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Fantasy Football: Week 6 rankings

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Fantasy Football: Week 6 rankings

Here we go, fantasy football rankings for Week 6. Some quick thoughts:

* Players I like more than normal this week: Sam Bradford, Blake Bortles, Lamar Miller, Charcandrick West, Giovani Bernard, David Johnson, Julian Edelman, Allen Hurns, Willie Snead, Eric Decker, Marquess Wilson

* Players I like less than normal this week: Cam Newton, Russell Wilson, Jeremy Hill, Alfred Morris, Antonio Brown, Pierre Garcon

* Stating the obvious: If you own Patriots, you start your Patriots in this true revenge game against the Colts. Only fear involves say LeGarrette Blount or Rob Gronkowski gobbling up the touchdown and leaving say Dion Lewis or Julian Edelman out of the scoring fun. This is what we call a minor worry.

Quarterbacks

Tom Brady - NE at Ind
Aaron Rodgers - GB vs. SD
Carson Palmer - ARI at Pit
Eli Manning - NYG at Phi
Matt Ryan - ATL at NO
Andrew Luck - IND vs. NE
Drew Brees - NO vs. Atl
Andy Dalton - CIN at Buf
Philip Rivers - SD at GB
Sam Bradford - PHI vs. NYG
Joe Flacco - BAL at SF
Blake Bortles - JAC vs. Hou
Ryan Tannehill - MIA at Ten
Jay Cutler - CHI at Det
Marcus Mariota - TEN vs. Mia
Peyton Manning - DEN at Cle
Teddy Bridgewater - MIN vs. KC
Russell Wilson - SEA vs. Car
Ryan Fitzpatrick - NYJ vs. Was
Colin Kaepernick - SF vs. Bal
Cam Newton - CAR at Sea
Matthew Stafford - DET vs. Chi
Josh McCown - CLE vs. Den
Brian Hoyer - HOU at Jac
Alex Smith - KC at Min
Kirk Cousins - WAS at NYJ
Michael Vick - PIT vs. Ari
EJ Manuel - BUF vs. Cin

Running backs

Adrian Peterson - MIN vs. KC
Devonta Freeman - ATL at NO
Arian Foster - HOU at Jac
Matt Forte - CHI at Det
Le'Veon Bell - PIT vs. Ari
Eddie Lacy - GB vs. SD
Mark Ingram - NO vs. Atl
Chris Ivory - NYJ vs. Was
Marshawn Lynch - SEA vs. Car
Justin Forsett - BAL at SF
Dion Lewis - NE at Ind
Lamar Miller - MIA at Ten
Charcandrick West - KC at Min
Chris Johnson - ARI at Pit
Carlos Hyde - SF vs. Bal
LeGarrette Blount - NE at Ind
Frank Gore - IND vs. NE
DeMarco Murray - PHI vs. NYG
C.J. Anderson - DEN at Cle
Giovani Bernard - CIN at Buf
Danny Woodhead - SD at GB
Melvin Gordon - SD at GB
T.J. Yeldon - JAC vs. Hou
Shane Vereen - NYG at Phi
Duke Johnson - CLE vs. Den
David Johnson - ARI at Pit
Isaiah Crowell - CLE vs. Den
Ryan Mathews - PHI vs. NYG
Ronnie Hillman - DEN at Cle
Jeremy Hill - CIN at Buf
Rashad Jennings - NYG at Phi
Ameer Abdullah - DET vs. Chi
Dan Herron - BUF vs. Cin
Jonathan Stewart - CAR at Sea
Matt Jones - WAS at NYJ
Andre Ellington - ARI at Pit
Bishop Sankey - TEN vs. Mia
Antonio Andrews - TEN vs. Mia
C.J. Spiller - NO vs. Atl
Knile Davis - KC at Min
Chris Thompson - WAS at NYJ
Bilal Powell - NYJ vs. Was
Alfred Morris - WAS at NYJ
Darren Sproles - PHI vs. NYG
Khiry Robinson - NO vs. Atl
Javorius Allen - BAL at SF
Theo Riddick - DET vs. Chi
Alfred Blue - HOU at Jac
Thomas Rawls - SEA vs. Car
Anthony Dixon - BUF vs. Cin
Tevin Coleman - ATL at NO
DeAngelo Williams - PIT vs. Ari
Andre Williams - NYG at Phi
James Starks - GB vs. SD
Zach Zenner - DET vs. Chi
Dexter McCluster - TEN vs. Mia
Fred Jackson - SEA vs. Car
Joique Bell - DET vs. Chi
Cameron Artis-Payne - CAR at Sea
Kyle Juszczyk - BAL at SF

