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Redskins fantasy football starts and sits for Week One

Dan Ciarrocchi gives a rundown of fantasy-relevant Redskins for Week One and offers start/sit advice.

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Defenses aren't built overnight, and with the Philadelphia Eagles deploying a new 3-4 defense on Monday with new personnel, a big week could be in store for Redskins players on fantasy football teams. Let's take a closer look:

Robert Griffin III: If you drafted RG3, and did so near his average draft position in the seventh round, then it was with an "injuries be damned" mindset. In fantasy football, there's nothing at all wrong with that kind of gamble, especially when you're talking about a top-three option at quarterback in 2012. So if Griffin's the quarterback you chose to roll the dice with, you have start him in Week One against a team that he threw four touchdowns and ran for 84 yards against in their first meeting. START

Alfred Morris: Morris carried the ball 20 and 22 times versus the Eagles a season ago, which was about on par for the number of carries he would get versus everyone else. There's no reason to think that the touches won't be there once again, and there's even less of a reason to not start a running back who eclipsed 1,600 yards rushing and was drafted in the first or second round in fantasy leagues. START

Pierre Garcon: The Redskins have waited a long time to have a game-changing receiver with the speed and playmaking ability to take the top off of defenses consistently. Garcon has thrived while being used underneath, but still possesses that deep ability as well. Versus one of the weaker safety tandems in the NFL-and also cornerback Cary Williams who allowed the fourth-most receiving yards in the league last year-Garcon could have things open up for him quite a bit. START

Fred Davis: So far this has been a nice trend of starting Redskins offensive weapons this week, but that ends here with Davis. It's not that he doesn't have a favorable matchup or the talent to warrant substantial targets, it's that there are safer options this week given the depth of the tight end position and the low investment fantasy owners likely placed into Davis (12th-round ADP). That low investment makes it easier to play "wait and see" with Davis due to his health and overall utilization in the offense, but once potential concerns about his recovery from a torn Achilles tendon are dispelled after playing a bulk of snaps, it will be much harder keeping him on the bench. SIT

Redskins Defense: For all of the hype and mystery surrounding Chip Kelly's NFL offense, the fact remains that this is a group that led the NFL in giveaways in 2012. With quarterback Michael Vick once again at the helm, confidence doesn't exactly get instilled that this offense can protect the ball better, especially after Vick fumbled 11 times and threw 10 interceptions in 10 games a season ago. A good amount of yards and points could ground the Redskins defense this week, but there's definitely upside to be had in the form of turnovers and sacks. This defense is a sneaky spot-starter for Week One, and a great option for owners who missed out on grabbing the Buccaneers or Colts defense on the waiver wire. START