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The 20 best Welsh players of the Premier League era

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Wales has produced some of the very finest players to have graced the Premier League over the years.

A number of Welsh stars have gone on to earn legendary status during their time in the Premier League, whether it be because of their goalscoring exploits, their leadership qualities, or their robust, tough tackling in the centre of the park.

Whatever the case, England’s top flight would not have been the same without them. So here at 90min, we have decided to rank the 20 best Welsh players of the Premier League era…

Chris Coleman was a fine player, as well as a decent manager
Chris Coleman was a fine player, as well as a decent manager | Stu Forster/Getty Images

A slightly controversial inclusion, considering the number of Premier League appearances Chris Coleman made, but his talent and love his country is impossible to overlook.

Coleman was eligible to play for the Republic of Ireland, but this was never an option for him as he wanted to thrive for the Welsh side. Indeed, he earned 32 Wales caps and even went on to coach the national side.

His playing days were cut short through injury, but the centre-back (most of the time) showed during his time in England’s top flight why he was so widely tipped for a bright future from such a young age.

Paul Jones is best remembered for his time at Southampton
Paul Jones is best remembered for his time at Southampton | Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Celebrated winning 50 caps for his country by shaving his head, Paul Jones also made 209 Premier League appearances.

191 of these came for Southampton, but Jones also featured for Wolves, while he also made two appearances for Liverpool during a loan spell.

King lifted the Premier League with Leicester
King lifted the Premier League with Leicester | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Alright, there may be better and far more experienced players that could be included, but you can’t beat a bit of Andy King.

Yes, he’s not exactly a dazzling footballer, but he was a crucial part of the Leicester squad that produced one of the most iconic moments in sporting history. When we will see another moment quite like that again? We don’t know.

What we do know is that although he may not have started every game in 2015/16, he was a valuable squad member that made 25 appearances.

Mark Pembridge of Fulham
Mark Pembridge of Fulham | Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Mark Pembridge’s style of play wasn’t for everyone, but the versatile midfielder was a key squad member at each club he turned out for. Pembridge went on to make 228 appearances in England’s top flight, most notably for Everton and Fulham, but injuries impacted much of his playing time.

Pembridge, who has won 54 caps for Wales, is now coaching at Fulham.

Dean Saunders during his Nottingham Forest days
Dean Saunders during his Nottingham Forest days | Getty Images/Getty Images

Forgettable managerial career aside, Swansea born Dean Saunders was one of the Premier League’s sharpest shooters during the early years of the competition.

Most notably, Saunders chipped in with 12 goals in the Premier League’s first season as Aston Villa pushed Manchester United all the way in the title race. Though Man Utd went on to claim the crown, Saunders would help Villa get revenge on United two years later as he bagged a brace in the 1994 League Cup final – helping his side pick up their first piece of silverware for 12 years.

Overall, Saunders netted 45 times in the Premier League in just under 200 appearances.

Hartson has turned to punditry
Hartson has turned to punditry | James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images

Hartson enjoyed the best spell of his career during his time with Celtic, grabbing 41 goals in 85 appearances. But the Welshman did also chip in with a few goals in the Premier League, too.

Hartson made 154 appearances in England’s top flight, scoring 54 goals in spells with Arsenal, West Ham, whom he saved from relegation alongside Paul Kitson during 1996/97, Wimbledon and Coventry City.

James Collins is affectionately known as Ginge
James Collins is affectionately known as Ginge | Stephen Pond/Getty Images

Believe it or not, James Collins played in the Premier League for 13 seasons in a row between 2005 and 2018.

He joined West Ham in 2005, but after struggling to nail down a starting spot, departed for Aston Villa four years later. Collins would later return to the capital and would feature more regularly for the Hammers, eventually ending his top flight career with 279 appearances.

Not bad going, James.

Allen earned a surprise move to Liverpool early in his career
Allen earned a surprise move to Liverpool early in his career | Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

Joe Allen’s sparking performances for Swansea earned a surprise move to Liverpool in the summer of 2012, though he’d later admit that the nickname the ‘Welsh Xavi’ did him no favours in his attempt to succeed at Anfield.

Though his time on Merseyside didn’t really work out, Allen’s always been a hugely influential for the Welsh national team. To date, he has made just under 200 appearances in the Premier League.

Williams is now retired after a length career
Williams is now retired after a length career | Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images

Tough, no-nonsense tackling, Ashley Williams was a nightmare defender to play against at his peak.

After joining Swansea City in 2008, Williams guided the club to Premier League promotion for the first time in 2011 – with his reliability and leadership qualities leading to many calls for interest from the ‘big six’.

