Washington selected rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins in the first round of the NFL Draft from Ohio State, and he's expected to compete with Case Keenum and Colt McCoy to be the starter this year. Even if Haskins doesn't start in 2019, it's clear he's the quarterback of the future in Washington, which should be good for his long-term Fantasy value. For this season, if Haskins does win the starting job in Week 1, he has limited upside with a suspect receiving corps. We don't recommend drafting him in most seasonal, one-quarterback leagues, but he is worth a late-round selection in two-quarterback formats. And in rookie-only drafts, Haskins is worth selecting with a third-round pick.
Haskins is a serious contender for the Week 1 starting job, ESPN.com's John Keim reports. "He's put enough out there on tape to say he deserves a shot, without a doubt," coach Jay Gruden said. "When he's on, there's nobody you'd rather have than Dwayne. It's pretty. He stands tall; he has a cannon, and he can quicken up his release. He's got great touch. But sometimes when he's off, he's abnormally off. It's kind of weird." The 15th overall draft pick seems to be as advertised so far, displaying the inconsistency that's almost inevitable for a one-year college starter. The good moments apparently have been impressive enough to put Haskins on even footing in a camp/preseason battle for the starting job with Case Keenum and Colt McCoy (leg). Each of the three figures to get work with the first-team offense, though McCoy seems like a long shot to actually win the job. Haskins has a huge advantage in terms of size, arm strength and youth, but Gruden may decide Keenum gives the team a better chance to win games in September. Either way, the rookie is a strong bet to make starts at some point this season.
The Redskins selected Haskins in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 15th overall. Haskins (6-foot-3, 231 pounds) is a big quarterback with a big arm, and by any sensible measure he's a far better prospect than Daniel Jones, who the Giants selected sixth overall. Haskins can't run at all and may prove significantly limited in terms of evading the pass rush, but if he keeps developing, his passing acumen would more than offset that. Haskins was outrageously productive for Ohio State in 2018, completing 373 of 533 passes (70 percent) for 4,831 yards (9.1 YPA), 50 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 14 games as a redshirt sophomore. With a powerful throwing arm and a blazing fast start to his young career, Haskins has many high-upside indicators. The concern here is the landing spot. Jay Gruden is an excellent coach, but all bridges to Dan Snyder burn eventually and Washington's management practices beyond Gruden's jurisdiction are universally, eternally awful. The personnel among the pass catchers is highly discouraging, as well. Haskins should thrive if Gruden sticks around, but if Gruden is out after 2019 then the entire foundation in Washington could crack. It in any case is up in the air as to whether Haskins or Case Keenum is the Week 1 starter for Washington. Haskins has all the talent, but he's raw by most measures and Keenum is at least quite seasoned at this point.
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|4||09/29||@New York Giants||13||18.75|
|5||10/06||New England Patriots||18||19.95|
|7||10/20||San Francisco 49ers||29||22.88|
|11||11/17||New York Jets||27||22.38|
|14||12/08||@Green Bay Packers||22||21.25|
|16||12/22||New York Giants||13||18.75|