Redskins Fantasy News

Thursday, June 4, 2015, 1:02pm

Washington Post - [Full Article]

Redskins WR Pierre Garcon appears to have switched wide receiver positions and spent the bulk of the day playing the ‘Z’ rather than the ‘X.’ He used to line up on the left, and now is split out to the right. Coaches plan to make a greater point of getting Garcon the ball, and this is part of the plan. DeSean Jackson lined up at the ‘X’ today.

Fantasy Impact:

After a #11 finish in PPR formats in 2013, Garcon was the #47 receiver last season. His targets dropped from 182 to 105, thanks to the addition of DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts in free agency. The team is expected to run the ball a bit more this season, so we're not expecting a big bounce-back season for Garcon. If the team follows through with its plan to get him the ball more often, he could post WR3 numbers in PPR formats.

Washington Beat: TE Niles Paul 'noticeably bigger'

Thursday, June 4, 2015, 1:00pm

Washington Post - [Full Article]

Redskins TE Jordan Reed, who had a procedure done on his injured knee, also watched. He didn’t walk with a noticeable limp, and didn’t wear a brace on the knee. HC Jay Gruden said he’s not concerned about the stability of the tight end position, praising Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen. (Gruden said Paul has bulked up some more in an attempt to help himself become more effective as a blocker. He’s definitely noticeably bigger).

Fantasy Impact:

Paul could surprise if Reed ends up on the shelf with his knee issues. Paul isn't a shoo-in to produce, but he has had his moments with Reed sidelined.

Eagles Beat: Sam Bradford (knee) takes 'small step forward,' participates in 7-on-7 drills

Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 9:46am

Philly.com - [Full Article]

Eagles beat writer Jeff McLane on the status of QB Sam Bradford:

Sam Bradford, as Chip Kelly said was likely, practiced during seven-on-seven drills. The new Eagles quarterback took about five snaps, splitting time with Mark Sanchez, with the first team on Tuesday. He didn’t participate during the second set of seven-on-seven drills and sat out all of team drills, as expected. Bradford threw the ball well. The drops he took weren’t strenuous. While his full return still appears to be a ways off, Bradford took a small step forward. That is a positive.

He warmed up to the side as most of the team went through conditioning at the start of practice. He then partook in individual drills with the other quarterbacks, jogging to the next station whenever the drill moved. I didn’t notice a hitch in his step as he ran. Bradford walked with a noticeable limp after practice last Thursday, but I didn’t get to see him walk off the fields on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact:

Over the last two seasons, Philadelphia quarterbacks have averaged 16.7 passing game-only fantasy points. Bradford isn’t much of a runner, but he adds about 0.7 FP per game as a rusher. That adds up to 17.4 FP, or about what Eli Manning averaged as the #13 QB in 2014. The Eagles’ offense has lost their top receiver – DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin – in each of the last two seasons, but Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz are emerging and the team added Nelson Agholor in the draft. If Bradford ends up starting for the Eagles, we wouldn’t expect anything more than high-end QB2 numbers, but this is a definite system upgrade due to the overall effectiveness of Chip Kelly’s offense. The health of Bradford's knee is the biggest concern heading into 2015.

Eagles WR Nelson Agholor impresses in first practice

Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 9:33am

NJ.com - [Full Article]

In his first practice, Eagles WR Nelson Agholor ran smooth crisp routes, showed the kind of speed that vaulted him up draft boards late in the process.

Another wrinkle that the USC product who finished his collegiate career with 179 catches for 2,571 yards and 20 touchdowns is his ability to contribute as a kickoff returner. During Tuesday's practice Agholor was the first receiver up, perhaps giving a glimpse of another area in which he may contribute during his rookie campaign.

Fantasy Impact:

Agholor joins a receiving corps that has lost its best receiver (DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin) in each of the past two offseasons. We expect him to beat out Riley Cooper, Josh Huff and Miles Austin for a starter’s role opposite Jordan Matthews. If he does, he’ll certainly be fantasy relevant in 2015.

Redskins TE Jordan Reed undergoes 'little procedure' on ailing knee

Monday, June 1, 2015, 1:02pm

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

Oft-injured Redskins tight end Jordan Reed had knee surgery and will be sidelined until training camp, Coach Jay Gruden told reporters Monday.

