Football season is about three months away, which means fantasy football season is about three months away. Which means those looking ahead are ranking NFL players already.
Foxsports.com has put together its top 200, and if youre a Redskins fan, you might be inclined to scroll through it, looking for your guys. So go ahead keep going a bit more
There you go, the first Redskin, at No. 56, running back Roy Helu. He might have ranked higher, but his coach has a bad reputation among fantasy players. As a fantasy analyst wrote: Mike Shanahan is well-known for his constant torment of fantasy owners by constantly sharing carries and mixing them up seemingly at random.
Boom, at No. 78, tight end Fred Davis. And then, at No. 79, what have we here? Robert Griffin III.
RG3 is ahead of a bunch of quarterbacks, including Joe Flacco (90), Andy Dalton (109) and the fellow taken at No. 1 in the draft, Andrew Luck (112).
Now, this is fantasy football were talking about, not real football, so the potential value of Griffin as a QB on your fantasy team doesnt directly correlate to his potential value as the QB of your actual football team that you root for every Sunday.
However, its interesting to note the large gap between RG3 and Luck in these rankings. It could reflect some of the thinking weve seen elsewhere about who will have more success initially in the NFL.
But at least fantasy owners dont have to worry about Shanahan forcing Griffin to share the way he does with running backs.
NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith made a visit to Redskins Park today, and the team elected their union representatives.
Kedric Golston will serve another year as the team's liason to the union. Three alternates were elected as well: Kirk Cousins (an alternate last season), Will Compton and, surprisingly, Josh Norman.
Norman was critical of Smith and the union in an ESPN piece in August. "[The NFL] is a dictatorship, and [NFLPA director] DeMaurice [Smith] is in cahoots with those guys," he claimed.
The cornerback's election today marks what would appear to be a turn of events.
"We always love to have veteran leadership as player representatives, and this team is no different with Kirk and Kedric returning," Smith told CSN Mid-Atlantic. "As for Josh, we love players who are both smart and passionate, and he, as well as the other players, fit that bill."
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Nearly a week after the Redskins win over the Giants, news broke that Washington CB Josh Norman has been fined for roughness in the New York victory.
UPDATE: Per ProFootballTalk, the fine was for a fourth quarter hit on Sterling Shepard and being a repeat offender.
For much of the Redskins-Giants game, Norman covered Odell Beckham almost exclusively. Not many moments stand out for being particularly physical save for a play early in the game when Beckham jumped in the end zone. The motion took him above Norman, but rather than letting Beckham come down to the ground, the corner grabbed and carried the receiver for a few yards.
Norman was flagged for roughness on a hit against Giants receiver Sterling Shepard. It's likely that hit triggered the fine. It's also worth pointing out that referees gave Norman a specific warning before the game about rough play, so it's possible being flagged for roughness despite the warning made an impact in the league offices as well.
There is one other physical moment that stands out from the Giants/Redskins matchup - when Beckham violently swung his helmet at the Giants' kicking net. Beckham got the worst of the altercation though as the net flew back at him and socked him in the face.
Expect many questions about the fine to come.