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Fantasy Football: Updated Week 10 rankings

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Fantasy Football: Updated Week 10 rankings

Week 10 of the NFL season kicked off Thursday night and now 13 games remain. Below are the fantasy football rankings of the essential players at each position. 

Players I like more than normal this week: Blake Bortles, Kirk Cousins, Mark Ingram, Darren McFadden, James Starks, Matt Jones, Allen Robinson, Brandin Cooks, Stefon Diggs, Michael Crabtree, Davante Adams, Chris Givens, Jordan Reed, Kyle Rudolph

Players I like less than normal this week: Russell Wilson, Jeremy Hill, Chris Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Jason Witten

Quarterback

1. Tom Brady - NE at NYG
2. Aaron Rodgers - GB vs. Det
3. Drew Brees - NO at Was
4. Andy Dalton - CIN vs. Hou
5. Cam Newton - CAR at Ten
6. Blake Bortles - JAC at Bal
7. Derek Carr - OAK vs. Min
8. Eli Manning - NYG vs. NE
9. Kirk Cousins - WAS vs. NO
10. Carson Palmer - ARI at Sea
11. Peyton Manning - DEN vs. KC
12. Ryan Tannehill - MIA at Phi
13. Joe Flacco - BAL vs. Jac
14. Matthew Stafford - DET at GB
15. Brian Hoyer - HOU at Cin
16. Jameis Winston - TB vs. Dal
17. Jay Cutler - CHI at StL
18. Teddy Bridgewater - MIN at Oak
19. Sam Bradford - PHI vs. Mia
20. Landry Jones - PIT vs. Cle
21. Russell Wilson - SEA vs. Ari
22. Marcus Mariota - TEN vs. Car
23. Josh McCown - CLE at Pit
24. Matt Cassel - DAL at TB
25. Johnny Manziel - CLE at Pit
26. Alex Smith - KC at Den
27. Nick Foles - STL vs. Chi

Running back

1. Todd Gurley - STL vs. Chi
2. Mark Ingram - NO at Was
3. DeAngelo Williams - PIT vs. Cle
4. Adrian Peterson - MIN at Oak
5. DeMarco Murray - PHI vs. Mia
6. Marshawn Lynch - SEA vs. Ari
7. Darren McFadden - DAL at TB
8. Lamar Miller - MIA at Phi
9. Justin Forsett - BAL vs. Jac
10. LeGarrette Blount - NE at NYG
11. Doug Martin - TB vs. Dal
12. Jonathan Stewart - CAR at Ten
13. James Starks - GB vs. Det
14. Latavius Murray - OAK vs. Min
15. Jeremy Langford - CHI at StL
16. Giovani Bernard - CIN vs. Hou
17. T.J. Yeldon - JAC at Bal
18. Charcandrick West - KC at Den
19 Jeremy Hill - CIN vs. Hou
20. Chris Johnson - ARI at Sea
21. Antonio Andrews - TEN vs. Car
22. Ryan Mathews - PHI vs. Mia
23. C.J. Anderson - DEN vs. KC
24. Ronnie Hillman - DEN vs. KC
25. Matt Jones - WAS vs. NO
26. Eddie Lacy - GB vs. Det
27. Alfred Blue - HOU at Cin
28. Shane Vereen - NYG vs. NE
29. Duke Johnson - CLE at Pit
30. Charles Sims - TB vs. Dal
31. Isaiah Crowell - CLE at Pit
32. Joique Bell - DET at GB
33. Rashad Jennings - NYG vs. NE
34. Theo Riddick - DET at GB
35. Chris Thompson - WAS vs. NO 
36. Alfred Morris - WAS vs. NO
37. James White - NE at NYG 
38. C.J. Spiller - NO at Was
39. Darren Sproles - PHI vs. Mia
40. Andre Ellington - ARI at Sea
41. Chris Polk - HOU at Cin
42. Dexter McCluster - TEN vs. Car
43. Marcel Reece - OAK vs. Min
44. Orleans Darkwa - NYG vs. NE
45. Javorius Allen - BAL vs. Jac
46. David Johnson - ARI at Sea
47. Jay Ajayi - MIA at Phi
48. Kyle Juszczyk - BAL vs. Jac
49. Taiwan Jones - OAK vs. Min
50. Ka'Deem Carey - CHI at StL
51. Fred Jackson - SEA vs. Ari
52. Denard Robinson - JAC at Bal
53. Brandon Bolden - NE at NYG
54. Jerick McKinnon - MIN at Oak
55. Mike Tolbert - CAR at Ten
56. Knile Davis - KC at Den
57. Christine Michael - DAL at TB
58. Jordan Todman - PIT vs. Cle
59. Thomas Rawls - SEA vs. Ari
60. Ameer Abdullah - DET at GB

