Robert Griffin III: Analyzing Redskins QB's Fantasy Value for Rest of the Season

Nicholas GossCorrespondent INovember 5, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 04:  Quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers and quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins talk following the Panthers 21-13 win at FedExField on November 4, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III hasn't been a fantasy football star over the last two weeks, but there are plenty of reasons why fantasy owners shouldn't worry about the young star's ability to be a productive player in their league's playoffs.

The Redskins have lost three straight games and four of their last five, but Griffin isn't the sole reason for the team's recent lack of success.

He hasn't been turning the ball over a lot, and the Washington defense has given up a lot of points this season, which puts a ton of pressure on Griffin and the rest of the offense to score points.

The Redskins are 3-6 and have seven games remaining this season, but most of them are against teams that present favorable fantasy matchups for Griffin.

Here are the five teams that Washington will play to end the 2012 regular season:

Week Opponent Pass Defense (NFL Rank)
11 Philadelphia Eagles 15th
12 Dallas Cowboys 5th
13 New York Giants 26th
14 Baltimore Ravens 22nd
15 Cleveland Browns 23rd
16 Philadelphia Eagles 15th
17 Dallas Cowboys 5th

As you can see, the Redskins don't play many good pass defenses for the rest of the season, and even though the Cowboys are ranked fifth in this category, they allowed Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan to throw for 342 yards on Sunday night.

With several good matchups for Griffin in the final part of the season, fantasy owners should feel comfortable about the young quarterback's chances of giving their team enough points in crucial late-season and playoff games in their fantasy league.

Griffin has been very accurate this season with a 65.6 completion percentage and has thrown eight touchdown passes with just three interceptions.

His 529 rushing yards and six touchdowns make up a better stat line than a lot of NFL running backs have this season, which is one reason why RGIII is a must-start in any type of fantasy league.

Griffin has run the ball eight or more times in seven of his team's nine games this season, and since he has a 6.5 yards-per-carry average, he's a threat to give your team another four or five points from his running ability each week. Four or five points can sometimes be the difference between winning and losing your fantasy matchup.

The Redskins' chances of making the playoffs this year are slim, but the chances that Griffin does well for fantasy owners over the final eight weeks of the season are pretty good.