Redskins Fantasy News

Redskins RB Roy Helu may see an expanded role

Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 10:42am

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

While running the offense of the Cincinatti Bengals, new Redskins HC Jay Gruden liked to get more running backs involved, limiting the punishment one runner would take. For that to continue as head coach of the Washington Redskins, Gruden will likely need to lean on Roy Helu more. As Alfred Morris' backup, and a more nimble pass catcher out of the backfield, Helu took the ball on about 13 percent of Washington's run plays.

Fantasy Impact:
While Gruden did involve both Giovani Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis in the Cincy offense in 2013, he did not involve two running backs in 2012, when BJGE received almost 65% of the carries. Green-Ellis ran the ball 278 times that year; the next highest carry total by a Bengal RB was 36 (by Cedric Peerman). So while the possibility exists for a larger role for Helu, it's entirely possible that Gruden leans mainly on Morris.

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Monday, June 23, 2014, 8:56am

Real Redskins - [Full Article]

It seems that Jay Gruden is going to utilize the outside zone run game that was so effective for the Redskins under Mike Shanahan but at the same time he wants bigger offensive linemen to protect the quarterback. This is a “have your cake and eat it, too” situation and how it shakes out will be vital to the team’s fortunes.

Fantasy Impact:
This is something that Alfred Morris owners need to monitor in the preseason.

Redskins 'unlikely' to get too pass happy

Sunday, June 22, 2014, 10:46am

Real Redskins - [Full Article]

The Redskins were fifth in the NFL in rushing yards last year and with Alfred Morris returning, they should be able to move the ball on the ground. Will Jay Gruden get too pass happy? That seems unlikely, as the Bengals were in the top 10 in rushing attempts two out of the three years he was calling plays as the offensive coordinator in Cincinnati.

Fantasy Impact:
Morris’s stock has taken a bit of a hit after the coaching regime change in Washington, but new HC Jay Gruden intends to keep the same running game (one reason they retained O-line coach Chris Foerster), so Morris’s outlook doesn’t change too much. He still isn’t much of a player in the pass game, so his PPR value is on the low side, though he’s a fairly safe start in any format given his steady workload.

Patriots, Gronkowski aiming for Week 1 return

Saturday, June 21, 2014, 5:05pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

According to NFL Media's Albert Breer, the goal is for TE Rob Gronkowski to be on the field for the season opener at Miami. Gronkowski's rehab has been a lot smoother than last offseason's. The Patriots aren't going to take any risks, though. Gronkowski will spend a portion of the next month rehabbing near Foxboro. It's possible that Gronk's knee will be ready for the start of training camp in late July, Breer reported on Friday's edition of NFL Total Access, but the Patriots won't do anything to jeopardize his chances of being ready for Week 1.

Fantasy Impact:
Gronkowski has been hugely productive when healthy, but his health is a major concern heading into 2014. He reportedly had surgery on Jan. 9 to reconstruct a torn ACL. It typically takes a full year to recover, though Adrian Peterson and Robert Griffin III have made quicker returns (with varying success). Gronkowski is tentatively expected to be ready for the start of the season, but don’t be surprised if we don’t know his status until deep into August or even early September. This makes him a risk/reward pick in 2014 fantasy drafts. The ACL surgery was the eighth (known) surgery of his career.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 11:27pm

CSN Philly - [Full Article]

Eagles beat writer Geoff Mosher on Nick Foles's newfound arm strength: "Nick Foles had some zip on his fastball. He made a few throws that spiraled tighter than I’m accustomed to seeing from him. On one deep pass in team drills, he fired a laser to Maclin down the right side despite tight coverage from Bradley Fletcher. Maclin almost came up with the catch, but the ball bounced off his fingertips as he nearly sprawled. Earlier, Foles found Maclin down the left seam in a zone between Connor Barwin and Nate Allen. Just real good placement."

Fantasy Impact:
This is the second report we've seen lauding Foles's arm strength. He posted the #3 PPG in 2013 and in 11 starts (including the playoffs) he averaged 23.1 FP, which was second only to Peyton Manning. DeSean Jackson is gone, but the return of Jeremy Maclin, the arrival of Darren Sproles and Jordan Matthews and the likely emergence of Zach Ertz should offset that loss. The only other question mark is his limited body of work. Sometimes quarterbacks take a step back in their second year as a starter — it’s also Chip Kelly’s second year as head coach — though Foles played at such a high level that even with a step back, he should still be a solid QB1.

Nick Foles's arm 'appears to have gotten stronger'

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 5:36pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

On several occasions Wednesday, Eagles QB Nick Foles attempted to stretch the field with deep throws both in seven-on-seven drills and full team 11-on-11. One missed connection though was on a 50-yard pass over the middle that was just out of the reach of a diving Jeremy Maclin. Among the other positives from Foles' impressive showing this spring is that his arm appears to have gotten stronger during the off-season.