Eventually, it was Everton that secured his services in 2016, but he was a little past his best by the time he rocked up at Goodison Park.

Ben Davies joined Spurs from Swansea
Ben Davies joined Spurs from Swansea | Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images

Ben Davies may not be the most glamorous left-back in the world, but he’s built his career on being a model of consistency.

It was his performances for Swansea that took him into the limelight, and it wasn’t long before Tottenham opted to bring him to the capital. A regular since then, Davies has plenty more left in his Premier League tank.

Ian Rush is a Liverpool legend
Ian Rush is a Liverpool legend | Anton Want/Getty Images

Though his most successful years were arguably behind him, Wales legend Ian Rush proved he could still cut the mustard when the Premier League was formed in 1992.

Rush had led Liverpool to many glories during the 1980s, but he bagged 45 Premier League goals for the Reds before winding down his career with short, rather forgettable stints at Leeds and Newcastle.

Simon Davies whipping in a corner at Craven Cottage
Simon Davies whipping in a corner at Craven Cottage | Warren Little/Getty Images

Simon Davies’ consistency at the highest level went largely under the radar, even though he made
303 Premier League appearances during his time with Tottenham, Everton and Fulham.

He’s best remembered for his time at Fulham, and played a pivotal role in the west London club’s famous run to the Europa League final during 2009/10.

Savage is now a well-known pundit
Savage is now a well-known pundit | Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images

A real pain to play against, Wales icon Robbie Savage was an all-action, never let your opponent gain a yard on you kind of player.

Was he elegant? No, not really.

Was he effective? Yes.

Was he world class? He thinks so.

Whatever the case may be, Savage was given his chance to shine in the Premier League with Leicester in 1997, and it was an opportunity he seized with both hands. He went on to feature in England’s top flight for the next 11 years, making 346 appearances.

Craig Bellamy was a nomadic striker
Craig Bellamy was a nomadic striker | Alex Livesey/Getty Images

If you were asked to describe Craig Bellamy, 99.9% of people would say ‘pain in the f*cking arse’.

And guess what, he was a complete pain in the arse. But that – along with some god given talent – is what allowed him to go on and make just under 300 Premier League appearances.

Bellamy may only have reached double figures in the Premier League twice during his career, but it was his tireless work ethic, versatility and determination that made him a crucial asset for all of the seven clubs he played for at the highest level.

Hughes celebrating a goal for Manchester United
Hughes celebrating a goal for Manchester United | Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Mark Hughes was one of the key players for Manchester United in the early years of the Premier League, finishing the inaugural season as their top scorer.

Hughes would win two Premier League titles with the Red Devils before departing for Chelsea, where he enjoyed domestic cup and European success. He would down his top flight career with Southampton, Everton and Blackburn, finishing on 297 appearances and 64 goals.

Aaron Ramsey was a household name at Arsenal
Aaron Ramsey was a household name at Arsenal | Visionhaus/Getty Images

Were it not for injuries, Aaron Ramsey could easily have become one of the Premier League’s greatest ever midfielders.

Intelligent, creative, and a good reader of the game, Ramsey had all the tools to succeed apart from one thing – a body that wouldn’t let him down. That said, the Welshman still managed to make 262 Premier League appearances for Arsenal before departing for Juventus on a free transfer, so he must have been doing something right.

Plenty of time for him to come back and add to that figure, too.

Gary Speed, pictured during his time as Wales manager
Gary Speed, pictured during his time as Wales manager | Michael Regan/Getty Images

Taken from us far too soon, Gary Speed is gone but he will never be forgotten.

The ultimate professional, Speed was versatile, born leader who always set the best possible example for his teammates and those watching on. He was one of the most respected players in the Premier League, and spent 16 years in the top flight between 1992 and 2008.

Speed had – and will continue to have – a hugely positive impact on Welsh football.

Neville Southall of Everton makes a point
Neville Southall of Everton makes a point | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Everton and Wales’ greatest ever goalkeeper, Neville Southall represented the Toffees at the highest level for 17 years. His best years may have been past him by the time the Premier League was formed, but he still tucked 208 appearances away under his belt – becoming the first player to break the double century barrier.

To this day, he remains his country’s finest ever goalkeeper.

Bale's first spell at Tottenham was out of this world good
Bale’s first spell at Tottenham was out of this world good | Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Full of speed, flair, and ruthlessness, not one Premier League defender knew how to deal with peak Gareth Bale.

A winner of two PFA Player of the Year awards. Bale was electrifying for Tottenham after his defensive minded reins were let off, and there was little surprise when Real Madrid eventually came calling. When the time to return to England came, it was only fitting that the Welshman went back to the club who helped him become world class.

