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It's not a fantasy: Redskins WRs worthy

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It's not a fantasy: Redskins WRs worthy

Combining my roles as contributor on the Redskins Talk blog and Fantasy Football savant (or at least FFToolbox writer and podcast host ), heres my latest look at the Redskins fantasy options. QB: What remains clear at least until the Shanahans take the leash off their prized pupil and open up the playbook is that Robert GriffinIIIis not a fantasy starter but remains one to own. The top 12, from Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady to Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger, are (barring injury) still set in stone (the players more than the exact order). While Jay Cutler and Matt Schaub are next up, especially as in case of emergency backup (think Michael Vick or Manning) , Bob Griffins upside is next followed by the true line of QB2 demarcation. Perhaps Andrew Luck makes it a foursome by the time your league drafts, but thats about it. For now, dont draftRG3 to start no matter how deep your burgundy and gold fandom runs, but youre hardly a homer takinghim around theeighth round in 12-team leagues.RB: Wow does this get uglier by the minute. Bad enough, from a clear-cut fantasy perspective, that hes not the Redskins starter, but now Roy Helu is dealing with Achilles tendon issues. For now, the seriousness of the injury remains unclear; this is also how fantasy football owners should view the overall backfield. Assuming he misses no time, Helu (No. 23 RB and pre-injury revelation rank) remains the best bet even with 12-15 touches a game. Based on his elusiveness and the productivity shown last season, he remains around the outer mark of the top 25 runners (discussing Helu plus those RBs above and belowhim on Tuesday's podcast). However, that rank comes not with a bullet but a question mark. Theres the history of Shananigans (i.e. frequently changing primary options). The current starting status of Evan Royster (not blown away by the beefier option, but if he is the short yardage back, worth a late round flyer). The uncertainty of Tim Hightowers health and role (let your other Redskins buddy draft him). In addition, RG3s legs will find the end zone way more than last years QB options. If you feel compelled to have a Redskin on your team, let it be at another positionWR:...like this one. From the physical Pierre Garcon (moving closer to WR2 territory) to the slot target and reshaped Santana Moss (potential steal as a WR4) to the up-and-coming Leonard Hankerson (tons of sleeper buzz for the red zone threat), there are plenty of options here for 12-team leaguers. As for Garcon, Ive been touting his fantasy goodness for weeks and backing up the talk as hes the only player on both of my industry league rosters (June and July mocks). Josh Morgan remains a waiver wire play and while his rise could enhance the Redskins offense, it could muddle the status for Moss.TE: Though currently ranked No. 7 at his position, it would be nice to see Fred Davis and his new QB show more on-field rapport than reports have currently suggested. More to the point, of Garcon is truly RG3s main target, Daviss lofty status could take a minor dip since it factors in the rookie QBs love throwing to their tight end premise is in play. Regardless, draft Davis with confidence -- and just hope hes also on his best off-field behavior.Defense: Personally, Id move this unit (25th overall) up into more the bye-week option range on the strength of the front-7, but the reality is the secondary is kind of scary. If the move inside turns DeAngelo Hall back into a playmaker then combined with the Orakpo-Kerrigan pass rush, this group has some juice. Not draftable, but interesting in Week 2 against the Rams.Kicker: Until we know who wins the job officially, dont take Neil Rackers or Graham Gano. Realistically, you shouldnt draft either booter of the ball regardless.Ben Standig blogs about the Redskins, Wizards, Hoyas and the D.C.area college basketball scene for CSNwashington. You can reach him by email at bstandig@comcast.net, follow him on Twitter @BenStandig and catch his musings at the D.C. Sportalistand his fantasy football thoughts at FFToolbox.com.

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Redskins schedule preview: Week 15 vs. Jaguars

Redskins schedule preview: Week 15 vs. Jaguars

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

Week 15 December 16, TIAA Bank Field

2017 Jaguars: 10-6, First in AFC South, lost AFC championship game 

Projected 2018 wins per Westgate SuperBook: 9

Early line: Redskins +8

Key additions: G Andrew Norwell, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, WR Donte Moncrief, 

Key losses:WR Allen Hurns, WR Allen Robinson

Biggest questions: 

  • QB Blake Bortles was very inconsistent during the season and there was talk of the team looking for a replacement for him prior to their run in the playoffs. Does he have what it takes to get the team back into serious contention. 
  • The team also got an inconsistent season out of RB Leonard Fournette, the No. 4 pick in the draft. Can he put together the monster season that would justify his draft status and help elevate the Jaguars to elite status. 
  • The Jaguars went from 25thin scoring defense in 2016 to second last year. Will they fall back to the pack this year?

Series history

The Redskins lead the all-time series 5-1. The Jaguars only win against them came in 2002.

