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Fantasy Football WR Rankings 2019

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Fantasy Football WR Rankings 2019

With the offseason in full bloom and all 32 NFL franchises eyeing Week 1, it is finally time for fantasy football leagues to do the same.

While we will not see game action outside of practices and training camp until early August, its time to prepare for Sunday afternoons this fall. 

During the summer months, rankings will be updated on a monthly basis, and when the season starts up in early September, rankings will be updated on a weekly basis.

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

Quarterback-Running Back-Tight End-FLEX

By far the deepest position in fantasy football, wide receiver is also the hardest to predict. Statistics will yield trends in terms of matchups and volume, but can't account for injuries, whether or not the player is heavily targeted in one game or the next, or if a player in a good situation gets moved to an iffy one (see Golden Tate) or vice versa (see Amari Cooper). Some opt to select their wideouts later than others, but some wideouts (see DeAndre Hopkins) will put up just as good numbers as the best halfbacks that you can't afford to miss on them if you are selecting towards the back end of your draft.

TIER 1: First-round talent

1. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans

2018 Stats: 115 Receptions, 1,572 Receiving YDS, 11 Receiving TD, 2018 WR1

2. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
2018 Stats: 111 Receptions, 1,386 Receiving YDS, 13 Receiving TD, 2018 WR2

3. Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys
2018 Stats: 75 Receptions, 1,005 Receiving YDS, 7 Receiving TD, 2018 WR19

4. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
2018 Stats: 125 Receptions, 1,405 Receiving YDS, 9 Receiving TD, 2018 WR6

5. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
2018 Stats: 113 Receptions, 1,677 Receiving YDS, 8 Receiving TD, 2018 WR4

6. Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns
2018 Stats: 106 Passing YDS, 2 Passing TD, 77 Receptions, 1,052 Receiving YDS, 6 Receiving TD, 2018 WR15

One of the deepest position groups, wideout features elite contributors far after the top five. If you have missed out on the top crop of running backs and want to go all in on a receiver with your top selection and opt for a back in rounds two and three, this is the direction to navigate through. DeAndre Hopkins has proven time and time again, that he has, by far, the best pass-catching ability of any player in the National Football League. He's done it with sub-par quarterbacks, and he's thrived with his fellow Clemson Tiger DeShaun Watson getting him touches. Now with an "improved" offensive live to protect his signal caller, Hopkins will have even more opportunity to show out in key moments. Davante Adams isn't the flashiest name at the position, but he is without question the most consistent, and he happens to also have a QB that can make any throw imaginable.

Number three is the biggest wild-card of the list. Amari Cooper was heralded coming out of Tuscaloosa, and at times in Oakland, he showed characteristics that gave fans hope that he could be a top-flight receiver, then with inconsistencies combined with all of the madness going on in the front office, a lot of teams wrote him off. The one individual that didn't and shipped out a first-rounder in exchange for him? Jerry Jones. Dallas jumped at the opportunity to snatch Cooper, bring him into town and he thrived from day one, and the chemistry between him and Dak Prescott became instantaneous. Next up we have Michael Thomas down in the Big Easy who has become a household name with his unparalleled athleticism. His volume and usage will keep him in the mix all season long. In Atlanta, Julio Jones finally reached the end-zone on a consistent basis, combined with finding a number two option in Calvin Ridley. And then we arrive at Odell Beckham Jr. His move from the Big Apple made waves in the offseason and reunites him with his best friend in Jarvis Landry, and gives him a Heisman Trophy winner tasked with getting him touches. 

TIER 2: Borderline WR1's

7. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings

2018 Stats: 113 Receptions, 1,373 Receiving YDS, 9 Receiving TD, 2018 WR7

8. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers
2018 Stats: 111 Receptions, 1,426 Receiving YDS, 7 Receiving TD, 2018 WR8

9. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers
2018 Stats: 97 Receptions, 1,196 Receiving YDS, 6 Receiving TD, 2018 WR12

10. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams
2018 Stats: 40 Receptions, 566 Receiving YDS, 6 Receiving TD, 2018 WR50

11. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2018 Stats: 86 Receptions, 1,524 Receiving YDS, 8 Receiving TD, 2018 WR9

