Aug 24, 2012
The Washington Redskins (specifically Mike Shanahan) are notorious for leaving fantasy football owners out to dry, and this season figures to be no different. With a 3 headed running attack, it is anyone’s guess who assumes the lead role, but for the ever important preseason game #3, we have some clarity.
Tim Hightower‘s lingering knee injury appears to be the least severe in the Redskins backfield, and it looks as if he will be the only player vying for the starting role that suits up tomorrow. “If there’s no setbacks” Hightower will play stated Shanahan. Evan Royster (knee) and fantasy favorite based on ADP Roy Helu (Achilles) will be held out, giving the bruising Hightower every chance to win the starting gig.
I’m spending nothing more than a late round pick to acquire any member of this trio, as the situation will be influx on a week to week basis. But I’d advise you keep an eye on the situation because Washington will need to establish a running game to protect Robert Griffin III.
As of this moment, I still like Helu as the lead back due to his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. That skill allows Griffin to have a safety net and avoid extra punishment. Having said that, I think Hightower (or maybe RGIII) lead the team in rushing touchdowns.