Fantasy Impact:
Nick Foles posted the #3 PPG in 2013 and in 11 starts (including the playoffs) he averaged 23.1 FP, which was second only to Peyton Manning. DeSean Jackson is gone, but the return of Jeremy Maclin, the arrival of Darren Sproles and Jordan Matthews and the likely emergence of Zach Ertz should offset that loss. The only other question mark is his limited body of work. Sometimes quarterbacks take a step back in their second year as a starter — it’s also Chip Kelly’s second year as head coach — though Foles played at such a high level that even with a step back, he should still be a solid QB1.

D-Jax looking forward to forming 'one-two punch' with Pierre Garcon

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 1:24pm

Washington Post - [Full Article]

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson says he thinks his addition to the Washington Redskins this offseason will prove to be beneficial to both him and Pierre Garcon, the team’s top holdover wideout. “I respect Garcon,” Jackson said after Tuesday’s opening practice of this week’s minicamp at Redskins Park. “He’s a good player in this league, a great receiver. This is my first year really getting to know him and having that relationship with him. I think me and him will be able to be like that one-two punch in the NFL and have a great year. So whatever it is I can help him with, vice versa, whatever he can help me with, I look forward to that.”

Fantasy Impact:

DeSean Jackson is changing teams, which is rarely a good thing for a wideout unless he's moving into a larger role. In this case, he's joining a team with a proven target-hog (Pierre Garcon) and an up-and-coming tight end (Jordan Reed). New HC Jay Gruden does have a reputation for being pass-happy, but the Redskins actually attempted more passes (611) than the Bengals did (587) last season, so the pie may not grow as expected. In Cincinnati, Marvin Jones was the WR2 and saw 80 targets while playing just 48% of the snaps. If Jackson plays 80% of the snaps and sees the ball at the same rate, he would be targeted roughly 133 times. That’s plenty of work for D-Jax to post top 20 numbers, though Reed demands more targets than Cincinnati's Jermaine Gresham/Tyler Eifert combo last season. For more on D-Jax's potential workload, click here.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 10:08am

Sun-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Dolphins beat writer Omar Kelly on the routes the receivers run in Bill Lazor's offense: "I'm getting a bit concerned about Mike Wallace. These routes he's running are mighty dangerous in my humble opinion. I realize he's the same size as Desean Jackson, maybe even a little bigger. But Lazor's offense puts Wallace in some compromising spots because they expose him to big hits from safeties. I'm beginning to wonder if Wallace can physically handle the beating he likely has coming his way? The Dolphins are very deep at receiver in my opinion, and I'm sensing they'll need to keep six on the 53-man roster because these routes could expose these receivers to some brutal hits. It is a good thing Jarvis Landry is learning EVERY receiver spot because he'll likely be needed."

Nick Foles rekindling chemistry with Jeremy Maclin

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 10:01am

Philadelphia Eagles - [Full Article]

Lost in the disappointment of the 2012 Eagles season was the fact that Nick Foles and Jeremy Maclin established excellent chemistry in short order. In fact, in the seven games that Foles played, Maclin caught 37 passes for 479 yards and three touchdowns, including the last-second game-winner against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Extrapolated over an entire season’s worth of games, Maclin’s stats with Foles totaled 85 catches for 1,095 yards and seven touchdowns. Also consider that those numbers came during the worst season for the franchise in 15 years. Now, think about Foles and Maclin rekindling their on-field chemistry in Chip Kelly’s prolific offensive machine that set a host of franchise records in its first season. For the first time in three seasons, Foles and Maclin will have the chance to begin the season together as starters – and healthy. Maclin says he feels 100 percent healthy, and Foles’ face lights up with excitement when he talks about his top target. "He looks great,” Foles said of Maclin. "I can’t tell a difference at all. He’s a guy who’s going to give it his all every day. Coming out of breaks and everything, going downfield, I think he’s looked great. Obviously he’s working every day to get better, but he’s the same Jeremy and that Jeremy is a guy who wants to get better every day, no matter what. That’s a big injury, any time you hurt your knee, and he’s done everything that he can to get back on the field, so it’s exciting to have him back out there and healthy, and we just have to keep him that way.”

Fantasy Impact:
Maclin was the #13 WR in 2010, #31 in 2011 and #27 in 2012 before tearing his ACL last summer. The Eagles don't throw as much under Kelly as they did under Andy Reid, but Maclin has the talent and opportunity -- DeSean Jackson is gone -- to be a fantasy starter in 2014, provided his knee is good to go.

