Redskins Fantasy News

Falcons cut RB Steven Jackson; Devonta Freeman ready for bigger role

Friday, February 27, 2015, 10:37am

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Falcons released RB Steven Jackson, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Looking at the running back position, Kyle Shanahan presided over three stellar fantasy seasons in his seven years as an offensive coordinator. In 2008, while Shanny was the OC of the Texans, Steve Slaton turned 327 touches (50 receptions) into 1,659 yards and 10 touchdowns. (Slaton averaged 77.6 total yards on 15.9 touches in 2009.) In 2012, rookie Alfred Morris racked up 1,690 total yards and 13 touchdowns. He followed it up with 1,353 total yards and seven scores in 2013. Shanahan even coaxed 86.7 total yards (on 18.2 touches) from Ryan Torain in 2010 and 67.9 yards on 13.3 touches from Roy Helu in 2011. Freeman wasn't terribly impressive in his rookie season (248 yards rushing, 3.8 YPC), but he was active and effective in the passing game (30 catches for 225 yards), so a Slaton-esque season isn't out of the realm of possibility. With Jackson out of the way, GM Thomas Dimitroff said that there was “no question” that Freeman is ready to be the feature back in Atlanta.

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Falcons GM believes Devonta Freeman is capable of a featured role

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 8:51pm

Vaughn McClure, Twitter - [Full Article]

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said Devonta Freeman can be the team's featured back.

Fantasy Impact:

Looking at the running back position, new OC Kyle Shanahan presided over three stellar fantasy seasons in his seven years as an offensive coordinator. In 2008, while Shanny was the OC of the Texans, Steve Slaton turned 327 touches (50 receptions) into 1,659 yards and 10 touchdowns. (Slaton averaged 77.6 total yards on 15.9 touches in 2009.) In 2012, rookie Alfred Morris racked up 1,690 total yards and 13 touchdowns. He followed it up with 1,353 total yards and seven scores in 2013. Shanahan even coaxed 86.7 total yards (on 18.2 touches) from Ryan Torain in 2010 and 67.9 yards on 13.3 touches from Roy Helu in 2011. Freeman wasn't terribly impressive as a runner in his rookie season (248 yards rushing, 3.8 YPC), but he was active and effective in the passing game (30 catches for 225 yards), so a Slaton-esque season isn't out of the realm of possibility. If the Falcons stand pat at running back, he'll have some middle round appeal, assuming his role looks to be bigger than Steven Jackson's.

Gruden: Robert Griffin III will begin the season as the starter

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 3:40pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The quarterback competition that Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden discussed after the season apparently has ended. Gruden told reporters at the NFL scouting combine Wednesday that Robert Griffin III will enter next season as the starter.

"We'll go into the season with Robert as our No. 1 guy," Gruden said. "It's up to Robert to continue to grow and mature as a quarterback and as a person. Moving forward we want to see improvement. It's up to us as a staff to get more out of him."

Fantasy Impact:

RG3 averaged 12.0 fantasy points in the six games that he started (and finished) in 2014. That's what Blake Bortles averaged as the league's #24 fantasy quarterback. We know Griffin is capable of more, but he hasn't been the same player since his rookie season. Specifically, he's not running the ball as often or as effectively.

Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan 'loved' Devonta Freeman prior to 2014 Draft

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 2:09pm

Jay Adams, Twitter - [Full Article]

Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan said he loved Devonta Freeman last year coming out of college. He’s still evaluating offensive talent on roster here.

