Robert Griffin III: Week 6 Fantasy Predictions Against Revitalized Vikings

Steven Gerwel@Steve_GerContributor IIIOctober 8, 2012

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 30:  Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins prays just before the start of the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the game at Raymond James Stadium on September 30, 2012 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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In their Week 5 24-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, the Washington Redskins lost Robert Griffin III to a head injury after he was drilled by linebacker Sean Weatherspoon. 

He was lost for the remainder of the game, but the news is not all bad according to a Twitter update by ESPN. 

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says QB Robert Griffin III diagnosed with a mild concussion

NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) October 7, 2012

With a mild concussion, it's just a matter of when he'll be cleared to play by an independent doctor. 

Concussions vary for each person, but since it is only a mild one we can assume that Griffin will miss little to no playing time. 

If you're a fantasy owner and Griffin is on your team, keep a sharp eye on the situation since there's certainly no guarantee that he'll be cleared by next Sunday. 

If RGIII is ready to go, here is what we should expect from him during the Week 6 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.


RGIII Week 6 Fantasy Outlook

So far, RGIII has been quite the fantasy asset for owners who were lucky enough to draft him. 

Already, he has two 300-yard games in his five-game career. Excluding the Atlanta game, he has thrown for at least 200 yards in every game and had 234 rushing yards through the first four games.

He also has eight total touchdowns on the season and was averaging two touchdowns a game before facing Atlanta. 

As a result, you're surely wondering what needs to be done at the quarterback position this week since Griffin is not only injured, but he's going up against a rejuvenated Minnesota Vikings team that is surprisingly 4-1 on the season.  

The Vikings are 14th in pass defense (225.6 yards per game) and have allowed a modest six touchdown passes through the first five games and have allowed only two touchdown passes in the last three games. 

So while they're not shutdown by any means, they are capable of giving a rookie passer some fits. 

And if you're expecting Griffin to have better luck on the ground, think again. 

The Vikings are sixth in the NFL against the run (78.6 yards per game) and have been surprisingly tough up front, even though they have faced some quality back—Maurice Jones-Drew, Chris Johnson, Frank Gore

Although, the Vikings have not faced a dual-threat quarterback yet this season, so there's a chance that Griffin's scrambling abilities could overwhelm them. 

Overall, it's a tough defense for any quarterback to face, and we don't even know if RGIII will be healthy. If you don't have a quality backup quarterback, then start looking for one. 


Stat Prediction: 210 passing yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 32 rushing yards