Reed was sent to a doctor last week after reporting soreness in his knee prior to last Tuesday’s OTA practice.

Gruden told reporters that Reed had a “little procedure” on his knee, adding that it was not arthroscopic surgery.

“It’s nothing, really,” Gruden told The Richmond Times Dispatch at the team's charity golf outing. “He’s having a little issue. Nothing serious.”

Fantasy Impact:

This is certainly a red flag for a player who has missed considerable time with injury. When healthy, Reed has averaged 10.5 fantasy points in PPR formats over the past two seasons. This extrapolates to low-end TE1 numbers and he's certainly a worthy start when he's healthy enough to play. Niles Paul has shown flashes when given starter's snaps, but he hasn't been consistent even when Reed is out.

Alfred Morris believes he'll be 'better' in new power-running scheme

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 3:27pm

Washington Redskins - [Full Article]

The Redskins are expected to transition into more of a power-running scheme in 2015 under new offensive line coach Bill Callahan.

"I feel I'm better at downhill plays anyway," Alfred Morris told ESPN.com’s John Keim earlier this week. "You know what's coming. It's a knockout, drag-out style of play. I don't shy away from contact. It's right up my alley. I thoroughly enjoy it."

Fantasy Impact:

In his first three seasons, Morris has finished #5, #14 and #13 in standard formats. He's more of a RB2 in PPR leagues (#7, #19, #17) since he has only averaged 0.8 receptions per game in his career. Bill Callahan's arrival (as offensive line coach) should help the effectiveness of the team's running game, which in turn will help Morris's fantasy production. He's a solid value and a safe pick in the 3rd/4th round of early PPR drafts, though rookie Matt Jones may have something to say about that.

Chip Kelly believes QB Sam Bradford is 'right on schedule' in rehab

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 1:55pm

Philly.com - [Full Article]

Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford is "right on schedule" in his return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, coach Chip Kelly said Thursday. Bradford has been limited during this week's first thre organized team activities. He's able to participate in individual drills, but he's not taking part in team drills.

“He is on schedule," Kelly said. "We all think there’s three phases – there’s medical rehab, performance rehab, and prepare to play.He’s probably at the tail end of medical rehab. He’ll probably start throwing some 7 on 7 next week, and I think he’s right on schedule.”

Fantasy Impact:

Over the last two seasons, Philadelphia quarterbacks have averaged 16.7 passing game-only fantasy points. Bradford isn’t much of a runner, but he adds about 0.7 FP per game as a rusher. That adds up to 17.4 FP, or about what Eli Manning averaged as the #13 QB in 2014. The Eagles’ offense has lost their top receiver – DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin – in each of the last two seasons, but Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz are emerging and the team added Nelson Agholor in the draft. If Bradford does start for the Eagles, we wouldn’t expect anything more than high-end QB2 numbers, but this is a definite system upgrade due to the overall effectiveness of Chip Kelly’s offense.

Report: Redskins TE Jordan Reed (knee) has 'not looked good in recent weeks'

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 1:33pm

ESPN 980 - [Full Article]

As for Jordan Reed, he did not respond to a text message as of Tuesday evening but Chris Cooley shared on his ESPN 980 radio show "The Drive" that several people in the Redskins organization had mentioned to him that Reed had not looked good in recent weeks. Not sure at all what that means, but obviously it is something to be concerned about.

Fantasy Impact:

When healthy, Reed has averaged 10.5 fantasy points in PPR formats over the past two seasons. This extrapolates to low-end TE1 numbers and he's certainly a worthy start when he's healthy enough to play. His ADP is currently in the 13th/14th round, so he's a low risk pick. If he can't play, Niles Paul becomes a streaming option.

Redskins TE Jordan Reed (knee) misses practice

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 8:24pm

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

Oft-injured tight end Jordan Reed missed the practice because of knee soreness, Coach Jay Gruden said.

“He just had a little bit of knee soreness, so we sent him down to get checked,” said Gruden, who later downplayed the significance of it.