Wide receiver

DeAndre Hopkins - HOU at Jac
A.J. Green - CIN at Buf
Julian Edelman - NE at Ind
Odell Beckham - NYG at Phi
Larry Fitzgerald - ARI at Pit
Julio Jones - ATL at NO
Demaryius Thomas - DEN at Cle
Randall Cobb - GB vs. SD
Brandon Marshall - NYJ vs. Was
Calvin Johnson - DET vs. Chi
Emmanuel Sanders - DEN at Cle
Keenan Allen - SD at GB
Allen Robinson - JAC vs. Hou
T.Y. Hilton - IND vs. NE
James Jones - GB vs. SD
Jeremy Maclin - KC at Min
Antonio Brown - PIT vs. Ari
Brandin Cooks - NO vs. Atl
Allen Hurns - JAC vs. Hou
Jordan Matthews - PHI vs. NYG
Donte Moncrief - IND vs. NE
Willie Snead - NO vs. Atl
Eric Decker - NYJ vs. Was
John Brown - ARI at Pit
Marquess Wilson - CHI at Det
Jarvis Landry - MIA at Ten
Kendall Wright - TEN vs. Mia
Travis Benjamin - CLE vs. Den
Mike Wallace - MIN vs. KC
Leonard Hankerson - ATL at NO
Anquan Boldin - SF vs. Bal
Kamar Aiken - BAL at SF
Golden Tate - DET vs. Chi
Torrey Smith - SF vs. Bal
Pierre Garcon - WAS at NYJ
Steve Smith - BAL at SF
Doug Baldwin - SEA vs. Car
Rueben Randle - NYG at Phi
Alshon Jeffery - CHI at Det
Ty Montgomery - GB vs. SD
Ted Ginn - CAR at Sea
Michael Floyd - ARI at Pit
Rishard Matthews - MIA at Ten
Marvin Jones - CIN at Buf
Jamison Crowder - WAS at NYJ
Sammy Watkins - BUF vs. Cin
Malcom Floyd - SD at GB
Cecil Shorts - HOU at Jac
Martavis Bryant - PIT vs. Ari
Josh Huff - PHI vs. NYG
Percy Harvin - BUF vs. Cin
DeSean Jackson - WAS at NYJ
Dwayne Harris - NYG at Phi
Taylor Gabriel - CLE vs. Den
Jermaine Kearse - SEA vs. Car
Eddie Royal - CHI at Det
Steve Johnson - SD at GB
Roddy White - ATL at NO
Robert Woods - BUF vs. Cin
Danny Amendola - NE at Ind
Brandon Coleman - NO vs. Atl
Marlon Brown - BAL at SF
Andre Johnson - IND vs. NE
Phillip Dorsett - IND vs. NE
Riley Cooper - PHI vs. NYG
Josh Bellamy - CHI at Det
DeVante Parker - MIA at Ten
Mohamed Sanu - CIN at Buf

Tight end

Rob Gronkowski - NE at Ind
Travis Kelce - KC at Min
Martellus Bennett - CHI at Det
Greg Olsen - CAR at Sea
Antonio Gates - SD at GB
Tyler Eifert - CIN at Buf
Jimmy Graham - SEA vs. Car
Charles Clay - BUF vs. Cin
Gary Barnidge - CLE vs. Den
Delanie Walker - TEN vs. Mia
Jordan Cameron - MIA at Ten
Richard Rodgers - GB vs. SD
Julius Thomas - JAC vs. Hou
Kyle Rudolph - MIN vs. KC
Zach Ertz - PHI vs. NYG
Larry Donnell - NYG at Phi
Jacob Tamme - ATL at NO
Derek Carrier - WAS at NYJ
Darren Fells - ARI at Pit
Ladarius Green - SD at GB
Coby Fleener - IND vs. NE
Owen Daniels - DEN at Cle
Heath Miller - PIT vs. Ari
Garrett Celek - SF vs. Bal
Maxx Williams - BAL at SF

