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Need to Know: Should the Redskins trade WR Pierre Garçon?

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Need to Know: Should the Redskins trade WR Pierre Garçon?

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, January 27, 42 days before NFL free agency starts for the Washington Redskins and the rest of the NFL.

Question of the day

We’re changing up the format of Need to Know for the offseason. Every day I’ll give an in-depth answer to a question submitted by a fan on my Twitter feed, via the Real Redskins Facebook page, or in the comments section here. On Twitter address the questions to me at @Rich_TandlerCSN with the #NTK hashtag. There will be a comment thread set up on the Facebook page and if you’re asking your question here, put “for NTK” at the start of the comment.

This morning’s question is from the Real Redskins Facebook page:

We ran the numbers on Pierre Garçon’s contract a week ago. He has a $9.7 million cap number this year, his age 29 season. If the Redskins trade him, they would save $5.3 million against the cap after a $4.4 million dead cap charge. Should they keep him they would be looking at a 2016 cap charge of $10.2 million in the final year of his deal.

His numbers dropped considerably from his record-setting 2013 season (113 receptions/1,346 yards/5 TD) to 2014 (68/752/3). It’s probably safe to say that the dropoff was due more to the game of musical chairs played by three different Redskins quarterbacks this year and the addition of DeSean Jackson than it was to Garçon doing things differently than he did them in 2013.

What would the on-field effect of Garçon being gone be? Jackson would move up to be the clear No. 1 receiver (if he wasn’t already), Andre Roberts would move out of the slot and become the No. 2 receiver. Perhaps they would go with Ryan Grant as the third receiver, splitting him out wide and putting Roberts in the slot. Or maybe the No. 3 would be a free agent they signed with some of the money saved with Garçon gone or a player drafted with the pick acquired in a Garçon trade. I’d guess that would be about a third-round pick. The player himself might be worth more than that but teams don’t just trade for a player, they also trade for the contract. And with those cap numbers, a team will only give up so much.

I think there are good cases to be made both for keeping Garçon and trading him. The Redskins aren’t going to be competing for Super Bowls or even division titles over the next two years. The $15 million in cap space they would save by trading Garçon could carry over and go towards resigning the likes of Ryan Kerrigan and Trent Williams. Why not deal Garçon to a team that believes it is close to contending for a Super Bowl and get money and a draft pick to build your future?

On the other hand, the Redskins also will need a quarterback if they are going to make annual playoff runs. It just might be worth the investment to keep Garçon on board to help with the development of Robert Griffin III (or whoever is taking snaps) and to perhaps make the team more watchable while the rebuilding is going on.

If forced to choose, I’d go with keeping Garçon but I’d find it hard to rip the team if they get reasonable return in a trade for him.

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—It’s been 30 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 229 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL Combine 23; NFL free agency starts 42; 2015 NFL Draft 93

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What Su'a Cravens's surgery means for the Redskins' safety plans

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What Su'a Cravens's surgery means for the Redskins' safety plans

Su'a Cravens will miss the entire preseason for the Redskins, save for three snaps already logged against the Ravens.

In those three snaps, Cravens injured his knee, and on Tuesday, Adam Schefter reported the second-year safety will undergo surgery on the knee

The surgery will clean up swelling that occured in his knee following the Ravens game, per a source, and Cravens should be good to go for Washington in Week 1 of the regular season. 

For Redskins fans, there might be some reason to worry.

One argument might suggest that Cravens has never played safety in the NFL after being used his entire rookie season as a linebacker. Therefore, Cravens needs the practice reps as a safety. 

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While certainly he could use the practice at safety, this concern seemse overblown. Cravens is a much more natural player in the secondary than he ever was at linebacker. In college, Cravens played his best at safety, and his versatility will allow him to do more from the safety spot.

Cravens has already dealt with a number of different injuries, and perhaps that might concern 'Skins fans. As a rookie, Cravens missed time with a concussion and then late in the year with an upper arm injury. He played in 11 of 16 games last year. None of the injuries seem like the lingering type, which is good news. 

With Cravens out the Redskins will turn to Deshazor Everett, a third year player out of Texas A&M. Primarily a special teams force, Everett got minimal playing time at safety in 2016. In his only real opportunity to play with the defense in a Week 14 win at Philadelphia, Everett grabbed a vitally important interception in the end zone. 

Everett is unknown, but has ability. He also has a big opportunity these next three games playing alongside D.J. Swearinger. 

