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Fantasy Football Projections: Washington Redskins

The seemingly endless saga of Kirk Cousins and Washington finally concluded this off-season with the departure of Cousins and the arrival of Alex Smith. While the local media and fan base are embracing this as a win for the team, it is most decidedly a downgrade for fantasy purposes. Cousins gunslinger approach to the offense led to an average of 4392 yards and 27 TD’s over the past three seasons. Smith eclipsed 4000 yards for the first time last year (4042 yards) and has never thrown for 27 TD’s over his previous twelve seasons. Despite a productive 2017 campaign, Smith remains a top-tier game manager which can translate into wins for the Redskins but not necessarily fantasy wins. It may be tough for Smith to reach 4000 yards again, but he should be a source of touchdowns and he’ll make plays with his feet. If your starter goes down with an injury, Smith could serve as a solid replacement.

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Washington has been in search of a competent run game since Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris terrorized teams in their rookie campaigns. Last year all hope was transferred to the shoulders of Chris Thompson and Samaje Perine and while Thompson was an effective weapon, Perine proved to be a slow plodder with zero burst. Enter Derrius Guice. Guice was a top-tier prospect ahead of the 2018 draft who slid due to character concerns but profiles as a commanding early-down runner. Guice has speed, power, and violence in his running and is a lock to break camp as the early-down workhorse with Thompson getting his carries and holding down the passing game. Guice is an RB2/3 with upside and Thompson is a FLEX play in PPR formats.

The receiving corps for the Redskins makes Smith’s prospects even tougher as there are no premiere threats. Josh Doctson offers the most potential from a talent standpoint but the young receiver has failed to stay healthy and can’t be depended on. Jamison Crowder offers value as a possession man with a low ceiling while Paul Richardson may be the most intriguing option of the group. Like Doctson, Richardson has had health issues but he managed to stay on the field in 2017 posting 44 catches for 700 yards and 6 TD, showcasing his big-play potential. Rookie Trey Quinn and veteran Brian Quick will also try to carve out targets, but Smith has never heavily relied on his wideouts, tending to distribute to his running backs and tight ends more. With potentially limited targets only Doctson and Richardson should be drafted as fliers in all formats with Crowder as a stash in deeper PPR leagues.

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The million dollar question for fantasy owners and the Washington Redskins is whether or not Jordan Reed can stay healthy. When in the game, Reed is one of the most productive tight ends in the game, but he’s never played 16 games in his career and he only managed 6 games in 2017. Travis Kelce rose to stardom with Alex Smith as his QB and the sky is the limit for Reed if he can stay on the field. If Reed is hurt, Jeremy Sprinkle offers some raw potential as a possible sleeper and breakout star. Vernon Davis hauled in 43 passes for 648 yards last year but at 34 years old the clock is ticking. Reed is a top of the line fantasy tight end if he’s healthy and he must be drafted. If he misses time monitor the battle between Sprinkle and Davis closely.

2018 Projections:

NAME POSITION CMP ATT PASS YD PASS TD INT RU YD RU TD
Alex Smith QB 350 540 3995 26 10 325 1

 

NAME POSITION CARRIES RU YD RU TD REC  REC YD REC TD FUM
Chris Thompson RB 105 480 2 55 610 3 1
Derrius Guice RB 205 875 7 10 105 1 1
Samaje Perine RB 75 290 1 1

 

NAME POSITION CARRIES RU YD RU TD REC  REC YD REC TD FUM
Jamison Crowder WR 60 665 2
Paul Richardson WR 55 690 4
Josh Doctson WR 40 515 5
Trey Quinn WR 35 405 2
Brian Quick WR 20 215
Jordan Reed TE 40 495 5
Jeremy Sprinkle TE 20 195 1
Vernon Davis TE 25 305 1
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