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Stock Up, Stock Down: Montae Nicholson and Samaje Perine going in opposite directions

Stock Up, Stock Down: Montae Nicholson and Samaje Perine going in opposite directions

The Redskins lost to the Bengals Thursday night at FedEx Field, but in the preseason, final results don't really matter. What matters comes in individual and group performances, particularly among first-team units.

In that vein, the Redskins starting defense looked strong against Cincinnati. Outside of some dumb and wacky penalty calls, the starting defense barely gave up any first downs. A number of players impressed on that group, so let's start with the stocks trending in the right direction. 

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  • Montae Nicholson - The 96-yard interception return for a touchdown was an impressive display of playmaking ability and speed, but more than that, it was the culmination of a strong offseason and training camp. For the Redskins to be a Top 10 defense, Nicholson needs to be the hard-hitting stud that Washington fans saw glimpses of as a rookie in 2017. Last year was a lost season for Nicholson, who dealt with injuries, getting benched and legal troubles. 2019 is a new start, and so far, it looks quite good. 
  • Adrian Peterson - Not that a first-ballot Hall of Famer really needs preseason validation, but when Peterson ripped off a 26-yard run in the first quarter against the Bengals it became pretty obvious he's ready to go for 2019. And it's important too as second-year back Derrius Guice still isn't cleared for competition. 
  • Robert Davis - Another week, another long touchdown. If there's a handbook to show how to force your way onto a roster, Davis is reading from it. 
  • Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne - These dudes are beasts. 

Despite the good news, there was bad news too. Here's that list:

Stock Down

  • Samaje Perine - Five carries for one yard against Cincy. You read that right. That comes after a poor showing in pass protection in the preseason opener. Jay Gruden always sings praises of Perine but hasn't after the last two preseason games. Prior to Shaun Wilson's ankle injury, he seemed like a guy that could really push for Perine's roster spot. Could that be Byron Marshall now?
  • Paul Richardson - The speedster wideout missed the Bengals game, and the word from one Redskins coach was "he's hurt." Many players get held out of preseason action with slight injuries, stuff they would play through in the regular season. That's not the deal with Richardson. He needs to get right. 
  • Cole Holcomb - If you can't make the club in the tub, Holcomb needs to get back on the field. While he's not in actual roster danger because of the growing number of injuries at inside linebacker, Holcomb is dealing with an AC joint issue. Linebackers need their shoulders, and Holcomb missed a valuable opportunity against the Bengals with presumed starter Shaun Dion Hamilton already out for that game. 
  • Nate Kaczor - The Redskins new Special Teams coach is off to a rough start. In two preseason games Washington has already given up two punt return touchdowns, and against the Bengals, kicker Dustin Hopkins missed an extra point and a field goal. Special teams are tricky in the preseason. In the regular season with 53-man rosters, starting players land on special teams. In the preseason with 90-man rosters, it's largely a collection of players that won't make the final roster lining up on special teams. Still, ugly start. 

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Fantasy Football Flex Rankings 2019: Week 3

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Fantasy Football Flex Rankings 2019: Week 3

Week 2 is in the books and rosters are beginning to take shape. Here are the top flex options for Week 3.

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

Quarterback Rankings: Week 3
Running Back Rankings: Week 3
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 3
Tight End Rankings: Week 3

Flex Rankings: Week 2

FLEX RANKINGS:

1. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL, RB1, Previous Ranking: 4
Opponent: vs. Dolphins
2. Christian McCaffrey, CAR, RB2, Previous Ranking: 1 
Opponent: at Cardinals 
3. Saquon Barkley, NYG, RB3, Previous Ranking: 2
Opponent: at Buccaneers
4. Julio Jones, ATL, WR1, Previous Ranking: 8
Opponent: at Colts
5. Austin Ekeler, LAC, RB4, Previous Ranking: 9
Opponent: vs. Texans
6. Dalvin Cook, MIN, RB5, Previous Ranking: 10
Opponent: vs. Raiders
7. Alvin Kamara, NO, RB6, Previous Ranking: 3
Opponent: at Seahawks
8. Le'Veon Bell, NYJ, RB7, Previous Ranking: 5
Opponent: at Patriots
9. DeAndre Hopkins, HOU, WR2, Previous Ranking: 6
Opponent: at Chargers
10. Keenan Allen, LAC, WR3, Previous Ranking: 12
Opponent: vs. Texans 
11. Amari Cooper, DAL, WR4, Previous Ranking: 21
Opponent: vs. Dolphins
12. Michael Thomas, NO, WR5, Previous Ranking: 7
Opponent: at Seahawks
13. Chris Carson, SEA, RB8, Previous Ranking: 18
Opponent: vs. Saints
14. James Conner, PIT, RB9, Previous Ranking: 19
Opponent: at 49ers
15. Travis Kelce, KC, TE1, Previous Ranking: 20
Opponent: vs. Ravens
16. Odell Beckham Jr., CLE, WR6, Previous Ranking: 16
Opponent: vs. Rams
17. Davante Adams, GB, WR7, Previous Ranking: 13
Opponent: vs. Broncos
18. Derrick Henry, TEN, RB10, Previous Ranking: 33
Opponent: at Jaguars
19. Nick Chubb, CLE, RB11, Previous Ranking: 27
Opponent: vs. Rams
20. David Johnson, ARI, RB12, Previous Ranking: 26
Opponent: vs. Panthers
21. Kenny Golladay, DET, WR8, Previous Ranking: 35
Opponent: at Eagles
22. Aaron Jones, GB, RB13, Previous Ranking: 34
Opponent: vs. Broncos
23. Mike Evans, TB, WR9, Previous Ranking: 14
Opponent: vs. Giants
24.Antonio Brown, NE, WR10, Previous Ranking: 11 
Opponent: vs. Jets
25.Marlon Mack, IND, RB14, Previous Ranking: 25
Opponent: vs. Falcons
26.JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT, WR11, Previous Ranking: 17
Opponent: at 49ers
27. T.Y. Hilton, IND, WR12, Previous Ranking: 23
Opponent: vs. Falcons
28. Mark Ingram, BAL, RB15, Previous Ranking: 31
Opponent: at Chiefs
29. Kerryon Johnson, DET, RB16, Previous Ranking: 32
Opponent: at Eagles
30. Sammy Watkins, KC, WR13, Previous Ranking: 15
Opponent: vs. Ravens
31. Cooper Kupp, LAR, WR14, Previous Ranking: 29
Opponent: at Browns
32. Joe Mixon, CIN, RB17, Previous Ranking: 24
Opponent: at Bills
33. James White, NE, RB18, Previous Ranking: 44
Opponent: vs. Jets
34. Todd Gurley, LAR, RB19, Previous Ranking: 43
Opponent: at Browns
35. Josh Jacobs, OAK, RB20, Previous Ranking: 28
Opponent: at Vikings
34.Chris Godwin, TB, WR15, Previous Ranking: 51
Opponent: vs. Giants
35. Adam Thielen, MIN, WR16, Previous Ranking: 22
Opponent: vs. Raiders
36. Tyler Lockett, SEA, WR17, Previous Ranking: 49
Opponent: vs. Saints
37. Leonard Fournette, JAX, RB21, Previous Ranking: 36
Opponent: vs. Titans
38. George Kittle, SF, TE2, Previous Ranking: 45
Opponent: vs. Steelers
39. Zach Ertz, PHI, TE5, Previous Ranking: 46
Opponent: vs. Lions
40. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI, WR18, Previous Ranking: 40
Opponent: at Ravens
41. Damien Williams, KC, RB22, Previous Ranking: 41
Opponent: vs. Ravens
42. Sony Michel, NE, RB23, Previous Ranking: 55
Opponent: vs. Jets
43. David Montgomery, CHI, RB24, Previous Ranking: 56
Opponent: at Redskins
44. Marquise Brown, BAL, WR19, Previous Ranking: 64
Opponent: at Chiefs
45. Julian Edelman, NE, WR20, Previous Ranking: 30
Opponent: vs. Jets  
46. D.J. Moore, CAR, WR21, Previous Ranking: 50
Opponent: at Cardinals   
47. Devin Singletary, BUF, RB25, Previous Ranking: 39
Opponent: vs. Bengals
48. Evan Engram, NYG, TE4, Previous Ranking: 48
Opponent: at Buccaneers 
49. Stefon Diggs, MIN, WR22, Previous Ranking: 53
