Redskins Fantasy News

Gruden: Alfred Morris is 'still the bell cow' but Matt Jones in the mix

Friday, September 11, 2015, 12:58pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Washington Redskins like Matt Jones and want to give him the ball. They like Alfred Morris quite a bit, too, and say he’ll continue to be their workhorse.

They have an idea how they might split carries during the game. But they have no idea if it will play out that way -- and there are other factors involved in deciding what will happen.

“A lot depends on how the game goes,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “We’re going to work Matt in there, obviously. Alfred’s still the bell cow. We want to keep him fresh for 16 games. If he gets 12-20 carries, Matt Jones gets eight to 10, I don’t know how that’s going to work or play out.”

“A lot is going to depend on our drives,” Gruden said. “Do we have a 12-play drive, do we have a three-and-out? If we have a bunch of three-and-outs then I don’t imagine Alfred is going to get taken out too much. We’ve got to try and get some drives and that way we’ll get a good look at both of them.”

Fantasy Impact:

We currently have Morris projected for 15.7 carries and 1.3 catches and Jones with 7.9 and 2.2, respectively. It's a tough matchup against what should be a good Dolphins defense, so neither player is particularly appealing this week. Morris is startable since he projects for 17 or so touches. Volume helps.

Thursday, September 10, 2015, 6:19pm

Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (concussion) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Kirk Cousins is going to start Week 1.

Gruden: Redskins 'counting on' TE Jordan Reed, who is 'up for a lot of reps'

Thursday, September 10, 2015, 11:51am

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The Redskins will lean on TE Jordan Reed:

“We’re counting on Jordan quite a bit,” HC Jay Gruden said. “His body is stronger; he’s in great shape. … We’re a little concerned [about the position] but Jordan is up for a lot of reps. We still have to protect him a little bit. He can’t play the whole 70-80 plays of the game. We have to get [Derek Carrier] going and if [Anthony McCoy] can go, get him going.”

Fantasy Impact:

Reed averaged 35.7 snaps per game in his final 10 appearances in 2014, but he was splitting time with Niles Paul. Paul is out for the year, so we're expecting big snaps from Reed, but he hasn't proven he can stay healthy. 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.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 7:15pm

Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (concussion) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Kirk Cousins is going to start Week 1.

Redskins Beat: Team likes Matt Jones 'more than they ever liked' Roy Helu

Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 1:05pm

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The Redskins obviously will start Alfred Morris, and he'll get the bulk of the carries. But the coaches really like Matt Jones, more than they ever liked Roy Helu as a runner. Helu had 40 carries as the primary backup last season; Jones will have plenty more. But the tough question to know is how many carries he'll get per game. A lot depends on sustaining drives, obviously. But the Redskins maintain the run game will power the offense. It'll be interesting this week to see if Miami tries to stop the run with a seven-man front because of its line strength.

Fantasy Impact:

We're currently projecting Morris for 224 carries with Jones getting 113 to go along with 29 touches. He could have weekly flex appeal if the Washington offense is better than expected.

Gruden: Optimistic RG3 cleared this week

Sunday, September 6, 2015, 12:30pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Washington coach Jay Gruden insists that he still has hopes for Robert Griffin III, even though he made Griffin a backup to Kirk Cousins — and even though Gruden won’t say whether Griffin will be the second-string or third-string quarterback this season.

Gruden said today that he’s optimistic Griffin will get medical clearance to play this week. The team has been holding Griffin out since saying he suffered a concussion in the second preseason game.

“He’s got to see the independent neurologist one more time early this week,” Gruden said.

Once Griffin is healthy enough to play, Gruden says, he’ll have a role on the 53-man roster.

“We feel like he’s a quarterback that’s young and talented that’s done some good things,” Gruden said.

Fantasy Impact:

The story summed it up well, saying while Gruden might see some talent in Griffin, he’s unwilling to commit to putting Griffin ahead of Colt McCoy on the depth chart. Gruden said that determination won’t be made until the doctors clear Griffin to play. If Griffin is behind McCoy on the depth chart once the medical clearance comes, that’s a strong sign that no matter what Gruden says publicly, privately he simply doesn’t believe Griffin is good enough.

