2018 Fantasy Football - Washington Redskins - Team Moves





By Chet Gresham - @ChetGresham
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Each offseason brings change to NFL rosters, and those changes often have fantasy implications. Below, I lay out the changes at the skill positions and how those moves impact the fantasy status of the new roster.


2017
    QB: Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy
    RB: Samaje Perine, Chris Thompson, Robert Kelley, Byron Marshall, Kapri Bibbs
    WR: Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder, Ryan Grant, Terrelle Pryor
    TE: Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis


2018
    QB: Alex Smith, Colt McCoy, Kevin Hogan
    RB: Derrius Guice, Samaje Perine, Chris Thompson, Robert Kelley, Byron Marshall, Kapri Bibbs, Keith Marshall
    WR: Paul Richardson, Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder, Maurice Harris, Brian Quick, Trey Quinn
    TE: Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis




Pre-Draft Offseason:

Somehow Washington paid Kirk Cousins a whole bunch of money year to year while he put together strong statistical seasons and ended up with Alex Smith coming off his best season in the league, which came in his 12th year. Now, Smith goes to a team with worse offensive skill position players and a new offense. I'm not a huge fan of Cousins' ability, although he did show a similar consistency to Smith, but in a pass-first offense. Smith's numbers will get a boost due to Washington's propensity to throw the ball, so there's still a chance for fantasy relevancy, but I expect some growing pains.

The Redskins also picked up Paul Richardson, who also just had his best season with Seattle. He's a good player and should help boost this offensive group up, but Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson are in line for the most work if they can stay healthy, while Jordan Reed, or if he's hurt as he often is, Vernon Davis, will suck up a bunch of those looks as well.



Post-Draft Update

Washington got extremely lucky that Derrius Guice fell all the way to the 59th-overall pick, especially with nothing concrete coming out about "off-field issues" after the draft. Guice was the No. 2-graded running back on a majority of draftnik big boards and should be a force early on. The only trouble for fantasy will be Chris Thompson, who proved his worth as a receiving back last season and just can't be demoted. That will hurt Guice's upside, and if Washington can't improve on its 27th ranking in points allowed, we may see a lot of Thompson when the tean is trying to make up a deficit.



2018 Fantasy Outlook:

Stud: None

Solid: Derrius Guice, Jamison Crowder, Chris Thompson

Sleeper: Alex Smith



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