2012 Team Outlook: Washington
TE Chris Cooley, --- - Over the Hill (decreased production)
Could Chris Cooley revert to his 2010 production of 77 receptions and 849 yards? Maybe, but not likely. He's missed significant time with injuries in two of the past three seasons - and has fallen way behind Fred Davis on the depth chart. If Cooley avoids becoming a salary cap casualty, he's worth monitoring, but not targeting.
PK Graham Gano, CAR - Bye Week Fill-in
Gano's 76 percent (31-of-41) success rate on field goals ranked 30th among kickers. The Redskins brought in veteran Neil Rackers for competition. At 25, Gano has youth and the stronger leg on his side. He is also recovering from two broken bones in his back. Iffy for both the job and fantasy owners.
PK Billy Cundiff, --- (K - #16) - Bye Week Fill-in
One day a Raven, the next day a Redskin. At least Cunduff won't have far to travel far down I-95 to reach his new digs. Cundiff tied for ninth in the NFL last season with a career-high 28 field goals, but missed a critical attempt in the AFC Championship game and then was beat out by rookie Justin Tucker training camp. Washington scooped him and send the erratic Graham Gano. There is no need for fantasy owners to pick Cundiff up right now, but he's certainly a bye week option and perhaps more if the Redskins offense proves viable. Less interesting in leagues that reward kicks from 50 yards and beyond. Missed five of six attempts from that range.
PK Neil Rackers, --- - Bye Week Fill-in
Despite his penchant for splitting the upright, the Texans moved on from the reliable Rackers because of short kickoffs. His competition in Washington - Graham Gano - has the power leg, but not the experience. Unless the Redskins are thinking long-term, Rackers has the inside track for a team that could struggle in the red zone.
Washington Defense (Def - #21) - Bye Week Fill-in
The front-7 dramatically improved last season in year two of the 3-4 defense as the pass rushing duo of Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan combined for 16.5 sacks. However the secondary is a mess and while new players like Brandon Meriweather and Cedric Griffin were added, nobody thinks the coverage issues are solved. This unit is a bye week option against weak offensive lines, but not a turnover-y group.