Kicker

Stephen Gostkowski - NE at Ind
Justin Tucker - BAL at SF
Matt Bryant - ATL at NO
Steven Hauschka - SEA vs. Car
Mason Crosby - GB vs. SD
Jason Myers - JAC vs. Hou
Blair Walsh - MIN vs. KC
Brandon McManus - DEN at Cle
Josh Brown - NYG at Phi
Ryan Succop - TEN vs. Mia
Nick Folk - NYJ vs. Was
Nick Novak - HOU at Jac
Zach Hocker - NO vs. Atl
Chandler Catanzaro - ARI at Pit
Matt Prater - DET vs. Chi
Adam Vinatieri - IND vs. NE
Caleb Sturgis - PHI vs. NYG
Mike Nugent - CIN at Buf
Graham Gano - CAR at Sea
Cairo Santos - KC at Min
Phil Dawson - SF vs. Bal
Andrew Franks - MIA at Ten

Defenses

Denver Broncos - DEN at Cle
New York Jets - NYJ vs. Was
Arizona Cardinals - ARI at Pit
Seattle Seahawks - SEA vs. Car
Cincinnati Bengals - CIN at Buf
Minnesota Vikings - MIN vs. KC
Green Bay Packers - GB vs. SD
New England Patriots - NE at Ind
Carolina Panthers - CAR at Sea
Baltimore Ravens - BAL at SF
Buffalo Bills - BUF vs. Cin
Houston Texans - HOU at Jac
Philadelphia Eagles - PHI vs. NYG
New York Giants - NYG at Phi
Jacksonville Jaguars - JAC vs. Hou
Detroit Lions - DET vs. Chi
Kansas City Chiefs - KC at Min
Washington Redskins - WAS at NYJ
Tennessee Titans - TEN vs. Mia
Atlanta Falcons - ATL at NO

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Redskins-Cowboys Week 7 preview: A storyline, a stat and a player to watch

Redskins-Cowboys Week 7 preview: A storyline, a stat and a player to watch

This Sunday, for the 117th time, the Redskins and Cowboys will meet. 

Dallas will bring its 3-3 record into FedEx Field and face off with a 3-2 Washington squad. The winner of the contest will guarantee themselves a share of the NFC East lead heading into Week 8.

Here's a storyline, stat and player to watch for the next installment of this rivalry. Once you're done reading those, you can officially start preparing yourself for some sketchy fourth down decisions by Jason Garrett. 

Biggest storyline

Since his tidy but effective game vs. the Packers, Alex Smith turned in a disconcerting performance in New Orleans and a lukewarm effort (albeit a winning one) against the Panthers. Overall, Smith has looked very in control at times but also uneasy and ineffective at others so far in 2018.

So, the biggest storyline in this edition of the series has to do with Smith. If this game calls for it, can he lead the 'Skins to a victory?

That could be difficult vs. the Cowboys. The QB will be without Jamison Crowder again, and on Friday, Jay Gruden listed Paul Richardson as doubtful. Chris Thompson, meanwhile, is questionable.

So, it's likely Smith will be without two of his most talented weapons and possible that he'll be missing three. And on top of that, he'll be operating behind an offensive line that's had issues, which is contributing to his sometimes shaky feet in the pocket.  

To make things even harder, the Dallas defense allows the second-fewest points-per-game in the league and boasts a defensive line that Gruden is very worried about because it employs a scheme that involves a lot of movement. The Colts D-line uses a lot of stunts and movement, too, and they held the 'Skins to just 9 points in Week 2.

Smith has yet to top 300 yards this season or throw for more than two touchdowns in a single outing. He's had no problem winning when the team jumps to an early lead and the running game is going, sure, but he can't count on that each time he starts. 

At some point, his right arm is going to have to be mainly responsible for a Redskins W. And there'd be no better time for that to happen than in his first shot against his new franchise's most-hated opponent.

