Redskins Fantasy News

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:24pm

Redskins TE Jordan Reed (hamstring) missed practice again Thursday. Reed is likely out for Week 2, at least, though HC Jay Gruden called the strain “minor.” Niles Paul stepped up in Week 1 and could take over Reed’s “move” TE role in Jay Gruden’s offense. Don’t expect Reed-type numbers, but Paul could be serviceable in a pinch. Logan Paulsen is more of a blocking tight end.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:24pm

Redskins K Kai Forbath (right groin) was added to the injury report Thursday after taking limited practice reps.

Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew 'day to day' after 'procedure' on hand

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 10:04pm

Inside Bay Area - [Full Article]

Running back Maurice Jones-Drew missed practice Wednesday with a hand injury and his status for the regular-season home opener against the Houston Texans is in question.

Darren McFadden took first-team reps at running back, with Latavius Murray working with the second team.

According to CSN-Bay Area, Jones-Drew had a "procedure" on his hand that wasn't considered serious. Jones-Drew also had a hand-injury during training camp, but coach Dennis Allen said the current injury is unrelated.

"He's day to day," Allen said. "We'll see whenever he's available and ready to go."

Fantasy Impact:

McFadden would get a big bump if MJD can't play. Alfred Morris averaged 6.5 YPC against the Texans last week, though the Redskins have a better running game than the Raiders do.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:02pm

Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (hamstring) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Lee reportedly couldn’t finish practice after injuring his hamstring. Week 1 star Allen Hurns is looking like an attractive start if Lee and/or Cecil Shorts can’t play against the Redskins.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:02pm

Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Lewis should be able to face the Redskins. He’s usually available on the waiver wire and offers stable production given the amount of snaps he sees as the Jaguars’ TE1.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:02pm

Redskins TE Jordan Reed (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. Reed is likely out for Week 2, at least, though HC Jay Gruden called the strain “minor.” Niles Paul stepped up in Week 1 and could take over Reed’s “move” TE role in Jay Gruden’s offense. Don’t expect Reed-type numbers, but Paul could be serviceable in a pinch. Logan Paulsen is more of a blocking tight end.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 12:57pm

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

In the Redskins season opening 17-6 loss to the Houston Texans, Washington attempted 37 passes to 23 runs. That ratio does not lend itself to Washington's advantage, and head coach Jay Gruden addressed the discrepancy Monday.

"We’ve got to have good balance on our team, but it does start with the run game," Gruden said. "If I had to do it all over again Sunday, I probably would have run the ball more than I did."

Gruden pointed out that a pair of attempted two-minute drills skewed the run/pass ratios, but regardless, more carries for Alfred Morris means less pressure on Robert Griffin III.

Fantasy Impact:

Morris can certainly carry the load but the Skins will have to show something in the passing game to keep defenses honest. This should open up play-action which could also help RGIII get back on track.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 12:46pm

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

Washington HC Jay Gruden said that they will continue to work on getting the ball to WR DeSean Jackson.

“There are some other things we need to try moving forward to get him the ball because he’s electric when he gets the ball,” said Gruden. “It’s good to see him out there. He competed very well.”

Fantasy Impact:

Gruden added that short passes aren't a bad thing but that was all QB Robert Griffin III was able to get to Jackson as the Texans took away the deep threat. Jackson didn't finish with bad numbers but it sounds like the Redskins want to work on getting him free in space. The potential loss of TE Jordan Reed and RGIII's struggles certainly aren't helping Jackson.

RGIII continues to struggle

Monday, September 8, 2014, 6:14pm - [Full Article]

Washington QB Robert Griffin III struggled to move the Redskins offense for four quarters in a 17-6 loss to the Texans on Sunday, rarely pushing the ball downfield while showing none of the explosive running ability that helped make him an instant star as a rookie in 2012.

Griffin's final numbers were OK (29-of-37 for 267 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs, one lost fumble), but they don't begin to tell the story. Griffin looked uncomfortable and unsure of himself. That easy confidence we saw during his rookie season is absent.

How stunted was Washington's offense? According to ESPN, Griffin's eight completions to free-agent import DeSean Jackson averaged 2.4 yards in distance through the air. Given Jackson's famed big-play reputation, this is almost impossible to make sense of.

