SMITTY: It’s sounding more and more likely that Robert Griffin III will try and return in Week 9, but much of that will depend upon how well Colt McCoy performs in this one. Expect to see a whole lot of Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray in this one. Terrance Williams is also a very strong fantasy WR3-play in this one. As for those Washington players, Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson are strong WR3 plays this week, and Jordan Reed remains a low-end TE1 for as long as he is on the field. Looking for Week 8 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: While Kirk Cousins’ failure to hold onto the job virtually locks Robert Griffin III as the team’s starter just as soon as he is ready (most think Week 9), Colt McCoy is a lot better than people give him credit for. I’m not suggesting he will hold off RG3 with a good game here, but I think a surprising outing shouldn’t be ruled out is all, which is good for those Redskins receivers and tight ends. Also, on a side note, all you deep league owners should take a long look at adding Roy Helu. I like the runner a lot, and he is a PPR type that would thrive if given the carries. Morris is banged up and Helu just feels “stash” worthy. Keep up-to-date with all the latest news with our Smart Alerts
SMITTY: According to rotoworld, Paul has no memory at all of the hit that knocked him out, so it’s hard to imagine him being cleared through the entire concussion protocol this week. That said, anything is possible, especially since this game is Monday night, so be certain to check back with us all week (as well as ensure you are setup with Smart Alerts). The same caution goes along with Jordan Reed, but he appears to have a very decent shot at playing on Monday night against the Seahawks. Given the match-up, and all the question marks surrounding both tight ends, neither is a strong play this week even if on the field. Looking for Week 5 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: DJax is a good play assuming he doesn’t suffer a setback in warm-ups. Inactive for the Redskins is QB Robert Griffin III, TE Jordan Reed and WR Santana Moss, which makes Niles Paul a must-start in Week 4 — Paul is inside our top 5 for Week 4 tight ends. Of course, Pierre Garcon should be in line-ups, and Kirk Cousins is top 10-capable this week… and if you need a sneaky DST play this week, this Thursday night game is at home in Washington… Eli Manning turning the ball over a few times sounds about right. Looking for Week 4 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: This has Niles Paul looking like a top 6-10TE option in Week 3. If in need at the tight end position, make sure Paul isn’t on waivers in your league. Looking for Week 3 Power Rankings?
According to some reports, Redskins TE Jordan Reed (hamstring) will not play in Week 2; other reports suggest the team is calling the injury ‘minor’.
SMITTY: UPDATE: It sounds like he has a chance to play in Week 2 now, but clearly this situation won’t be decided this early on in the week. Stay tuned.
SMITTY: This was pretty clear right after Week 1. Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul will step up in his absence, but neither feels consistent enough to be a fantasy starter in Week 2. We just sent out a Smart Alert on potential replacements if in need at the position in Week 2.
According to reports, the Redskins could be without Jordan Reed (hamstring) for a while.
SMITTY: This guy has tons of upside, but he can’t be counted on right now.
The following players are questionable for Week 1: Jordan Reed, Cam Newton, Cecil Shorts, Kenny Stills.
SMITTY: For up to the minute updates on these guys, and for possible alternative game plans for your roster, be sure to sign up for our Smart Alerts. In fact, we just blasted out a Smart Alert for game day alternatives for all these guys!
According to ESPN, Redskins QB Robert Griffin III is set to work with Terry Shea next week to get ready for training camp.
SMITTY: Robert Griffin III is extremely undervalued right now in all formats, especially dynasty. Keep in mind that RG3 once had top 12 overall appeal, given his ability to drop strong running back numbers along with his passing stats. Working with Shea will help the passers tune-up his fundamentals, and I really think the still-stud passer can return to top 5 fantasy quarterback status. Should you draft him that high? Absolutely not. Use average draft positions to your advantage, and currently he is falling into the 6.08-7.08 range, which is where you’re drafting a fantasy WR3 or one of your first bench runners. That’s steal territory with literally no risk. With Pierre Garcon coming off a fantasy WR1-type season, and with the addition of DeSean Jackson (and with Jordan Reed potentially ready to breakout into a TE1), there are grips of reasons to love RG3 heading into 2014 and beyond. Word is that Griffin (knee) is fully back to his old self!
According to redskins.com, Redskins TE Jordan Reed is going to “be a key player” in the Redskins offense this upcoming season. According to offensive coordinator Sean McVay, Reed is “an elite route runner” at the tight end position.
SMITTY: There are a couple breakout candidates this year at the tight end position, and Jordan Reed is definitely one of them. There are some concussion concerns, no doubt, but he has all kinds of top 5TE upside entering 2014. If Reed does thrive, and if he stays healthy, Robert Griffin III should be in for a very underrated fantasy football 2014 season. RG3 has all kinds of weapons now.