Robert Griffin III's Fantasy Value Remains High Despite Slow Start

Mike MoraitisAnalyst ISeptember 24, 2013

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 22:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins scrambles with the ball as he avoids the tackle of Ezekiel Ansah #94 of the Detroit Lions in the first half during a game at FedExField on September 22, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Despite a slow start from quarterback Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins, the sophomore signal-caller's fantasy value still remains high.

Fantasy owners were expecting a monster season from Griffin III and the Redskins as a whole. However, that hasn't exactly panned out thus far after an 0-3 start and RG3 not looking like himself when running the ball.

The second-year QB is still throwing for a ton of yards, though. In each of his first three games, RG3 has thrown for 320 yards or more and he's added five touchdowns. In 2012, Griffin III broke the 300-yard mark three times in total.

Daniel Jeremiah of tweeted about the astounding pace Griffin III is on:

RG3 is on pace to throw for 5,200 yards.

— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) September 23, 2013

The only negative through the air is that Griffin III has four picks (he had five all of last year), but he does have a completion percentage of 63.3 to offset worries about his throwing accuracy.

Granted, RG3 hasn't been the same on the ground this year, which understandably has fantasy owners and fans alike worried about his production. But Griffin III isn't totally back yet as far as being an explosive runner, and his knee brace could be a culprit.

LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 06:  Pierre Garcon #88 of the Washington Redskins celebrates their first quarter touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at FedExField on January 6, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Win McN
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In fact, his teammate and wide receiver Pierre Garcon echoed those sentiments about his not being fully healthy, per John Keim of

I don't think he's 100 percent, but he's definitely giving 100 percent to get 100 percent. He will eventually get there. I had injuries last year. I know what he's going through. It's not surprising, but it's just something you have to deal with.

Lost in all of this concern over his knee and running abilities is the fact that Griffin III continues to look more and more like a solid pocket passer. He may not be running like he used to, but he can still amass yards and touchdowns in the passing game much like QBs who never run the ball.

And, as is the case with those types of signal-callers, RG3 can still make a huge impact with his arm. Garcon also agrees that Griffin III's arm is vital to his team's success and can still make a difference, per the same report by Keim.

"It's not about running the ball from a quarterback standpoint," said Garcon. "It's about completing passes and everything and having the whole offense come together."

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 09:  Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second half at FedExField on September 9, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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In the running department, things do seem to be getting a bit better. Griffin III had season highs with six carries for 37 yards and broke a season-best 21-yard run. It's not much, but at least he's moving in the right direction for the most part.

After all, isn't this what we expected to happen at some point in his career? Weren't we all talking about how RG3 needed to be more of a pocket passer not only to succeed in the pass-heavy NFL, but to also extend his career?

The issues with his knee are understandable, but nobody should be totally shocked that RG3 is becoming more of a thrower. Besides, as long as he remains healthy his knee will only get stronger. Combined with the removal of that knee braceif it ever happenshe will return to his old form.

When looking ahead, Griffin III has some favorable matchups against weak pass defenses such as the Oakland Raiders (17th-most passing yards allowed per game) in Week 4, as well as future games with teams like the Dallas Cowboys (11th most), Denver Broncos (third most) and Philadelphia Eagles (fourth most), to name a few.

Washington ranks dead-last in the league in total defense, allowing 1,464 yards through three weeks at a rate of 488 yards per game. The 'Skins have also allowed the second-most points. Should the Redskins keep falling behind early and failing to win games, RG3 will have no choice but to air it out in order to make up ground quickly, which will lead to bigger numbers in the passing game.

Even though he isn't the same quarterback he was last season in regards to breaking plays with his legs, Griffin III still has plenty of value as a pocket passer in fantasy football and can still add to his passing point totals by running the ball now and then.