Fantasy focus: Helu, Garcon, Hankerson

Fantasy focus: Helu, Garcon, Hankerson
May 16, 2012, 2:17 pm
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The reality there is a bit of a lull taking place now on the NFL calendar, at least until we get much closer to training camp. Might as well take advantage by indulging in some fantasy football homework. I have been putting together team and player profiles for, some of which will eventually wind up in a fantasy football magazine generated by an outlet that creates a weekly paper hotel guests often read. Admittedly, this is too early to draw many strong conclusions, but publishers have deadlines. Updates galore in the coming weeks.Anyway, here's a sneak peek at my Redskins outlook. The commentary is mine, the rank someone else's, the link for the rest is here.RB Roy Helu, WAS (RB - 20)
Following Tim Hightower's injury, Helu went from deep sleeper to electric fantasy star before his own late season ailments sidelined him. The dual threat topped 1,000 yards from scrimmage and finished with four 100-yard games, one coming as a receiver. Best suited as a situational option. If overworked with 20 touches, could break down. If used appropriately, could be explosive RB2.RB Evan Royster, WAS (RB - 75)
Injuries provided the Penn State rookie with playing over the final two weeks last season and Royster powered his way to consecutive 100-yard rushing games. The sneaky option in the Redskins backfield, but lack of speed suggests a limited role unless more injuries pop up. He is handcuff worthy if he remains at least third on the depth chart.WR Pierre Garcon, WAS (WR - 30)
Garcon amazingly nearly totaled 1,000 yards in the dreadful Colts offense last season. The Redskns paid a steep cost to land the free agent, who now must prove his skills translate into the number one target role. Despite his real life price tag and run after the catch skills, learning a new system and a rookie quarterback makes Garcon no lock for WR2 status.WR Leonard Hankerson, WAS (WR - 89)
What a tease. The third-round rookie last went catch-less until Week 7 then two games later flashed his playmaking ability with 8 receptions for 106 yards. However, the 6-foot-2 target injured his hip in the same game and his season was over. Now the red-zone threat islooking like a potential starter opposite Pierre Garcon. Hankerson is a true sleeper with greater value in non-PPR or TD-heavy leagues.PK Neil Rackers, WAS (K - 16)
Despite his penchant for splitting the upright, the Texans moved on from the reliable Rackers because of short kickoffs. His competition in Washington - Graham Gano - has the power leg, but not the experience. Unless the Redskins are thinking long-term, Rackers has the inside track for a team that could struggle in the red zone.Click here for profiles on Robert Griffin III, Santana Moss, the Redskins defense and the other prominent skill players.