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Fantasy Football: Updated Week 9 rankings


Fantasy Football: Updated Week 9 rankings

Like the headline says, my updated Week 9 fantasy football rankings. Go.


1. Tom Brady - NE vs. Was
2. Philip Rivers - SD vs. Chi
3. Ben Roethlisberger - PIT vs. Oak
4. Eli Manning - NYG at TB
5. Andy Dalton - CIN vs. Cle
6. Drew Brees - NO vs. Ten
7. Aaron Rodgers - GB at Car
8. Cam Newton - CAR vs. GB
9. Matt Ryan - ATL at SF
10. Derek Carr - OAK at Pit
11. Jay Cutler - CHI at SD
12. Peyton Manning - DEN at Ind
13. Tyrod Taylor - BUF vs. Mia
14. Jameis Winston - TB vs. NYG
15. Ryan Tannehill - MIA at Buf
16. Andrew Luck - IND vs. Den
17. Kirk Cousins - WAS at NE
18. Marcus Mariota - TEN at NO
19. Ryan Fitzpatrick - NYJ vs. Jac
20. Sam Bradford - PHI at Dal
21. Blake Bortles - JAC at NYJ
22. Teddy Bridgewater - MIN vs. StL

Running backs

1. Devonta Freeman - ATL at SF
2. Todd Gurley - STL at Min
3. Mark Ingram - NO vs. Ten
4. Doug Martin - TB vs. NYG
5. Chris Ivory - NYJ vs. Jac
6. Jeremy Hill - CIN vs. Cle
7. LeSean McCoy - BUF vs. Mia
8. DeAngelo Williams - PIT vs. Oak
9. Jonathan Stewart - CAR vs. GB
10. Adrian Peterson - MIN vs. StL
11. Darren McFadden - DAL vs. Phi
12. DeMarco Murray - PHI at Dal
13. Dion Lewis - NE vs. Was
14. Lamar Miller - MIA at Buf
15. Eddie Lacy - GB at Car
16. LeGarrette Blount - NE vs. Was
17. Jeremy Langford - CHI at SD
18. Latavius Murray - OAK at Pit
19. Ronnie Hillman - DEN at Ind
20. Giovani Bernard - CIN vs. Cle
21. Danny Woodhead - SD vs. Chi
22. Antonio Andrews - TEN at NO
23. Frank Gore - IND vs. Den
24. C.J. Anderson - DEN at Ind
25. T.J. Yeldon - JAC at NYJ
26. Melvin Gordon - SD vs. Chi
27. Matt Jones - WAS at NE
28. Charles Sims - TB vs. NYG
29. Ryan Mathews - PHI at Dal
30. Shane Vereen - NYG at TB
31. C.J. Spiller - NO vs. Ten
32. James Starks - GB at Car
33. Karlos Williams - BUF vs. Mia
34. Duke Johnson - CLE at Cin
35. Darren Sproles - PHI at Dal
36. Rashad Jennings - NYG at TB
37. Pierre Thomas - SF vs. Atl
38. Chris Thompson - WAS at NE
39. Ahmad Bradshaw - IND vs. Den
40. Alfred Morris - WAS at NE
41. Dexter McCluster - TEN at NO
42. Kendall Gaskins - SF vs. Atl
43. Isaiah Crowell - CLE at Cin
44. Tevin Coleman - ATL at SF
45. Shaun Draughn - SF vs. Atl

Wide receivers

1. Odell Beckham - NYG at TB
2. Antonio Brown - PIT vs. Oak
3. Julio Jones - ATL at SF
4. A.J. Green - CIN vs. Cle
5. Alshon Jeffery - CHI at SD
6. Demaryius Thomas - DEN at Ind
7. Mike Evans - TB vs. NYG
8. Julian Edelman - NE vs. Was
9. Brandon Marshall - NYJ vs. Jac
10. Randall Cobb - GB at Car
11. Martavis Bryant - PIT vs. Oak
12. Dez Bryant - DAL vs. Phi
13. Emmanuel Sanders - DEN at Ind
14. Amari Cooper - OAK at Pit
15. Jarvis Landry - MIA at Buf
16. Eric Decker - NYJ vs. Jac
17. Brandin Cooks - NO vs. Ten
18. Steve Johnson - SD vs. Chi
19. Michael Crabtree - OAK at Pit
20. Sammy Watkins - BUF vs. Mia
21. Stefon Diggs - MIN vs. StL
22. Malcom Floyd - SD vs. Chi
23. Allen Robinson - JAC at NYJ
24. T.Y. Hilton - IND vs. Den
25. Allen Hurns - JAC at NYJ
26. DeSean Jackson - WAS at NE
27. Willie Snead - NO vs. Ten
28. Rishard Matthews - MIA at Buf
29. Brandon LaFell - NE vs. Was
30. Marvin Jones - CIN vs. Cle
31. Donte Moncrief - IND vs. Den
32. James Jones - GB at Car
33. Tavon Austin - STL at Min
34. Jordan Matthews - PHI at Dal
35. Pierre Garcon - WAS at NE
36. Travis Benjamin - CLE at Cin
37. Ted Ginn - CAR vs. GB
38. Rueben Randle - NYG at TB
39. Davante Adams - GB at Car
40. Dorial Green-Beckham - TEN at NO
41. Robert Woods - BUF vs. Mia
42. Dwayne Harris - NYG at TB
43. Marques Colston - NO vs. Ten
44. Torrey Smith - SF vs. Atl
45. Mike Wallace - MIN vs. StL

