Robert Griffin III Will Bounce Back with Huge Fantasy Game in Week 9

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 30, 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)

Robert Griffin III was a fantasy football dud last Sunday against the Denver Broncos, but circumstances couldn't be better for him to make a complete recovery in Week 9 against the San Diego Chargers.

The second-year quarterback didn't even finish Sunday's game against Denver after he was drilled into the turf by defensive tackle Terrence Knighton, dinging up his left knee in the process.

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However, the team has confirmed he was held out as a precaution, as noted by Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, and he is expected to be ready to practice on Wednesday, as Tarik El-Bashir of reported:

Griffin III finished the game having thrown for 132 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions, and he added just seven yards on five carries. In a season full of rough outings, this was clearly his worst, and it earned his fantasy owners a total of three points in standard fantasy leagues.

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This isn't the kind of performance that builds confidence, but fantasy owners thinking about benching RGIII in Week 9 would be smart to hold out for one more week. 

The reason?

San Diego features an abysmal secondary that allows more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks (19.7) than every team in the league minus the Dallas Cowboys

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Dallas has an excuse, however, after having faced the Denver Broncos earlier this year and then the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Peyton Manning shredded the Cowboys to the tune of 414 yards and four touchdowns in Week 5, and then Calvin Johnson had one of the best single-game performances of all-time against the Cowboys in Week 8 while San Diego was taking the week off on its bye.

San Diego's secondary is bad enough against pocket-passers, but mobile quarterbacks have fared particularly well against the Chargers this year.

Mobile QBs vs. San Diego
Michael Vick462334
Jake Locker367227
Terrelle Pryor252219

Michael Vick, Jake Locker and Terrelle Pryor all did extremely well against San Diego, and Griffin III will follow suit this weekend with a monster game at home. 

Remember, before tanking in Denver, RGIII had just put together his finest fantasy performance of the season—a 25-point outburst against the Chicago Bears at home in Week 7. 

Combined with the equally porous secondary of Washington, which will allow Philip Rivers to have a big game, this sets up RGIII for a monster fantasy performance.

Projected Stats: 330 total yards with three touchdowns. 


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