Week after week last season, 2012 NFL Draft No. 2 overall selection Robert Griffin III picked apart defenses with his arm (20 touchdowns to five interceptions). Then as soon as he had opposing defensive backs sitting on their heels worried about his accuracy, he would dash past them for incredible runs like this 76-yard touchdown (which will never get old).
His presence alone last year helped the Redskins win their first division crown for the first time since 1999 and for some of you out there he may have finally gotten you out of the pits of your fantasy football league.
No. 10 finished with the fifth most fantasy points for quarterbacks last season with 317.50.
Now he and his backfield partner Alfred Morris (another top-five fantasy guy at his position) are being asked if they are the “real deal”.
NFL.com’s Adam Rank highlighted the performances of some of the top fantasy stars from 2012 and questions whether or not they got the lucky for 16 games or if their “hot streaks” will extend into 2013.
First up: the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year.
That he is.
As for his verdict—real deal.
To call Griffin III the real deal is like saying it’s going to be hot during the summer. Anyways, No. 10 came into the league surrounded by an unprecedented level of media attention. His 2012 Draft colleague, though, was literally unknown by anyone outside of the DMV (and the Florida DMV who gave him the license plates to his Bentley).
After rushing for over 375 yards and four touchdowns over the first month of the season, Morris quickly became a waiver wire favorite. By year’s end he had rushed for over 1,600 yards, 13 touchdowns, and was owned in 100% of fantasy leagues.
Some worry about second year player productivity (better known as a sophomore slump) especially at the running back position, but don’t count Alfred or “Freddy” as one that will fear said dips.
“This guy killed Shanahanigans with one monster season! Shanahanigans is dead! But I do fear Jawan Jamison could eventually work his way into some of Morris’ carries. But not enough to drive him out of the first round of your draft.”
For those of you who are wondering what in the world Shanahanigans are, well it was when head coach Mike Shanahan became fantasy football’s worst nightmare by using a running back by committee approach.
Regardless the real deal twosome is here to stay—both on the field and your imaginary league.
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