The severity of the injury was unclear. But given the 24-year-old’s history it certainly Bears watching.

Fantasy Impact:

When healthy, Reed has averaged 10.5 fantasy points in PPR formats over the past two seasons. This extrapolates to low-end TE1 numbers and he's certainly a worthy start when he's healthy enough to play. His ADP is currently in the 13th/14th round, so he's a low risk pick.

Redskins RB Matt Jones slated for third-down duties

Sunday, May 24, 2015, 10:13am

NESN - [Full Article]

Redskins beat writers Rich Tandler and Tarik El-Bashir on the team's running back situation:

Tandler: The change from the zone-blocking scheme that Alfred Morris rode to over 3,600 yards rushing over the last three years to more of a power scheme represents a change that Morris needs to start to figure out. The coaches seem to be confident that he can make the adjustment but learning to hit the hole as opposed to looking for a crease, planning a foot, and cutting will take some time. The Redskins could be trying to make one of the biggest third-down backs in the league out of rookie Matt Jones. He will spend a lot of time catching passes and doing what he can to master pass protection, although the real work on blocking will have to wait until the pads go on in Richmond in July.

El-Bashir: My gut tells me Jones is going to have a bigger role in 2015 than some are anticipating. Sure, Morris is the starter. But Jones is big, powerful and, most important, has good enough hands to be a threat out of the backfield. The question right now is how quickly can he grasp the playbook?

Fantasy Impact:

Morris has worked on his pass-catching skills but hasn't had much of an opportunity to shine in that area. If Jones wins the job, Morris will continue to be a dicey week-to-week play in PPR formats.

Gruden: Redskins RB Matt Jones has 'natural hands'

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 7:53pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

In hopes of complementing Alfred Morris with their first true big running back since Stephen Davis left after the 2002 season, the Redskins drafted Florida's 6-2, 226-pound Matt Jones in the third round this month.

"Alfred's a darn good halfback," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Saturday on the second day of Washington's three-day rookie minicamp. "In order to take carries off of him, you gotta show a lot. "So far, Matt's taken the right steps to take a little bit of the load off of Alfred (who had 85 percent of the carries by Washington's running backs the past three seasons). If you want to commit to running the football, you gotta have a couple guys that can tote it."

By hiring offensive line coach Bill Callahan, who helped make Dallas the NFL's top rushing offense in 2014, and using three of their first five draft choices on Jones, tackle Brandon Scherff, and guard Arie Kouandjio, new Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan has shown how committed the Redskins are to a power running game. McCloughan called Jones "a physical player and as tough as crud." And yet, Gruden raved about the rest of the rookie's game.

"You think of him as a big, power-type back, but Matt's done some things out in space that have been very, very impressive, making moves on the second level, in the passing game, running some option routes on linebackers," Gruden said. "He's got natural hands."

Fantasy Impact:

Jones only had 19 catches in three years at Florida, but it sounds as if he may compete for third down duties now that Roy Helu is no longer locking down that role. Morris has caught 68.5 percent of his targets, which is a higher rate than what Shane Vereen and Jamaal Charles posted last season, but he has yet to make much of an impression in the passing game.

Washington HC Jay Gruden discusses running back by committee

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 9:24am

Real Redskins - [Full Article]

“The running game nowadays, you need to have a couple of guys that can tote it,” Redskins HC Jay Gruden told Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro on ESPN 980 earlier this week. “Sixteen games is a long time, that’s a lot of games, a lot of carries, that’s a lot of hits on these running backs.”

Gruden said that he would like to split up the carries more than he did last year, when he went with what was mostly a one-back attack. Alfred Morris had 265 rushing attempts. The other tailbacks on the roster, Roy Helu, Silas Redd, and Chris Thompson, combined for 59 rushing attempts. That is 82 percent of the carries for Morris, 18 percent for the rest.

In his three years as the offensive coordinator with the Bengals, Gruden spread the workload in different ways in different seasons. In 2012 he had BenJarvus Green-Ellis take 80 percent of the tailback rushing attempts. But in 2011 it was a 70-30 split between Cedric Benson and Bernard Scott. And in 2013 Cincinnati drafted Giovani Bernard and gave him 170 carries to 220 for Green-Ellis (that’s a 56-44 split in percentage terms).

