2018 Outlook: Guice was considered by many to be a first-round talent, but he fell into the Redskins' laps in the second round of April's draft. The LSU product has the size and ability to operate as a three-down back at the NFL level. He may never be an exceptional receiver, but he is a powerful, elusive runner who will do plenty of damage after initial contact. Guice showed his wheels with a 4.49-second 40-yard dash at the 2018 combine. He figures to immediately handle most of the team's early-down and goal-line work, with Chris Thompson managing passing downs. The limited role puts a cap on Guice's rookie-season appeal a bit, but his talent/workload combination is enough to put him in the RB2 mix.
2018 Outlook: Despite setting a career-high mark with 101 targets last season, Crowder's fantasy production took a step back from his breakout 2016 campaign. Washington's slot man posted similar receiving lines both seasons (94-67-847-7 in 2016 and 101-66-789-3 in 2017), with the most notable difference being the change in touchdowns. Crowder has posted an OTD of 3.9 or 4.0 during each of his four seasons; which, combined with his tiny 5-foot-8, 185-pound frame, suggests he was over his head in 2016. With super-conservative Alex Smith under center in 2018, Crowder shouldn't struggle for a generous share of the targets. He remains in the flex mix.
2018 Outlook: Reed missed 10 more games last season, and his durability woes are well-documented -- he has missed 28 of 80 regular-season games in his career. It's important, however, to remember that he sports massive fantasy upside. Reed handled 7.5 targets per game and was fantasy's No. 6 tight end during four 'full' games last season. He averaged nearly nine targets per game and was the top scorer during full weeks in both 2015 and 2016. New quarterback Alex Smith helped Travis Kelce to the most fantasy points among tight ends each of the past two seasons and figures to target Reed early and often in 2018. Still only 28 years old, Reed's upside makes him well worth midround consideration.
2018 Outlook: Thompson has finished 28th among running backs in fantasy points each of the past two seasons, though last year's finish is misleading, as Thompson was fantasy's No. 10 scoring back prior to breaking his leg. Despite missing six games, Thompson put up 510 receiving yards and caught four touchdowns, both of which ranked in the top six at the position. The 27-year-old will return to a significant receiving role in 2018, but he'll defer most of the carries and short-yardage work to second-round pick Derrius Guice. You can also count on a dip in scoring rate, as he posted six touchdowns (2.5 OTD) last season after amassing eight (6.3 OTD) during his first four campaigns. Thompson is a low-ceiling flex option who should be downgraded in non-PPR.
2018 Outlook: Doctson was the 22nd overall pick in the 2016 draft, but he missed nearly his entire rookie campaign with an Achilles injury. He played a situational role early last season before seeing the field on a massive 93 percent of Washington's pass plays from Week 7 on. Doctson's production did not match his playing time. For the season, he caught only 35 of 76 targets for 502 yards and was limited to six touchdowns despite handling 17 end zone targets (seventh-most). Doctson is now 25 years old, has good size at 6-foot-2 and is a terrific athlete. His 2017 campaign was a disappointment, but he's positioned for a big 2018 role, and hope for a breakout remains. Doctson is an intriguing post-hype flier.
2018 Outlook: Richardson signed a five-year, $40 million contract with Washington after spending the first four years of his career in Seattle. The 2014 second-round pick has overcome a lot, having torn his ACL in 2012 and during the 2014 playoffs before suffering a season-ending hamstring injury in 2015. Richardson set career-high marks in targets (80), receptions (44), yardage (703) and touchdowns (six) last season. A force deep downfield, Richardson's 14.9 aDOT was ninth in the league. At worst, Richardson will be Washington's No. 3 wide receiver, but his generous paycheck suggests he won't be short on opportunities. Draft Richardson late, and hope he works his way up a shaky depth chart.
2018 Outlook: Perine was one of the top running back prospects in the 2017 class and was scooped up by Washington in the fourth round. Injuries to Rob Kelley and Chris Thompson allowed Perine 175 carries, but the Oklahoma product plodded his way to an ugly 3.45 YPC and 1.70 YAC. Although he's more of a between-the-tackles grinder at 236 pounds, Perine was solid as a receiver, catching all but two of 24 targets and averaging 8.3 YPR. Following the selection of Derrius Guice in April's draft, and with Thompson expected to remain heavily involved, Perine is no more than a low-ceiling handcuff.
2018 Outlook: After a strong rookie campaign, it appeared Washington had struck gold by signing Kelley as an undrafted free agent in 2016. Kelley came out of nowhere to put up 786 yards and seven touchdowns on 180 rookie-season touches. He averaged 4.19 YPC, including 2.17 after contact, the latter of which was ninth best at the position. Kelley was expected to lead the Washington backfield again in 2017 but instead missed nine games due to injury and struggled to reach 3.13 YPC (fifth worst) and 1.68 YAC. In Kelley's defense, he faced stacked boxes (7.1 box defenders per carry was fifth most) and had little pre-contact help (1.45 YBC was sixth lowest). Kelley offers very little as a receiver, and with Derrius Guice added to the mix, he isn't even a lock to make the Redskins' 53-man roster.
2018 Outlook: Davis was supposed to play a complementary role in his first two seasons in Washington, but injuries to Jordan Reed led the veteran tight end to handle 44.1 snaps per game in the span. Davis made a splash with 648 receiving yards last season (his most since 2013). He has ranked top-10 among tight ends in yards per target, yards per reception and aDOT each of the past two seasons. The strong efficiency hasn't been fueled by much volume, however, especially when Reed is in the fold. Davis hasn't posted a fantasy campaign better than 19th at his positon since 2013. He's in the fantasy discussion only if Reed misses time.