Opponent: vs. Raiders
50. Josh Gordon, NE, WR23, Previous Ranking: 37
Opponent: vs. Jets
51. Alshon Jeffery, PHI, WR24, Previous Ranking: 47
Opponent: vs. Lions
52. Robert Woods, LAR, WR25, Previous Ranking: 52
Opponent: at Browns
53. Tyrell Williams, OAK, WR26, Previous Ranking: 61
Opponent: at Vikings
54. Miles Sanders, PHI, RB26, Previous Ranking: 68
Opponent: vs. Lions
55. Phillip Lindsay, DEN, RB27, Previous Ranking: 58
Opponent: at Packers
56. Duke Johnson Jr., HOU, RB28, Previous Ranking: 42
Opponent: at Chargers
57. Matt Breida, SF, RB29, Previous Ranking: 94
Opponent: vs. Steelers
58. Devonta Freeman, ATL, RB30, Previous Ranking: 60
Opponent: at Colts
59. Jordan Howard, PHI, RB31, Previous Ranking: 59
Opponent: vs. Lions
60. Emmanuel Sanders, WR27, Previous Ranking: 81
Opponent: at Packers
61. Calvin Ridley, ATL, WR28, Previous Ranking: 65
Opponent: at Colts
62. Tarik Cohen, CHI, RB32, Previous Ranking: 38
Opponent: at Redskins
63. Tyler Boyd. CIN, WR29, Previous Ranking: 63
Opponent: at Bills
64. Terry McLaurin, WAS, WR30, Previous Ranking: 73
Opponent: vs. Bears
65. Jamison Crowder, NYJ, WR31, Previous Ranking: 66
Opponent: at Patriots
66. Brandin Cooks, LAR, WR32, Previous Ranking: 54
Opponent: at Browns
67. Jarvis Landry, CLE, WR33, Previous Ranking: 67
Opponent: vs. Rams
68. Mark Andrews, BAL, TE5, Previous Ranking: 76
Opponent: at Chiefs
69. Latavius Murray, NO, RB33, Previous Ranking: 69
Opponent: at Seahawks
70. Robby Anderson, NYJ, WR34, Previous Ranking: 70
Opponent: at Patriots
71. Curtis Samuel, CAR, WR35, Previous Ranking: 71
Opponent: at Cardinals
72. D.K. Metcalf, SEA, WR36, Previous Ranking: 92
Opponent: vs. Saints
73. John Brown, BUF, WR37, Previous Ranking: 74
Opponent: vs. Bengals
74. Allen Robinson, CHI, WR38, Previous Ranking: 82
Opponent: at Redskins
75. Will Fuller V, HOU, WR39, Previous Ranking: 72
Opponent: at Chargers
76. Vance McDonald, PIT, TE6, Previous Ranking: 97
Opponent: at 49ers
77. O.J. Howard, TB, TE7, Previous Ranking: 57
Opponent: vs. Giants
78. Austin Hooper, ATL, TE8, Previous Ranking: 77
Opponent: at Colts
79. Darren Waller, OAK, TE9, Previous Ranking: 100
Opponent: at Vikings
80. Marvin Jones, DET, WR40, Previous Ranking: 80
Opponent: at Eagles
81. Delanie Walker, TEN, TE10, Previous Ranking: 75
Opponent: at Jaguars
82. Christian Kirk, ARI, WR41, Previous Ranking: 83
Opponent: vs. Panthers
83. Courtland Sutton, DEN, WR42, Previous Ranking: 84
Opponent: at Packers
84. John Ross III, CIN, WR43, Previous Ranking: 85
Opponent: at Bills
85. LeSean McCoy, KC, RB34, Previous Ranking: 86
Opponent: vs. Ravens
86. Kenyan Drake, MIA, RB35, Previous Ranking: 87
Opponent: at Cowboys
87. James Washington, PIT, WR44, Previous Ranking: 88
Opponent: at 49ers
88. Adrian Peterson, WAS, RB36, Previous Ranking: 89
Opponent: vs, Bears 
89. Chris Thompson, WAS, RB37, Previous Ranking: 90
Opponent: vs. Bears
90. Dede Westbrook, JAX, WR45, Previous Ranking: 91
Opponent: vs. Titans
91. Mecole Hardman, KC, WR46, Previous Ranking: 93
Opponent: vs. Ravens
92. Giovani Bernard, CIN, RB38, Previous Ranking: 95
Opponent: at Bills
93. Sterling Shepard, NYG, WR47, Previous Ranking: NR
Opponent: at Buccaneers
94. Carlos Hyde, HOU, RB39, Previous Ranking: NR
Opponent: at Chargers
95. Frank Gore, BUF, RB40, Previous Ranking; NR
Opponent: vs. Bengals
96. Preston Williams, MIA, WR48, Previous Ranking:NR
Opponent:at Cowboys
97. Deebo Samuel, SF, WR49, Previous Ranking: NR
Opponent: vs. Steelers
98. Randall Cobb, DAL, WR50, Previous Ranking: NR
Opponent: vs. Dolphins
99. DJ Chark, JAX, WR51, Previous Ranking: NR
Opponent: vs. Titans
100. Corey Davis, TEN, WR52, Previous Ranking: NR
Opponent: at Jaguars