So maybe splitting up the running back carries isn’t so much a matter of philosophy for Gruden as much as doing things the way the quality of his stable of running backs dictates. He told Sheehan and Loverro that he will see who can earn the carries that Morris won’t get.

“I think you give Alfred the bulk of [the carries] and then Matt Jones comes in there, it could be Chris Thompson, it could be Silas Redd,” he said. “We’ll see how camp goes to see who deserves the carries, who’s going to get the carries. They have to prove then can protect the ball, No. 1, and prove they can pick up blitzes, No. 2 and then they will get some carries behind Alfred.”

Fantasy Impact:

We're still expecting Morris to see the vast majority of the carries, but this is something to keep in mind if another back flashes in the preseason. In his first three seasons, Morris has finished #5, #14 and #13 in standard formats. He's more of a RB2 in PPR leagues (#7, #19, #17) since he has only averaged 0.8 receptions per game in his career. Bill Callahan's arrival (as offensive line coach) should help the effectiveness of the team's running game, which in turn will help Morris's fantasy production. He's a solid value and a safe pick in the 3rd/4th round of early PPR drafts. He should go in the 2nd/3rd in standard leagues.

Jay Gruden hopeful that Robert Griffin III will make a 'big jump' in 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015, 6:41pm

PFT - [Full Article]

HC Jay Gruden called QB Robert Griffin III the Redskins’ starter this offseason and said Monday that he’s already seen a positive difference from Griffin when it comes to film study. Gruden expects to see the same kind of growth from Griffin on the field now that he’s more familiar with the scheme.

“Going into Year 2 in this system should be a big jump, you know,” Gruden said, via the Washington Post. “You’re not really thinking about who’s where, what’s my footwork. Everything should come a lot more natural for you, and hopefully, we see that transition from year one to year two in this system with the terminology and knowing where to go with your footwork and anticipation of getting the ball out quicker. Hopefully, that comes.”

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. If Gruden is right and the offense clicks in Year 2, then Griffin could be a nice value in the later rounds.

Patriots take a flier on TE Fred Davis

Monday, May 11, 2015, 9:14am

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Former Redskins franchise TE Fred Davis and New England Patriots have reached agreement on a one-year deal, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Davis was suspended in 2014 following multiple off-the-field incidents. The Patriots have been aggressive at the tight end position this offseason by signing Scott Chandler and now Davis. It appears the team would like to get back to more of those two-TE sets they ran with Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. The 29-year-old Davis has receiving chops -- he caught 59 passes for 796 yards and three touchdowns in 12 games in 2011, and had a 48-509-6 season in 2009.

Eagles QB Mark Sanchez believes he'll have a chance to compete for the starting job

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 1:10pm

PFT - [Full Article]

Eagles QB Mark Sanchez believes he'll be able to compete for the QB1 job:

“Really just talking with Coach Kelly and knowing I’m coming with the opportunity to compete for the starting job,” Sanchez said, via CSN Philly. “That was important to me. There were some other opportunities out there, but I didn’t want to switch systems again. On a one-year deal, it’s different for maybe a defensive player then for an offensive player, especially a quarterback. You’ve got to learn a whole new language again. I started to feel real comfortable and I felt like to be honest, personally, there’s some unfinished business we left out there. I know I can play a little bit better than that. I know we can get this team in the playoffs. I think we have the talent to do that.”

Fantasy Impact:

We believe that it's Bradford's job to lose. Over the last two seasons, Philadelphia quarterbacks have averaged 16.7 passing game-only fantasy points. Bradford isn’t much of a runner, but he adds about 0.7 FP per game as a rusher. That adds up to 17.4 FP, or about what Eli Manning averaged as the #13 QB in 2014. The Eagles’ offense has lost their top receiver – DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin – in each of the last two seasons, but Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz are emerging and the team added Nelson Agholor in the draft. If Bradford ends up starting for the Eagles, we wouldn’t expect anything more than high-end QB2 numbers, but this is a definite system upgrade due to the overall effectiveness of Chip Kelly’s offense.

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