2019 Washington Redskins Team Outlook
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Redskins Offense Outlook
A quarterback and running back injury led to Washington ranking much lower than expected offensively in 2018. Their passing attack barely had a pulse while looking to be balanced on offense. This year the Redskins will be in transition offensively with a lot of moving parts.
QB Dwayne Haskins, WAS - Deep-league Only
Update 12/21/19Over his first five starts, Haskins passed for 831 yards with three TDs and three Ints while failing to complete over 19 passes in any game. In Week 16, his opportunity was about the same (19-for-28), but he gained a career-high 287 combined yards with a pair of TDs. Overall, Haskins gains only 6.6 yards per pass attempt with five TDs and seven Ints. The Giants fell to 25th in QB defense (24.05 FPPG) after allowing over 23.00 Fantasy points to QBs over the previous seven games. Tough to trust while lacking impact depth in his receiving options, but this matchup is favorable.
QB Case Keenum, WAS - Deep-league Only
Update 10/19/19In his four full games, Keenum posted two TDs or more in each contest while passing for over 300 yards twice. In his first three games, he passed for 933 yards and seven TDs. The 49ers roll into town with a high flying defense. The 49ers climbed to second in QB defense (11.37 Fantasy points per game) after holding Baker Mayfield and Jared Goff to only 78 yards passing each with no TDs. The success of San Fran’s defense has also helped control the time of possession in each game, keeping their defense off the field. He looks dead in the water, but this is the NFL where anything can happen on any given Sunday.
RB Derrius Guice, WAS - Gamble (high risk)
Update 12/06/19Last week Guice only had 12 touches, which was a slight step up from his previous two contests (8 and 11). His favorable matchup led to a great game (137 combined yards two TDs and two catches), helped by a couple of long runs. Even with a great game, the Redskins only had him on the field for 30 percent of their plays. The Packers rank poorly vs. RBs (29th – 27.58 FPPG) with RBs gaining 4.7 yards per rush with RBs scoring 14 TDs. I get the excitement, but repeated big plays can’t be trusted, plus Washington will rotate in two other backs. His next step is about 15 touches with only midteen upside.
RB Adrian Peterson, WAS - Over the Hill (decreased production)
Update 12/21/19Over the last nine games, Peterson gained 795 yards with three TDs and 11 catches while averaging 4.7 yards per rush. He scored a TD in each of his path three contests with over 100 yards rushing in two games (23/118 and 18/108). Over his rise in opportunity, the Redskins gave him 17.1 touches per game. The Giants ranks 15th in RB defense (23.74 FPPG) with four teams scoring over 30.0 Fantasy points. New York gives up only 3.9 yards per carry with RBs scoring 13 rushing TDs. Peterson needs 216 yards rushing to reach 1,000 on the year. Possible 100-plus rushing yards with a TD.
RB Chris Thompson, WAS - Bye Week Fill-in
Update 10/12/19After five games, Thompson is the 24th highest scoring RB in PPR leagues while failing to score over 15.0 Fantasy points in any game. He’s on pace for 80 catches for 1,072 combined yards while looking for his first TD of the year. RBs have 19 catches for 203 yards and four TDs on 21 targets against the Dolphins. Easy player to overlook due to his low touches per game (nine), but he may hit on a long play or TD setting up his best game of the season.
RB Wendell Smallwood, WAS - Solid/Safe Pick
Update 10/19/19The low hanging fruit at RB this week looks to be Smallwood with Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson landing on the injury report. I don’t expect Thompson to play due to his toe injury, and Peterson has a quad injury. The 49ers played great on defense over the previous two games with success defending the run (4.1 yards per rush with one rushing TD).