Robert Griffin III is currently under a heavy amount of scrutiny. The Washington Redskins are off to an 0-2 start, and it’s clear that their franchise quarterback isn’t 100 percent recovered from offseason knee surgery.
However, fantasy owners that took a gamble on the second-year signal-caller shouldn’t be too upset with his performance thus far. RGIII is tied for seventh place in ESPN standard-scoring leagues with 41 points, largely due to his inflated passing stats.
The Redskins have fallen behind by large margins going into the locker room at half time. They were down 26-7 in the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles and 24-0 in Week 2 versus the Green Bay Packers. As a result, Griffin was forced to throw on almost every down in the second half of these contests.
RGIII has completed 56 of his 89 passes for 649 yards and five touchdowns thus far, although he has an uncharacteristic three interceptions. It’s apparent that the knee is causing issues with his mechanics, especially considering he tossed just five picks in 15 games last year.
Owners that have been banking on his rushing can’t be happy, either, as Griffin has gained just 25 yards on nine carries through two weeks. His inability to take off and run in 2013 has been the No. 1 reason why the ‘Skins offense is faltering and could be the team's downfall unless something improves soon.
While calls for backup Kirk Cousins to come in and assume the starting job are premature and unwarranted, Griffin will need to prove that he can remain a dual-threat quarterback to keep defenses honest and give the ‘Skins any shot of making the postseason after a dreadful start.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like that’s going to happen soon—especially with the Detroit Lions on tap in Week 3.
The Lions possess one of the most prolific offensive attacks in the league and will be able to put up points in a hurry, just as the Packers and Eagles did in the first two weeks.
We could very well see the familiar situation of the ‘Skins falling into an early hole after a few turnovers and three-and-out drives, then Griffin desperately passing to try to mount a comeback in the final two quarters.
Fantasy owners shouldn’t complain, as those aerial assaults have resulted in big points. If RGIII can continue passing at this level and eventually start gaining yards on the ground and scoring rushing touchdowns, he could become one of the top performers in 2013.
Griffin remains a must-start QB1 going into Week 3 and projects to put up massive points against the Lions in a shootout.
Predicted Week 3 Stat Line: 29-of-46 passing for 332 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Six rushing attempts for 39 yards.