Fantasy Football: Draft cheat sheet

Fantasy Football: Draft cheat sheet

These rankings are based on a combined yardagescoring system (4 points for a passing touchdown, 6 points for a rushingreceiving touchdown, one point for every 25 passing yards, one point for every 10 rushingreceiving yards) and will be updated weekly until the season begins. In-season, we will offer weekly rankings based on the matchups at hand.

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Quarterback
1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
2. Tom Brady, Patriots
NOTE: Deep supporting cast, expect a huge year.
3. Drew Brees, Saints
NOTE: Some regression coming with Payton out.
4. Cam Newton, Panthers
5. Matthew Stafford, Lions
6. Eli Manning, Giants
7. Matt Ryan, Falcons
NOTE: Fine player, but becoming a little too trendy.
8. Michael Vick, Eagles
9. Philip Rivers, Chargers
10. Tony Romo, Cowboys
11. Peyton Manning, Broncos
12. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
13. Andrew Luck, Colts
14. Robert Griffin, Redskins
NOTE: Quick learner but don't dream of Newton 2011.
15. Jay Cutler, Bears
16. Carson Palmer, Raiders
NOTE: Decent 10-game start; imagine what a training camp does for him.
17. Matt Schaub, Texans
18. Jake Locker, Titans
NOTE: He'll run early, often.
19. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills
20. Josh Freeman, Buccaneers
NOTE: Back in shape, added weapons.
20. Joe Flacco, Ravens
21. Christian Ponder, Vikings
NOTE: He's come a long way in second year.
22. Andy Dalton, Bengals
23. Alex Smith, Niners
24. Matt Cassel, Chiefs
26. Sam Bradford, Rams
NOTE: Put-up or shut-up season.
27. Matt Flynn, Seahawks
28. Brandon Weeden, Browns
29. Russell Wilson, Seahawks
NOTE: Has a shot to steal the job.
30. Mark Sanchez, Jets
NOTE: They're setting him up to fail.
31. John Skelton, Cardinals
32. Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins
33. Tim Tebow, Jets
34. Blaine Gabbert, Jaguars
35. Matt Moore, Dolphins
36. Matt Hasselbeck, Titans
37. Kevin Kolb, Cardinals
NOTE: A made-up mirage from Andy Reid's laboratory.
38. Chad Henne, Jaguars
39. Kyle Orton, Cowboys
40. Joe Webb, Vikings

