As the old saying goes, “Offense sells tickets, but defense wins championships.” The same can similarly be said for your Fantasy Football team. While your offense likely isn’t selling you any tickets, your defense can certainly win you a championship. Should you consider the Washington Redskins‘ defense for your Fantasy team?
The answer to that question is no. While overall the Redskins will be a good team this year, their defense has very little Fantasy value. They are ranked 22nd on ESPN.com for Fantasy Football and should be avoided in just about any draft.
In 2012, the Redskins defense scored under five Fantasy points in a week nine times. There were only three games where they scored more than 10 points. In five of those nine weeks with less than five points, the defense only scored two points or fewer.
Aside from the Fantasy statistics, the overall NFL statistics for Washington were just as bad. The Redskins ranked 30th in overall pass defense with 281.9 yards per game, but ranked fifth in run defense with 95.8 yards per game. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that the Redskins also saw the least amount of rushes against them throughout the season while giving up 4.2 yards per carry.
Granted, the Redskins were missing three important players in Brian Orakpo, Adam Carriker and Brandon Meriweather. All three were lost to injuries and couldn’t play. This year, the Redskins will still be without Carriker, but are expected to get back Orakpo and Meriweather.
Other than the players that are returning from injury, the Redskins couldn’t really do much in free agency to boost the defense thanks to their salary cap penalty. They did draft cornerback David Amerson this past April, but it’s risky to draft a defense simply because they have a shiny new toy.
Looking at the schedule, the Redskins will be going against some of the top offensive powers in the NFL. They’ll face the Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons this season. All five teams are capable of annihilating a defense, which would destroy your week in Fantasy Football.
While the Redskins could win double-digit games this year, it won’t be because of the defense. The strength of this team lies on the offensive side of the football. When you’re looking for a defense to draft, stay away from the Redskins. They are an attractive pick due to their front seven. But, they will do more harm than good for your Fantasy team.