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Former Redskins K Gano hopes to deliver winning field goal in Super Bowl

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Former Redskins K Gano hopes to deliver winning field goal in Super Bowl

If Sunday’s Super Bowl comes down to the final moments, Panthers kicker Graham Gano hopes it involves a field goal attempt. And that he’s the kicker lining up to take it.

“Yeah, I’ve been thinking about that since I first started playing,” Gano said this week in Santa Clara, Calif., where Carolina is set to Denver in Super Bowl 50. “I am hoping for it. So hopefully it does come down to that. I hope that every game, and that's what makes my job the most fun.”

Yep, that’s the same Graham Gano that kicked for the Redskins from 2009-2011. The same one that bounced back from a shaky few years in Washington to become one of the league's steadiest kickers. In fact, the 28-year-old was ranked by ProFootballFocus.com as the game's second most effective kicker in 2015.

The Redskins’ revolving door at kicker has stopped—for now—thanks to a solid season by Dustin Hopkins. But I still occasionally wonder ‘what if?’ when Gano’s name comes up.

Gano had an NFL-high five field goals blocked in 2011 and was shown to the door at the end of training camp the following year. He was replaced by Billy Cundiff, who was replaced by Kai Forbath, who was replaced by Hopkins.

Gano, meanwhile, landed in Carolina late in the 2012 season and has carved out a nice little career for himself.

This season, however, has been of a mixed bag for the Florida State product, who finished second in the NFL in scoring with 146 points. He’s converted 33 of 39 field goal attempts, including the playoffs. He had some kicks blocked early in the season (opponents anticipating the snap count was a problem) but he’s also been clutch, delivered a game-winners against the Colts, in OT, and the Giants, as time expired, to help the Panthers stay unbeaten through 14 games.

Gano’s biggest strength, though, may be his big leg. This season, he ranked first (tied with New England’s Stephen Gostkowski) for forcing the most touchbacks on kickoffs with 69, which played a major role in Gano finishing second behind Baltimore’s Justin Tucker in ProFootballFocus.com’s overall rankings.

Another strength that’s helped Gano last the past three-plus season in Carolina? His poise under pressure. Which, of course, might be tested if Sunday’s game does, indeed, come down to a last second field goal.

“I don’t get nervous,” Gano said. “I used to get nervous earlier on in my career, but I have been playing for 7 or 8 years now. Even two weeks ago in the NFC Championship, I think at the beginning I had a few butterflies in my stomach, but I think you only get nervous if you aren’t prepared and we do a good job preparing.”

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Fantasy Football RB Rankings 2019: Week 7

Fantasy Football RB Rankings 2019: Week 7

Week 6 is in the books and rosters are beginning to take shape. Here are the top running backs for Week 7.

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 7
Running Back Rankings: Week 7
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 7
Tight End Rankings: Week 7

TIER 1: RB1's 

1. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals  
Opponent: at Giants
2019 Stats: 298 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 30 Receptions, 315 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 121.3 PTS, 2019 RB5
Previous Ranking: 4

2. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys  
Opponent: vs. Eagles
2019 Stats: 491 Rushing YDS, 5 Rushing TD, 18 Receptions, 139 Receiving YDS, 109 PTS, 2019 RB8
Previous Ranking: 2  

3. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings  
Opponent: at Lions
2019 Stats: 583 Rushing YDS, 6 Rushing TD, 23 Receptions, 213 Receiving YDS, 136.6 PTS, 2019 RB2
Previous Ranking: 3  

4. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants 
Opponent: vs. Cardinals
2019 Stats: 237 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 11 Receptions, 174 Receiving YDS, 48.1 PTS 2019 RB37
Previous Ranking: NR  

5. Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers  
Opponent: vs. Raiders
2019 Stats: 349 Rushing YDS, 8 Rushing TD, 23 Receptions, 163 Receiving YDS, 120.2 PTS, 2019 RB6
Previous Ranking: 11  
  
6. Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts
Opponent: vs. Texans
2019 Stats: Rushing YDS, Rushing TD, Receptions, Receiving YDS, PTS, 2019 RB19
Previous Ranking: Bye

7. Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars  
Opponent: at Bengals   
2019 Stats: 584 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 26 Receptions, 189 Receiving YDS, 107.3 PTS, 2019 RB9
Previous Ranking: 14  

