Robert Griffin III: Fantasy Owners Should Be Cautious in Week 7 vs. Giants

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 21, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 14: Robert Griffen III #10 of the Washington Redskins runs the ball against the Minnesota Vikings at FedExField on October 14, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins defeated the Vikings 38-26. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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Robert Griffin III will have one of the worst games of his career this week against the New York Giants. 

Considering he has only finished with fewer than 20 fantasy points once in his career, this does not take much to qualify. Still, this defense should give the rookie a difficult time.

The Washington Redskins quarterback is currently the No. 1 fantasy scorer in the league. He has accomplished this by running the ball as successfully as he passes it. 

Through six games, Griffin has rushed for 379 yards with six touchdowns. He trails only Arian Foster for the NFL lead in rushing touchdowns.

However, this week the competition gets tougher.

The Giants have done well against mobile quarterbacks this year, thanks mostly to an experienced and athletic defensive line. Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and Osi Umenyiora have the speed to stay with even the fastest offensive players and keep them in the backfield.

In six games this season, this defense has only allowed an average of 13.3 rushing yards per game by opposing quarterbacks. Surprisingly, this includes a list of historically good rushing quarterbacks like Michael Vick, Cam Newton, Josh Freeman and Colin Kaepernick. 

Additionally, New York has improved greatly through the air since the beginning of the season after cornerback Prince Amukamara returned from an early injury. The upgrade over Michael Coe was immediately noticeable in the last four games.

Therefore, the pass defense is actually much better than its No. 21 ranking once Tony Romo's 307 yards in Week 1 are removed from consideration.

In Week 5, the Atlanta Falcons were able to keep Griffin contained for most of the game before he was knocked out in the middle of the third quarter. They sat back and forced the quarterback to beat them through the air. He was unable to do that.

The Giants are an experienced and disciplined team that knows how to stop a player of this caliber.

Griffin is still likely to score a decent amount of fantasy points on Sunday, so he should not be benched in all leagues. However, he is unlikely to live up to his No. 1 ranking this week. If you have another top-notch quarterback, feel free to start your alternative.

Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton and Tony Romo all have better matchups and more upside this week than the rookie.

Fantasy owners should adjust their lineups accordingly and hope for the best in their Week 7 contest.


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