Fantasy Impact:

Looking at the running back position, Shanahan presided over three stellar fantasy seasons in his seven years as an offensive coordinator. In 2008, while Shanny was the OC of the Texans, Steve Slaton turned 327 touches (50 receptions) into 1,659 yards and 10 touchdowns. (Slaton averaged 77.6 total yards on 15.9 touches in 2009.) In 2012, rookie Alfred Morris racked up 1,690 total yards and 13 touchdowns. He followed it up with 1,353 total yards and seven scores in 2013. Shanahan even coaxed 86.7 total yards (on 18.2 touches) from Ryan Torain in 2010 and 67.9 yards on 13.3 touches from Roy Helu in 2011. Freeman wasn't terribly impressive in his rookie season (248 yards rushing, 3.8 YPC), but he was active and effective in the passing game (30 catches for 225 yards), so a Slaton-esque season isn't out of the realm of possibility. If the Falcons stand pat at running back, he'll have some middle round appeal, assuming his role looks to be bigger than Steven Jackson's.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 10:39pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Redskins are hiring Joe Barry as their defensive coordinator, source says.

Fantasy Impact:

Barry served as the linebackers coach in San Diego for the last two seasons. He was the DC in Detroit for two seasons ('07 and '08); the unit was last in both points and yards in both seasons.

Jay Gruden says Skins will have QB competition

Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 5:55pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Robert Griffin III did not do enough to warrant heading into the offseason with the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback job. You can say the same thing about Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy as well. Which is why head coach Jay Gruden said in his season-ending press conference that, as of now, there’s a competition for the starting job.

That’s how it should be given the lack of success by all three passers.

“I’d like to pick one as soon as I could so we could try to work and grind on him and develop him,” Gruden said. “But until that position is earned, you have to have a competition. I anticipate us having a competition at a lot of spots, and quarterback is no different next year.”

Fantasy Impact:

The big disappointment is that Griffin did not emerge as the starter considering what the Redskins surrendered for him. Also, the expectation was that he’d improve given a full offseason and one year further removed from his knee surgery. Dislocating his left ankle and missing five games did not help. But even before the injury, there were concerns among the coaching staff about his (lack of) development, the story said. It would also seem to mean Cousins will stick around for a bit. He recently said he wanted to be traded if there wasn't at least a competition for the starting QB job.

Kirk Cousins wants out if RGIII named Washington's starter

Monday, December 29, 2014, 12:53pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins wants a shot at the starting job.

The third-year quarterback said Monday that if Robert Griffin III is named the starter during the offseason he'll ask for a trade, per NBC Washington's Diana Russini.

"Isn't it obvious I couldn't stay here?" Cousins told Russini.

Cousins started five games this season after RGIII was injured before being replaced by Colt McCoy. In his six appearances this year, Cousins completed 61.8 percent of his 204 passing attempts for 1,710 yards, 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He lost four straight starts before being replaced at halftime of Week 7.

Fantasy Impact:

Cousins explained that if there is no quarterback competition, there is no point to staying in Washington, the story went on to say. The signal caller added that he would approach the season as 16 games until free agency if RGIII is made the starter. There are plenty of teams who could be looking for help at the QB position for 2015: Buffalo, NY Jets, Houston, Tennessee, Chicago and Tampa Bay are among them.

LeSean McCoy's knee injury not serious, wants to be an Eagle

Monday, December 29, 2014, 9:52am

Philly.com - [Full Article]

LeSean McCoy lay on the turf with the medical staff checking his left knee late in the fourth quarter of the Eagles' 34-26 win over the New York Giants on Sunday.

McCoy initially feared it was something serious, based on the way he went down. Other players knelt around him, hoping it wasn't. McCoy eventually arose and limped off the field on his own power. He wanted to go back into the game, but the clock was winding down by that point.

The Eagles' Pro Bowl running back avoided a scare. The question now is whether that was his final carry with the team.

That question might seem absurd considering that McCoy, 26, rushed for 99 yards on Sunday to finish with 1,319 yards this season. It was the second-highest rushing total of his career, with both seasons coming under Chip Kelly. He was named to his third Pro Bowl in six seasons last week.

But McCoy is due to be paid $9.75 million with a salary-cap number of $11.95 million in 2015. That's a hefty price for a running back, and McCoy admitted that his future goes through his mind sometimes - especially after the Eagles jettisoned DeSean Jackson last offseason.

