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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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Need to Know: What to look for at Redskins OTAs

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Need to Know: What to look for at Redskins OTAs

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, May 23, 65 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

What to look for at OTAs

Redskins OTAs started yesterday. The no-contact drills are the first time during the offseason program that the offense and defense are permitted to line up against each other. The-no pads aspect of it does take off a lot of the edge but the reality is that this will be the closest thing to football we will see until training camp starts in late July. 

Here are some things that I will be looking for during today’s practice.

Who’s in? Jay Gruden told us earlier that we should expect to see some injured key players not participating as they continue to recover from 2017 injuries. Specifically, OT Trent Williams (knee), OT Morgan Moses (ankles), and TE Jordan Reed (hamstring/toe) will only be spectators if they are at Redskins Park at all. Other players who may sit out or participate only in light drills are RB Chris Thompson (leg), and ILB Mason Foster (shoulder). The Redskins have been relatively healthy the past few offseasons so we will see how they deal with the aftermath of the injury scourge that hit the team last year. 

Seven-on-seven—Sure, it’s fun to watch the full team drills with 11 on each side but since blocking and tackling is limited by the rules about contact, there isn’t much to be gleaned from watching an off-tackle run. But when they eliminate the guards, tackles, and interior defensive linemen it’s all passing and then we can watch how well Alex Smith and his receivers are connecting. One thing I’ll keep in mind is that Smith decided not to get the receivers together for a “passing camp” before the offseason activities started. He said that he wanted to get to know the playbook first. Because of that they can be forgiven if they are not quite as sharp as they might be. Also, how natural does Derrius Guice look coming out of the backfield to catch passes? His primary job will be to carry the ball, but if he is a legitimate pass-catching threat, the whole offense will be harder to defend.

Rookies vs. pros—In rookie camp two weeks ago we saw Trey Quinn putting defensive backs on the ground with some moves and Troy Apke showing great makeup speed on some long passes. But those tryout defensive backs and quarterbacks are no longer around. How will Quinn look against veteran Orlando Scandrick or second-year corner Josh Holsey? Will Smith’s ball placement negate Apke’s speed? In the one-on-one pass blocking drills, which emphasize technique over power, can Daron Payne get past Brandon Scherff?

The big guys—With Williams and Moses out, who will line up along the offensive line? Does Payne line up at nose tackle or is he used more as an end with Tim Settle in the middle? Is Ziggy Hood in the middle or will he work outside? How is Phil Taylor looking after a quad injury ended his season in training camp? As noted, the rules make it hard to tell much about linemen before Richmond but we try to glean what we can. 

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Today’s schedule:Redskins OTA practice 11:30; Jay Gruden and Alex Smith press conferences, players available coming off the field, after practice, approx. 1:30

Days until:

—Minicamp (6/12) 20
—Training camp starts (7/26) 65
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 79

The Redskins last played a game 143 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 109 days. 

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New pieces on offense lead to plenty of questions for Redskins at OTAs

New pieces on offense lead to plenty of questions for Redskins at OTAs

Alex Smith in, Kirk Cousins out.

That's certainly the headline, but there are plenty of other questions for the Redskins, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.

For the last two seasons, most of the questions going into OTAs for Washington came from the defensive side of the ball. After consecutive drafts with a first-round defensive lineman selection, the defense should be much improved. 

On offense, however, there are a lot of new parts. 

  1. The headliner - No position in sports is as important as NFL quarterback. This will be Alex Smith's first action in a Redskins uniform with media present. The 34-year-old veteran is coming off the best season of his career, and if he can continue that level of accuracy and play-making, the Redskins could be poised for an explosive year.
  2. The speedster - Washington's wideouts lacked separation in 2017. It was apparent through much of the year, and likely played a roll in some of Kirk Cousins' reluctance to make tough throws. Free agent addition Paul Richardson is supposed to help, immediately. He has elite deep speed and the 'Skins brass hopes he can bring a similar element to the offense that DeSean Jackson provided a few years back. Time to prove it Paul. 
  3. The injuries - There are big reasons for concern, namely two very large men in Jordan Reed and Trent Williams. Reed will not participate in OTAs, and has been dealing with a foot/toe injury for the better part of a year. Williams, who seems highly unlikely to attend OTAs, underwent knee surgery in January. Beyond Smith, Reed and Williams are probably the two most important offensive players on the Redskins. OTAs aren't important, Reed and Williams participating, or even attending, OTAs is not important. Both men being healthy and ready to go in September is quite important. 
  4. The Rookie - Has Derrius Guice become the most popular player on the Redskins? Maybe. The dynamic rookie running back, with an interesting draft weekend slide, has the charisma and ability to be a star. The "off-field concerns" that hurt his draft status seem like myths at this point, but there was some injury concern his junior season at LSU (see video above). Guice has an opportunity to be a huge part of the Redskins offense, and all eyes will be watching the rookie. 
  5. The leap? - In 2017, Josh Doctson showed flashes of the player that warranted a first-round pick in 2016. Will 2018 be the year he proves it, week after week, game after game? Getting off to a good start with Smith should help, and even more important would be an injury-free offseason. 

There are questions for the defense too, particularly at cornerback after Josh Norman, but this year, the offense has more new parts. 

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