Robert Griffin III: Fantasy Expectations for Washington Redskins QB vs. Giants

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent INovember 27, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 22:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins during a Thanksgiving Day game against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on November 22, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Don't expect Washington Redskin's rookie sensation, Robert Griffin III, to slow down in Week 13 when the big, bad, defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants come to town.

Sure, the G-Men are coming off a rout of the Green Bay Packers and are looking to add another game to their NFC East division lead, but that won't stop RG3 from having his way offensively.

Though it would be silly to anticipate RG3 will throw four touchdown passes for the third straight time on Monday night, it's realistic to expect Griffin to put up monster numbers against a defense that is hardly as talented as it looked in Week 12's dismantling of the Pack.

With Monday night's NFC East showdown fast approaching, let's take a look at what fantasy owners can expect from Robert Griffin III in Week 13.

Breaking Down Week 7 vs. Giants

Back in Week 7 when the Giants hosted the Redskins in East Rutherford, Griffin completed 20-of-28 passes for 258 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also ran the ball nine times for another 89 yards in what turned out to be a heartbreaking loss for Washington.

RG3's effort that day provided the third-highest passing yardage output through his first seven games and the second-highest passer rating during that time.

Griffin's average of 9.9 yards per carry against New York in Week 7 is also the second-highest average in a game he's played in this season.

Only Minnesota has given up more rushing yards to RG3 than New York this season.

Fantasy Expectations for Week 13 vs. Giants

Considering that the New York Giants are giving up more total yards per game (366.6) than 22 NFL teams this season, it's safe to say that RG3 will rack up some big chunks of yards on Monday night. 

Although Griffin had plenty of success as a runner against New York the first time around, expect him to thrive as a passer more so this week.

After all, the Giants rank 25th in the league defending the pass (252.6) this season, compared to 16th against the run (114). Also, the Giants have given up 18 passing touchdowns in 11 games in 2012, compared to just six rushing touchdowns.

Of course Griffin will make plays with his legs on Monday night, just don't expect any huge runs or touchdown scampers. 

Instead, look for a scorching-hot and confident RG3 to feast on a suspect secondary.  Griffin has nearly as many touchdown passes (eight) as incompletions (nine) over the last two games.

That sort of momentum isn't easily stopped.

Throw in the fact that Washington has won its last two division games and you have the recipe for another monster fantasy performance from the Redskins' signal-calling superstar.

Week 13 Projection: 18-for-27, 240 yards, 2 touchdowns, 9 rushes, 70 yards

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