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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Team Talk: Washington Redskins

By Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24)

It's time to take a look at the final team in the Team Series and that takes us all the way to the nation's capital, Washington D.C where the Redskins had some serious fantasy talent the last couple of seasons and look to give fantasy owners more this season with the addition of DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts. The Redskins have a plethora of talent to offer fantasy owners so take a look at who you can target from this NFC East team.

Robert Griffin III- After a meteoric rookie season in 2012, RG3 fell off quite a bit last season with what can be assumed was due to his knee injury that he suffered in the playoffs at the end of 2012. Last year saw RG3 take a step back in fantasy production and most owners believe that a healthy RG3 in 2014 will have a bounce back season. 2013 saw RG3 average 21 fantasy points per game down from his 24 in 2012. As long as the knee is good, fantasy owners can expect RG3 to be the quarterback he was two seasons ago. Especially with the weapons Washington added this offseason.

Kirk Cousins- Assuming RG3 is completely healthy heading into the season, Kirk Cousins really has no fantasy value unless he's traded or RG3 gets hurt. Cousins played the final few games last year when RG3 got benched and threw more interceptions than he did touchdowns and averaged just 12 fantasy points per game.

Pierre Garçon- Last season was a phenomenal fantasy season for Garçon. He was targeted 184 times and hauled in 113 balls for over 1,300 yards and five touchdowns. He also averaged double digit fantasy points and should have another fine fantasy season in 2014. The numbers could go down a bit as far as targets with DeSean Jackson there but the production will be there with Garçon regardless.

DeSean Jackson- After spending his career with the Eagles, D-Jax now calls Washington home and averaged the second most fantasy points in his career with over 11 fantasy points per game in 2013. With a healthy RG3 throwing to him, DeSean will have himself another stellar fantasy season in 2014 with defenses having to focus on both him and Garçon among others.

Santana Moss- With the exception of a week or two, Santana Moss is pretty much a pedestrian fantasy wideout who didn't even average four fantasy points per game. In an offense that now consists of Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson, fantasy owners shouldn't expect too many targets to go Moss' way in 2014.

Andre Roberts- Another nice addition to the Redskins offense in the offseason, Andre Roberts averaged under four fantasy points per game in 2013 with the Arizona Cardinals but should have a slightly better season with Washington this year. He could see targets based on defenses focused on Garçon and Jackson but both D-Jax and Garçon will still be the main focus of the offense.

Roy Helu- In a PPR format, Helu was a little more valuable than he was in standard formats. He had slightly more rushing yards than he did receiving yards and didn't even average five fantasy points per game. With a healthy Alfred Morris, don't expect too many starts for Helu. In PPR formats, he's worth a late round pick but in standard formats, he probably won't do much for fantasy owners.

Alfred Morris- After his stellar 2012, Alfred Morris followed that up with another fantastic 2013. Rushing for over 1,200 yards, Morris averaged double digit fantasy points and scored seven touchdowns to go with all of that. He obviously will be productive again in 2014 and with a healthy RG3, could be in store for a monster season with defenses having to concern themselves with the passing game.

Jordan Reed
- Even though his 2013 was productive for fantasy owners, he could have had a much better fantasy season had he not missed the last few weeks of the season with a concussion. Expected to be fully healthy to start the season, Jordan Reed will add another weapon to an already scary offense. In the nine games he did play last season, Reed averaged just under eight fantasy points per game and should have no problem surpassing those numbers if he can stay healthy throughout the season. He's definitely a tight end worth targeting come draft day.

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