One key stat

Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott don't know what it's like to play an NFL game vs. Washington and leave that game as the loser. Prescott is 4-0 in his four starts, while Elliott suited up in three of those triumphs. 

Elliott has been a big-time problem for the Redskins in their run-ins. The RB has scored five times against the burgundy and gold and averages 110 yards per appearance. 

Come Sunday around 7:30 or 8 p.m., when Elliott's day is done, odds are you'll be able to look at his stat line and judge the outcome of the game solely based on it.

If Greg Manusky and his defense, particularly his young stars up front, are able to bottle up Zeke, you have to like the Redskins' chances of beating the Cowboys for the first time since the 2015 season finale.

The Redskin to watch

Charley Casserly identified Fabian Moreau as a key Redskin for Week 7 (full video above). Another one worth watching is DJ Swearinger.

Swearinger terrorized Cam Newton last week and really flew around the entire field. He'll need to be as active against the Cowboys and, most importantly, be a sure tackler.

Elliott is going to churn out a few seven- and eight-yard runs. It'll be on Swearinger, plus fellow safety Montae Nicholson, to not let those become 20- or 30-yard gains. 

A lof of the attention, and deservedly so, will go toward what Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne and Matt Ioannidis are doing on Sunday. But if Swearinger can take smart angles, get Elliott to the ground and make a few plays in pass coverage, that'll go a long way vs. a limited Dallas offense.

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Fantasy Football: Week 7 position-by-position rankings

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Fantasy Football: Week 7 position-by-position rankings

Our goal with the Week 7 rankings: be more like the Broncos defense than the Cardinals offense.

Before we go position by position, some quick notes:

* The Browns traded running back Carlos Hyde to the Jaguars, who are without Leonard Fournette (hamstring). Adding depth is one thing, but a legit starter like Hyde is another. Fournette owners should be concerned. Root the issue keeps him off the field no longer than the Week 9 bye. On the Cleveland end, rookie Nick Chubb vaults into RB2 status. Must add in all formats if available.

* Jamison Crowder won't play for the Redskins Sunday against the Cowboys. Paul Richardson's "doubtful" tag might as well say "We'll see you in Week 8." The situation means more Maurice Harris and Josh Doctson. Neither should be in fantasy lineups, yet both offer some potential considering the Crowder and Richardson could linger. 

* Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch reportedly may land on injured reserve with a groin injury that at least should sideline "Beast Mode" for a month. Doug Martin becomes the early down back when Oakland returns from its bye. 

* Other injuries to track this weekend: Sony Michel, Julian Edelman and Eric Ebron.

