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Fantasy Football: Week 11 Waiver Wire

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Fantasy Football: Week 11 Waiver Wire

The free agent pool provided help across the board for much of the 2015 Fantasy Football season with the likes of Derek Carr, DeAngelo Williams, Stefon Diggs and Gary Barnidge suddenly turning into producers. For Week 11, we've hit something of a drought. All leagues come in different shapes and sizes and therefore opinions may vary, but generally speaking there aren't many MUST GET players available outside of Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola or Redskins running back Matt Jones. However, this particular bye week hurts many with the Saints, Giants and Steelers watching. Yes, the Browns are also off this week, but only Barnidge owners might notice. Factor in the playoff push and the always stylish angle of adding depth, the weekly Waiver Wire examination remains crucial.

Running backs

  1. Matt Jones
  2. Shaun Draughn
  3. Jay Ajayi
  4. Theo Riddick
  5. David Cobb

Others: James White, Thomas Rawls Chris Thompson

Notes: Not sure why so many bailed on Jones seeing as he was receiving the most work among Redskins running backs. Granted, that didn't lead to tons of production, but we've seen the potential and last week against the Saints that potential turned into reality. Jones was a top 20 RB option going into Week 10. Don't expect as much from i Week 11 against the Panthers, but he's the best bet for touches followed by Thompson. ...Carlos Hyde remains uncertain for Week 11, which potentially puts Draughn into the starting lineup. The matchup against Seattle is the pits, but siding with the person getting the touches is a viable strategy in general and certainly when in need. ...Ajayi rushed for 89 yards on 11 carries over the last two games. It's just had seeing how the rookie gets much more work with Lamar Miller ahead of him. However, this could be a rn-heavy week for the Dolphins against a Cowboys defense allowing the third most points to fantasy runners.

Handcuffs: Tevin Coleman, Thomas Rawls, Jay Ajayi, Charles Sims, Jordan Todman and Ahmad Bradshaw are must-adds for those owning their corresponding lead runner.

RELATED: Does Redskins TE Jordan Reed deserve a Pro Bowl berth?

Wide Receivers

  1. Danny Amendola
  2. Michael Floyd
  3. Kamar Aiken
  4. Jamison Crowder
  5. Nate Washington

Others: Dorial Green-Beckham, Terrance Williams, Ted Ginn, Chris Givens

Notes: Don't assume Amendola immediately starts churning out Julian Edelman-like stats, but you can believe he'll inherit Edelman's slot role until further notice. Offers WR2 potential in PPR formats and possibly standard as well. Brandon LaFell might be the biggest beneficiary of Edelman's injury. ...That's now five touchdowns in four weeks and back-to-back games with over 100 yards for Floyd. Slight bummer here involves a hamstring injury suffered Sunday night. Can always grab for depth and then check for updates later in the week. Stash if nothing else. ...Aiken received a whopping 14 targets in Week 10. That's tremendous, though he only turned those looks into seven receptions for 73 yards while Givens found the end zone. Aiken looks like a WR3 going forward while Givens offers boom-or-bust potential. 

Tight ends

  1. Eric Ebron
  2. Crockett Gillmore
  3. Zach Ertz
  4. Charles Clay
  5. Richard Rodgers

Others: Clive Walford, Zach Miller

Notes: Ebron is this week's luck winner who gets to face a Raiders defense that has allowed a league-high 10 touchdown passes to tight ends. Easily the best option and offers more upside than just a pure streaming play. ...Of the next four on this list, PPR owners should gravitate toward Ertz followed by Clay. Gillmore and Rodgers are better bets to find the end zone, though the Ravens face a Rams defense that has allowed only three touchdowns to tight ends all season.

Quarterbacks (Week 11 specific)

  1. Blake Bortles (v. Titans)
  2. Derek Carr (at Lions)
  3. Matthew Stafford
  4. Mark Sanchez

Notes: Bortles didn't take full advantage of the Week 10 matchup against the Ravens, but did extended his streak to five straight games with at least two touchdown passes. Tennessee allowing eighth most point to fantasy QBs this season and six TDP over last three games. ...Quarterbacks have thrown for at least 316 yards in three of the last four games against the Lions. Carr has the weapons to keep that run going. Besides, who doesn't like a guy named Carr in Detroit? ...Amazing that Stafford has only topped 300 yards once this season. Hunch says number two happens Sunday against a Raiders secondary that deploys David Amerson. ...Kirk Cousins didn't make this list because of the Panthers defense. Certainly add the Redskins starter as a possible rotation option going forward.

Defenses (Week 11 specific)

  1. Eagles (v. Bucs)
  2. Texans (v. Jets) 
  3. Chiefs (at Chargers)
  4. Jaguars (v. Titans)

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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, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCSand follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCSand on Instagram @RichTandler

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Timeline  

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, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCSand follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCSand on Instagram @RichTandler

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Timeline 

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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