Even though the Washington Redskins’ opener isn’t until tomorrow night, there’s still a lot to get to today.
In a little less than three hours, the first Sunday NFL games will take place since Super Bowl XLVII. Whether it’s in Madden 25, what goes on in real life or fantasy football, the Redskins are one of only a handful of teams that get analysis nationwide on the daily.
Speaking of fantasy, there’s still some last minute audibles you can make your lineup to get you that much close to a 1-0 start. The experts weighed in on their start ‘em, sit ‘em thoughts for this week.
CBSSports’ Jamey Eisenberg looks past the knee injury and recalls some—amazing—numbers out of Robert Griffin III in his (young) career against the Eagles:
“He’s healthy and ready to go, so why not start him if you drafted him to be your guy? In two games against the Eagles last year, Griffin combined for 398 passing yards, six touchdowns and one interception and 88 rushing yards. We’re not sure how much he’ll run this week with his knee, but Philadelphia’s defense should struggle to slow him down. You also have to figure he wants to put on a display to show he’s back at 100 percent, similar to what Adrian Peterson did in last year’s season opener when he scored two touchdowns. We’re banking on Griffin making a full recovery this year, and you should as well.”
Oh you think his thoughts about Griffin III picking up where he left off against the Eagles last year are solo? Nah. NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison on the reason why you should start him:
“He’s back! Despite missing all of the preseason, RGIII (knee) will start against the Eagles on Monday night. The talented passer averaged 199 passing yards and scored a combined six touchdowns in two starts against them in 2012, and the Eagles defense has big question marks.”
Of course if Griffin III’s is doing his domination thing once again then he’ll be putting a lot of points on the board. That’s when Forbath comes in, Harrison’s sleeper pick.
“If you’re one of those fantasy owners who likes to stream kickers, consider Forbath on Monday night. He was effective in 2012, and a matchup against the Eagles makes him a viable matchup-based option. Available in over 90 percent of NFL.com leagues, he’s readily out there on the waiver wire.”
While he may not get as much media attention as your normal 1,600-yard back, Redskins running back Alfred Morris has no problem going unnoticed. In fact, he thrives in moments like that. Sure, all of the spotlight will be on Griffin III’s return tomorrow night and rightfully so, but Morris is still the same man. And one of ESPN’s Matthew Berry’s Week 1 love affairs.
“It’s the return of Robert Griffin III! Chip Kelly unveils his new offense! All sorts of hype will go into this game, but no one is going to mention the fact that Alfred Morris is going to run all over these guys. No team allowed more rushing yards in the preseason than the Philadelphia Eagles. Washington is always a team that likes to control time of possession and, with the Eagles’ up-tempo offense coming in, they’ll want to slow it down as much as possible. First game action for RG III since last season’s playoff loss, they’re going to be a little cautious with him. Seriously, Morris might get 30 carries in this game. I have Morris at No. 2 for the week and I might be too low on him.”
Of course there’s that Pierre Garcon fella too that’s playing against a defense that’s dealing with its own secondary rehabilitation. Translation—start him.
“Fully healthy now, it ain’t like the Eagles secondary is all that either.”
While there aren’t any sit ‘em predictions for the Redskins this week, there will be at some point during the season. Maybe it’s next week against the Packers or the week after when the secondary has to go against Calvin Johnson, but it’ll happen. For now though you’ve been given the green light by guys who spend their days dissecting fantasy points to insert anyone with the Redskins logo next to their name.
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