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Fantasy Fix: Week 7 rankings

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Fantasy Fix: Week 7 rankings

Here we go, the Week 7 fantasy football rankings. This week is trickier than normal for owners considering the number of potent players out because of byes, including Aaron Rodgers, Matt Forte, A.J. Green and Demaryius Thomas. Then you have the Sunday morning matchup overseas between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills. Also keep an eye on the status on the likes of injured players Marcus Mariota, Dion Lewis, Dez Bryant, Jordan Reed and DeSean Jackson.

I'll certainly do that and will update my rankings/talk about the players over the weekend. This is primarily a Twitter thing, but also note I'm part of the Comcast SportsNet weekly fantasy football show which first airs Friday's at 6:00 p.m. and reairs several times including Sunday morning at 11AM. Speaking of Twitter, shoot me your questions and we might use it on the show. Cool? Cool.

Players I like more than normal this week: Carson Palmer, Philip Rivers, Blake Bortles, Todd Gurley, Lamar Miller, Christine Michael, Charles Sims, Larry Fitzgerald, Keenan Allen, Stefon Diggs, Pierre Garcon, Dorian Green-Beckham, Antonio Gates, Delanie Walker, Jacob Tamme

Players I like less than normal this week: Joe Flacco, Chris Ivory, Dion Lewis, Jordan Matthews, Kendall Wright, Jordan Reed, Heath Miller.

Lineup and roster scenarios worth watching heading into Sunday: Cowboys backfield (Christine Michael, Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden), Bills quarterback (Tyrod Taylor, E.J. Manuel), Ravens tight end (Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams), Patriots backfield (Dion Lewis, LeGarrette Blount), Brown backfield (Duke Johnson, Isaiah Crowell, Robert Turbin)

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Quarterbacks

  1. Carson Palmer - ARI vs. Bal
  2. Andrew Luck - IND vs. NO
  3. Tom Brady - NE vs. NYJ
  4. Philip Rivers - SD vs. Oak
  5. Drew Brees - NO at Ind
  6. Cam Newton - CAR vs. Phi
  7. Russell Wilson - SEA at SF
  8. Blake Bortles - JAC vs. Buf
  9. Matt Ryan - ATL at Ten
  10. Matthew Stafford - DET vs. Min
  11. Eli Manning - NYG vs. Dal
  12. Tyrod Taylor - BUF at Jac
  13. Ryan Fitzpatrick - NYJ at NE
  14. Ryan Tannehill - MIA vs. Hou
  15. Brian Hoyer - HOU at Mia
  16. Sam Bradford - PHI at Car
  17. Josh McCown - CLE at StL
  18. Colin Kaepernick - SF vs. Sea
  19. Landry Jones - PIT at KC
  20. Teddy Bridgewater - MIN at Det
  21. Alex Smith - KC vs. Pit
  22. Derek Carr - OAK at SD
  23. Joe Flacco - BAL at Ari
  24. Kirk Cousins - WAS vs. TB
  25. Jameis Winston - TB at Was
  26. Nick Foles - STL vs. Cle
  27. Zach Mettenberger - TEN vs. Atl
  28. Matt Cassel - DAL at NYG

Running backs

  1. Devonta Freeman - ATL at Ten
  2. Todd Gurley - STL vs. Cle
  3. Le'Veon Bell - PIT at KC
  4. Adrian Peterson - MIN at Det
  5. Arian Foster - HOU at Mia
  6. Marshawn Lynch - SEA at SF
  7. Lamar Miller - MIA vs. Hou
  8. LeSean McCoy - BUF at Jac
  9. Chris Ivory - NYJ at NE
  10. Mark Ingram - NO at Ind
  11. Latavius Murray - OAK at SD
  12. Frank Gore - IND vs. NO
  13. Doug Martin - TB at Was
  14. DeMarco Murray - PHI at Car
  15. Carlos Hyde - SF vs. Sea
  16. LeGarrette Blount - NE vs. NYJ
  17. Danny Woodhead - SD vs. Oak
  18. Chris Johnson - ARI vs. Bal
  19. Dion Lewis - NE vs. NYJ
  20. Justin Forsett - BAL at Ari
  21. Jonathan Stewart - CAR vs. Phi
  22. Duke Johnson - CLE at StL
  23. Christine Michael - DAL at NYG
  24. T.J. Yeldon - JAC vs. Buf
  25. Theo Riddick - DET vs. Min
  26. Alfred Morris - WAS vs. TB
  27. Charcandrick West - KC vs. Pit
  28. Melvin Gordon - SD vs. Oak
  29. Shane Vereen - NYG vs. Dal
  30. Ameer Abdullah - DET vs. Min
  31. Joseph Randle - DAL at NYG
  32. Rashad Jennings - NYG vs. Dal
  33. Ryan Mathews - PHI at Car
  34. Andre Ellington - ARI vs. Bal
  35. Antonio Andrews - TEN vs. Atl
  36. Isaiah Crowell - CLE at StL
  37. Charles Sims - TB at Was
  38. Matt Jones - WAS vs. TB
  39. Darren McFadden - DAL at NYG
  40. Knile Davis - KC vs. Pit
  41. David Johnson - ARI vs. Bal
  42. Darren Sproles - PHI at Car
  43. Tevin Coleman - ATL at Ten
  44. Denard Robinson - JAC vs. Buf
  45. Robert Turbin - CLE at StL
  46. Roy Helu - OAK at SD
  47. Chris Thompson - WAS vs. TB
  48. Khiry Robinson - NO at Ind
  49. Dexter McCluster - TEN vs. Atl
  50. C.J. Spiller - NO at Ind
  51. Javorius Allen - BAL at Ari
  52. Bilal Powell - NYJ at NE
  53. Mike Tolbert - CAR vs. Phi

