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NFC East Preview: Washington Redskins

There are some teams that have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to players that we, the fantasy player, can use during the fantasy season. Then there are teams like the Redskins. I'm not going to sugar coat it; it's rough. I like Jay Gruden as a coach, but the more I look at this roster, and the problems the Redskins are having behind the scenes, the more I'm convinced that Jay will be joining his brother's staff in Las Vegas in 2020. I think Dwayne Haskins will be a good quarterback in a couple of years (I do believe he starts week one), but he's not more than a weekly streamer in 2019, so this will be the first Team Preview I do that doesn't include a QB as one of the players we go over. Buckle up, it's going to be a bumpy flight.


DERRIUS GUICE


Coming out of LSU in 2018, Derrius Guice was my favorite rookie last year after Saquon Barkley. He's a tough runner, strong, fast, and has the ability to catch out of the backfield. I was salivating at the chance of drafting him to my fantasy teams (you know I love rookie running backs), but then he tore his ACL in the pre-season. In a corresponding move, the Redskins signed Adrian Peterson because their only other option was Samaje Perine. Adrian Peterson had himself a nice season, with a stat line of 251/1042/7 rushing and 26/20/208/1 receiving. The problem: he did so well that the Redskins re-signed him to a two year $5 million dollar contract. Which means that backfield is going to be split up, and not in half, but in thirds. Chris Thompson is still there, and yes they drafted Bryce Love, but I see him as a Thompson replacement after this season.


Back to Guice, after all, his name is in all caps. As much as I love Guice, I don't love him in 2019. Currently, I have him as a RB3/FLEX, and not much else. Not with AP sitting there ready to steal carries from him. This isn't the first time Jay Gruden has employed three running backs either. He most notably did it in 2015, when he was running Alfred Morris, Matt Jones and Chris Thompson. That year, the RB1 got 46% of the rushes, the RB2 got 36% of the rushes, and the RB3 (passing down back) got 8.7% of the rushes. Not the kind of workload we want from running backs.


Guice is currently being drafted in the sixth round. Even though I have him as a RB3, I would only be comfortable drafting him if he was the fourth running back on my team. He may have some late season value if Adrian Peterson sustains an injury, but that's the only way either Guice or AP will hold any value this year; if the other one gets injured. And don't count on AP being the one to get injured. Guice has been dealing with hamstring issues during the off-season. Love the talent, hate the situation. I likely will not have Guice on too many teams in 2019.


TREY QUINN


A wide receiver that could have a nice season for the Redskins is slot receiver, Trey Quinn. Quinn only appeared in two games in 2018, and he looked capable of being a good receiver. Enough so that Jay Gruden let Jamison Crowder walk, and promote Quinn to the starting slot receiver for 2019. In the two games from 2018, he combined for 10 targets, 9 receptions, 75 yards, and 1 touchdown. Not great, but nice. Currently, I have Quinn as a FLEX/WR4 player. Again, not someone you're rushing to get, but someone who could fill out your team.


Quinn had a great final year in college, at SMU, amassing over 1200 yards and 13 touchdowns. Yes, the NFL is another level of talent compared to college, but he showed he was able to play. The Redskins should be playing from behind often enough, that Quinn will get enough volume to fulfill that Flex/WR4 spot.


Quinn is currently not being drafted in most mock drafts. I have him projected at 107/73/793/4. That's good enough for 138.7 Half PPR points. He's a match up play, but he'll pop off a couple of times during the season.


TERRY McLAURIN


I'm deep diving here, what can I say. But rookie Terry McLaurin could produce some okay fantasy numbers. I actually think he'll end up as the WR1 on the team come the end of the season, if not before the season starts. Yes, Josh Doctson and Paul Richardson Jr. are there, but reports from camp are that Doctson and Richardson will be competing for the same spot on the same side of the field; which opens up the other side of the field for McLaurin. Plus Doctson is a first round bust, and Richardson is a good number two, not a number one.


What I like about McLaurin, is that he and Haskins had some nice chemistry while at Ohio State together. McLaurin didn't put up a ton of yardage (701 yards), but he did have 11 touchdowns. He's got some decent size, at 6'0" 208 lbs, and he's fast, posting a 4.35 40 yard dash. He's not great at yards after catch, but he's a pretty decent route runner, and very aggressive at making sure he gets to the ball and to open space. McLaurin, like Quinn, is going undrafted, but I have him posting a line of 101/61/883/5. Again, a back end WR for your roster, but a free pick in your drafts.


Good luck Washington!

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