Robert Griffin III Still Strong QB1 Option for Fantasy Owners

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IISeptember 21, 2013

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 15: Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins throws a pass against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 15, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Redskins 38-20. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Ignore all of the talk about him and his team, Robert Griffin III is still a reliable starting quarterback for fantasy football owners in 2013.

A lot of the concerns with RGII and the Washington Redskins have to do with how they perform when the game is close, but that doesn't matter when it comes to fantasy football.

The No. 2 overall pick from the 2012 NFL draft hasn't played well at all in the first half of games.  However, once the game is out of hand, he's put up great numbers in what we like to call "garbage time".

In the fourth quarter of the first two games, Griffin has gone 25-for-34 with 287 yards and four touchdowns.  His passer rating is at 137.7 in this quarter, while the other three quarters his passer rating is 31.5, 38.5 and 80.3, respectively.

Sep 15, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) warms up prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
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Strangely enough, with how bad the Redskins as a whole have been, RGIII is still the ninth-best fantasy quarterback so far this season, ahead of guys like Matthew Stafford and Colin Kaepernick.  

The dual-threat aspect of Griffin's game isn't there right now.  He has just 25 yards in two games, averaging less than three yards per carry.  The good news is that he hasn't needed to run to put up points yet, and that he will eventually feel more comfortable tucking the ball and running as the season goes on.

The defense is giving up 511.5 yards per game, but this is a good thing for fantasy owners with RGIII, as strange as it sounds, especially if all of those yards turn into a lot of points.

Think about it, if the defense keeps stinking, the Redskins are going to be playing from behind, likely for the entire game.  This will lead to more passes for Griffin, giving more opportunities for him to put up points.  

Even better, if the Redskins are losing by a significant amount, defenses will start playing off of the receivers even more, opening up easy passes for Griffin to rack up a bunch of points in the fourth quarter of meaningless games.

With how much the team depends on Griffin, fantasy owners shouldn't worry about a diminished role in any way this season.  He's still rusty after not playing in the preseason, and it's still a long season.  

RGIII is going to take over as the season continues, and he will start putting up more points with his legs once he feels confident with his knee.