Tight ends

1. Rob Gronkowski - NE vs. Was
2. Greg Olsen - CAR vs. GB
3. Tyler Eifert - CIN vs. Cle
4. Gary Barnidge - CLE at Cin
5. Antonio Gates - SD vs. Chi
6. Delanie Walker - TEN at NO
7. Heath Miller - PIT vs. Oak
8. Jordan Reed - WAS at NE
9. Martellus Bennett - CHI at SD
10. Ben Watson - NO vs. Ten
11. Jason Witten - DAL vs. Phi
12. Charles Clay - BUF vs. Mia
13. Julius Thomas - JAC at NYJ
14. Jacob Tamme - ATL at SF
15. Jordan Cameron - MIA at Buf
16. Zach Ertz - PHI at Dal
17. Richard Rodgers - GB at Car
18. Vernon Davis - DEN at Ind
19. Coby Fleener - IND vs. Den
20. Kyle Rudolph - MIN vs. StL
21. Clive Walford - OAK at Pit
22. Garrett Celek - SF vs. Atl


1. Brandon McManus - DEN at Ind

2.Mike Nugent - CIN vs. Cle

3. Stephen Gostkowski - NE vs. Was

4. Josh Brown - NYG at TB

5. Kai Forbath - NO vs. Ten

6. Josh Lambo - SD vs. Chi

7. Matt Bryant - ATL at SF

8. Mason Crosby - GB at Car

9. Dan Bailey - DAL vs. Phi

10. Chris Boswell - PIT vs. Oak

11. Robbie Gould - CHI at SD

12. Graham Gano - CAR vs. GB

13. Dan Carpenter - BUF vs. Mia

14. Connor Barth - TB vs. NYG

15. Sebastian Janikowski - OAK at Pit

16. Nick Folk - NYJ vs. Jac

17. Caleb Sturgis - PHI at Dal

18. Adam Vinatieri - IND vs. Den

19. Andrew Franks - MIA at Buf

20. Ryan Succop - TEN at NO


1. Cincinnati Bengals - CIN vs. Cle

2. New York Jets - NYJ vs. Jac

3. New England Patriots - NE vs. Was

4. St. Louis Rams - STL at Min

5. Denver Broncos - DEN at Ind

6. Green Bay Packers - GB at Car

7. Minnesota Vikings - MIN vs. StL

8. Philadelphia Eagles - PHI at Dal

9. Atlanta Falcons - ATL at SF

10. Dallas Cowboys - DAL vs. Phi

11. New Orleans Saints - NO vs. Ten

12. San Diego Chargers - SD vs. Chi

13. Carolina Panthers - CAR vs. GB

14. Buffalo Bills - BUF vs. Mia

15. New York Giants - NYG at TB

16. Pittsburgh Steelers - PIT vs. Oak

17. Jacksonville Jaguars - JAC at NYJ

18. Miami Dolphins - MIA at Buf

19. Oakland Raiders - OAK at Pit

20. Indianapolis Colts - IND vs. Den

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Need to Know: Tandler's Take—Jay Gruden know the pressure is on him in 2018

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Need to Know: Tandler's Take—Jay Gruden know the pressure is on him in 2018

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 24, 32 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The heat is on Jay Gruden

Jay Gruden knows that his Redskins need to win in 2018.

“This isn’t a two- or three-year process,” he said last week. “This is a one-year process and we have got to win right away.” 

Jay Gruden gave this answer to a question about Alex Smith, but his words should resonate with the whole team. He’s right. This is no longer a rebuilding team. It’s time for this team to get it together and make a playoff run. 

That puts the pressure on Gruden. 

This is his fifth year as coach of the Redskins. He is well beyond the point where he can credibly point a finger of blame at his predecessor for any problems that are lingering. Only five players who were around in 2013, Mike Shanahan’s last year in Washington. It’s Gruden’s show now. 

His tenure is now the longest for a Redskins head coach since Norv Turner made it nearly seven years, from 1994 through 13 games into the 2000 season. His 49-59-1 run with the Redskins spanned three owners in Jack Kent Cooke, John Kent Cooke, and Dan Snyder. 

It should be noted that Turner’s third and fourth years at the helm closely resembled Gruden’s past two years. Turner’s team went 9-7 in 1996 and 8-7-1 the next year, narrowly missing the playoffs both years. That looks a lot like Gruden’s 8-7-1 and 7-9 records over the past two years. 

