As every fantasy football owner has come to learn, not every strong performance will show up on the stat sheet. That was the case in Week 9 of the 2013 NFL regular season, as Robert Griffin III helped lead the Washington Redskins to a 30-24 overtime win over the San Diego Chargers.
Griffin III was 23-of-32 for 291 yards, no touchdowns, one interception and 17 rushing yards. It was a game that was highlighted by the running backs, but in the end, clutch plays and San Diego's questionable play-calling were the deciding factors.
It's time to acknowledge the facts: Just like a majority of the star quarterbacks in the NFL, Griffin III is beginning to embrace the game-manager approach to football. He made some key late-game throws, but while that ultimately helped his team earn the victory, that doesn't make him a safe start in fantasy leagues.
RG3 now has season statistics of 2,169 passing yards, nine touchdowns and nine interceptions through eight games. While fellow second-year players Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson have overcome lackluster statistics by limiting mistakes, Griffin III has suffered by taking gambles.
In Week 9, he limited those risks and led Washington to a win. Griffin III is a threat to dominate with his arm or his legs, but it's become quite clear that Washington is at its best when Griffin III trusts his running backs. As a result, his upside will be capped moving forward.
Use caution when inserting Griffin III in your fantasy football starting lineups and take advantage of matchups. In the next three weeks, he has two favorable upcoming matchups against the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles before hosting the San Francisco 49ers. Consider him a back-end QB1 in those games.