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Need to Know: Redskins 2017 draft picks who must step up this season

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Need to Know: Redskins 2017 draft picks who must step up this season

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, May 13, nine days before the Washington Redskins start OTAs.  

Most improved 2017 draft picks

If the Redskins are better this year than they were in 2017 it won’t be all about this year’s draft class or the free agents they signed or even the team have better luck on the injury front. They will rely in part on some of the players they drafted in 2017 to take big steps forward and become big contributors. Here are my five candidates to be this year’s versions of last year’s Matt Ioannidis and Kendall Fuller. 

CB Fabian Moreau—The Redskins let Bashaud Breeland walk and believed they could trade away Fuller in part because they think that Moreau will develop into a solid cornerback. He played just 59 snaps on defense last year with only seven of those coming in the last 11 games of the season so much of their faith is based on projection. 

OLB Ryan Anderson—The team’s second-round pick got some opportunities as a rookie, playing 193 snaps. However, he did not record a sack. He was expected to take some time to develop and although he might be a little behind schedule he should be a regular part of the rotation and a strong contributor this year.

C Chase Roullier—The Redskins traded up to get him in the sixth round last year so they liked what they saw in college. When Spencer Long went out with an injury Roullier stepped in to start in Week 8 and did a good job. He did miss three games with a broken hand he suffered in the Saints game (it should be noted that he finished that game with the broken hand, which was his snapping hand). This year, Roullier will be with the starters from the beginning of OTAs on and he should take a couple of steps forward.  

TE Jeremy Sprinkle—He played 126 snaps last year, but he was the target of just three passes for a player who was the No. 2 tight end for much of the year with Jordan Reed missing extensive time with injuries. I don’t see Sprinkle become a significant part of the passing offense, but he should get more opportunities and improve his blocking ability as well. 

DL Jonathan Allen and S Montae Nicholson—These two players are together because they didn’t seem to be having a problem with the rookie learning curve, but their seasons ended early with injuries. Both now are 100 percent physically (Allen nearly returned late last year) and should be ready to go. Everyone will keep a wary eye on both of them, particularly Nicholson, and just like any other players they could get injured again. But if they can stay healthy they should impact two levels of the defense starting Week 1.

(h/t to Mike Downes on Facebook for the topic suggestion)

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Days until:

—Minicamp (6/12) 30
—Training camp starts (7/26) 74
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 88

The Redskins last played a game 133 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 119 days. 

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Fantasy Football RB Rankings 2019: Week 8

Fantasy Football RB Rankings 2019: Week 8

Week 7 is in the books and rosters are beginning to take shape. Here are the top running backs for Week 8.

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

Quarterback Rankings: Week 8
Running Back Rankings: Week 8
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 8
Tight End Rankings: Week 8

TIER 1: RB1's

1. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings   
Opponent: vs. Redskins 
2019 Stats: 725 Rushing YDS, 8 Rushing TD, 23 Receptions, 220 Receiving YDS, 164.5 PTS, 2019 RB2 
Previous Ranking: 3   

2. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers   
Opponent: at 49ers 
2019 Stats: Rushing YDS, Rushing TD, Receptions, Receiving YDS, PTS, 2019 RB 
Previous Ranking: Bye 

3. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants  
Opponent: at Lions 
2019 Stats: 309 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 14 Receptions, 82 Receiving YDS, 65.1 PTS 2019 RB30 
Previous Ranking: 4   

4. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals   
Opponent: at Saints  
2019 Stats: 300 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 30 Receptions, 315 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 121.5 PTS, 2019 RB8 
Previous Ranking: 1 
  
5. James Conner, Pittsburgh Steelers   
Opponent: vs. Dolphins 
2019 Stats: 235 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 26 Receptions, 231 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 100.6 PTS, 2019 RB14
Previous Ranking: Bye 

6. Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks   
Opponent: at Falcons 
2019 Stats: 569 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 22 Receptions, 149 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 111.8 PTS, 2019 RB9 
Previous Ranking: 10   

7. Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars   
Opponent: vs. Jets   
2019 Stats: 715 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 28 Receptions, 203 Receiving YDS, 123.8 PTS, 2019 RB7 
Previous Ranking: 7    

TIER 2: High-end RB2's   

8. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints 
Opponent: vs. Cardinals
2019 Stats: 373 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 33 Receptions, 276 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 110.4 PTS, 2019 RB11
Previous Ranking: Out 

9. Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders 
Opponent: vs. Texans 
2019 Stats: 554 Rushing YDS, 4 Rushing TD, 9 Receptions, 87 Receiving YDS, 97.1 PTS, 2019 RB15
Previous Ranking: 13 

10. Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts 
Opponent: vs. Broncos 
2019 Stats: 514 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 10 Receptions, 54 Receiving YDS, 80.8 PTS, 2019 RB20 
Previous Ranking: 6 

11. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans   
Opponent: vs. Buccaneers 
2019 Stats: 506 Rushing YDS, 5 Rushing TD, 7 Receptions, 120 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 105.6 PTS, 2019 RB12
Previous Ranking: 9 

12. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams   
Opponent: vs. Bengals 
2019 Stats: 311 Rushing YDS, 5 Rushing TD, 15 Receptions, 81 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 88.2 PTS, 2019 RB18 
Previous Ranking: 12 

13. Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns 
Opponent: at Patriots 
2019 Stats: 607 Rushing YDS, 6 Rushing TD, 20 Receptions, 128 Receiving YDS, 127.5 PTS, 2019 RB6 
Previous Ranking: Bye 

TIER 3: On the verge RB2's

14. Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers   
Opponent: at Chiefs 
2019 Stats: 399 Rushing YDS, 8 Rushing TD, 27 Receptions, 196 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 138.5 PTS, 2019 RB4
Previous Ranking: 5   

15. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons   
Opponent: vs. Seahawks 
2019 Stats: 294 Rushing YDS, 27 Receptions, 209 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 93.3 PTS, 2019 RB16 
Previous Ranking: 15  

16. Ty Johnson, Detroit Lions
Opponent: vs. Giants
2019 Stats: 83 Rushing YDS, 8 Receptions, 35 Receiving YDS, 19.8 PTS, 2019 RB72
Previous Ranking: NR

17. Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers   
Opponent: at Bears 
2019 Stats: 248 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 49 Receptions, 488 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 160.6 PTS, 2019 RB3 
Previous Ranking: 23  

18. Le’Veon Bell, New York Jets   
Opponent: at Jaguars 
2019 Stats: 326 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 29 Receptions, 175 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 91.1 PTS, 2019 RB17 
Previous Ranking: 16   

19. Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers   
Opponent: at Bears 
2019 Stats: 81 Rushing YDS, 9 Receptions, 34 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 24.5 PTS, 2019 RB66  
Previous Ranking: 18   

20. Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos   
Opponent: at Colts  
2019 Stats: 433 Rushing YDS, 4 Rushing TD, 20 Receptions, 143 Receiving YDS, 101.6 PTS, 2019 RB13  
Previous Ranking: 22   

21. James White, New England Patriots   
Opponent: vs. Browns 
2019 Stats: 62 Rushing YDS, 38 Receptions, 283 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 78.5 PTS, 2019 RB23 
Previous Ranking: 20 

22. Matt Breida, San Francisco 49ers   
Opponent: vs. Panthers 
2019 Stats: 411 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 11 Receptions, 74 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 71.5 PTS, 2019 RB26 
Previous Ranking: 21   

23. Carlos Hyde, Houston Texans 
Opponent: vs. Raiders 
2019 Stats: 461 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 6 Receptions, 22 Receiving YDS, 70.3 PTS, 2019 RB27 
Previous Ranking: 19 

24. Tevin Coleman, San Francisco 49ers 
Opponent: vs. Panthers 
2019 Stats: 227 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 6 Receptions, 48 Receiving YDS, 45.5 PTS, 2019 RB42 
Previous Ranking:  11 

25. Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles   
Opponent: at Bills 
2019 Stats: 220 Rushing YDS, 16 Receptions, 230 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 65 PTS, 2019 RB31 
Previous Ranking: 25   

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

Quarterback Rankings: Week 8
Running Back Rankings: Week 8
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 8
Tight End Rankings: Week 8

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Fantasy Football WR Rankings 2019: Week 8

Fantasy Football WR Rankings 2019: Week 8

Week 7 is in the books and rosters are beginning to take shape. Here are the top wide receivers for Week 8.

