Robert Griffin III: Realistic Fantasy Projections for Redskins QB vs. Giants
An absolute sensation with talent that may one day redefine the position, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has revived the franchise and become an absolute fantasy marvel heading into his Week 7 matchup against the New York Giants.
For fantasy owners, Griffin's brilliance has led to nothing but massive rewards. Using both his arm and legs, the rookie has not only been fantasy's best quarterback, but its best player period.
Considering those figures include the contest against the Atlanta Falcons, where Griffin missed the entire second half, his performance is even more astounding.
Regardless, the Giants have a cavalcade of defensive talent that could pose a significant threat to Griffin's perch atop the fantasy rankings.
With that in mind, here is a look at how Griffin will fare on Sunday against the bitter NFC East rival.
Much of the lead-up to this contest will be about how the Redskins' offensive line will do blocking the Giants' vaunted defensive line.
Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora pose a three-headed threat on the ends that Griffin has never seen before in his entire career. If the offensive line does not do its job, Griffin could get flustered early and often.
Nonetheless, when using Griffin's most comparable player (Michael Vick) for a performance indicator, it would seem that he should play fine against New York. The Eagles quarterback has been solid in his three-year tenure as starter against the Giants, including a 241-yard performance in Week 5 this season.
Where Griffin could struggle against New York is with turnovers. The Giants' secondary has been a hit-or-miss unit all season that plays possibly the most aggressive style in the NFL. With 11 interceptions thus far, New York ranks second best in the league behind the Chicago Bears.
Griffin's fantasy prowess has barely been tied to his pocket passing whatsoever, but Sunday should be a solid enough game for the rookie signal-caller.
Passing Projections: 195 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT
Though Griffin could have his first multi-interception game on Sunday, he should thrive once again on the ground.
According to Football Outsiders' advanced metrics, the Giants have been among the league's worst where Griffin thrives the most—in the open field. When breaking runs into the second level (defined as between five and 10 yards past the line of scrimmage), New York ranks 31st in the NFL and comes in at No. 24 when breaking beyond that 10-yard barrier.
For Griffin, that should mean at least one huge run on Sunday. If he's able to get into the end zone on the ground, which the dual-threat has done in four of six games, then Griffin should come in with yet another top-tier fantasy performance.
Rushing Projections: 85 YDS, 1 TD
At this point, we all know that RGIII has reached matchup-proof, every-week starter status. The only lingering questions for his owners
With these numbers, Griffin should wind up somewhere in the top five to seven quarterbacks in Week 7.
Considering six squads are on bye, you could do a lot worse in a matchup that looks so daunting on paper.
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