Robert Griffin III: QB Remains Dangerous Fantasy Option Despite Team's Struggles

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistNovember 11, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 04:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins warms up before a game against the Carolina Panthers at FedExField on November 4, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Robert Griffin III will always be dangerous. Even when he's not producing at the moment, the imminent threat will always be there.

If you own RG3 in the fantasy football world, don't panic. His production has taken a dip as of late, as the team has lost four of its last five games, but he's still the same player. He doesn't have a whole lot of weapons to work with, and that's caught up to him, but he's still capable of providing for himself at any given moment.

Don't have a short-term memory with this kid. Remember why you either took a chance in the back end of your fantasy draft on him, or why you scooped him off of the waiver wire in the early part of the season.

You didn't pick him and expect him to be Aaron Rodgers for 16 weeks. You picked him up because he's a scintillating talent, ready to rip apart any defense at any given moment. Plus, he's pretty fun to watch.

Look at this way. Even though he's only thrown four touchdowns in the last four games, and run for two more, he's still the No. 2 overall scorer in ESPN's standard-scoring leagues. He's coming off two sub-15 point weeks, but give him time.

Mike Shanahan could figure something out during Washington's bye week. If he doesn't, the Redskins play the Eagles in Week 11, which is sort of like another bye week as things stand right now. He must play Dallas' daunting pass defense twice in the second half of the season, but he faces some pretty dismal pass defenses otherwise.

At some point, there was going to be a learning curve here. Most rookies have one, despite what Andrew Luck is leading you to believe right now. But part of picking up RG3 was for the journey, not just for the short-term production. As a fantasy owner, it's not just fun to have productive players. It's fun to have players who are fun to watch as well.

Teams have figured out RG3 a bit more as the year has gone on, but he's a smart player. He will figure them out as well, and now he has a bye week to regroup and get back out there.

If nothing else, he still has his unparalleled athletic ability at his disposal. Even if a team thinks they're prepared, there's no telling when he can break loose for a big gain on the ground or hit a wide receiver for a long pass.

He's a rare breed. You can game-plan all you want, but he's a wild card. For that reason, he's still an extremely dangerous fantasy player. Monitoring his weekly matchups isn't a bad idea at this point, but he's still a safer starter than many other signal-callers around the NFL.