Wide receivers

1. DeAndre Hopkins - HOU at Cin
2. A.J. Green - CIN vs. Hou
3. Julian Edelman - NE at NYG
4. Allen Robinson - JAC at Bal
5. Calvin Johnson - DET at GB
6. Odell Beckham - NYG vs. NE
7. Dez Bryant - DAL at TB
8. Demaryius Thomas - DEN vs. KC
9. Alshon Jeffery - CHI at StL
10. Antonio Brown - PIT vs. Cle
11. Randall Cobb - GB vs. Det
12. Amari Cooper - OAK vs. Min
13. Mike Evans - TB vs. Dal
14. Emmanuel Sanders - DEN vs. KC
15. Brandin Cooks - NO at Was
16. Stefon Diggs - MIN at Oak
17. Allen Hurns - JAC at Bal
18. Michael Crabtree - OAK vs. Min
19. Martavis Bryant - PIT vs. Cle
20. Jarvis Landry - MIA at Phi
21. Jordan Matthews - PHI vs. Mia
22. Willie Snead - NO at Was
23. Brandon LaFell - NE at NYG
24. Tavon Austin - STL vs. Chi
25. Jeremy Maclin - KC at Den
26. James Jones - GB vs. Det
27. Larry Fitzgerald - ARI at Sea
28. Davante Adams - GB vs. Det
29. John Brown - ARI at Sea
30. Marvin Jones - CIN vs. Hou
31. Kamar Aiken - BAL vs. Jac
32. Rishard Matthews - MIA at Phi
33. DeSean Jackson - WAS vs. NO
34. Pierre Garcon - WAS vs. NO
35. Travis Benjamin - CLE at Pit
36. Golden Tate - DET at GB
37. Michael Floyd - ARI at Sea
38. Nate Washington - HOU at Cin
39. Rueben Randle - NYG vs. NE
40. Dorial Green-Beckham - TEN vs. Car
41. Ted Ginn - CAR at Ten
42. Chris Givens - BAL vs. Jac
43. Mike Wallace - MIN at Oak
44. Cecil Shorts - HOU at Cin
45. Danny Amendola - NE at NYG
46. Terrance Williams - DAL at TB
47. Marques Colston - NO at Was
48. Jamison Crowder - WAS vs. NO
49. Dwayne Harris - NYG vs. NE
50. Doug Baldwin - SEA vs. Ari
51. Tyler Lockett - SEA vs. Ari
52. Marquess Wilson - CHI at StL
53. Vincent Jackson - TB vs. Dal
54. Jermaine Kearse - SEA vs. Ari
55. Kendall Wright - TEN vs. Car
56. Philly Brown - CAR at Ten
57. Harry Douglas - TEN vs. Car
58. Justin Hunter - TEN vs. Car
59. Mohamed Sanu - CIN vs. Hou
60. Kenny Britt - STL vs. Chi

Tight ends

1. Rob Gronkowski - NE at NYG
2. Greg Olsen - CAR at Ten
3. Tyler Eifert - CIN vs. Hou
4. Jordan Reed - WAS vs. NO
5. Gary Barnidge - CLE at Pit
6. Travis Kelce - KC at Den
7. Delanie Walker - TEN vs. Car
8. Jimmy Graham - SEA vs. Ari
9. Ben Watson - NO at Was
10. Martellus Bennett - CHI at StL
11. Richard Rodgers - GB vs. Det
12. Eric Ebron - DET at GB
13.Julius Thomas - JAC at Bal
14. Kyle Rudolph - MIN at Oak
15. Jason Witten - DAL at TB
16. Crockett Gillmore - BAL vs. Jac
17. Zach Ertz - PHI vs. Mia
18. Heath Miller - PIT vs. Cle
19. Clive Walford - OAK vs. Min
20. Jordan Cameron - MIA at Phi

