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Silva's June Top 150

While we don't expect to have a firm grip on position-battle outcomes until midway through or even the end of training camp, many depth chart situations have at least begun to clarify during OTAs. Somesignificant injuries have already occurred. Mandatory, full-squad minicamp season will begin next week. Training camp opens in late July.

These are my Top 150 fantasy rankings as of June 7, weighted based on positional depth (i.e. quarterback is deep) and concocted with standard-league scoring in mind. There are PPR references throughout the player writeups, but the rankings were made according to a yardage- and touchdown-heavy scoring system.

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First Round

1. Adrian Peterson -- Most dominant player at fantasy's most valued position.
2. Doug Martin -- Fantasy's No. 2 scorer as rookie gets both stud guards back.
3. C.J. Spiller -- Huge year imminent for centerpiece of new Bills run-first offense.
4. Marshawn Lynch -- Lone real concern is possible suspension after 2012 DUI.
5. Jamaal Charles -- Top-3 PPR pick under pass-happy new coach Andy Reid.
6. Alfred Morris -- Ideal standard-league back churns out yards and touchdowns.
7. Calvin Johnson -- Megatron has a tier unto himself among fantasy receivers.
8. Arian Foster -- Many red flags. Overworked. Rapid YPC decline. Already hurt.
9. Trent Richardson -- Overblown injury concerns will make him great draft value.
10. LeSean McCoy -- Set for career-high workload in run-heavy Chip Kelly attack.
11. Jimmy Graham -- Clear top tight end due to Rob Gronkowski's medical woes.
12. Ray Rice -- Bernard Pierce usage is concern, but still a shoo-in top-15 pick.

Second Round

13. Steven Jackson -- A virtual lock for double-digit TDs in high-octane offense.
14. Stevan Ridley -- Better in standard than PPR; Ridley doesn't catch passes.
15. Brandon Marshall -- Ideal fit for Bears new quick-hitting, pass-heavy scheme.
16. Dez Bryant -- Monster talent has arrived and learned to defeat double teams.
17. A.J. Green -- Only mediocre QB play keeps Green behind Marshall and Dez.
18. Julio Jones -- WR1 but shares the ball with Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez.
19. Rob Gronkowski -- High-risk, high-reward pick after surgery-filled offseason.
20. Demaryius Thomas -- WR1 but shares ball with Eric Decker and Wes Welker.
21. Andre Johnson -- The DeAndre Hopkins pick could cost him a fistful of targets.
22. Frank Gore -- Still going strong at 30 and has best run-blocking OL in league.
23. Matt Forte -- Will be better PPR pick; Forte could catch 90 passes this year.
24. Chris Johnson -- Production depends on long runs. Boom/bust weekly player.

Third Round

25. Larry Fitzgerald -- Carson Palmer and Bruce Arians will rejuvenate his stats.
26. Vincent Jackson -- Last year's No. 6 fantasy wideout can improve TD total (8).
27. Dwayne Bowe -- Alex Smith is the best quarterback of Bowe's NFL career.
28. Percy Harvin -- New focal point of Seahawks up-and-coming passing offense.
29. Darren McFadden -- Hate Oakland's offense but DMC slated for big workload.
30. Drew Brees -- Top-two fantasy quarterback in four of the past five seasons.
31. Aaron Rodgers -- Run-game improvement could curb Rodgers' upside slightly.
32. Cam Newton -- No. 5 fantasy QB as a rookie and finished as QB4 last year.
33. Tom Brady -- A top-three quarterback scorer in three consecutive seasons.
34. Aaron Hernandez -- Could catch 90-100 passes if Gronkowski misses time.
35. David Wilson -- G-Men need to lean on run this year to hide shaky defense.
36. Roddy White -- No longer a sexy pick, but consistent WR2 with high floor.

