QB Patrick Ramsey—He's either going to have a breakout season ala Drew Brees 2004 or he's going to struggle mightily. In a larger league, he might be worth a flyer as a second QB. In smaller leagues, he's not worth a draft pick but if he starts off hot, you'll want to grab him.
RB Clinton Portis—Fantasy players who spend a top-ten draft pick on Ports in 2004 did not get good value. While his rushing yardage total wasn't bad at 1,314, his yards tended to come in big chunks and his owners would get nothing out of him for weeks at a time. In addition, he scored just five touchdowns. Both the yardage and the scoring should improve in 2005 as Joe Gibbs will figure out how to utilize him better. However, right now he's clearly in the second tier of running backs until he shows otherwise and shouldn't go until the second dozen picks
TE Chris Cooley—If your league requires a tight end, you shouldn't let many go by before taking a serious look at Cooley. He got six TD's last year and that number should improve, although certainly he'll never post Gates or Gonzalez numbers. Still, he could score more touchdowns that Jeremy Shockey.
WR Santana Moss—The Redskins gambled $11 million in guaranteed money that Moss will be able to turn into a premium-type of receiver. Fantasy players should be skeptical. In smaller leagues he might even warrant being undrafted, but, like Ramsey, keep an eye on him early.
K John Hall—He might get beaten out by Jeff Chandler.
Defense—The Washington defense was among the leaders in fewest yards allowed, but that does fantasy owners little good. Only 10 teams had fewer takeaways. Still, they were a safe choice and rarely disappointed. They should remain the same way this year.
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