Giggs is one of the Premier League's best ever
Giggs is one of the Premier League’s best ever | Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Barring an absolute miracle, no player will ever come close to matching Ryan Giggs’ bulging trophy cabinet from his two decades at Manchester United.

A winner of 13 Premier League titles, Giggs also won four FA Cups and two Champions League crowns, and played at the highest level into his 40s.

A scorer in each of the first 21 seasons of the Premier League, there was nothing the Welshman couldn’t do – and he’ll forever be remembered for his exceptional pace and breathtaking dribbling ability. Truly, one of the best natural wingers to ever play the game.

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La fecha de lanzamiento de X-Men: Dark Phoenix se ha trasladado al 7 de junio de 2019

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La fecha de lanzamiento de X-Men: Dark Phoenix se ha trasladado al 7 de junio de 2019

El escritor y director Simon Kinberg dijo que la película se retrasó para aumentar su exposición a una audiencia global más amplia.


                            
                            
                            
                            La fecha de lanzamiento de X-Men: Dark Phoenix se ha trasladado al 7 de junio de 2019

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El lanzamiento de «X-Men: Dark Phoenix» se ha pospuesto a pesar de que se ha rehecho el final de la película. La película se estrenará en junio de 2019 y no en febrero.

El guionista y director Simon Kinberg explicó el motivo de este retraso en una entrevista con Collider: «Era una fecha, el 14 de febrero, que inicialmente nos gustó para la película, pero cuando nos dimos cuenta de que no íbamos a tener los efectos visuales. Listos para lanzar a nivel mundial de la manera que queríamos, y la fecha de Gambito se abrió porque no estaría lista para esa fecha del 7 de junio.

Kinberg dijo que hicieron una comparación entre las dos fechas y se dieron cuenta de que la fecha de junio era una oportunidad más grande para ellos a nivel mundial.

«Observamos esa fecha en comparación con el 14 de febrero, el estudio lo hizo y pensamos que la fecha de junio era una oportunidad más grande para nosotros a nivel mundial. Más pantallas, más pantallas IMAX, una mejor oportunidad de reproducción en China, donde estas películas tienen muchos seguidores. »

Kinberg dijo que cuando se lanzó el avance de la película, tuvo 44,45 millones de visitas solo en China y será una película más grande día y día a nivel mundial.

Kinberg se inspiró en la epopeya de Marvel Studio y dijo que la repetición se convirtió en parte de un plan maestro. Añadió: «Una de las muchas cosas que Marvel Studios hace de manera tan brillante es poner un período de rodaje en sus presupuestos porque de la misma manera que escribir un guión es un proceso iterativo, donde se escribe un borrador tras otro, tiene sentido. la forma en que Marvel lo hace, la forma en que lo hace Pixar, que hacer la película también es un proceso iterativo, por lo que aprendes mientras haces la película, aprendes mientras editas la película lo que necesita «.

Esperemos no tener que esperar demasiado para ver la cuarta entrega de la precuela.

«X-Men: Dark Phoenix» se lanzará el 7 de junio de 2019.

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2021 Fantasy RB PPR Rankings

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How highly should you prioritize running back receptions in PPR leagues? Obviously, catches matter, especially in full-point PPR formats, but if the yards and TDs aren’t there, too, they only matter so much. Conversely, even if a guy doesn’t get many catches, he can still have significant value — assuming he gets into the end zone. That creates more potential sleepers and busts, which means our 2021 fantasy RB PPR rankings are even more volatile than our standard edition. 

The differences start at the top. Derrick Henry is our top overall player in standard leagues, but he falls to fifth in PPR formats. Last season, he finished third among RBs in PPR leagues behind Alvin Kamara and Dalvin Cook. The (hopefully) healthy returns of Christian McCaffrey and Saquon Barkley will further move him down the list. However, if Henry once again leads the league in rushing and rushing TDs, which he has two years in a row, he should be no worse than a top-five PPR back (which he has also been two years in a row).

Nick Chubb is another notable dropper after catching just 16 passes in 12 games last year. Still, you might be surprised to know he finished 11th among RBs in PPR scoring, proving once again that if you score and rack up yards on the ground, you can be a stud. Kenyan Drake (16th ranked), Ronald Jones II (20), Miles Sanders (23), and JK Dobbins (24) also finished as RB2s despite all having fewer than 30 catches on the season. Sanders, who caught 50 passes as a rookie, is a prime candidate to greatly improve on an already solid finish, and Drake will likely go back to more of a receiving-back role (with fewer TDs) now that’s the backup in Vegas.

