NFC East

Redskins coach Jay Gruden says second-year wideout Trey Quinn is ready to take over as Washington’s slot receiver. (Source: The Athletic )

Fantasy Impact: Washington has an opening with Jamison Crowder heading to the Jets during free-agency. Gruden had previously mentioned Quinn as an option to take over the role but it now sounds as if he’s the favorite for it. Quinn dealt with injuries as a rookie but is a player to monitor this summer.

Derrius Guice has been recovering from a torn ACL and head coach Jay Gruden anticipates he'll be fine heading into training camp as a full participant. (Source: Tarik El-Bashir on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's positive news for Washington that their second-round pick is poised to be healthy going into the year. With Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson still in the mix, the time-share can get a bit murky, but Guice is unquestionably the high-ceiling player out of the bunch.

Category: Injury Updates

Josina Anderson of ESPN reports Adrian Peterson is re-signing with the Redskins on a two-year contract. (Source: Josina Anderson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The financial terms of the contract are not yet known, but it’s suprising to see Peterson get a two-year deal at his age. He was basically out of the league at this time last year before having a resurgence with Washington once Derrius Guice tore his ACL. Guice is due back this season so it’ll be interesting to see how carries are divided between the two backs.

Category: Transactions

NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero is reporting that the Redskins will be parting ways with linebacker Zach Brown Wednesday. Brown will become an unrestricted free agent. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Brown joins defensive lineman Stacy McGee on the Redskins’ chopping block Wednesday morning. The team shopped Brown around and received moderate interest from several teams but were unable to get a deal done. Brown was just one year into a three-year, $24 million deal. The move will clear $5.75 million in cap room.

Category: Transactions

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Jets are signing free agent slot receiver Jamison Crowder. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It'll be a three-year contract worth $28.5 million that includes $17 million guaranteed. Crowder was injured for most of 2018 but has been a productive slot receiver throughout his career. He'll be a nice safety valve for sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold. Crowder, Robby Anderson, and Quincy Enunwa enter the year as the Jets' top three wideouts.

Category: Transactions

Matt Verderame of Fan Sided reported Wednesday that the Redskins are “highly unlikely” to use the franchise tag on linebacker Preston Smith. (Source: Matt Verderame on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Smith, 26, is set to become an unrestricted free agent March 13th. He is expected to draw significant interest from other teams. Smith has spent his entire four year career with the Redskins, playing in all 64 games with 50 starts in that time. He had 53 total tackles, four sacks, one interception, and a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown in 2018.

Category: Rumors

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports the Redskins are operating as if Alex Smith (leg) will miss the entire 2019 season. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rapoport adds Washington will be pleasantly surprised if Smith is able to contribute next year. The 34-year-old suffered a gruesome leg injury and then dealt with infections that led to more surgeries. It's possible the Redskins could draft a quarterback. They'll also certainly explore their options in free agency.

Category: Injury Updates

Jay Gruden will remain the head coach of the Redskins in 2019. (Source: JP Finlay on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He'll be back for a sixth season. Washington dealt with a ton of injuries this season and it's tough to envision things going much better next year. Alex Smith suffered a horrible looking leg injury and it's unclear what to expect from him moving forward. Gruden could find himself on the hot seat if things in Washington start slowly.

The latest domestic violence charges against Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster have been dropped, as originally reported by TMZ. (Source: TMZ)

Fantasy Impact: The charges stem from a November 24 incident in Tampa the night before a game as a member of the 49ers. San Francisco released him two days later. He was claimed off waivers by the Redskins and quickly placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt list. It was his second arrest on domestic violence accusations in less than a year. Charges were dropped from the earlier arrest when the accuser testified under oath that she fabricated the accusation. That was the same woman who accused him in this most recent incident which, as Foster’s agent told TMZ, may have played a role in these most recent charges being dismissed, citing “issues with the witness’ credibility.” Despite the lack of criminal charges, Foster could still face disciplinary action from the NFL. League spokesman Brian McCarthy said "We are monitoring all developments in the matter which continues to be under review by the league," via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. As for now, Foster will remain on the Commissioner’s Exempt list until further notice.

Washington wide receiver Josh Doctson caught two passes for 33 yards in the team's Week 17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Fantasy Impact: Doctson had a disappointing season for Washington, catching 44 of his 78 targets for 532 yards and two touchdowns.

Category: Game Recaps

Washington running back Chris Thompson rushed two times for 10 yards and caught five passes for 14 yards in the team's Week 17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Fantasy Impact: Thompson was never quite himself after returning from a ribs injury earlier in the season, although he returned to a struggling offense that was trying to get by with their fourth quarterback of the year. He finished the year with 43 carries for 178 yards and no touchdowns while catching 41 passes for 268 yards and one touchdown while playing in 10 games.

