Fantasy football scout: Redskins are rested, but who will be ready to take advantage?

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As we look ahead to Week 6, I have to admit I’m kind of fascinated by the Giants. I mean, what in the world are they going to do on offense as they head into Denver? The Broncos are first in total defense and are the toughest team to run against, which is kind of a problem for New York, which has almost no pass-catchers after last week’s carnage.

Who knows, maybe Evan Engram will get something like 75 percent of the pass targets, while the rest are divided up between Shane Vereen and Wayne Gallman, but in the meantime, here are some situations the week is offering that promise to have a little more fantasy impact. As always, the idea is to get an idea about how to proceed with moves such as trades or waiver claims.


The Redskins offense

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Quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins scrambles during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Oct. 2, 2017 in Kansas City, Mo.

Matchup: vs. 49ers, Sunday, 1 p.m.

Coming out of a bye, and at home against one of the league’s more generous defenses, we may see some Washington players break out of their early season malaise. Jordan Reed, in particular, is healthy and has a great chance to finally reward those who took him with an early draft pick. So does Terrelle Pryor Sr., but he’ll need to show that he is still a priority in the passing game, especially with Josh Doctson coming on strong. Jamison Crowder is another fantasy-draft darling who has underwhelmed, while Ryan Grant‘s two TDs are as many as the rest of the WRs combined.

Rob Kelley is expected to miss this game, or at least be very limited, with an ankle injury, giving Samaje Perine a terrific chance to put fumbling and pass-protection issues behind him and earn more of the coaching staff’s trust. Or he could, you know, literally fumble away the opportunity. Chris Thompson owners will want to see him get back to making big plays after a too-quiet Week 4.


T.Y. Hilton and Marlon Mack, Colts

Indianapolis Colts' T.Y. Hilton makes a ...
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Indianapolis Colts’ T.Y. Hilton makes a catch against San Francisco 49ers’ Jimmie Ward during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Indianapolis.