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2016 Washington Redskins Coaching Tree

Fantasy Football Expert Joe Jefferson dives into the Washington Redskins' offensive system and which players could provide value for Fantasy owners.

Washington Redskins

Offensive Coordinator: Sean McVay (Same as 2015)

Head Coach: Jay Gruden (Same as 2015)

Head Coach Involvement: I expect Gruden to continue to be heavily involved in the offense. Entering their 3rd year together, McVay may get more autonomy this year, but the Redskins will continue to run the West Coast offense of Jay Gruden. Gruden worked with his brother in Tampa when they went to the Super Bowl. He’s right off the West Coast Offense coaching tree. He’s spent the three seasons in Cincinnati making a good name for himself as an offensive coordinator before taking over as HC in 2014.

Offensive Basis: West Coast Offense (WCO) in a nearly pure form. Lots of WR passes to each guy, heavy TE inclusion in the passing game. Only average in RB targets and Heavy Lead RB Use.

Where the OC comes from: McVay was a TE coach working for Kyle and Mike Shanahan on the Redskins before being promoted to Offensive Coordinator with the hiring of Gruden in 2014. McVay will continue to run the Gruden West Coast Offense.

Redskins 2015

2015 RB Reception Total Rank: #16

2015 WR Receptions Total Rank: #17

2015 TE Receptions Total Rank: #4

2015 QB FF Rank: #10

2015 RB FF Rank: #24

2015 WR FF Rank: #19

2015 TE FF Rank: #3

Redskins 2014

2014 RB Reception Total Rank: #8

2014 WR Receptions Total Rank: #22

2014 TE Receptions Total Rank: #12

2014 QB FF Rank: #16

2014 RB FF Rank: #10
2014 WR FF Rank: #24
2014 TE FF Rank: #4

2016 Offensive Player Outlook Overall: The running game is a bit of question mark. I expect to see Matt Jones start the year with a large workload but if he has injuries/fumbles it could cut into his overall playing time. He also does not excel at receiving the ball, so I think he could disappoint in PPR formats if not very successful running the ball. I like Jones’ upside, mostly due to potential volume of touches alone, as a low-end RB2 and great RB3 in the 7th round of most drafts. Chris Thompson has a chance to get work on 3rd downs and is a potential PPR sleeper if Matt Jones struggles with his workload. Keith Marshall is a guy getting a ton of buzz in the preseason, but I just don’t see much yet. Draft him super late as the cuff play or better yet, wait and see on him but pounce if Jones is out any extended time if you can.

Washington has 3 WRs that are worthy of deep roster spots on your fantasy team this year. I’m not crazy about Desean Jackson because he is just too big-play dependent in PPR leagues at this point of his career for me to like. He is drafted as high as the seventh and as low as the tenth round pick depending on format, and I only like him in the later range myself. Garcon has been a PPR stud in the past and later round pick in most drafts. The same can be said for a rookie, Josh Doctson, a little later in your draft but for different reasons. Doctson is talented, but his development has been hampered by injury and he may end up on the PUP yet. I could see him emerging later in the season so stash him if you have room. Jamison Crowder is likely to see some targets this season, especially early in the year until Doctson is ready but he is just a late round flier IMHO.

Jordan Reed is a stud, but he has a history of health issues that loom in my mind. His only real concern is staying on the field because with Cousins he has been great. Reed has emerged as an elite TE and the consensus #2 TE off fantasy boards so you’ll probably need to pull the trigger in the 3rd round if you want him so I’ll pass in most formats in hopes of finding the Reed of 2016!

Sleeper/Value Players: The 2015 Redskins had some good production through the air last year with Cousins passing for a franchise-record 4,166 yards. With a talented receiving corps around him, I expect similar production this year. Cousins presents some risk with only one season as a starter, but Cousins appears to be a great fit in Gruden’s WCO completing almost 70% (69.8%) last year. Cousins is an excellent backup fantasy QB or a good guy to lead a committee for you at QB if you wait super late to draft a QB this year.


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