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Robert Griffin III: Don't Sell High on Redskins' Talented Rookie QB

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 30:  Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins sets to pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers September 30, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Tim KeeneyContributor ISeptember 30, 2012

Ho-hum. Just another 300-yard gem from Robert Griffin III. In other news, I found out that the sky is blue today. 

The Washington Redskins—and just about everyone else on the planet—knew that RGIII was going to be a special player in the NFL. But I'm pretty sure no one—outside of Robert Griffin II, Matthew Berry and Robert Griffin's mom—knew he was going to be this special this quickly. 

Not only did Griffin lead an impressive game-winning drive (understatement) to propel his Redskins over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, but he was incredibly efficient throughout the entire game. 

The youngster completed 26-of-35 passes for 323 yards and rushed for another 43 and a touchdown. He turned the ball over a big fat zero times. 

Griffin may have been playing against the Screech Powers of passing defenses, but that's an impressive line no matter who you're playing against, not to mention it was just his fourth career NFL game. 

On the season, RGIII has now completed 69.35 percent of his throws for 1,070 yards (267.5 per game), four touchdowns and one interception. He's also added 252 rushing yards and four touchdowns. 

Those are otherwise known as "Fantasy God" numbers.

Nonetheless, you know the question will arise. Should I sell high on Robert Griffin III? Fantasy owners tend to think they are stockbrokers. No matter who the player, they want to sell him if he's outproducing his regular season projections. 

With Robert Griffin III, I beg you not to do that. (Unless you're in my league. Then you should definitely do that.)

Most in favor of trading Griffin will note how rare it is for a rookie quarterback to turn himself into an elite fantasy option. Cam Newton did it last year when he jumped into the top five for quarterbacks, but for Griffin to make it back-to-back years would be quite Blue-Moonish. 

However, just for funsies, let's compare.

Newton's first four games of the 2011 season produced 1,386 yards (346.5 per game), five touchdowns, four interceptions, 133 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. It took him until his seventh game to have two contests with a QB rating over 100, while Griffin has already hit that mark twice and has his season rating well over 100. 

Griffin may not throw as many touchdowns as you'd like, but he is more accurate than Newton, he takes care of the ball better and has proven to be just as much of a threat on the ground.

There's no question that he's further along than the former Rookie of the Year at this point, and there's no question he has the tools to produce just as well in fantasy leagues. 

Throw in the fact that the Redskins still get to play Minnesota, New York twice, Pittsburgh, which is no longer has an elite defense, Carolina and Cleveland, and you've got a QB who will finish as a top-five fantasy option. 

I'm not usually on board with this strategy, but it's time to buy high—yes, that's a thing—on Robert Griffin III.


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