blair Walsh, SEA
 
11.  Matt Bryant, ATL
 
12.  Giorgio Tavecchio, OAK
 
13.  Ryan Succop, TEN
 
14.  Josh Lambo, JAC
 
15.  Brandon McManus, DEN
 
16.  Steven Hauschka, BUF
 
17.  Mike Nugent, DAL
 
18.  Nick Novak, LAC
 
19.  Mason Crosby, GB
 
20.  Nick Rose, WAS

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RB roster battle is fun to watch, but injuries will force tough decisions

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RB roster battle is fun to watch, but injuries will force tough decisions

Too much attention gets paid to roster construction during training camp. Projecting the 53-man roster has become its own August cottage industry, much like Bracketology flourishes in March.

The truth of the matter is regardless of projections, more than anything else, injuries dictate what players ultimately land on the Week 1 roster. 

Right now, that is apparent with the Redskins' running back position. Derrius Guice headlined the group after Washington grabbed him in the second round of April's NFL Draft. After injuring his knee in the first preseason game, however, Guice won't play in 2018. 

That means the other five guys battling for a spot now move up in the pecking order. Rob Kelley and Chris Thompson will make the team, even though Thompson is yet to play in the preseason and is still battling back from a broken leg last November. 

Samaje Perine, Byron Marshall, and Kapri Bibbs played with the 'Skins last season and were locked in a tense battle for spots. Then, Perine and Marshall got hurt Thursday night. Perine is expected to miss a week, while Marshall could miss up to four weeks. 

Can both Perine and Marshall still make the Redskins 53-man roster? 

Of course. 

Is that a certainty? Definitely not. 

Bibbs gets a major opportunity now, and he has looked good so far in camp and preseason games. Additionally, for Bibbs, it often gets lost that he actually played well in Washington last season. In three games he had more than 200 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown. 

If Marshall truly needs a month to get his lower leg injury settled, that won't be until after the deadline to trim rosters. The Redskins could move him to the injured reserve list before then, but that would mean Marshall would not be eligible to play for the Burgundy and Gold until Week 7. Also, the team only gets two moves off of IR for the season. Would they want to use one on their fourth running back?

Perine's injury situation seems less severe, and barring a setback or further injury, he will be on the roster. 

That means Thompson, Kelley, Perine, and Bibbs. Maybe Marshall too, but that will be determined by his rehab schedule. 

Martez Carter made impressive runs against the Jets, and while it seems easy to dismiss his roster candidacy, remember Rob Kelley was an undrafted free agent out of a small Louisiana school just a few years ago.

Complicating matters is the reality that Washington's front office is absolutely going to be watching what other NFL teams do at roster cut time. Other running backs could emerge, especially from teams like Detroit that already have a crowded running back room and added more players via the draft. 

Coaches like to say competition on the field is what makes roster decisions. And yes, that's a big part of it. The violent nature of the NFL, the ultimate Next Man Up league, plays a huge factor as well. 

Trimming a roster because of injuries doesn't mean there aren't mistakes made. It sure looks like Washington screwed up last year by cutting QB Nate Sudfeld, even though the team felt compelled to keep extra offensive linemen. 

It might be trite, but the NFL is a long, grueling season. The Redskins know that. The team lost more players to injury than any other NFL squad last season. 

So when looking at 53-man roster projections, know there are two more preseason games left, and sad but likely, more injuries to come. 

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—The brawl, the flinch, and following the money

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—The brawl, the flinch, and following the money

Here is what you need to know on Saturday, August 17, six days before the Washington Redskins host the Broncos in their third preseason game. 

Talking points

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

The 'Skins and Jets got into a brawl an hour into practice—I was about 10 yards away from where the fight took place, but I was only a few yards from where Morgan Moses hit the ground after taking what the Redskins interpreted to be a cheap shot. I can attest that the earth moves when Moses hits the ground. As to the dustup itself, I wouldn’t have cared at all if it had taken place in the middle of the field. But the fight spilling over into the spectator area made it a very dangerous incident. They need to do better. 

Redskins release CB Orlando Scandrick—When an out-of-the-blue move like this takes place, follow the money. If Scandrick had sustained an injury during the preseason that was serious enough to put him on injured reserve, the Redskins would have been on the hook for his entire 2018 salary of $1.72 million. In addition, his salary would become fully guaranteed if he had been on the roster in Week 1. The Redskins decided to cut their losses, which was his signing bonus of a cool $1 million. 

How Davis' injury affects the Redskins' WR depth chart—Robert Davis was not a lock to make the Redskins’ roster, but he certainly was a contender. But that all changed in an instant a week ago when he got tangled up with cornerback Danny Johnson during practice. Johnson bounced right up, Davis did not, having sustained a broken leg and knee ligament damage. Davis spent most of last year on the practice squad so this will be a second straight season without game action for the 2017 sixth-round pick. 

Redskins starters training camp one-liners, offense—You hear plenty of talk about the backups and bubble players during training camp and often the front-line players get overlooked. So there is your look at how the offensive starters fared in camp, one-liners style. You can find the defense here

Tweet of the week

We didn’t expect him to say anything but we had to ask Terrelle Pryor if he had any comment after the “flinching” incident with D.J. Swearinger. This was all he was willing to say as he jogged towards the locker room with a smile on his face. 

It would be inaccurate to say that Pryor is a polarizing figure among Redskins fans because that would mean that he had an equal number of supporters and detractors. It’s pretty much all haters. And it’s probably not fair.

From my point of view, I don’t have a problem with Pryor. He was always a stand-up guy when dealing with us. And while he was a free agent bust with the Redskins he didn’t cost a ton of money. Besides, he is hardly unique in that regard. 

The agenda

Today: Practice at Redskins Park 2; Jay Gruden news conference and player availability after practice, approx. 3:30

Upcoming: Preseason Broncos @ Redskins (Aug. 24) 6 days; Final cut (Sept. 1) 14 days; Season opener @ Cardinals (Sept. 9) 22 days

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