On the flip side, several backs make big jumps in PPR thanks to their pass-catching prowess. Nyheim Hines and J.D. McKissic combined for 745 rushing yards and 10 total TDs (four on the ground), but they were both top-17 PPR RBs thanks to 63 and 80 catches, respectively. We’re not ranking them that highly heading into this year, largely because both play behind stud sophomore backs who are no slouches themselves when it comes to catching passes, but it’s clear they have a lot of upside. James White and Tarik Cohen also fit this mold, with Austin Ekeler being the gold standard because he also gets a good amount of carries.

Ekeler might be a little too good to solely be considered a «receiving back,» and players like that are usually undervalued studs in PPR leagues. Going into this season, Myles Gaskin, Kareem Hunt, Chase Edmonds, Travis Etienne, Devin Singletary, and possibly Leonard Fournette fit that bill. With the exception of Hunt, all could be their teams’ primary backs in addition to getting 40-plus catches. That could result in top-15 seasons if everything breaks right (see Mike Davis’s No. 12 PPR ranking last year). At the very least, they should rack up catches and get at least 115 carries (likely more) and work as flexes.

The biggest PPR breakout candidates this year are Joe Mixon (no Giovani Bernard), D’Andre Swift (46 catches in 13 games last year, should get significantly more carries), and Najee Davis (43 catches his final year at Alabama). Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Antonio Gibson were good pass-catchers in college and could also be primed for more receiving work in their second seasons, while Michael Carter and Javonte Williams (25 catches apiece while splitting time at North Carolina last year) both have the potential to catch a decent amount passes. 

Touchdowns will always matter most in fantasy, whether it’s a standard, half-point PPR, or full-point PPR league, so don’t overvalue catches early in your PPR drafts. However, in the middle and late rounds, taking chances on players expected to see a good amount of targets is the way to go. That’s more reliable than hoping your mid-tier RBs gets lucky and scores a lot.

We’ll be adjusting these RB PPR rankings and providing further analysis from now until Week 1, so check back for updates!

2021 Fantasy RB PPR Rankings

Rankings are based on full-point PPR scoring formats

  • McCaffrey dealt with three separate injuries (quad, thigh, ankle) that caused him to miss 13 games in 2020. It’s fair to wonder if durability will continue to be an issue, but if he’s healthy, he could easily approach or surpass 2,000 total yards, 100 catches, and 15-plus TDs. Last season in just three injury-riddled games, he posted 374 total yards, 17 catches, and six touchdowns. McCaffrey is our No. 1 back in PPR formats, but Henry’s durability and TD reliability nets him the top spot in standard leagues.

  • Barkley missed 14 games due to a torn right ACL last year, and while he’s tentatively expected to ready for Week 1, it’s possible the Giants ease him back into action early on. There are always worries with a player coming off a serious injury, but given Barkley’s age (24) and talent, we expect him to produce at a high level. It’s worth noting that his receiving numbers noticeably dropped from his rookie season (5.7 receptions/game, 45.1 yards/game) to his sophomore season (4.0 receptions/game, 33.7 yards/game), but an improved overall Giants offense should lead to even more scoring chances.

  • Kamara was a touchdown machine last year, scoring 21 times, but with no Drew Brees, it’s entirely possible New Orleans’ offense as a whole is slowed down. Kamara will still challenge for the league lead in receptions among RBs, making him a top-flight PPR play, but the Saints’ uncertainty under center is enough to drop him slightly in standard leagues.

  • Cook isn’t a picture of health, but he’s played 14 games in each of the past two seasons, which should help quell at least some of his durability concerns. Cook isn’t a huge pass-catcher, but he’s far from a zero in that category, giving him roughly the same value in standard and PPR leagues, and with a career 4.8 yards-per-carry average, Cook will produce even if he sees a slightly reduced workload this year.

  • Henry has led the league in attempts, rushing yards, and rushing TDs in each of the past two seasons. Can he make it three years in a row in all three categories? That won’t be easy, especially after his sky-high workload last year (378 attempts), but Henry has proven to be a consistent beast after an up-and-down start to his career. He’s the best bet to lead the league in TDs, if nothing else, and even with limited work in the receiving game, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see finish in the top three in total yards among RBs.

  • Zeke got paid last year…and promptly had by far the worst season of his career. Does that mean he can’t bounce back? Of course not. At just 26, he shouldn’t be worn out, and after getting just 16.2 carries per game — by far the lowest of his career — he should be somewhat fresher heading into this season. Most important will be the return of a healthy Dak Prescott and (hopefully) healthy Zack Martin and Tyron Smith along the o-line. No one should be surprised if Elliott challenges for the top RB ranking, even with Tony Pollard commanding more of a snap share.

