Pryor’s fantasy football stock rises in Redskins offense

The fantasy football trickle down impact of Terrelle Pryor to the Redskins is pretty easy to digest.

The receiver racked up 77 receptions for 1,007 yards and four receiving touchdowns, while chipping in a rushing touchdown and 41 passing yards last season. Despite inheriting five different starting backs, Pryor saw 27 percent of the Browns targets (140). He ranked WR-18 in standard scoring leagues (8.5 PPG) ahead of Demaryius Thomas and WR-20 in PPR leagues (13.4 PPG) ahead of Emmanuel Sanders.

What Pryor accomplished in fantasy football as a member of a Browns’ offense, which allowed a league-high 66 sacks and averaged 16.5 points per game is a miracle.

Now, he joins a pass-first Redskins offense led by Kirk Cousins (at least for now) who attempted more than 600 passes and averaged 307 pass yards per game in 2016. As luck should have it, Washington just lost DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon to free agency. The duo accounted for 36 percent of the target pie last season.

Player REC TAR TAR% YDS TD
Pierre Garcon 79 116 19 1041 3
DeSean Jackson 56 100 16 1005 4
Jamison Crowder 67 97 16 847 7
Jordan Reed 66 87 14 686 6

Granted, Jordan Reed would have carved out a larger role and enjoyed more targets had he not been sidelined four games with various injuries last season. In addition to Jamison Crowder’s quiet-but-effective fantasy contributions in 2016 (12.3 PPG in PPR leagues), don’t forget the Redskins also expect Josh Doctson to return fully healthy after missing most of last season with an Achilles injury.

So, unlike his brief tenure in Cleveland where he enjoyed more than a quarter of the targets, Pryor will have to work on the outside to earn looks from Cousins. The good news is 36 percent of that target pie from last year have relocated and I could see him chewing up 15-20 percent of that loss. Remember, his one-year, $8-million contract is a bet on himself. So, he must produce during the 2017 fantasy football season or that next contract doesn’t come to pass.

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