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It's not a fantasy: Redskins WRs worthy

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It's not a fantasy: Redskins WRs worthy

Combining my roles as contributor on the Redskins Talk blog and Fantasy Football savant (or at least FFToolbox writer and podcast host ), heres my latest look at the Redskins fantasy options. QB: What remains clear at least until the Shanahans take the leash off their prized pupil and open up the playbook is that Robert GriffinIIIis not a fantasy starter but remains one to own. The top 12, from Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady to Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger, are (barring injury) still set in stone (the players more than the exact order). While Jay Cutler and Matt Schaub are next up, especially as in case of emergency backup (think Michael Vick or Manning) , Bob Griffins upside is next followed by the true line of QB2 demarcation. Perhaps Andrew Luck makes it a foursome by the time your league drafts, but thats about it. For now, dont draftRG3 to start no matter how deep your burgundy and gold fandom runs, but youre hardly a homer takinghim around theeighth round in 12-team leagues.RB: Wow does this get uglier by the minute. Bad enough, from a clear-cut fantasy perspective, that hes not the Redskins starter, but now Roy Helu is dealing with Achilles tendon issues. For now, the seriousness of the injury remains unclear; this is also how fantasy football owners should view the overall backfield. Assuming he misses no time, Helu (No. 23 RB and pre-injury revelation rank) remains the best bet even with 12-15 touches a game. Based on his elusiveness and the productivity shown last season, he remains around the outer mark of the top 25 runners (discussing Helu plus those RBs above and belowhim on Tuesday's podcast). However, that rank comes not with a bullet but a question mark. Theres the history of Shananigans (i.e. frequently changing primary options). The current starting status of Evan Royster (not blown away by the beefier option, but if he is the short yardage back, worth a late round flyer). The uncertainty of Tim Hightowers health and role (let your other Redskins buddy draft him). In addition, RG3s legs will find the end zone way more than last years QB options. If you feel compelled to have a Redskin on your team, let it be at another positionWR:...like this one. From the physical Pierre Garcon (moving closer to WR2 territory) to the slot target and reshaped Santana Moss (potential steal as a WR4) to the up-and-coming Leonard Hankerson (tons of sleeper buzz for the red zone threat), there are plenty of options here for 12-team leaguers. As for Garcon, Ive been touting his fantasy goodness for weeks and backing up the talk as hes the only player on both of my industry league rosters (June and July mocks). Josh Morgan remains a waiver wire play and while his rise could enhance the Redskins offense, it could muddle the status for Moss.TE: Though currently ranked No. 7 at his position, it would be nice to see Fred Davis and his new QB show more on-field rapport than reports have currently suggested. More to the point, of Garcon is truly RG3s main target, Daviss lofty status could take a minor dip since it factors in the rookie QBs love throwing to their tight end premise is in play. Regardless, draft Davis with confidence -- and just hope hes also on his best off-field behavior.Defense: Personally, Id move this unit (25th overall) up into more the bye-week option range on the strength of the front-7, but the reality is the secondary is kind of scary. If the move inside turns DeAngelo Hall back into a playmaker then combined with the Orakpo-Kerrigan pass rush, this group has some juice. Not draftable, but interesting in Week 2 against the Rams.Kicker: Until we know who wins the job officially, dont take Neil Rackers or Graham Gano. Realistically, you shouldnt draft either booter of the ball regardless.Ben Standig blogs about the Redskins, Wizards, Hoyas and the D.C.area college basketball scene for CSNwashington. You can reach him by email at bstandig@comcast.net, follow him on Twitter @BenStandig and catch his musings at the D.C. Sportalistand his fantasy football thoughts at FFToolbox.com.

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O-line, D-line is the move for the Redskins at No. 13, according to Charles Davis

O-line, D-line is the move for the Redskins at No. 13, according to Charles Davis

We are nearing the start of the NFL Draft, less than three days to be exact, and right now there are a ton of names circling around whom the Washington Redskins should take at No. 13.

You’ve probably read countless mock drafts at this point (if you haven’t or need another here is ours), and there’s one thing that is consistent: nothing.

So let's concern ourselves less of ‘who’ and exactly what each player will bring to the Redskins.

There are very few evaluators of talent better than the NFL Network’s Charles Davis, so he got to talk with J.P. Finlay and Mitch Tischler on the latest edition of the Redskins Talk podcast.

LISTEN TO THE FULL PODCAST WITH CHARLES DAVIS HERE

He broke down EVERYONE that Washington could be taking at No. 13 overall. If you don’t have time to listen (which we highly recommend that you do), here are some of the highlights:

“This could be a wild first night,” said Davis. “All of these different trade scenarios are out there right? My experience has been that most of that calms down as we get closer. There’s a lot of discussion and chatter about it, but we don’t usually have it.”