Running Back
1. Arian Foster, Texans
2. Ray Rice, Ravens
NOTE: Could easily be No. 1 here.
3. LeSean McCoy, Eagles
NOTE: Not as exciting if Vick goes down.
4. Chris Johnson, Titans
5. Darren McFadden, Raiders
NOTE: Elite skills but misses a lot of time.
6. Matt Forte, Bears
7. DeMarco Murray, Cowboys
NOTE: Still unproven, and was hurt all through college.
8. Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks
9. Jamaal Charles, Chiefs
10. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars
NOTE: Holdouts usually give in, eventually.
11. Ryan Mathews, Chargers
12. Fred Jackson, Bills
13. Steven Jackson, Rams
14. Trent Richardson, Browns
15. Adrian Peterson, Vikings
16. Michael Turner, Falcons
NOTE: Still the automatic goal-line option.
17. Doug Martin, Buccaneers
NOTE: Talented but getting trendy.
18. Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants
19. Darren Sproles, Saints
20. Frank Gore, Niners
21. Reggie Bush, Dolphins
22. Willis McGahee, Broncos
23. Donald Brown, Colts
24. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Bengals
25. Peyton Hillis, Chiefs
NOTE: Might be best non-starter in league; back with OC Daboll.
26. Jonathan Stewart, Falcons
27. Kevin Smith, Lions
28. Ben Tate, Texans
NOTE: A Top 10 back if Foster gets hurt.
29. Shonn Greene, Jets
30. Stevan Ridley, Patriots
NOTE: They're a committee team, stay realistic.
31. DeAngelo Williams, Falcons
32. Chris Wells, Cardinals
NOTE: No one trusts him, and line is a mess.
33. C.J. Spiller, Bills
34. Mark Ingram, Saints
NOTE: That rookie-year YPC was embarrassing.
35. Rashad Jennings, Jaguars
36. Cedric Benson, Packers
NOTE: By default, best they have.
37. Ryan Williams, Cardinals
38. Toby Gerhart, Vikings
NOTE: Better skills than you think.
39. Evan Royster, Redskins
NOTE: With Shanahan, no one knows.
40. David Wilson, Giants
41. Jacquizz Rodgers, Falcons
NOTE: When they go up-tempo, he'll be playing.
42. Isaac Redman, Steelers
43. Michael Bush, Bears
44. Pierre Thomas, Saints
NOTE: Super efficiency stats, but in a platoon.
45. Shane Vereen, Patriots
46. Roy Helu, Redskins
47. Mikel Leshoure, Lions
NOTE: Out two games for drug suspension.
48. Jonathan Dwyer, Steelers
49. Felix Jones, Cowboys
50. Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers
51. Kendall Hunter, Niners
52. Ronnie Brown, Chargers
NOTE: No explosion left.
53. Isaiah Pead, Rams
54. LeGarrette Blount, Buccaneers
55. Daniel Thomas, Dolphins
56. Alex Green, Packers
57. Ronnie Hillman, Broncos
NOTE: Won't be put on fast track.
58. James Starks, Packers
NOTE: No sure thing to make team.
59. Jahvid Best, Lions
60. Montario Hardesty, Browns
61. Lamar Miller, Dolphins
62. Bernard Scott, Bengals
63. Mike Goodson, Raiders
NOTE: After McFadden, but no special skills.
64. Mike Tolbert, Falcons
NOTE: Might be a goal-line factor.
65. Delone Carter, Colts
66. LaMichael James, Niners
67. Bilal Powell, Jets
68. Robert Turbin, Seahawks
NOTE: Turned heads in camp.
69. Vick Ballard, Colts
70. Taiwan Jones, Raiders
71. Tim Hightower, Redskins
72. Marcel Reece, Raiders
73. Dion Lewis, Eagles
74. Curtis Brinkley, Chargers
75. Alfred Morris, Redskins

