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2015 Fantasy Football rankings: The top 100

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2015 Fantasy Football rankings: The top 100

You’re not dreaming: The smell of football is in the air which means it’s time to break out CSNWashington.com’s 2015 fantasy football rankings. Here’s my initial overall list of the top 100 players for standard scoring leagues. Look for plenty of more lists and analysis, thoughts on sleepers and busts, with strategy ideas in between.

If you need additional incentive for checking us out over and over again, my 2014 preseason rankings finished ninth out of 167 industry “experts.” The caveat, as always, is that these rankings will certainly change throughout the preseason because of injuries, position battles, buzz and intuition. With that said, “Hut, Hut, Hike!”

1. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Steelers

2. Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings

3. Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers

4. Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs

5. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks

6. C.J. Anderson, RB, Broncos

7. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers

8. Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals

9. Arian Foster, RB, Texans

10. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys

11. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Giants

12. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos

13. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots

14. Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions

15. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons

16. Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers

17. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers

18. Andrew Luck, QB, Colts

19. LeSean McCoy, RB, Bills

20. Matt Forte, RB, Bears

21. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals

22. Alshon Jeffrey, WR, Bears

23. DeMarco Murray, RB, Eagles

24. Mike Evans, WR, Bucs

25. Randall Cobb, WR, Packers

26. Melvin Gordon, RB, Chargers

27. Jimmy Graham, TE, Seahawks

28. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans

29. Jordan Matthews, WR, Eagles

30. Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks

31. Frank Gore, RB, Colts

32. Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins 

33. Lamar Miller, RB, Dolphins

34. Brandin Cooks, WR, Saints

35. Ty Hilton, WR, Colts

36. Justin Forsett, RB, Ravens

37. Peyton Manning, QB, Broncos

38. Todd Gurley, RB, Rams

39. Mark Ingram, RB, Saints

40. Andre Ellington, RB, Cardinals

41. Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers

42. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Panthers

43. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos

44. Joseph Randle, RB, Cowboys

45. C.J. Spiller, RB, Saints

46. Drew Brees, QB, Saints

47. Andre Johnson, WR, Colts

48. Latavius Murray, RB, Raiders

49. Cam Newton, QB, Panthers

50. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers

51. Martavis Bryant, WR, Steelers

52. Amari Cooper, WR, Raiders

53. Brandon Marshall, WR, Jets

54. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers

55. T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jaguars

56. DeSean Jackson, WR, Redskins

57. Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers

58. Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs

59. Christopher Ivory, RB, Jets

60. Allen Robinson, WR, Jaguars

61. Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers

62. Golden Tate, WR, Lions

63. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Chiefs

64. Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons

65. Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys

66. Tom Brady, QB, Patriots

67. LeGarrette Blount, RB, Patriots

68. Tevin Coleman, RB, Falcons

69. Isaiah Crowell, RB, Browns

70. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Lions

71. Joique Bell, RB, Lions

72. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Dolphins

73. Rashad Jennings, RB, Giants

74. Shane Vereen, RB, Giants

75. Brandon LaFell, WR, Patriots

76. Anquan Boldin, WR, 49ers

77. Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills

78. Martellus Bennett, TE, Bears

79. Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots 

80. Eli Manning, QB, Giants

81. Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions

82. Delanie Walker, TE, Titans

83. Roddy White, WR, Falcons

84. Vincent Jackson, WR, Bucs

85. Nelson Agholor, WR, Eagles

86. Mike Wallace, WR, Dolphins

87. Steve Smith, WR, Ravens

88. Jarvis Landry, WR, Dolphins

89. Kevin White, WR, Bears

90. Pierre Garçon, WR, Redskins

91. Giovani Bernard, RB, Bengals

92. Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys

93. Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers

94. Zach Ertz, TE, Eagles

95. Doug Martin, RB, Bucs

96. Coby Fleener, TE, Colts

97. Julius Thomas, TE, Jaguars

98. Charles Johnson, WR, Vikings

99. Eric Decker, WR, Jets

100. Marques Colston, WR, Saints

As the season creeps closer, be sure to check back for subsequent position by position analysis with more insight.

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10 Questions for 10 Days: After Josh Norman, what's the plan at cornerback?

10 Questions for 10 Days: After Josh Norman, what's the plan at cornerback?

With Redskins Training Camp set to begin July 26th, JP Finlay takes a look at 10 of the most pressing questions for the Burgundy and Gold before the team heads to Richmond. 

No. 10: Major questions at linebacker on Redskins depth chart 

No. 9: What is Kevin O’Connell's new role in Redskins offense?

No. 8: More investments on D-Line, but who goes where?

No. 7: Do the Redskins have a 1,000-yard WR?

No. 6: Is Shawn Lauvao the concern, or is the issue bigger on the O-Line?

No. 5: What can the Redskins expect from Derrius Guice?

No. 4: After Josh Norman, what's the plan at cornerback?

