The Fantasy Football off-season is about to ramp up, and we here at Fantasy Sixpack have got your back. Join me as I go through the 2021 Fantasy Football Washington Football Team Preview.
If you missed what I said in the first paragraph, the WFT is the reigning NFC East Divison Champions. If you tell me you picked the WFT to make the playoffs, I will ask you to for the winning lottery numbers. The most unlikely team to make the playoffs were helped out by injuries on other teams, and Doug Pederson giving them a helping hand.
Although the WFT made some moves that I love for fantasy, they are not going to repeat. But they should be fun to watch with Ron Rivera at the helm. So let’s get into this and see how this team stacks up.
2021 Fantasy Football Washington Football Team Preview
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One of my favorite moves this off-season was the signing of Ryan Fitzpatrick. With Alex Smith gone, it left a hole at to most important positions on the team. So of course Dan Snyder signs Fitzpatrick, it was just his turn.
When Fitz comes to a team you can expect a lot of passing attempts. Although I fully expect the veteran quarterback to win the starting job over Taylor Heinicke, he should be by no means drafted. Fitzpatrick is a wild card, he could throw five touchdowns or five interceptions.
If you do decide to take the chance and draft the journeyman, then you should not fear that there is a quarterback waiting to take over mid-season. If the team believed that Heinicke was the future of the team they would not have gone out and signed Fitzpatrick. So whether Fitz is throwing touchdowns or picks, he is going to be exciting to watch.
Antonio Gibson had a good rookie season. He posted 795 yards and 11 touchdowns in 14 games. There was a lot of concern last season about his lack of reps at the position. But he was able to put all those fears to bed. Gibson is going to increase his carries from 170 to above 250. We could also see him lineup at wide receiver at times.
J.D Mckissic is not going to have the same value as he did last season. I do not see him getting 110 targets again, that is just not Fitz’s game. But Mckissic still should have some value in this offense. He would make a great spot start in your flex. In PPR leagues he is a great depth piece to have on your bench, and remember this year is 17 games. Two running are going to be used a lot for many teams.
Peyton Barber is more of a desperate play. He should only be on your team if you are in a dynasty, or one of the other two backs got injured.
Terry McLaurin is going to be my number one target in this year’s draft. Mclaurin’s ADP is in the back of the third round which I would gladly take. With 1118 yards on 87 receptions McLaurin is clearly the number one receiver for the WFT. And with Fitz under center, I’m looking for McLaurin to improve on his four touchdown total from a year ago.
You can also draft the No. 2 receiver in this offense. And with the money they gave him, that would be Curtis Samuel. The team really invested in throwing the ball, so I’m looking for them to put it in the air 35 to 40 times a game. When that happens Samuel will get his opportunity too. He is going to be a great value pick-up in the mid to late rounds.
Steven Sims Jr. is a good pick-up only in startup dynasty drafts. He has a lot of talent and he could be a deep stash for your team.
Let’s face it Logan Thomas is really the only tight end to talk about on this team. They did sign Rickey Seals-Jones, but that was mostly about depth at the position. Thomas is an excellent athlete, who was drafted as a quarterback. Thomas finished the season with 72 reception which made him a good play in PPR leagues. Unfortunately, tight end is the one position that suffers under Fitzpatrick.
With that being said if you didn’t draft one of the top tight ends, Thomas is a good alternative. You can pick him up after you have already stacked your team. Also if you are in a dynasty league rookie draft, John Bates who was picked in the 4th round out of Boise State could be a good stash.
There are going to be a lot of great options with the WFT. With all of the talent on the offensive side, they could get into a lot of shootouts.
Unfortunately, the team will struggle to get wins in this league. But they are going to be fun to watch.
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