Fourth Round

37. Randall Cobb -- Rodgers' favorite target is a candidate for 100-plus receptions.
38. Marques Colston -- Reliable WR2 pick typically scores like a borderline WR1.
39. Victor Cruz -- NFL's premier speed-slot receiver; holdout not a concern just yet.
40. Reggie Bush -- Will probably finish second on Lions in catches, behind Mega.
41. DeMarco Murray -- Overrated talent, but workhorse until he gets injured again.
42. Matthew Stafford -- Fantasy's likeliest bounce-back star after hard-luck season.
43. Montee Ball -- Seems to have already earned Peyton Manning's trust at OTAs.
44. Chris Ivory -- Will be foundation of Jets offense as "Ground 'N Pound" returns.
45. Maurice Jones-Drew -- Workload is a plus, but fading runner coming off injury.
46. Lamar Miller -- Explosive downhill runner with prime opportunity for breakout.
47. Eddie Lacy -- If Lacy wins starting job outright, he'll be a shoo-in for 10+ TDs.
48. Le'Veon Bell -- Lacks big-play run skills, but should lead rookies in touches.


Fifth Round

49. Reggie Wayne -- Volume WR in more balanced O.
50. Antonio Brown -- Legitimate threat for 100 catches.
51. Jordy Nelson -- Fantasy's No. 2 WR as recently as '11.
52. Darren Sproles -- His baseline is WR2/3-caliber stats.
53. Tony Gonzalez -- Top-five fantasy tight end in six of his last seven seasons.
54. Steve Smith -- Shows few signs of slowing down despite advancing age (34).
55. Russell Wilson -- No. 1 overall fantasy QB over last season's final five weeks.
56. Danny Amendola -- Will produce like WR1/2 for as many games as he lasts.
57. Andrew Luck -- Expect Luck's efficiency to spike in Pep Hamilton's offense.
58. Peyton Manning -- Signs of decline at age 37, but remains mid-range QB1.
59. Matt Ryan -- Might be overdrafted this season; still never a top-6 fantasy QB.
60. Robert Griffin III -- Could pass Luck, Manning, Ryan if recovery stays on track.

Sixth Round

61. Mike Wallace -- Flirted with WR1 value in Pittsburgh; will be WR2/3 in Miami.
62. Pierre Garcon -- Would be top-15 receiver candidate if not for troublesome toe.
63. Torrey Smith -- Ravens counting on year-three leap with Anquan Boldin gone.
64. Eric Decker -- TDs will regress, but Decker still makes for a passable WR2.
65. Vernon Davis -- Projects as primary beneficiary of Michael Crabtree's injury.
66. Jason Witten -- Should remain high-catch total guy, but never a big TD scorer.
67. Wes Welker -- Will disappoint owners counting on his old Patriots statistics.
68. Ahmad Bradshaw -- Assumes he signs with Colts. Would be their lead back.
69. Ryan Mathews -- Might be better rebound candidate if he had a better O-Line.
70. Greg Jennings -- Takes over the Percy Harvin role in Christian Ponder's offense.
71. Hakeem Nicks -- Value depends wholly on his health, which hasn't been good.

72. DeSean Jackson -- Clearly passing Jeremy Maclin as Eagles' top fantasy WR.

Seventh Round

73. Colin Kaepernick -- Michael Crabtree Achilles' tear drops Kap to borderline QB1.
74. Jonathan Stewart -- New Panthers offense will lean more on the running backs.
75. Giovani Bernard -- Bernard's role should increase as the season progresses.
76. James Jones -- Won't lead NFL in receiving TDs again, but role is increasing.
77. T.Y. Hilton -- Will move up this list once he beats out Darrius Heyward-Bey.
78. Kenny Britt -- Healthy and rearing for breakout season in final year of contract.
79. Cecil Shorts -- Exciting player could be held back by shoddy quarterback play.
80. Dennis Pitta -- Could lead Baltimore in catches if receiver corps stays as is.
81. Shane Vereen -- Arguably more talented all-around back than teammate Ridley.
82. Danario Alexander -- Fear he'll be a bit overdrafted after last year's second half.
83. Tavon Austin -- Sam Bradford has always peppered slot receivers with targets.

