Redskins Fantasy News

Colt McCoy replaces benched Kirk Cousins

Sunday, October 19, 2014, 8:04pm

Washington Post - [Full Article]

Redskins HC Jay Gruden had opted to stick with QB Kirk Cousins this week, even after he threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter of last week’s loss at Arizona. He believed that the third-year quarterback needed to continue to work his way through his turnover tendencies, and that eventually he would achieve a breakthrough.

But the problems resurfaced, and when Cousins threw right to linebacker Wesley Woodyard, Gruden had seen enough.

“After the interception, we decided to go with Colt,” Gruden explained. “... I thought after the interception – turning the ball over – we talked about accountability, ball security. That was a standard pass play that we’ve run for a long, long time and he threw it right to him, unfortunately, and I decided to go with Colt in the second half.”

Fantasy Impact:

Cousins also fumbled during his time on the field. McCoy finished 11-of-12 for 128 yards and the TD to Pierre Garcon. If you saw the play, you know his final numbers are a bit misleading. Who starts in Week 8 is a bit of a mystery. There has been all kinds of speculation Robert Griffin III will be able to take part in team drills and take the field in Week 8. The Skins play at Dallas on Monday night. It's pretty safe to say when RGIII is ready, the job is his.

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Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle, out) took limited practice reps all week and is out for Week 7. Griffin won’t be back in Week 7, but Week 8 is starting to look like a possibility.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Titans RB Shonn Greene (hamstring, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 7. If Greene remains out, which seems very likely, then Bishop Sankey should continue to see extra work as the team’s feature back. His matchup against the Redskins isn’t favorable, but he’s usable as a flex/RB3 this week.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Redskins RB Darrel Young (hamstring, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 7.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 10:27am

Washington Post - [Full Article]

The spikes and plunges in opportunities have proved perplexing to Redskins WR Pierre Garcon and, to a degree, to HC Jay Gruden as well.

“He’s had a couple of games where he’s had multiple catches, like you said. Then he’s had a couple games where he’s had two or three catches, which seems a little bit odd,” Gruden said. “But sometimes this coverage predicates it. Sometimes he’s a feature guy and Kirk doesn’t see him, or he gets pressured or what have you. . . . But we do have to make sure we get him more touches early in games.”

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Griffin won’t be back in Week 7, but Week 8 is starting to look like a possibility.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Titans RB Shonn Greene (hamstring) missed practice again Thursday. If Greene remains out, then Bishop Sankey should continue to see extra work as the team’s feature back. His matchup against the Redskins isn’t favorable, but he’s usable as a flex/RB3 this week.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Redskins RB Darrel Young (hamstring) took full practice reps again Thursday.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:35pm

Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Griffin isn’t expected back this week, but will apparently start once he’s healthy.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:35pm

Titans RB Shonn Greene (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. If Greene remains out, then Bishop Sankey should continue to see extra work as the team’s feature back. His matchup against the Redskins isn’t favorable.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:35pm

Redskins RB Darrel Young (hamstring) practiced fully Wednesday.

Arians: Carson Palmer feels 'good' after Week 6

Monday, October 13, 2014, 4:34pm

Darren Urban on Twitter - [Full Article]

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said QB Carson Palmer felt good Monday.

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Urban added that the worst seems to be behind Palmer, which is great news. He's worth grabbing if he ended up on your wire. At apparently less than 100 percent, Palmer threw for 250 yards and two TDs last week against the Redskins - one to Michael Floyd and the other to Larry Fitzgerald. It looks like pretty smooth sailing for the next four weeks with games against the Raiders, Eagles, Cowboys and Rams, who all rank 14th or lower in terms of giving up points to QBs.

Redskins Beat: Team could put RGIII on fast track back

Monday, October 13, 2014, 4:09pm

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

The number one thing to consider is the health of Robert Griffin III’s injured ankle.

Doing agility drills and even sprinting full speed in a straight line across the field have a much lower level of stress on an ankle than does playing in an actual NFL game. From the outside we can’t tell if Griffin’s left ankle is ready to withstand the rigors of preparing for and playing in an NFL game at this point.

If he’s not, he will remain sidelined regardless of how well or how poorly Cousins is playing. But if he can take some practice snaps without risking any sort of a setback to the ankle, it would not be surprising to see him doing some limited work in practice this week.

It seems unrealistic to think that Griffin will be able to play this Sunday against the Titans, five weeks after the injury. But if he can get some practice in this week and ramp it up next week, Griffin could play against Dallas.

Please note the “ifs” and “coulds” there. It’s a very fluid situation. But it’s possible that Griffin’s return was once on a slow roll and it’s now on the fast track. We will see how things develop.

Fantasy Impact:

It turns out Griffin could get individual reps this week and perhaps team reps the following week, according to ESPN's John Keim. That could put him on track for a Monday night game with Dallas in Week 8, which kind of matches what the story above talks about. For what it's worth, Washington has a Week 10 bye.

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 4:03pm

Washington Inactives
Robert Griffin QB
Jackson Jeffcoat DE
Spencer Long G
Morgan Moses T
Tracy Porter CB
Perry Riley ILB
Aldrick Robinson WR

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 4:34pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Without WR Andre Roberts this season, Arizona quarterbacks have completed 38 passes for 10 yards or less, and 31 have come outside the numbers, 19 in between the numbers and the hash marks, and five between the hash marks. Cardinals’ receivers are averaging 5.29 yards per catch on completions 10 yards of less.

Roberts' place in Arizona’s offense coming out 2012 was thought to be established. He had career highs in receptions (64), yards (759) and touchdowns (five). But after Bruce Arians took over in January 2013, Roberts saw his role as Arizona’s No. 2 receiver supplanted by Michael Floyd, and Roberts' numbers dropped to 43 receptions for 471 yards and two touchdowns.

He signed with Washington with the idea that he would be the Redskins’ No. 2 receiver, but after they signed DeSean Jackson, Roberts became a No. 3 again.

But as colleague John Keim, who covers the Redskins, pointed out this week, Roberts is getting targeted more this season (5.6 per game) than he did in 2013 (4.75).

The Cardinals’ overall passing offense also has declined without Roberts, but there is a caveat this season: Arizona has played three of its four games with backup quarterbacks.

Fantasy Impact:

The Cardinals’ completion percentage this season is 51.5 percent compared to 63.2 percent last season. Their drop percentage was better with Roberts (2.8) than without him (4.5), as was their yards per pass attempt (7.98 with vs. 6.9 without). Arizona is even averaging fewer touchdowns per game without Roberts (1.25) than with (1.5). John Brown is now the WR3 in Arizona and has got a lot of attention but it looks like the stats say the Cards miss Roberts. The difference between fantasy and reality perhaps. While Roberts is a risky fantasy play, Brown is trending upward as a possible option in deeper leagues. Brown has three TDs in just four games with backup QBs.