Wide receivers

  1. DeAndre Hopkins - HOU at Mia
  2. Julio Jones - ATL at Ten
  3. Larry Fitzgerald - ARI vs. Bal
  4. Keenan Allen - SD vs. Oak
  5. Brandon Marshall - NYJ at NE
  6. Calvin Johnson - DET vs. Min
  7. Odell Beckham - NYG vs. Dal
  8. Julian Edelman - NE vs. NYJ
  9. T.Y. Hilton - IND vs. NO
  10. Antonio Brown - PIT at KC
  11. Eric Decker - NYJ at NE
  12. John Brown - ARI vs. Bal
  13. Steve Smith - BAL at Ari
  14. Allen Robinson - JAC vs. Buf
  15. Mike Evans - TB at Was
  16. Amari Cooper - OAK at SD
  17. Donte Moncrief - IND vs. NO
  18. Martavis Bryant - PIT at KC
  19. Jarvis Landry - MIA vs. Hou
  20. Allen Hurns - JAC vs. Buf
  21. Vincent Jackson - TB at Was
  22. Travis Benjamin - CLE at StL
  23. Jeremy Maclin - KC vs. Pit
  24. Stefon Diggs - MIN at Det
  25. Willie Snead - NO at Ind
  26. Jordan Matthews - PHI at Car
  27. Brandin Cooks - NO at Ind
  28. Pierre Garcon - WAS vs. TB
  29. Golden Tate - DET vs. Min
  30. Anquan Boldin - SF vs. Sea
  31. Rishard Matthews - MIA vs. Hou
  32. Michael Crabtree - OAK at SD
  33. Tavon Austin - STL vs. Cle
  34. Kendall Wright - TEN vs. Atl
  35. Jamison Crowder - WAS vs. TB
  36. Terrance Williams - DAL at NYG
  37. Leonard Hankerson - ATL at Ten
  38. Mike Wallace - MIN at Det
  39. Michael Floyd - ARI vs. Bal
  40. Rueben Randle - NYG vs. Dal
  41. Ted Ginn - CAR vs. Phi
  42. Doug Baldwin - SEA at SF
  43. Torrey Smith - SF vs. Sea
  44. Dorial Green-Beckham - TEN vs. Atl
  45. Robert Woods - BUF at Jac
  46. Kamar Aiken - BAL at Ari
  47. Malcom Floyd - SD vs. Oak
  48. Roddy White - ATL at Ten
  49. Danny Amendola - NE vs. NYJ
  50. Chris Hogan - BUF at Jac
  51. Kenny Stills - MIA vs. Hou
  52. Andre Johnson - IND vs. NO
  53. Josh Huff - PHI at Car
  54. DeSean Jackson - WAS vs. TB
  55. Steve Johnson - SD vs. Oak
  56. Devin Funchess - CAR vs. Phi
  57. Jermaine Kearse - SEA at SF
  58. Kenny Britt - STL vs. Cle
  59. DeVante Parker - MIA vs. Hou
  60. Cole Beasley - DAL at NYG
  61. Riley Cooper - PHI at Car
  62. Nate Washington - HOU at Mia
  63. Bryan Walters - JAC vs. Buf
  64. Tyler Lockett - SEA at SF
  65. Lance Moore - DET vs. Min
  66. Albert Wilson - KC vs. Pit
  67. Markus Wheaton - PIT at KC
  68. Justin Hunter - TEN vs. Atl

