In less than a month the first NFL preseason games will be played, and with that, the start of the fantasy football calendar year. Most fantasy leagues hold their drafts in mid-to-late August, and it's time to start preparing. In that spirit, let's look at two of the biggest names the Redskins have to offer fantasy players: running back Alfred Morris and quarterback Robert Griffin III.
This isn't about who you like better: Morris is a Top 25 pick, RG3 does not rank with the Top 5 quarterbacks chosen. This is about value.
The case for Morris is simple. He's a bruising downhill runner, equally effective in the red zone as he is in space on the edge. What he lacks in burst he makes up for in the ability to break arm tackles. In two seasons with Washington, Morris has run for almost 3,000 yards. He was far more effective his rookie year, when he rushed for more than 1,600 yards and 13 touchdowns. 2013, a down season for Alfred and the 'Skins, saw his totals drop to 1,275 yards and seven touchdowns.
Though the offense will likely look different with Jay Gruden in charge, Morris' role as the alpha dog in the run game will not. Morris is a good pick, a safe pick, and despite his lack of production in the pass game, fantasy players can confidently take Alfred as a No. 1 RB.
But what if you don't want safe? Want real value?
What if you hold off on selecting a quarterback until the fifth round and are able to grab Griffin? His sophomore season was a bust, throw it out. Remember his rookie year in 2012? RG3 passed for 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns, and added another 800 yards rushing with seven more scores.
New Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay said recently that Griffin looks as explosive as he did in 2012, and this season, RG3 will be another year removed from major knee surgery and playing without the encumbrance of a knee brace. Add in the addition of receiver of DeSean Jackson to go with Morris, Pierre Garçon and emerging tight end Jordan Reed, and Griffin is surrounded by offensive weapons. Gruden made the offense sing in Cincinnati with Andy Dalton at QB, imagine what he can do with Griffin's talents.
Plus, by waiting to take your quarterback until the fifth or sixth round, you can stock up on receivers and running backs early. But it requires rolling the dice a bit, banking on a comeback from Griffin.
So who do you like: the security of drafting Morris, or the potential in drafting RG3? Let us know in the comments.