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Despite the atrocious name (if that take bothers you, I suggest you look elsewhere for Washington fantasy coverage right now), the team does in fact have several viable fantasy options, most of which will be drafted between the 4th and 12th round, if I had to hazard a guess.
QB Kirk Cousins starts us off after having the season of his brief career (and coining a new catchphrase as well – YOU LIKE THAT?!), and though he will be playing under the franchise tag this season, he has something to prove, as if he does well again, it is likely he will be able to leverage his play into a hefty contract. With his elevated play comes an increase in fantasy points for his receivers, as well.
Primary target WR DeSean Jackson will be returning, and his Flash-like speed gives any offence an edge. WR Pierre Garcon will also be returning, and the pair of them make for an interesting tandem. The real addition this season is rookie WR Josh Doctson, who promises to be an electrifying addition – if he can be snagged as a flyer late in rounds, he could even push Garcon for that WR2 spot, even in his first year.
At the running back position, the departure of Alfred Morris for the Dallas Cowboys leaves Matt Jones and Chris Thompson to sort out the messy situation they were all in last season. Washington also drafted RB Keith Marshall, who could very well be the starter by the end of the season – another rookie to keep an eye on.
The tight end spot is a bit of a logjam, with Jordan Reed going up against Vernon Davis, Derek Carrier, Niles Paul, and Logan Paulsen. It’s relatively safe to say that it’s Reed’s job to lose, but if he goes down, it’s anyone’s guess as to who will step up.
Finally, the D/ST. Even with the addition of CB Josh Norman, stay away from the Washington unit. They’ll have to prove they’ve gotten better after being one of the worst units in the NFL over the past several years.
QB Kirk Cousins; WR DeSean Jackson; WR Pierre Garcon; WR Josh Doctson; RB Matt Jones; RB Chris Thompson; RB Keith Marshall; TE Jordan Reed