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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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Need to Know: How many Redskins roster spots are up for grabs in 2017?

Need to Know: How many Redskins roster spots are up for grabs in 2017?

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, February 19, 18 days before the March 9 start of NFL free agency.  

Timeline

Days until:

—NFL Franchise tag deadline (3/1) 10
—NFL Combine (3/2) 11
—Redskins offseason workouts start (4/17) 57
—NFL Draft (4/27) 67
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 203

Sunday morning quick hitters

How many spots up for grabs? A quick mid-February look down the final 2016 53-man roster shows about 20 players who may not be on the roster for Week 1 this year. This includes players who may depart as free agents and others who just won’t make the team. They probably won’t turn over that many spots but it does show that a lot of jobs are up for grabs.

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How many draft picks? The Redskins have nine draft picks, their own in rounds 1-6 and extra picks in rounds 4, 5, and 6. It’s easy to say that Scot McCloughan may turn that into as many as a dozen picks, especially with all the roster spots that may be open. But remember that last year the Redskins wound up with just seven picks with no pick in the fourth and two in the seventh. McCloughan may intend to stockpile more picks but it depends on how the draft unfolds.

1st-round RB a bad idea: Yesterday JP and I posted on the topic of Rob Kelley as the Redskins’ prime running back this season and it drew quite a bit of discussion on Twitter and on Facebook. I think that they should try to get an upgrade over Kelley but I don’t think they should use their first-round pick to do it. There are just too many other, higher priority needs.

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A turnaround for Matt Jones? Last year Trent Murphy broke out after two mediocre seasons to register eight sacks. Can Jones do the something similar in this, his third season? The rough equivalent of Murphy’s performance would be Jones rushing for 800 yards. It’s as much a matter of him holding on to the ball as anything. Jones was on pace to rush for over 1,100 yards before losing his grip on the starting job, literally and figuratively.

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Redskins offseason questions: Will Rob Kelley be the lead running back?

Redskins offseason questions: Will Rob Kelley be the lead running back?

The good news for the 2016 Redskins was that they didn’t collapse after winning the division the previous season as has been their pattern in the past. The bad news was that they didn’t take the next step and improve from a franchise that can compete to make the playoffs into one that is playing multiple postseason games year in and year out.

That work begins right now for Jay Gruden, Scot McCloughan and the players. In the coming weeks, Redskins reporters Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will examine the biggest questions facing the Redskins as another offseason gets rolling.

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Will Rob Kelly be the lead running back?  

Tandler: Right off the bat here, let me say I like a lot about how Kelley plays. My contribution to this post may come off as “anti” Kelley but it’s just to provide balance to the gushing praise of Kelley that will ensue in JP’s part below.

Kelley started the last nine games of the season, getting the job after Matt Jones took his opportunity and imploded. The undrafted free agent played well. If you project the numbers from his nine starts out over 16 games you get 268 carries for 1,068 yards with 11 touchdowns.

That’s fine, but is it a strong enough performance to hand him the job, similar to the way that Jones was handed the job in 2016? Gaining a thousand yards is a good season but 12 backs got there this year. Kelley’s 3.98 yards per carry average as a starter would have been 26th in the NFL among backs with enough carries to qualify.

Again, a good season but not good enough that a team that has deep playoff aspirations should give him the job with no competition. There should be a vigorous battle for the job this year. Jones will still be around and maybe he will pull a Trent Murphy and suddenly become productive in Year 3. We haven’t seen a whole lot of Mack Brown but I’ve seen enough to want to see more. With nine draft picks, it would not be surprising to see Scot McCloughan grab a running back somewhere along the line. I’m not sure if Keith Marshall, last year’s seventh-round pick, can stay healthy but if he can they should line him up and see what he can do.

May the best back win. If that’s Kelley, good for him.

Finlay: Tandler going full hater mode early. I like it. As listeners of #RedskinsTalk the Podcast know, Rich and I have disagreed on Fat Rob for months. Before a knee injury slowed him down late in the year, Kelley was averaging well over 4 YPC and showed good movement behind the line of scrimmage as well as in the hole and beyond. He flashed plenty to be the lead runner in 2017.

But enough from me. Here's what Jay Gruden said of Kelley after the season ended:

"He’s one of the guys that I’m sure will probably have a scope when he’s done at the end of the season. I think great, great year for him as far as a rookie coming in as a free agent, being thrown into the fire like he was and performing like he did. I think there’s a lot of improvement that’ll be made with Robert. He’s going to get stronger, even get in more better shape. He’s going to understand the 16-game season, what it entails, how demanding it is on his body. He’s going to get himself ready to go. But he’s shown great vision, great toughness in the hole, great ball security. I think that’s a good starting point."

Competition is good, let the backs fight it out in Richmond, but I think Kelley wins the job again assuming the same group of RBs comes back. After gainging 700 yards in just nine starts in 2016, a 1,000 yard season is certainly in play for 2017.

More offseason questions: 

What are reasonable expectations for Josh Doctson?

— Will there be a surprise salary cap cut?

— Should the Redskins defense switch to the 4-3?

— Is Spencer Long the answer at center?

— How many D-linemen do the Redskins need?

— Should the Redskins draft another QB? 

— With Sean McVay gone, will the Redskins run the ball more?

Can Cravens handle the transition to safety? 

Will the Redskins re-sign Pierre Garçon? 

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