TIER 2: High-end RB2's  

8. Mark Ingram, Baltimore Ravens
Opponent: at Seahawks
2019 Stats: 424 Rushing YDS, 7 Rushing TD, 11 Receptions, 89 Receiving YDS, 104.3 PTS, 2019 RB10
Previous Ranking: 12

9. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans  
Opponent: vs. Chargers
2019 Stats: 416 Rushing YDS, 4 Rushing TD, 6 Receptions, 102 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 87.8 PTS, 2019 RB15
Previous Ranking: 8  

10. Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks  
Opponent: vs. Ravens
2019 Stats: 504 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 19 Receptions, 140 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 101.4 PTS, 2019 RB11
Previous Ranking: 10  

11. Tevin Coleman, San Francisco 49ers
Opponent: at Redskins
2019 Stats: 165 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 4 Receptions, 49 Receiving YDS, 37.4 PTS, 2019 RB46
Previous Ranking:  NR

12. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams  
Opponent: at Falcons
2019 Stats: 270 Rushing YDS, 5 Rushing TD, 14 Receptions, 68 Receiving YDS, 75.8 PTS, 2019 RB18
Previous Ranking: 17

13. Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders
Opponent: at Packers
2019 Stats: 430 Rushing YDS, 4 Rushing TD, 6 Receptions, 77 Receiving YDS, 80.7 PTS, 2019 RB17
Previous Ranking: Bye

TIER 3: On the verge RB2's  

14. Kerryon Johnson, Detroit Lions  
Opponent: vs. Vikings
2019 Stats: 285 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 9 Receptions, 126 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 66.1 PTS, 2019 RB23  
Previous Ranking: 13  

15. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons  
Opponent: vs. Rams
2019 Stats: 275 Rushing YDS, 25 Receptions, 203 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 88.8 PTS, 2019 RB14
Previous Ranking: 19     

16. Le’Veon Bell, New York Jets  
Opponent: vs. Patriots
2019 Stats: 256 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 28 Receptions, 169 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 82.5 PTS, 2019 RB16
Previous Ranking: 16  

17. Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills  
Opponent: vs. Dolphins
2019 Stats: 127 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 5 Receptions, 28 Receiving YDS, 26.5 PTS, 2019 RB60  
Previous Ranking: Bye

18. Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers  
Opponent: vs. Texans 
2019 Stats: 49 Rushing YDS, 7 Receptions, 37 Receiving YDS, 15.6 PTS, 2019 RB72  
Previous Ranking: 18  

19. Carlos Hyde, Houston Texans
Opponent: at Colts
2019 Stats: 426 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 6 Receptions, 22 Receiving YDS, 66.8 PTS, 2019 RB22
Previous Ranking: NR

20. James White, New England Patriots  
Opponent: at Jets
2019 Stats: 63 Rushing YDS, 31 Receptions, 224 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 65.6 PTS, 2019 RB24
Previous Ranking: 15

21. Matt Breida, San Francisco 49ers  
Opponent: at Redskins
2019 Stats: 376 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 10 Receptions, 73 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 66.9 PTS, 2019 RB21
Previous Ranking: 21  

22. Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos  
Opponent: vs. Chiefs
2019 Stats: 397 Rushing YDS, 4 Rushing TD, 19 Receptions, 147 Receiving YDS, 97.4 PTS, 2019 RB13 
Previous Ranking: 22  

23. Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers  
Opponent: vs. Titans
2019 Stats: 241 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 42 Receptions, 370 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 135.1 PTS, 2019 RB3
Previous Ranking: 9  

24. Sony Michel, New England Patriots  
Opponent: at Jets
2019 Stats: 348 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 5 Receptions, 59 Receiving YDS, 61.7 PTS, 2019 RB28 
Previous Ranking: 23  

25. Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles  
Opponent: at Cowboys
2019 Stats: 199 Rushing YDS, 13 Receptions, 219 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 58.8 PTS, 2019 RB29
Previous Ranking: 25  

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 7
Running Back Rankings: Week 7
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 7
Tight End Rankings: Week 7

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Fantasy Football QB Rankings 2019: Week 7

Fantasy Football QB Rankings 2019: Week 7

Week 6 is in the books and rosters are beginning to take shape. Here are the top quarterbacks for Week 7.

