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Fantasy football: Week 10 waiver wire


Fantasy football: Week 10 waiver wire

While Week 9 didn't include the massive amount of injury carnage from the prior week, but notables like Ben Roethlisberger, LeSean McCoy and Eddie Lacy could all miss games while Dion Lewis is definitely out for the season. Then factor in bye weeks for the likes of Devonta Freeman, Julio Jones, Andrew Luck, Matt Ryan, Philip Rivers, Antonio Gates and, for those of you in deep leagues, members of the 49ers, and many fantasy football owners might need a replacement or two. Welcome to the Week 10 Waiver Wire.

Running backs

1. James Starks
2. Karlos Williams
3. James White
4. Joique Bell
5. Theo Riddick
6. Brandon Bolden
7. Taiwan Jones
8. Marcel Reece
Others: Shaun Draughn, Chris Thompson, Javorius "Buck" Allen, David Cobb, Tevin Coleman, Jordan Todman

Forget Eddie Lacy's groin injury. He simply isn't getting the job done in Green Bay. On the other hand, Starks keeps producing when given opportunities and looks spry doing it. This is no longer about Lacy owners adding a handcuff RB. This isn't even about thinking about a lottery ticket. Starks may simply be the better back and Green Bay may start truly using him as such. ...Williams could end up with the start Thursday against the Jets if LeSean McCoy (shoulder) can't go on short rest after exiting early Sunday. The matchup isn't ideal, but Williams has scored a touchdown in all five of his games played this year. ...Just when it appeared the fantasy football was getting a read on the Patriots backfield usage, Dion Lewis suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Week 9 win over the Redskins. LeGarrette Blount now takes over as the primary back, but White likely takes over as the passing down back with Bolden in the mix behind both.  Considering how often New England passes, White's PPR potential is promising, but don't go overboard for either RB. ...When we last left the 1-7 Lions, Detroit put rookie Ameer Abdullah on the bench while mixing in Bell with the versatile Riddick. Perhaps Bell recaptures his RB2 value after dealing with injuries most of the season. ...Jones and Reece could make moves up the Week 10 rankings depending on the status of Latavius Murray (concussion). ...Thompson nearly played as many snaps as Matt Jones against the Patriots. If the Redskins go pass-heavy against the Saints, Thompson might end up first this coming week.

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Wide receivers

1. Kamar Aiken
2. Nate Washington
3. Davante Adams
4. Dorial Green-Beckham
5. Rueben Randle
6. Devin Funchess
7. Jamison Crowder
Others: Cole Beasley, Chris Givens, Dontrelle Inman

Aiken and Washington are coming off bye weeks so consider this a reminder of their existence. The Ravens are in weekly shootouts and Aiken inherits Steve Smith No. 1 receiver role while Washington went 13-201-3 over his last two games. ...Not sure if we can say if it was a breakout game, but Adams posted his best single-game stats in Week 9 with seven receptions for 93 yards. Any of Aaron Rodgers' primary options offers weekly hope ...Green-Beckham is worth stashing in all formats because of his size and speed combination. Turned a team-high 10 targets into 5-77 in Tennessee's win over New Orleans. Sneaky threat to be second half difference maker. ...Crowder led the Redskins receivers in snaps last week.

Tight ends

1. Eric Ebron
2. Crockett Gillmore
3. Austin Seferian-Jenkins
4. Richard Rodgers
Others: Jacob Tamme, Garrett Celek

Gillmore might be the most interesting of the bunch considering Baltimore's passing game hierarchy is a tad unsettled following Steve Smith's injury. Ebron and Rodgers, playing in the same game, are arguably the two best option for Week 10.

Quarterbacks (Week 10)

1. Blake Bortles
2. Derek Carr
3. Brian Hoyer
4. Kirk Cousins
5. Marcus Mariota
6. Tony Romo

Bortles faces a Ravens defense that entered their bye week surrendering the second most points per week to fantasy quarterbacks. ...Carr has thrown 11 touchdown passes over the last three weeks. By comparison, that's more than Joe Flacco (10), Peyton Manning (9) and Russell Wilson (9) have thrown this season. ...Romo is reportedly getting closer to returning. If he's available, now is the time to add.

Defenses (Week 10)

1. Steelers (vs. Browns)
2. Bengals (vs. Texans)
3. Chiefs (at Broncos)
4. Bills (at Jets)

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Need to Know: A closer look at Alex Smith's contract with the Redskins

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Need to Know: A closer look at Alex Smith's contract with the Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, May 26, 17 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp.  

Note: I am vacationing in the Outer Banks this week. In this space, I’ll be presenting some of the most popular posts of the last few months. I hope you enjoy these “best of” presentations and I’ll see you folks when I get back. 

Contract makes Alex Smith a Redskins for at least three seasons

This post was originally published on March 19. 

When the Redskins traded for Alex Smith on January 30, news also broke that he had agreed to a four-year extension with Washington in addition to the one year left on his contract with the Chiefs. While we got some top-line numbers on the deal, we have gone since then without any details. 

Until now. 

The details show a deal that has a slightly higher cap hit in 2018 than was on his original Chiefs contract and the numbers rise gradually over the life of the deal, which runs through 2022. 