In a way, the Redskins are quite lucky. Not every team in the NFL has an unequivocal No. 1 corner. Washington has that in Josh Norman

His interception numbers in 2017 did not get the job done, but he still played quite well. Norman got targeted significantly less than the league average, which means NFL quarterbacks actively chose not to mess with former All Pro. 

Still, Norman needs more interceptions than last year. He grabbed none, and he will admit that he must create more turnovers. 

Regardless, Norman is not the Redskins question mark at cornerback. What happens after Norman is the question. 

Washington moved quick this offseason to lock up Quinton Dunbar off restricted free agency. Dunbar has size and range, and has looked quite capable, in spots. He doesn't have a ton of experience, however, and will be asked to start this fall. The team also signed veteran Orlando Scandrick - from the Cowboys - as a likely nickel/slot corner. 

Second-year man Fabian Moreau will be expected to take a significant step forward this fall. The Redskins would like very much to be able to primarily rely on Norman, Moreau and Dunbar while asking less of Scandrick. 

Don't forget Washington lost Kendall Fuller and Bashaud Breeland this offseason. Fuller got moved to Kansas City as part of the Alex Smith trade, and Breeland remains a free agent.

Redskins coaches won't tell the exact truth, but the the team would love for Moreau to emerge opposite Norman and let Dunbar play in the slot. Or maybe let Moreau emerge in the slot, like Fuller did in 2017, and Dunbar opposite Norman. Scandrick hasn't played a full season since 2013, and the 'Skins brass can't expect that in 2018 for the 31-year-old corner. 

Josh Holsey, Adonis Alexander and Greg Stroman will provide depth at the bottom of the roster. That's two seventh-round picks and a supplemental sixth round pick. While each player provides reasons for optimism, it's hard to think any of the three young players will provide immediate help. They're better focused fighting for a roster spot than a starting spot. 

In 2017, cornerback ranked as a strength for the Redskins. 

In 2018, it's a big question. Elite play from Norman could change much of that equation. 

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Need to Know: Redskins training camp preview—Offense

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Need to Know: Redskins training camp preview—Offense

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, July 22, four days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

Training camp preview: Offense

Here are some of the big topics surrounding the offense at Redskins training camp along with some of the things I’ll be observing closely when training camp gets underway on Thursday. 

Alex Smith

The subheadline here doesn’t need any elaboration. The Redskins gave up a top-100 draft pick, a promising player, and $71 million in guaranteed money to get him. When asked about the timetable for Smith picking up the offense, Jay Gruden said, “He has got to get it down by the first game.”

That first game is seven weeks from today. Of course, the process has already started as Smith appeared to have a solid grasp of things in the offseason practices. There is every reason to think that he will look good in Richmond. 

The question is, how much will the coaches push him? Will they focus on him having success on shorter, easier throws to build his confidence? Or will they call plays that test his ability to throw deep? Last year in Kansas City his ability to hit on long passes helped transform him from being an above-average quarterback to an MVP candidate. The Redskins need him to be effective deep starting Week 1 and training camp needs to be the starting point. 

The running back rotation

This is primarily about Derrius Guice, who is the most anticipated rookie running back in team history. The Redskins were 28th in rushing yards last year and they bring back the same offensive line (although hoping for better health) and three of the same running backs. They are counting on Guice to be the difference maker. 

But Guice can’t do it by himself. Gruden will be wary of overworking his rookie, who has an aggressive running style and who was banged up for a lot of his last year at LSU. He also may give Guice a light load if he struggles in pass protection early on. Chris Thompson’s role is set. Where do Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine line up? Does one or the other take most of the first-team reps when Guice is getting a rest? 

The difference between being the third back and the fourth is big. The fourth back on the depth chart is unlikely to be active most game days. The active back could get five to 10 carries per game.

Who’s at left guard?

Is Shawn Lauvao going to be the left guard? It doesn’t seem logical that they would put all their eggs in Lauvao’s injury-prone and frequently ineffective basket. Will Ty Nsekhe line up there? Do they think that Tyler Catalina or Kyle Kalis can push for the starting job? Is a trade in the offing? 

Jordan Reed’s health

This does not need much explanation if you’ve been paying attention the last several years. It would be both a good sign and a major surprise if he starts camp healthy and doesn’t miss any time due to injuries. If he’s out there, there is no question that he and Smith will quickly develop chemistry. 

Wide receiver depth chart

The stakes at wide receiver are similar to those at running back. The top backup behind the three starters, who could be any of Maurice Harris, Robert Davis, Brian Quick or Try Quinn, will have a regular role in the offense line Ryan Grant had last year. The fifth guy will rarely play, the player who has the sixth spot will rarely play, and the seventh won’t have a job. 

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Timeline 

Happy birthday to Redskins running back Quinton Dunbar, who was born on this date in 1992.

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 4
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 18
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 41

The Redskins last played a game 203 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 49 days. 

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