Gruden does not want this year’s team to resemble the 1998 Redskins. Turner’s fifth team started out 0-7 before winning four of their last five to finish 6-10. 

Turner kept his job in part because of the team’s uncertain ownership situation after the elder Cooke passed away in 1997. Gruden will not have a similar set of circumstances to help him out if he needs a lifeline in January. 

Gruden wants his fifth year to turn out more like Turner’s sixth season. That team went 10-6, topped the NFC East standings and won a playoff game. 

To get there, he needs a lot of his decisions to go right. While the trade for Smith was not his call, every indication is that he was on board with it. 

Last year, it was his decision to say no, thanks to Wade Phillips, who wanted to be his defensive coordinator and promote Greg Manusky into the job. The results were mixed as the Redskins were sixth in pass defense DVOA but 29thagainst the run. It was viewed as a marginal improvement on defense but the unit still seeme to be more of a liability than an asset. 

This year, the Redskins re-signed inside linebackers Zach Brown and Mason Foster and added defensive lineman Daron Payne with their first-round pick after spending their first-round pick on DE Jonathan Allen in 2017. There will be no excuses for Manusky and, by extension, Gruden if the defense does not improve. 

Joe Barry, Manusky’s predecessor who also was hired by Gruden when Phillips was an option, was out after two years of failing to significantly improve the defense. Any reasonable analysis would have to conclude that Barry did not get an infusion of talent anywhere approaching what Manusky has received in his two seasons. Manusky is getting a second year but he probably won’t get a third if the defense is still considered to be an impediment to the team’s progress. 

And if Manusky has to go, you have to wonder if Gruden will get a chance to hire a third defensive coordinator. 

I’m not sure if there is a certain number of games that the Redskins have to win for Gruden to return in 2019. It feels like he would not survive a 6-10 season or maybe not even another 7-9 finish. On the other end of the spectrum, making the playoffs and winning a game when they get there would certainly punch his ticket for a sixth season. 

Anything in between would leave Gruden in some jeopardy and the call would come down to the vague “moving in the right direction” criteria. 

There are some holes on this team, to be sure. But every team has some and the ones that are well coached figure out how to overcome them. The pressure will be on Gruden to best utilize their strengths and minimize any damage brought about by the weaker points. 

From his statement, it’s apparent that he is well aware of that. 

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

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Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 32
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 46
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 60

The Redskins last played a game 175 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 77 days. 

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Roster competition, Brown vs. Pryor

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Roster competition, Brown vs. Pryor

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, June 23, 33 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.

Post-minicamp Redskins 53-man roster projection—Defense—NFL coaches and others like to tell you that competition determines who wins roster spots in the league. And that may be true to an extent. But many roster spots are predetermined by a player’s contract situation and/or draft status. It is unlikely that an undrafted player like Fish Smithson will win a roster spot over Troy Apke even if the former outperforms the latter in every way during training camp. Apke was a fourth-round pick and they aren’t going to give up on him in favor of an undrafted player. It would cost $3.2 million in dead cap to cut Stacy McGee and only $150,000 to move on from Ziggy Hood so McGee will win a “competition” that is even remotely close. (Offensive projection here)

Redskins will 'have it out' for Terrelle Pryor at training camp—While this is something that could add a little spice to the Jets’ visit to Richmond, don’t look for much of anything to happen. Zach Brown might give a little extra shove to Pryor here and there but he’s not going to do anything that will draw blood or even cause a deep bruise. If nothing else, a big hit on Pryor would invite retaliation by the Jets on Josh Doctson or Paul Richardson. And that might lead to more retaliation and you end up with a brawl like the Redskins and Texans had a couple of years ago.

Trent Williams very much of approves of Smith and Guice—Williams is going into his ninth NFL season and he has yet to be on the winning side of a playoff game. He thinks that Alex Smith and Derrius Guice can help change that. 

The curious case of Alex Smith and the NFL Top 100 list—I normally greet this list with a big yawn and this year was no exception. But I do find the omission of Smith, who led the NFL in passer rating and was third in adjusted net yards per attempt, odd. In an update to this post, the NFL released the names of the top 10 players and Smith is not on it. He shouldn’t be, but he should be somewhere on the 100, perhaps in the middle of the pack. The only Redskins player to appear on the list was Trent Williams at No. 57.

The Redskins' best players who are 25 or younger—It’s likely that nine players who are 25 or younger will line up as starters for the Redskins this year. I don’t have a rundown of how that compares to the rest of the league but it’s notable that in the last two years six of them have replaced players who were either approaching age 30 or over it. I’ll engage in some speculation here and say that five of the young players—Daron Payne, Derrius Guice, Preston Smith, Jonathan Allen, and Montae Nicholson—are good enough to potentially make a Pro Bowl at some point in their careers. 

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

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Former Redskins defensive tackle Dave Butz was born on this date in 1950. 

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 33
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 47
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 70

The Redskins last played a game 174 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 78 days. 

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