RG3 not yet cleared to play

Saturday, September 5, 2015, 8:35pm

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We may have a new wrinkle in the Robert Griffin III saga. According to Jeff Darlington of, Griffin has not yet been medically cleared to play and will have to wait a few more days.

Griffin underwent tests on Friday to determine whether he would be cleared, but the results were not made immediately public even to Griffin himself.

Now it appears that Griffin did not pass and will have to wait longer before he is cleared.

Fantasy Impact:

RG3 was a bit of a surprise keep by the Redskins as the team got down to 53 players Saturday. Many thought the Skins would cut ties but there seems to be a struggle among the coaches and owner as to what to do with RG3. Ownership seems to want to keep him around.

Skins plan to keep RG3 as a backup

Saturday, September 5, 2015, 12:00pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Washington Redskins plan to keep Robert Griffin III as their backup quarterback and will not release him ahead of Saturday's roster deadline, multiple sources have confirmed to ESPN's Adam Schefter and John Keim.

Although Kirk Cousins was named Washington's starting quarterback earlier this week, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and president Bruce Allen want to keep Griffin despite the financial risk associated with retaining the former Heisman Trophy winner, a source told ESPN.

Fantasy Impact:

Griffin, who has been sidelined since Aug. 20 with a concussion, was scheduled to consult with an independent neurologist Friday. The Redskins still are awaiting word on the results of that exam. There continues to be a struggle, it seems, between ownership and the coaches on what to do with RG3, as it's long been thought the coaches just want to part ways.

Matt Ryan may use his feet more

Saturday, September 5, 2015, 11:48am

USA Today - [Full Article]

Only one other quarterback in the NFL dropped back for more passes last season than Matt Ryan.

And while Ryan still figures to pass it plenty in the Atlanta Falcons new offense called by Kyle Shanahan, seeing Shanahan’s playbook – which requires a quarterback to move in the pocket – he knew he’d have to change his offseason workouts.

“Keepers, that wasn't really a big part of Matt's game for the last four or five years, for him to get back into that, he's had to push his conditioning really good,” head coach Dan Quinn told USA TODAY Sports. “And he's worked really hard at that.”

Shanahan isn’t going to ask Ryan to morph into Robert Griffin III circa 2012, when Shanahan and his father, Mike Shanahan, ran the offense in Washington. But picture mid-2000s Jake Plummer for the Denver Broncos, with his naked bootlegs and scrambles.

Shanahan’s offense will require more of Ryan than seven-stop drops and Quinn is hoping that means a better, more diverse and explosive offense.

Fantasy Impact:

There were positive signs in the preseason. Ryan was nearly flawless in his exhibition work, completing 72.2 % of his passes, with a pair of touchdown throws and no interceptions, numbers that were especially encouraging considering the Falcons spent much of the preseason without starting running back Devonta Freeman and No. 2 wide receiver Roddy White, and he was playing behind a makeshift offensive line as starters like left tackle Jake Matthews and center Joe Hawley dealt with injuries, the story said. The good news for fantasy owners is Ryan may end up getting them some points with his feet as well.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 11:54am - [Full Article]

Redskins TE Jordan Reed felt a little rusty on Saturday before going onto the field for his first game action since last December, but the tight end quickly got back into the flow of things, recording two receptions for 21 yards in the first half of the Redskins' 31-13 preseason victory against the Baltimore Ravens.

His second catch, an eight-yard reception, was only possible after a full-extension dive on a ball placed out of reach of the defender.

Reed’s hamstring, which forced him to miss weeks of practice and even the first two preseason games, held up just fine.

“Felt good to be back, man,” he said after the game. “Back with my teammates and trying to help win this game.”

Fantasy Impact:

Reed admitted that he felt his routes kept getting stuck a little bit but the Baltimore game was the foundation for what he hopes is a season he can stay on the field more often. The Skins at least want to use him in passing situations, with the hope it will save him from getting banged up in running formations. If Reed can stay healthy he can produce fantasy points, but owners should definitely have a backup plan.

