Robert Griffin III: Why Redskins QB Will Be Consistent Fantasy Stud

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIISeptember 11, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 09:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins throws against the New Orleans Saints during the season opener at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, frequent laughingstock for player acquisitions proven to be far too bold, once again advocated rolling the dice this offseason on Robert Griffin III.

Now, even fantasy owners are going to be virtually patting the oft-criticized Snyder and GM Bruce Allen on the back for what they've assembled in 2012.

It's amazing what the right quarterback can do for an NFL franchise, and Griffin seems to be just as good as advertised after an absolutely brilliant debut in New Orleans on Sunday.

Yes, Washington incurred a huge cost of draft picks to trade up to the No. 2 slot to draft Griffin, but he certainly looks mighty worth it.

The rookie went into Drew Brees' house at the Superdome and dismantled the Saints' secondary, completing 19-of-26 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 42 yards and didn't turn it over once.

What makes Griffin unique is that he will only run at the last possible second, and he also has the arm strength and accuracy to make big plays down the field when he's flushed out of the pocket.

Griffin has proven thus far that he can execute the basic plays of Kyle Shannahan's offense, and flashed his explosive playmaking ability on the perimeter against the Saints as well.

With an array of proven weapons around him in wideouts Pierre Garcon, Santana Moss and tight end Fred Davis, Griffin has plenty of options to choose from in the passing game. Even last year's sixth-round pick Aldrick Robinson was a pleasant surprise in Week 1, catching Griffin's second touchdown toss.

It was clear who the best rookie signal-caller was on Sunday, as Griffin's counterparts struggled mightily.

The scary thing is that the Redskins are just getting warmed up, utilizing Griffin's strengths and what he's comfortable with for now.

The notion that NFL defenses will eventually catch up with him in his first season may not be as imminent as some think, due to Griffin's unprecedented combination of polished passing and blinding foot speed.

It's only been one week, but the RGIII bandwagon is worth jumping on even at this juncture.

Even though the schedule is filled with respectable defenses, teams that saw what Griffin did in his first taste of NFL action will have to adjust on the fly to an extremely smart and decisive quarterback who has looked like nothing but a veteran thus far.

In addition to the rookie signal caller being surrounded with plenty of receiving targets, Griffin can also turn to breakout rookie Alfred Morris, who is the team's new starting running back.

Morris may not remain the starter, because head coach Mike Shannahan is notorious for his frequently shifting, running back by committee tendencies.

A deep backfield with a slew of dependable, young runners in Morris, Roy Helu Jr. and Evan Royster will likely keep the offense relatively balanced, though.

That's important for the potential Griffin has, and establishing that respectable running game will continue to provide play action opportunities. That's where RGIII will be already be among the most dangerous in the league.

The Redskins front office is not the only NFL-affiliated entity that has made plenty of regrettable decisions in recent years. Millions of us who own a fantasy football team can point to a bevvy of boneheaded moves.

Grabbing onto Griffin and making him a weekly starter in your fantasy lineup won't be one of them.