Category: Game Recaps

Washington kicker Dustin Hopkins did not attempt a kick in the team's Week 17 matchup against the Eagles as the Redskins were shut out 24-0.

Fantasy Impact: While his fantasy value was limited to do a struggling Washington offense that was battered by injuries this season, Hopkins had a strong season and finished 25-for-26 on extra points and 26-for-29 on field goals.

Category: Game Recaps

Washington quarterback Josh Johnson completed 12 of his 27 passes for 91 yards and an interception in the team's Week 17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson and the Redskins were completely shut down by the Philadelphia offense on Sunday, as they were held to just 89 total yards. Johnson finishes the season with 590 yards passing, three passing touchdowns, and four interceptions to go with 120 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown while playing in four games.

Category: Game Recaps

Vernon Davis doubtful Week 17

Fri, Dec 28th 7:02pm EST
By Blaine Blontz

Vernon Davis is listed as doubtful to play Week 17 due to his concussion.

Fantasy Impact: Davis is likely to miss another game due to injury. In his place, and with Jordan Reed out again, Jeremy Sprinkle will continue to be the starting TE in Washington.

Category: Injury Updates

Jordan Reed placed on IR

Fri, Dec 28th 7:02pm EST
By Blaine Blontz

Jordan Reed has been placed on season-ending IR due to his foot injury.

Fantasy Impact: Reed has been out for a few weeks due to the injury, but he was healthy for a majority of the season. The issue this year was his production, or lack thereof, not his health. As such, Reed won't hold much fantasy appeal entering next season given the risk he provided even when he was healthy enough to take the field this year.

Category: Injury Updates

After Saturday’s loss to the Titans, Redskins safety D.J. Swearinger was critical of defensive coordinator Greg Manusky’s play calls on the drive that resulted in Tennessee’s go-ahead score. As a result, the team decided to part ways with the outspoken safety on Monday. Swearinger was upset that Manusky was calling man-to-man defenses against Tennessee’s backup quarterback rather than zone. “In that type of situation, you got a backup quarterback, I wouldn’t call man-to-man to make it easy for him,” Swearinger said following the game, via NBC Sports Washington. “He hadn’t practiced all week. So, disguise a zone and let him throw the ball right to us. We didn’t make the plays we needed to, but when it’s crunch time, put us somewhere where we can make a play. Don’t put us in man-to-man where it’s easy for the quarterback. It’s too easy for the quarterback.” It was not the first time he publicly criticized Redskins coaches. (Source: Grant Paulsen on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: During a radio appearance on 106.7 The Fan Monday morning, Swearinger took a few more shots on his way out the door. “I don’t have words for this. I had a Pro Bowl year. I was a captain in year one, and this year I thought I improved on everything and I did a slap in the face and get released. I gave it my all and put my heart into it every single week to the best I could. I guess it says a lot about the organization...It’s not rocket science why I wasn’t captain. I’m a vocal guy, passionate guy that wants to win. If the coaches feel I’m too smart or a weapon as far as my smarts are concerned...they got to release the guy that has knowledge or has respect in the locker room I guess.” Swearinger, who was named as a Pro Bowl alternate last week, had on year left on his contract before his release.

Colt McCoy told reporters that he's hopeful he'll be able to return from his broken leg injury for the team's final regular-season game Week 17. (Source: Washington Post)

Fantasy Impact: This is surprising given the nature of the injury, but McCoy will apparently push to play. Of course, the team could opt to move forward with Josh Johnson under center regardless of McCoy's health.

Category: Injury Updates

Washington quarterback Mark Sanchez completed six of his 14 passes for 38 yards and two interceptions before being benched in favor of Josh Johnson during Sunday's blowout loss to the New York Giants.

Fantasy Impact: The offense looked much better (although still not very good) under Josh Johnson, and head coach Jay Gruden has already announced that Johnson will start over Sanchez next week. In parts of two games for Washington, Sanchez completed 19 of 35 passes for 138 yards and three interceptions.

Category: Game Recaps

Washington running back Kapri Bibbs rushed three times for 17 yards and caught three passes for 19 yards in Thursday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Fantasy Impact: Bibbs has not been able to carve out a larger role with pass-catching running back Chris Thompson out of the lineup, but he was able to score his third rushing touchdown of the season on Thursday.

Category: Game Recaps

Washington wide receiver Maurice Harris caught one of his four targets for 14 yards in Sunday's loss to the Houston Texans.

Fantasy Impact: Harris had a disappointing game after catching 10 passes two weeks ago and five passes last week, and the loss of quarterback Alex Smith for the season makes Harris a risky play for at least the next few weeks until we see what kind of chemistry he has with backup Colt McCoy.

Category: Game Recaps