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Silva's June Top 150

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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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Cowboys bus involved in fatal crash in Arizona

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Cowboys bus involved in fatal crash in Arizona

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) -- Four people were killed Sunday when bus carrying Dallas Cowboys staffers but no players collided with a van on a northwestern Arizona highway.

The fatalities were passengers in the van, Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Quentin Mehr said. But the bus occupants emerged uninjured.

"All on the bus came through OK with some bumps and bruises," Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple (DAHL'-rimp-ul) said in an email.

Dalrymple said the bus was only carrying members of the franchise's staff but would not say how many. There were no players on board.

The two vehicles collided in the afternoon on U.S. 93, about 30 miles north of the city of Kingman, according to DPS.

The crash shut down at least one lane of the highway that serves as the main route between Phoenix and Las Vegas.

The bus was on its way to a Dallas Cowboys fan event in Las Vegas. Charles Cooper, manager of GameWorks entertainment center in Vegas, said the session with 50 to 75 fans was scheduled for 3 p.m. PDT. People were already waiting when the president of a Las Vegas Cowboys fan club called to relay news of the accident. The event was subsequently canceled. Cooper says the team mascot was supposed to appear.

After the Las Vegas stop, the bus was scheduled to go on to Oxnard, California for the team's training camp. Members of the organization typically take a bus two weeks before the camp starts and make stops along the way.

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DeSean Jackson throws out first pitch at Sunday's Nationals game

DeSean Jackson throws out first pitch at Sunday's Nationals game

You know, if this whole football thing doesn't work out for DeSean Jackson, maybe he could give baseball a shot.

The Redskins wide receiver was on hand Sunday at Nationals Park to throw out the first pitch and did a pretty good job.

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Jackson throws it from the mound and gets it to home plate, though just a bit outside. The throw was certainly good enough to keep Jackson off the list of other professional athletes with horrible first pitches (see John Wall).

RELATED: DON'T FORGET ABOUT NILES PAUL

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Redskins have many options at tight end, but don't count out Niles Paul

Redskins have many options at tight end, but don't count out Niles Paul

The Redskins are loaded at tight end - Jordan Reed is the emerging star and Vernon Davis the veteran with a stellar track record. But don't forget about Niles Paul. Lost last season to a broken ankle, Paul looked strong throughout Washington's offseason work, and with the team heading to Richmond this week to begin training camp, the former Nebraska receiver has been clear he plans to compete for playing time despite his loaded position group. 

"If you’re not out there competing to be the No. 1, I don’t know why you’re in the league," Paul said on ESPN980 earlier this summer.

Paul's mindset is admirable, but Reed is locked in as the No. 1 tight end. There's no debate there. And GM Scot McCloughan did not bring Vernon Davis to Washington without plans of playing him. 

But here's the thing with Paul - he can be very good.

In the first four games of the 2014 season, Paul caught 21 balls for 313 yards and a touchdown. He was averaging nearly 80 yards receiving per game in that stretch, the best of his career. It's no surprise that Paul put up those numbers when Reed was out, as he was injured Week 1 and did not suit back up until Week 6 of that season. 

RELATED: VERNON DAVIS PLANS TO COMPETE FOR TOP SPOT 

Paul has proved himself a strong backup to Reed, and in Reed's three-year career, he has missed 14 games. Last year Reed stayed mostly healthy - he missed two games - but it would hardly be a surprise if the Redskins have to go one or more games without their new $50 million tight end. Davis will be expected to step up should that happen, but the team might lean on Paul more in that situation, in addition to a major role on special teams as well. There were also a few snaps this summer where Paul worked as a fullback - a role the tight end might have to take on with the departure of Darrel Young. 

Jay Gruden acknowledged Paul's hard work during minicamp.

"He’s done an unbelievable job in rehab to get himself to this point," Gruden said. "We didn’t expect him back until training camp."

A 5th-round pick in 2011, Paul has already surpassed expectations with a five-year NFL career. That he outpaced his rehab schedule should not come as a shock.

Should he significantly contribute this fall, even considering Reed and Davis will be the first and second targets at tight end respectively, would not be a surprise either.