QB: It’s a new team, same division for Donovan McNabb. I like that he’s going to a team who’s coach is Mike Shanahan, but he isn’t your top 10 QB anymore. McNabb won’t hurt his teams with turnovers, and should be fired up to show the Eagles what they traded away. McNabb is flirting with the line of being a low end #1 to a top end #2. He might be better off not being drafted, unless you can pick him up with a late round pick.
RB: Clinton Portis is stuck in a logjam at RB, but I expect him to still get 15-20 carries per game. He is a low end #2 RB now and is in the same boat as McNabb. I’m not going to go as far to say that he’s not worth being drafted, but will probably warrant a pick somewhere around the 7th round.
WR: The addition of McNabb should affect Santana Moss’ fantasy stock for the better. I’ve always been a fan of Moss, and getting a veteran QB should help him. Moss is probably a low end #2 WR, possibly even a high end #3. My best guess is that he will go somewhere in the middle rounds. Taking him there should get you a solid WR that will produce good, not great, numbers all season long.
TE: Coming off of an ankle injury, Chris Cooley is setup good to return to elite status. McNabb has been known to target TE’s early and often. I don’t think Cooley cracks the top 4 TE’s, but is certainly hot on their tails. You will have to feel your draft out and see when the TE’s start coming off the board. Once the elite ones are gone, it’s time to pick him. Some leagues it might be middle rounds, but most will probably have him selected in the later rounds.
Defense: Contrary to popular opinion, the Redskin’s defense isn’t a very good fantasy option. They ranked 3rd to last in fantasy points last year, and I don’t have any reason to believe that they will be better this year. You’re better off not selecting them on draft day.
Sleeper: The Redskins don’t really have a true sleeper pick, but Larry Johnson is their best option. He will be a backup to Clinton Portis, and probably won’t see a ton of carries in a pass happy offense. The thing I like about Larry is his past. He’s proven he can put up big fantasy numbers in the past, and if he gets on a roll early he could be a guy to take a chance on.
The Redskins are a team on the fence. They have a guy that has proven that he can get teams into the playoffs, and other veteran playmakers. I think their defense will hold them back in phases, and hopefully McNabb can make up for the defensive shortcomings. It’s definitely going to be an interesting year for them.