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Despite long odds, fantasy options aplenty for Redskins vs New England


Despite long odds, fantasy options aplenty for Redskins vs New England

Tom Brady, Gronk, Julian Edelman, Dion Lewis; all those guys will start this week in fantasy against the Redskins. It won't matter if it's weekly or season long leagues, the Patriots skill players have proven to be must start regardless of the match-up, and this Sunday against a slumping Washington defense, Brady and his crew are obvious plays. What's not so obvious? That the Redskins present some good fantasy options as well.

Could Washington get blown out in New England? Yes, sure, but that doesn't mean Kirk Cousins and friends won't pile up some stats. Garbage time numbers count just the same in the fantasy game, so be on the lookout for value this week playing the 'Skins.

Green means go: With all eyes focused on the return of DeSean Jackson, look to the other side of the field for value in Pierre Garçon. Jay Gruden will look to get the ball out of Cousins' hands quickly, and in turn, Garçon should find open intermediate and crossing routes.

Value city: Nobody should be happier to see D-Jax back on the field, if he returns, than tight end Jordan Reed. When healthy this season, Reed has proven to be a matchup nightmare. Last we saw Reed, he dropped 2 TDs and 70 yards on the Bucs in his return from injury. And that was without DeSean. With Jackson on the field, Reed should find the seam routes he likes running even more open, and could pile up late stats as the Redskins are in catch up mode. Best part, Reed only costs $4,500 in DraftKings, big-time value for a player that could get double digit targets.

Don't sleep: To win this game, the Redskins must try and run the ball. But based on recent results, running the ball will be tough. It's imperative then that Washington deploy Matt Jones or Chris Thompson in the backfield as both players present a good pass-catching option out of the backfield. The guess here is that Jones leads the team with carries, and if things break right, maybe finds the end zone. 


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Pernell McPhee reportedly on visit with Redskins


Pernell McPhee reportedly on visit with Redskins

NFL free agency doesn't care about your brackets. 

While you were watching UMBC, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee is currently on a visit with the Redskins:

Pernell, 29, was drafted in 2011 out of Mississppi State by the Baltimore Ravens. He played there for three years before spending the last two seasons with the Chicago Bears. 

Pernell has 182 career tackles and 31 career sacks. 


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The 2018 salaries of five Redskins become fully guaranteed today

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The 2018 salaries of five Redskins become fully guaranteed today

It may be the 18th of March but today could be like Christmas for five Redskins players.

The Redskins decided to use today, four days after the start of the league year, for some contract triggers. In this case, the triggers are all 2018 salary guarantees (some teams will pay out roster bonuses on trigger dates, but the Redskins rarely use that type of structure).

Here are the players whose have guarantees that kick in today 4 p.m. All data is via Over the Cap.


CB Josh Norman, base salary of $13.5 million becomes fully guaranteed—This was a window for the Redskins to move on from Norman if they were not happy with his performance after two seasons. He is 31 and he had no interceptions last season, leaving some to wonder if the Redskins might think about releasing him. But it never was a consideration.

TE Jordan Reed, $8 million of his $8.25 million salary becomes fully guaranteed—No, I’m not sure why they are leaving that $250,000 out there non-guaranteed. Fans thought that the Redskins might move on from Reed due to his injury issues. But, as with Norman, it never was a consideration.

S D.J. Swearinger, $3 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—This is a mere technicality, Swearinger wasn’t going anywhere after helping to solidify the safety position.


RB Chris Thompson, $1.996 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—His rehab is going well and after last year Thompson’s two-year, $7 million contract extension signed last September looks like a good deal for the team.

DE Terrell McClain, $3.25 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—If the Redskins sign a top free agent D-lineman or draft on early in the draft they could be in a numbers crunch. That new acquisition would be guaranteed a roster spot along with Jonathan Allen, Matt Ioannidis, Stacy McGee, and Anthony Lanier. That makes five and the Redskins kept six last year. Ziggy Hood is a favorite of the coaching staff but he has no guaranteed money left on his contract. That could tip the sixth spot in favor of McClain if he is on the roster at the close of business today. If they release McClain after today, they would take a cap charge of over $2 million. It seems unlikely that anything will happen but it’s something to keep an eye on.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.