Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has thrown for over 300 yards in each of his first three starts this season, but his team fell to 0-3 on Sunday after a 27-20 loss to the Detroit Lions.
Even though the ultimate results on the field aren't great, Griffin is showing signs of being a dependable fantasy football player despite a bit of rust still evident since recovering from offseason knee surgery.
What is most to blame for Robert Griffin III's early-season struggles?
His trade value, though, is rather strong. Griffin is not quite the star he was in his breakout rookie season and certainly isn't running as much, but he could turn a corner at any moment and be the typically dynamic RGIII fans have come to know.
It's worth noting that the schedule has been reasonably tough for Washington so far.
The Philadelphia Eagles' fast-paced offense shocked Griffin's team in the season opener, and the Green Bay Packers benefited from a prolific performance from their own superstar in QB Aaron Rodgers in Week 2.
Detroit's ferocious defensive front pressured Griffin heavily on Sunday, hitting him eight times and forcing three fumbles.
However, the only fumble lost came when Griffin ran for 21 yards and attempted to dive for something extra in the fourth quarter, only to lose the ball:
oh, and robert griffin hit us with the rare instance where the ground CAN cause the fumble.— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) September 22, 2013
Griffin has thrown four interceptions already this season, compared to five all of last year. Part of that can be attributed to not quite being adjusted and missing the preseason, but it's also a bit of a red flag.
But you'd hate to be the fantasy owner who gave him up in the event that Griffin rallies back and plays great for the rest of 2013.
It may be tempting to trade him now, but Griffin is still producing from a passing standpoint and ran for a season-high 37 yards in Week 3. Hold onto him for a bit longer to see how he does, and the returns in a possible trade will only become better.