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Fantasy Football 2017 –– the sleepers


Fantasy Football 2017 –– the sleepers

Armstrong. Columbus. De Soto. Polo. Hillary. These famous explorers discovered new lands and sites on this planet and beyond, thus becoming immortalized. 

The vast majority of fantasy football owners, or at least the common and likely accurate stereotypes, share little in common with such daredevils. That doesn't mean they don't have plenty of explorer traits within despite the nerd vibe or voluminous beer-drinking exterior.

Outside of winning a league title, there's no better feeling than having discovered the breakout rookie running back or planted a flag in that quarterback poised for a comeback season. There's also almost no better way to claim victory than nailing your middle-to-late round selections.


There are always hits and misses when projecting players who could potentially outkick their draft status. Last year was no exception.

On my positive ledger, Matt Ryan's QB20 ADP (Average Draft Position) seemed crazy low considering the Julio Jones factor and Ryan's own gunslinging history. He finished the season No. 2 among all quarterbacks behind Aaron Rodgers.

Meanwhile, Jamison Crowder and Sterling Shepard emerged as slot threats worthy of fantasy starts and Jordan Howard ("who could emerge as the Bears' leading rusher) did as hoped. On the other side, Redskins RB Matt Jones lost his job midway through the season, Dorial Green-Beckham was sent packing and Kenneth Dixon never took off.

Them the breaks when looking at sleepers. Even though the misses can sting, the hits are intoxicating -- and why we can't wait to go exploring the next time. 

The new list includes a rookie running back poised to lead his team in carries whose name isn't Leonard Fournette or Joe Mixon; two veteran quarterbacks with new weapons; and a rising second-year tight end set to start for one of the NFL's most explosive offenses.


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Derrius Guice saw 'Avengers' on Monday night — and brought a bunch of Redskins fans with him

Derrius Guice saw 'Avengers' on Monday night — and brought a bunch of Redskins fans with him

Those who are worried about Derrius Guice's character picked up some added evidence when, on Monday night, the Redskins rookie invited a bunch of fans to watch Avengers with him in Ashburn.

Man, what is this guy's deal?

First of all, not everyone likes superheroes. So how did he know that those who joined him actually wanted to see Avengers?  Did he even ask? What if they wanted to see that really successful, really funny, really well-regarded Amy Schumer comedy, instead?

Then, there's the issue of Guice buying tickets and concessions for those who showed up.

Some people enjoy buying movie tickets — which are absolutely reasonably priced these days — and, as far as the concessions, seriously? Candy? Popcorn? He could've at least offered to buy something healthier, like broccoli. All movie theaters have broccoli.  

Thankfully, those who took Guice up on his invitation weren't grateful for the experience at all, which hopefully means this will be the last time he orchestrates a dastardly deed like this one:

At this point, it's a surprise Guice didn't slide even farther down in the draft, like to the 15th round. Unbelievable.



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Redskins G Arie Kouandjio likely out for the season

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Redskins G Arie Kouandjio likely out for the season

The news about Arie Kouandjio’s quad injury didn’t sound good when NBC Sports Washington broke it a couple of weeks ago. It didn’t sound any better when Jay Gruden said that they were seeking a second opinion. 

And now we have word that Kouandjio will be out for the season, per multiple media reports. While there was some initial hope that he might be able to play at some point this season, he is likely to be put on injured reserve soon. 

The corresponding move is expected to be the signing of guard Isaiah Williams, per JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington. He spent training camp with the Redskins in 2016 and 2017 before being released in the final cuts. Last year he also spent time with the Chiefs and the Colts but he has yet to appear in an NFL game. 

At worst, the Redskins have lost their starter at left guard. Kouandjio was set to compete with Shawn Lauvao for that job. Lauvao, who has been the starter at left guard going into the season for each of the last four years, would have been tough to unseat, but the 26-year-old Kouandjio may have had the inside track.

And at best, the Redskins lost experienced depth. Last year, when injuries hit hard along the offensive line, Kouandjio was re-signed and he started six games. It’s tough to lose experienced depth before the players even put pads on.

We will see if the Redskins make a move to shore up the guard position. Over the next couple of weeks, teams will be evaluating their veteran players and their rookies to see if they have younger and cheaper options. That could lead to some serviceable players getting released or some quality options being put on the trading block. 

The Redskins likely are set to get four compensatory draft picks in 2019, which would give them a total of 11 selections. They certainly could afford to deal one of those picks if they are offered a chance to upgrade at left guard. 

More 2018 Redskins

- 53-man roster: Player one-liners, offense
- Tandler’s Take: Best- and worst-case scenarios for 2018
- The draft: Redskins should get 4 additional picks in 2019 draft
- Schedule series: Gotta beat the Cowboys

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