Wide Receiver
1. Calvin Johnson, Lions
NOTE: An uncoverable freak, plain and simple.
2. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
3. A.J. Green, Bengals
4. Roddy White, Falcons
5. Jordy Nelson, Packers
NOTE: Home-run threat, super mix of routes and explosiveness.
6. Andre Johnson, Texans
7. Hakeem Nicks, Giants
8. Julio Jones, Falcons
9. Victor Cruz, Giants
NOTE: Isn't merely a slot guy.
10. Greg Jennings, Packers
11. Brandon Marshall, Bears
NOTE: Wasn't a touchdown monster with Cutler in Denver.
12. Wes Welker, Patriots
13. Percy Harvin, Vikings
NOTE: Elite talent if migraines leave him alone.
14. Steve Smith, Falcons
15. Marques Colston, Saints
16. Mike Wallace, Steelers
17. Brandon Lloyd, Patriots
NOTE: Already looks comfortable with Brady.
18. Jeremy Maclin, Eagles
19. Antonio Brown, Steelers
20. Eric Decker, Broncos
NOTE: Should become the third-down guy.
21. Steve Johnson, Bills
22. Dez Bryant, Cowboys
23. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs
24. Miles Austin, Cowboys
NOTE: Like all the Cowboys, red lights are flashing.
25. Vincent Jackson, Buccaneers
26. Demaryius Thomas, Broncos
NOTE: Very raw as a route-runner.
27. DeSean Jackson, Eagles
28. Reggie Wayne, Colts
29. Pierre Garcon, Redskins
30. Denarius Moore, Raiders
NOTE: One of two big breakout candidates in this passing game.
31. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Raiders
32. Torrey Smith, Ravens
33. Malcom Floyd, Chargers
34. Anquan Boldin, Ravens
35. Robert Meachem, Chargers
36. Lance Moore, Saints
37. Santonio Holmes, Jets
NOTE: Mercurial, but what else do they have?
38. Titus Young, Lions
NOTE: A trendy breakout pick.
39. Mike Williams, Buccaneers
40. Greg Little, Browns
NOTE: The only show in town.
41. Michael Crabtree, Niners
42. Nate Washington, Titans
NOTE: Underrated by everyone, including his own team.
43. Justin Blackmon, Jaguars
NOTE: Won't happen for him right away.
44. Kenny Britt, Titans
NOTE: Impossible to trust at this point, and suspension likely coming.
45. Sidney Rice, Seahawks
46. Santana Moss, Redskins
47. Austin Collie, Colts
NOTE: Nice player, but concussions make him a risk.
48. Jon Baldwin, Chiefs
49. Kendall Wright, Titans
50. Laurent Robinson, Jaguars
51. Randall Cobb, Packers
52. Brandon LaFell, Falcons
53. Danny Amendola, Rams
NOTE: Back up to speed, PPR-useful.
54. Alshon Jeffery, Bears
55. Randy Moss, Niners
56. Doug Baldwin, Seahawks
57. Brian Quick, Rams
58. Terrell Owens, Seahawks
59. Nate Burleson, Lions
60. Reuben Randle, Giants
61. Mario Manningham, Niners
NOTE: Too many options here, stay away.
62. Jerome Simpson, Vikings
63. Davone Bess, Dolphins
64. Emmanuel Sanders, Steelers
65. James Jones, Packers
NOTE: Cobb's upside is higher.
66. Michael Floyd, Cardinals
67. Steve Smith, Rams
68. Devery Henderson, Saints
69. Stephen Hill, Jets
70. David Nelson, Bills
71. Golden Tate, Seahawks
NOTE: Some skills, but it's crowded.
72. Leonard Hankerson, Redskins
73. Devin Hester, Bears
74. Eddie Royal, Chargers
75. Vincent Brown, Chargers
NOTE: Looked dynamite before the broken ankle.
76. Brian Hartline, Dolphins
77. Earl Bennett, Bears
78. Lestar Jean, Texans
79. Josh Gordon, Browns
80. LaVon Brazill, Colts
81. Jacoby Ford, Raiders
82. Josh Morgan, Redskins
83. Keshawn Martin, Texans
84. Kevin Ogletree, Cowboys
85. Legedu Naanee, Dolphins
86. Steve Breaston, Chiefs
87. Braylon Edwards, Seahawks
NOTE: Looks likely to make the team.
88. Jacoby Jones, Ravens
89. Deion Branch, Patriots
90. Chaz Schilens, Jets
91. Chris Givens, Rams
NOTE: A second-half sleeper.
92. Brandon Stokley, Broncos
93. Rod Streater, Raiders

Tight End
1. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots
2. Jimmy Graham, Saints
3. Antonio Gates, Chargers
4. Vernon Davis, Niners
NOTE: Went ballistic in final three games.
5. Aaron Hernandez, Patriots
NOTE: A star in his own right, and will get some carries, too.
6. Jermichael Finley, Packers
7. Fred Davis, Redskins
8. Tony Gonzalez, Falcons
9. Brandon Pettigrew, Lions
10. Brent Celek, Eagles
11. Jermaine Gresham, Bengals
NOTE: By default, their second-best target.
12. Jared Cook, Titans
13. Jason Witten, Cowboys
NOTE: No sure thing to go opening night.
14. Jacob Tamme, Broncos
NOTE: So underrated, he's now overrated.
15. Greg Olsen, Falcons
16. Owen Daniels, Texans
17. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings
NOTE: Athletic, used as a de-facto wide receiver.
18. Dustin Keller, Jets
19. Coby Fleener, Colts
20. Martellus Bennett, Giants
21. Lance Kendricks, Rams
22. Kellen Winslow, Seahawks
23. Dwayne Allen, Colts
NOTE: The deepest sleeper in this offense.
24. Heath Miller, Steelers
25. Tony Moeaki, Chiefs
26. Ed Dickson, Ravens
27. Scott Chandler, Bills
28. Dallas Clark, Buccaneers
29. Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars
30. Kellen Davis, Bears
31. Joel Dreessen, Broncos
NOTE: Has a shot at 4-5 touchdown flips.

