Fantasy Football Week 3: Why Robert Griffin III Is a Must-Start Quarterback

Jamal Collier@@JCollierDAnalyst IIISeptember 17, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 09:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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If anyone reading this is still concerned with whether or not to start Robert Griffin III in their fantasy leagues, the answer to that question is yes.

Griffin performed well enough to have answered that question on tape in his first two NFL games.

His Week 3 opponent, the Cincinnati Bengals, have also been very generous to their first two opposing quarterbacks. The matchup dictates that Griffin should be worth a look even if he  currently wasn't the top-scoring quarterback in fantasy football.

You read that correctly. A rookie quarterback is the top-scoring quarterback in fantasy football through the first two Sundays of the NFL season.

Sound familiar?

Matt Ryan has a chance to catch RGIII on Monday night. He had a seven-point head start as the top quarterback of Week 1 and that dude has some weapons on the outside.

But Peyton Manning isn’t going to.

The outlook for RGIII as a passer for next week is even more enticing than the two matchups he has faced so far this season.

Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens lit up the Bengals in Week 1.

Flacco went off, completing 21 of 29 passes for 299 yards and a pair of touchdowns before leaving the game early simply because the damage was done.



The Ravens’ new no-huddle offense was praised during the week between games and proceeded to produce less fruit against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2.

Flacco threw 42 passes, completing just one more (22) than the week before. He had one passing touchdown and one interception to his credit against Philadelphia.

Luckily for the sake of research control purposes, another quarterback has already faced the Bengals and the Eagles this season.

Rookie Brandon Weeden of the Cleveland Browns completed 12 of 35 passes against the Eagles in Week 1. He had four interceptions.

His first career passing touchdown would have to wait until Week 2 against…the Cincinnati Bengals.

Weeden, like Flacco, threw fewer passes against the Bengals than against the Eagles. The Browns quarterback completed 26 of 37 balls for 322 yards and two touchdowns.

Finally, RGIII will be playing in his first career NFL home game. He had those first two dominating fantasy performances on the road, which is all the more impressive.

As a pure passer, he has the chance to shred the Bengals at home. Add in the rushing prowess (and designed run plays that come along with it) that RGIII possesses and you have the recipe for a must-start fantasy quarterback in Week 3.