Giants vs. Redskins: Fantasy Projections for Big-Name Stars on Monday Night

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IDecember 3, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 22:   Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins throws the ball against the Dallas Cowboys during a Thanksgiving Day game at Cowboys Stadium on November 22, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Week 13's Monday Night Football matchup between the New York Giants and Washington Redskins has mighty playoff implications, but also huge fantasy impact.

A handful of 2012 fantasy superstars will take to FedEx Field in Landover on Monday night, most notably Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, who has thrown eight touchdown passes over his last two games. On the other side, veteran Eli Manning looks to improve on his Week 7 performance against Washington, in which he threw for well over 300 yards in a victory.

Here we get you set for Week 13's finale on Monday with fantasy projections for each team's big-name stars. 


Eli Manning, New York Giants, QB

It's no secret that Washington's secondary has been burned consistently this season, especially in Week 7 by Eli Manning. Manning threw for 337 yards and the game-winning touchdown in the two teams' first showdown at MetLife in October, and is set for another big night in DC. 

The Redskins rank 31st against the pass in 2012, and are surrendering more than 300 yards per game through the air. 

Expect Eli to exploit Washington's most glaring defensive weakness on Monday night, surpassing 300 yards with ease and leading New York to a few scoring drives.  

Projection: 27-for-41, 330 yards, 2 touchdowns


Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins, QB

RG3 had a stellar day when the 'Skins first played the Giants back in Week 7, throwing for 258 yards and two touchdowns and running for another 89 yards. The good news for Griffin owners is that New York's defense hasn't improved much since. 

The G-Men still rank 16th against the run and 25th against the pass, allowing a shade over 366 total yards per game in 2012. 

Although I wouldn't expect Griffin to throw for four touchdowns for the third straight week this Monday, it's certainly realistic to anticipate RG3 will throw for well over 200 yards and a pair of scores. 

Projection: 18-of-27, 240 yards, 2 touchdowns, 9 rushes, 70 yards


Victor Cruz, New York Giants, WR

The last time Giants wideout Victor Cruz surpassed 100 yards receiving in a game was in Week 7 against who else, the Redskins. Cruz caught seven balls for 131 yards and the game-winning touchdown.

On Monday night, Cruz will once again look to capitalize on Washington's gaps in the secondary. 

Cruz is the Giants' leading receiver by far this season and is sure to get a majority of the looks from Eli Manning. Therefore, fantasy owners can expect another dynamic performance from the Salsa King on Monday Night Football.

Projection: 7 receptions, 115 yards, 1 touchdown


Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins, RB

RG3 wasn't the only Redskins rookie that shined against the Giants back in Week 7. Washington's leading running back, Alfred Morris, had his best game against New York back in October, rushing for 120 yards on 20 carries.

New York's rush defense isn't terrible, but it's not stout either. The Giants are giving up 114 yards per game on the ground this season, which should provide Morris with opportunities to reel off some big runs on Monday night.

With Morris coming off a monster 113-yard game against Dallas on Thanksgiving, expect the rookie runner to once again be a thorn in the Giants' side in Week 13.

Projection: 22 rushes, 110 yards, 1 touchdown


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