Smith got a $27 million signing bonus and his salaries for 2018 ($13 million) and 2019 ($15 million) also are fully guaranteed at signing making the total $55 million (information via Over the Cap, which got data from a report by Albert Breer). 

But there I another $16 million that is guaranteed for all practical purposes. On the fifth day of the 2019 league year, his 2020 salary of $16 million becomes fully guaranteed. He almost assuredly will get to the point where that money will become guaranteed since the Redskins are not going to cut him after one year having invested $55 million in him. So the total guarantees come to $71 million. 

His 2021 salary is $19 million and it goes up to $21 million in 2022. There have been reports of some incentives available to Smith but since we have no details we’ll set those aside for now. 

The cap hits on the contract are as follows: 

2018: $18.4 million
2019: $20.0 million
2020: $21.4 million
2021: $24.4 million
2022: $26.4 million

The Redskins can realistically move on from Smith after 2020. There would be net cap savings of $13 million in 2021 and $21 million in 2022. 

The first impression of the deal is that the Redskins did not move on from Kirk Cousins because they didn’t want to guarantee a lot of money to a quarterback. The total practical guarantee of $71 million is second only to Cousins’ $82.5 million. It should be noted that Cousins’ deal runs for three years and Smith’s contract is for five. 

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Early returns show solid Redskins squad, with potential for more


Early returns show solid Redskins squad, with potential for more

More than 100 days remain before the Redskins take the field in meaningful NFL action.

Any and all excitement needs to be tempered, significantly, because what happens on a practice field in May without pads does not represent what will happen in September, October and beyond. 

Still, the Redskins group that took the field this week for OTAs showed promise. 

New quarterback Alex Smith looked crisp, connecting with a variety of wideouts and commanding the huddle. New wideout Paul Richardson made the best play of the session when he streaked down the field past rookie cornerback Greg Stroman and hauled in a deep pass from Smith. The play showed Smith's ability to identify open receivers downfield, as well as Richardson's ability to go up and grab a contested catch. Even Stroman, the seventh-round rookie, positioned himself well, he just fell victim to a perfect pass and tremendous athleticism.

That was only one play in a two-hour session. Again, don't take too much from May, when players don't wear pads or engage in any of the violence that the NFL is predicated upon. But the OTAs do serve a purpose, both for players and coaches, and there were nuggets to absorb and try to project for the fall. Here they are:

  • Jay Gruden made clear he's not concerned about the health of his offensive line. Trent Williams and Morgan Moses are recuperating from offseason surgery, but Gruden believes both are on track for when things start to matter. It's a good thing the coach isn't concerned because this was the 'Skins line in OTAs (left to right): Geron Christian, Shawn Lauvao, Chase Roullier, Brandon Scherff, John Kling. Should that lineup take the field this fall, there will be trouble. 
  • The Redskins lost Kendall Fuller and Bashaud Breeland this offseason, and the secondary depth will be something to watch throughout training camp. At OTAs, newly signed veteran cornerback Orlando Scandrick lined up opposite Josh Norman in the team's base 3-4 defense. In nickel and dime coverage, Quinton Dunbar lined up opposite Norman and Scandrick moved to the slot. As things progress, it will be interesting to see if Dunbar surpasses Scandrick in base coverage, and what becomes of 2017 third-round pick Fabian Moreau. Stay tuned.  
  • Rookie running back Derrius Guice looked every part of the first-round talent many judged him to be before draft season rumors caused him to slide to the late second round. Guice cuts with authority and is able to see holes before they form and patiently wait to hit the open space. Guice also looked fine in pass-catching drills, one area that was a question coming out of LSU (but that says more about LSU's prehistoric offense). Watching the Redskins offense work, it seems clear Guice will be the heaviest used runner this fall.
  • That said, don't count out Robert Kelley. He looks leaner and plenty quick, showing a few impressive runs during the session. Byron Marshall also looked good, and Gruden pointed out his success in his post-OTA press conference. The running back group will have plenty of competition all the way through Richmond. 
  • Jonathan Allen has switched jersey numbers from 95 to 93. Rookie Daron Payne is now wearing 95. Payne and Allen both went to Alabama, both are huge, and both play defensive line. The number switch will take some getting used to. 
  • Zach Brown missed the OTA session as he was moving, and interestingly in his spot with the starting defense was Josh Harvey-Clemons. The second-year pro out of Louisville showed impressive speed in coverage, and remember he played safety in college and performed quite well. He has ball skills and great size to be a coverage linebacker. Some were surprised when the Redskins kept JHC last season at the cut to 53, but his development appears to be paying off for the organization. 
  • Another linebacker that made a play was Zach Vigil. He impressed for the Redskins late last season and was running the Washington second-team defensive huddle. At one point, Vigil broke through the line of scrimmage and blew up a run play. That prompted D.J. Swearinger to yell from the sideline, "OK Zach. OK ZACH!"
  • Speaking of Swearinger, the Redskins defensive captain seemed in midseason form when it comes to yelling encouragement on the field. Nobody hypes up the defense like Swearinger, particularly when the secondary makes a big play. On one pass Dunbar made a nice diving play to break up a pass, and Swearinger and Josh Norman got very fired up, shouting and jumping around. The entire defense responded. Little stuff like that helps disrupt the monotony of offseason work. 
  • Jamison Crowder looks jacked and quick. The end. 





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