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Stanford TEs Ertz, Toilolo to enter NFL draft

Stanford TEs Ertz, Toilolo to enter NFL draft

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Tight End University is graduating two more of its finest.

All-American Zach Ertz and fellow redshirt junior Levine Toilolo announced Monday that they would forego their final year of eligibility at Stanford to enter the NFL draft.

While the moves had been somewhat expected, the Cardinal's recent run of success - and the emergence of quarterback Kevin Hogan - made both consider returning for one more run at a national title.

``Kevin's special, man. All those guys coming back on defense, I think they're going to be one of the best teams in the country next year,'' Ertz said by phone. ``They're going to be really good. But at the same time, I have to do what's best for me and my family at this time. I couldn't pass up the opportunity.''

Luke Kaumatule and Devon Cajuste will be in the mix to replace both next season. Standout fullback Ryan Hewitt also has played tight end sparingly, and Stanford coach David Shaw said last week that tight ends have been his biggest focus in recruiting.

After all, the two are the latest Cardinal tight ends to head to the NFL.

Coby Fleener was drafted 34th overall by the Indianapolis Colts last year. Jim Dray (2010) is playing for the Arizona Cardinals and Konrad Reuland (2011) for the New York Jets.

``Stanford's had a lot of great tight ends for sure,'' Ertz said. ``Guys like Jim and Konrad really started it lately, and I'm just thankful to have been a part of it.''

Ertz submitted paperwork to the NFL to gauge where he could be selected. He's expected to be a late first-round or early second-round pick in April.

After playing in the Orange Bowl and Fiesta Bowl the previous two years, Ertz had a team-best 69 receptions for 898 yards and six touchdowns while leading No. 8 Stanford (12-2) to the Pac-12 title and a Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin. The Cardinal had not won the Rose Bowl since 1972.

Ertz delivered in the biggest moments of the year, too. He caught the tying touchdown to force overtime in a win at top-ranked Oregon, the winning score against No. 2 Southern California and a 17-yard reception on fourth-and-9 on the final drive of regulation against Arizona to rally Stanford from a two-touchdown deficit for an overtime victory.

The 6-foot-6, 252-pound Ertz starred at nearby Monte Vista High School in Danville, Calif., where coaches convinced him to leave basketball behind and focus on football. Former San Francisco 49ers standout and four-time Pro Bowl tight end Brent Jones also helped mentor and mold Ertz into an elite blocker and receiver.

Back in seventh grade, Ertz hated football so much he wanted to quit. Instead, his mother, Lisa, convinced him to give the sport a chance- if nothing else just so he could see his full potential.

``I'd say it worked out all right,'' Ertz said.

Ertz plans to take the winter quarter off before finishing his degree in management science and engineering in June. He will train at California Strength in San Ramon, Calif., the same facility where former Stanford receivers Ryan Whalen and Chris Owusu worked out before they headed to the NFL.

Toilolo's departure is based more on his potential than production.

He had 24 receptions for 393 yards and four touchdowns last season. He's not nearly as polished as Ertz, but at 6-foot-8 and 265 pounds, Toilolo's size is enough to make scouts salivate.

A native of La Mesa, Calif., Toilolo majored in science, technology and society. Toilolo, who also is on pace to earn his degree in June, released a statement thanking his coaches, teammates and professors for helping him reach his goals.

``To all of my teammates, I wish you all the best of luck next season,'' Toilolo said, ``and I look forward to being able to cheer for you guys during the National Championship Game!''

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Antonio Gonzalez can be reached at: www.twitter.com/agonzalezAP

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Nationals Roundup: Nats gear up for Marlins test amidst NL Wild Card Race

Nationals Roundup: Nats gear up for Marlins test amidst NL Wild Card Race

The Washington Nationals will enter their Friday game at the Miami Marlins with eyes on results from the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers as the NL Wild Card race heats up. 

Here are the latest news and updates: 

Player Notes:

Starting pitcher Max Scherzer's five earned runs was the most he has been charged with in 20 starts as Washington fell to the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-1, in the final game of their three-game series.

First baseman Matt Adams likely won't start again for the rest of the regular season, but there's a chance he can come off the bench next week. He sprained his AC joint in his shoulder last week and participated in batting practice for the first time on Wednesday. 

Injuries

C Spencer Kieboom, elbow, 60-Day-IL, 2020

C Kurt Suzuki, elbow, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Joe Ross, arm, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Roenias Elias, arm, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Austen Williams, arm, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely

1B Matt Adams, shoulder, sidelined, day-to-day

RP John Venters, shoulder, 60-Day IL, 2020

RP Koda Glover, elbow, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely

Coming Up: 

Friday, Sept. 20: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m. at Marlins Park

Saturday, Sept. 21: Nats at Marlins, 6:10 p.m. at Marlins Park

Sunday, Sept. 22: Nats at Marlins, 1:10 p.m. at Marlins Park

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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