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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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Trades, misses and mistakes explain the Redskins' dead cap situation

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Trades, misses and mistakes explain the Redskins' dead cap situation

Cut bait. Sunk cost. Under water. 

Whatever the term might be, all industries deploy a certain phrase for wasted money. In the NFL, that term is dead cap, or the salary cap space a team must allocate for a particular player that has been cut or traded. 

In the specific case of the Redskins, the team carries more than $5.2 millon in dead cap space. Where did it come from? Who's to blame? Let's take a look.

Terrell McClain ($3.75M) - The Redskins signed McClain away from the Cowboys early in the 2017 free agency period. The move wasn't quite a disaster, but it wasn't very good. Washington gave McClain a four-year deal worth $21 million, and paid out nearly $7.5 million for the 2017 season. McClain never played well for the Redskins, started just two games and this offseason he agreed to give up a significant chunk of guaranteed money. Without that move from McClain, this cap hit would have been much worse. 

Su'a Cravens ($711k) - The money isn't as big of a loss as the talent. The Redskins selected Cravens in the second round of the 2016 Draft and he showed promise as a rookie while also dealing with injuries. In 2017, however, things fell apart as Cravens dealt with a training camp injury, discussed retiring from football and eventually found himself on the reserved/left squad list for the season. Prior to the 2018 Draft, the Redskins worked a deal to send Cravens to Denver for an additional fifth round pick as well as swapping picks. 

Kendall Fuller ($360k) - A promising young cornerback, the Redskins traded Fuller to Kansas City this offseason as part of a package to acquire QB Alex Smith. Losing Fullers stings — even head coach Jay Gruden admitted that — but Washington had to find a quarterback after the long-discussed Kirk Cousins saga veered toward, and eventually ended in, separation. 

Matt Jones ($150k) - One of the worst Redskins draft picks in the last five years, Washington reached for Jones in the third-round in 2015. As a rookie, Jones looked like a solid contributor, but in the 2016 season he developed a bad fumbling habit and found his way to the bench. From there, things got worse, as Jones ended the season on the inactive list after a squabble about playing special teams. In 2017, Jones was cut. He signed with the Colts, where he played in just five games and was cut earlier this year. This offseason, Jones signed with the Eagles.

Arie Kouandjio ($130K) - This is a weird one. Kouandjio was selected by the Redskins in 2015, and cut by the team in 2017. The dead money comes from that rookie deal. When Washington brought Kouandjio back late in the 2017 season off the Ravens' practice squad, the dead money from the rookie deal remained. Now, Kouandjio is injured and a candidate to start the 2018 season on the PUP list or maybe even the IR. 

Robert Davis ($103k) - Drafted as a sixth-rounder in 2017, Davis did not make the team leaving training camp. Even though he got signed to the practice squad, the dead money tolls from the rookie deal. 

Nate Sudfeld ($69k) - A late-round developmental prospect from the 2016 draft, Sudfeld made the team as a rookie but couldn't survive cuts in 2017. Quickly signed by the Eagles, Sudfeld ended up as the backup quarterback in Philadelphia's improbable Super Bowl run earlier this year. Dead money on the Redskins cap, but a Super Bowl ring in Philly. Strange. 

Tyler Catalina and Kevin Bowen account for about $12,000 in dead cap space as well. 

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Redskins schedule preview: Weeks 8 and 14 vs. Giants

Redskins schedule preview: Weeks 8 and 14 vs. Giants

We’re previewing every game of the 2018 season with a look forward and a look back. Up today, it’s the two games against the Giants. 

Week 8 October 28, MetLife Stadium

Week 14 December 9, FedEx Field

2017 Giants: 3-13, fourth in NFC East 

Projected 2018 wins per Westgate SuperBook: 6.5

Early line: Week 8 Redskins +3.5, Week 14 Redskins -1.5

Key additions: RB Saquon Barkley, LT Nate Solder, RB Jonathan Stewart, LB Alec Ogletree

Key losses: DE Jason Pierre-Paul, G Justin Pugh, C Weston Richburg

Notable: Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. returns after missing 12 games with a fractured ankle last year.

Biggest questions: 

  • Will Eli Manning reward the organization for bypassing the quarterback position with the No. 2 pick in the draft? Or will he continue his downhill slide?
  • Will Barkley have sufficient impact to justify his status as the No. 2 overall pick?
  • The last three years, the Giants defense has gone from being ranked 31stto 10thand back to 31st. Where is their true level?

Series history

Giants lead all-time series 92-65-3; after the Giants won five in a row from 2013-2015 the Redskins have taken three of the last five. 

Series notables

The first time: September 16, 1937, Griffith Stadium—This was the beginning of two eras: The Redskins first game in Washington and the start of Sammy Baugh’s NFL career. The game, however, belonged to Riley Smith as the Washington back scored all of his team’s points with a pair of field goals, his dazzling, 60-yard interception return in the fourth quarter and the extra point following that game-clinching touchdown in the home team’s 13-3 win. 

The last time: December 31, 2017, Met Life Stadium—It was 16 degrees at kickoff, the Redskins had only four offensive players from their Week 1 starters in the lineup and all the Redskins had to play for was a non-losing season. These were just some of the reasons for Washington to be disinterested and it seems like they dragged down the Redskins. The apathy increased when a guy named Orleans Darkwa bolted 75 yards for a touchdown just 1:17 into the game. The Redskins never competed in the 18-10 loss.

The best time: November 27, 1966, D.C. Stadium—The Redskins scored on offense, on defense, on special teams, on the ground, and through the air in racking up the highest single-game scoring total ever in a regular season NFL game with 72 points. In a losing effort, the Giants scored 41, making the combined total of 113 points, another league record. 

Backup running back A. D. Whitfield had a career day, scoring three touchdowns, one on a five-yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen, the other two on runs of one and 63 yards. All of those points came in the first half as the Redskins went into intermission with a 34-14 lead.

Charley Taylor jumped into the scoring extravaganza with a pair of third-quarter TD receptions from Jurgensen, one of 34 yards, the other covering 72. Brig Owens was the point scorer on the defensive side things, getting touchdowns on returns of a fumble and an interception.

In all, they scored a touchdown almost every way you can: four running, three passing and one each on a punt, fumble, and interception return. They also got nine extra points and a field goal. 

More than 12,000 NFL games have been played since this one and, despite rule changes designed to favor the offense and increase scoring, both the Redskins’ 72 points and the combined 113 still stand as NFL records. Only once has a team put up as many as 70 points and the combined score has the next-highest total beaten by a touchdown.

The worst time: January 1, 2017, FedEx Field—The Redskins have had many costly losses to the Giants over the years but the sting from this one is still fresh. The home team would get a wild-card playoff spot with a win while New York, with its playoff seeding clinched, had nothing to play for. But it was the Redskins who had nothing. They were able to fight back from a 10-0 halftime deficit to tie it up in the fourth quarter. But after a Giants field goal, Kirk Cousins threw an unforgivable interception that sealed New York’s 19-10 win and the Redskins went home. 

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More 2018 Redskins

- 53-man roster: Player one-liners, offense
- Tandler’s Take: Best- and worst-case scenarios for 2018
- The draft: Redskins should get 4 additional picks in 2019 draft
- Schedule series: Gotta beat the Cowboys

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