Washington Redskins Fantasy Projections
The Redskins put in some poor performances in 2014, making for a season that Washington fans will hope to put behind them. The team’s development wasn’t helped by a real lack of stability in the signal caller role. Three different quarterbacks started games for the Redskins throughout last season, contributing to a poor regular season record of 4-12. Fantasy fans won’t have seen much value on the Washington roster, but 2015 might hold more hope for the Redskins. Let’s go through the roster and identify some important players to keep an eye on as the new season approaches.
Washington Redskins Quarterbacks Fantasy Preview
Robert Griffin III, like many of his teammates, endured a rough time in 2014. He started only 7 games and struggled with a nasty ankle injury that kept him off the field for half of the season. When he did play, he offered very little to his squad and failed to provide the same sort of impact he offered in 2012 and 2013. Griffin himself wasn’t the only one to blame for this drop in form. The rest of the team played poorly and coach Jay Gruden seemed intent on making things difficult for RG3.
This season already looks brighter for the QB. His contract has been extended and no new players have been added to the squad to take his place. Griffin has a lot of talent and a good arm. He might not be the player he once was, but he’ll be ready to have a much better season. He’ll make a good QB2/3 pick for the average fantasy team.
Redskins Fantasy Wide Receivers
DeSean Jackson was one of the few players on the Redskins’ roster to enjoy a decent fantasy season. He finished as the 16th best fantasy WR in the NFL and even managed to claim the top spot for yards-per-reception. He remains a bit of a streaky player who can have great games as easily as he can have poor ones, but he’s a great value choice for your fantasy rosters.
The 29-year old Pierre Garcon is another WR on the Redskins roster who will hope to help his team in the new season. He struggled to adapt to Gruden’s offensive system in 2014 but led the team for targets. He is set to be moved to a more prominent role in 2015 and could benefit from this change, but he isn’t able to put up the same sort of numbers as he once did. He’ll still be a reliable WR3/4 choice.
Filling out the wide receiver spots are Andre Roberts, Jamison Crowder, and Ryan Grant. Roberts had a terrible 2014 season, finishing at the 97th ranked receiver in the NFL. Crowder isn’t particularly well-suited to the new offensive systems in place at the Redskins but could play a role in the new season. Meanwhile, Grant has got coaches and fans quite excited with his training performances, but the rookie doesn’t yet have the physicality to cope on the biggest stage.
Moving on to the tight ends of the Washington roster, Jordan Reed has endured a lot of trouble with injuries in his career so far. He has shown glimpses of greatness when on the field but the 25-year old needs to maintain a good level of fitness to be a worthy selection on your fantasy team.
Meanwhile, Niles Paul took advantage of Reed’s injuries last season to enjoy a solid season himself. He set personal bests for catches and yards and could be one to watch for fantasy owners.
Washing Redskins Fantasy Running Backs Preview
Now let’s talk about running backs. The Redskins will be looking to Alfred Morris to lead the way as he has done in the past. Morris, like many other names in this article, suffered in 2014. He still put up pretty decent numbers but failed to adapt to the new systems in place at Washington. Morris has a solid understanding with RG3 and performs very well when the QB is firing, so any fantasy owners will need to keep an eye on Griffin’s form when considering a selection of Morris.
This obviously represents a bit of a risk, but if the Redskins can discover some decent form in 2015 then both of these players should reap the rewards. If nothing else, Morris is a reliable player with a pretty decent floor. We’d recommend you wait until the fourth round to take him, but he is a consistent starter and can certainly provide a good run of points for your team.
Finally, there’s Matt Jones. The rookie did very well at Florida but fans are struggling to build up too much hope for him as we approach the new season. He could certainly be a solid handcuff for Alfred Morris, but Morris hasn’t missed a single game since joining the Redskins. Jones probably won’t get much of a chance to showcase his skills in 2015 but might be one to watch in a couple of years’ time.