84. Isaiah Pead -- Most talented running backin STL should lead Rams in carries.

Eighth Round

 

85. Josh Gordon -- Two-game suspension will make him a better value in drafts.
86. Rashard Mendenhall -- The tentative favorite for Cardinals lead tailback duties.
87. Mark Ingram -- Sean Payton sounds committed to restoring Saints run game.
88. Tony Romo -- Annual QB value pick; Cowboys will continue to lean on pass.
89. Zac Stacy -- If Pead doesn't win the Rams' starting job, Stacy is next man up.
90. Ben Tate -- As Arian Foster shows signs of breakdown, Tate is next man up.
91. Miles Austin -- Doesn't offer the ceiling he once did; now a low-upside WR3.
92. Mike Williams -- Touchdown-dependent player hurts you when he doesn't score.
93. Lance Moore -- Quietly coming off career-best season with role still on the rise.
94. Anquan Boldin -- Candidate to be overvalued; can't carry 49ers receiving load.
95. Stevie Johnson -- Bills' transition to run-heavy offense will hurt Johnson's stats.
96. Ryan Broyles -- Getting little hype, but breakout candidate if health cooperates.

Ninth Round

97. Daryl Richardson -- Rams seem to fancy Richardson as change-of-pace back.
98. BenJarvus Green-Ellis -- Giovani Bernard pick torpedoed Law Firm's fantasy value.
99. Andre Brown -- Potential goal-line and passing-down vulture behind David Wilson.
100. Bryce Brown -- Could offer standalone flex value in Chip Kelly's run-based attack.
101. Ben Roethlisberger -- Major weapons losses, but benefits from QB-friendly offense.
102. Martellus Bennett -- Likely increasingly pass-happy Bears' No. 2 receiving option.
103. Greg Olsen -- Steady, if low-upside TE1 remains Panthers' No. 2 pass catcher.
104. Jermichael Finley -- Annual underachiever teased with solid 2012 second half.
105. Kyle Rudolph -- Red-zone stud but not a dynamic receiver between the twenties.
106. Ryan Williams -- Should have every opportunity to beat out Mendenhall to start.
107. Jacquizz Rodgers -- Will remain involved in offense despite S-Jax acquisition.
108. Jared Cook -- Candidate to lead Rams in both receiving yards and TD catches.


Tenth Round

109. Owen Daniels -- DeAndre Hopkins hurts TE1 appeal.
110. Vick Ballard -- Colts' Bradshaw flirtation is telling.
111. Justin Blackmon -- Suspended but WR2/3 on return.
112. Denarius Moore -- Inconsistent & worsening QB play.
113. DeAndre Hopkins -- Hopkins and Daniels may offset each other in run-first attack.
114. Vincent Brown -- Seems to be ascending; saw first-team reps at Chargers OTAs.
115. Emmanuel Sanders -- Will be every-down receiver for the first time in his career.
116. Jeremy Maclin -- No. 2 or 3 pass-catching option in Philly's new run-first offense.
117. Jay Cutler -- Offers some breakout appeal in Marc Trestman's pass-happy attack.
118. Joe Flacco -- Production soared last season after Ravens fired OC Cam Cameron.
119. Jordan Cameron -- Probably the top breakout candidate of all fantasy tight ends.
120. Eli Manning -- Giants temporary passing-based offense is likely thing of the past.

Eleventh Round

121. Mikel Leshoure -- Becomes every-week RB2/flex again if Reggie Bush goes down.
122. Bernard Pierce -- The coaches love him, but needs Ray Rice injury to really matter.
123. Michael Floyd -- Promising first step; he's running ahead of Andre Roberts at OTAs.
124. Michael Bush -- Always a solid, consistent producer when Matt Forte misses time.
125. Mike Goodson -- Behind only injury-prone Chris Ivory on Jets backfield depth chart.
126. Sam Bradford -- Will play with best supporting cast of his NFL career this season.
127. Michael Vick -- Boom-or-bust QB2 gamble has some renaissance-year potential.
128. Carson Palmer -- Shaky bet to last 16 games, but Cards will throw it around yard.
129. Josh Freeman -- Likely to disappoint any owners counting on repeat of 2012 stats.
130. Antonio Gates -- A middling TE2 at this point in rapidly declining Chargers offense.
131. Brandon Myers -- Highly efficient receiver could be sneaky back-end TE1 in PPR.
132. Brandon Pettigrew -- Has big name, but very overrated in both real life in fantasy.