Tight ends

  1. Rob Gronkowski - NE vs. NYJ
  2. Antonio Gates - SD vs. Oak
  3. Greg Olsen - CAR vs. Phi
  4. Travis Kelce - KC vs. Pit
  5. Jimmy Graham - SEA at SF
  6. Julius Thomas - JAC vs. Buf
  7. Delanie Walker - TEN vs. Atl
  8. Gary Barnidge - CLE at StL
  9. Charles Clay - BUF at Jac
  10. Jordan Reed - WAS vs. TB
  11. Jason Witten - DAL at NYG
  12. Jordan Cameron - MIA vs. Hou
  13. Kyle Rudolph - MIN at Det
  14. Ben Watson - NO at Ind
  15. Crockett Gillmore - BAL at Ari
  16. Jacob Tamme - ATL at Ten
  17. Ladarius Green - SD vs. Oak
  18. Zach Ertz - PHI at Car
  19. Larry Donnell - NYG vs. Dal
  20. Coby Fleener - IND vs. NO
  21. Heath Miller - PIT at KC
  22. Dwayne Allen - IND vs. NO
  23. Jared Cook - STL vs. Cle
  24. Brent Celek - PHI at Car
  25. Josh Hill - NO at Ind
  26. Vernon Davis - SF vs. Sea
  27. Tim Wright - DET vs. Min
  28. Derek Carrier - WAS vs. TB

Kickers

  1. Stephen Gostkowski - NE vs. NYJ
  2. Chandler Catanzaro - ARI vs. Bal
  3. Steven Hauschka - SEA at SF
  4. Adam Vinatieri - IND vs. NO
  5. Josh Brown - NYG vs. Dal
  6. Matt Bryant - ATL at Ten
  7. Justin Tucker - BAL at Ari
  8. Josh Lambo - SD vs. Oak
  9. Dan Carpenter - BUF at Jac
  10. Blair Walsh - MIN at Det
  11. Dan Bailey - DAL at NYG
  12. Graham Gano - CAR vs. Phi
  13. Cairo Santos - KC vs. Pit
  14. Dustin Hopkins - WAS vs. TB
  15. Matt Prater - DET vs. Min
  16. Nick Folk - NYJ at NE
  17. Chris Boswell - PIT at KC
  18. Greg Zuerlein - STL vs. Cle
  19. Travis Coons - CLE at StL
  20. Phil Dawson - SF vs. Sea

Defenses

  1. Carolina Panthers - CAR vs. Phi
  2. Seattle Seahawks - SEA at SF
  3. St. Louis Rams - STL vs. Cle
  4. Arizona Cardinals - ARI vs. Bal
  5. Washington Redskins - WAS vs. TB
  6. Minnesota Vikings - MIN at Det
  7. Buffalo Bills - BUF at Jac
  8. Miami Dolphins - MIA vs. Hou
  9. New England Patriots - NE vs. NYJ
  10. New York Giants - NYG vs. Dal
  11. New York Jets - NYJ at NE
  12. Philadelphia Eagles - PHI at Car
  13. Houston Texans - HOU at Mia
  14. Atlanta Falcons - ATL at Ten
  15. Kansas City Chiefs - KC vs. Pit
  16. Pittsburgh Steelers - PIT at KC
  17. San Diego Chargers - SD vs. Oak
  18. Jacksonville Jaguars - JAC vs. Buf
  19. Cleveland Browns - CLE at StL
  20. San Francisco 49ers - SF vs. Sea

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Early returns show solid Redskins squad, with potential for more

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Early returns show solid Redskins squad, with potential for more

More than 100 days remain before the Redskins take the field in meaningful NFL action.

Any and all excitement needs to be tempered, significantly, because what happens on a practice field in May without pads does not represent what will happen in September, October and beyond. 

Still, the Redskins group that took the field this week for OTAs showed promise. 

New quarterback Alex Smith looked crisp, connecting with a variety of wideouts and commanding the huddle. New wideout Paul Richardson made the best play of the session when he streaked down the field past rookie cornerback Greg Stroman and hauled in a deep pass from Smith. The play showed Smith's ability to identify open receivers downfield, as well as Richardson's ability to go up and grab a contested catch. Even Stroman, the seventh-round rookie, positioned himself well, he just fell victim to a perfect pass and tremendous athleticism.

That was only one play in a two-hour session. Again, don't take too much from May, when players don't wear pads or engage in any of the violence that the NFL is predicated upon. But the OTAs do serve a purpose, both for players and coaches, and there were nuggets to absorb and try to project for the fall. Here they are:

  • Jay Gruden made clear he's not concerned about the health of his offensive line. Trent Williams and Morgan Moses are recuperating from offseason surgery, but Gruden believes both are on track for when things start to matter. It's a good thing the coach isn't concerned because this was the 'Skins line in OTAs (left to right): Geron Christian, Shawn Lauvao, Chase Roullier, Brandon Scherff, John Kling. Should that lineup take the field this fall, there will be trouble. 
     
