How The Redskins Could Make Your Fantasy Draft
Two major changes to the Washington Redskins you must be aware of before drafting: The effect of the additions of Donovan McNabb and Head Coach Mike Shanahan.
Donovan McNabb – McNabb brings his career 2.16 to 1 TD ratio and last season's 253.8 YPG to a team that has had its struggle at the quarterback position for quite some time now. Inaccuracies, mistakes, fumbles, and lack of creativity plagued Jason Campbell's tenure with the Redskins. McNabb has had seven season of 18 or more TD's and has not thrown more than 11 interceptions since 2001. Having McNabb will allow stretch defenses and make them honest against the running game. McNabb is drifting into the late rounds and could be a snatch pick.
Clinton Portis – With the addition of McNabb, Portis should be more effective although Larry Johnson and Willie Parker will be waiting in the wings should Portis under-perform or suffer an injury. Portis is currently be drafted in the 8th round on ESPN.com which is borderline obscene. Portis has been a pick in the first couple rounds for years now and it seems his semi-average seasons that have fallen below expectations as of recently have somehow made drafts not consider him even in the middle rounds. The most important positive in Portis' game is the hire of coach Mike Shanahan. In his two years with Denver under Shanahan, Portis ran for 1508 yards(2002), and 1591 yards(2003) only starting 12 and 13 games respectively. Obviously this was a much younger and injury-less Portis, but Shanahan's resume posts a slew of impressive running seasons by several different backs. Shanahan has coached 6 backs to 1,000+ yard seasons. Shanahan is known for his run-heavy West Coast Offense and he should bring this same mentality to Washington. Larry Johnson could be a fantastic reserve to have if anything should happen to Portis and may end up splitting time if Shanahan's sometimes unorthodox RB decisions come into effect. This is potential negative for Portis and owners heading into the season
Santana Moss – Moss' summary of quarterbacks consist of Chad Pennington, Vinny Testaverde, Mark Brunell, and Jason Campbell. These QB's have had some decent seasons but not many of them were with Moss. Testaverde was aged, Pennington was young and struggling, Brunell was at the tail-end of his success, and Campbell...well. Moss should benefit greatly from having McNabb throwing to him. Moss has lost half a step but still has the break away speed to get behind a defense. He is not Desean Jackson but he is not twilighting and his hands are as soft as ever. Moss has been relatively injury free in his career and has managed to put up three 1000+ yard seasons. Look for him to add a fourth in 2010.
Chris Cooley/Fred Davis – After Chris Cooley's injury in week 7, Fred Davis stepped up with 4 games of 50+ yards and scored touchdowns in four straight games(weeks 10-13). Cooley should still return as the #1 option barring any major setback. Cooley should fair quite well with McNabb throwing to him. McNabb helped make TE Brent Celek a top pick this year. Celek ended the 2009 season with 76 receptions and 971 yards. McNabb has proven that if he has a strong TE to throw to he will target him at will and Cooley should have a big bounce back year after his injury.
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