Arizona in Week 15 looms large but the other two matchups are relatively easy.
Tennessee hired Ken Whisenhunt to lead the team in the offseason. His first course of action will be to try to get QB Jake Locker to improve his all-around game. This is a young team which will make many mistakes, they just need to show improvement as the season goes on.
It seems crazy to list a fifth round pick as a Fantasy stud, but WR Kendall Wright is very studly. In his last two seasons Wright has caught 90 or more passes for just under 1100 yards each season. If he can turn some of those receptions into touchdowns he will jump to a top ten Fantasy WR.
Tennessee Titans WRs Kendall Wright & Justin Hunter
Under the Radar Guy
TE Delanie Walker was considered Fantasy irrelevant when he played behind Vernon Davis while with the 49ers. Since he came to the Titans, he is the team’s second most reliable target and someone who flew under the radar of Fantasy owners. Walker had 60 receptions in his first year as a starter and hopes to build on last season’s success in 2014.
Roto Visionary Sleeper
Initially, I had major questions about RB Bishop Sankey. I was unsure if he had the size or the speed to be an every down RB in the NFL. However, Coach Whisenhunt showed last year that he can find enough playing time for a three man backfield and I think that Sankey will be the lead back for the Titans this year. Look for him to get about 900 yards rushing with six TDs.
There is an old adage that, “You can’t teach height.” When it comes to NFL quarterbacks, you can add another adage: “It’s hard to teach accuracy.” QB Jake Locker is not an accurate passer. He is mobile and athletic, but inaccurate. This will continue to be his fatal flaw. Look for Rookie QB Zach Mettenberger to get a shot at some point this season to prove he can lead the team in 2015 and beyond.
(Week 14: vs. St. Louis, Week 15: at New York Giants, Week 16: vs. Philadelphia)
The Redskins have two divisional games in Weeks 15 and 16, but the schedule is certainly acceptable for Fantasy owners.
Jay Gruden was hired from Cincinnati with a mandate from ownership to open up the offense and make Robert Griffin III the star QB that the team needs him to be. If Gruden can make Griffin a star, he might end up as a candidate for Coach of the Year.
I know that QB Robert Griffin III has looked awful this preseason, but there is no way that I (or the Redskins) am giving up on him. Look at the numbers: He can throw for 3,600 yards, 20 TDs, 600 yards rushing and five or six rushing TDs. If I used those numbers alone, Griffin would be a top eight QB. I think his ceiling is even higher.
Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon
Under the Radar
Lost in the RGIII and passing offense hype is RB Alfred Morris. With Jay Gruden coming in and opening up the passing game, Morris should have HUGE running lanes. This should give him a great shot at 1,200 yards and 10-12 TDs. Morris is falling to the late third round of Fantasy drafts. If you start your draft WR/WR, he would be a great third round selection as your RB1.
Roto Visionary Sleeper
I know that kickers are not supposed to be Fantasy relevant, but I like Kai Forbath. Forbath was injured for much of last year, but when he returned in Week 9 he finished the year 13 for 13 in FG attempts. Project those numbers out for the entire season and I can see Forbath being a top three kicker in Fantasy this year. The best thing is that he is probably available with the last pick in your draft.
TE Jordan Reed is literally one concussion away from retirement. I love the player, but the injury risk is way too great here for me.