Washington

By : Fantasy Football Dude

Published: 8/15/2018

QB

  1. Alex Smith
  2. Colt McCoy
  3. Kevin Hogan

Alex Smith

  • Smith enters this season on a new team with a brand new fresh contract. Now last year he looked like a completely different QB that he has in years past and hopefully he will be able to keep that trend going. Smith has the ability to keep it up and with the weapons that Washington has I think he will have no choice but to do it. With Doctson and Richardson running down the field he is going to have to continue to be aggressive as he was last year.

  • Now for his fantasy prospects I don’t view him as a top 5 guy as he was last year but he should find himself in the Top 10. One thing over Smith career is that he has always been good at keeping turnovers at a minimum and with all the playmakers he has on this offense he might just be able to keep his success from last year going. Smith is a sneaking player to draft with one of your final picks because I’m sure in your league a lot of people won’t be high on Smith at all so he can give you a chance to load up on RB or WR early instead of wasting a pick on a QB who might be just as good as Smith.

RB

  1. Derrius Guice (Out of the season/ ACL)
  2. Rob Kelly
  3. Samaje Perine
  4. Chris Thompson

Rob Kelly/ Samaje Perine

  • Rob Kelly had a rough second year with the redskins after having a pretty solid rookie season. Entering this season with Guice injury Kelly has a chance to redeem himself and show he is as good as his rookie year and I believe he is the back to own besides Thompson. Kelly so far this off-season has dropped some weight and everything from camp showed he was working with Guice with the first team. Washington has been know to usually lean on one back with Thompson filling in as the pass catching/change of pace man. This year for Kelly is make or break and I think he will be able to have a pretty solid fantasy year as an RB3/Flex player depending on matchups.

  • With Perine he has the ability but the way he looks running does not bring up much excitement now he had some good moments his rookie year but didn’t look to be anything special. Now a lot can change from year 1 to 2 so I could be completely wrong about Perine but look at him to be more of the change of pace for Kelly this season. Now both players are worth taking a flier on because no one really knows besides the coaches in Washington.

Chris Thompson

  • Last year Thompson went off all year and was even on pace to have over 1,000 receiving as a running back which is a crazy stat but like always with him he got hit with the injury bug and missed the rest of the season. Now Thompson is still a nice option to have on your fantasy bench especially in PPR formats but I don’t expect him to replicate the success he had last year.

  • Washington should be worried about not giving Thompson to many touches because of his extensive injury history so I wouldn’t expect more than 10 touches a game from him as Washington will do whatever it takes to make sure he can get through a 16 game season.

WR & TE

  1. Josh Doctson
  2. Paul Richardson
  3. Jamison Crowder
  4. Jordan Reed

Josh Doctson

  • Doctson Enters his 3rd season in the league and that is when usually some player start to take off. During his rookie season he couldn’t even make it on the field and struggled just to stay healthy. Coming into last year he was slow to get playing time but as the year wore on he got more and more playing time and you saw glimpses as to why he was drafted so high. He managed to play all 16 games and had a decent season considering it was pretty much his rookie year last year.

  • Now coming into this season he has a chance to really take over this WR group if he really has make improvements, he has all the physical tools to be a WR1 in the league and with Smith as his QB hopefully he gets a chance to showcase that ability. Right away he should be a redzone threat for Smith and that is where he could see the most value is inside the 20. Doctson is worth a flier due to his high upside and potential if things fall into place for him he might even get close to hitting double digit TDs this year.

Paul Richardson

  •   Richardson ended up having a breakout year last year finally able to stay healthy for all 16 games. Now with the Washington he has a chance to try and improve upon those numbers and hopefully end up as the #1 guy. Richardson brings deep speed that the rest of the WR on this team just don’t have along with an ability to make contested catches.

  • Entering this season for your fantasy teams expect Richardson to be more of what Djax was when he was in Washington he is going to have boom or bust potential and might be a risky play some weeks but he is worth a filer on any fantasy team this season.

Jamison Crowder

  • If there is one WR that might end up having the most success with Alex Smith it is Crowder. Crowder operates mainly in the middle of the field and slot which are easy throws that Smith has been know for over his career. Crowder could finally match the hype he saw last year where he was suppose to be a PPR monster and dominate the targets. Crowder this year is looking to bounce back and make a real impact on the team this year and given this is the final year of his deal he is out to prove he can play and earn a brand new contract.

Jordan Reed

  •  Reed might be one of the most talented TE in the NFL but injuries have been what hold him back year after year. Now entering this season everything seems to be fine with his surgically repaired toe and doesn’t seem to have any other lingering issues. Now if Reed can manage to stay healthy for at least 12 games this year I believe he could be a real asset at TE with Alex Smith. Just like Crowder, Reed operates in the middle of the field and given that Smith loves to target his TEs Reed could have a fantastic season. But buyer beware if you draft Reed make sure you have a backup plan because he could miss multiple weeks in a row and drive you insane.

 

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