Report: Kirk Cousins named Skins starter

Monday, August 31, 2015, 9:41am

CSN Mid-Atlantic - [Full Article]

The Redskins have decided to go with Kirk Cousins as the starting quarterback for Week 1, per a report from ESPN. The news follows a series of conflicting reports yesterday about Robert Griffin III's future in Washington. Cousins started in last Saturday's preseason game against the Ravens. After a shaky start, he finished 20 for 27 for 190 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Related Players: DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon

Fantasy Impact:

As we stated yesterday, there are reports ownership is resisting moving on from RG3 while the coaches are ready, so things could get ugly. Cousins owns a career 7.4 YPA, but posted 8.4 YPA last season, along with a 10:9 touchdown-to-interception ratio. As we also added, DeSean Jackson's numbers remained pretty much the same with Cousins under center while Pierre Garcon's production increased significantly. He averaged 4.2 catches for 53 yards and 0.5 TD in the six games that Cousins played last season. Those are high-end fantasy WR3 numbers. Both Cousins and Colt McCoy were having pretty good camps.

Report: Washington front office and coaching staff want to move on from RG3

Monday, August 31, 2015, 12:08am

CSN Mid Atlantic - [Full Article]

According to the report, front office officials and coaches are prepared to move on from Robert Griffin III but they are meeting resistance from ownership. There have been trade talks involving Griffin but there has been no interest.

But, in any case, it appears that Griffin’s time as the starting quarterback here is near an end. According to the report, from Adam Schefter and Dianna Russini, there is a “groundswell of support from a strong segment of football people within the organization to change quarterbacks.”

In terms of either trading or releasing Griffin, they are meeting resistance from owner Daniel Snyder. It is uncertain if coach Jay Gruden, general manager Scot McCloughan, and others in the football part of the operation have the authority to remove Griffin from the roster against Snyder’s wishes.

Related Players: Kirk Cousins, Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson

Fantasy Impact:

It's going to be an ugly divorce, especially if owner Daniel Snyder is not on board. Kirk Cousins owns a career 7.4 YPA, but posted 8.4 YPA last season, along with a 10:9 touchdown-to-interception ratio. The sample size is small (six games), but DeSean Jackson's numbers remained pretty much the same with Cousins under center while Pierre Garcon's production increased significantly. He averaged 4.2 catches for 53 yards and 0.5 TD in the six games that Cousins played last season. Those are high-end fantasy WR3 numbers.

Report: Redskins plan to start Kirk Cousins in Week 1

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 12:25pm

Dianna Marie Russini, Twitter - [Full Article]

Sources say the Redskins' plan is not only to start Kirk Cousins tonight in Baltimore, but also Week 1 against Miami.

Related Players: Robert Griffin III

Fantasy Impact:

Cousins owns a career 7.4 YPA, but posted 8.4 YPA last season, along with a 10:9 touchdown-to-interception ratio. The sample size is small (six games), but DeSean Jackson's numbers remained pretty much the same with Cousins under center while Pierre Garcon's production increased significantly. He averaged 4.2 catches for 53 yards and 0.5 TD in the six games that Cousins played last season. Those are high-end fantasy WR3 numbers.

Leonard Hankerson has a 'legit chance' to be a 'secondary threat' for Falcons

Friday, August 28, 2015, 10:08pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Falcons beat writer Vaughn McClure: No one figured Leonard Hankerson would emerge as a fantasy target based on his career numbers in four seasons with the Redskins. Hankerson has just six touchdowns in 31 career games (123 targets). Injuries have hampered his progress, but a healthy Hankerson has a legit chance to be a secondary threat behind Julio Jones. Hankerson already showed he could be a scoring target with a 2-yard touchdown reception from Matt Ryan in a preseason matchup against the Jets.

Fantasy Impact:

Hankerson's ADP has risen in the last few weeks behind some training camp buzz. He'll have a chance to see snaps as the Falcons third receiver, which has been a busy position in the last few seasons when Julio Jones and Roddy White struggled with injuries.

NFL's neurologist recommends that RG3 sits on Saturday night

Friday, August 28, 2015, 7:25pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

NFL's Independent Neurologist now recommending the Redskins not play Robert Griffin III against the Ravens on Saturday night.

Fantasy Impact:

Griffin still hasn't fully recovered from the concussion he suffered recently.

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