Yahoo Fantasy analysts Matt Harmon and Scott Pianowski reveal why the Washington Commanders are primed to move up in the power rankings in 2023, ascending from the bottom tier to becoming a mid-tier team. Hear the full conversation on the “Yahoo Fantasy Football Forecast” - subscribe on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts.
MATT HARMON: The Washington Commanders--
SCOTT PIANOWSKI: Oh, sure.
MATT HARMON: --because look, they've got the skill position talent. They've got Terry McLaurin, who I think is an elite wide receiver. The stats don't show it because he's played with miserable quarterbacks. Jahan Dotson is so underrated. I said this on Twitter the other day. I went and looked through three or four sets of dynasty rankings.
And I'm like, why is Jahan Dotson so low here after what he showed as a rookie? Why is he behind guys who-- I'm not going to name any names. People want me to name-- actually, I'll name names on the podcast. I didn't do it on Twitter. But why is he behind Christian Watson? Why is he behind Treylon Burks still? Why is he behind George Pickens?
Jahan Dotson is a better football player than all three of those guys. Washington's about to get new ownership. So that should be just a breath of fresh air throughout the building. And look, Jacoby Brissett was good last year for the Browns, I'll say it. He was good last year for the Browns. I know that he's in a camp competition with Sam Howell.
I think Jacoby Brissett's probably going to start for this team based on getting an up to $10 million contract. There it is, up to. Drink.
I don't know. I think that Washington has a chance, if Brissett is the player he was last year for Cleveland in a slightly better infrastructure, ecosystem there with the Browns. I think they could jump into being maybe the 15th, 16th-ranked team here.
SCOTT PIANOWSKI: It's a steakhouse team. I love the menu. I just don't know if the New York strip is any good. If the New York strip is good, this team will be good. And as you said, man, it's just so great. They finally got the nickname sorted out.
They're finally getting probably the worst owner we've ever seen in our lifetimes in sports, he's finally getting pushed out. And we're going to have just a fresh start for this team. It's a great fan base. It's an area that so badly wants to have a team that's relevant. And I grew up with a lot of Washington teams that were really good, the Joe Gibbs era and all that stuff and Joe Theismann and Mark Rypien. And would just be-- the NFL would be better if Washington's good again.