Kicker

1. Stephen Gostkowski - NE at NYG
2. Justin Tucker - BAL vs. Jac
3. Brandon McManus - DEN vs. KC
4. Mason Crosby - GB vs. Det
5. Josh Brown - NYG vs. NE
6. Steven Hauschka - SEA vs. Ari
7. Sebastian Janikowski - OAK vs. Min
8. Blair Walsh - MIN at Oak
9. Jason Myers - JAC at Bal
10. Mike Nugent - CIN vs. Hou
11. Graham Gano - CAR at Ten
12. Greg Zuerlein - STL vs. Chi
13. Caleb Sturgis - PHI vs. Mia
14. Dan Bailey - DAL at TB
15. Chris Boswell - PIT vs. Cle
16. Kai Forbath - NO at Was
17. Dustin Hopkins - WAS vs. NO
18. Chandler Catanzaro - ARI at Sea
19. Robbie Gould - CHI at StL
20. Connor Barth - TB vs. Dal

Defenses

1. Denver Broncos - DEN vs. KC
2. St. Louis Rams - STL vs. Chi
3. Carolina Panthers - CAR at Ten
4. Green Bay Packers - GB vs. Det
5. Cincinnati Bengals - CIN vs. Hou
6. Philadelphia Eagles - PHI vs. Mia
7. New England Patriots - NE at NYG
8. Arizona Cardinals - ARI at Sea
9. Pittsburgh Steelers - PIT vs. Cle
10. Seattle Seahawks - SEA vs. Ari
11. Minnesota Vikings - MIN at Oak
12. Dallas Cowboys - DAL at TB
13. Kansas City Chiefs - KC at Den
14. Oakland Raiders - OAK vs. Min
15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - TB vs. Dal
16. Cleveland Browns - CLE at Pit
17. Baltimore Ravens - BAL vs. Jac
18. Miami Dolphins - MIA at Phi
19. New Orleans Saints - NO at Was
20. Chicago Bears - CHI at StL

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Week 7 NFC East Update: As Giants derail rest of division rebounds

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Week 7 NFC East Update: As Giants derail rest of division rebounds

In Week 5, every NFC East team suffered an embarrassing defeat. In Week 6, every NFC East team rebounded, except for the New York Giants.

The Redskins rebounded from their ugly Week 5 loss in New Orleans with a home win over a strong Carolina team. Dallas logged the division's best win, stomping Jacksonville 40-7, while the Eagles took no mercy on the Giants, beating them 34-13.

Now, three teams sit at the top with three wins, while the Giants lag quite far behind in the basement. Here's the update:

Washington Redskins (3-2)

Only by virtue of an early bye week do the Redskins rank slightly ahead of the Eagles and Cowboys, thanks to a .600 winning percentage. This week will change that, as the Redskins play their first NFC East division game when they host the Cowboys on Sunday afternoon. Defensively, Washington should match up well with Dallas, a run-first team that is challenged in the vertical pass game. But the Redskins have plenty to deal with internally, including major injuries at WR as well as a four-game losing streak to their rival. The Redskins haven't beaten the Cowboys at home since 2012. 

Up next: Oct. 21st vs Dallas (4:25 p.m.)

Dallas Cowboys (3-3)

Coming off their most impressive win of the season, Dallas will march into Washington on Sunday full of confidence and defensive swagger. The Cowboys defense held the Jaguars to only 204 total yards last Sunday and posted three sacks with two turnovers. The strength of the Dallas defense comes up front, with a menacing defensive line that confuses their offensive counterparts with significant movement and stunts at the snap of the ball. Now, all of that said, the Cowboys posted their standout defensive numbers against Blake Bortles and a bad Jaguars offense that was playing without injured running back Leonard Fournette. The Cowboys defense is good, but maybe not quite as good as they looked against Jacksonville. It's also a good time to point out that on the 2018 season, Dallas is 3-0 at home, and 0-3 on the road.

