Rankings reax: Watch for Bucs, Redskins
Three weeks still isn't a significant sample size from which to derive true meaning about how bad a certain pass defense might be, but I've watched enough of the Washington Redskins to believe this isn't solely a trend. Drew Brees in Week 1 was one thing, but Sam Bradford and Andy Dalton have combined for 638 passing yards since. As luck would have it -- and not Andrew Luck, who is on bye this week -- the Redskins will be playing another brutal pass defense this week in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Remember that Detroit Lions-Tennessee Titans game in Week 3, with 85 points, 1,000-plus yards, a Hail Mary that was legitimately completed and overtime? That should be Redskins-Buccaneers.
However, when polishing off my Week 4 rankings, it seemed like Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson was perhaps the lone beneficiary of that extra sweet "matchups" jolt. I've got him in my top 10, and surely my colleague/Redskins fan Matthew Berry is aware that his fave team doesn't defend so well, but who else is there to take advantage? There are just way too many thriving quarterbacks to bump average Josh Freeman into starter territory, though I came close at No. 12, and Robert Griffin III is already safely there. The Redskins don't have, shall we say, sure things among their wide receivers, which is a shame, and the Bucs' top tight end, Dallas Clark, is averaging two fantasy points per game. Running backs Doug Martin and Alfred Morris are already top-20 choices.
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