Washington Redskins Fantasy Predictions for 2010
What a difference a couple of weeks makes.
The Redskins were on the bottom of the NFC East ladder at the end of the last season. Now they can be considered right in the hunt with the offensive additions of Donovan McNabb, Larry Johnson, and Willie Parker.
But with all these new faces, what will that mean for fantasy owners?
Will the once great Clinton Portis even see the field, or will the newcomers sweep all of his carries away?
And will Santana Moss finally be able to produce steady numbers?
I will be trying to make some sense and come up with a reasonable prediction for the Redskins.
As always you can check out the rest of my predictions here.
QB: Donovan McNabb
The former Eagle will be leading the Redskins' offensive assault this year. Sounds weird, doesn't it?
McNabb had one of his better seasons in 2009, throwing for 22 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions. The major question is, will he be able to do that with a new team in 2010?
Coming into the year McNabb will have a Pro Bowl tight end in Chris Cooley, a good veteran receiver in Santana Moss, and a very experienced backfield.
One thing to watch will be how well this mix of new vets will mesh together. You can expect good numbers from McNabb, but not great ones.
McNabb will be a decent quarterback for fantasy football in 2010. You can expect him to be taken where the high-end No. 2 quarterbacks will be selected. My guess is around the fifth round.
Prediction: 3,200 yards passing, 20 touchdowns, 12 interceptions
RB: Clinton Portis
Portis had a disastrous 2009 season, missing half the year with a concussion. Even before the injury killed his season, Portis only had one rushing touchdown and just under 500 yards rushing.
Portis is the most likely to keep a roster spot on the Redskins because of his knowledge of Mike Shanahan's running scheme. Still, we can't expect him to be the guy that he used to be. Don't expect Portis to be carrying the ball 20-plus times a game in 2010.
Portis will most likely fall further in drafts than he has in a while. Once a lock for a first round draft choice, you can expect him to fall from our good graces into the third or fourth rounds.
Prediction: 250 carries, 1,100 yards, 6 touchdowns
30 receptions, 200 yards, 1 touchdown
RB: Willie Parker
Fast Willie had a terrible season in 2009. He lost his starting gig to Rashard Mendenhall and failed to reach 100 carries or score a touchdown for the first time since his rookie season.
The 2010 outlook for Parker is still up in the air. No one really knows what is going on in the Redskins backfield, and the starting job still appears to be Portis'.
So will the Redskins keep all three veteran backs on the roster? Only time will tell.
Parker will be falling in drafts this year. He can be a great selection in the later rounds if he goes that far. My guess is he will be selected where most of the fourth-string backs are grabbed. Expect him to go in the 10th round.
Prediction: 130 carries, 500 yards, 3 touchdowns
10 receptions, 100 yards, 0 touchdowns
RB: Larry Johnson
Larry Johnson had a slight revelation of past years when he was picked up by Cincinnati, rushing 46 times for 204 yards. That quickly went out the window when Cedric Benson returned, and Johnson's role was reduced to spectating.
Will he even make the Redskins' roster for opening day? Johnson has been on the decline for a while now, and his body has taken a beating (he carried the ball over 750 times between 2005 and 2006).
My instincts are telling me no, but Johnson still may have something to prove that will push him into a roster spot. The other Redskin running backs can have injury problems, especially Portis, so don't be surprised to see him get carries later into the season.
Johnson will likely be a late round selection if he is taken. I wouldn't waste a pick on him, but if he impresses and makes the roster, he may be worth a waiver-wire pickup.
Prediction: 100 carries, 400 yards, 4 touchdowns
10 receptions, 80 yards, 1 touchdown
WR: Santana Moss
Moss had another so-so year in 2009. He led the Redskins with 70 catches for 902 yards but only managed three trips to the end zone.
Since coming to the Skins in 2005, Moss has not quite lived up to expectations. 2010 may finally be a turnaround for him with McNabb coming to town.
Moss should be able to break out from his mediocrity with McNabb at the helm; finally, expect big things from Moss and GET him. Moss will be looked at as a No. 2 receiver in fantasy drafts this season and will probably be taken around the fourth round.
Prediction: 80 receptions, 1,100 yards, 8 touchdowns
WR: Devin Thomas
Devin Thomas will be entering his third year with the Redskins in 2010. I expect some good things from the youngster.
Thomas had a decent year last season with 25 catches for 325 yards and three touchdowns. He should add to those numbers this season.
Thomas will be looked at as a possible fourth-string receiver for fantasy teams. However, there will be drafts where he may not be selected. Expect him to go in the later rounds if he is chosen.
Prediction: 50 receptions, 750 yards, 6 touchdowns
TE: Chris Cooley
Cooley will be one of the most watched tight ends in football in 2010.
Cooley had four monstrous seasons to start off his career with the Redskins. Last season, however, he would like to forget.
In 2008, Cooley recorded his highest receptions and yardage totals, 83 and 849, respectively, but only scored once.
2009 appeared to be taking Cooley back to the prominence he found in his first four years, but an ankle injury ended his season less than halfway though.
I expect Cooley to rebound in 2010. He will be a top-10 tight end. Cooley will be selected just after the top-tier ends go, so expect him to be taken around the eighth round.
Prediction: 70 receptions, 800 yards receiving, 7 touchdowns
K: Graham Gano
The second-year kicker out of Florida State appears to have the best shot at kicking field goals and extra points for the Redskins in 2010.
He made four field goals at the end of last year, but he did miss an extra point attempt too.
If Gano wins the starting job, we can expect him to produce a good year. He is an accurate kicker, and the Skins should be a much better offensive team than last year's squad.
Gano will be available in the last round, so if you desire to draft him, go ahead.
Prediction: 25-of-28 FGs, 35-of-35 PATs
Washington ranked near the middle of the pack in all major team defense statistics in 2009. However, Washington managed only 17 takeaways.
That number will have to improve before this team emerges as a good defensive squad.
Washington should become better on defense in 2010. They have a good core group of players with London Fletcher, Albert Haynesworth, DeAngelo Hall, and Brian Orakpo, so expect this group to improve this year.
Many people will probably overlook the Redskins as a fantasy defense. They will most likely not be selected, but they can be a good defense to start on a bye week given the right matchup.
Prediction: 15 interceptions, five fumbles recovered, 35 sacks, two touchdowns