The 2013 NFL season has been a year of many questions for the Washington Redskins. Who will be the tight end? Will Helu Jr. or Morris take goal line snaps? Will Coach Mike Shanahan be fired? Will Robert Griffin III regain his rookie magic? the list goes on and on. With many of those questions still remaining, we have learned of the end of Robert Griffin III’s “NFL Honeymoon”.
On Wednesday, news broke that Griffin will be inactive for the Skins’ final three games, ending his dismal sophomore year. Replacing him will be second year quarterback Kirk Cousins. The Redskins backup to Griffin has displayed some flashes of potential, but the team has also shown stretches of incompetency. With the “What have you done for me lately?” attitude of the NFL, Cousins has a good opportunity to finish the season on a high note in this starting quarterback audition. With the Falcons, Cowboys, and Giants in the final three weeks, what exactly can we expect from Cousins and the rest of the Redskins? Mike Shanahan’s offense has been inconsistent all season long, but fantasy owners want to know, what does Kirk Cousins bring the world of fantasy football.
Alfred Morris will be even more of a workhorse without Robert Griffin III
Morris getting an increase of fantasy production has as much to do with the schedule as it does with Griffin’s absence. In the next two weeks, the Skins take on the Falcons and the Cowboys, both of whom rank in the bottom five of run defense. Additionally, the presence of Cousins will make the Skins operate a more traditional styled offense, allowing his RB’s more carries. Morris has been a great play thus far and should really give your team a boost in the fantasy playoffs.
Roy Helu Jr. isn’t worth the add for the fantasy playoffs, in most leagues
Aside from Roy Helu Jr’s 3 touchdown explosion against Chicago, one of the league’s worst run defenses, Helu has only one touchdown on the season. While I think Helu is completely capable of stealing touchdowns from Alfred Morris, I just wouldn’t consider him fantasy worthy unless Morris got hurt. Helu has been wildly inconsistent when he touches the ball and we never know what Mike Shanahan is going to do at the goal line. If you’re desperate for a FLEX play, in a 14 team league, roster him and see how he does. Otherwise, I’d let him go unowned.
All wide receivers, not named Pierre Garcon are not worth owning
When he played last season, Kirk Cousins developed a chemistry with Joshua Morgan and he may look to get the ball to old veteran Santana Moss. However, neither of them are worth trusting with a roster spot. There are a number of better available players on your leagues’ waiver wire and you should look elsewhere for playoff depth, regardless of last season’s stat lines.
Tight End Logan Paulsen can be a sneaky play during the fantasy playoffs
There are confusing reports that Jordan Reed may be shut down for the rest of the season, if so, this is Logan Paulsen’s job for the remainder of the year. When young quarterbacks try to adjust to the speed of the game, they often rely heavily on their tight ends. Logan Paulsen hasn’t caught enough passes to be a TE1 in PPR leagues thus far, but his touchdown upside has made him a good play in standard scoring leagues over the past couple of weeks. There is no reason to believe that Paulsen’s increased workload won’t make him a top 12 tight end in both PPR and standard leagues, over the final three weeks.
Kirk Cousins will be a serviceable quarterback in all fantasy formats
As mentioned earlier, Cousins faces the Falcons, Cowboys, and Giants in the final three weeks of the season. The Giants are the only team on that list ranking in the top half in pass defense, at 15, giving up 231.8 yards per game. Cousins has a good run game to turn to, an emerging red zone threat in Logan Paulsen, and a top of the line wide receiver in Pierre Garcon. The Redskins atrocious defense also helps his fantasy prospects, as he may get ample opportunities to throw when trying to keep up with the opposing offense’s. Cousins was a successful college quarterback and has played well in his few opportunities in the NFL. He makes a low end QB1 case for the final three weeks and could “make or break” all two quarterback leagues. Kirk Cousins’ impact will undoubtedly be felt around the fantasy circuit and it should be a positive one.
Trace Lanson, a native Floridian, is a Business Management major at Northwood University. He is currently a basketball player, learning from the hall of fame coach, Rollie Massimino. His earliest memories of fantasy sports bring him back to his Madden purchases as a youngster. Trace recalls fantasy drafting and simulating the seasons, rather than enjoying traditional gameplay.