Quarterbacks

1.  Patrick Mahomes, KC
 
2.  Jared Goff, LAR
 
3.  Matt Ryan, ATL
 
4.  Cam Newton, CAR
 
5.  Kirk Cousins, MIN
 
6.  Jameis Winston, TB
 
7.  Tom Brady, NE
 
8.  Andy Dalton, CIN
 
9.  Andrew Luck, IND
 
10.  Carson Wentz, PHI
 
11.  Philip Rivers, LAC
 
12.  Matthew Stafford, DET
 
13.  Drew Brees, NO
 
14.  Baker Mayfield, CLE
 
15.  Joe Flacco, BAL
 
16.  Mitch Trubisky, CHI
 
17.  Blake Bortles, JAC
 
18.  Eli Manning, NYG
 
19.  Deshaun Watson, HOU
 
20.  C.J. Beathard, SF
 
21.  Alex Smith, WAS
 
22.  Dak Prescott, DAL
 
23.  Case Keenum, DEN
 
24.  Marcus Mariota, TEN
 
25.  Brock Osweiler, MIA
 
26.  Josh Rosen, ARI
 
27.  Sam Darnold, NYJ
 
28.  Derek Anderson, BUF

Running backs

1.  Todd Gurley, LAR
 
2.  Saquon Barkley, NYG
 
3.  Melvin Gordon, LAC
 
4.  Ezekiel Elliott, DAL
 
5.  Kareem Hunt, KC
 
6.  Joe Mixon, CIN
 
7.  Alvin Kamara, NO
 
8.  David Johnson, ARI
 
9.  Christian McCaffrey, CAR
 
10.  Sony Michel, NE
 
11.  Tevin Coleman, ATL
 
12.  LeSean McCoy, BUF
 
13.  Adrian Peterson, WAS
 
14.  James White, NE
 
15.  Nick Chubb, CLE
 
16.  Mark Ingram, NO
 
17.  Kerryon Johnson, DET
 
18.  Jordan Howard, CHI
 
19.  T.J. Yeldon, JAC
 
20.  Phillip Lindsay, DEN
 
21.  Matt Breida, SF
 
22.  Alex Collins, BAL
 
23.  Peyton Barber, TB
 
24.  Tarik Cohen, CHI
 
25.  Corey Clement, PHI
 
26.  Royce Freeman, DEN
 
27.  Kenyan Drake, MIA
 
28.  Marlon Mack, IND
 
29.  Latavius Murray, MIN
 
30.  Isaiah Crowell, NYJ
 
31.  Wendell Smallwood, PHI
 
32.  Bilal Powell, NYJ
 
33.  Frank Gore, MIA
 
34.  Ito Smith, ATL
 
35.  Lamar Miller, HOU
 
36.  Dion Lewis, TEN
 
37.  Austin Ekeler, LAC
 
38.  Carlos Hyde, CLE
 
39.  Chris Thompson, WAS
 
40.  Derrick Henry, TEN
 
41.  Nyheim Hines, IND
 
42.  Javorius Allen, BAL
 
43.  Duke Johnson, CLE
 
44.  LeGarrette Blount, DET
 
45.  Raheem Mostert, SF
 
46.  Ronald Jones II, TB
 
47.  Alfred Blue, HOU
 
48.  Chris Ivory, BUF
 
49.  Kyle Juszczyk, SF
 
50.  Theo Riddick, DET
 
51.  Mark Walton, CIN
 
52.  Jamaal Charles, JAC
 
53.  Wayne Gallman, NYG
 
54.  Spencer Ware, KC
 
55.  Malcolm Brown, LAR
 
56.  Devontae Booker, DEN
 
57.  C.J. Anderson, CAR
 
58.  Alfred Morris, SF
 
59.  Kapri Bibbs, WAS
 
60.  Roc Thomas, MIN
 
61.  Rod Smith, DAL
 
62.  Chase Edmonds, ARI
 
63.  Jordan Wilkins, IND
 
64.  Gus Edwards, BAL
 
65.  Jacquizz Rodgers, TB

Wide receivers

1.  Adam Thielen, MIN
 
2.  Julio Jones, ATL
 
3.  Tyreek Hill, KC
 
4.  A.J. Green, CIN
 
5.  Odell Beckham Jr., NYG
 
6.  DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
 
7.  Robert Woods, LAR
 
8.  Michael Thomas, NO
 
9.  Mike Evans, TB
 
10.  Brandin Cooks, LAR
 
11.  Keenan Allen, LAC
 
12.  Stefon Diggs, MIN
 
13.  Jarvis Landry, CLE
 
14.  Tyler Boyd, CIN
 
15.  Golden Tate, DET
 
16.  Alshon Jeffery, PHI
 
17.  Kenny Golladay, DET
 
18.  John Brown, BAL
 
19.  Emmanuel Sanders, DEN
 
20.  Allen Robinson, CHI
 
21.  Marvin Jones, DET
 
22.  Michael Crabtree, BAL
 
23.  Devin Funchess, CAR
 
24.  Julian Edelman, NE
 