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

Quarterback Rankings: Week 8
Running Back Rankings: Week 8
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 8
Tight End Rankings: Week 8


TIER 1: MUST STARTS 

1. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans   
Opponent: vs. Raiders 
2019 Stats: 49 Receptions, 508 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 117.8 PTS, 2019 WR8 
Previous Ranking: 1   

2. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons   
Opponent: vs. Seahawks 
2019 Stats: 40 Receptions, 560 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 120.1 PTS, 2019 WR6 
Previous Ranking: 2   

3. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
Opponent: at Titans 
2019 Stats: 43 Receptions, 662 Receiving YDS, 6 Receiving TD, 145.2 PTS, 2019 WR2
Previous Ranking: Bye 

4. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints   
Opponent: vs. Cardinals 
2019 Stats: 62 Receptions, 763 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 153.3 PTS, 2019 WR1 
Previous Ranking: 4   

5. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers 
Opponent: at Chiefs 
2019 Stats: 25 Receptions, 378 Receiving YDS, 62.8 PTS, 2019 WR51 
Previous Ranking: NR 

TIER 2: WR1's 

6. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams   
Opponent: vs. Bengals 
2019 Stats: 51 Receptions, 572 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 132.6 PTS, 2019 WR3 
Previous Ranking: 6  

7. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings   
Opponent: vs. Redskins
2019 Stats: 27 Receptions, 391 Receiving YDS, 6 Receiving TD, 1 Rushing TD, 108.2 PTS, 2019 WR12 
Previous Ranking: 7   

8. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs   
Opponent: vs. Packers
2019 Stats: 10 Receptions, 170 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 45.5 PTS, 2019 WR70 
Previous Ranking: 8   

9. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks   
Opponent: at Falcons
2019 Stats: 40 Receptions, 515 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 114.7 PTS, 2019 WR9 
Previous Ranking: 9   

10. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers   
Opponent: at Bears
2019 Stats: 44 Receptions, 564 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 118.7 PTS, 2019 WR7 
Previous Ranking: 5 

11. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts    
Opponent: vs. Broncos
2019 Stats: 30 Receptions, 306 Receiving YDS, 5 Receiving TD, 90.6 PTS, 2019 WR23  
Previous Ranking: 10  

12. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots   
Opponent: vs. Browns  
2019 Stats: 45 Receptions, 496 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 110.8 PTS, 2019 WR10  
Previous Ranking: 11   

TIER 3: High-end WR2's

13. Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions   
Opponent: at Giants 
2019 Stats: 25 Receptions, 385 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 87.5 PTS, 2019 WR25 
Previous Ranking: 12    

14. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
Opponent: at Titans 
2019 Stats:  27 Receptions, 464 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 99.4 PTS, 2019 WR15
Previous Ranking: Bye

15. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers 
Opponent: vs. Dolphins 
2019 Stats: 25 Receptions, 340 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 69 PTS, 2019 WR41
Previous Ranking: Bye 

16. Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns 
Opponent: at Patriots 
2019 Stats: 29 Receptions, 436 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 78.9 PTS, 2019 WR28
Previous Ranking: Bye 

17. D.J. Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars   
Opponent: vs. Jets 
2019 Stats: 33 Receptions, 581 Receiving YDS, 5 Receiving TD, 123.1 PTS, 2019 WR5 
Previous Ranking: 15   

18. Terry McLaurin, Washington Redskins   
Opponent: at Vikings 
2019 Stats: 24 Receptions, 419 Receiving YDS, 5 Receiving TDs, 95.9 PTS, 2019 WR19 
Previous Ranking: 18   

TIER 4: On the cusp 

19. Brandin Cooks, Los Angeles Rams   
Opponent: vs. Bengals 
2019 Stats: 27 Receptions, 402 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 78.3 PTS, 2019 WR29 
Previous Ranking: 16   

20. John Brown, Buffalo Bills 
Opponent: vs. Eagles 
2019 Stats: 33 Receptions, 473 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 92.7 PTS, 2019 WR20 
Previous Ranking: 20 

21. Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos   
Opponent: at Colts 
2019 Stats: 36 Receptions, 564 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 110.4 PTS, 2019 WR11  
Previous Ranking: 21   

22. Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams   
Opponent: vs. Bengals 
2019 Stats: 36 Receptions, 435 Receiving YDS, 65 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 92 PTS, 2019 WR21  
Previous Ranking: 17   

23. Tyrell Williams, Oakland Raiders 
Opponent: at Texans 
2019 Stats: 17 Receptions, 216 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, PTS, 2019 WR52 
Previous Ranking: 23 

24. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals   
Opponent: at Saints
2019 Stats: 36 Receptions, 439 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 91.9 PTS, 2019 WR16  
Previous Ranking: 13  
 
25. D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers 
Opponent: at 49ers
2019 Stats: 33 Receptions, 425 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 82 PTS, 2019 WR26 
Previous Ranking: Bye

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

Quarterback Rankings: Week 8
Running Back Rankings: Week 8
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 8
Tight End Rankings: Week 8