Robert Griffin III: Fantasy Projections for Redskins QB vs. Bengals

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistSeptember 18, 2012

Washington Redskins rookie Robert Griffin III has taken the NFL by storm. In just two games, the quarterback has thrown for 526 yards and three touchdowns while running for another 124 yards and two scores. 

There is still a long way to go, but Griffin is giving Cam Newton's rookie season a run for its money. Plus, he is completing over 70 percent of his passes, which might be the most impressive stat of them all. 

This week, RG3 brings his magic act to FedEx Field for the hometown fans to get excited about against the Cincinnati Bengals

Since all anyone really cares about are fantasy stats, we wanted to offer an educated prediction on what Griffin will do against the Bengals defense on Sunday. 

 

Passing

The Bengals finished ninth in the NFL in pass yards allowed last season. They gave up just an average of 212 yards per game through the air, despite accumulating 10 interceptions, so they are very dependent on creating pressure and forcing bad throws. 

This year the Bengals have been dreadful against the pass, giving up more than 300 yards in both games they have played, including 322 to Brandon Weeden against the Browns last week. Oh, and by the way, they have yet to record an interception. 

Given the way that Griffin has looked against mediocre defenses already this season, it is hard to figure he will take a huge step back against Cincinnati. 

At some point you have to figure that Griffin is going to hit the rookie wall, but given the way the Bengals have played this season, it's not likely to happen in Week 3. 

Predictions: 21-for-34, 312 Yards, 2 TDs, 1 Int

 

Rushing

As mentioned before, a large part of Griffin's fantasy value comes from his legs. He had 82 yards and two touchdowns on the ground last week against the Rams

In a lot of ways, Griffin is the kind of runner that we want Michael VIck to be. That is, he doesn't scramble just because he is faster than the defense—even though he is—but because there is absolutely nowhere to throw the ball. 

Even if Griffin only has a handful of carries, which has been his M.O. through two weeks, he is going to make the most out of them. 

Also, it helps that the Bengals haven't been much better against the run (126 yards per game) than they have been against the pass. There are going to be opportunities available for Griffin to showcase his track-star speed. 

Prediction: 6 Carries, 52 Yards, 1 TD


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