Fantasy Impact:

McCoy said he wants to stay and seems open to restructuring his contract after a down year. HC Chip Kelly came out Sunday and said he wants Shady back in the fold for 2015, so a departure seems unlikely at this point.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (right shoulder, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 17. Griffin is expected to start despite the shoulder injury.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Redskins RB Darrel Young (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17.

Jerry Jones: "I feel strongly about going all out against the Redskins."

Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 2:47pm

Dallas News - [Full Article]

Jason Garrett said Monday that he had no plans of sitting key players Sunday against Washington.

With the Cowboys having already secured the NFC East title, it’s unlikely that a win over Washington will do much in terms of playoff seeding.

The Cowboys will likely host the loser of Sunday’s game between Green Bay and Detroit.

But Jerry Jones is on the same page as the team’s head coach.

“I feel strongly about going all out against the Redskins,” the Cowboys owner and general manager said Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. “There’s several reasons, but No. 1, I think there’s a bigger concern about losing your edge than there is ever about some of those other issues that are involved. There will be opportunities enough as the game goes along to see if anybody needs to be resting. But we need that win. We could really need it. It could really make a difference. And, so, that’s that.”

Fantasy Impact:

The Cowboys' game against the Redskins only matters in the event of a Packers/Lions tie, so the conventional wisdom would be that Dallas would rest its key players at some point on Sunday. But it sounds as if Jones wants to play to win the game.

Jason Witten re-emerges in passing game

Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 1:09pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Sunday's win against the Indianapolis Colts served as a reminder that tight end Jason Witten remains a threat in the passing game.

As the Dallas Cowboys racked up rushing yards during the season, most of Witten's praise has been for his blocking. He has played a big part in DeMarco Murray becoming the NFL's leading rusher.

"When you know your team is going a different direction and the thought is that it's going to be better for the football team, it's easy to buy into that but as the season unfolds there's tough times in there," Witten said. "You don't have as many opportunities. You take on a different role. You embrace that and buy into that. You still play a critical role in doing things, setting the edge in the run game, and being a complete tight end but at different times, it is hard."

Fantasy Impact:

In the last two weeks Witten has been a focal point through the air. He has caught 14 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown. He had a season-high 90 yards on seven catches against the Colts that included a 25-yard touchdown. On the opposite end of that, Witten has five games with two or fewer catches this season. The last time he had that many came in 2005, his third year in the league. His 14-catch run in the last two games is his best two-game total since Week 12-13 in 2012 when he caught 15 passes for 182 yards against the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles.

Mark Sanchez expected to start Week 17

Monday, December 22, 2014, 10:10am

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Speaking Monday morning on 94WIP, head coach Chip Kelly stood behind quarterback Mark Sanchez, who has yet to lead his team to a victory this month.

"Mark's our quarterback," Kelly said.

Since taking over for an injured Nick Foles, Sanchez has been average at best, throwing for 2,126 yards and 12 touchdowns in eight games. What has killed both the team and Sanchez has been the turnovers. With 10 interceptions and three fumbles, Sanchez has turned the ball over 13 times this season.

Fantasy Impact:

His inability to take care of the ball was the final nail in the Eagles' coffin this weekend. The Eagles were driving for a game-winning field goal, and had the ball in Washington Redskins' territory. With pressure in his face, Sanchez tried to get the ball to receiver Jeremy Maclin, but the ball was low and behind the receiver. Outside of that, Sanchez did produce some nice fantasy numbers and was at least back on track in that department after three down weeks.

Roy Helu (toe) OUT for Week 16

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 3:05pm

Redskins Inactives
Leonard Hankerson WR
Jason Hatcher DE
Roy Helu RB
Josh LeRibeus G
Gabe Miller LB
Chibuikem Okoro DB
Keenan Robinson ILB

Fantasy Impact:

This is a bit of a surprise as we reported Helu as probable all week with a toe injury. This mean Chris Thompson will continue to get more looks. He impressed the coaches last week.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Redskins RB Roy Helu (toe, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 16. Helu will play in Week 16. This should kill any budding value that Chris Thompson had after a productive Week 15.