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Dwayne Haskins shaky in Washington debut vs. Giants

Washington QB Dwayne Haskins made his debut and it was not pretty. We break down the fantasy implications.

Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) lines up against the New York Giants during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Dwayne Haskins era would appear to be upon us in the nation’s capital. Embattled Washington head coach Jay Gruden benched Case Keenum in Week 4 against the New York Giants and brought in first round pick Dwayne Haskins. Keenum has struggled this season, but it was an inauspicious debut for Haskins.

Gruden benched Keenum after the veteran completed six of 11 passes for 37 yards and an interception. Haskins looked worse in his debut, completing nine of 17 passes for 107 yards and three interceptions. It’s only his debut, and plenty of players have bounced back from an ugly debut, but boy was it ugly.

Fantasy analysis: Keenum seemed to offer some upside to fantasy football owners in a Week 4 matchup against a bad Giants defense. Instead, it was more of the same after his disastrous performance against Chicago in Week 3. Keenum might end up back in the starting lineup at some point, but there’s no fantasy value there.

Haskins did not impress in his debut, but it’s also just one start. Dynasty owners are not going to be dropping him, and depending on your lesser keeper leagues, he’s not worth dropping. In single-season re-draft leagues, however, there is zero reason to add him.

The bigger question is what to make of Terry McLaurin, Paul Richardson, Chris Thompson, Adrian Peterson, and Vernon Davis. They had shown some things with Keenum, but their fantasy value is a big question with the change to the rookie. Thompson and Richardson were the lead targets this week, with five targets apiece. It is too soon however to make any conclusions.