Fantasy Impact:

The story says the other concern is Griffin's knee, which is free of a brace and supposedly healthy. But Griffin looked unable to shed defenders as in the past and story wonders if that ability is gone forever. If you're an RGIII owner, there is cause for concern especially if he's your starter. To make things worse the team looks as if they will be without TE Jordan Reed for an extended time.

'Could be some time' before Jordan Reed returns

Monday, September 8, 2014, 3:42pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Tight end Jordan Reed has shown flashes of great talent in his brief NFL career, but a concussion kept him out of seven games as a rookie and now another injury is threatening to cost him time in his second season with the Redskins.

Reed hurt his hamstring while trying to hurdle a defender in the first half of Sunday’s loss to the Texans. Reed didn’t return to the game after the injury and coach Jay Gruden said at Monday’s press conference that it “could be some time” before he’s ready to return.

Fantasy Impact:

Gruden said that the team will work out some tight ends this week, but that they could also opt to stick with Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul if Reed is out of the lineup. We had an earlier news item that said Paul is preparing for an increased role. He played well filling in for Reed but did have a fumble.

Washington TE Niles Paul preparing for bigger role

Monday, September 8, 2014, 2:21pm

Washington Post - [Full Article]

The Washington Redskins had high hopes for TE Jordan Reed, who last season showed plenty of promise before despite missing seven games with various ailments. But the second-year tight end was unable to make it through the first quarter of Sunday’s 17-6 season opening loss to the Houston Texans before straining his left hamstring.

Niles Paul became the primary tight end thereafter, and he’s set to continue in that role with Reed’s status uncertain heading into Week 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars at FedEx Field. Coach Jay Gruden indicated Reed would require an MRI exam, adding he could miss significant time.

“Same way I’ve been preparing since Day One,” Paul said Monday during the team’s open locker room. Tight ends “coach Wes [Phillips] told me to train like I was number one.”

Fantasy Impact:

Paul led the Redskins with 86 receiving yards on four catches but fumbled at the Houston 7 following a 48-yard catch. For those counting on Reed who now possibly find themselves in trouble at the position if he were to miss time, Paul could be a guy to look to at least in the short term. We'll continue to keep you update on Reed's MRI, but reports Sunday night indicated Gruden was concerned about the severity.

Toby Gerhart day-to-day with sprained ankle

Monday, September 8, 2014, 1:46pm

John Oehser on Twitter - [Full Article]

Jags RB Toby Gerhart has an ankle sprain and will be limited early in the week.

Fantasy Impact:

But it looks like he'll have a shot to play Week 2 against the Redskins in what should be a decent matchup. Gerhart looked OK at times and even came back after the injury, but the Jags offense didn't do a whole lot in the second half as Philadelphia mounted its comeback. The good news is Gerhart still seems like a three-down threat at RB, the Jags are just going to have to play more consistently on offense.

Monday, September 8, 2014, 8:51am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The question now becomes: Did Houston provide a blueprint for others, or copied ones that have worked in the past, in holding down the Redskins offense?

Whatever the case, teams will force Washington to drive the ball down the field, taking away the big play and forcing a team that makes mistakes to endure long trips. Clamp down in the red zone, where Griffin and the passing game have struggled since the start of last season. It's a strategy one expect others to follow; the Redskins have proven big-play wideouts, so don't give up impact plays and make them prove themselves inside the 20. If they do, strategies then change.

Fantasy Impact:

The potential loss of TE Jordan Reed to a hamstring injury won't help the Skins short or long passing game if Reed misses considerable time. Of course it's only one week, but the Washington offense, from a fantasy angle, appears to be one owners will at least have to give some time.

Jordan Reed to get MRI on hamstring

Sunday, September 7, 2014, 7:40pm

Mike Jones on Twitter - [Full Article]

Jordan Reed said he has to get an MRI on his hamstring. No word yet on how long he'll be sidelined.

Fantasy Impact:

It doesn't appear to be good news for Reed owners. HC Jay Gruden said after the game Reed's hamstring injury is a legit concern. Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul are next up on the depth chart, but neither really provide the fantasy potential that Reed would. Owners need to get a backup plan together for at least Week 2.

Friday, September 5, 2014, 5:45pm

Redskins TE Jordan Reed (thumb, questionable) took full practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 1. Reed is good to go for the Texans. He has a history of concussions, but the thumb injury doesn't appear to be an issue at this point.