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“At 13, when you’re really down to it, Mitch I think you had said to me even before we began ‘O-line, D-line man, let’s talk O-line, D-line,’ and I think that is the perfect place for this Washington team.”

VITA VEA, DT, WASHINGTON

“If Vita Vea from Washington somehow is sitting there at 13, and the idea that you could go up there and put him a line and get Jonathan Allen back from last year, I think that’d be a great place to go. This is a top-10, top-5 talent in this draft that possibly could still be around at 13.”

“When we’re talking about the people that are in our business, the talking heads that people kind of go to and kind of get held accountable for their mock drafts… you don’t really see Vea in any consistency in the top ten.”

“Eleven is kind of the breakpoint for him.”

MAURICE HURST, DT, MICHIGAN

“I like him. I don’t know that I like him quite that high.”

DA’RON PAYNE, DT, ALABAMA

“I like Payne, better than Hurst, but again I don’t know about quite that high.”

“The medical, you can’t help it when you’re talking about a heart. You can’t help but be a little bit concerned. Now he has gotten clearance, that has come through, but we all know that each team is going to do it’s own research and got to decide how comfortable they are with that.”

QUENTON NELSON, OL, NOTRE DAME

“I doubt he is falling to 13, because if somehow he falls to eight to the Bears and if the Bears don’t run up to the podium and plug him in, I’d be stunned.”

ORLANDO BROWN JR., OT, OKLAHOMA

“Normally when you have a combine and you have some things that you have some questions marks on, normally you have some balancers. Orlando Brown had zero balancers. Everything was historically bad.”

WILL HERNANDEZ, G, UTEP

“Now Will Hernandez has had about as good a postseason as an offensive lineman can have.”

“This kid Hernandez has become a massive road grater, quicker than you would think, better pass protector and he did all of this on an 0-12 team last year. So he is another guy to keep an eye on, especially if as you said they are able to move back.”

DERRIUS GUICE, RB, LSU

“I’d be surprised at 13.”

“Get back to 19 and then I think Guice is in play at 19. If that indeed is the runner that they like. I think the running back renaissance is real.”

JOHN KELLY, RB, TENNESSEE

“I think this John Kelly kid from Tennessee is a really good runner. He had a little trouble off-field last year, missed a game because of all that, but this kid runs hard, plays hard, he’s not Alvin Kamara… but this kid is more of a pure running back than Kamara is, he’s just not a bulky guy.”

TRADING BACK

“They’re in a tough spot because of the number. We’ve got all of this stuff now.”

“That’s a tough one, because if I’m Dallas and I want to come up and get my guy [Calvin Ridley], I don’t need to come up as high as 13 anyway, if you really think about it.”

BILLY PRICE, OL, Ohio State

“He’s a really good player. The kid played guard, he played center. Price is a really good technician. 44 a possibility? Possibility. Before the injury he was going late-first, early second.”

This is only scratching the surface of what the expert talked about. Get the full experience and listen to the full podcast.

MORE DRAFT COVERAGE:

- SEVEN ROUND REDSKINS MOCK DRAFT

- ODDS ON FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICKS

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Why the Redskins should be hoping Tremaine Edmunds falls in their lap

Why the Redskins should be hoping Tremaine Edmunds falls in their lap

NBC Sports Washington’s four-part digital series ‘E-Boyz’ -- chronicling the illustrious past, decorated present and bright future of the Edmunds family -- is NOW LIVE. Check out a new episode daily, leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft. Watch the first episode above and more here.

When the NFL Draft comes around, you'll hear fans and analysts often say, "If Player X makes it to pick No. __, then Team Y should sprint to the podium to pick him."

Well, this Thursday, if Player X is Tremaine Edmunds, the pick is No. 13 and Team Y is the Washington Redskins, the Burgundy and Gold should sprint to the podium only if there's no other option to get there quicker. 

While the 'Skins already have two talented linebackers in Zach Brown and Mason Foster on the roster already, taking the Virginia Tech teenager shouldn't be ruled out. Now, the only problem is that Edmunds has to slide that far in the 2018 draft; the majority of mocks have him going before that spot.

Edmunds is the type of do-it-all LB that is especially valuable in today's NFL. He has the athleticism and ability to fit on the inside or outside, and is just as comfortable rushing the passer as he is in coverage. You know that issue the Redskins have when it comes to covering tight ends, the one that's lasted for like a decade now? Edmunds would help erase it, along with a host of other problems.

"They don't come like him," one NFC scout told NFL.com about Edmunds. "I don't think there has ever been a linebacker that has had his size and speed."

Redskins fans, go outside and start searching for your four-leaf clovers now. Last year, the franchise got lucky and landed Jonathan Allen. This time around, they're going to need even more of it to secure Edmunds. 

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