Robert Griffin III: Injured QB Should Start for Your Fantasy Squad vs Vikings

Rick Weiner@RickWeinerNYFeatured ColumnistOctober 14, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 07: Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins looks for an open teammate against the Atlanta Falcons in the first quarter at FedExField on October 7, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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In a battle between the sixth-best defense against the run and the fourth-most prolific rushing attack in the NFL, two inexperienced quarterbacks will be the focal points in Sunday's meeting of the Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins.

Robert Griffin III will be the one who commands the most attention.

A week after suffering a concussion thanks to the shoulder of Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Witherspoon, the Washington Redskins are starting their QB of the present and future (h/t Adam Schefter of ESPN):

Not that there was a question, but @rgiii will start today vs. Minnesota.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 14, 2012

Washington will put an added emphasis on protecting its QB against a Vikings pass rush that is tied for ninth in the league with 14 sacks. So expect a heavy dose of the Redskins running attack.

The Vikings rank in the middle of the pack against the pass, allowing 225 yards and a touchdown through the air on average.

Those aren't great numbers for your fantasy starter.

But consider the quarterbacks that they've faced thus far: Blaine Gabbert, Andrew Luck, Alex Smith, Matthew Stafford and a combination of Matt Hasselbeck and Rusty Smth.

Each QB has his own merits, but none of them are as explosive as RGIII.

He might not be the dual-threat option you hope for this week, but the Redskins QB is going to find success through the air.

If you have one of the Manning brothers, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady or Matt Ryan, then don't start RGIII. But you knew that already.

However, if you find yourself stuck deciding between him and a QB that I didn't just name, RGIII is the choice to make under center for your fantasy team.