Behind Everett, the Redskins best options are both working back from injuries. Rookie Montae Nicholson, a somewhat surprising fourth-round selection out of Michigan State, just returned to team drills during the last few practices in Richmond. Nicholson has size and track speed, but much remains to be seen if he can improve his cover and tackling ability. 

Don't forget about veteran DeAngelo Hall. He started the season on the PUP list, expectedly, after landing on the injured reserve in 2016. Hall hasn't played a full season since 2013, when Mike Shanahan was still the Redskins coach and RG3 the starting quarterback. A lot has changed since then. 

Watching from the sidelines in Richmond during training camp, Hall seemed more of a coach than a player working back from injury, though he was seen running on the drill field late in camp. It would be a major surprise if Hall played in the preseason.

The Redskins intend to go with Cravens against the Eagles. Everett will be the backup plan. Nicholson has much to prove, and Hall still seems far away from seeing the field as a player. 

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2017 Fantasy Football: Top 200 players updated

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2017 Fantasy Football: Top 200 players updated

Simply put, I updated my overall 2017 Fantasy Football rankings list -- standard scoring -- and expanded the numbers of players to 200. There are also tiers with summaries. Let's do this.

Tier 1

1.  David Johnson, ARI RB
 
2.  Le'Veon Bell, PIT RB
 
3.  Antonio Brown, PIT WR

Summary: Brown takes over the No. 3 spot following Ezekiel Elliott's suspension news. The volume pass-catcher's inclusion is worthy, though the gap is much closer with the two running backs in PPR formats than standard. Speaking of PPR, flip Bell and Johnson in that format. As a reminder, Bell is a currently holding out from Steelers camp. It's a contract thing. Assume he's back by Week 1 until further notice and also note that lack-of-work risk, but the talent is simply too good to ignore.

RELATED: Cravens reportedly set to undergo knee surgery
 
Tier 2

4.  Julio Jones, ATL WR
 
5.  LeSean McCoy, BUF RB
 
6.  Odell Beckham Jr., NYG WR
 
7.  Melvin Gordon, LAC RB
 
8.  Jordy Nelson, GB WR
 
9.  A.J. Green, CIN WR
 
10.  Devonta Freeman, ATL RB
 
11.  DeMarco Murray, TEN RB

Summary: Freeman is in the NFL's concussion program and will miss the Falcons' next preseason game. Always concerning news for a player's health and future availability. Owners drafting shortly before or after Labor Day should know where things stand with Freeman sitting. The playmaker is worthy of a top-10 pick, but could slip to the top of Tier 3 if concussion symptoms linger.
 
Tier 3

12.  Jay Ajayi, MIA RB
 
13.  Jordan Howard, CHI RB
 
14.  Mike Evans, TB WR
 
15.  Michael Thomas, NO WR
 
16.  T.Y. Hilton, IND WR
 
17.  Todd Gurley, LAR RB
 
18.  Ezekiel Elliott, DAL RB
 
19.  Dez Bryant, DAL WR
 
20.  Rob Gronkowski, NE TE
 
21.  Leonard Fournette, JAC RB
 
22.  Joe Mixon, CIN RB

Summary: The Elliott news came down and it came down hard on the Dallas Cowboys starting running back last week. The NFL handed the second-year back a six-game suspension for domestic abuse allegations. The charge is serious and demands punishment if proven true. The question for fantasy football owners is whether the current suspension holds or is reduced by a game or two now that Elliott's camp is appealing. This ranking factors in the *probability* of a reduction. If Elliott only misses four games, picking him on the 2/3 turn is the call. Look at his per game numbers last season based on 12 games and we're still looking at an RB1.

Even if the suspension holds, which would mean no Elliott until Week 8 because of a bye week, there's a case for the same draft range considering what he could accomplish over the second half of the season behind that offensive line. Making the call on whether to select Elliott with a six-game suspension largely depends on the individual owner's ability to fill in the RB spot/maneuver their roster until he returns.
 
Tier 4

23.  Doug Baldwin, SEA WR
 
24.  Amari Cooper, OAK WR
 
25.  Isaiah Crowell, CLE RB
 
26.  Brandin Cooks, NE WR
 
27.  Demaryius Thomas, DEN WR
 
28.  DeAndre Hopkins, HOU WR
 
29.  Marshawn Lynch, OAK RB
 
30.  Lamar Miller, HOU RB
 
31.  Allen Robinson, JAC WR
 
32.  Davante Adams, GB WR
 
33.  Alshon Jeffery, PHI WR
 
34.  Michael Crabtree, OAK WR

Summary: This tier might eventually be split in two at the Hopkins-Lynch spot. The top part of the group offers a higher floor. Cooks could have a monster season with the Patriots as Tom Brady's newest toy while Hopkins aims for a bounce-back season after getting Osweiler'd in 2016. There are concerns that Oakland might not give Lynch 20 carries a week as they try preserving the veteran running back as he returns to the NFL following a season-long sabbatical. Regardless, the Raiders offense should put up gobs of points with Lynch serving as the goal line option.
 
