Robert Griffin III: Redskins QB Has Favorable Week 11 Fantasy Matchup vs. Eagles

Nicholas GossCorrespondent INovember 12, 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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Fantasy football owners must start Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin in Week 11 because he has a very favorable matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The young star does a tremendous job of not turning the ball over, and against a Philadelphia defense that is struggling to force turnovers, expect Griffin to have a great game on Sunday.

Philadelphia ranks 18th in interceptions, with just seven on the season, despite having two star cornerbacks in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha. Griffin has only thrown three interceptions this season, and there's no reason to think his accuracy will be worse on Sunday.

It's unlikely that the Eagles will win the turnover battle in this game, and adding to their problems is the team's pass rush, which has been disappointing this season.

The Eagles defense ranks 26th in the league in sacks and won't put enough pressure on Griffin to force the young quarterback to make mistakes.

Griffin will have enough time to throw the football or escape the pocket and display the brilliant running ability that makes him a top dual-threat quarterback.

With the Eagles losing a tough game on Sunday to the Dallas Cowboys, which extended their losing streak to five games (the longest in Andy Reid's tenure as head coach), the Redskins are facing their division rivals at the perfect time.

This is an Eagles team with no confidence. And after a bye week that allowed the Redskins to rest and regain their strength, there's no chance Griffin fails to have a fantastic performance. Philadelphia has also allowed 26 or more points in four straight games.

Expect Griffin to have a major impact in the running game, because the Eagles defense has not tackled well over the last few weeks. The unit was particularly bad in this area of the game on Sunday versus the Cowboys. Philadelphia has allowed 112.7 rushing yards per game this season.

Griffin has six rushing touchdowns and a 6.5 yards-per-carry average this season, and there's a strong chance that both of these stats will improve after next week's game.

Fantasy owners must start Griffin against the struggling Eagles in Week 11. He will not disappoint owners who desperately need a victory to make their league's playoffs.