Brian Tinsman is rapidly becoming our official ESPN The List correspondent here at the Redskins Blog, and this is possibly the most important one yet. I miss fantasy football.
Even though NFL teams don’t have their rosters set for the season, it might be wise to consider your fantasy football roster for the season. As anyone who plays fantasy football knows, there are sleepers, busts and breakout players, all of which are covered in ESPN.com’s latest NFL list.
Apparently, the Redskins have some good things to look forward to:
Sleeper: Anthony Armstrong, Wide Receiver.
ESPN fantasy writer Matthew Berry selected Armstrong as his sleeper pick at wide receiver:
A legit deep threat whom the Redskins really like, he had double-digit fantasy points in three of his final five games. If he can become more integrated into all aspects of the passing game and not just the home run or bust he was last year, you’re looking at Mike Wallace lite.
Armstrong has a big chance to grow with the Redskins offense this year and will be one of the few veterans in a crowd of rookies. Regardless of whether the team re-signs Santana Moss, Armstrong should get solid production if he earns his spot. By the way, Wallace piled up 60 receptions for 1,257 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Steelers in 2010.
Rookie Breakout: Roy Helu, Jr., Running Back.
Once again, Berry shows love for the Redskins, choosing Helu as the best rookie back:
With only injury prone Ryan Torain and (maybe) unproven Keiland Williams ahead of him, Helu has a few things going for him on the way to fantasy relevance. He’s good in a zone-cut running scheme, has big play ability and a generous coach, who traded up to get him and likes to show how smart he is with diamond-in-the-rough-runners.
As a fourth-round draft pick and the eighth back selected in the draft, this is a coup against conventional wisdom. However, luck is said to be when hard work meets opportunity, and Helu should have plenty of opportunity. If he works hard, it could be the Redskins that get lucky.
Rookie Breakout: Leonard Hankerson, Wide Receiver.
Both writers Christopher Harris and Dave Hunter selected Hankerson as their breakout receiver this season. Harris writes the review:
Everyone will say A.J. Green, and I agree he’s probably the top candidate. But I’ll throw in a mention for Hankerson, who has a fine opportunity to snag a starting spot in D.C., and is a spectacular athlete.
Not exactly a ringing endorsement, but I admire Harris’s willingness to go against his gut. Hankerson will not only have the opportunity, but he was selected with the idea that he will become a game-changer in Washington.
With a dozen rookies and a whole host of young players on the roster, it’s nice to hear big expectations echoed outside of the beltway.
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