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

Quarterback Rankings: Week 3
Running Back Rankings: Week 3
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 3
Tight End Rankings: Week 3

Flex Rankings: Week 2

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Giants HC Pat Shurmur is done talking to Mike Francesa

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Giants HC Pat Shurmur is done talking to Mike Francesa

Just two days after the Giants announced they'd be benching Eli Manning for Daniel Jones, the team also announced that head coach Pat Shurmur has canceled his weekly radio segment on WFAN with Mike Francesa.

The Giants are 0-2, just benched Eli Manning, and there generally aren't a whole lot of positives coming out of the Meadowlands these days, so it's no surprise that the team may be cutting back on media availabilities.

Francesa has made a career off of being an outstanding radio personality and as somebody not afraid to ask the tough questions. But as the losing seasons have piled up, and Giants are winless this season, the first two interviews between Shurmur and Francesa have bordered on uncomfortable. In fact, calling them interviews might be a stretch. There was a lot of Francesa talking and not a ton of question-asking.

Being that this has become more of a behavior than a one-off occurrence, the Giants have decided to pull the plug on the weekly spot for now.


“I think that was an organizational decision not to do that,” Shurmur told reporters Thursday. “Most people aren’t aware of this, but I wasn’t contractually obligated to do that spot. We did it as a courtesy and out of respect for our relationship with the radio station. We just felt like for a while, just put that to bed for a while and not do it and move forward.”

The Giants' feud with Francesa is even more far-reaching. Eli Manning also ended his weekly spot with Francesa ahead of this season. After Francesa blasted the Giants for drafting Corey Ballentine, who was shot after the draft — for which he has since apologized — he was denied access to Giants general manager Dave Gettleman at training camp. In turn, he canceled his annual program from camp.

There's no telling where this saga goes from here, given Francesa's candor and platform, but one thing's for sure; he won't be talking to Pat Shurmur on the radio.

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