Fantasy Fix Week 2: Shootout at Lambeau?

Fantasy Fix Week 2: Shootout at Lambeau?
September 14, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Our weekly look at the Redskins' matchup from a fantasy football perspective. Washington looks to even its record at 1-1 after an opening week loss. Same goes for Green Bay and the Packers get to host this matchup. Hmmm, that sounds dicey - or does it sound like a fantasy shootout is will take place at Lambeau Field...

The receivers

Pierre Garcon - Not a pure doppelganger situation, but Garcon brings a similar physical component to the wide receiver position as Anquan Boldin. The 49ers top target destroyed Green Bay's secondary last week with 13 receptions for 208 yards and a touchdown, No, we're not projecting similar numbers for Garcon (or any other WR for any game this season), but even half of those reception and yardage totals would be fantasy gold. Start as a WR2 in all leagues.

Josh Morgan - Four receptions for 51 options in the opener. Sounds about right. For simplicity, we repeat last week's analysis: It's not often said of a player that led his team in receptions the previous season, but unless your league gives points for blocks, there is no case for owning Morgan, let alone starting him. So let's move on to...

Leonard Hankerson - The tease delivered with two touchdowns and a team-high 80 yards on five receptions against the Eagles. Also interesting in terms of forecasting, Hankerson played 40 of Washington's 75 snaps - or six more than Morgan. The two-TD trend is obviously unrealistic. Playing a healthy number of snaps is not. A popular free agent claim this week, Hankerson is a high-risk, high-reward WR3 against the Packers.

Fred Davis - For all the talk about Davis returning from his Achilles injury, perhaps the real issue is simply whether he and RGIII have on-field chemistry. Last year Davis had 24 receptions and zero scores in seven games. His 2-22 line against the Eagles doesn't indicate a connection has been found. Seeing as Davis looked sharp in preseason, he remains a top-20 fantasy threat.

Jordan Reed - Lost in all the RGIII-ness and early miscues, the rookie tight end caught five passes for 38 receptions in his NFL debut. Not ready for fantasy rosters in 12-14 team leagues, but if Reed and his quarterback hook up with regularity again this week and Davis does not, we can start debating the youngster's waiver wire merits. FWIW, I ranked Reed TE25 this week.

The runners

Alfred Morris - Limited production for "Alf" in the opener and even less in leagues that dock players for fumbles. Those that read this section last week were not stunned (meaning the yardage; all the fumbling is something else) because Philly held Morris in check-ish during both of last season's meetings. Speaking of limited, Green Bay held Frank Gore to 44 yards on 21 carries. Like Gore, Morris runs with more power than speed. Like last week, start Morris, but temper expectations especially if the quarterback remains rusty.

Roy Helu - On the field plenty during the Redskins failed rally against Philadelphia, Helu had only two touches. He likely receives more opportunities in the passing game against the Packers so he could be useful for those already in a pinch. For most, Helu remains Morris' handcuff or bench fodder with lottery ticket potential.

The passer

Robert Griffin III - The final fantasy numbers proved helpful. The early signs proved concerning. Plenty of analysts have mentioned RGIII's lack of drive on his passes. Everyone noticed the lack of highlight runs downfield. Those ground yards made Griffin the top overall fantasy player last season until injuries kept him off the field. The good news is that Griffin took plenty of hits, but avoided any physical setbacks to his surgically repaired knee. The other good news is that Green Bay gave up ample passing yards to Colin Kaepernick last week. As for fantasy, the drill remains the same: If you bleed burgundy and gold, start him. If you're backup is outside the range of the obvious studs or isn't Eli Manning or Michael Vick (perhaps even Carson Palmer), start him. Overall, he's QB14 on my Week 2 rankings

The defense and kicker

Against Aaron Rodgers on the road, the Redskins defense is not a viable option. With Kai Forbath possibly out this week, find another kicker on another team.

On the other side...

Eddie Lacy - Let's start with this: all members of the Packers' passing game are start-worthy options, including WR3 James Jones even though he went catch-less in Week 1. This is part the fact that Rodgers is awesome and part that the Redskins secondary is not. As for the Lacy, he only averaged 2.9 yards on 14 carries in his NFL debut. However the rookie also scored, caught a 31-yard pass and showed flashes on the ground against the 49ers potent defense. Even though the Redskins also have impressive run defense credentials, Lacy is a weekly touchdown threat, making him an RB2 or Flex option until further notice.