Washington Redskins Depth Chart
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- Head Coach
- Jay Gruden
- Offensive Coordinator
- Kevin O'Connell
- Defensive Coordinator
- Greg Manusky
- Special Teams Coach
- Nate Kalzor
- Defensive Scheme
Washington Redskins Roster
Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice has not played a preseason snap, as he has yet to be cleared for full contact. With the start of the NFL season three weeks away, there is still time for Guice to get on the field, but it's dwindling. The Redskins' third preseason game is in three days against the Falcons. If he is not active, one has to start considering the possibility he'll be looking at a very limited workload when he is declared 100% ready for game action--whenever that is. Guice was already looking at something of a timeshare with Adrian Peterson in Washington's backfield, but the fact that the former has not yet been medically cleared for full-scale football action points toward Peterson getting the bulk early on. Guice is currently going about 40 picks ahead of Peterson in fantasy drafts, per Fantasy Football Calculator.
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson has reached the point in his career at which there isn't much to be made of his limited involvement in preseason action. When his second-year teammate at the position has not been cleared for full contact with a little over three weeks till the regular season, however, there might be something to that. Derrius Guice hasn't played in either of Washington's two preseason games as he awaits full medical clearance to resume taking unbridled hits on the field. Guice's situation is worth monitoring anyway, but the closer he gets to Week 1 without being cleared for contact, the more likely it is that he will be handled with extreme care by the Redskins coaching staff when he is. With that in mind, Washington's rushing attack could feature a heavy dose of Peterson during the first few weeks as Guice builds himself up from a workload standpoint. Peterson's ADP of 121.8 (per Fantasy Football Calculator) sits in the same range as a wealth of unproven commodities at the RB position. You could do worse than grabbing him that late and taking advantage of potentially high volume for the first few weeks.
The Washington Redskins defense averaged 7.4 fantasy points per game through 10 games last season in ESPN standard scoring. Alex Smith suffered a season-ending injury in that 10th game, and the Redskins defense averaged 4.6 points per game the rest of the way. Had their 7.4-PPG average held up over the full season, they would have totaled 118.4 fantasy points and ranked sixth in the league among fantasy defenses. Smith wasn't exactly lighting it up from the quarterback position last year, but his injury transformed the Redskins from a team that preferred to run to ball into an entirely one-dimensional team that didn't have a choice but to run the ball. If Case Keenum wins the starting QB job out of camp, he brings--at minimum--stability and experience back into the equation, and Washington should once again be able to keep its defensive unit fresh during the course of games. The Redskins maintained the core of a front seven that recorded the seventh-most sacks in the NFL in 2018, while adding pass rusher Montez Sweat and safety Landon Collins through the draft and free agency, respectively. Per ADP information from Fantasy Football Calculator, the Redskins D/ST is going undrafted in fantasy leagues, which seems a bit extreme for a unit that was among the league's best for much of 2018.
Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins has completed 15 of 28 passes for 231 yards, a touchdown, and two picks in two games of preseason action. He has been on the field more than veteran Case Keenum. While it figures that the Washington coaching staff would prefer to get the rookie as many reps as possible over a known quantity like Keenum, the fact that Haskins hasn't looked totally in over his head has to at least keep him in consideration for the starting job out of camp. That said, the Redskins got off to a 6-3 start last year before swan diving to a 7-9 finish, and they have to believe they can compete again in 2019 behind a quality defense. Unless Haskins proves he gives them the best chance to "win now," Keenum is still likely to be the Week 1 starter. The Redskins' third preseason game on Thursday should provide more insight into just where the coaching staff stands.
Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson has received just one touch so far in preseason action. His limited involvement could be interpreted simply as precautionary, as he spent much of last season injured. On the other hand, for a guy whose fantasy value is limited to begin with as a third-down back, you'd like to have something more to go by on draft day than one solitary touch in the preseason. There is still time, of course, and Thompson could be more heavily featured in the "dress rehearsal" third preseason game on Thursday. Until such a development occurs, our most recent evidence of what to expect from the former pass-catching machine is a 2018 season in which he was ineffective even when he was on the field. Thompson can't be considered a solid fantasy asset at the moment outside of deep PPR leagues.