RG3 Injury: Waiver Wire Options to Consider If Redskins QB Can't Go on Sunday

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IDecember 10, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 09:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins waits between plays during a game against the Baltimore Ravens at FedExField on December 9, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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It's too early to panic if all your fantasy eggs are in Robert Griffin III's basket, but it's also time to start considering backup options for Week 15.

Just in case. 

According to head coach Mike Shanahan, the Redskins' star quarterback has a mild sprain in his right knee (via the Washington Redskins' official Twitter account):

Head coach Mike Shanahan confirms that @rgiii has a "mild sprain" of his right knee. His ACL, which he tore in college, is healthy. #HTTR

— Redskins (@Redskins) December 10, 2012

While that will undoubtedly put a large question mark next to RGIII's name throughout the coming week, he has made pretty clear his intention to suit up against the Cleveland Browns (via David Sheinin and Mike Jones of The Washington Post):

Robert Griffin Jr. says his son, the Redskins’ injured star quarterback, plans to play Sunday when Washington takes on the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland.
In text messages, Griffin said his son is doing “really good.” Asked whether he thought Griffin III could play Sunday he responded: “That is the plan.”

It's true that whatever RGIII says goes, but you would still be wise to prepare a backup option for Week 15—especially if a spot in the championship is on the line.

Here are a few players that are likely available in most leagues.


Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans

All apologies to Jake, but he has a chance to make a Tim Tebow-like impact in the fantasy playoffs.

In just his second year in the NFL, Locker is struggling with accuracy. He has completed just 55 percent of his throws over the past three weeks and 57.5 on the season. 

Nonetheless, he has the makings of a fantasy stud. At the very least, the best stud you can find who is owned in less than 10 percent of ESPN leagues.

Thanks to an anemic defense, Locker has been forced to throw 120 times (40 per game) over the past three contests and he's responded with 277 yards per game and three touchdowns.

He's going to throw some interceptions, but the high volume of throws and his ability to run the ball (110 rushing yards over the past three) will quell those negatives. 

Locker is at home against the New York Jets next week and should be more than serviceable. 


Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles

Michael Vick will be returning this week, but unless Andy Reid has a sudden change of heart, Foles will remain the starter for the rest of the season. 

If he continues to improve every week, Reid's decision—maybe for the first time ever—will be justified.

The rookie QB torched Tampa Bay last week to the tune of 381 yards and two touchdowns. He also showcased his blazing speed with a crucial touchdown run.

Over the past two games, Foles has thrown for 632 yards and three scores. He also hasn't turned the ball over in the past three outings.

He doesn't have a great matchup against Cincinnati this week (that pass rush going up against Philly's offensive line might just leave a permanent Nick Foles-shaped imprint on the field), but he's proving to be a reliable fantasy option under center. 


Mark Sanchez, New York Jets


If this is the best you can find on your waiver wire, then it's probably time to start praying RGIII recovers before Sunday.

But if you're desperate or in a 30-team league, Sanchez could prove to be a sneaky play this week. And I can't stress this enough: this week only. 

He goes up against a Titans defense that is giving up 251 passing yards per game, 7.5 yards per attempt and has had trouble slowing down most QBs. 

Good luck.