What Does RG3 Injury Mean for Fantasy Football Owners, Redskins?

Brandon Alisoglu@@BrandonAlisogluCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 07: Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins is attended to after taking a hard hit against the Atlanta Falcons in the third quarter at FedExField on October 7, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. Robert Griffin III left the game after the hit. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Robert Griffin III took a nasty hit from Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon on Sunday. The resulting concussion kept him out of the rest of the game and could lead to a missed week or two. 

No team has sustained injuries like the Washington Redskins this season. Let's see what kind of impact RG3's absence will have on the 'Skins and your fantasy team.

Kirk Cousins is a Suitable Pickup for Fantasy Purposes

You're not going to replace RG3's production with one player...unless that player is Cam Newton. However, most of us aren't fortunate enough to have both players on our roster.

If you're in a jam where your backup quarterback isn't great or doesn't exist, Cousins is a viable candidate. He performed adequately after the injury forced him onto the field. Cousins threw for 111 yards and a score, but he also threw two crucial interceptions.

Obviously, the turnovers hurt his overall point production, but he's shown enough to warrant a pickup.

Cousins Can Also Hold the 'Skins Down for a Couple Weeks

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Considering the tricky nature of concussions in today's NFL, there won't be any certainty as to when Griffin will be returning for a few days. Not that he won't be missed, but Cousins will be able to handle things until Griffin comes back.

This isn't some journeyman quarterback the 'Skins just found to fill out the roster. Washington used a third-round pick on the three-year Michigan State starter. The kid has talent. 

He demonstrated in his short stint as quarterback for the Washington Redskins that he can make the plays that the team requires. If the 'Skins are going to move forward with him as the starter for a week or more, Cousins will receive all the reps and attention in practice. With the extra focus, he should be able to cut down on the interceptions.

Decreased Rushing Totals

When Griffin does return, don't expect him to put up the same number of rushing yards as before. Not because of a lingering injury, but rather because he has to play smarter to stay on the field.

The 'Skins made a sizable investment in their franchise quarterback. He must start sliding to avoid taking hits like the one delivered by Weatherspoon. The coaching staff will pound that into his freshly bruised brain.

Shorter runs will ultimately reduce the number of yards he accumulates. It isn't complicated.

Washington wasn't going to the Super Bowl this year regardless of Griffin's health. The team will keep him out as long as needed, likely leading to more losses than the 'Skins would have endured with him. 


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