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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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Redskins sign linebacker Jon Bostic to try and help make up for the loss of Reuben Foster

Redskins sign linebacker Jon Bostic to try and help make up for the loss of Reuben Foster

Two days after losing Reuben Foster for the year, the Redskins made a move to at least provide reinforcements to a weakened linebacker group.

On Wednesday, Washington announced that they have signed Jon Bostic, a six-year veteran. The 'Skins also officially placed Foster on injured reserve.

Bostic was a 2013 second-round pick of the Bears out of Florida. He's since bounced around to New England, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh, where he started 14 times for the Steelers in 2018 and posted 73 tackles. He's been traded twice in his career and missed all of 2016 with a foot injury. 

So, what does the move accomplish for the Redskins?

Well, Bostic — or any other free agent signing at this point — isn't going to have close to the level of talent and potential that Foster had. However, getting another option at linebacker was necessary for the Burgundy and Gold, and the 28-year-old has played in 30 contests over the past two years, so he's relatively established. 

Yes, he's far from a gamechanger, considering he has just one interception and 5.5 sacks as a pro. But he's regarded as a solid run defender and tackler and should at least push Mason Foster and Shaun Dion Hamilton. His presence also could alleviate some of the pressure that would've been on rookie Cole Holcomb. 

Signing a defender who's been with five franchises in six years isn't exactly inspiring, but Bostic has experience as a starter and could give the Redskins useful snaps on first and second down at a minimum. Now it's on him to take advantage of the opportunity he's been given.


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Landon Collins is thrilled to be with the Redskins and can't wait to get revenge on the Giants

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Landon Collins is thrilled to be with the Redskins and can't wait to get revenge on the Giants

You may not know the exact dates of the Redskins' two matchups with the Giants this season, which will take place Sep. 29 and Dec. 22 in 2019. But Landon Collins sure does.

"I'm gonna circle it for the next six years," the 'Skins new safety told ESPN in a recent interview. 

No, Collins isn't circling those dates from now until 2024 because he wants to be very organized and ensure he doesn't have any scheduling conflicts. He's doing it because he's dying to get revenge on his former team, who let him leave as a free agent in part because of their "culture change," according to him.

"All we wanted to do was win, and we spoke up because we had to get them to listen to us," Collins told ESPN, referring to himself and other now ex-Giants like Odell Beckham and Damon Harrison. "I think we were too vocal, and that platform was bigger than the Giants... If it's not good media, they don't want that kind of media."

In addition to the organization wanting to go in a different direction culture-wise, New York didn't want to pay the amount of money the Redskins ended up paying for Collins because he wasn't an ideal fit in their defense. The 25-year-old pushes back against the idea that he's strictly a "box safety," though, as do current and former players.

Interestingly enough, Collins isn't the only member of the Redskins' secondary who's in D.C. thanks to a decision by Dave Gettleman. Gettleman was also the same guy who decided the Panthers needed to move on from Josh Norman in April 2016.

Collins, for one, doesn't sound like he'll miss Gettleman at all. The defender didn't love how the GM consistently failed to make an effort to connect personally with his players. 

"I don't know him, he don't know me, that's kind of how it just kind of was," he explained.

All that, however, doesn't matter anymore. Collins is going to be the foundation of the Redskins' defense for quite some time, and that's a challenge he's ready to accept.

"I'm on a team that loves me and wanted me here," he said.