Note: The opinions expressed here are my takes on each player's individual matchup. As always, use your best judgment and conduct your own research on who to start or bench each week. You know your individual team and/or league situation better than anyone else.
The difficulty in starting a rookie quarterback is there is very little historical performance to go on at the professional level. A taste of what is to come can be achieved in the preseason but often those games are far from the reality of the regular season. Griffin should have the opportunity to put some fantasy points on the board in Week 1 against the New Orleans Saints. I can give a shaky estimate of around 16.00 fantasy points this week.
Evan Royster, RB
More uncertainty in the Washington Redskins offense comes at the position of running back where Royster is listed as the No. 1 running back on the official depth chart. Going with that notion, Royster faces a Saints' defense that allowed an average of 19.76 fantasy points per game to running backs last season. With that in mind, I can give another shaky estimate of 9.50 fantasy points in Week 1.
Pierre Garcon, WR
Garcon finished the 2011 season earning his owners 129.50 fantasy points on the year. He faces a Saints' defense in Week 1 that allowed an average of 23.69 fantasy points per game last year. Look for Garcon to get a fair amount of targets, as Griffin should throw a lot. He should finish the day in the 7.00 fantasy point range.
Santana Moss, WR
Moss ended the 2011 season earning 82.40 fantasy points on the year. He shares a equal matchup with Garcon this week against the Saints which should land him in the 7.00 fantasy point range on the day.
Fred Davis, TE
Davis completed the 2011 campaign earning 95.60 fantasy points on the year. He faces a Saints' defense that allowed an average of 6.04 fantasy points per game to tight ends last year. Like every other eligible receiver, Davis could develop into a favorite target. Expect a 6.00 fantasy point performance this week while the Washington Redskins' offense finds their groove.
The Washington Redskins' team defense earned their owners 100.00 fantasy points on the season in 2011. With a matchup against the likes of New Orleans' Drew Brees, I would expect no more than 5.00 fantasy points on the day if they play well.
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