Twelfth Round

133. Rob Housler -- Bruce Arians' history of TE neglect may curb breakout potential.
134. Sidney Rice -- Will see fewer targets with Percy Harvin added to receiver corps.
135. Kendall Wright -- Many mouths to feed in Tennessee's QB-limited pass offense.
136. Darrius Heyward-Bey -- Some indications DHB could start over T.Y. Hilton.
137. Brian Quick -- Current ADP is undrafted; shades of Vincent Jackson in his game.
138. Rueben Randle -- Question marks surrounding both Giants starting receivers.
139. Santonio Holmes -- Talented headcase's Lisfranc recovery is behind schedule.
140. Nate Washington -- Would be much more interesting in a place like Baltimore.
141. Cordarrelle Patterson -- Legit playmaker with only Jerome Simpson to beat out.
142. Alshon Jeffery -- Intermediate-to-deep misfit for new high-percentage offense.
143. Brian Hartline -- 2012 will probably go down as the best stat line of his career.
144. Chris Givens -- Streak-route deep threat may struggle for targets this season.

Thirteenth Round

145. Ryan Tannehill -- Probably another year (and OC) away from fantasy breakout.
146. Shonn Greene -- Titans' short-yardage/goal-line specialist behind CJ?K for now.
147. Pierre Thomas -- Snaps could take hit as Saints increase Mark Ingram's role.
148. Fred Jackson -- Turned 32 in February; behind C.J. Spiller on Bills depth chart.
149. DeAngelo Williams -- At best, lesser half of Panthers running-back committee.
150. Ronnie Hillman -- Broncos envision him as change-of-pace back and no more.

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Redskins vs Cardinals Preview: 5 things to know with Jordan Reed out

Redskins vs Cardinals Preview: 5 things to know with Jordan Reed out

The Redskins moved the ball well against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, but continued red zone woes again sent Washington home with a loss. While the late November schedule proved brutal for the 'Skins, playing two games in five days, now the Redskins come to Arizona for an early December game with fresh legs and ample rest. Played indoors at University of Phoenix Stadium, weather will not be a factor for the 4 p.m. EST kick, but all the action starts on CSN with Redskins Kickoff at 3 p.m. Here are five storylines to watch:

  1. Keep it moving - Kirk Cousins showed he likes to get hot in the second half of the season during 2015. The quarterback's play late last year won the 'Skins the NFC East, and while a division title is out of reach with the Cowboys already at 11 wins, Cousins again looks to be on a heater. In three games since the bye, Cousins has thrown for more than 1,000 yards to go with eight touchdowns and no interceptions. The No. 1 story for the 'Skins is Cousins, and if he keeps his hot streak going, Washington should find itself in position to win in Arizona.
  2. Missing in action - This will be the final game of a four-game suspension for left tackle Trent Williams, and the Washington offensive line has performed admirably in his absence. Arguably more important this week will be the absence of tight end Jordan Reed, who suffered a serious shoulder injury in Dallas. What's wild about Reed - he came back to play in the second half against the Cowboys - and score two touchdowns - while playing with a separated shoulder. Reed did not practice this week, and Jay Gruden said his range of motion in the shoulder is just too limited to go against the Cardinals. 
  3. Consider the source - The Redskins offense might be the most potent group in this game, but Washington would be foolish to sleep on the Cardinals. Arizona was widely considered a Super Bowl contender coming into the season, and though they are in the midst of a disappointing year at 4-6-1, a win against the Skins could get the Cards back on the playoff track. Arizona running back David Johnson is the 3rd leading rusher in the NFL with 921 yards on the ground, not to mention an additional 613 yards receiving. Gruden on Johnson, "He is probably the best all-around back there is in the National Football League right now as far as being able to move outside, be a great route runner but also run between the tackles and run outside with his speed. So it’s going to be a matchup problem." Defensively, the Redskins ranks 25th in the NFL at stopping the run. Watch out for David Johnson.
  4. Problems don't just go away - Look at just about any metric on the Redskins offense, and the results are impressive: No. 2 in yards-per-game, No. 2 in yards-per-play, No. 2 in pass yards-per-game. But for all the yards, the 'Skins don't score at a corresponding clip as they rank 9th in the NFL in points. The culprit? Red zone troubles. "There are so many good things we’re doing on offense to put a damper on what they’re doing offensively with the red zone. It’s hard to do, but it’s something that is a glaring weakness of this football team right now," Gruden said of his team. The best road to wins for the Redskins is by scoring, ideally at least 30 points, and that will require some success inside the 20s.
  5. The harder they fall - If the Arizona offense has an Achilles heel, it's their offensive line. Carson Palmer has been sacked 16 times in the Cards last four games, and the 'Skins need to focus on bringing Palmer down. Ryan Kerrigan and Trent Murphy - who will be playing in his hometown - have been the leaders at getting sacks for Joe Barry's defense, and Preston Smith could be in line for another big game. Getting to Carson Palmer should be among the defense's top priorities, as that can slow Larry Fitzgerald and the Cards pass game.

