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Fantasy Football: Updated top 150 rankings

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Fantasy Football: Updated top 150 rankings

Here we go, my latest top 150 fantasy football rankings, but first, a little strategy session.

Quarterback - All the people claiming they no longer care about DeflateGate clearly don't play fantasy football. Tom Brady's draft value drops into the 10-12 range if the insane four-game suspension is upheld, ticks up slightly if halved and jumps into top-5 territory if wiped out altogether. My advice on Brady based on his current status remains the same and works in concert with a wait-on-drafting-your-QB strategy. Go ahead and select him as early as 10th overall QB, but don't wait to long before adding a viable four-week fill-in like Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater or Carson Palmer. Hope those guys get off to hot starts and then flip them to another owner when Brady returns. Also, remember that fantasy football typically isn't about cumulative stats, but winning games and winning late. Brady will play during the fantasy playoffs. With no bye weeks early, your other players can carry the day until the Golden Boy returns if he misses any time at all. ...We'll see if Kirk Cousins helps the Washington Redskins win more games, but his presence as the starting quarterback helps the outlook for (almost) all involved. For more of my fantasy thoughts on Cousins and the Redskins, click here for words and here for my latest podcast (We start with the Redskins).

Running back - Go ahead and drool all over Ameer Abdullah highlights or plant your flag with Joique Bell's versatility. Individually, positive takes are valid. Collectively and combined with how the Lions often interchangeably use their backs, the situation is far murky. Abdullah looked all kinds of shifty early during the preseason. The rookie went 5-15 in his next two games. Bell returned from PUP list. That's good. That he averaged under four yards per carry (3.9) in each of the last two seasons is not. Bell did catch over 30 passes last seasons, but so did Theo Riddick, who remains on the roster just to annoy fantasy owners. For full disclosure, I own Bell in one league as an RB3/Flex option where Jaguars rookie T.J. Yeldon as my current second back. I would consider drafting Abdullah if I went with a zero-RB approach and wanted pure upside in the round 4-5 range. That's not the same as targeting either directly.

Wide receiver - The one player I'd love to grab from each of my five WR tiers for PPR (points per reception) formats: Antonio Brown, Brandin Cooks, Allen Robinson, Nelson Agholor, Markus Wheaton. These calls are all about upside and volume targets. Adding a veteran like Larry Fitzgerald also works as something of a safe hedge, but one with potential for big weeks.

Tight end - No real interest in Julius Thomas throughout the draft prep process, though I ranked him in the 8-10 range. That status changed with news he'll likely need finger surgery and could be out the next month or so. The swap from Peyton Manning to Blake Bortles already was a downer. That many fantasy owners would overreach for name recognition took essentially took him off my board (so did my plan of either grabbing one of the to 3-4 tight end or waiting for one in double-digit rounds). Now, Thomas definitely drops into that blobby fifth tier mass with the likes of Zach Ertz and Larry Donnell. All could rock, but who knows which one gets it done. Unless you Gronk it early, build your roster at RB and WR, then grab a tight end.