12. Antonio Brown, Oakland Raiders
2018 Stats: 104 Receptions, 1,297 Receiving YDS, 15 Receiving TD, 2018 WR5

13. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
2018 Stats: 87 Receptions, 1,479 Receiving YDS, 12 Receiving TD, 2018 WR3

Aside from number twelve, who I will touch on momentarily, every name on this list has displayed the talent of being a top option in fantasy football at certain points throughout last season, and will regularly finish atop the WR hierarchy on a regular basis, but for some reason, has not been able to do it week-in and week-out. Adam Thielen thrived from the get-go last season as the top fantasy wide receiver after his spike in volume, but as the season went on, the conistency started to dip. JuJu Smith-Schuster will be thrust in to the spotlight this season after the departure of Antonio Brown, and until we see how he adjusts to the limelight, he will remain at this position. Keenan Allen can go for stretches where he will drop your jaw with his next-level athleticism and game-breaking speed, but has struggled with durabilty throughout his Chargers tenure. Cooper Kupp was last season's breakout star until sufferring a season-ending ACL tear for the Rams, but his chemistry with Jared Goff is unmistaken, and will look to pick up right where he left off in 2018. With Hill, when all cylinders are clicking, he is one of the most dynamic options in the game. We will see in his second season alongside Patrick Mahomes whether his usage will sustain.

Mike Evans always seems to be considered as one of the game's top talents but the conversation at quarterback seems to limit his ceiling from week to week. And now we arrive at Antonio Brown. The story of the offseason was rampant after Brown's reported rift with his former signal caller Ben Roethlisberger as well as his former head coach, Mike Tomlin. The Steelers shipped him out west after contract disputes and favoritism in the locker room, and Brown looks to start anew with his new quarterback, Derek Carr, and his new coach in Oakland, Jon Gruden. Brown is one of the top talents in the league, but will he prove that he remains the most talented receiver in football in a new city with a new squad? That will have to be seen to determine.

TIER 3: High-end WR2's

14. AJ Green, Cincinnati Bengals

2018 Stats: 46 Receptions, 694 Receiving YDS, 6 Receiving TD, 2018 WR43

15. Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams
2018 Stats: 157 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 86 Receptions, 1,219 Receiving YDS, 6 Receiving TD, 2018 WR11

16. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings
2018 Stats: 102 Receptions, 1,021 Receiving YDS, 9 Receiving TD, 2018 WR10

17. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
2018 Stats: 76 Receptions, 1,270 Receiving YDS, 6 Receiving TD, 2018 WR14

18. Brandin Cooks, Los Angeles Rams
2018 Stats: 1 Rushing TD, 80 Receptions, 1,204 Receiving YDS, 5 Receiving TD, 2018 WR13

Tier three contains consistent security blankets that you can rely on as set-it and forget-it WR2's. AJ Green, once regarded as one of the best at the position, has struggled to stay on the field in recent years, and while always ready to obliterate the Baltimore Ravens twice per year, the other 14 contests don't paint as clear of a picture. Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks strive in Sean McVay's three-pronged attack along with the aforementioned Cooper Kupp, but it appears that the hour-glass regularly leans in one of the two's direction on a week to week basis. Both are supreme talents. Stefon Diggs is the best route-runner in the game, but having a star-counterpart in Thielen limits touches as well as the former Maryland product's ceiling. T.Y. Hilton has received some outside help this offseason that will surely cut into his targets, but as long as he can stay on the field, he is always a threat to go the distance.

TIER 4: On the cusp

19. Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions

2018 Stats: 70 Receptions, 1,063 Receiving YDS, 5 Receiving TD, 2018 WR21

20. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks
2018 Stats: 57 Receptions, 965 Receiving YDS, 10 Receiving TD, 2018 WR16

21. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2018 Stats: 59 Receptions, 842 Receiving YDS, 7 Receiving TD, 2018 WR27

22. D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers
2018 Stats: 172 Rushing YDS, 55 Receptions, 788 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 2018 WR36

23. Will Fuller V, Houston Texans
2018 Stats: 32 Receptions, 503 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 2018 WR68

24. Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs
2018 Stats: 40 Receptions, 519 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 2018 WR63

25. Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns
2018 Stats: 1 Rushing TD, 81 Receptions, 976 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 2018 WR18

26. Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals
2018 Stats: 76 Receptions, 1,028 Receiving YDS, 7 Receiving TD, 2018 WR17

The next crop contains players that are currently in situations where they are put in a great place to succeed. These are players that should be allocated as high-end flex options with WR2 potential. Jarvis Landry should look to build off his average first season in Cleveland especially with the attention that will be drawn to his new couterpart in Beckham. Tyler Boyd excelled early last season across from AJ Green but was unable to put together productivity once Green went down. Sammy Watkins, if able to stay healthy, should reap the benefits of increased volume assumed Tyreek Hill is no longer with the team. WIll Fuller shines in the end zone when healthy, and after an offseason to heal his repaired ACL, he should be ready to go for the Texans. Tyler Lockett was phenonimal in spurts for Seattle in 2018, and with the subtraction of Doug Baldwin, he should be in for an increased workload. Chris Godwin is my pick for breakout star of fantasy football this season. The Penn State product thrived last season in Tampa Bay and excelled even further when DeSean Jackson was unable to go. Jackson is now in Philadelphia. Godwin is one for a terrific year. D.J. Moore's arrival in 2018 gave Ron Rivera enough confidence to part with Devin Funchess, and the Maryland star will look to prove he's the number one option Cam Newton has been looking for in a long time. Kenny Golladay was unable to assume WR1 status in 2018 after Marvin Jones went down and after Golden Tate was shipping to Philadelphia. With another offseason under his belt, look for Golladay to improve significantly.

TIER 5: Best of the rest and late-round finds

27. Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions

2018 Stats: 35 Receptions, 508 Receiving YDS, 5 Receiving TD, 2018 WR62

28. Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears
2018 Stats: 55 Receptions, 754 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 2018 WR39

29. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
2018 Stats: 74 Receptions, 850 Receiving YDS, 6 Receiving TD, 2018 WR20

30. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
2018 Stats: 1 Passing TD, 69 Receptions, 734 Receiving YDS, 6 Receiving TD, 2018 WR25

31. Devin Funchess, Indianapolis Colts
2018 Stats: 44 Receptions, 549 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 2018 WR58

32. Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles
2018 Stats: 65 Receptions, 843 Receiving YDS, 6 Receiving TD, 2018 WR26

33. Jamison Crowder, New York Jets
2017 Stats: 66 Receptions, 789 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 2018 WR33

34. Golden Tate, New York Giants
2018 Stats: 74 Receptions, 795 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 2018 WR29

35. Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans
2018 Stats: 65 Receptions, 891 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 2018 WR28

36. Robert Foster, Buffalo Bills
2018 Stats: 27 Receptions, 541 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 2018 WR74

37. Robby Anderson, New York Jets
2018 Stats: 50 Receptions, 752 Receiving YDS, 6 Receiving TD, 2018 WR38

38. Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons
2018 Stats: 64 Receptions, 821 Receiving YDS, 10 Receiving TD, 2018 WR22

39. Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers
2018 Stats: 1 Rushing TD, 43 Receptions, 664 Receiving YDS, 10 Receiving TD, 2018 WR32

40. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
2018 Stats: 1 Rushing TD, 41 Receptions, 774 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 2018 WR41

41. John Brown, Buffalo Bills
2018 Stats: 42 Receptions, 715 Receiving YDS, 5 Receiving TD, 2018 WR44

The remainder of this list contains low-end flex options that have potential to be weekly starters if consistency is reached. Any one of them is poised to finish as a top-five option in any given week, but should not relied upon for repeat performances on any regular basis. Between up-and-comers like Robert Foster, Calvin Ridley, and Corey Davis, proven veterans like DeSean Jackson, Larry Fitzgerald, Golden Tate, Julian Edelman, and Alshon Jeffery, these players will be available for depth in later rounds of your draft but should not be relied upon as go-to starters.

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10 Training Camp Questions: Trent Williams, holdouts, and distractions

10 Training Camp Questions: Trent Williams, holdouts, and distractions

After three straight seasons missing the playoffs and two consecutive years finishing 7-9, the Redskins need laser focus during their training camp time. On the current pace, that isn't going to happen. 