Numbers & Notes:

  • DeSean Jackson's 67-yard reception in Dallas was a season long and his longest since a 77-yard touchdown vs. Buffalo in Week 15 of the 2015 season.
  • Kirk Cousins' 3,540 passing yards in 2016 now rank 10th-most in a single season in team history, and he still has five games left to play.
  • The Redskins offense ranks first in the NFL in percentage of fewest 3-and-out drives at 9.5 percent.
  • If Pierre Garçon can gain 137 receiving yards on Sunday, he will pass Michael Westbrook for 10th-most career receiving yards in team history.
  • With nine sacks, Ryan Kerrigan is one sack away from becoming the fifth member of the Redskins (Dexter Manley, 4; Charles Mann, 4; Andre Carter, 2; Brian Orakpo, 2) to post multiple 10-sack seasons since the NFL adopted sacks as an official statistic in 1982.

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Enemy Intel: Sunday games have playoff implications galore for Redskins

Enemy Intel: Sunday games have playoff implications galore for Redskins

As the Cowboys take their long week off after consecutive Thursday games the Redskins, Giants, Eagles, and other wild card contenders are in action. Here is Tandler’s weekly Redskins-centric spin around the NFL.

—The Giants are on a six-game winning streak and while that’s not easy to do against any level of competition it needs to be pointed out that their slate was squishy-soft with the last five wins coming against teams that currently have losing records. Now things get real with a trip to play the Steelers and a home date against the Cowboys. I’m not really sure how good the Giants are but if they split these two games I’ll be more impressed with them than I am now.

—The 5-6 Eagles travel to play the Bengals, who are just about out of contention for a sixth straight playoff appearance at 3-7-1. In fact, the Eagles might be just about out of it, too. Their big problem is 3-6 conference record, which puts them behind several other wild card contenders in this tiebreaker. It’s important because that is the second tiebreaker behind head to head. It’s better for the Redskins if the Bengals win but it probably won’t matter much. The consensus in Philadelphia seems to be that the Eagles are a rebuilding team that got off to a hot start, kindling some unrealistic hopes and expectations for the rest of 2016.

—The team is the hottest pursuit of the Redskins is the Buccaneers, who travel to San Diego to play a game that starts at the same time as Washington-Arizona. The Chargers are 5-6 but they are buried in last in the tough AFC West. This game is a coin flip. Redskins fans should root for the Chargers. If the Bucs lose, the Redskins would still hold the second wild card at the end of the day even if they should lose to the Cardinals.

—The 5-6 Saints are on the fringes of the wild card picture. They host the Lions, who are leading the NFC North by a game and a half over the Vikings and two games over the Packers. It’s probably best if the Lions win, which would just about eliminate the Saints. Still, there is a scenario where the Lions go into a minor tailspin, lose the division to either the Packers or Vikings but have a good enough record to take the second wild card. So like with most games within the NFC until the dust settles some more, there is some upside and some downside no matter which team wins.

—That scenario where the Lions fade from the division lead become a whole lot less likely if the Texans can go to Green Bay and beat the Packers. This is an interconference game so it’s an easy call to pull for Houston.

—Seattle, with a three-game lead in the NFC West, hosts the Panthers, who are on the outer fringe of the wild card race at 4-7. Another loss likely would ensure that Carolina won’t be able to defend its NFC title. This isn’t a pivotal game but probably better if the Seahawks win to end it for the wounded but potentially dangerous Panthers.

—My one loss last week was the Seahawks giving 5.5 on the road to the Bucs. I won with the Saints over the Rams and the Falcons over the Cardinals. This week I’m giving the Seahawks another go, giving 7 to the Panthers, and I’m taking the Patriots -13.5 against the Rams (the loss of Gronk doesn’t do much to equalize these teams) and the Saints giving 6 to the Lions.

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