RANKINGS

  1. Adrian Peterson - MIN RB
  2. Le'Veon Bell - PIT RB
  3. Eddie Lacy - GB RB
  4. Jamaal Charles - KC RB
  5. Marshawn Lynch - SEA RB
  6. C.J. Anderson - DEN RB
  7. Antonio Brown - PIT WR
  8. Jeremy Hill - CIN RB
  9. Dez Bryant - DAL WR
  10. Julio Jones - ATL WR
  11. Odell Beckham - NYG WR
  12. Rob Gronkowski - NE TE
  13. Matt Forte - CHI RB
  14. Demaryius Thomas - DEN WR
  15. Calvin Johnson - DET WR
  16. Randall Cobb - GB WR
  17. A.J. Green - CIN WR
  18. Andrew Luck - IND QB
  19. Aaron Rodgers - GB QB
  20. Frank Gore - IND RB
  21. DeMarco Murray - PHI RB
  22. LeSean McCoy - BUF RB
  23. Alshon Jeffery - CHI WR
  24. Mike Evans - TB WR
  25. Jordan Matthews - PHI WR
  26. Lamar Miller - MIA RB
  27. Jimmy Graham - SEA TE
  28. DeAndre Hopkins - HOU WR
  29. Brandin Cooks - NO WR
  30. T.Y. Hilton - IND WR
  31. Russell Wilson - SEA QB
  32. Justin Forsett - BAL RB
  33. Mark Ingram - NO RB
  34. Andre Johnson - IND WR
  35. Melvin Gordon - SD RB
  36. Emmanuel Sanders - DEN WR
  37. Carlos Hyde - SF RB
  38. Andre Ellington - ARI RB
  39. Joseph Randle - DAL RB
  40. Latavius Murray - OAK RB
  41. Jonathan Stewart - CAR RB
  42. Brandon Marshall - NYJ WR
  43. Alfred Morris - WAS RB
  44. Ameer Abdullah - DET RB
  45. Chris Ivory - NYJ RB
  46. Peyton Manning - DEN QB
  47. Amari Cooper - OAK WR
  48. Matt Ryan - ATL QB
  49. Drew Brees - NO QB
  50. Ryan Tannehill - MIA QB
  51. Davante Adams - GB WR
  52. Keenan Allen - SD WR
  53. Doug Martin - TB RB
  54. T.J. Yeldon - JAC RB
  55. Allen Robinson - JAC WR
  56. Golden Tate - DET WR
  57. Greg Olsen - CAR TE
  58. Arian Foster - HOU RB
  59. Sammy Watkins - BUF WR
  60. DeSean Jackson - WAS WR
  61. Travis Kelce - KC TE
  62. Jeremy Maclin - KC WR
  63. Ben Roethlisberger - PIT QB
  64. Tony Romo - DAL QB
  65. Eli Manning - NYG QB
  66. LeGarrette Blount - NE RB
  67. Jarvis Landry - MIA WR
  68. Nelson Agholor - PHI WR
  69. C.J. Spiller - NO RB
  70. Todd Gurley - STL RB
  71. Joique Bell - DET RB
  72. Giovani Bernard - CIN RB
  73. Tom Brady - NE QB
  74. Ryan Mathews - PHI RB
  75. Martellus Bennett - CHI TE
  76. Devonta Freeman - ATL RB
  77. Charles Johnson - MIN WR
  78. Anquan Boldin - SF WR
  79. Cam Newton - CAR QB
  80. Matthew Stafford - DET QB
  81. Julian Edelman - NE WR
  82. Brandon LaFell - NE WR
  83. Philip Rivers - SD QB
  84. Mike Wallace - MIN WR
  85. Roddy White - ATL WR
  86. Rashad Jennings - NYG RB
  87. Shane Vereen - NYG RB
  88. Vincent Jackson - TB WR
  89. Steve Smith - BAL WR
  90. John Brown - ARI WR
  91. Markus Wheaton - PIT WR
  92. Eric Decker - NYJ WR
  93. Larry Fitzgerald - ARI WR
  94. Delanie Walker - TEN TE
  95. Jason Witten - DAL TE
  96. Zach Ertz - PHI TE
  97. Bishop Sankey - TEN RB
  98. Dwayne Allen - IND TE
  99. Duke Johnson - CLE RB
  100. Martavis Bryant - PIT WR
  101. Marques Colston - NO WR
  102. Kendall Wright - TEN WR
  103. Michael Floyd - ARI WR
  104. Tevin Coleman - ATL RB
  105. Tre Mason - STL RB
  106. Matt Jones - WAS RB
  107. Colin Kaepernick - SF QB
  108. Sam Bradford - PHI QB
  109. DeVante Parker - MIA WR
  110. Teddy Bridgewater - MIN QB
  111. Eddie Royal - CHI WR
  112. Torrey Smith - SF WR
  113. Antonio Gates - SD TE
  114. Isaiah Crowell - CLE RB
  115. Derek Carr - OAK QB
  116. Pierre Garcon - WAS WR
  117. Brian Quick - STL WR
  118. Jordan Cameron - MIA TE
  119. Victor Cruz - NYG WR
  120. Terrance Williams - DAL WR
  121. Carson Palmer - ARI QB
  122. Knile Davis - KC RB
  123. Alfred Blue - HOU RB
  124. Tyler Eifert - CIN TE
  125. Breshad Perriman - BAL WR
  126. Joe Flacco - BAL QB
  127. Jay Cutler - CHI QB
  128. Marvin Jones - CIN WR
  129. Andy Dalton - CIN QB
  130. Steve Johnson - SD WR
  131. Heath Miller - PIT TE
  132. Seattle Seahawks - Sea DST
  133. Dwayne Bowe - CLE WR
  134. Danny Woodhead - SD RB
  135. Julius Thomas - JAC TE
  136. Kyle Rudolph - MIN TE
  137. David Cobb - TEN RB
  138. David Johnson - ARI RB
  139. Jonas Gray - NE RB
  140. Devin Funchess - CAR WR
  141. Kirk Cousins - WAS QB
  142. Doug Baldwin - SEA WR
  143. Ty Montgomery - GB WR
  144. Darren Sproles - PHI RB
  145. Ronnie Hillman - DEN RB
  146. Darren McFadden - DAL RB
  147. Fred Jackson -  RB
  148. Reggie Bush - SF RB
  149. Jordan Reed - WAS TE
  150. Jeff Janis - GB WR

