Robert Griffin III in Elite Fantasy Form Heading into Week 8 vs. Broncos

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistOctober 27, 2013

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 20: Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins celebrates after defeating the Chicago Bears at FedExField on October 20, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. The Washington Redskins won, 45-41. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Robert Griffin III is back.

After weeks of hair-pulling performances from RGIII, fantasy owners can now rest assured that the Baylor product who took the NFL by storm as a rookie in 2012 is back to his elite form starting in Week 8 against the Denver Broncos.

Griffin was a disappointment up until Week 7, when he threw for 298 yards and rushed for 84 more with two total touchdowns against a solid Chicago defense.

On the year, Griffin's numbers are underwhelming in comparison to his rookie output. He's completing 60 percent of his passes and has 1,746 passing yards and eight touchdowns, but he has already thrown six interceptions—an unacceptable tally in six games for a man who threw just five in 15 games as a rookie.

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Griffin was also visibly timid as a rusher earlier in the year, seemingly thanks to his serious knee injury last postseason. So far he's rushed for just 233 yards and has not found the end zone. When compared to his 826 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie, RGIII has hardly justified the costly pick it took owners to acquire him.

On an individual basis, RGIII is going to wreak havoc in Week 8 against Denver, owner of the NFL's worst-ranked secondary. Considering Griffin's own secondary is horrendous, he will have plenty of scoring opportunities in a potential shootout with Peyton Manning.

In fact, the Broncos give up the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in the NFL with an average of 22.33 points surrendered per game. Griffin has thrown for 300 or more yards three times already this season, but a fourth in clearly in the cards.

With the emergence of a star in rookie tight end Jordan Reed and his re-emergence as a threat on the ground, RGIII is back to the form that got him selected so early in most drafts in the first place. 

Reed is especially important to the equation against Denver, as the Broncos are one of the NFL's worst teams against the tight end position. The Broncos surrender 9.83 fantasy points to the position per game (eighth most in the NFL), which RGIII will have little issue exploiting as he did last week against a Chicago defense that surrenders 9.74.

Zoom out to examine the rest of the season and it's clear RGIII will be a top-10 fantasy quarterback the rest of the way—RGIII and Co. only have two games against pass defenses ranked inside the top 20.

RGIII is a must-start in every scenario imaginable and one of fantasy football's best overall players.


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