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2015 Fantasy Football Team Preview: Washington Redskins

The Redskins are a team in complete disarray. Their quarterback situation is shaky at best and the defense is a mess. They don’t seem to know what to do with the talent they do have and can’t recruit the pieces they need. They have turned to Junior Galette to rush the passer despite a myriad of recent mind-numbing decisions. There is nothing this team does particularly well. Nonetheless, this season is all about the development of Robert Griffin III.


After a scintillating rookie campaign, RG3 has been nothing short of disastrous the past two seasons. He has issues both on the field and in the locker room. He has had coaches turn on him and teammates do the same. A torn ACL in his rookie season set forth an unfathomably rapid spiral. He went from rookie of the year to being benched for Kirk Cousins in less than two years. Still, he has been named the undisputed starter heading into the season and the feel around camp has been much more positive this offseason, particularly between head coach Jay Gruden and Griffin.

With that said, the backup quarterbacks could also play a major role this season thanks to RG3’s durability issues and inconsistent play. Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy will battle for the QB2 job. McCoy was clearly the better option last season. After a monster 427 yard, three touchdown performance against the Eagles, Cousins looked completely incompetent on the field. McCoy actually looked like an NFL quarterback, which is not a common sight in our nation’s capital.

Running Backs

It seems like every year everybody is waiting for Alfred Morris to be replaced. The guy is just 26 years old and in his three-year career has rushed for 3,962 yards and 28 touchdowns on 4.5 yards per carry. Well, once again fantasy owners are looking for the man who’s going to knock Alf off his pedestal. This year the top candidate is third-round pick out of Florida Matt Jones. Jones is a talented kid, but don’t fool yourself; Morris is the man in Washington.

Wide Receivers

DeSean Jackson was a nice boom-or-bust option last season. Although he only caught 56 passes, he totaled 1,169 yards and six touchdowns. However, Pierre Garcon saw his production fall off a cliff in 2014. In 2013, he totaled 113 receptions on 184 targets, 1,346 yards and five TDs. Last season, he only caught 68 of his 105 targets for 752 yards and three TDs. His coaches insist that getting him more involved in the offense this season is a top priority.

The most intriguing thing to watch with the Redskins’ WR corps may be the battle for the slot role. Rookie Jamison Crowder will look to capture the job from Andre Roberts. Roberts was underwhelming last season and Crowder is a very talented young wideout. A poor combine dropped him to the fourth round of the draft. Nonetheless, on film he has third or even second-round talent.

Tight End

This is one of the most frustrating TE situations in the league. The Redskins actually have two talented tight ends, but the potential star is always getting injured. Jordan Reed is uniquely gifted, which would be great if he could actually stay on the field. Unfortunately, he’s missed 12 games in his first two seasons due to a laundry list of injuries. He already missed the majority of offseason workouts due to a stem cell shot to his knee and hamstring. His backup Niles Paul is also a pretty good in his own right. However, he’s virtually useless when Reed is on the field. It’s nearly impossible to rely on either guy. Reed offers the most upside, but it’s almost a given he’s going to miss significant time.


The Redskins’ defense leaves a lot to be desired. As I mentioned earlier, they added Galette who was recently on film beating a woman with a belt and then went on a nightmarishly epic Twitter rant on his girlfriend’s account that professional sports have never seen the likes of. This is clearly a desperate team. They have a few talented linebackers but lack any depth and the defensive line is awful. Bashaud Breeland is coming off a promising rookie season, still, that’s about all they have in their secondary from a coverage standpoint. Don’t bank on this team stopping a whole lot offenses.

Player to Watch

It’s an obvious choice, but it has to be RG3. This whole season for the Redskins will be about figuring out if he is the future of this franchise or a catastrophe that will set this franchise back a decade. They are going to give him every chance to be successful. That doesn’t mean he will be successful. This is a make-or-break year for Griffin and it can really go in either direction.

Key Stat

RG3 has played in 22 games in the past two seasons. In those 22 games, Griffin has been responsible for 26 turnovers. This has to change. The team on the whole has to fix their turnover problems. They have turned the ball over 65 times in the past two seasons. That’s more than twice a game. You can’t win with such an utter disregard for ball security.

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