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Redskins have safety needs but little cash, putting Clinton-Dix in precarious situation

Redskins have safety needs but little cash, putting Clinton-Dix in precarious situation

When the Redskins traded for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in October, the safety position looked to be a great strength for Washington. 

The team already had D.J. Swearinger, who was playing at a Pro Bowl level, and adding Clinton-Dix was supposed to make the Redskins defense one of the elite units in the NFL

That plan didn’t work. 

Clinton-Dix never performed at a high level in Washington, and frankly probably underperformed on the relative cheap fourth-round pick price the Redskins paid to acquire him. 

In nine games with Washington, Clinton-Dix registered 66 tackles and recovered one fumble. And while it wasn't entirely on him, Clinton-Dix's arrival coincided with the Redskins defensive demise. 

Now, it's free agency time for Clinton-Dix.

Pro Football Focus rated Clinton-Dix as the 32nd best safety in the NFL, and he will be one of the bigger names on the open market. What will the money look like?

It's hard to answer because 2018 wasn't an impressive season. Clinton-Dix struggled enough in tackling that Green Bay decided to trade him, and those struggles continued in Washington. 

The Redskins have a lot of needs this offseason, and safety is one of them. 

Swearinger is gone, and the depth chart features Montae Nicholson, Troy Apke and Deshazor Everett. Nicholson finished his season suspended after being arrested for assault and Apke finished his season on IR. Everett has made plays when he gets chances on the field, but for whatever reason, he rarely gets chances.

Washington doesn't have a lot to spend in free agency, as the Alex Smith contract will eat up a lot of their cap space. 

There definitely isn't room for a high-value contract for Clinton-Dix. 

There might not be room for a low dollar contract for Clinton-Dix based on his 2018 level of play, but the position is a need. 

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Jonathan Allen wants Jim Tomsula back - but he understands if he puts his family first

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Jonathan Allen wants Jim Tomsula back - but he understands if he puts his family first

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the Redskins offseason thus far comes from the lack of change. Bruce Allen, Jay Gruden, Greg Manusky are all coming back. 

One name that is less certain, and is widely loved, is defensive line coach Jim Tomsula. 

For Tomsula, there is no pressure on him to perform better. His work in developing Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, Matt Ioannidis and Tim Settle probably ranks as the most impressive on the team. 

"Jim [Tomsula] is definitely my favorite coach I've ever had," Redskins defensive tackle Jonathan Allen said this week. "I don’t really count [University of Alabama] Coach [Nick] Saban because he wasn’t my position coach, but as a position coach, love Jim Tom."

The Alabama product's comments came during a charity even at National Children's Hospital, and they came during an interesting time for the Redskins defense. The organization spoke with a number of highly sought after defensive coordinator candidates in the last few weeks, but stuck with Manusky at the position. The team claimed, through an unnamed source in a Washington Post article, that the meetings were just to gain different perspectives. Interesting. 

Now that Manuksy is back, however, the future for Tomsula becomes one of the biggest questions for the club. 

It sounds like Allen is prepared for any outcome. 

"I don’t know if he will be back. I would love to have him back but he has a family, definitely he’s a big family guy and his family is in Florida," Allen said. "I can completely understand his reasons for not coming back."

Any conversation with Tomsula always centers around family. He's one of the few coaches that remembers reporters' kids' ages and often asks about them. It's a genuine thing for Tomsula, and it's impressive. 

He is also close friends with Manuksy, and the coordinator's return could help in keeping the fiery D-line coach. If Tomsula does leave Ashburn, he's already made a significant impact for players like Allen.

"Regardless what happens I wish him nothing but the best and I’m just glad I got to spend two years with him."

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