2021-22 Washington Football Team Fantasy Football preview: Breakouts, sleepers and busts

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Washington Football Team vs Dallas Cowboys
Wesley D Keefer

For a team that won their division with a record under .500, the Washington Football Team (WFT) could have success in fantasy football.

There could be three or four players on the roster who could be drafted to fantasy football teams within the first three rounds. RB Antonio Gibson is rising through the ranks and has an average draft position of 17. WR Terry McLaurin's ADP is 31 and TE Logan Thomas' is 74.

Overall, their offense looks to be rather average on paper, but it's filled with potential. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is the starter and could either tank the season or keep Washington as a playoff team.

On that note, here's a quick look at the potential fantasy football breakouts, sleepers and busts on the WFT roster.

Washington Football Team fantasy football preview

Breakout - WR Terry McLaurin

This is Terry McLaurin's best chance to become a breakout player with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. He's quite worthy of a third-round selection.

McLaurin should be a top target for Ryan Fitzpatrick, with around 140 targets. He's projected to score 240 total fantasy points in 2021 after hauling in 87 catches for 1,118 yards last year.

Projected stats for 2021: 98 catches, 1,350 yards, 8 TDs.

Breakout - RB Antonio Gibson

Antonio Gibson had a strong rookie campaign, with 170 carries for 795 yards and 11 TDs. He's not used as much as a receiver, though (36 catches for 247 yards).

He should still be drafted in fantasy football in either the second or third round as a good RB2. Gibson scored at least 12 fantasy points eight times in the first 11 games in 2020, but a toe injury killed his momentum. If he has another productive year, he could finish as a top-ten RB in fantasy football.

Projected stats for 2021: 260 carries, 1,150 yards, 10 TDs/ 45 catches, 380 yards, 2 TDs.

Sleepers - WR Dyami Brown

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Dyami Brown enters the year as the No.4 WR and will likely be undrafted in most fantasy football leagues.

Ryan Fitzpatrick could often find him on the field with his vertical speed and ball-tracking. Honestly, Brown should beat out Adam Humphries at some point in 2021 for the WR3 spot.

He's projected to have 122.74 fantasy points and is currently only on 4% of rosters.

Projected stats for 2021: 38 catches, 410 yards, 2 TDs.

Sleepers - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

Say what you want about Ryan Fitzpatrick, but he should always be looked at as a sleeper in fantasy football.

You should draft him in two QB leagues or as a superflex player in the later rounds. Fitzpatrick has had at least 20 fantasy points in 12 of his last 14 starts. He could end up being the starter in some leagues by the end of the season.

He scored 161 fantasy points in 2020 and is projected to reach just under 300 this year.

Projected stats for 2021: 4,100 passing yards, 27 TDs, 13 INTs.

Bust - TE Logan Thomas

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Logan Thomas was a potential breakout player last year with his connection with QB Alex Smith.

Unfortunately, Ryan Fitzpatrick comes in as a gunslinger who takes risks downfield. With McLaurin, Curtis Samuel, Dyami Brown and multiple receivers in the backfield, Thomas could see a decrease in his targets and fantasy football production.

Projected stats for 2021: 55 catches, 600 yards, 3 TDs.

Edited by Bhargav


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