  • Like all Packers skill players, Jones’ outlook is somewhat dependent on whether Aaron Rodgers is under center. He has upside either way, but obviously his touchdown potential figures to be significantly higher playing with Rodgers than Jordan Love. Jones has averaged 5.5 yards/carry in three of his four seasons, showing his ability to do a lot with a little.

  • Offseason reports have suggested Gibson will be more involved in the receiving game this year, but with J.D. McKissic still around, it seems unlikely he’ll be a full-time three-down back. That said, he showed enough in his rookie season (4.7 yards per carry, 11 TDs) for us to expect a big jump as a sophomore. Gibson has the size (6-2, 220 pounds) and versatility to dominate between the 20s and around the goal line. Washington’s offense figures to be a bit more explosive with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center, which should only mean good things for Gibson.

  • CEH didn’t quite living up to the hype last year, but he still totaled 1,100 yards and five TDs in 13 games. The opportunity was there for more, as Edwards-Helaire scored just once on nine rushing attempts inside the five-yard line (and 15 attempts inside the 10). Perhaps that’s a sign that he is a bad short-yardage runner and won’t get as many opportunities, but it might also be a fluky stat that will correct itself this year, resulting in double-digit touchdowns. Either way, a highly skilled RB on the league’s best offense is usually a worthwhile investment.

  • Ekeler was off to a hot start last year before a left hamstring injury sidelined him for six games. He returned in Week 12 and was decent the rest of the way, but after scoring just three touchdowns, fantasy owners might be wondering if he can really produce at an RB1 level. The good news for Ekeler is the Chargers didn’t make any significant RB moves in the offseason aside from drafting Larry Rountree III in the sixth round. Both Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelley failed to impress last year, so Ekeler should once again be the unquestioned lead back. If you take away the game in which he got hurt, Ekeler averaged 102.1 total yards per game. He’ll need more touchdowns to live up to this ranking, but the potential is there, especially in PPR leagues.

  • Kareem Hunt will continue to be an issue, but Chubb is an elite runner who has never averaged below 5.0 yards/carry in a season. It would be nice if Chubb dominated the goal-line touches (two more carries than Hunt inside the five-yard line; four more carries inside the 10), but he still gets more than enough to produce at a top-five level in standard leagues. His value takes a noticeable hit in PPR leagues, but even there he’s a high-level RB2.

  • Taylor impressed as a rookie, averaging 5.0 yards per carry and scoring 12 times while catching all but three of the 39 passes thrown his way. The Colts still boast one of the league’s best offensive lines, but the change from Philip Rivers to Carson Wentz is a major wild card. Taylor will get plenty of carries either way, but if the Colts offense struggles to sustain drives, his overall upside will be limited. The return of Marlon Mack (Achilles’) could also factor in.

  • Montgomery noticeably improved across the board last year, totaling 1,508 yards, 54 receptions, and 10 TDs. However, because he averaged just 4.3 yards/carry and plays on a mediocre offense, he’s not considered an exciting fantasy option. The upside is there for much more, though it’s worth noting that his role in the receiving game could be reduced with Tarik Cohen back from a torn right ACL and Damien Williams joining the backfield.

  • Sanders missed four games last year due to various injuries, but he still managed 1,064 total yards and six TDs. With a new set of coaches (and QB) in Philadelphia, it wouldn’t be a surprise to once again see Sanders featured in the receiving game like he was as a rookie (50 receptions). With a career 4.9 yards/carry average, Sanders has proven to be explosive. All he needs is more stability around him to break out.

  • It was tough to figure out what the Lions were doing with their RBs last year. Swift was clearly the most explosive option, but he split time (or operated behind) Kerryon Johnson and Adrian Peterson for much of the season. Swift still impressed with 878 total yards, 46 catches, and 10 TDs in just 13 games. Detroit’s offensive line is solid on paper, and with a new coaching regime, it’s possible the Lions finally remembers how to run. Even with Jamaal Williams now in the backfield, Swift should see the bulk of the carries and has the potential to be a top-10 receiving back. Detroit doesn’t have (m)any other offensive weapons, which could cause defenses to key on Swift, but if everything goes well, he could finish as a top-10 back in standard and top five in PPR.

