Dual-threat QB leads one dimensional 49ers
Our weekly look at the Redskins' matchup from a fantasy football perspective.
For the first time in weeks there is little to get excited about with the Redskins passing attack from a fantasy perspective. Jordan Reed (concussion) has already been ruled out, taking away one of only two consistent receiving threats. Something tells me the 49ers will dedicate plenty of energy toward stopping the other one, Pierre Garcon. Of course owners should start Garcon, who has at least five receptions in every game, though temper expectations against a defense allowing the seventh fewest points to fantasy wide outs.
From there...let's just say there is from there. Santana Moss, Josh Morgan and Aldrick Robinson are expected to receive more snaps with Leonard Hankerson out for the season, but that's not the same as saying owners should expect more fantasy production. Morgan remains more valuable as a blocker than pass catcher while Robinson is a deep threat who's never shown any hint of consistency. Put me on the spot and I'll say Moss is the one to use of the three, but this is nowhere near a ringing endorsement.
Fred Davis should be active for the first time since Week 8. That's intriguing for Redskin fans still believing the former second-round pick can contribute. It's irrelevant in fantasy football especially against a 49ers defense that ranks 4th against fantasy tight ends this season. Logan Paulsen is another fantasy non-factor except in the deepest of leagues, though I'd take a shot with him over Davis. Active isn't the same as play and clearly the coaching staff isn't a big fan of Davis at this point.
For thoughts on Alfred Morris, we turn to Rotoworld's Evan Silva : Although Alfred Morris is more RB2 than RB1 this week, the Redskins are more likely to have offensive success on the ground than through the air against a 49ers defense that ranks top ten versus the pass and 12th against the run. San Francisco's run defense has been strong but not suffocating, giving up nine rushing scores through ten games and a 3.87 yards-per-carry average, the ninth stingiest clip in the league. Morris has notched at least 93 rushing yards and/or a TD in six consecutive games.
Fair to say that this wasn't the best of weeks for Robert Griffin III at least in terms of taking criticism from a usually sycophantic media. Of all the on-the-field knocks, having NFL Films guru Greg Cosell state that Tampa Bay rookie MIke Glennon is "far more advanced than RG3 playing NFL QB" stood out. Griffin certainly has room to grow when it comes to throwing in the pocket. The thing is his running game has been inconsistently used this season so fantasy players cannot count on RG3 offsetting passing woes with ground gains. The 49ers rank sixth against fantasy QBs overall, allow the sixth fewest TDP per game and haven't allowed more than 33 rushing yards to a QB this season That includes holding Cam Newton to 15 yards on eight carries in Week 10. Of course, Griffin is coming off consecutive strong fantasy performances. Of course, the 49ers are much better than the Eagles and Vikings. If you're gut is suggesting sit Griffin this week even for the likes Josh McCown, don't deny your feelings. Overall RG3 is a backend QB1 who is down one of his two top targets.
The defense and kicker
Perhaps this is a game for Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo to assert themselves seeing as the 49ers allowed nine sacks over their last two games. Otherwise, San Francisco is rather tight when it comes to serving up points to opposing fantasy defenses. For all of his struggles, Colin Kaepernick has only thrown seven interceptions and three came in Week 2. Look elsewhere besides the Redskins for a fantasy defense this week. ...Last week the Saints kicked three field goals against the 49ers, the most any team has attempted versus San Francisco this season. In fact, only two teams have allowed field goal attempts per game than the 49ers. In other words, pass on Kai Forbath
.On the other side...
How can we not discuss the other heralded young QB also going through a trying sophomore season. While Griffin has offset real world issues with legitimate fantasy success overall this season, the same cannot be said for Colin Kaepernick. His 14.5 points per game average ranks below names like Terrelle Pryor and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Over the last week he's thrown for a combined 218 yards and the rushing yards haven't been a weekly staple. Therefore, it says how poorly the Redskins defense has fared this season when Kaepernick is the fantasy QB to use in this game. Washington allows the sixth most points.
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.