Robert Griffin III: Projecting Redskins QB's Week 5 Fantasy Output vs. Falcons

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 3, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 23:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins runs for 19-yards against the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth quarter at FedExField on September 23, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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After a wild 2-2 start to the season, the Washington Redskins and fantasy owners are looking to rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III to continue to grow as a leader and as a football player for the rest of the season.

There is no doubt Griffin can be great, but a tough Week 5 matchup against the undefeated Atlanta Falcons will have fans torn over the rookie’s performance.

Atlanta will undoubtedly throw the ball all over the field and destroy the Redskins’ 31st-ranked pass defense. While the Washington fans won’t like that, fantasy owners will watch their starting QB try to force a comeback and stack up the rushing and passing yards.

Sometimes blowout losses in the NFL aren't terrible for fantasy players.


Fantasy Stat Line

While the question marks about Robert Griffin's durability and consistency coming into this season haven’t gone away, the Washington offensive line has been playing much better this year than last. The Redskins needed to protect their investment, and the organization is doing a favorable job of that.

It also doesn’t hurt that Griffin has track-speed around the edge, either.

Week 5 will see the NFC's strongest team, the Atlanta Falcons, traveling to Washington in what should be the biggest test of Griffin’s short career.

With Atlanta pumping on all cylinders offensively and playing inspired on the defensive side of the ball, the Redskins will be in for a long day and a big loss.

As much as fans of Washington will be distraught by the loss, fantasy owners of Griffin will be ecstatic. With the Redskins down for the majority of the game, expect the rookie to be launching the ball down the field as the game progresses in order to mount a comeback.

Add the passing yards and two possible touchdowns to the solid rushing numbers Griffin will put up against any defense, and despite the huge projected loss for the team, RGIII will lead your fantasy club to glory.


Final Word: 23-of-37 for 306 yards and two touchdowns, as well as 10 carries for 66 yards and a touchdown.


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