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Robert Griffin III's Instant Fantasy Reaction After Preseason Game vs. Browns

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) runs with the ball during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Cleveland Browns Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)
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Tim KeeneyContributor IAugust 19, 2014

Monday night's contest against the Cleveland Browns provided an accurate glimpse of what you can expect from Robert Griffin III as your fantasy football quarterback. 

A roller-coaster ride. There are going to be moments when he's carrying you to wins and making you want to book a flight to D.C. just to give him a loving hug, but there will also be moments when you promptly offer him in a trade to every team in your league. 

First the good from Monday night. 

RGIII completed six of his nine throws for 112 yards, a tasty 12.4 yards per throw. His best toss of the night was a gorgeous 49-yard completion to Andre Roberts, which invoked responses like this one from NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah:

Griffin isn't the most consistent pocket passer (more on that in a bit), but he's littered with weapons in the passing game this year: Pierre Garcon, a healthy Jordan Reed (two catches for 20 yards), marquee free-agent signing DeSean Jackson (two catches for 34 yards) and Roberts. 

New head coach Jay Gruden, who turned Andy Dalton into a top-five fantasy QB last season, is going to let him loose, and with all those pass-catchers, there's great potential.  

Perhaps more importantly, Griffin ran the ball four times for 24 yards on Monday. An ability to run can turn a bad real-life quarterback into a good fantasy quarterback and a good real-life one into a great one. Yahoo! Sports' Brad Evans noted what RGIII's legs do for his value:

At the same time, though, his running represents his risk. On one run, he failed to slide and got pinballed around for three huge hits by Browns defenders. 

ESPN's Stuart Scott put it best:

If Griffin doesn't start sliding, the odds of his playing a full season decrease greatly. 

Lastly, you're going to have to stomach the turnovers. He threw a bad interception, which will happen now and then, as he doesn't always look comfortable or get his feet set in the pocket. 

RGIII is currently being drafted on average as the ninth quarterback, and that feels about right.

His explosive skill set, weapons and new head coach provide a chance for great value at that spot in the draft, but if you take the plunge, make sure to follow through with a top-tier QB2. 

Because as we saw Monday, there are going to be times when you want one. 

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