The team's best player, left tackle Trent Williams, won't be with the Redskins in Richmond as he's holding out for either a new contract or some sort of armistice with the team's medical staff.

Unquestionably, the Williams contract holdout has become a major distraction for this Redskins team. 

Don't think so? Think about these situations:

  • Every day when he speaks at the podium, head coach Jay Gruden will be peppered with questions about Williams' status and if there are any updates about the situation.
  • When veteran QB Case Keenum speaks at the podium, not having Trent Williams will be among the first questions he's asked. 
  • When rookie QB Dwayne Haskins speaks at the podium, not having Trent Williams will be among the first questions he's asked. 
  • Every offensive lineman will be asked about practicing without Williams. 
  • Every defensive lineman will be asked about practicing without Williams.

Get the picture? The Williams sideshow will take over training camp, in a way that even a QB battle cannot supersede. That's perhaps the craziest part about this Redskins camp in Richmond - all eyes should be on Dwayne Haskins battling it out against Case Keenum. Instead, for Redskins fans, one eye will remain on Instagram for the latest subtle update from the Williams' camp. 

Can it end? Will it end? Only Williams knows those answers. Maybe Bruce Allen too. Allen did explain that he knows the truth of the situation when asked about the Williams holdout last month. 

If Williams demands major changes to the Redskins medical staff, that seems unlikely. If Williams demands major changes to his existing contract, that has two years and nearly $30 million remaining, that seems unlikely. 

But could a deal be worked out? Washington fans should hope so.

Maybe the team can increase the guaranteed portion of cash in 2020, when his salary is high but the guarantees are minimal. Additionally, maybe team owner Dan Snyder can broker some sort of clear-the-air meeting between Williams and the medical side. Snyder is close with Williams and this could be a spot to positively wield his influence. 

It's entirely possible Williams is back before Week 1 in Philadelphia, maybe even likely, But that game isn't for more than six weeks. Williams knows all this, knows this is his best spot for leverage. The Redskins are thin at tackle depth and have nobody close to replacing his level of play. This holdout could certainly stretch into the middle of the preseason, and perhaps longer. 

Whatever happens know this: Williams' holding out of training camp is a big deal, and it will be a distraction. 


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Redskins365 Episode 1: The Future Starts Now

Redskins365 Episode 1: The Future Starts Now

Over the 2019 offseason, the Washington Redskins periodically released episodes to a new series called "Redskins 365". Here, viewers can get an all-access look into all the important moments leading up to the 2019-20 season. In episode 1 titled "The Future Starts Now" the Redskins begin their journey toward improvement following the conclusion of the 2018-19 campaign.

The episode begins immediately following the disappointing end to Washington's season as players participated in locker cleanout day. A somewhat somber atmosphere, the likes of Shaun Dion Hamilton, Adrian Peterson, Ryan Kerrigan and Trent Williams reflect on the season and look ahead to 2019.

Following that, it's on to the additions and changes on the coaching staff. Head coach Jay Gruden gives his thoughts on new defensive staff hirings Ray Horton and Rob Ryan as well as Kevin O'Connell's jump to offensive coordinator. Ryan and O'Connell also explain their excitement for next season in their respective roles.

With the coaching staff puzzle becoming clear, the episode transitions to the NFL Combine. Gruden along with Senior Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Williams, President Bruce Allen and Director of College Scouting Kyle Smith take you through the Combine process. Discussions about the interview process and what the Redskins are looking for in players give insight into how evaluations are done. 

The Combine portion has a heavy focus on players Kyler Murray, D.K. Metcalf and Montez Sweat among others. Released on March 20, one can see and hear from Sweat before the idea of him becoming a Redskin came to fruition and listen to Metcalf's thoughts on Jay Gruden.

Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Chad Englehart also makes an appearance, discussing his viral moment with Ed Oliver at the combine and the fraternity-type bond conditioning coaches in the NFL share.

Washington's journey toward success in 2019 began the moment the clock ran out on the 2018 season. Episode 1 of "Redskins365" picks up right in that preliminary stage.