Our weekly look at the Redskins' matchup from a fantasy football perspective.
That's three straight games with double-digit targets and seven receptions for Pierre Garcon, not to mention back-to-back contests with over 100 receiving yards. Consistency and physical play have been his trademarks this season. Considering his production combined with the Eagles allowing the most points, Garcon is once again a top-10 threat in all formats. However...note that Philadelphia's defense, which allowed 13 touchdowns over its first six games to wide receivers, hasn't allowed one in three straight games. Garcon went for 7-64 in Week 1 against the Eagles.
Even though he missed one game this season and didn't emerge as the clear starter until after the Week 5 bye, Jordan Reed ranks sixth in receptions (44), seventh in targets (58) and eighth in yards (487) among tight ends. Like Garcon, Reed is a weekly top-10 play and therefore must start. We make that point so folks don't bench the rookie because the Eagles allow the ninth fewest points to fantasy tight ends. Philadelphia surrendered a touchdown last week, the first by a TE against the defense this season. Collectively Washington had seven receptions for 60 yards in the season opener against the Eagles (Reed went 5-38), the third-highest yardage total against Philly this season.
As for Leonard Hankerson, he's been sneaky effective in consecutive weeks with five receptions weekly value drops simply because only two NFL teams are on a bye. The third-year player also had five catches in the season opener against Philly with a season-high 80 receiving yards. Normally we could label Hankerson as a weekly flyer in what should be a high-scoring game, but he's way down the WR ranks considering only two NFL teams are on a bye.
We don't really need to mention Santana Moss and certainly not Josh Morgan anymore other than to say they don't need to be mentioned anymore.
Going back to Week 4, Alfred Morris rushing yardage totals: 71, 81, 95, 91, 121, 139. I'll let some SAT-taking student let me know Alf's Week 11 projection based on that progression, but it's a three-digit number. The Redskins feeding him 51 handoffs over the last two games has helped the cause - and turned Roy Helu into back bencher for fantasy players -, but Morris isn't racking up yards simply because of workload. Since Week 2, he has averaged no less than 4.4 yards per carry in game. The only game this season under four came in Week 1 as the Eagles held Morris to 45 yards on 12 carries, though he found the end zone.
Philadelphia has been middle-of-the-pack-ish against fantasy running backs this season, but certainly better than a brutal early season stretch. Over his last three games against the Eagles, Morris is averaging 70.7 yards and 3.9 yards per attempt.
For thoughts on one Robert Griffin III, we turn to Rotoworld's Evan Silva: "Coming off easily his season-best game in a Week 10 Thursday night loss to Minnesota, Robert Griffin III has now completed 80 of his last 128 attempts (62.5%) for 1,002 yards (7.83 YPA), six touchdowns, and four picks. They're not sterling numbers, but a step forward from his early-season play. He now returns from a long week to further rest his surgically repaired knee and take on a Philadelphia defense that ranks 31st versus the pass. RG3 owners can count on Chip Kelly's No. 4 offense lighting up Washington's bottom-six defense, forcing the Redskins to respond aggressively. In this potential shootout, an improving Griffin is a recommended QB1."
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The defense and kicker
We first note that Nick Foles hasn't thrown a single interception this season. Then mention the Eagles haven't allowed the opposing team to score a defensive touchdown since Week 4 (though Washington got one in the opener. Philadelphia is allowing the 10th most sacks - 12 over the past four games -, but that alone isn't enough to justify using the Redskins unit ...The Eagles allow the sixth most field goal attempts and seventh most points to fantasy kickers. Factor in Kai Forbath has five attempts over the last two games - made three - and owners can justify using him if they want a Redskin in their Week 11 lineup.
On the other side...
The Nick Foles-Riley Cooper combination is no joke. In the last four games this season in which Foles has attempted at least 18 passes, Cooper has 449 yards and six touchdowns on 18 receptions. Not only is he making plays downfield (19.8 yards per catch), the 6-foot-3 has tremendous red zone size and is more than capable of making tough grabs in traffic. Considering the Redskins pass defense struggles, Cooper is a top-15 fantasy play this week.
In addition to CSNwashington duties covering the Wizards, Hoyas and the college basketball scene, Ben writes about and ranks fantasy football players for FFToolbox.com, rated the most accurate site for the 2012 season.