25.  DeSean Jackson, TB
 
26.  Sterling Shepard, NYG
 
27.  Josh Gordon, NE
 
28.  Taylor Gabriel, CHI
 
29.  Corey Davis, TEN
 
30.  Demaryius Thomas, DEN
 
31.  Calvin Ridley, ATL
 
32.  Sammy Watkins, KC
 
33.  Marquise Goodwin, SF
 
34.  T.Y. Hilton, IND
 
35.  Keelan Cole, JAC
 
36.  Dede Westbrook, JAC
 
37.  Chris Godwin, TB
 
38.  Robby Anderson, NYJ
 
39.  Will Fuller, HOU
 
40.  Nelson Agholor, PHI
 
41.  Mohamed Sanu, ATL
 
42.  Christian Kirk, ARI
 
43.  Keke Coutee, HOU
 
44.  Albert Wilson, MIA
 
45.  Kenny Stills, MIA
 
46.  Antonio Callaway, CLE
 
47.  Mike Williams, LAC
 
48.  Donte Moncrief, JAC
 
49.  Tyrell Williams, LAC
 
50.  Maurice Harris, WAS
 
51.  Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
 
52.  Chester Rogers, IND
 
53.  Willie Snead, BAL
 
54.  Jermaine Kearse, NYJ
 
55.  Pierre Garcon, SF
 
56.  Chris Hogan, NE
 
57.  Courtland Sutton, DEN
 
58.  Tre'Quan Smith, NO
 
59.  Cole Beasley, DAL
 
60.  Taywan Taylor, TEN
 
61.  Kelvin Benjamin, BUF
 
62.  Cameron Meredith, NO
 
63.  D.J. Moore, CAR
 
64.  Danny Amendola, MIA
 
65.  Anthony Miller, CHI
 
66.  Josh Doctson, WAS
 
67.  Josh Reynolds, LAR
 
68.  Jakeem Grant, MIA
 
69.  Terrelle Pryor, NYJ
 
70.  Allen Hurns, DAL

Tight ends

1.  Travis Kelce, KC
 
2.  Zach Ertz, PHI
 
3.  Rob Gronkowski, NE
 
4.  Eric Ebron, IND
 
5.  George Kittle, SF
 
6.  David Njoku, CLE
 
7.  Jordan Reed, WAS
 
8.  Trey Burton, CHI
 
9.  Austin Hooper, ATL
 
10.  O.J. Howard, TB
 
11.  Kyle Rudolph, MIN
 
12.  Greg Olsen, CAR
 
13.  Ricky Seals-Jones, ARI
 
14.  C.J. Uzomah, CIN
 
15.  Evan Engram, NYG
 
16.  Cameron Brate, TB
 
17.  Geoff Swaim, DAL
 
18.  Benjamin Watson, NO
 
19.  Charles Clay, BUF
 
20.  Dallas Goedert, PHI
 
21.  Vernon Davis, WAS
 
22.  Gerald Everett, LAR
 
23.  Jeff Heuerman, DEN
 
24.  Hayden Hurst, BAL
 
25.  Mike Gesicki, MIA

Defenses

1.  Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC
 
2.  Los Angeles Rams, LAR
 
3.  Indianapolis Colts, IND
 
4.  Minnesota Vikings, MIN
 
5.  Denver Broncos, DEN
 
6.  Los Angeles Rams, LAR
 
7.  Houston Texans, HOU
 
8.  Philadelphia Eagles, PHI
 
9.  Arizona Cardinals, ARI
 
10.  Buffalo Bills, BUF
 
11.  New England Patriots, NE
 
12.  Washington Redskins, WAS
 
13.  Baltimore Ravens, BAL
 
14.  Dallas Cowboys, DAL
 
15.  Detroit Lions, DET
 
16.  Cleveland Browns, CLE
 
17.  Chicago Bears, CHI
 
18.  New York Jets, NYJ
 
19.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TB
 
20.  Atlanta Falcons, ATL

Kickers

1.  Harrison Butker, KC
 
2.  Stephen Gostkowski, NE
 
3.  Justin Tucker, BAL
 
4.  Adam Vinatieri, IND
 
5.  Wil Lutz, NO
 
6.  Jake Elliott, PHI
 
7.  Dan Bailey, MIN
 
8.  Matt Prater, DET
 
9.  Greg Zuerlein, LAR
 
10.  Randy Bullock, CIN
 
11.  Josh Lambo, JAC
 
12.  Graham Gano, CAR
 
13.  Chandler Catanzaro, TB
 
14.  Cody Parkey, CHI
 
15.  Brandon McManus, DEN
 
16.  Dustin Hopkins, WAS
 
17.  Aldrick Rosas, NYG
 
18.  Ka'imi Fairbairn, HOU
 
19.  Brett Maher, DAL
 
20.  Robbie Gould, SF