Kicker
1. David Akers, Niners
NOTE: Deserves this slot, but don't chase 2011 stats.
2. Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots
3. Mason Crosby, Packers
4. Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders
NOTE: Long-distance leg, but still a wild card.
5. Alex Henery, Eagles
6. Matt Bryant, Falcons
NOTE: Could be a fun offense to bankroll.
7. Dan Bailey, Cowboys
8. Rob Bironas, Titans
9. Robbie Gould, Bears
10. Randy Bullock, Texans
NOTE: Great situation, but make sure he wins job.
11. Matt Prater, Broncos
12. Jason Hanson, Lions
NOTE: When does the age start to show?
13. Garrett Hartley, Saints
14. Neil Rackers, Redskins
15. Billy Cundiff, Ravens
NOTE: Had a good season before playoff mishap.
16. Nate Kaeding, Chargers
17. Mike Nugent, Bengals
18. Lawrence Tynes, Giants
19. Shaun Suisham, Steelers
NOTE: Good luck kicking in Heinz Field.
20. Steven Hauschka, Seahawks
21. Ryan Succop, Chiefs
22. Jay Feely, Cardinals
23. Rian Lindell, Bills
NOTE: WInd tunnel doesn't help him.
24. Phil Dawson, Browns
25. Connor Barth, Buccaneers
26. Dan Carpenter, Dolphins
27. Josh Scobee, Jaguars
28. Josh Brown, Jets
NOTE: This offense looks absolutely toxic.
29. Adam Vinatieri, Colts
30. Greg Zuerlein, Rams
31. Justin Medlock, Panthers
32. Blair Walsh, Vikings
33. John Kasay, Saints
34. Olindo Mare, Panthers
35. Nick Folk, Jets
36. Nick Novak, Chargers
37. Shayne Graham, Texans

Defense
1. San Francisco 49ers
2. Green Bay Packers
3. New York Giants
4. Philadelphia Eagles
5. Chicago Bears
6. Seattle Seahawks
NOTE: Especially nasty at home.
7. Buffalo Bills
8. Detroit Lions
9. Dallas Cowboys
NOTE: Follow the sacks.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers
11. New England Patriots
12. New York Jets
13. Houston Texans
14. Baltimore Ravens
NOTE: A sure bet to be overdrafted - avoid.
15. Denver Broncos
16. Kansas City Chiefs
NOTE: A tough out at Arrowhead.
17. Atlanta Falcons
18. Cincinnati Bengals
19. Arizona Cardinals
NOTE: A few playmakers offer runback juice.
20. San Diego Chargers
21. Minnesota Vikings
NOTE: Even with Jared Allen, not much here.
22. Tennessee Titans
23. Washington Redskins
24. Carolina Panthers
25. Cleveland Browns
NOTE: A better group than many realize.
26. New Orleans Saints
27. Oakland Raiders
28. Miami Dolphins
29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
30. St. Louis Rams
31. Indianapolis Colts
32. Jacksonville Jaguars
NOTE: Offense will sell them down the river.

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Thoughts on the death of Marlins superstar Jose Fernandez

Thoughts on the death of Marlins superstar Jose Fernandez

The baseball world lost one of its best on Sunday morning with the tragic death of Marlins superstar Jose Fernandez, an ace pitcher who at just 24 years old had already established himself as arguably the most feared right-hander in baseball. He was a dominant force who was unquestionably one of the best players on the planet and a guy so many of us were genuinely excited to watch for years to come.

The details of his life off the field made his ending that much more tragic, how he had escaped from Cuba and been separated from his grandmother for so long. How just a week ago he revealed on Intagram that he and his girlfriend were expecting a child.

On the field, he had the talent to be a Hall of Famer, one of the best pitchers of all time. And by all accounts, he was a splendid person as well. On the mound his vibrant personality was easy to see through his emotional pitching style. It seemed like he was never stoic. There was always either a smile or a scowl. He lived in the moment and every pitch was an event.