Series notables

The first time: September 28, 1997, Jack Kent Cooke Stadium—In the second game ever played at the Redskins’ new stadium, Jacksonville took a 9-0 lead in the second quarter, but then-Jags QB Mark Brunell threw a pair of interceptions that set up two Washington touchdowns and the Redskins won 24-12. Gus Frerotte threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns and Terry Allen gained 122 yards on 36 carries. 

The last time: November 14, 2012, FedEx Field—Jay Gruden got his first win as the Redskins’ head coach in this one. Robert Griffin III went out of this game early with an injury and Kirk Cousins passed for 250 yards and two touchdowns in his place. It was the defense that dominated this game, racking up 10 sacks, tying the team record set in 1977. Ryan Kerrigan got four of those sacks, tying the team individual record for sacks in a game. The Redskins won 41-10.

The best time: October 1, 2006, FedEx Field—A taught, exciting game came to an explosive end when Santana Moss snared a pass that Mark Brunell perhaps should not have thrown and streaked to the end zone, giving the Redskins a 36-30 overtime win over Jacksonville.

The reason the throw was risky was that two defenders were near Moss as Brunell fired it to the speedy receiver. Somehow both of them missed it. Moss grabbed it, spun around and bolted the rest of the way to complete the 68-yard game winner.

It was Moss’ third touchdown reception of the day. In the first quarter, he caught a long pass from Brunell and executed a nifty spin move near the goal line to complete the 55-yard touchdown play. An eight-yard Moss TD catch early in the third quarter put the Redskins up by 10 but the Jags battled back to tie it with six seconds left. That set up Moss’ overtime heroics. 

The worst time: November 10, 2002, Alltel Stadium—The Redskins came into the game riding a two-game winning streak and at 4-4 they were squarely in playoff contention. A strong running game had been their best asset during their surge to .500 and, with the Jaguars sporting the worst run defense in the NFL, there was every reason to believe that the Redskins would take the land route to another win.

But coach Steve Spurrier had different ideas. "I was dumb enough to think we could throw it up and down the field," Spurrier said. "We ran a little bit here and there. We had a little success there early, and I got away from it too much. The second quarter, I kept thinking at midfield, we could throw the ball from there. But we didn't do it very well. So, looking back, I called a lousy game."

His defense didn’t play very well either. The Redskins scored first but the Jaguars scored 26 unanswered points and came out with a 26-7 win.

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World's most grueling bicycle race no match for visually impaired Redskins fan

World's most grueling bicycle race no match for visually impaired Redskins fan

Completing a cross-country road trip often rests atop — or near the top — of any adventurer's bucket list.

Completing a cross-country road trip on a tandem bicycle, however, is something only a select few set out to accomplish.

Meet Tina Ament, an Assistant U.S. Attorney and avid Redskins fan from Alexandria, Va. who is attempting to accomplish such feat.

Ament is also blind.

The visually impaired triathlete, who became a Redskins fan at a young age when her military family relocated to Northern Virginia during the Sonny Jurgensen era, has dealt with the adversity since birth, using cycling as a way to reach new heights and spread awareness.

The Alexandria resident is one of four representing Team Sea to See, which is chasing down history as the first blind-stoker team to ever compete in Race Across America's 37-year history.

For those unfamiliar with the race, it is arguably the most grueling cycle race on the planet.

A race that begins in Oceanside, Calif. and finishes at City Dock in Annapolis, Md. spans over 3,000 miles, climbs 175,000 feet and crosses through 12 states. The total distance is 30 percent longer than that of the Tour de France.

The Sea to See team for Race Across America is made up of four, tandem, blind-stoker cycling duos. Pilots guide these two-seaters (pictured below) from the front while blind stokers do the heavy lifting and pedaling from behind. Ament's guide is 38-year-old civil attorney Pamela Ferguson.

The two have been competing together since 2015. 

You may be wondering what Ament's motive is. 

Last month during a podcast recording for NBC Sports Washington, Ament was quick to explain that more than 70 percent of blind Americans are unemployed. 

"All it really takes is for employers, or for anybody out here, to not look at us and see a blind person. But look at us and see a lawyer. Look at us and see a Redskins fan. Look at us and see a capable person who is capable of doing amazing things and all we really need is a shot," she went on to say. 

As the team makes its way through Kansas, weather conditions are as difficult as ever.

Early Wednesday morning, a chunk of hail broke one of the team's RV windows. 

The 29 teams competing have nine days to complete the journey. 

Per Team Sea to Sea's Facebook page, the group has reached the halfway point, as of Wednesday, June 20.

Use Race Across America's Live Tracker to follow along over the course of the next week.  

Photos courtesy of: Tina Ament, Team Sea to See