Washington Huddle: Jake’s Fantasy Takes

Washington Huddle: Jake’s Fantasy Takes


MORE AND MORE PEOPLE EVERY YEAR ARE PLAYING FANTASY FOOTBALL. AND LAST SEASON, JAKE SEALY FROM THE ATHLETIC WAS HONORED AS THE TOP FANTASY FOOTBALL EXPERT IN THE NATION. HE JOINS US AGAIN EVERY WEEK HERE ON “THE WASHINGTON HUDDLE.” AND JAKE, I HAVE JORDAN REID, CHRIS THOMPSON, PAUL RICHARDSON JR. AND KICKER DUSTIN HOPKINS ON MY FANTASY TEAM. WHICH REDSKINS ARE YOUR TOP PICKS? IT’S NEVER GOING TO BE KICKERS BECAUSE I DON’T LIKE KICKERS. BRUCE: BUT I’VE GOT TO HAVE ONE. ALEX SMITH IS GOING TO BE JUST AS GOOD THAT WE SAW LAST YEAR JUST IN A DIFFERENT FASHION. I ACTUALLY LIKE JOSH DOTSON MORE THAN RICHARDSON. HE WAS INSIDE THE TOP 10 WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT RED ZONE TARGETS. ALEX SMITH IS A BETTER OUTSIDE WIDE RECEIVER PASSER. IT’S GOOD FOR JAMISON CROWDER AND JORDAN REID NOW THAT HE’S HEALTHY. I THINK DOTSON WILL BE A BIG PICKUP. YOU’RE GOING TO LIKE THE REDSKINS THIS YEAR. BRUCE: I WANT TO TALK ABOUT QUARTERBACKS. BUT YOU ALWAYS SAY CONCENTRATE ON RUNNING BACKS AND WIDE RECEIVERS. OK. WHO DO YOU EXPECT TO BE THE TOP FANTASY PLAYERS THIS YEAR? SAME AS LAST YEAR? PRETTY SIMILAR NAMES. JOHNSON IS BACK. SO HE’S GOING TO BE RIGHT AT THE TOP. IT’S A WRIST INJURY. YOU CAN’T BLAME THAT. HE’S GOING TO BE BACK. DALVIN COOK WILL BE BACK. HE’S INSIDE THE TOP 10. CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY. SO IT WILL BE A LOT OF SIMILAR NAMES WITH A FEW FRESH FACES. ODELL BECKHAM IS BACK AND HEALTHY. HE’LL BE BACK AS WELL. I’VE GOT ODELL BECKHAM. I’VE GOT A GOOD TEAM. WHAT ABOUT YOUR BIGGEST SURPRISES ESPECIALLY COMING UP ON OPENING WEEK? I THINK THE BIGGEST SURPRISE OVER ALL IS WHAT’S HAPPENED TO THE RUNNING BACK POSITION BECAUSE IF YOU LOOK AT IT, WE HAVE THE INFLUX OF ROOKIES, PLAYERS CHANGING TEAMS AND MORE RUNNING BACKS. PEOPLE HAVE GOTTEN HURT. PEOPLE ARE SHARING MORE THAN WE THOUGHT THEY WERE. RUNNING BACK, WE KNEW IT WAS GOING TO BE MORE IMPORTANT THIS YEAR. IT’S BECOME EVEN THAT MUCH MORE IMPORTANT. SO IF YOU’VE DRAFTED, IT’S TOO LATE. BUT IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR OPPORTUNITIES ON THE WEAVER WIRE, YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO BE AGGRESSIVE TO GET THEM. BRUCE: WHAT ABOUT ROOKIES? I TOOK WITH MY SECOND PICK SAY QUAN BARKLEY. WAS THAT A GAMBLE? IT’S A SLIGHT GAMBLE. EZEKIEL ELLIOTT — GRANTED THE COWBOY’S OFFENSIVE LINE IS BETTER THAN THE GIANTS. HE HAS THE SAME TALENT. WHETHER OR NOT IT HELPS THEM IS GOING TO BE A QUESTION. IT WOULD NOT SURPRISE ME IF HE FINISHES INSIDE THE TOP THREE. THERE’S TALENT WITH GURLEY AND JOHNSON. THE OTHER ROOKIE IS FREEMAN. RONALD JONES HAD A HORRIFIC PRESEASON. PENNY GOT HURT, PUT ON WEIGHT. YOU’RE LOOKING AT ROY AS THE ONLY VIABLE ROOKIE STARTING BACK RIGHT NOW. BRUCE: ALL RIGHT. HOW DO PEOPLE FOLLOW YOU? GO TO THE ATHLETIC. BY THE WAY, IF YOU GO NOW, YOU’LL GET 30% NOW.

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