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Kevin Durant, besides being a big Redskins fan, is also a big fantasy football player. So he joined Matthew Berry and Field Yates on their ESPN Fantasy Focus podcast to discuss his fantasy strategies and how his season has gone through five weeks.
NBA superstar and mega Redskins fan Kevin Durant was on the sidelines in burgundy and gold prior to the team's 2015 Week 3 game against the New York Giants Sept. 24, 2015.
In his celebrity league, which holds everyone from movie directors to fellow Redskins fan Dale Earnhardt Jr., he owns Falcons running back Devonta Freeman on his roster. He quickly admitted that last Sunday's game wasn't too fun to watch, considering Freeman was facing the Redskins.
That prompted some questions about his favorite team (for background, he grew up five minutes away from RFK Stadium and has a tattoo of the team on his forearm) and Durant, who said he'd love to one day have a minority ownership of them, analyzed the season thus far.
"I love the direction we're going in," Durant said. "We're 2-3 now. I feel like we could easily be 4-1. That Giants game I think they just outplayed us. But a few of those losses we had could have easily turned the other way and won those games. Defense is playing well. Offensively we're starting to find our stride. We had a few guys injured, Jordan Reed being out kind of hurt us. But Kirk Cousins is finding his confidence and his niche in the offense. We're running the ball so I think we're moving in the right direction."
Naturally, there is a good amount of fantasy debate about running backs Alfred Morris and Matt Jones, who have been splitting rushes and have carried the majority of the Redskins' improved run game.
How does Durant think they've done this year?
"I think they're both so good, man, that you can't just give one guy all the carries and expect another guy to be the backup," he said. "I think they're both so good you have to split those touches. Alfred has been a workhorse for us for a few years now and Matt Jones is coming into his own. We've got to utilize that as a team you've got to find who is the best player to put on the field and I think the coach is trying to find that.
"[Jones] has done a great job. Both of them have been playing well. I know Alfred probably wants a little more carries than he's been getting, but for the overall team I think our running game is pretty strong."
Durant has been playing fantasy football for three years now, and, as we saw a couple weeks ago, makes it a habit to check on his Redskins when he gets chances to break away from practice.
He also spoke about the good work his foundation is doing. You can learn more about it on his personal website.