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Redskins fantasy starts and sits for Week 3

Dan Ciarrocchi of the SB Nation Fantasy News Desk and Pro Football Focus takes a look at three Redskins to start and three Redskins to sit this week versus the Detroit Lions.

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Pierre Garcon: Despite the Redskins season essentially consisting of "garbage time," Garcon is still a safe start in all formats in Week Three. The Redskins' top target will square-off against a suspect secondary unit, and Garcon should be in line to receive a heavy volume of targets in a game that's likely to be another shootout. After leading the team with 24 targets through the first two games, expect Garcon to capitalize on the opportunities once again.

Alfred Morris: Early deficits are never good for running backs in fantasy football, but Morris saved face with double-digit games despite each of the Redskins losses. Should they fall behind a third time, it won't bode well for Morris' output. But as long as the game is kept reasonably close, then he should receive his usual 20-25 touch workload. Anything to take the pressure off of Robert Griffin III would be a luxury in the eyes of Redskins coaches, and Morris has the chops to do so. Pen him in as an RB2 with RB1 upside for Week Three.

Robert Griffin III: In fantasy football, Griffin has become 2013's version of Carson Palmer, feasting off of prevent defenses and putting up inflated passing totals. There are no complaints from fantasy owners thus far, but in a closer game and without the threat of him running, it would be difficult to scratch the surfaces of his single-game point totals once again. Luckily for Griffin's fantasy owners, there's not much to suggest that a matchup versus the Lions will be low-scoring, and having Griffin in the lineup could pay out in a big way.

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Leonard Hankerson: Though he got the start over Joshua Morgan in Week Two, he trailed his counterpart in targets, 6-3. It's encouraging that Hankerson cashed-in on all of his chances and hauled in three receptions in the process, but there's not enough clarity at the receiving position past Pierre Garcon in regard to fantasy football. Hankerson is worth a stash in deep leagues, but that's all at this point.

Fred Davis: Five snaps. That's all Davis saw in the second half of a game where his team trailed 31-0 early in the third quarter. His total of 16 was the lowest he has recorded over the past two seasons with the team, and is down drastically from his 48 that he had in Week One. It's clear that his targets and snaps are quickly falling in favor of rookie Jordan Reed, thus sapping the value of a player that had deep-sleeper potential.

Jordan Reed: After experiencing visible growing pains in preseason games, Reed has found himself quickly involved in the passing game and is on the cusp of fantasy relevance after recording his first touchdown of his career. But "on the cusp" doesn't mean he is quite there yet, though he has asserted his status as a must-add in dynasty leagues.