Dwayne Haskins Fantasy Football Analysis with Redskins

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  • See Matthew Freedman's fantasy football analysis for quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who was drafted No. 15 overall by the Washington Redskins.

Dwayne Haskins Fantasy Football Analysis

  • Height: 6’3″ | Weight: 231 pounds
  • 40-yard dash: 5.04 seconds
  • School: Ohio State | Class: Redshirt Sophomore
  • 2019 age: 22 | Draft position: No. 15 overall

Unlike Daniel Jones, Haskins actually looks like a first-rounder. In his one season as a starter, he passed for an elite 4,831 yards and led the nation with 50 touchdowns. Scouts note that he’s not the most fundamentally sound of passers, but rarely did he make poor decisions with the ball.

Still, Haskins is not without his flaws.

Almost no quarterbacks with just one collegiate starting season have had NFL success. In three years at Ohio State, he started only 14 games, which gives him an unfortunate Mark Sanchez-Mitchell Trubisky type of vibe. Given his inexperience, the Redskins might open the season with Haskins on the bench behind Case Keenum — although I would expect him to get at least a few starts down the stretch.

Additionally, Haskins offers very little in the running game. It’s not necessary for NFL quarterbacks to be able to run to have success, but without any rushing ability to fall back on, Haskins could struggle as a fantasy producer early in his career. It’s easier for a young quarterback to be a viable fantasy starter if he can score points with both his arm and legs and not just his arm — especially because it often takes quarterbacks a couple of years to catch up to the speed of the league.

Finally, it’s not great for Haskins’ projection that he rarely challenged defenses deep with his arm. As a point of comparison: Kyler Murray for his career had an average depth of target (aDOT) of 10.5 per attempt. Drew Lock’s aDOT was 10.4. Will Grier’s was 10.6. They were never shy about throwing the ball downfield.

Haskins, though, has a career aDOT of just 7.8 yards. I’m not saying that he can’t throw the ball deep or attack opposing defenses with difficult throws. But at Ohio State he relied heavily on screen passes and other short throws. He might struggle with his transition to the NFL.

If he plays as a rookie, Haskins will likely be viable only in advantageous streaming situations, but in dynasty I would start to consider him at the beginning of the third round.

NFL Comp: Jameis Winston but older, less experienced and less willing to pass downfield

Matthew Freedman is the Editor-in-Chief of FantasyLabs. He has a dog and sometimes a British accent. In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he’s known only as The Labyrinthian.

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