Robert Griffin III: Predicting Redskins Star's Week 8 Fantasy Stats vs. Steelers

Alex KayCorrespondent IOctober 23, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 21:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins  in action during their game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The Washington Redskins have found a franchise quarterback in Robert Griffin III. Fantasy owners are quite happy with his production too.

That much was evident when he connected with Santana Moss for a 30-yard touchdown with 1:32 left on the clock in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants. Unfortunately, Eli Manning beat a flatfooted ‘Skins secondary just 19 seconds later, hitting Victor Cruz with a 77-yard pass to go ahead 27-23—the final score of the game.

If the Redskins could defend an obvious passing situation, they would have easily had a win and gone to 4-3 on the season. However, RGIII is going to take this team to .500 this coming Sunday and obliterate the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 8, making fantasy owners proud in the process.

While the Steelers are currently a five-point favorite (according to, they are going to find it nearly impossible to contain the former Baylor Bear. Griffin’s combination of slick running ability with pinpoint-precision passing is uncanny and will give the defense fits.

The Rookie of the Year favorite has compiled ridiculous stats in his first seven games, including connections on 133-of-189 pass attempts for 1,601 yards and seven touchdowns, compared to just three interceptions. He’s also done work on the ground, rushing 64 times for 468 yards and six touchdowns.

With the ability to score with RGIII’s legs or arm, the Redskins should be winning more games, but their defense has been atrocious, allowing 328.4 passing yards per game—worst in the league. However, this is good for fantasy owners, as more scores and shorter drives for the opposing offense equals more big statistics for the 2011 Heisman winner.

As promised, let’s take a look at what the young man should have in store against Pittsburgh—which should be especially enticing to his fantasy backers.

Projected Stats vs. Steelers: 20-of-28 passing, 182 yards, two touchdowns, one interception. Ten rush attempts for 92 yards and a touchdown.