Robert Griffin III's Fantasy Stock Soaring Heading into 2nd Half of Season

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IOctober 21, 2013

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 20:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins throws a pass in the third quarter during an NFL game against the Chicago Bears at FedExField on October 20, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

Robert Griffin III broke out with a huge fantasy football game on Sunday against the Chicago Bears, and he's just getting started. 

RGIII passed for 298 yards with two touchdowns and rushed for another 84 yards in the game, and it was the second game in a row that he'd eclipsed the 75-yard mark on the ground. 

Additionally, his QBR of 91.8 was his highest total of the season and fourth-highest of his career, as ESPN Stats & Info noted:

After opening up the season with just 72 rushing yards in his first four games—looking extremely uncomfortable—these past two games resemble what we came to expect from the fantasy star last season.

Oct 20, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) runs with the ball against the Chicago Bears during the first half at FedEX Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

And the best is yet to come.

Not only is Griffin III starting to look comfortable in the pocket, but he's beginning to get on the same page with his receivers. Remember, the second-year quarterback didn't play a single snap of preseason football, and his rust was highly evident early in the season.

He's developed a nice rapport with rookie Jordan Reed, who has emerged as the team's go-to tight end for big plays in the passing game. Reed broke out with a nine-catch performance against Chicago, totaling 134 yards and a touchdown. 

Pierre Garcon, Josh Morgan and Leonard Hankerson are all capable of making big plays downfield, and the team's running game has begun to kick into high gear. Heading into Week 8, Washington features the No. 4-ranked rushing offense in the league, averaging 141.5 yards per game. 

Finally, after such an inauspicious beginning to the season, Washington's offense is beginning to round into form.

Looking ahead at the team's schedule, the next month is full of matchups that are highly favorable for RGIII fantasy owners:

All four teams rank in the bottom 10 in fantasy points against opposing quarterbacks, and all four teams feature offenses capable of racking up yardage and points against Washington's similarly afflicted defense. 

These games are conducive to high-scoring affairs in which Griffin III should put up big fantasy points totals—both as a passer and as a runner.

Week 12 provides a difficult test at home against the San Francisco 49ers, but for the time being, fantasy owners can rest easy starting RGIII. 


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