Fantasy Football Quarterbacks to Own -
Robert Griffin III arrived in Washington with much fan fare in 2012. The Heisman trophy winner has a good arm and is easily the fastest quarterback in the league. This could be a bit of the Cam Newton Effect taking hold, but I see big things for RGIII this upcoming season. Now when I say big things, I am talking in terms of Fantasy football points scored. Whether or not the Redskins win more games due to his arrival is still up in the air. Quarterback is very deep this season meaning you can certainly take a chance on Robert Griffin III (you may have to reach a little to get him) and still have an excellent backup plan should the young quarterback get hurt. If RGIII does go down with an injury, His back up Rex Grossman should only be started in the deepest of leagues or fantasy leagues starting two quarterbacks.
Fantasy Football Running Backs to Own -
Roy Helu, Evan Royster, Tim Hightower, a homeless man sleeping at the bus stop; there is no way to tell which of these people will be the starting running back any given week. The word around the camp fire is that Roy Helu has the job and we all know he is certainly the most talented of the bunch. I for one will not be drafting any Redskins running back in 2012. If you must own one its Helu. As soon as he has a big game, sell him for 90 cents on the dollar and move on with your season. It is not worth the headache to count on one of Washington’s running backs as your weekly starter.
Fantasy Football Wide Receivers to Own -
The arrival of Pierre Garcon should signal a changing of the guard at wide receiver in Washington. Garcon has looked great in preseason play thus far and should carry a relatively low price tag during your fantasy draft. No longer bogged down and surrounded by stars like he was in Indy, Garcon finally has the opportunity to shine in 2012. In addition to Garcon, fantasy owners should keep Santana Moss on their radar. The aging speedster has been quietly productive for over a decade now and can be used in spot start duty in 12 team leagues. His burst is mostly gone, but if you are in a pinch you could do much worse for your number three wide receiver. There are some other characters on this team to keep an eye on (Leonard Hankerson, Josh Morgan) but you would be best served to see how RGIII shakes out before drafting them. Garcon and Moss are the most proven thus far in their careers.
Fantasy Football Tight Ends to Own -
Fred Davis made a big splash last season filling in admirably for Chris Cooley. As of this writing Cooley is still on the roster at tight end, but rumor has it he may be released due to his healthy contract. Either way, Fred Davis is the guy to own here. Thus far Robert Griffin III has not been clicking well with the talented tight end. The lack of chemistry could and should change when RGIII has a 300 pound linemen hawking him down week in and week out. Young quarterbacks are taught to lean on their tight ends. Despite his athleticism, there is no reason to believe that adage will not hold true for Robert Griffin III as well. Fred Davis is going very late in drafts and could be a fantasy football superstar if the chips fall where they should.
Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams -
As you might imagine this defensive unit should not be deployed as whole. There are however, several IDP players worth drafting. Aging linebacker London Fletcher could provide triple digit tackles once again in 2012. 3-4 outside linebackers Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan should provide pressure on opposing quarterbacks. You might find a defensive back somewhere amongst that mess as the year progresses but save your draft picks and grab them on the waiver wire.
Fantasy Football Kicker to Own -
Neil Rackers has a big boot and has proven productive in his years with the Texans but his value is linked to an offense with a lot of question marks. If Robert Griffin III can make this offense click and stay healthy Rackers will have tremendous value. Until that happens let him sit on the waiver wire.
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