RG3 says it 'feels great' to be without a knee brace

Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 6:40pm

Washington Post - [Full Article]

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has spent the offseason mostly avoiding comparisons to last season. But Griffin did acknowledge Tuesday, as the Redskins opened a minicamp, that he’s pleased not to have to wear a knee brace any longer when he plays. “It feels great,” Griffin said following a morning practice at Redskins Park. “Like I said, I’m blessed to have an offseason this year and not have to wear the brace. But I don’t necessarily look at last year as a downer because of the brace. It’s just better this year not to have it.”

Fantasy Impact:
Griffin owned the #3 PPG in his rookie season, but that fell to #17 last season due to the inefficiency of the team’s offense and his ability to run on his surgically repaired knee. The knee should be close to 100 percent entering the season, but there is a new coaching staff in town, led by HC Jay Gruden. The team added DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts in free agency, so RG3 has a great receiving corps at his disposal.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 6:27pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Outside of going down on the last practice of an OTA last month, Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin has shown no ill effects of the ACL tear he suffered early on in training camp last summer. The 26-year-old has been a full participant in all of the drills asked of him this spring according to Chip Kelly and seems to be confident in his surgically repaired knee.

Fantasy Impact:
Maclin was the #13 WR in 2010, #31 in 2011 and #27 in 2012 before tearing his ACL last summer. The Eagles don't throw as much under Kelly as they did under Andy Reid, but Maclin has the talent and opportunity -- DeSean Jackson is gone -- to be a fantasy starter in 2014, provided his knee is good to go.

Kelly: Nick Foles has a 'great command' of the offense

Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 6:21pm

Philadelphia Eagles - [Full Article]

When asked how Eagles QB Nick Foles as improved, HC Chip Kelly had this to say: "Just a better command and an understanding of what's going on. You know, lining guys up. Coaches were lining everybody up last year. But now Nick has really got a great command of what we are doing offensively to kind of and you can just see it. "There's a lot more confidence in how he's playing and now it's just a matter of refining the little things for him, footwork, hand offs, carrying off fakes. Not the minor details; they are really major details, but he's not worried with where he's going with the ball. It's just how is he going to do that; how can he manipulate the safety, but he's still going to throw the ball to his left."

Fantasy Impact:
Nick Foles posted the #3 PPG in 2013 and in 11 starts (including the playoffs) he averaged 23.1 FP, which was second only to Peyton Manning. DeSean Jackson is gone, but the return of Jeremy Maclin, the arrival of Darren Sproles and Jordan Matthews and the likely emergence of Zach Ertz should offset that loss. The only other question mark is his limited body of work. Sometimes quarterbacks take a step back in their second year as a starter — it’s also Chip Kelly’s second year as head coach — though Foles played at such a high level that even with a step back, he should still be a solid QB1.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 6:17pm

Real Redskins - [Full Article]

Redskins QB Robert Griffin III was on the same page with most of his receivers. He rolled out and launched one deep to DeSean Jackson for a big gain. Griffin also showed signs of developing good chemistry with Jordan Reed. The QB hooked up with the second-year tight end on a few timing patterns over the middle and to the sideline.

Redskins 'counting on' TE Jordan Reed

Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 12:04pm

Washington Post - [Full Article]

The receiver who may be most important to the Washington Redskins wasn’t their leader last fall or a high-profile addition this offseason. But if all goes according to plan, pass-catching tight end Jordan Reed will play a vital role in Washington’s passing game for years to come. The Redskins are counting on the second-year player to be among the NFL’s most productive at his position. In a solid rookie season cut short because of a concussion, Reed proved he possesses what it takes to become a difference maker. The next step is for Reed to consistently stand out in Washington’s new-look passing game. New Coach Jay Gruden and offensive coordinator Sean McVay, who formerly coached the Redskins’ tight ends, will put Reed in position to succeed. Reed is confident he can do the rest.

Fantasy Impact:
Reed was on pace for 80-887-5.3 (#7 TE-type numbers) prior to his injury, but didn't even crack the 50% snaps played mark until Week 6. In the five games where he played at least 50% of his team's snaps, he averaged 6.2-76-.40 or #3 TE-type numbers. The main concern with Reed is his injury history, specifically with concussions. According to NBC Washington, in addition to a severe concussion in 2013, Reed suffered two concussions while at Florida. If he can stay healthy, he's a likely top 5 fantasy TE, but that's no sure thing.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 11:31am

Washington Post - [Full Article]

The Redskins do know that they need to improve in the area of touchbacks, and that’s part of why they drafted Zach Hocker – to compete with Kai Forbath. Meanwhile, Forbath also knows that he must to better in this department, and so he has spent the offseason trying to get better at this. He is – as you noted – very accurate on field goals, and his experience should give him an edge. Jay Gruden acknowledged that it’s hard for a rookie place kicker to come in and have success. But they want to see what Hocker has to offer. The two will compete throughout training camp and the preseason.