Heading into Week 5 of the fantasy football season, rookie sensation Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins was the highest-scoring fantasy player (in Yahoo leagues) and was rewarding fantasy owners who took a gamble by drafting the reigning Heisman Trophy winner.
Heading into Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons, RGIII had 1,070 passing yards with a 70 percent completion percentage and four touchdowns along with 234 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
Griffin was 10-for-15 for 91 yards before getting knocked out of the game with a concussion after taking a Sean Weatherspoon shoulder to the head at the end of a third-quarter red-zone run.
And now, fantasy owners are freaking out.
Despite Griffin's concussion being referred to as "mild," Griffin will have to pass the NFL's concussion testing in order to be medically cleared to face the 4-1 Minnesota Vikings in Week 6. The fact of the matter is that there is no such thing as a "mild" concussion. A mild concussion is still a concussion and still has a traumatic consequence on the brain.
The frustrating part for Redskins fans and fantasy owners was that the Weatherspoon-Griffin hit was avoidable. On 3rd-and-goal, Griffin rolled out and had nowhere to run, but instead of stepping out of bounds, sliding or throwing the ball away, he attempted to pick up a couple yards and got drilled by Weatherspoon.
Griffin tweeted encouraging news to fantasy owners last night:
"Thank you for all the prayers & support I'm ok and I think after all the testing i will play next week."
While it is a little premature to predict that Griffin will play against the Vikings next Sunday, it is very encouraging to know that he feels fine and is anticipating playing. He will likely get a "probably" or "questionable" status on this week's injury report, and you should consider him as such until he goes through a full practice, but don't let that scare you from starting him this week.
What should scare you is the fact that the Vikings are only allowing 15 points and 78 rushing yards per game.
Either way, keep a close eye on Griffin's status the rest of the week. It wouldn't hurt to scan the waiver wire for another option at quarterback just in case there are setbacks in Griffin's concussion testing.