2016 Outlook: Reed missed nearly half of his first two NFL seasons due to injury, leading to concerns that he would never emerge as a reliable offensive force. So much for that narrative. He broke out in 2015, finishing second among TEs in catches and TDs, fifth in receiving yards and sixth in targets. He missed two games, so durability remains somewhat of a concern. That said, he has locked himself into seven-plus targets per game as Kirk Cousins' favorite weapon and with it, top-end fantasy status.
2016 Outlook: Jones is in position to be the featured back in Washington but carries a ton of questions. As a rookie last season, he generated a few highlight-reel plays, but much of his production came off a few receptions that went for big gains. Jones actually struggled as a rusher, averaging just 2.5 ypc against base defenses (worst in the NFL). At 6-1, 231 pounds, Jones is supposed to be a physical runner, but he averaged just 1.5 yards after contact. His role as the team's starter is enticing, but he also has serious bust potential.
2016 Outlook: Jackson arguably has been the league's premier deep threat of the past decade, but durability issues continue to limit his production. He has appeared in all 16 games only twice in eight seasons, and he missed seven contests last year. When he played, though, he was effective: From Week 9 to Week 16 he caught 30 balls for 528 yards and four TDs. Only 17 wide receivers scored more fantasy points during that span. Kirk Cousins has, at the very minimum, solidified the team's QB situation, and Jackson remains one of his go-to targets. He is a boom-or-bust WR3.
2016 Outlook: The 22nd pick in April's draft, Doctson provides Washington with high-level athleticism and playmaking ability. His 120.6 receiving yards per game ranked second in the FBS in 2015, and while he doesn't have game-breaking speed, only a few WRs in this year's rookie class can match his ball skills and jump-ball ability. Doctson has excellent hands and will see plenty of deep balls on perimeter routes. Expect him to be busy near the goal line as well. The TCU product will start his career behind DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, but even if you don't draft him, keep him in mind as a midseason buy-low target.
2016 Outlook: Jay Gruden's decision to roll with Cousins as his starter didn't exactly scream 'brilliant' early last season. Through six weeks, Cousins tossed six TDs and eight interceptions. But starting with a three-TD, 317-yard performance against the Bucs in Week 7, Cousins became a different player. He threw 23 TDs and just three picks over his final 10 games, and only three QBs scored more fantasy points during that span. Cousins plays a conservative, efficient style: Only 15.7 percent of his throws were off target, and he led the league with a 69.8 percent completion rate. Despite his strong finish, Cousins is still somewhat unproven--last year was the only season in which he appeared in more than six games. Still, with a healthy Jordan Reed and DeSean Jackson, he shouldn't have trouble providing solid QB2 numbers.
2016 Outlook: Garcon has--somewhat quietly--been a consistent fantasy contributor since entering the league in 2008. He has ranked 29th or better among WRs in receptions during five of the past six seasons. Garcon has never scored more than six TDs in a season--a mark he tied last year--but he did finish 2015 tied for 14th in the NFL with 13 end zone targets. He is a reliable possession receiver, but his upside is limited. With Josh Doctson challenging him for playing time in Washington, Garcon projects as little more than a bye-week fill-in.
2016 Outlook: Marshall fell to the seventh round of April's draft, but Washington's poor depth at running back behind Matt Jones (who struggled as a rookie) makes him fantasy-relevant. A combine standout, Marshall ran the fastest 40-yard dash (4.31) and posted the most reps on the bench press (25) among RBs. He was a five-star prospect out of high school but carries a major injury red flag after a torn ACL derailed most of his final three seasons at Georgia. Given his physical tools, though, Marshall should be on your radar in the later rounds.
2016 Outlook: From Weeks 9 through 16, no Redskins wide receiver played more snaps than Crowder. He wasn't targeted as often as DeSean Jackson or Pierre Garcon, but the rookie from Duke settled into a comfortable role as Washington's primary slot receiver and finished the year with 59 receptions (37th among WRs). Jackson and Garcon return, and the Redskins selected Josh Doctson in the first round of April's draft. All that competition will limit Crowder to occasional targets out of the slot, and he won't see enough volume to allow for much fantasy production.
2016 Outlook: Thompson wasn't expected to make much of an impact last season behind Alfred Morris and Matt Jones, but he found his niche as the team's passing-down specialist. Washington called pass plays on 87 percent of his 282 snaps, which helped him rank among the top 20 RBs in targets, receptions, receiving yards and receiving TDs. At 5-8, 193 pounds, thompson doesn't have the size to be a three-down back, but he will flirt with PPR flex numbers if he hangs on to last season's role.
2016 Outlook: The Redskins' D/ST cracked the top 20 in fantasy points for the first time since 2007 last season, ranking 14th in the league. But that success was the result of a lot of luck--the unit forced 22 fumbles and recovered 15 of them, numbers that aren't sustainable. Meanwhile, the Skins surrendered 6,090 yards (fifth most in the league), which is a sign of serious issues. They did overhaul their secondary with the additions of Josh Norman, Su'a Cravens and Kendall Fuller and are solid up front, but linebacker is a problem and so is a tough schedule. In other words, there is no reason to draft them.