NFC East Fantasy Focus: Washington Redskins

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 | 0

Today (Tues., August 26, 2014), TSM Plug rolls on with their NFC East Fantasy Focus.

Next up is the Washington Redskins, a team that is undoubtedly loaded with talent but just as many question marks. Under the guidance of new head coach Jay Gruden, the potential for a breakout season is there, yet the potential for another dud looms just as large.

Let’s take a look at how Washington’s fantasy prospects for 2014 stack up.

Robert Griffin III

Spearheading their attack in 2014 is third-year quarterback Robert Griffin III. RGIII had a largely forgettable 2013 where he was hindered by a too-quick return from surgery for a torn ACL.

He’s been pegged as a bounce back candidate this year, but the warning signs persist. Griffin has looked erratic in Gruden’s pro-style offense, struggling to find his rhythm as a pocket passer while putting himself at unnecessary risk when running.

The jury’s still out on whether or not Griffin can thrive as a dropback passer. He never has before, and his history of knee injuries is a very disconcerting one, especially for a quarterback who thrives on being mobile.

I was initially bullish on Griffin for this year, but his recent performances have tempered my expectations a bit. At his current Average Draft Position of 60 in Yahoo standard leagues, you may want to overlook Griffin in favor of a more consistent (and less likely to break down) quarterback like Tony Romo, Tom Brady, or Philip Rivers.


Starting running back Alfred Morris is a solid if not spectacular choice at the position. After a massive rookie year in 2012, his success kind of went the way of Griffin’s as the Redskins faltered.

He still rushed for over 1,000 yards, but his touchdowns were intermittently vulture by backup Roy Helu. That should be an anomaly that returns to normal in 2014. Morris is going to get a high number of carries. If the Redskins are in a position to score (or even run the ball), Morris is going to be a reliable workhorse.

But if the team is still a mess, he’ll obviously suffer. At an ADP of 27, Morris comes with a relatively high price tag, but he is a true feature back for the most part.

He’s not the best receiver out of the backfield, so if a back like Doug Martin is still available, you may want to take him. At the end of the day, however, you could do worse than Morris.


The Redskins’ receiving corps is a volatile one that has the potential to put up absolutely huge numbers through the air. Catching an insane 113 passes for 1,346 yards last year, top wide receiver Pierre Garcon will continue to be a target monster in 2014. At an ADP of 41, he’s a high-risk, high-reward type of player given his injury history.

Garcon could also cede catches to debuting wideout Desean Jackson, whom Washington signed away from Philadelphia in the offseason. Jackson still needs a bit of time to get accustomed to Gruden’s system, however, and he’s overdrafted at his current ADP of 47.

Jackson will always have the speed to get open on deep routes, which gives him some of the best big play potential in the NFL. He’s worth having as a third wide receiver, but don’t get your hopes up just yet.

Tight end Jordan Reed is another enigmatic talent. There’s not much doubt that he has could be a star at the position, but he has a bad history of concussions and is now dealing with a sprained thumb suffered against Baltimore in Week 3 of the preseason.

He’s becoming known as an injury risk before his second year has even begun, making him another high-risk player that could break out. At an ADP of 84, he presents value, but it’s value that could potentially go unrealized.

If you choose to gamble on Reed’s talent, make sure you draft another tight end to step in if and when he gets hurt.

Facing the pass-heavy offenses of the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, and New York Giants, the Washington defense is going to be in for some rough Sundays this fall. Stay away from them unless they begin to give you strong reasons to do otherwise.

About the Author

Both an avid NFL fan and analyst, I’ve been following professional football since the late 1980s. I’m also an avid fantasy football player with several league victories under my belt. Check out my NFL articles on TSM for the latest NFL news, highlights, predictions, and more.

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