2010 Fantasy Football Rankings - Washington Redskins:
Donovan McNabb, QB, Redskins. Bye: 9.
Donovan McNabb goes from DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant as his receivers to Santana Moss, Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly. Blah. Then again, McNabb did throw for 3,365 yards and 21 touchdowns in a season when his wideouts were Charles Johnson, Torrance Small and Na Brown.
The good news is that McNabb has two very talented tight ends at his disposal (Chris Cooley, Fred Davis). Mike Shanahan is an offensive genius and will get the most out of McNabb. And don't forget that McNabb has a huge chip on his shoulder in the wake of being discarded by the Eagles.
Larry Johnson, RB, Redskins. Bye: 9.
Here's my take on Washington's backfield: I doubt Willie Parker makes the team. He's terrible, as he has lost his best attribute (speed). Clinton Portis is intriguing because he worked with Mike Shanahan in Denver, but he isn't even close to the same running back who once lined up in the Broncos' backfield. Portis has more than 2,100 career carries, and despite being just 28, he's done.
That leaves Larry Johnson. Herm Edwards ruined Johnson's career by giving him 416 carries in 2006, but it's possible that the former Chief could bounce back. Johnson is fresh, as he has carried the ball just 520 times in the past three years. He didn't look that bad in Cincinnati either, averaging 4.4 yards per carry.
If Johnson is finally OK after that 2006 disaster, he could have a big year in Shanahan's zone-blocking scheme. Then again, it also wouldn't shock me if Johnson failed to make the team, so don't get too excited. This is all risk-reward.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Stats: 760 rushing yards. 28 catches. 200 receiving yards. 6 total TDs.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Points: 132. Projected 2010 PPR Fantasy Points: 160.
Clinton Portis, RB, Redskins. Bye: 9.
I'm against running backs with 2,100 carries or more on their resume. Once most players reach that figure, they suffer a complete freefall. Portis' carry total stands at 2,176. I understand the appeal with Portis working with Mike Shanahan again, but he's just not the same player he was back in 2002 and 2003.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Stats: 550 rushing yards. 22 catches. 140 receiving yards. 4 total TDs.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Points: 93. Projected 2010 PPR Fantasy Points: 115.
Willie Parker, RB, Redskins. Bye: 9.
I'm listing Willie Parker here, but I don't think he's going to make the team. He lost his one positive trait; he's no longer "Fast" Willie Parker.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Stats: 0 rushing yards. 0 catches. 0 receiving yards. 0 total TDs.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Points: 0. Projected 2010 PPR Fantasy Points: 0.
Santana Moss, WR, Redskins. Bye: 9.
Santana Moss' quarterbacks over his career: Vinny Testaverde, Chad Pennington, Patrick Ramsey, an aging Mark Brunell, Jason Campbell and Todd Collins. Think Donovan McNabb's a bit better than those six?
Moss generated 902 yards and three touchdowns last year. That obviously wasn't his fault; the offensive line gave Campbell no time to locate Moss downfield. And when Campbell had ample time in the pocket, he just didn't have the talent to maximize Moss' potential.
McNabb changes everything. Assuming he stays healthy, Moss should have one of the best seasons of his career. Moss is only 31, so it's not like he's over the hill quite yet.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Stats: 77 catches. 1,075 yards. 6 total TDs.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Points: 143.
Projected 2010 PPR Fantasy Points: 220.
Devin Thomas, WR, Redskins. Bye: 9.
Devin Thomas is a potential 2010 fantasy sleeper. He only had 325 yards and three touchdowns last year, but he accumulated 18 receptions, 254 yards and two scores in his final five full games of the season. Stability on the sidelines and at quarterback can only help Thomas' cause.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Stats: 52 catches. 700 yards. 5 total TDs.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Points: 100.
Projected 2010 PPR Fantasy Points: 152.
Malcolm Kelly, WR, Redskins. Bye: 9.
Malcolm Kelly caught nine passes for 134 yards in the final two weeks of the 2009 season. Like Devin Thomas, Kelly is a candidate to have a breakout year. His biggest concern is staying healthy.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Stats: 38 catches. 440 yards. 2 total TDs.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Points: 38.
Projected 2010 PPR Fantasy Points: 44.
Chris Cooley, TE, Redskins. Bye: 9.
Chris Cooley had 29 receptions for 332 yards and two touchdowns in seven games before landing on the IR with a season-ending ankle injury. Donovan McNabb has always looked for his tight ends in the end zone in Philadelphia, so Cooley could have a big year.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Stats: 64 catches. 800 yards. 6 total TDs.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Points: 116.
Projected 2010 PPR Fantasy Points: 180.
Fred Davis, TE, Redskins. Bye: 9.
If Fred Davis were on another team, he'd probably be a TE1 this season. Replacing an injured Chris Cooley in the middle of the year, Davis notched 48 receptions for 509 yards and six scores.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Stats: 40 catches. 450 yards. 4 total TDs.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Points: 69.
Projected 2010 PPR Fantasy Points: 109.
Graham Gano, K, Redskins. Bye: 9.
Graham Gano was just 4-of-4 last year, so even though he was highly touted coming out of Florida State, we still don't really know how he'll perform.
Projected 2009 Fantasy Stats: 23-28 FG (1-2 from 50+; 7-9 from 40-49). 35 XP.
Projected 2009 Fantasy Points: 111.
Washington Redskins. Bye: 9.
The Redskins were able to accumulate 40 sacks last year, but because they were always behind, they couldn't force many turnovers. That should change in 2010. Washington has a decent fantasy defense worth starting against certain opponents (Rams, Week 3; Bears, Week 7; Lions, Week 8; etc.)