  • We know the Steelers like to heavily feature their starting RBs, and after selecting Harris in the first round of this year’s draft, it’s safe to assume he’ll average north of 18 touches per game — likely in the 20-22 range like James Conner averaged in his 2018 Pro Bowl season. Harris is a skilled runner and solid receiver, so he should fit perfectly in the Steelers’ scheme. The only issue is Pittsburgh’s subpar o-lilne, which «paved the way» for a league-low 3.6 yards/carry last year. Harris’s presence should improve that, but he could still be more of a volume play, at least in standard leagues.

  • Mixon hasn’t quite broken out the way many have hoped he would, and he also doesn’t catch quite as many passes as people seem to think he will (though that might change with Giovani Bernard gone). Enterting his fifth season, it’s tough to say what his ceiling truly is, but with an average of 95.9 total yards/game over the past three years, it seems clear that Mixon is at least a dependable RB2 when he’s healthy. The Bengals have playmakers all over the field, which should only help Mixon get more scoring opportunities. If he can stay in one piece, he could finally have that elite season fantasy owners have been waiting for.

  • It was a slow start for Dobbins last year, but when he started getting consistent double-digit carries around Week 7, he produced. That includes ending the season on a six-game scoring streak. Baltimore’s offense will continue to be run-heavy, and with Mark Ingram gone, Dobbins will only be splitting time with Gus Edwards. Both backs have a lot of upside, but Dobbins figures to be the leader in this backfield, which should result in 1,000-plus rushing yards and double-digit touchdowns.

  • A knee injury and COVID caused Gaskin to miss six games last year after he had established himself as Miami’s lead back. In Weeks 3-15 (seven games), Gaskin averaged 20.9 touches, 106.7 total yards, and 3.9 receptions per game. That’s RB1-level production, at least in PPR leagues. A lack of TDs (four in that span) held him down, but if Gaskin has the same role this year, he’ll pay off handsomely for fantasy owners. Salvon Ahmed, who flourished in Gaskin’s absence before suffering an injury of his own, and newcomer Malcolm Brown will challenge for touches, so this is an unpredictable situation, but clearly the Dolphins thought they found something with Gaskin last year. They will likely give him every chance to keep the starting job this season.

  • Hunt is considered more of a «PPR back,» but he averaged just 2.4 receptions per game last year. He’s more of a straight-up committee back with Nick Chubb, and while Chubb should continue to see more carries, Hunt is no slouch. He scored 11 times last year and posted 71.6 total yards per game, thanks in part to Chubb missing four games. This might be an aggressive ranking for him, as his ceiling is artificially limited as long as Chubb is healthy, but there are similar issues with all of the backs below him. Given what we know about Hunt’s talent and production level, he feels like a solid RB2 who could really take off if Chubb gets hurt again or starts catching more passes.

  • Jacobs seemingly regressed last year, dropping from 4.8 yards/carry to 3.9 and 88.5 yards per game to 71.0. However, he improved slightly as a receiver and scored 12 touchdowns, thanks in part to leading the league in red-zone carries (64). The addition of Kenyan Drake is worrisome, especially for Jacobs’ budding role as a receiving, but Drake still figures to work in a complementary role. Jacobs will be somewhat touchdown dependent, but he’s shown the ability to be a steady RB2.

  • Edmonds has more value in PPR leagues, shown by his 53 receptions last year while playing second fiddle to Kenyan Drake. With Drake gone, Edmonds should see a bigger role in the running game, but it’s unclear how much. James Conner is now in the desert, and it seems likely he’ll at least be used more along the goal line. Edmonds is a much safer pick in PPR leagues, but if he does hold off Conner, he’ll be solid RB2 in standard leagues, too.

  • Davis impressed in a backup-turned-starter role with the Panthers last season. Despite averaging just 3.9 yards/carry, Davis had plenty of value thanks to 59 receptions and 24.9 receiving yards per game. Atlanta’s running back room is full of question marks, with Cordarrelle Patterson serving as the «backup» and a host of young, unproven backs rounding out the depth cart. If Davis stays in the starter’s role, he could post RB2-level stats thanks to volume — especially if he equals Todd Gurley’s 52 carries inside the 20 (fifth most) and 14 carries inside the five (seventh) from last year.

  • It surprised many that the Jaguars used a first-round pick on Etienne after James Robinson starred as a rookie, but clearly Urban Meyer and the rest of the coaching staff anticipates making full use of Etienne’s versatile skillset. While it’s tempting to think the bigger Robinson will handle the majority of the carries and the goal-line touches, one would have also thought Jacksonville would be fine with him as a receiving option after he caught 49 passes last year. Clearly, this situation is murky, and we’re banking on Etienne ultimately being the more productive. At the very least, he’s more explosive and will be a constant big-play threat, giving him slightly more upside if the split is close to equal.

