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.