Robert Griffin III Injury: Week 15 Fantasy Outlook for Redskins QB
Robert Griffin III had another tremendous game on Sunday in a victory over the Baltimore Ravens, but Washington Redskins fans and fantasy football owners were concerned at the end of the game when the rookie quarterback missed the overtime period because of an injury.
Luckily for the Redskins, Griffin does not have a significant knee injury, according to Albert Breer of NFL.com:
No torn ligaments for Robert Griffin, sigh of relief for the Redskins. Quote relayed from the club: "The MRI came back clear."— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 10, 2012
Fantasy owners shouldn't be too worried about Griffin's ability to help your fantasy team during your league's playoffs.
The Redskins' playoff hopes are very much alive, and they are still only one game behind the New York Giants in the NFC East division.
Griffin has been a solid fantasy performer during his team's four-game winning streak, throwing 10 touchdown passes with only one interception.
His opponent this week is the Cleveland Browns, who are a good matchup for Griffin despite the fact that they are on a three-game winning streak, which is their longest of the season.
The Browns have played against only two good quarterbacks in the last five weeks (Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens in Week 9 and Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys in Week 11), and the Cleveland defense gave up over 300 yards passing to both players. The Browns lost those games too.
For the season, Cleveland ranks 21st against the pass and 18th versus the run, so the Redskins offense shouldn't have too much trouble making plays on Sunday.
Will the Redskins make the playoffs?
Be sure to check Griffin's status regularly so you have the most updated information, but since he doesn't have a significant injury and his team is still in the playoff race, it would be incredibly surprising if he didn't play this week.
Throwing for 250-plus yards with one touchdown pass is a realistic expectation of Griffin against an average Browns pass defense.
As long as he's going to play in Week 15, there's no reason to bench Griffin in any type of fantasy league. If Griffin does not play this week, consider adding his backup Kirk Cousins to your team if you start two quarterbacks each week.
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