  • Cam Akers’ season-ending Achilles’ injury opens the door for Henderson. He’s had moderate levels of success in the past, such as averaging 4.5 yards/carry and scoring six times last year, but it’s anyone’s guess as to how he’ll handle being L.A.’s feature back. At 5-8, 208 pounds, it’s also unclear just how much of a workload the Rams will want to give him, but in Weeks 3-7 last year, he averaged 15.8 touches/game and had a 20-carry outing. L.A.’s offense figures to provide plenty of opportunities for yards and TDs, so if Henderson can hold onto the starting job, he has intriguing upside.

  • Williams will be competing with veteran Melvin Gordon for touches, but even if the talented rookie isn’t starting in Week 1, he has more long-term potential because of his explosiveness. In his final season at North Carolina, Williams totaled 1,445 yards and 22 TDs while averaging 7.9 yards per touch. The Broncos offense has a lot of talent but also a lot of question marks. Williams can be a stabilizing force if the coaching staff lets him. It would be foolish to completely write off the 28-year-old Gordon, who posted 1,144 total yards, 4.6 yards/carry, and 10 TDs last year, but Denver drafted Williams early in the second round for a reason.

  • Singletary and Zack Moss make up a classic «thunder-and-lightning» duo, but unless one gets hurt, they’ll likely see similar workloads. Singletary will be used more in the receiving game, but Moss should get more goal-line touches. Last season, Moss had eight more red-zone carries, seven more carries inside the 10, and three more carries inside the five despite playing three fewer games. Again, that might be a clue that Moss will be more valuable, at least in standard leagues, but Singletary is more explosive and Josh Allen steals a lot of goal-line TDs anyway. If one gets hurt, the other will have a lot of value, but their overall outlooks heading into the season are essentially the same.

  • Carter is competing with Tevin Coleman and La’Mical Perine for carries, but it’s tough to trust either after they averaged 1.9 and 3.6 yards/carry last year, respectively. Carter posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons at North Carolina and averaged a whopping 8.0 yards/carry in his final season. He’s the most explosive player in New York’s backfield and should eventually see the most touches.

  • Mostert is a classic «if he stays healthy…» guy. The well-traveled speedster has flashed big-time upside, shown by his 5.6 career yards/carry, but it doesn’t seem likely that he has the durability to be a full-time starter. That’s probably why the 49ers drafted Trey Sermon in the third round this year, and it’s why you can’t really trust Mostert with anything other than a early middle-round pick. We know the 49ers want to run a lot, so both Mostert and Sermond can be RB2s if they’re healthy, so if you draft Mostert, you’d be wise to also draft Sermon.

  • Harris might be the biggest example of a «good in standard leagues, bad in PPR» RB. He caught just five-of-seven targets last year in 10 games, but he also averaged 13.7 carries/game and 5.0 yards/carry. The main thing that kept Harris down (aside from injuries) was a surprising lack of TDs. He scored just twice despite his beefy frame. Fantasy owners know they can’t trust a Patriots RB — especially with receiving back James White, 2018 first-round pick Sony Michel, and 2020 fourth-round pick Rhamondre Stevenson on the roster — but Harris is a legit talent and should have the upper hand on all of those players for carries. Stevenson might be the biggest threat to Harris’ fantasy value when you factor in his size (6-0, 246 pounds), but Harris earned at least some trust with last year’s performance.

  • David Johnson had a surprise bounce-back season last year, posting 1,005 total yards and eight TDs while averaging a career high 4.7 yards/carry in 12 games. Even so, the Texans picked up Lindsay in the offseason, and fantasy owners shouldn’t ignore him. Lindsay started his career with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons before struggling in an injury-plagued 2020. Lindsay still has a career 4.8 yards/carry average, and despite his size (5-8 ,190 pounds), he’s a tough inside runner. Johnson might begin the season as Houston’s starter, but given his injury history and age (29), Lindsay could wind up outproducing him for the season.

