Robert Griffin III: Fantasy QB Options to Start over Injured Redskins Star

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IDecember 11, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 09:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins scrambles with the ball against the Baltimore Ravens in the second half during a game at FedExField on December 9, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Robert Griffin III might actually have superpowers after walking away from Sunday's vicious fourth quarter hit with noting more than a mild knee sprain.

According to an Associated Press report via, the Washington Redskins quarterback suffered a Grade 1 LCL sprain, otherwise known as a mild sprain of the lateral collateral ligament on the outside of his right knee. The injury occurred when Griffin was hit by Baltimore Ravens defender Haloti Ngata in the waning moments of Week 14's home win.

The team hasn't ruled him out for Week 15's matchup against the Cleveland Browns, but with backup Kirk Cousins providing some late-game heroics versus Baltimore, fantasy owners shouldn't be surprised to see RG3 watching from the sidelines this weekend. 

In the case that Griffin doesn't start on Sunday, here are some fantasy options sure to pay off in Week 15.


Colin Kaepernick

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is owned in less than 48 percent of all ESPN fantasy leagues heading into Week 15, despite having taken over for Alex Smith all the way back in Week 10. 

Sure, Kaepernick's numbers haven't been jaw-dropping, but he is a dual-threat quarterback who can rack up fantasy points in a variety of ways. Plus, his Week 15 opponent is the New England Patriots, who are giving up the 11th-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

As long as he protects the football, Kaepernick is set for a solid fantasy effort this Sunday night in Foxborough.

He's growing more and more confident by the week, and has a favorable matchup that he will no doubt take advantage of. The Pats rank 29th defending the pass and have surrendered 22 touchdowns through the air in 13 games in 2012.


Russell Wilson

Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson may not be setting the league on fire quite like RG3 is this season, but the former Wisconsin signal-caller has been impressive nonetheless.

Wilson has thrown for 20 touchdowns and only nine interceptions this season, but is owned in just 22 percent of all ESPN fantasy leagues going into Week 15's matchup with the Buffalo Bills in Toronto.

Don't expect Buffalo to slow Wilson, though. The Bills' suspect secondary is sure to provide him with plenty of opportunities to succeed on Sunday afternoon. After all, only seven NFL defenses are giving up more fantasy points per week to opposing quarterbacks this season.

If you're looking for a starting option that will get you at least 200 yards and two touchdowns this weekend, then don't hesitate to target Russell Wilson.


Brandon Weeden

I'll admit, you must be a bold fantasy owner to start Cleveland Browns rookie Brandon Weeden during a fantasy playoff run. But at the same time, the potential for this move to pay off is pretty solid.

Weeden is only owned in eight percent of all ESPN fantasy leagues, so acquiring him won't be difficult. Plus, he's going up against the Washington Redskins' secondary at home in Week 15, and I've got news for you—RG3 doesn't play on defense.

Only four NFL teams are allowing more fantasy points per week to opposing quarterbacks than the 'Skins, who rank 31st against the pass and are giving up a shade over two touchdown passes per game on average. 

Weeden may not be lighting it up this season, but if you are a risk-taker, then he's the quarterback for you this weekend.


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