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Fantasy Football: Updated Week 9 rankings

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Fantasy Football: Updated Week 9 rankings

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

Quarterbacks

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

Kickers

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

Defenses

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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Adrian Peterson continues surprising run in Redskins' win over Cowboys

Adrian Peterson continues surprising run in Redskins' win over Cowboys

LANDOVER, Md. -- With 22 starters comprising offensive and defensive players, plus another faction handling special teams, football is the ultimate team sport.

Now imagine where the 2018 Washington Redskins find themselves if the front office never brings in Adrian Peterson for that mid-preseason workout. Even Jamie Lee Curtis finds that frightening.

Peterson’s return to football glory continued with 99 rushing yards on 24 carries in Washington’s 20-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday evening.

“I won’t say we wouldn’t be as good in the run game, but, yeah,” left tackle Trent Williams said of his former University of Oklahoma teammate.

“Obviously having [Adrian], I won’t say it’s everything, but it’s almost everything,” Williams continued. His eyes widened as the Pro Bowl lineman pondered the potential downside of this offense without the future Hall of Famer. That’s a dark timeline.

Peterson’s Redskins career now spans six regular-season games. Sunday’s display of power in tight spaces and speed when daylight exists wasn’t a one-off. In those six games, Peterson rushed for at least 96 yards four times including the last two games despite playing with a painful shoulder.

“I’m feeling good, man, we just got a W,” the smiling running back said from behind the podium inside the media room at his newish home stadium. “That makes everything feel a lot better. I feel better than I did last week, I’ll say that.”

Washington felt concerned enough about its running attack following the second preseason game to scour the free agent market. Peterson arriving at Redskins Park in August generated the expected “Whoa” from the casual NFL fans, who picture the player hammering silly defenders daring to tackle him. That player no longer existed. At least that’s what many assumed.

Peterson last topped 1,000 yards or 4.0 yards per rush in 2015. Injuries and inefficiency headlined his 2017 stops in New Orleans and Arizona. Running backs capable of carrying an offense aren’t just lying around for the taking like a rogue penny on a sidewalk. Yet, there was Peterson, waiting for a team to show interest. After losing Derrius Guice with a season-ending knee injury and recognizing the in-house options were not enough, the Redskins called.

 “We didn’t have many expectations,” Jay Gruden said after the Redskins improved to 4-2 and took a 1 ½ game lead in the NFC East. “We weren’t expecting him to be on our football team until we had a couple of injuries. Then we got him. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I know he looked great in that workout.”

That workout led to a signing and almost simultaneously, the starting gig. Now it’s hard contemplating anyone else in those early down and short yardage scenarios. Peterson had runs of 23 and 20 yards against the Cowboys. The latter help set up one of two Dustin Hopkins field goals. His overall production helped move the chains in yet another game where the Alex Smith-led passing game lacked oomph.

This random road to Redskins Park is why Peterson’s renaissance feels shocking to many with one significant exception.

“No, not at all. I think everyone else around is surprised. I’m not,” Peterson said. “I expect greatness from myself. That’s why I put the work in. God has blessed with me this talent. A lot of people see, and a lot of people don’t. … Just keep confidence in myself. When I’m presented with my opportunity, I’m going to take advantage of it every Sunday.”

Peterson is taking advantage of this opportunity with the Redskins because necessity is the mother of invention. It turns out Washington’s running attack needed a reboot more than the running back required a makeover.

“There are not many guys like [Adrian] walking around the street,” Williams said, “and luckily, we found a diamond in the rough.”

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Josh Norman rocks Bobby Boucher jersey following Redskins' win over Cowboys

Josh Norman rocks Bobby Boucher jersey following Redskins' win over Cowboys

Josh Norman just took the jersey game to a whole new level.

Prior to the Redskins' gutsy 20-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys, Norman showed up to FedEx Field repping a Bobby Boucher Bourbon Bowl jersey from the iconic Adam Sandler movie "The Waterboy." 

He also repped the jersey following the win in the locker room with the media.

Many believed it was a shot at Giants' Odell Beckham Jr., who made comments this week about disliking water. But according to Norman, he just really likes the South Central Louisiana Mud Dogs.

Norman is known for repping a soccer jersey or two following a game, but he has everyone else beat this week.

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