  • 37 James Robinson, Jaguars
    38 Ronald Jones II, Buccaneers
    39 Tarik Cohen, Bears
    40 Jamaal Williams, Lions
    41 Gus Edwards, Ravens
    42 Zack Moss, Bills
    43 James White, Patriots
    44 Latavius Murray, Saints
    45 Trey Sermon, 49ers
    46 James Conner, Cardinals
    47 AJ Dillon, Packers
    48 Tony Pollard, Cowboys
    49 Kenyan Drake, Raiders
    50 Kenneth Gainwell, Eagles
    51 Alexander Mattison, Vikings
    52 Tevin Coleman, Jets
    53 Darrel Williams, Chiefs
    54 Justin Jackson, Chargers
    55 Malcolm Brown, Dolphins
    56 Rashaad Penny, Seahawks
    57 Cordarrelle Patterson, Falcons
    58 Devontae Booker, Giants
    59 Marlon Mack, Colts
    60 Benny Snell Jr., Steelers
    61 Kerryon Johnson, Eagles
    62 Rhamondre Stevenson, Patriots
    63 Darrynton Evans, Titans
    64 Samaje Perine, Bengals
    65 Chuba Hubbard, Panthers
    66 Damien Williams, Bears
    67 Salvon Ahmed, Dolphins
    68 La’Mical Perine, Jets
    69 Joshua Kelley, Chargers
    70 Mark Ingram, Texans
    71 Jeremy McNichols, Titans
    72 Anthony McFarland Jr., Steelers
    73 Javian Hawkins, Falcons
    74 Wayne Gallman, 49ers
    75 Caleb Huntley, Falcons



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Tráiler oficial de «The Vice»: La irreconocible transformación de Christian Bale en Dick Cheney es casi tan impactante como «The Machinist»

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Tráiler oficial de «The Vice»: La irreconocible transformación de Christian Bale en Dick Cheney es casi tan impactante como «The Machinist»

Christian Bale se afeitó la cabeza y aumentó cuatro libras para interpretar el papel del exvicepresidente en la próxima película.


                            
                            
                            
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Christian Bale lo ha vuelto a hacer, y no, está lejos de retomar el papel de Batman. Para gran decepción de sus fanáticos, Bale ha seguido adelante y se ha transformado en un personaje que está interpretando en la pantalla de manera tan impecable, que a primera vista, la idea de la cara que pertenece a Bale parece más allá de lo imposible. Estamos hablando de una Charlize Theron en la transformación de nivel de película de «Monstruo» aquí, cuando Bale se puso en la piel del ex vicepresidente de los Estados Unidos Dick Cheney para su próxima película, «Vice», cuyo tráiler se estrenó hace una hora.

El actor de 44 años es conocido por su método de actuación a seguir cuando se trata de transformarse en la mayoría de los papeles intensos que ha interpretado en la pantalla, y esto incluye su transformación icónica para la película «El maquinista». Bale tuvo que perder la friolera de 62 libras para adaptarse al personaje, Trevor Reznik, en el thriller psicológico de 2004 que se centra en el insomnio severo de Reznik y los problemas psicológicos que conducen a un accidente, que finalmente lo lleva a una espiral de paranoia y decepción.

Pero esta vez, con una transformación igualmente icónica, Bale interpreta el papel de Cheney, de 77 años, en el próximo drama que seguirá la historia del exvicepresidente y explorará todas sus infames maniobras de poder, junto con su vida personal. . . Y, por supuesto, su relación poco escrupulosa con el entonces presidente. El tráiler de «Vice» ha revelado esto con seguridad, hasta ahora, y también muestra a Sam Rockwell como George W. Bush, Amy Adams como Lynne Cheney y Steve Carell como Donald Rumsfeld.

El tráiler de dos minutos de duración muestra a Bale interactuando con Bush de Rockwell, diciendo: “Soy el director ejecutivo de una gran empresa, he sido secretario de Defensa y jefe de gabinete de la Casa Blanca. La vicepresidencia es principalmente un trabajo simbólico «. Bush está hablando con Cheney en este punto, pidiéndole que sea su mano derecha. Y cuando el clip concluye, se puede escuchar a Cheney de Bale agregando:» Sin embargo, si llegamos a un entendimiento diferente … Creo que podemos hacer que esto funcione «.

¡Y vaya, Bale lo hizo funcionar! Como informa Variety, «Para interpretar a Cheney, Bale tuvo que afeitarse la cabeza, decolorarse las cejas y aumentar 10 libras, pero eso no es nada nuevo para el ganador del Oscar, conocido por sus intensas transformaciones». También notan otra de las transformaciones de Bale refiriéndose a «El maquinista» en el pasado, donde ganó las 60 libras que había perdido para la película justo a tiempo para interpretar a Batman en «Batman Begins» de 2005. apenas un año.

La película biográfica, dirigida por Adam McKay de «The Big Short», está protagonizada por Will Ferrell y Kevin Messick de Gary Sanchez Productions de McKay como productores, junto con Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner y Jeremy Kleiner de «Plan B» de Pitt. Se espera que Annapurna Pictures lance la película en todo el mundo el día de Navidad.

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