Anyone who doesn’t think the NFL is a 365-day-a-year sport, well, the Redskins and Rams just made huge news on a Friday night in March. In a story broken by FOX Sports insider and NFL Network contributor Jay Glazer, Washington has acquired the No. 2 overall pick in April’s NFL Draft from St. Louis in exchange for first rounders in 2012, ’13 and ’14 and a second-round pick this year.
The move was made to ensure that the Redskins can land Baylor QB Robert Griffin III next month, which is great news for his fantasy value. While I think it’s tough to expect him to post Cam Newton-like numbers as a rookie, RG3 will be in a nice position to succeed under coach and offensive guru Mike Shanahan. I like him as a No. 2 fantasy quarterback and matchup-based starter across the board. He’ll be a top-three pick in all dynasty leagues.
The Rams will now move down a few spots in the first round, where Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon would be a very nice fantasy option in an offense without a No. 1 wide receiver. The Browns, now forced to look past a quarterback with their first overall pick, would be a nice spot for Alabama RB Trent Richardson. I see him as a true featured back, and Cleveland would give him the chance to fill that rare role with Peyton Hillis slated to be a free agent.
With the Redskins expected to be set at quarterback, look for them now to go hard after some other offensive weapons to help Griffin in his development – Vincent Jackson and Marques Colston come to mind. They are also out of the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, so his likeliest destinations are now Arizona, Denver and Miami. The Cardinals are, to me, the best fantasy fit.
Manning’s decision will have a domino effect of sorts – and here’s the best scenario from a fantasy perspective. If he lands in the desert, he’s a surefire No. 1 fantasy quarterback and worth an early-round pick. In turn, the Cardinals could release Kevin Kolb – he would be a nice option for the Browns, who are out of the RG3 chase and were never in on Manning. Finally, the Dolphins would sign free agent QB Matt Flynn, who would be a nice sleeper playing for former offensive coordinator and new head coach Joe Philbin. The possibilities are endless.
It’s going to be a great offseason…