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 7
Running Back Rankings: Week 7
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 7
Tight End Rankings: Week 7

TIER 1: Elite Starters  

1. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans  
Opponent: at Colts 
2019 Stats: 1644 Passing YDS, 12 Passing TD, 3 INT, 164 Rushing YDS, 5 Rushing TD, 152.2 PTS, 2019 QB3  
Previous Ranking: 3   

2. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks  
Opponent: vs. Ravens 
2019 Stats: 1704 Passing YDS, 14 Passing TD, 151 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 155.3 PTS, 2019 QB1  
Previous Ranking: 5  

3. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens  
Opponent: at Seahawks  
2019 Stats: 1507 Passing YDS, 11 Passing TD, 5 INT, 460 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 152.3 PTS, 2019 QB2  
Previous Ranking: 2  

4. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys  
Opponent: vs. Eagles 
2019 Stats: 1606 Passing YDS, 11 Passing TD, 6 INT, 122Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 114.4 PTS, 2019 QB6  
Previous Ranking: 4  
TIER 3: Near Elite  

5. Tom Brady, New England Patriots  
Opponent: at Jets 
2019 Stats: 1743 Passing YDS, 10 Passing TD, 3 INT, 3 Rushing TD, 120 PTS, 2019 QB8 
Previous Ranking: 6  

6. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles  
Opponent:  at Cowboys 
2019 Stats: 1458 Passing YDS, 12 Passing TD, 3 INT, 82 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 116.5 PTS, 2019 QB9  
Previous Ranking: 7  

7. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers  
Opponent: vs. Raiders 
2019 Stats: 1590 Passing YDS, 8 Passing TD, 2 INT, 93.8 PTS, 2019 QB13 
Previous Ranking: 8  

8. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons  
Opponent: vs. Rams 
2019 Stats: 2011 Passing YDS, 15 Passing TD, 7 INT, 62 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 138.6 PTS, 2019 QB5  
Previous Ranking: 9  

TIER 4: Almost matchup-proof  

9. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals  
Opponent: at Giants 
2019 Stats: 1664 Passing YDS, 7 Passing TD, 4 INT, 238 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 126.4 PTS, 2019 QB7  
Previous Ranking: 10  

10. Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis Colts 
Opponent: vs. Texans 
2019 Stats: 1062 Passing YDS, 10 Passing TD, 3 INT, 66 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 87 PTS, 2019 QB17
Previous Ranking: Bye

11. Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars  
Opponent: at Bengals 
2019 Stats: 1442 Passing YDS, 9 Passing TD, 2 INT, 125 Rushing YDS, 94.2 PTS, 2019 QB11  
Previous Ranking: 12  

12. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills 
Opponent: vs. Dolphins 
2019 Stats: 1122 Passing YDS, 5 Passing TD, 7 INT, 158 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 82.7 PTS, 2019 QB19 
Previous Ranking: Bye

TIER 5: Potential is there  

13. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams  
Opponent: at Falcons 
2019 Stats: 1727 Passing YDS, 7 Passing TD, 7 INT, 1 Rushing TD, 82.4 PTS, 2019 QB20  
Previous Ranking: 14  

14. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions  
Opponent: vs. Vikings 
2019 Stats: 1387 Passing YDS, 9 Passing TD, 2 INT, 89.8, 2019 QB16 
Previous Ranking: 15  

TIER 6: Backup Options  

15. Jimmy Garappolo, San Francisco 49ers
Opponent: at Redskins
2019 Stats: 1163 Passing YDS, 7 Passing TD, 5 INT, 1 Rushing TD, 69.5 PTS, 2019 QB24 
Previous Ranking: NR

16. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers  
Opponent: at Titans 
2019 Stats: 1785 Passing YDS, 9 Passing TD, 6 INT, 93.8 PTS, 2019 QB12  
Previous Ranking: 13  

17. Teddy Bridgewater, New Orleans Saints  
Opponent: at Bears 
2019 Stats: 1089 Passing YDS, 7 Passing TD, 2 INT, 70.8 PTS, 2019 QB21 
Previous Ranking: 16  

18. Daniel Jones, New York Giants  
Opponent: vs. Cardinals
2019 Stats: 921 Passing YDS, 5 Passing TD, 6 INT, 86 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 61.4 PTS, 2019 QB26
Previous Ranking: 19    

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 7
Running Back Rankings: Week 7
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 7
Tight End Rankings: Week 7