Quarterback Robert Griffin III was the toast of the town last season both on and “off” the field well before the Redskins’ Week 1 40-32 victory over the New Orleans Saints.
After swapping more than just first round picks with the St. Louis Rams, the 2011 Heisman winner was selected by the Redskins with the intention that he will be the next great to join the prestigious fraternity of Redskins signal callers.
After a 320 yard, two touchdown performance in his debut (to include this top play), No. 10 won over the heart of all of Redskins Nation—and rivals.
You see while fans of other teams wished that their franchise had traded up to the No. 2 pick, they redeemed themselves by taking the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in their fantasy draft.
Just one year after finishing in the top-five in quarterback fantasy points, NFL.com’s Michael Fabiano sees grander production from the quarterback’s fantasy career.
Yesterday, I wrote about how Fabiano’s fantasy points allowed (FPA) system isn’t being too kind with its predictions for Alfred Morris in year two.
While the FPA system forecasts a dim road ahead for No. 46’s return to the top of the league in terms of fantasy value at the running back position, it computes Griffin III having the second easiest fantasy schedule for a quarterback.
“Griffin III (5th) was one of the elite players in fantasy football as a rookie, but a late-season knee injury that required a major reconstructive procedure has his value in some question. On a positive note, the versatile RG3 has 10 games against teams that allowed 16-plus fantasy points to opposing field generals last season. If he is cleared to open the regular season on time, it will be very tough to pass on Griffin III if he slides in seasonal fantasy football drafts.”
Per the league’s scheduling rules, the 2012 NFC East champs will play the NFC South champion Atlanta Falcons, the NFC North (they played the Vikings last year too) and the normal six division contents.
In eight games against said opponents last year, Griffin III completed nearly 70 percent of his passes for 1,496 yards and 14 touchdown passes to a measly four interceptions.
Having they been brainstorming and devising game plans on how to stop No. 10 all offseason? Probably. But it probably won’t matter. This is a man who hasn’t thrown two interceptions in a single game in years.
While Fabiano doesn’t state whether rushing yards are factored into his PFA rankings for quarterbacks, it should be noted that his 815 rushing yards were tops among gunslingers. You should jot it down, though, if you’re planning on being in a standard scoring league as one point is award for every 10 rushing yards.
You better not forget that.
Also just for fun check out who is the only quarterback to have a better FPA score than Griffin III—I’ll leave it at that.
Happy Draft Days!
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