The Washington Redskins are an organization in apparent upheaval. Seemingly in a complete rebuild, questions arise from every aspect of the organization, starting with ownership, all the way down to the medical staff. Many believe the Redskins were the winners of the 2019 NFL draft, based on value picks like QB Dwayne Haskins at 15 overall, to Terry McLaurin in the 3rd, Bryce Love in the 4th, and the much-maligned Kelvin Harmon in the 6th. Will the lesser Gruden get out of his own way and allow the rookies to play? This team is going nowhere fast, but that rarely matters to coaches, owners, and fanbases in general, when it comes to winning football games.
This team is starved for top end, legitimate playmakers. After a multitude of injuries last season, comebacks will be the name of the game for the Redskins. Chris Thompson has proven to be a prominent asset in the passing game, and should continue to be so barring injury setbacks. Adrian Peterson is back again. Let’s face it, the dude is a cyborg. Count him within the ranks of Larry Fitzgerald and Frank Gore. The guys that continue to meet and exceed expectations. What is dead may never die. Jordan Reed is always a threat for big games, but he’s one concussion away from never playing football again, to go along with the lingering foot injuries. We’ll tentatively call these guys the backbone of the offense, but concerns are real regarding health.
Apart from the tried and true, there are many players that are better left alone in terms of fantasy football. Josh Doctson is as good as gone, apparently. After a WR-heavy draft, there have been rumblings from the Washington camp that he will be a part-time player, despite his veteran status. He gone. Case Keenum is also a new addition as of this offseason, but it remains to be seen whether he will start, or play the backup/mentor role to the newly drafted Haskins. If he is to start, don’t expect big things. Only viable in 2 QB/Superflex leagues, and only as a last resort at that. There are other obvious players to leave alone (Samaje Perine), but I’m also avoiding Paul Richardson moving forward. His injury troubles, along with his bloated contract paint a picture of another uninspiring season, followed by a cut.
There are bright spots to look for in Ol’ DC for 2019 though. One of my favorite buys right now is Trey Quinn. Great PPR upside, along with a modest price. Look for Haskins to get the nod as starting QB, and give fans something to look forward to in 2020 and beyond. Let’s not forget the polarizing Darrius Guice! I think the Redskins will use 2019 as his true rookie season, and break him in slowly behind the likes of Peterson and Thompson. He will flash in 2019, but probably not take on a workhorse role. I also believe McLaurin and Harmon will emerge as starters in this offense eventually. McLaurin with the upside advantage, and Harmon with the floor.
It’s probably safe to call all of the aforementioned rookies’ stashes, but the player that falls directly into that category is Bryce Love. He will almost certainly have to wait until 2020 to see meaningful snaps, but do not sleep on this guy’s ability. He showcased some truly spectacular play in college, and seems determined to get back to that level, and beyond. Haskins is a fantastic stash in any league format, but especially Superflex. I would even make a wager that he fills a role for your dynasty team at some point during the season!
There are some promising players on this Redskins team, and some nice win-now values for your dynasty team this year. Go buy Peterson and Thompson for cheap to fill roles at RB. The same can be said for Jordan Reed at TE. Why not spend a 3rd or 4th round pick on some nice upside? I love the idea of Haskins developing his pro game with college teammate McLaurin, and Harmon will undoubtedly become a PPR asset within the league. Guice is the toughest call for me here. I’ve heard many convincing arguments on both sides of the aisle. “Sell now! His value will never be higher.” “Hold, hold, hold. He’s going to be one of the rare bell-cow backs in the league.” I tend to fall somewhere in the middle of this. If someone is offering me 2 2020 1sts, I’m smashing “accept”. Otherwise, I’ll stand pat and look forward to his production. Expect some real growing pains with this team, but enjoy the ride. These guys could climb quickly.Follow @DynastyTheorist Tweets by DynastyTheorist