  • The Redskins lost Kendall Fuller and Bashaud Breeland this offseason, and the secondary depth will be something to watch throughout training camp. At OTAs, newly signed veteran cornerback Orlando Scandrick lined up opposite Josh Norman in the team's base 3-4 defense. In nickel and dime coverage, Quinton Dunbar lined up opposite Norman and Scandrick moved to the slot. As things progress, it will be interesting to see if Dunbar surpasses Scandrick in base coverage, and what becomes of 2017 third-round pick Fabian Moreau. Stay tuned.  
     
  • Rookie running back Derrius Guice looked every part of the first-round talent many judged him to be before draft season rumors caused him to slide to the late second round. Guice cuts with authority and is able to see holes before they form and patiently wait to hit the open space. Guice also looked fine in pass-catching drills, one area that was a question coming out of LSU (but that says more about LSU's prehistoric offense). Watching the Redskins offense work, it seems clear Guice will be the heaviest used runner this fall.
     
  • That said, don't count out Robert Kelley. He looks leaner and plenty quick, showing a few impressive runs during the session. Byron Marshall also looked good, and Gruden pointed out his success in his post-OTA press conference. The running back group will have plenty of competition all the way through Richmond. 
     
  • Jonathan Allen has switched jersey numbers from 95 to 93. Rookie Daron Payne is now wearing 95. Payne and Allen both went to Alabama, both are huge, and both play defensive line. The number switch will take some getting used to. 
     
  • Zach Brown missed the OTA session as he was moving, and interestingly in his spot with the starting defense was Josh Harvey-Clemons. The second-year pro out of Louisville showed impressive speed in coverage, and remember he played safety in college and performed quite well. He has ball skills and great size to be a coverage linebacker. Some were surprised when the Redskins kept JHC last season at the cut to 53, but his development appears to be paying off for the organization. 
     
  • Another linebacker that made a play was Zach Vigil. He impressed for the Redskins late last season and was running the Washington second-team defensive huddle. At one point, Vigil broke through the line of scrimmage and blew up a run play. That prompted D.J. Swearinger to yell from the sideline, "OK Zach. OK ZACH!"
     
  • Speaking of Swearinger, the Redskins defensive captain seemed in midseason form when it comes to yelling encouragement on the field. Nobody hypes up the defense like Swearinger, particularly when the secondary makes a big play. On one pass Dunbar made a nice diving play to break up a pass, and Swearinger and Josh Norman got very fired up, shouting and jumping around. The entire defense responded. Little stuff like that helps disrupt the monotony of offseason work. 
     
  • Jamison Crowder looks jacked and quick. The end. 

 

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—OTA report, fans excited about young D-line

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—OTA report, fans excited about young D-line

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, May 25, 62 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington

Trades, misses and mistakes explain Redskins' dead cap—This post does a good job of outlining where the Redskins’ dead cap came from. It should be noted that dead cap is a part of the cost of doing business in the NFL and the Redskins have done fairly well managing it this year. Only about a dozen teams have less dead cap on the books than the Redskins $5.2 million. 

Tandler's Take—The best- and worst-case scenarios for the 2018 Redskins—I received some comments saying that my worst-case scenario, a 6-10 finish, is not low enough. Since we’re talking about events that won’t begin to happen for about three and a half months, I can’t really argue with them. But it’s just hard for me to see them dropping more than a game from last year when they were hit harder with injuries than any other team in the NFL. 

Pre-OTAs Redskins player one-liners, defense—An extension for Matt Ioannidis seemed preposterous a year ago, now it seems like a good idea. How many sacks for Lanier? When will Ryan Anderson get his first sack? Plus offensive player one-liners here

Redskins OTA practice report—QB Alex Smith sharp—You can’t tell everything from OTAs, but you can tell some things. Taking another look at this post, I gave a good, detailed look at the session, but I didn’t really mention the overall feel, which was fun and energetic. 

Tweet of the week

Certainly, Derrius Guice is the fan favorite of the rookie class. But the great reaction to this tweet shows that there is plenty of love for Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen, last year’s top pick. 

In 2016, the starting defensive line consisted of Ricky Jean Francois, Chris Baker, and  Ziggy Hood. The top reserve was Cullen Jenkins. They all had their good qualities and made some plays. But Baker was the youngster of the group and he turned 30 during the season. It clearly was a group on the decline. 

Two years later, the picture is quite different. Payne and Allen lead a younger group that will get better over the next few years. Matt Ioannidis, Anthony Lanier, Tim Settle, and Stacy McGee should round out the group. McGee is by far the senior member of the group at age 28. None of the others have celebrated his 25thbirthday yet. 

Fans should perhaps temper their optimism with the knowledge that potential doesn’t always develop into performance. But unlike years past there is something to look forward to. 

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCSand follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCSand on Instagram @RichTandler

Timeline  

Days until:

—Minicamp (6/12) 18
—Training camp starts (7/26) 62
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 76

The Redskins last played a game 145 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 107 days. 

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