FBG says: Good matchup. The Washington Redskins' move to start Dwayne Haskins at quarterback for the remainder of the season may pay off in the long-run, but for now, it weakens an already-struggling passing attack. With Haskins as the starter over the last two games, the Redskins have mustered just 6.2 adjusted yards per attempt through the air, which would rank bottom-seven in the NFL amongst qualified quarterbacks. Poor quarterback play has kept standout rookie wide receiver, Terry McLaurin, from being a top-tier fantasy producer this season. Still, he should continue to provide value following the quarterback change, as he and Haskins were college teammates and have already established great chemistry through the air. Aside from McLaurin, this offense leaves much to be desired in the wide receiving corps, as he is the only player with more than 300 receiving yards through 10 games this season. Haskins' inexperience and indecisiveness in the pocket, coupled with poor offensive line play, has led to him taking 10 sacks across his last 2 starts. The lack of a clean pocket, along with the lack of capable pass-catchers, will cause Haskins for the rest of his rookie season, and this weekend should be no different, even against a struggling Detroit defense.
The Detroit Lions' pass defense has defended an exceptionally high number of pass attempts this season, and they rank 27th in the league, allowing 7.2 adjusted yards per attempt. Over their last 5 games, the Lions have allowed over 313 passing yards and 3 touchdowns per game while forcing 0 interceptions during the span. The Lions' pass rush is one of the weakest in the NFL, as they only have 2 players with more than 2.0 sacks on the season through 10 games. They're especially soft at the second-level, where their linebacking corps is one of the NFL's worst coverage units. This weakness has allowed opposing running backs to record the 2nd-most receiving yards of any defense in the NFL, and opposing tight ends to post the 10th-most fantasy points, using the PPR scoring format, in the league. Their secondary is not much better, as their only above-average pass-defender, Tracy Walker, had a short-lived return from a knee injury, playing only 22 snaps last week against the Dallas Cowboys. Elsewhere, cornerback Darius Slay, who was previously one of the league's premier lockdown defenders, has regressed mightily this season, grading as merely an average player in coverage. Fortunately, Detroit's vulnerable pass defense will likely go unpunished here in Week 12 against the Washington Redskins' struggling aerial attack.