Tier 5

35.  Carlos Hyde, SF RB
 
36.  Aaron Rodgers, GB QB
 
37.  Terrelle Pryor, WAS WR
 
38.  Dalvin Cook, MIN RB
 
39.  Sammy Watkins, LAR WR
 
40.  Ty Montgomery, GB RB
 
41.  Keenan Allen, LAC WR
 
42.  Travis Kelce, KC TE

Summary: We have a quarterback! Rodgers rocks, but in terms of true strategy, he doesn't go until Round 3. That probably won't happen in many neighborhood leagues. Once he goes, the rush on QB begins. Don't panic. By my count, there are 17 quarterbacks I would start in standard 12-14 team leagues ending with Eli Manning. Maybe Tyrod Taylor, but that Sammy Watkins deal didn't help the cause. Know your league rules and disregard this thinking if passing touchdowns are worth more than the standard four points. Otherwise, have some patience at QB, but Rodgers is fine value in round 3 and certainly early in the fourth.

The Rest
 
43.  Emmanuel Sanders, DEN WR
 
44.  Mark Ingram, NO RB
 
45.  Christian McCaffrey, CAR RB
 
46.  Golden Tate, DET WR
 
47.  Tom Brady, NE QB
 
48.  Martavis Bryant, PIT WR
 
49.  Spencer Ware, KC RB
 
50.  Drew Brees, NO QB
 
51.  Greg Olsen, CAR TE
 
52.  C.J. Anderson, DEN RB
 
53.  Larry Fitzgerald, ARI WR
 
54.  Jarvis Landry, MIA WR
 
55.  Kelvin Benjamin, CAR WR
 
56.  Frank Gore, IND RB
 
57.  Bilal Powell, NYJ RB
 
58.  Mike Gillislee, NE RB
 
59.  Tyreek Hill, KC WR
 
60.  Jamison Crowder, WAS WR
 
61.  Ameer Abdullah, DET RB
 
62.  Jordan Reed, WAS TE
 
63.  Julian Edelman, NE WR
 
64.  Brandon Marshall, NYG WR
 
65.  Donte Moncrief, IND WR
 
66.  Willie Snead, NO WR
 
67.  Tevin Coleman, ATL RB
 
68.  Russell Wilson, SEA QB
 
69.  Matt Ryan, ATL QB
 
70.  Stefon Diggs, MIN WR
 
71.  Terrance West, BAL RB
 
72.  Jimmy Graham, SEA TE
 
73.  DeSean Jackson, TB WR
 
74.  Andrew Luck, IND QB
 
75.  Eddie Lacy, SEA RB
 
76.  Paul Perkins, NYG RB
 
77.  Devante Parker, MIA WR
 
78.  LeGarrette Blount, PHI RB
 
79.  Pierre Garcon, SF WR
 
80.  Danny Woodhead, BAL RB
 
81.  Adrian Peterson, NO RB
 
82.  Zach Ertz, PHI TE
 
83.  John Brown, ARI WR
 
84.  Kirk Cousins, WAS QB
 
85.  Cam Newton, CAR QB
 
86.  Kenny Britt, CLE WR
 
87.  Eric Decker, TEN WR
 
88.  Jeremy Maclin, BAL WR
 
89.  Jonathan Stewart, CAR RB
 
90.  Robert Kelley, WAS RB
 
91.  Tyler Eifert, CIN TE
 
92.  Matt Forte, NYJ RB
 
93.  Tyrell Williams, LAC WR
 
94.  Kyle Rudolph, MIN TE
 
95.  Kareem Hunt, KC RB
 
96.  Jameis Winston, TB QB
 
97.  Randall Cobb, GB WR
 
98.  Adam Thielen, MIN WR
 
99.  Marcus Mariota, TEN QB
 
100.  Derek Carr, OAK QB
 
101.  Derrick Henry, TEN RB
 
102.  Mike Wallace, BAL WR
 
103.  Theo Riddick, DET RB
 
104.  Dak Prescott, DAL QB
 
105.  Marvin Jones, DET WR
 
106.  Matthew Stafford, DET QB
 
107.  Doug Martin, TB RB
 
108.  Delanie Walker, TEN TE
 
109.  Cameron Meredith, CHI WR
 