Up next: Oct. 21st @ Washington (4:25 p.m.)

Philadelphia Eagles (3-3)

Don't look now but the defending Super Bowl champs might be getting their act together. The Eagles scored more than 30 points for the first time this year in a demolition of the Giants last Thursday night, and snapped a two-game losing streak. Carson Wentz threw for 278 yards and three touchdowns, his best performance since coming back from knee surgery. Defensively, the Eagles sacked Eli Manning four times, but rookie sensation RB Saquon Barkley was able to gash Philly on the ground. The Panthers will present a very strong run game this Sunday and if Philly is all the way back, they need their stout run defense from 2017 to reappear. 

Up next: Oct. 21st vs Carolina

New York Giants (1-5)

Woof. Not much to celebrate in the Big Apple. It's become very obvious that Eli Manning is no longer a starting caliber QB, but the Giants have no other real options. And for all the complaints about Eli and the Giants offensive line, the defense hasn't been very good either. New York has a -45 point differential on the year. The Giants need to rebuild their offense around Saquon Barkley, who has looked outstanding, and hope Eli can hit Odell Beckham on play action. Barkley must get more carries for the Giants; that's the only way to salvage an already broken season.

Up next: Oct. 22nd @ Atlanta (8:15 p.m.)

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Need to Know: Tandler’s Take—Dramatic improvement to Redskins rushing defense

Need to Know: Tandler’s Take—Dramatic improvement to Redskins rushing defense

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, October 16, five days before the Washington Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys.

Talking Points

A better 3-2

For the third straight year, the Redskins are 3-2 after five games. As you know, they did not make the playoffs after either of the last two seasons. But they are in better shape in the standings now than they were in 2016 or 2017. Last year they were in second place in the division, a game and a half behind the 5-1 Eagles. They were worse off two years ago as they were in third place behind the 3-1 Eagles and the Cowboys, who were 4-1. 

It’s still very early, but it’s better to be in first place nearly a third of the way into the season than it is to be in second or third place and being in a position where you have to chase one or two teams. 

Take it away

The Redskins had three takeaways against the Panthers—the fumble recovery on the punt, Josh Norman’s interception, and the fumble forced by Norman and recovered by Mason Foster. They did not give the ball away. The last time they got at least three takeaways without giving the ball up was on Christmas Eve, 2016 in Chicago. Perhaps not coincidentally, that is the last game in which Norman had an interception until Sunday. 

After being either even or in the positive in takeaway ratio in four of their five games this year, the Redskins are now tied for fourth in the NFL with a plus-four turnover margin. If they can stay on the even or plus side from week to week they will have a very good chance at being successful. 

Rushing D much improved

After finishing 32nd in the NFL in rushing yards allowed in 2017, the Redskins are currently sixth, giving up an average of 90.2 yards per game. The improvement has come even though they have faced premiere running backs David Johnson, Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram, and Christian McCaffrey. They have allowed no more than 104 yards on the ground in any of their five games. Last year's opponents ran for 127 yards or more 10 times. Their defense will be tested on Sunday against the Cowboys, who average 147 rushing yards per game on the ground, second in the NFL. 

Looking in the mirror

When the Redskins take a look at the Cowboys they might feel like they are watching themselves. Both teams run the ball well, although Ezekiel Elliott is more consistent than Adrian Peterson. Alex Smith has better passing stats than Dak Prescott but both teams are in the bottom third of the league in passing yards. The defenses on both teams are strong. Washington is sixth in yardage allowed per game and the Cowboys are fifth. 

And both teams have started off the season alternating wins and losses. Dallas started with a loss to the Panthers then beat the Giants, lost to the Seahawks, won over the Lions, suffered an OT loss to the Texans and then thumped the Jaguars. It will be an interesting match up on Sunday.

The agenda

Today: Off day, no media availability

Upcoming: Cowboys @ Redskins 5; Redskins @ Giants 12; Redskins @ Eagles 48

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