Fantasy impact of woeful Redskins D
September, 23, 2013
By Tom Carpenter | ESPN Insider
For those of you who took part in games like our Gridiron Challenge last season, any time a team was going up against the hapless New Orleans Saints defense, it meant there was a very good chance that the top players on those teams would have their best statistical outing of the year. It also meant that secondary players were even capable of chipping in some fantasy-friendly stats.
After three weeks of games (sans the Monday night battle between the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders), it appears that this season's version of the sad-sack defense is the Washington Redskins D. Per Elias Sports Bureau, the 1,464 yards give up by the Redskins defense are the most by any team through the first three games during the Super Bowl era. That includes the 1,432 yards allowed by the Saints in their first three games in 2012.
To their credit, the Redskins have minimized some of the impact of their porous defense. As ESPN NFL Insider Mike Sando noted Monday, they "scored a touchdown Sunday while making sure Detroit got only three points off two Washington turnovers" and "the Redskins allowed 101 points in their first three games last season, three more than they've allowed this season."