It's clear how much opposing players admired him, not only with the outpour of condolences since his death, but with how they talked about him while he was still alive. Bryce Harper's famous quotes made to ESPN this spring training about how there should be more emotion and personality in the game honed in on Fernandez. He was the central example of his argument.

Here's what Harper told ESPN in March:

"Jose Fernandez is a great example. Jose Fernandez will strike you out and stare you down into the dugout and pump his fist. And if you hit a homer and pimp it? He doesn't care. Because you got him. That's part of the game."

That's some serious respect from a guy who who had more plate appearances against Fernandez than any other player. Because he played in the same division as Fernandez, Harper faced him 26 times. He only got four hits - not one of them for extra bases - and posted a lowly .595 OPS. Yet, he admired Fernandez and enjoyed facing him.

A lot of Nationals players saw Fernandez frequently and none of them had success. Yes, none of them.

Jayson Werth went 1-for-20 with seven strikeouts. Wilson Ramos went 3-for-18 with six strikeouts. Danny Espinosa went 2-for-16. Anthony Rendon went 3-for-22 with nine strikeouts. Ryan Zimmerman, who went 4-for-15, was a relative standout in the bunch and he couldn't solve him, either.

Ian Desmond, who left the Nats to sign with the Rangers this offseason, went 0-for-17 with 12 strikeouts against Fernandez when he was in Washington. And Desmond is a three-time Silver Slugger and two-time All-Star.

Fernandez made 10 starts against the Nats in his career and went 7-0 with a 0.99 ERA. He gave up 34 hits in 63 2/3 innings and struck out 84 batters. 

Fernandez struck out 12.9 batters per nine innings this season, the best rate in the majors. In his last outing, which was against the Nationals, he tossed eight shutout innings with 12 strikeouts, no walks and just three hits allowed. He took a first-place team and made them look like they didn't even belong on the same field.

It didn't matter who you were. You were not going to hit his high-90s fastball that moved in all sorts of directions as it crossed the plate. You weren't going to hit his curveball, that dropped in the zone with zip and precision.

He was just that good. And now he's gone.

[RELATED: Nationals took relatively smooth road to winning 2016 NL East]

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A lucky win for the Redskins? Or were Giants lucky to be in it?

A lucky win for the Redskins? Or were Giants lucky to be in it?

Giants guard Justin Pugh thinks the Redskins got lucky in their 29-27 win on Sunday.

I feel like we should have won that game,’’ Pugh said. “If they weren’t playing for the Redskins, they probably feel like they should have lost that game, too. We hurt ourselves with turnovers, penalties, everything you can do to lose a game today we did.’’

Perhaps the Giants should have won. But perhaps the Redskins should have won going away instead of having to sweat it out until Su’a Cravens’ interception with just over a minute left to play. Let’s add up the points the Redskins gave away during the game.

—The Redskins forced the Giants to go three and out on the first possession of the game, but Quinton Dunbar accidentally touched the ball and New York recovered. The play cost the Redskins seven points as the Giants drive down the short field to a touchdown.

—Josh Norman had both of his hands on a Eli Manning pass later in the first period but he couldn’t hold on to it. If he gets that pick the Giants don’t get a touchdown on the next play. Seven more points given away, 14 so far.

—A ticky-tack illegal contact foul on Cravens let the Giants covert a fourth and two in the second quarter. The drive ended with a New York touchdown run. That’s 21 net points the Redskins have lost to this point.

—Kirk Cousins had a brain cramp and didn’t get rid of the ball when he needed to from the six yard line at the end of the first half. The mistake could have cost the Redskins seven but we’ll go with three because a field goal from there was a certainty. So that’s 24 points the Redskins left on the table.

—In the third quarter it appeared to almost everybody that David Bruton had taken a ball away from Odell Beckham and should have had an interception. But the officials disagreed and the Giants kept the ball and kicked a field goal. So that makes a net of 27 points that should be in the Redskins favor.

I’m sure that Pugh can come up with a similar list for the Giants. But that is life in the NFL. The outcome of almost every game could swing on a handful of plays. The Redskins made theirs when the absolutely had to and the Giants did not.

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