110.  Duke Johnson, CLE RB
 
111.  Josh Doctson, WAS WR
 
112.  Ben Roethlisberger, PIT QB
 
113.  Hunter Henry, LAC TE
 
114.  Ted Ginn, NO WR
 
115.  Philip Rivers, LAC QB
 
116.  Darren McFadden, DAL RB
 
117.  Corey Coleman, CLE WR
 
118.  Tyrod Taylor, BUF QB
 
119.  Rishard Matthews, TEN WR
 
120.  Eric Ebron, DET TE
 
121.  Darren Sproles, PHI RB
 
122.  Jordan Matthews, BUF WR
 
123.  Andy Dalton, CIN QB
 
124.  Martellus Bennett, GB TE
 
125.  Corey Davis, TEN WR
 
126.  James White, NE RB
 
127.  Samaje Perine, WAS RB
 
128.  C.J. Prosise, SEA RB
 
129.  Eli Manning, NYG QB
 
130.  Jamaal Williams, GB RB
 
131.  Giovani Bernard, CIN RB
 
132.  Jack Doyle, IND TE
 
133.  Kenny Stills, MIA WR
 
134.  Carson Palmer, ARI QB
 
135.  Kevin White, CHI WR
 
136.  Tyler Lockett, SEA WR
 
137.  Carson Wentz, PHI QB
 
138.  Coby Fleener, NO TE
 
139.  Jamaal Charles, DEN RB
 
140.  Shane Vereen, NYG RB
 
141.  Allen Hurns, JAC WR
 
142.  Sterling Shepard, NYG WR
 
143.  Jacquizz Rodgers, TB RB
 
144.  Jason Witten, DAL TE
 
145.  Blake Bortles, JAC QB
 
146.  Cole Beasley, DAL WR
 
147.  Breshad Perriman, BAL WR
 
148.  Robert Woods, LAR WR
 
149.  Devin Funchess, CAR WR
 
150.  Austin Hooper, ATL TE
 
151.  Chris Thompson, WAS RB
 
152.  Latavius Murray, MIN RB
 
153.  Robby Anderson, NYJ WR
 
154.  J.J. Nelson, ARI WR
 
155.  Marqise Lee, JAC WR
 
156.  Cameron Brate, TB TE
 
157.  DeAndre Washington, OAK RB
 
158.  D'Onta Foreman, HOU RB
 
159.  John Ross, CIN WR
 
160.  Jeremy Hill, CIN RB
 
161.  Joe Flacco, BAL QB
 
162.  Alvin Kamara, NO RB
 
163.  Denver Broncos, DEN DST
 
164.  Houston Texans, HOU DST
 
165.  Julius Thomas, MIA TE
 
166.  Rex Burkhead, NE RB
 
167.  Braxton Miller, HOU WR
 
168.  Taylor Gabriel, ATL WR
 
169.  Seattle Seahawks, SEA DST
 
170.  Sam Bradford, MIN QB
 
171.  Jay Cutler, MIA QB
 
172.  Kansas City Chiefs, KC DST
 
173.  Minnesota Vikings, MIN DST
 
174.  Jared Cook, OAK TE
 
175.  C.J. Fiedorowicz, HOU TE
 
176.  Jonathan Williams, BUF RB
 
177.  Mohamed Sanu, ATL WR
 
178.  Alex Smith, KC QB
 
179.  Jalen Richard, OAK RB
 
180.  Terrance Williams, DAL WR
 
181.  Stephen Gostkowski, NE K
 
182.  Antonio Gates, LAC TE
 
183.  Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC DST
 
184.  Matt Bryant, ATL K
 
185.  Dan Bailey, DAL K
 
186.  Thomas Rawls, SEA RB
 
187.  Dion Lewis, NE RB
 
188.  Devontae Booker, DEN RB
 
189.  New York Giants, NYG DST
 
190.  Evan Engram, NYG TE
 
191.  Brian Hoyer, SF QB
 
192.  Marlon Mack, IND RB
 
193.  Justin Tucker, BAL K
 
194.  Mason Crosby, GB K
 
195.  Arizona Cardinals, ARI DST
 
196.  Jeremy McNichols, TB RB
 
197.  Adam Vinatieri, IND K
 
198.  Zay Jones, BUF WR
 
199.  New England Patriots, NE DST
 
200.  Chris Hogan, NE