Redskins 2018 washington redskins Fantasy Preview

On the field, the 2017 season was a lot like the 2016 season for Washington. The team hovered around .500 and missed the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons. There were several fantasy similarities between the two campaigns as well. Kirk Cousins was a top seven quarterback in both seasons, throwing for more than 4,000 yards in both years. In both 2016 and 2017, Washington struggled to find any consistency among its running backs. In 2016, the trio of Robert Kelley, Matt Jones and Chris Thompson confounded fantasy managers. One year later, Samaje Perine swaps in for Jones … yet many of the same headaches abounded. Thompson did prove to be a surprising bright spot in 2017, finishing fourth on the team in receiving yards and second on the squad in scrimmage yards. Josh Doctson's six touchdown receptions created hope for better things in 2018. Beyond that, Jamison Crowder took a step back from his breakout 2016. Free agent acquisition Terrelle Pryor added little production while Jordan Reed suffered through another injury-plagued season, appearing in just six contests. That latter instance opened the door for Vernon Davis to remind us how good he once was. The veteran tight end finished the season second on the club with 648 receiving yards, doing much of his damage Weeks 3-11 when he averaged four catches and 64 receiving yards per game. He could be an important piece again this season if Reed once again can't fulfill his tight end duties.

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FACT: Chris Thompson went undrafted in most leagues last season as many chose between Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine. In the end, Thompson was the most valuable of the three, finishing second to only Alvin Kamara in fantasy points per touch.
Offseason Moves

After two seasons of putting a franchise tag on Kirk Cousins, Washington finally let him hit free agency and sign with the Minnesota Vikings. In his place, the team traded for Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, fresh off a career season. Other changes on the offense included saying goodbye to receivers Terrelle Pryor and Ryan Grant while welcoming former Seahawk Paul Richardson. Washington hopes that second-round draft pick Derrius Guice can end the revolving door at running back but could still cede opportunities to Thompson.

Sleepers & Busts

There is sleeper potential all over the Washington offense. If Alex Smith maintains his newfound penchant for throwing the ball deep, it could mean big things for both Doctson and Richardson. Guice might not be a three-down back but he has the talent to become a reliable fantasy prospect – even more so if he becomes a weapon in the passing game. This is yet another season when fantasy managers might want to hope and wish on the talent of Jordan Reed, but his injury-plagued reality is too strong to ignore.

Fantasy Depth Chart
POSFIRSTSECONDTHIRDOTHER
QB Alex Smith Colt McCoy Kevin Hogan
RB Derrius Guice Chris Thompson Samaje Perine Rob Kelley
WR Jamison Crowder Josh Doctson Paul Richardson Maurice Harris Brian Quick
TE Jordan Reed Vernon Davis Jeremy Sprinkle
K Dustin Hopkins