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.
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