Washington traded a 2nd-round pick in 2020 to jump from 46th to 26th and select Montez Sweat in the NFL Draft. Sweat delivered the top speed score for an EDGE player in Scouting Combine history. Sweat racked up 30 tackles for loss over the past 2 seasons. That included 22.5 sacks. He slipped in the draft because of a heart condition revealed in combine testing and some off-field concerns. (Michigan State kicked him out.) Sweat looks like a high-upside sack option for IDP owners. He'll get a LB designation, which hurts the outlook a bit.
The league will fine Washington LB Reuben Foster 2 game checks but not suspend him "following a review of recent incidents and an assessment of his adherence to obligations arising from previous violations of league policies." The statement from the NFL went on to say that evidence didn't indicate any further violation of the personal-conduct policy in the November incident that involved a girlfriend. Foster will now be available to take over the spot vacated when Washington cut Zach Brown in March. We'll see if the team adds any further competition in the NFL Draft. At the moment, Shaun Dion Hamilton looks like Foster's chief competition.
New Washington S Landon Collins doesn't seem to think his December shoulder surgery will be an issue for the coming season. "I'm way ahead of it," Collins told The Washington Times, when asked about his recovery and rehab. "It's definitely on schedule." The big contract certainly seems to indicate the team isn't worried. Barring some training camp setback, expect to find Collins near the top of our 2019 DB rankings.
Washington has released LB Zach Brown, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Brown graded out #3 among all LBs on Pro Football Focus last season but checked in much worse the year before. Washington now makes the 3rd team that has either booted Brown or let him walk in free agency -- and the 2nd of 3 teams to decrease Brown's playing time before he left. Brown has showed at each stop that he can put up strong fantasy numbers when starting. We'll see where he lands this time, heading into his age-30 season.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Washington has reached a 6-year, $84 million agreement with S Landon Collins, including $45 million guaranteed over the 1st 3 years. That's a record for annual average and guaranteed money at the position. Collins should certainly have a shot to continue ranking among the top IDP options in his new home. The Giants, meanwhile, gain a significant hole at the position, behind a shaky LB corps.
Washington DL Matt Ioannidis (hamstring) is inactive for today's finale against the Eagles.
Washington DL Matt Ioannidis is questionable for Sunday's finale against the Eagles. This time it's a hamstring injury, rather than the shin issue that had landed him on the injury report for multiple weeks. Ioannidis missed practice all week, though, and has fallen off since the shin injury arose. He shouldn't be in your Week 17 IDP plans.
Washington on Monday released S D.J. Swearinger. The move followed Swearinger criticizing DC Greg Manusky's playcalling after Saturday's loss to Tennessee. "We should have blowed them out," Swearinger said, per ESPN's John Keim. "If I'm the D-coordinator, I'm calling zone every time on third down because you got a backup quarterback. Make him beat us. We're playing a backup quarterback. Why would you put us in man-to-man? We are our best on defense when we look at the quarterback." That doesn't seem like enough on its own to get a Pro Bowl safety booted. Whatever the full case, Swearinger now hits the open market ahead of Week 17 and the playoffs. We'd be surprised if he makes it to the weekend without a new team.
Washington DL Matt Ioannidis (shin) is active for today's game against the Titans. He's still a low-level IDP -- especially given that the injury continued to limit his practice availability this week -- but does carry some upside.
Washington DL Matt Ioannidis (shin) is active for today's game against the Jaguars. He arrived questionable for the 2nd straight game but participated in practice this week after sitting out last week's workouts and then seeing just 3 snaps in Sunday's game. He remains risky but also carries IDP upside into today's matchup.
Washington DL Matt Ioannidis is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. He basically missed the past 2 games, playing just 3 snaps against the Giants in Week 14. Unlike last week, though, Ioannidis actually returned to limited practices this week. We'll check his status this weekend. There's upside to the Jaguars matchup.
Washington ILB Zach Brown (illness) and DL Matt Ioannidis (shin) are active for today's game against the Giants. Brown should be fine for normal IDP usage. Ioannidis looks risky after missing practice all week. The matchup does present upside, though, if he makes the most sense among your options.
The Giants have ruled WR Odell Beckham out for Sunday’s game at Washington. Beckham shows up on the Friday injury report as a limited participant after sustaining a quad bruise. The team today determined that he won’t be able to play. That obviously raises the target ceilings for WR Sterling Shepard and TE Evan Engram, while also lowering the fantasy floor for QB Eli Manning. Fortunately, he didn’t look attractive for lineups anyway. The loss of 1 of the Giants’ 2 best players also raises the floor for the Washington defense, which is a decent streaming option.
Washington LB Zach Brown is questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants. He popped up on the injury report after missing Thursday's practice with an illness but returned to full participation Friday. We'd bet on Brown playing. DL Matt Ioannidis is also questionable with a shin injury. He missed practice all week after sitting out last week's game. Ioannidis looks like a poor IDP bet even if he turns up active Sunday.
Washington on Tuesday placed CB Quinton Dunbar on IR with the shin injury that has dogged him since Week 6. The nerve issue messed with Dunbar's participation during the week and gameday availability since. He reappeared for playing time in Week 9 and Week 12 but never took the field for consecutive games after the initial injury. When healthy, Dunbar did play well in his 1st shot at starting. If he can get the shin issue healed up ahead of next season, Dunbar could enter 2019 as an IDP sleeper.
Washington DL Matt Ioannidis is questionable for Monday night's game against the Eagles because of a shin injury. He took part in practice the past 2 days and seems likely to play, but keep the risk in mind if you're deciding between linemen for your IDP lineup today.
Washington CB Quinton Dunbar is questionable once again for Monday night's visit to Philadelphia. He continues to deal with the nerve issue in his right shin, which allowed him to play on Thanksgiving. But Dunbar missed practice all this week. The team website reports that the team is "hopeful that with enough rest he might be able to go." HC Jay Gruden was similarly non-committal: "Yeah, I don’t know. This is a unique deal. When you're talking about the nerve and you're talking about that area for a guy who utilizes his speed, it's tough. It's only something that Quinton can help us along with. It's all about what he feels comfortable with. Last week, he felt comfortable enough to play, but you could see he was struggling with it as the game went on.” The Monday night kick makes Dunbar not worth waiting for unless you're looking well down the list for a starting DB. We've knocked him down our Week 13 DB rankings.
Washington CB Quinton Dunbar is questionable for Sunday's game against the Texans. He's still dealing with the nerve issue in his right shin that has already cost him 3 games and limited his playing time when he tried to return for Week 9. Dunbar posted big numbers in that contest but stayed on the field for just 40% of the snaps. He's not likely to repeat that performance. You're best off leaving Dunbar out until he's all the way back. He didn't practice at all this week.
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