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Fantasy Football - Do we like the Redskins in 2017?


Fantasy Football - Do we like the Redskins in 2017?

The Washington Redskins averaged 403.4 yards from scrimmage in 2016. Only the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons averaged more. All that yardage didn't translate into points, though Washington's 24.8 ranked 12th. The previous season, things went the other way, 17th in yardage but 10th in scoring. 


Whether the Redskins can go back to their efficient ways is one of the interesting topics for the upcoming season. That goes for fans of the Burgundy and Gold, but fantasy football owners trying to make sense of it all.

It's possible Washington enters 2017 with two new starting receivers (Terrelle Pryor) and a change at running back depending on how the Robert Kelley-Samaje Perine battle breaks down during training camp. There's no debate over who will take snaps under center. Kirk Cousins put up massive numbers in his second full season as a starter as the Redskins were one of seven times with at 600 pass attempts. Considering Coach Jay Gruden's mindset, there's no reason to imagine a change in approach. That's especially true since Gruden will be calling plays after former offensive coordinator Sean McVay left to become head coach for Los Angeles Rams.

Yet questions exist. Can fantasy owners count on Jordan Reed staying healthy? What about Josh Doctson? How smoothly does Terrelle Pryor make the transition to his new team and Samaje Perine to a new level? While we leave open the possibility of revisions during training camp and preseason, here's a ranked look at the likely fantasy football options among the Redskins in 2017. 


2017 Fantasy Football Links:

* Sleepers - Jamison Crowder, Carson Wentz

Rookie running backs - No. 1, Leonard Fournette, Jaguars

Rookie wide receivers - No. 1, Corey Davis, Titans

Rookie quarterbacks - No. 1, Deshaun Watson, Texans

NFC East wide receivers -  No. 1, Odell Beckham Jr., Giants

* NFC East running backs - No. 1, Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys

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Fantasy Football 2017 –– the sleepers


Fantasy Football 2017 –– the sleepers

Armstrong. Columbus. De Soto. Polo. Hillary. These famous explorers discovered new lands and sites on this planet and beyond, thus becoming immortalized. 

The vast majority of fantasy football owners, or at least the common and likely accurate stereotypes, share little in common with such daredevils. That doesn't mean they don't have plenty of explorer traits within despite the nerd vibe or voluminous beer-drinking exterior.

Outside of winning a league title, there's no better feeling than having discovered the breakout rookie running back or planted a flag in that quarterback poised for a comeback season. There's also almost no better way to claim victory than nailing your middle-to-late round selections.


There are always hits and misses when projecting players who could potentially outkick their draft status. Last year was no exception.

On my positive ledger, Matt Ryan's QB20 ADP (Average Draft Position) seemed crazy low considering the Julio Jones factor and Ryan's own gunslinging history. He finished the season No. 2 among all quarterbacks behind Aaron Rodgers.

Meanwhile, Jamison Crowder and Sterling Shepard emerged as slot threats worthy of fantasy starts and Jordan Howard ("who could emerge as the Bears' leading rusher) did as hoped. On the other side, Redskins RB Matt Jones lost his job midway through the season, Dorial Green-Beckham was sent packing and Kenneth Dixon never took off.

Them the breaks when looking at sleepers. Even though the misses can sting, the hits are intoxicating -- and why we can't wait to go exploring the next time. 

The new list includes a rookie running back poised to lead his team in carries whose name isn't Leonard Fournette or Joe Mixon; two veteran quarterbacks with new weapons; and a rising second-year tight end set to start for one of the NFL's most explosive offenses.


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2018 NBA Mock Draft - The Lottery Edition


2018 NBA Mock Draft - The Lottery Edition

The 2017 NBA Draft began with the selection of Upper Marlboro native and DeMatha product Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 overall pick. The first round concluded with another local product in wing Josh Hart (Sidwell Friends). Whether they're from the area or play for a local program, the DMV should be represented in the 2018 NBA Draft as well. 

Before taking a look at our 2018 draft lottery projections, here are some local names to keep an eye on over the next year. 

Justin Jackson, SF, Maryland -- The Canadian took a long look at entering the Draft after his freshman season, but ultimately stayed with the Terps. Based on that flirtation and his versatile skill set, it seems likely Jackson makes the move next summer. From Draft Express in May: "Jackson has the length and versatility to play anywhere from 3-5, and the fact that he was able to make an impressive 43% of his 3-pointers really helped spread the floor for point guard Melo Trimble."


Jessie Govan, C, Georgetown -- NBA talk popped up earlier in his college career, but the 6-foot-10 Govan struggled for stretches of his sophomore campaign. He can score and shoot from distance; shot 40 percent from 3-point range. Perhaps new coach Patrick Ewing can take the passivity out of Govan's game and turn him into the next standout from Big Man U. Draft Express previously ranked Govan among the top 30 prospects, but slots him 48 for 2018.

V.J. King, SF, Louisville -- The Cleveland native played part of his prep career for Paul VI. The 6-foot-6 King didn't receive heavy minutes as a freshman, but shot the lights out from distance. Now that Donovan Mitchell entered the NBA, there's plenty of playing time available for King going forward.