Robert Griffin III: Fantasy Owners Must Avoid Injured Redskins QB vs. Vikings

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 14, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 7: Robert Griffen III #10 of the Washington Redskins prepares to take the field against the Atlanta Falcons at FedExField on October 7, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. The Falcons defeated the Redskins 24-17. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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Wise fantasy football owners will avoid Robert Griffin III like the Bubonic plague this weekend when the Washington Redskins host the Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field. 

Griffin suffered a concussion last weekend against the Atlanta Falcons, but all indications are that he'll play this weekend assuming he passes the necessary pregame tests, according to

Regardless of whether RG3 is 100 percent healthy come kickoff Sunday afternoon, he'll still be facing off against one of the toughest defenses in the NFL this season in Minnesota.

The Vikings rank 15th against the pass and sixth against the run in 2012. They have allowed just seven offensive touchdowns in five games. The Vikings have only given up a combined three touchdowns in their last three games, all of which have been Minnesota wins.

Although Minnesota hasn't gotten the defensive recognition it deserves through the season's first five weeks, that doesn't mean it hasn't been outright dominant.

The Vikings' D has gotten better and better since the season opener. After giving up a combined 46 points in Weeks 1 and 2, Leslie Frazier's squad has allowed a combined 33 points over its last three wins. Even more impressive, only two teams (Detroit and Jacksonville) have accumulated at least 300 yards of total offense against the Vikings. 

On the other side, Griffin hasn't thrown a touchdown pass since Week 3 against Cincinnati, and has just one score over the last two weeks. Quite frankly, starting RG3 is risky this weekend. It's a decision that will either backfire in the faces of some bold owners or pay off in a huge way.

All signs point to it backfiring, however. Griffin's numbers are declining, his health is questionable and his opponent is stout defensively.

Fantasy owners must overcome the temptation to start Griffin in Week 6 vs. Minnesota. His potential is hard to overlook that's for sure, but there are just too many factors going against him this weekend. 

Fantasy owners are better off keeping Griffin on their bench this weekend, something Mike Shanahan and the Redskins would be wise to do as well.


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