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Formations Fantasy Football Review: Washington Redskins

Washington is definitely a team to watch in 2014. A new coaching staff, a healthy star QB, two Pro Bowl WRs, and an up-and-coming TE are all reasons for optimism in the nation’s capital.

Star: Robert Griffin III (QB)

13 Stats: 274/456-3203 yards-16 TD-12 INT, 86 carries-489 yards

Why He’s a Star: Fantasy players everywhere were expected much more from Griffin last year. However, he struggled to live up to everyone’s expectations. I believe 2014 will be a huge bounce-back year for the former second overall pick. He is in a new QB friendly system with Jay Gruden, has another option in Desean Jackson to add to his stable, and seems to be fully healthy. Griffin should certainly be a QB1 this year.

Avoid: Alfred Morris (RB)

13 Stats: 276 carries-1275 yards-7 TDs

Why to Avoid: Morris has racked up the yards in his first two NFL seasons. He has also scored 20 TDs in that time. However, with a new offensive scheme, he may not see the field as often because of his biggest downfall: catching the football. He only has 20 catches in two years for Washington. Roy Helu is a much better receiver and will steal more snaps this year. Morris could still be a low end RB2.

Sleeper: Roy Helu (RB)

Why He’s A Sleeper: While he will not get the volume of carries that Morris will see, he could see around 75-100 while also getting 45-70 targets in the passing game. Helu should be a solid flex play for your team.

IDP to Watch: Perry Riley (LB)

13 Stats: 72 tackles-43 assists-3 sacks-1 INT

Why: Riley is finally playing without being in the shadow of retired LB London Fletcher. He has posted two consecutive 115+ total tackle numbers in Washington. If he stays on the field in more sub-packages, he could very well see 130 total tackles in 2014.

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