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Redskins Fantasy Fix: With DeSean out, who to trust at WR?


Redskins Fantasy Fix: With DeSean out, who to trust at WR?

While the Redskins lost Week 1 to the Dolphins, Alfred Morris reestablished himself as a top fantasy RB. Who else can be trusted for fantasy in Week 2? Let's find out.

The 'Skins will face a Rams squad with a lot of talent on the defensive front. Aaron Donald and Robert Quinn should scare any quarterback, but it's worth remembering the Washington O-line kept Kirk Cousins jersey pretty clean last week facing off against Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake. While Cousins is still not an advised QB play in standard leagues, that may be more of a result of conservative gameplanning than the Rams defense. For this week, pass on Cousins, but not necessarily his weapons. 

Green means go: As long as Jay Gruden shows the same commitment to the run game as we saw in Week 1, Alfred Morris is the best start on the 'Skins. Sure, St. Louis has a scary front, but last week the Seahawks rushed for 124 yards in their loss to the Rams. Yes, Seattle boasts Marshawn Lynch, but Morris is more than a capable runner. It's also worth noting that the best way for Gruden to contain the Rams pressure on Cousins is through a consistent rushing attack. Morris got 25 carries last week against Miami, and all of Gruden's comments this week make no suggestion that will dip. 

Value shopper: If you'e playing either Fan Duel or Draft Kings this weekend - and it seems like everybody is - consider Pierre Garçon. With DeSean Jackson out with a hamstring strain, Garçon becomes the top dog in the 'Skins passing attack. When we last saw that, Garçon was in the process of breaking Washington's single season catches record. The offense is different now than it was in 2013, but expect a lot of looks for Garçon. At his current price some $2,000 off the top WR names, Garçon could carve out a WR1 stat line at a WR2 cost. That's value my friend. Last week Garçon caught six passes for 74 yards. This week the catch count and yardage could go up, but don't expect TDs.

Don't sleep: It would be great to list Jordan Reed here but after 7 for 63 and a TD in Week 1, the tight end is far from a sleeper. Instead, try to figure out who will get the increased snaps with Jackson off the field. The guess here is that means Ryan Grant could make an impact. For two preseasons, Grant has impressed, hauling in catches and running precise routes. With Garçon the top attention getter from opposing defenses, the other side of the field should be open, and Grant has the ability to make corners pay. And sure it's only preseason, but the second year wideout has shown an ability to score. If Grant scores a TD, consider it extra credit.

Let us know what you think in the comments. 

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Is Adrian Peterson a good fit with the Redskins?

Is Adrian Peterson a good fit with the Redskins?

Adrian Peterson is one of the best running backs in NFL history.

But is he the best running back for the Redskins right now?

The Redskins signed Peterson, 33 years old and a 12-year NFL veteran, to a one-year contract. They have been hit with injuries at the running back position, most notably the loss of second-round pick Derrius Guice for the season with a torn ACL. They didn’t make any moves when that diagnosis was announced a week and a half ago. But they lost two more backs to short-term injuries last Thursday and they decided that now is the time to go out and get somebody.

Is the need for a running back really there? Rob Kelley was the starter for the last half of the 2016 season and for seven games last year before a variety of ailments sent him to injured reserve. Samaje Perine became the starter after that and while he struggled at time he also showed growth potential.

Kelley is 25 and Perine is 22. In the absence of Guice, they could develop and when Guice returns next year the team would have a good stable of young running backs.

But now, Peterson is in the picture. We don’t yet know what his role will be, but they did not sign him to be the back who is inactive on game days. He will get some carries and that will take work away from Perine and Kelley.

Now, if Peterson is more productive than either of the two younger backs then that is a worthwhile swap. But what does he have left in the tank at age 33?

Last year, playing for the Saints and Cardinals he gained 529 yards on 156 carries, a very pedestrian average of 3.4 years per carry. That is very similar to the production of Perine, who had 175 carries for 603 yards, a 3.4 average. In his two years in the NFL, Kelley has averaged 3.9 yards per carry.

By signing Peterson, however, the Redskins are hoping that Peterson has one more big year, or at least a medium year by his standards, left in him. After all, it was just in 2015 that he led the NFL in rushing for the third time in his career as he ran for 1,485 yards and averaged 4.5 yards per carry. The Redskins would be delighted if he could get half of that total.

Any free agent signing can only be evaluated when the contract details are available. We only know that it’s a one-year deal and according to some reports he did not get any money guaranteed at signing. That seems to be a team friendly deal, but we will have to see what might kick in if he is on the Week 1 roster.

As with everything else, time will tell if this move works out. If the money is right, it’s a low risk transaction with some possible upside for Washington.

Back during minicamp while talking about how quickly Alex Smith would have to get up to speed with the offense, Jay Gruden said that the Redskins are not in a rebuilding mode and that they need to win now. After the trade for Smith, the Peterson signing is another indication that patience may be wearing thin.

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Former MVP Adrian Peterson signing with Redskins amid mounting RB injuries

Former MVP Adrian Peterson signing with Redskins amid mounting RB injuries

The Redskins agreed to terms with free agent running back Adrian Peterson, per multiple reports and confirmed by NBC Sports Washington.

Washington added Peterson as their running back group took a number of hits this preseason. Rookie Derrius Guice was lost for the year in the preseason opener, while Byron Marshall, Martez Carter and Samaje Perine got hurt in the second preseason game against the Jets.

Peterson is a huge name. He’s likely headed for the Hall of Fame when his career ends, and he’s one of only a handful of rushers to gain more than 2,000 yards in a season.

His best seasons came with the Vikings, but Peterson hasn’t delivered top flight results since 2015.

If he’s healthy and ready to go, Peterson could be a tremendous steal for the Redskins. There is no way to know until he suits up in the preseason, which could happen as soon as this Friday night against Denver.

On the roster, Washington has Rob Kelley, Kapri Bibbs and Chris Thompson available at running back. At his best, Peterson is significantly better than that group.

Will the Redskins get Peterson at his best?

That’s the big question. And with two preseason games remaining, he will get the chance to prove it.